an odd day out…

Dear diablog,

A few weeks ago Engine Room and I went for a ‘corporate’ day out to Hedsor House for something strange (still don’t see the point) called Inside Automotive. I haven’t bothered to put anything about it here as we still don’t understand what they were trying to achieve!

Anyway, Hedsor is a small country pile


with an average suburban garden



to which a number of Classic Cars were invited – all expenses paid!

Of course, Glynsky and ER had to go, for pizza from inside a converted Defender


and to tuck in to some excellent food – and drink!! All enhanced by…


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al fa one and one 2…

Dear diablog,

In the Alfa Day post I referred to a treat – well, for me anyway!

I recently mentioned my favourite Prototype Racers (Ferrari and Porsche of the ’70’s) and now to my favourite Sports Racing Coupes – and what could be prettier than the GTA about which I have raved before.

And there were ‘lots’ there (though the term is relative!!)



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al fa one and one 1…

Dear diablog,

Despite the recent personalised gloom (and thanks for your forbearance) my own time has at least been improved by attending a number of car related ‘days out’.

One of the best recently was the Alfa Spring Day at Beaulieu


in fantastic April weather and with a startling array of Alfas of all ages and types




beautifully presented and arranged for view…


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carz r me…

Dear diablog,

I do apologise for the erratic postings of late – it is likely to go on for a couple more weeks.

Last week we looked at a Porsche 917. So ok, if I am completely honest the sexiest EVER racers were the Ferrari P series of which the 250LM is, bodywise, the Sophia Loren of all cars


with a bum to beat all bums


with, in 2nd place, choose either P3 or P4



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thar she goes….

Dear diablog,

I am constantly accused of only writing of Italian cars – how unfair.

Some things are truly GREAT and the Porsche 917 is right up there, for a lot of reasons.

As a ‘warm up’ for a couple of racing posts, how about this. Quality always shines through and the engineering for the 917 screams (literally) all that and more.

I too have gone through the anxiety of the first start after a rebuild and used gallons of Bradex (will start anything provided you can afford it!) but into 12 cylinders. Wow – I wonder how many cans they used.

That I could be so faultless after 30 years in retirement!!

Yours, diablog, firin’ up



beauty at the 96…

Dear diablog,

As I warned there will be a cessation on 96 meet posts for a couple of months as they have had, for various reasons, to cancel the March and April ones.

However, I don’t think I have featured this very pretty repro Jaguar C type before


which was to be found in January on a very cold day!


but looked brilliant from any angle



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bond and blancmange at the 96…

Dear diablog,

For various reasons there will be a paucity of 96 posts over the next few months as I can neither make the March or possibly even the April events – I had to miss February – so I apologise in advance.

Mind you, the reason for the possible April miss is due to an Alfa Romeo Owners Club Spring Meet so I may have lots from there!

Lets start with the blancmange (does it still exist? – haven’t eaten any for years!!).

Although there are absolute devotees Alvis does nothing for me at all. Though they were, in their heyday, very well known (check out the military vehicles at the bottom of the page link) every one I have been in seems to wallow like a pregnant elephant (thank you Smiles, I can guess your first comment!) and this 21 sums it up!

Not pretty


from any angle


a stodgy interior


and an engine as graceful and exciting as a tractor…


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