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    Here comes Show No. 2, which I can see took place in South Devon in some kind of bovine setting.




    I'm a big fan of this '70s C-Cab 'Cherry Pie', built by Mike Burden, I think with an Essex V6 and home-made body. Apparently it won several trophies in the '70s and early '80s. Although the DVLA lists it as untaxed since 2005, it was unchanged and still being shown as recently as 2012, albeit on the Isle of Man.


    Rolls?


    Nope...


    I've seen pictures of this 1962 Humber Super Snipe estate-turned-hearse before and I've always really liked it. I've got a thing for hearses. This one was built by Graham Walford in 1981 and the good news is that it's still on the road, but the bad news is it's been cut down to a pick-up and lost all its Gothic accoutrements. Walford apparently undertook its first conversion into a pick-up but it has changed significantly at least twice since then.


    This would be a rare sight if anyone came across it today. It's a 1976-ish Colt Galant, made by Mitsubishi. It's got all the right bolt-on goodies - polished mags, zoomies and a letterbox scoop - but I still find it hard to like a Japanese car. It's still a shame to find that this one's not been around since 1989.


    Here's another survivor, and I like this one very much. It's a 1950 Vauxhall Wyvern.


    We'll end with a very smart one indeed, it's Malcolm Jay's old high-riding 1962 Humber Super Snipe 'Street Addict' (which dates the car considerably, since it was named after a Toyah Wilcox song). Work commenced on the car in '82 and it was the Street Machine cover star for October '84. An alloy Rover 3.5 V8 drove the Plymouth Barracuda back axle via a Borg-Warner three-speed automatic. As Jay lived near Colchester, this must have been an important show for him to travel so far to it, or else he'd sold the Humber on by the time this pic was taken. The latter seems probable as Jay had intended to sell the car after the 1985 racing season to concentrate on a pro-street '67 Nova. The reg has been pinched by some bastard Volkswagen but this was apparently in good hands as recently as 2014.
    Last edited by Nigel Incubator-Jones; 27-08-20 at 08:55 PM.

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    The Vauxhall is Nick Rossano's and I'm pretty sure he still owns it.

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    That's good to hear. What's his memory like? Do you think he'd be able to identify the show?

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    Not sure, but could that be at Stoneliegh park, Coventry?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stilltrying View Post
    Not sure, but could that be at Stoneliegh park, Coventry?
    You know you could be right, it does look a lot like Stoneleigh.

    The Humber Hearse was, and again I think still is owned by the guy that runs UK Blowers, pretty sure his name is Graham and again, Midlands based.

    Correction, UK Blowers is Nigel Jenkins, I'm still pretty sure the Humber is in some way connected though.
    Last edited by 40Stude; 27-08-20 at 06:55 PM.

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    I think you've nailed it, stilltrying! My mistake arose from the building in the second shot of Cherry Pie which says 'South Devon (something) Book Society', and the fact that the photos had come from a seller in Cornwall. It turns out the missing word is 'Herd', South Devon being a breed of cattle, hence my confusion.

    I've added some details below the captions under the hearse as I gleaned from 'peanut' on Rods 'n' Sods. It was apparently built by Graham Walford, a blower specialist, in 1981. When Walford died it passed to his son-in-law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nigel Incubator-Jones View Post
    I've added some details below the captions under the hearse as I gleaned from 'peanut' on Rods 'n' Sods. It was apparently built by Graham Walford, a blower specialist, in 1981. When Walford died it passed to his son-in-law.
    That makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nigel Incubator-Jones View Post
    The GTO in the fourth photo looks like this today:
    belongs to Chris Wade of the Smoke City Wheelers the car lives about 3 miles from me

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