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Trimmed in PVC – Ford Consul Mk1 Abbot Estate

The Ford Consul was the base model of Fords large British cars that replaced the V8 Pilot and included the Zodiak and Zephyr 6 models.

Ford Consul Mk1 Abbot Estate, The Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon

The Consul included a host of modern features that included unitary monocoque body shell, and independent front MacPherson strut suspension, hydraulic clutch and hydraulic brakes on all four 13″ wheels and a curved one piece windscreen that reduced glare from on coming traffic.

Ford Consul Mk1 Abbot Estate, The Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon

Inside the stylish George Walker designed body was a three speed column shift and full width bench seats front and rear that were trimmed in the latest easy to clean PVC.

Ford Consul Mk1 Abbot Estate, The Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon

Three body styles were available for the original consul saloon / sedan, convertible with manually operated roof contracted out to Carbodies in Coventry and Estate / Wagon contracted out to Abbots in Farnham.

With a top speed of 72 mph and a rest to 60 mph time of 28 seconds the 1.5 / 91.5 cui 4 cylinder Consul Mk1 first seen in October 1950 remained in production until 1956, the example seen here at the The Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon was first registered on the 19th of March 1953 and is shown as having a 1.7 litre engine fitted which probably came from a later Mk2 Consul.

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Implements Of Destrution Not Included – Volkswagen Sharan

A couple of months ago I took the land ladies Volkswagen Passat to Heritage Volkswagen of Bristol for an injector recall and was given a loan car for the duration of the repairs.

Volkswagen Sharan

Much to my amusement the car I was loaned was the Service Managers Sharan, I was expecting a Golf, Polo or even an UP!, but no my Service Advisor pulled up in this huge vehicle which despite it’s gothic shade put a huge smile upon my face.

Volkswagen Sharan

I was only in the Sharan for about 2 seconds before Arlo Guthries magnus opus on the hazards of being a litter bug in Stockbridge, Massachusetts entered my head, in the form of an ear worm which remained for much of the rest of the day, that reminded me that this Sharan is the 2012 successor to some of the more refined VW Type 2 / Transporter micro buses of yore, which these days are referred to as MPV’s.

Volkswagen Sharan

Rather than head straight home to resume blogging I decided to go with the flow of my lightened mind and ended up making a twenty mile detour around Bristol up the M32, West along the M4, south along the M5 and back to Bristol along a circuitous route made of windy lanes I found out about during a navigation exercise.

Volkswagen Sharan

I had an OMG moment when I realised just how much I was enjoying myself in an MPV ! Sure it was not performance motoring but it was a simple joy rolling along the back roads in this huge vehicle, never mind it had enough options and features you could probably run a successful military campaign from the 5 seats in the back with all the power points and connectivity features provided.

Volkswagen Sharan

Anyone who has run an old Type 2 or Transporter has probably at some time come across troublesome sliding doors closing which after 20 years had issues with the lock on the rear of the door failing to catch when a 2 cent clip came adrift of the door frame, not a worry on this Sharan the sliders shut with a reassuring “job done” clunk click.

Volkswagen Sharan

The Sharan name is a derivative of a Persian word meaning Carrier of Kings which I guess puts the paintwork in a slightly different light.

Volkswagen Sharan

For those not familiar with “Alice’s Restaurant” its the name of a song “not the restaurant” about how Arlo Guthrie and his friends thought it would be a friendly gesture to clear out Alices dwelling, an old church house, by loading up half a ton of garbage with shovels and rakes and “implements of destruction” into a red VW microbus and taking it down to the city dump. Unfortunately the dump was closed for Thanksgiving which is how Arlo became a litter bug but your best off finding out all about this case of blind American justice on this link.

Volkswagen Sharan

Unfortunately shovels and rakes and implements of destruction do not come included with the Sharan but you can easily fit half a ‘short’ ton of garbage in the back. I didn’t have any garbage to take to the city dump which happened to be on the way back to Heritage Volkswagen of Bristol so I thought it would be a friendly gesture to ask my neighbors if they had anything that needed taking away and sure enough they produced a couple of bags of rubble and large pieces of wood which I happily dropped off on the way when I took the Sharan back. Fortunately the dump was not closed for Thanksgiving so I will not be getting arrested for littering.

Wishing all my friends in North America a Happy Thanksgiving.

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Jubilee Bangers & Smash – Aldershot Raceway

One of the stranger things I have found out over the last couple of years is that right next to the Ceasers Camp Army Training grounds just outside Aldershot where for three or four years I used to regularly go Mountain Biking there is a small 350 metre oval racing circuit.

Aldershot, Raceway

Ever since I went to the Rare Breeds show at the Haynes International Motor Museum last year, I have been keeping an eye open for an opportunity to see some Heritage Stock Car (UK Style) action and with an event for 7.5 Tonne Trucks on the same bill I could not resist returning to the home of the British Army for the first time in twenty years for my first visit to Aldershot Raceway last Sunday.

Vauxhall Nova, Ford Fiesta, Aldershot, Raceway

I got there just in time to catch the second event of the day the Junior Rods heat which was won by Eric Walker in the #5 Vauxhall Nova above.

