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Champagne Super Nova – Bristol Motor Club Family Clubs Day

Last weekend I had just enough time to visit Castle Combe for a second time on Sunday afternoon to catch the end of the busy Bristol MC Family Clubs Day which saw a gathering of nearly 200 vehicles, dating from 1933 to present, enter a best in show by popular vote competition along with numerous parade laps for the participants.

Veranti, BMC Family Clubs Day, Castle Combe

Kit cars were very much in evidence, turns out the Veranti above is a 21 panel soft top rebody of a 1991 Toyota MR2. around 80 of these kits were sold between 2004 and 2007.

FFR Type 65 Coupé, BMC Family Clubs Day, Castle Combe

There were plenty of Cobra replica’s in attendance but the stand out example was this Factory Five Racing (FFR) Series 65 Coupé, which I understand are built around 4th generation (1994 – 2004) Ford Mustang running gear. FFR President Dave Smith claims driving his own example makes him “feel like Dan Gurney when I drive it” !

Buckler DD2, BMC Family Clubs Day, Castle Combe

Regular GALPOT readers may remember a blog about the Buckler Mk V some months ago the vehicle above is a 1958 Buckler DD2, originally this car was fitted with a Morris engine but it is now fitted with a Daimler V8 as evidenced by the two opposing carburetors peaking through the bonnet / hood.

Porsche 997 GT3 4.0, BMC Family Clubs Day, Castle Combe

Embarrassingly I asked the owner of this Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0 if this was a factory spec car as until then I had only known about the GT3 RS turns out that this 500 hp GT3 RS 4.0 is one of just 600 cars that cost well in excess of a six figure sum.

Bond Bug 700 ES, BMC Family Clubs Day, Castle Combe

When Reliant took over Bond Cars Ltd they commissioned Tom Karen of Ogle Design to design a “fun car”. The resultant Bond Bug cost £9.00 more than a Mini when new.

Nova, BMC Family Clubs Day, Castle Combe

Winner of the popular vote and the bottle of champagne was Mick Poat who’s 1965 VW Beetle based Nova features a show stopping cool hydraulic hatch through which to effect an entry.

Thanks for joining me on this “Champagne Super Nova” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow, when if all goes according to plan I’ll be reviewing the Goodwood Festival Of Speed. Don’t forget to come back now !