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Early June 2019

1990s special edition spots

It's always good to see old cars being used as 'dailys' but there is something even more special about spotting a rare 90s special edition.

The middle 90s was a prime period for manufacturers offering special editions, often base models enhanced with garish metallic paint finishes, colourful patterned upholstery, the odd extra wiper or other feature, and almost always a bizarre name emblazened on a bright sticker splashed on the back and sides.

I myself had a brilliant 1992 Peugeot 205 Zest in metallic Miami blue followed by an awful Vauxhall Corsa Trip run-out model for work. When I met my wife, she was driving a turquoise Peugeot 106 Inca, which although excellent, had only 4 forward gears and very few features.

Fans of the television series 'The Inbetweeners' probably know Simon's yellow Fiat Cinquecento Hawaii very well, but it was infact never a genuine model.

Anyway here is a 1996 Toyota Corolla Kudos edition, and spotters gold, an immaculate 1997 Seat Ibiza Salsa I spotted recently.

19th May 2019

Chiltern Hills Rally

First visit for me to the Chiltern Hills Rally having registered the car to attend just after Christmas.

A superb assortment of cars and motorcycles with some real rarities and many many wonderfully preserved classic Ford and British Leyland cars.

My selection below includes:

Late Triumph Dolomite Sprint, Morris Marina, Opel Kadette, Rover SD1 Vitesse 3500, Triumph Acclaim, Vanden Plas AD016, Ford Escort Mk1 Mexico and RS2000, Ford Granada MK2 2.8i Estate, Matra Bonnet Djet, Humber Sceptre saloon, Volvo Amazon GT, Renault 5 Turbo 2 Evolution and an early Austin Allegro.

12th May 2019

Classics at the Villa 2019- Shenley Herts

Amazing turnout at this great event that keeps growing and getting better year on year, the weather was wonderful too.

Here's a selection of some of the interesting cars that turned up:

Ford Fiesta XR2 mk1, Lancia Gamma Coupe, Fiat Argenta 110, Rover Metro, early Lancia Delta HF Turbo Martini with square headlights (and wipers!), colourful Lancia Fulvia HF engine bay, Humber Sceptre estate and late Fiat 126.

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