FIAT, Eurocargo, Ford, Racing, Trucks, Aldershot, Raceway

Next up were the 7.5 Tonne ‘Racing’ Trucks, entries were a little thin in fact there were only three of them but they provided a fair amount of entertainment, The Team Sheep FIAT Eurocargo of Billy Wood seen leading here was having a lot of difficulty moving under it’s own steam and was pushed by the ever helpful #614 Ford for much of the ‘race’ while the yellow #800 Ford Low Loader of Tony Rudge took a comfortable win.

Rover, Saab, Nissan, Aldershot, Raceway

There was a full grid for the banger race which was packed full of understeering (push) action as represented above by the #829 Nissan, #296 Team Shep Saab of Paul Shepard and #469 Rover 200 Coupé of Paul Quinnell. The race was won by Danny Lucas in the #706 his coupé of so far undetermined origin.

Mick, Whittle, Clive, Beales, Heritage, F2, Aldershot, Raceway

The Heritage F2 race was a cracker like the Junior Rods not so much contact is involved in this series and the #505 of Mike Whittle sliced through the rain and field from the back of the grid to take a fine win. I must confess I am not at all sure what make or model the body of Mikes #505 is based on but he is seen above having just passed the #722 of Clive Beales which I am guessing is based on an early 1950’s Ford Popular.

Lacey, May, Joyce, Jack, Grandon, Junior, Rods, Aldershot, Raceway

With a lap to go of the Junior Rods final it looked like Farnham’s Lacey-May Joyce was going to take the win in her #271 Nova but she left the door open coming out of turn one and that was all Jack Grandon and Eric Walker, in the #207 and #5 Nova’s respectively needed to demote her to third. Jack managed to hang on for the rest of the final lap to take the win from Eric and Lacey-May.

Mazda, Ford, Honda, Aldershot, Raceway

The bangers final proved to be another wild race for all competitors, it’s amazing just how much damage and punishment a car can take and still keep rolling, amazingly none of the wheels from the seriously tortured axles of these vehicles ever seems to become detached despite the cambers and castors being well beyond the manufacturers would have recognised when these vehicles first left their respective factories. Above the #567 Mazda get pushed into a spin that ended going back wards into the wall trapping the #390 Ford Escort of Michel Turner and the #358 Escort with the #258 Honda of Ashley Wallace joining in the fun. The ‘race’ was won by Danny Lucas who’s undetermined coupé somehow got through both Bangers races relatively unscathed.

Mick, Whitney, Andy, Webb, Heritage, F2, Aldershot, Raceway

The Heritage F2 Final was another barnstormer with the result uncertain until after the final corner of the final lap as seen above. Andy Webb, in the #274 Ford Popular, followed by team mate Andy Bateman, hidden from view, managed to pass the wrapped from neck to toe in plastic #869 of Mike Walmsley while lapping the #773 Austin A40 Farina of Nick Whitney and #722 of Clive Beales.

FIAT, Eurocargo, Ford, Racing, Trucks, Aldershot, Raceway

The final event of the day was the 7.5 Tonne demolition derby which started with the #355 FIAT Eurocargo of Billy Wood being pushed into the ring by the #614 Ford such was Billy’s difficulty selecting any forward or even reverse gear. Much comedy ensued as the Union Jack bedecked Tony Rudge ran rings around his opposition until becoming beached on some tyres after a helpful nudge from the #614 Ford. The FIAT was first out and after some receiving some help getting free Tony set about reducing the #614 to pulp, once it’s batteries had become dislodged the #614 had no power left to defend itself from the patriotically decorated all conquering Ford low loader and Tony was duly declared the winner. As we left the track we were promised a bigger 7.5 Tonne Truck grid for next year. I can’t wait !

If you can fill in any details about the unidentified vehicles and or drivers please chime in below, your comments will be most welcome.

Thanks for joining me on this “Jubilee Bangers & Smash edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres”, I hope you will join me tomorrow for some Jubilee Weekend circuit racing action from Castle Combe. Don’t forget to come back now !


DIY with a Fiesta – Quantum 2 + 2

Mark and Harvey Wooldridge founded Quantum Sports Cars in 1987 to produce a Coupé kit car designed by Harvey to take Mk 1 Ford Fiesta running gear, 17 examples were built.

In 1991 Quantum introduced a saloon model with pop up headlights designed around Mk 2 Ford Fiesta running gear .

The 2+2 model seen here was also designed around Mk2 Ford Fiesta running gear and introduced in 1993. To date it is thought around 400 examples have been built, 2 + 2 kits built by Quantum Kit Cars Limited of Bristol are available from Quantum Heritage.

This particular Quantum stated life as a Mk 2 Fiesta with a 1600 cc / 97.6 cui motor in 1985/85 first registered in Shrewsbury. I am not sure when the car was given the Quantum body but it’s driver informed me that it recently had a 2 litre / 122 cui engine installed as have many others of the type. Notice the smoked rear light clusteres which were sourced from the Ford Sapphire parts bin.

If you’d like to know more about the marque I’d recommend getting in touch with the extremely active Quantum Owners Club.

I hope you have enjoyed today’s DIY edition of ‘Gettin’ a lil’ psycho on tyres’ and that you will join me again tomorrow. Don’t for get to come back now !