Sunday, July 31, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
The Cooper T51 powered by the 2.5 litre 4 cylinder FPF Climax engine pushed out 220 bhp at 6,500 rpm. Chris Bristow, the young up-and-coming Bristish driver, qualified the car in third place, on the front row of the grid beside Brabham's Cooper T53 and eventual race winner Stirling Moss in his Rob Walker entered Lotus 18. Bristow dropped from fifth to ninth when he retired on lap 17 of the 100 lap race with gearbox problems, Bristow was sadly to lose his life at Spa only three weeks later in the same car.
The model is finished in the BRP colours of lime green and red, known as British Grazing Green at the same time. An extra high tail is fitted, although unfortunately as an add-on there is a gap between the bodywork and this extra tail piece. Otherwise the finish is similar to the other Coopers reviewed previously from the Portuguese company. The model is a limited of 2,000 pieces. Shop here
Sunday, July 24, 2011
This model is the MB L3500 1950's Mercedes open back truck with removable plastic tilt. The green colour and typical black chassis are classic Mercedes features, whilst the bonnet top is adorned by a scale etched three pointed star badge. The head and tail lights are particularly good, as are the semaphore turn signal indicators mounted high up on the rear of the cab. This truck is real classic and is sure to appear in famous German liveries. See more
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Barkas was the name of a car manufacturer based in Saxony and the trademark for this utility vehicle. These were pick-up trucks and produced by the VEB Barkas works in Karl-Marx-Stadt in the former East Germany. In 1961, the company began the series production of the completely newly developed Barkas B1000 as a "rapid transporter". There were versions as boxcars and flat-bed trucks and vans. Shop here
Monday, July 11, 2011
This model is Routemaster London Bus from Corgi. It was a very detailed model with correct stair and platform layout and a wire handrail trapped between body and chassis. It had jeweled headlights and was fitted with a driver and a clippie. This received a change of labels along the length of the top deck, which now bore the Outspan orange publicity material. The Article number for the Bus remained unchanged.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
A Renault 5 Turbo - this one being a full-blown rally car which competed in the rally car which completed in the 1980 Tour De Course of Corsica by Saby and 'Tilber' and it's a real darling with good attention to detail, auch as the Marchal driving lamp covers, the correct differing seats for driver and co-driver, excellent reproduction of the heated rear window, special red-spoked rear wheels and the splendid light clusters. It's a shame that the dashboard is just a block of plastic but overall the Renault is simply delightful in its French racing blue. Shop here
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
In the 1930s the fledgling UK oil industry's numerous and conspicuous outdoor petrol advertisrments attracted critical attention from local authorities.
Shell introduced an imaginative and much praised alternative by displaying 30 by 40 inch posters on the side of its delivery trucks.
These posters continued the trend established by Shell in the 1920s for advertising with distinctive graphics, humour and highly original eye-catching work, using well-known artistics such as Rex Whistler and H.M. Bateman, toconvey the company's personality to customers.
A further poster series was commissioned by Shell from the most respected names in 20th century art, including Graham Sutherland, Edward McKnight Kauffer, Paul Nash, Edward Nicholson, John Piper and Vanessa Bell. Together their work offers a graphic chronicle of the dawn of mass motoring and the development of advertising.
By 1997 the motor industry and 'The Shell Transport and Trading Company' will have celebrated 100 years. The recurring theme from the posters of the 1930s-enjoyable and trouble free motoring with Shell-continue to be the cornerstone of the relationship Shell has with motorists today.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
This 1965 Model C-95 had a diesel engine with a 1000-gpm Waterous pump and a 300 gallon water tank. The pumper was place in service with Engine 31 (north Baltimore) in May 1965. In 1973, when Engine 31 received new unit, the pumper was placed in service with Engine Co.43 (also north Baltimore) and served there until November 1982, thus completing 17 years of first-line service to the department. This Mack C further served as a reserve engine until 1987. Shop here
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
In 1966, Derek Marston spent £1750 on an A license and a Bedford J type petrol lorry with a livestock box. Foot and Mouth struck in 1967, “needless to say, the outbreak crippled the livestock haulage industry and overnight, and I found myself with no work at all”, said Derek. He needed to diversify quickly, so began hauling sugar beet, animal feed and fertiliser. Throughout, the next 30 years, Derek Marston & Son’s fleet expanded, and they began to haul bricks and round timber. Today, the company runs a mixed, 12 strong fleet, which includes Scania's, DAF’s, Foden’s and ERF’s. Shop here
Monday, July 4, 2011
Saturday, July 2, 2011