Friday, September 13, 2013

Brits Ride with Pride

Thought for the day:  MGs don't leak oil; they mark their places.


Dontcha love the front of this car? If I were more clever, I'd doctor the picture to make it look even more like a smiling face. No matter. When Smarticus and I went to the British Car Fayre in our town last weekend, we saw plenty of real smiling faces. And plenty of extraordinary British cars, too.

For those of you who have never had the pleasure of owning a British car, but want to know what it's like: Next big rainstorm, wait 'til dark, roll down all the windows, leave off lights and heater and wipers, and go for a drive. Stop at every intersection and throw out a twenty dollar bill. It's not exactly the same, but it's real close.  [Mike Nash]


We evidently have plenty of anglophiles and UK ex-pats living in our area, because this annual car show, sponsored in part by the loverly Taste of Britain always draws a fine array of vehicles and visitors. Lots of Triumphs, Rolls Royces, MGs, Morgans, Austin Healies, Astin Martins, Lotuses, Minis, Range Rovers, Bentleys, Jaguars, motorcycles, and more. A bunch of drool-worthy vehicles. But not a single Delorean! Can you believe that?

Nope, not a single one; there were three! Sitting side by side by side, they were quite a sight to behold.  (But if I can't have it in red, I don't want one...)



One street was pretty well lined with Minis. Some of them are reeeeally... mini. You hear the one about the trouble with bucket seats is we don't all have the same size buckets? Well, I know some people who'd have a hard time fitting their impressive buckets into some of these Minis. Pulling them out of one of these cars would sound like a champagne cork popping.



But, if a fella can't fit into a small car, there are always other ways around it. Right, Mr. Bean?




There were quite a few Land Rovers, too. These two cracked me up. One for Dad... and one for Junior.


Hey, you never can tell when you might have an opportunity to go on safari in Atlanta. Heck, everyone knows the traffic here is like a jungle, and some of the drivers are real... beasts.








Much to my surprise, there were even a couple Fords in the show. Huh, how 'bout that? It seems some of them are made in Britain, too? For sure, we've never seen a Ford commercial in the U.S. that comes even close to being as funny as this British one:




Anyone who's familiar with a Lotus will recognize that this one stands out from the pack. Its front end reminded us of a Prowler.

And son of a gun...

Doggone if we didn't know its owner! Actually, we knew his now-deceased parents better, but we recognized the Montgomery name, and then recognized him, so of course, had to stop and chat for a bit.

In case you can't read it, the writing on Smarticus' shirt says: I've been a bad boy. Send me to my GARAGE. (HA! Isn't that perfect? A big thanks and a tip of the hat to our Tennessee pals Kati and Cliff.)

Aye, and there were bonnie brogues to be heard, and evidence of a wee bit of Scottish humor.

(The patch on that hat says Gleneagle, Scotland.)



Check out this 1933 Rolls Royce. Its owner had a good sense of humor, too. Know how I could tell? By what I saw sitting in the back seat...






Pardon me, but do you have any Grey Poupon?

Evi-doggone-dently!






A GT6 pulled alongside a Rolls Royce at a traffic light. "Do you have a car phone?" its driver asked the man in the Rolls.

"Of course I do!" came the haughty reply.

"Do you have a fax machine?"

The Rolls owner sniffed. "I have that, too."

"Do you have a double bed in the back?" the GT6 driver wanted to know.

With an annoyed frown, the Rolls driver sped away, and that very afternoon, had his mechanic install a double bed in the back of his car.

A week later, the Rolls driver spotted the GT6 at the side of the road with its back windows fogged up and steam pouring out. He pulled over, got out of his car, strutted up to it, and and pounded on its rear window. "I say!" he yelled. "I want you to know I had a double bed installed!"

The GT6 driver rolled his window down and frowned. "Bloody hell!" he said. "You got me out of the shower to tell me that?"




How about this one? Anybody see the movie featuring this car?

Bond, James Bond...


Wouldn't this hood ornament be absolutely perfect for our rat rod? I mean, Smarticus and I do practice a certain amount of smart assiness from time to time.



I took lots more pictures, but rather than bore you with them, let's take a brief look at another part of this car show. A surprising part. At least, I don't remember seeing it at the show in past years...


How about that? Who knew Georgia had a Winston Churchill Society? Not I! So in honor of the great man, I'll leave you with a smattering of some of his many famous quotes:
  • We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
  • We contend that for a nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
  • An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile — hoping it will eat him last.
  • From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I shall not put.
  • A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
  • Bessie Braddock- Sir, you are drunk.  Churchill- Madam, you are ugly. In the morning, I shall be sober.
  • Nancy Astor- Sir, if you were my husband, I would give you poison.  Churchill- If I were your husband, I would take it.
  • Never never never give up.
  • Everyone has his day, and some days last longer than others.
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                          I hope you have a smashing day... and may it last all weekend.


                    Until next time, take care of yourselves, old beans. And each other.


115 comments:

  1. Gorgeous post. I should also add that British bikes are also more than prone to 'marking their place'. Heavily.
    And I love the Winston Churchill quotes and am jealous. He seemed to be able to respond immediately - and better than I could if I had a week to consider my reply.

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    1. PS: I adore the videos. Megathanks.

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    2. Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Yes, Brit bikes do have a thing about marking their places, too, don't they?

      Hey, you and I could come up with great retorts like Churchill did, if we want to.. We just need better scripts and writers supporting us.

      Mega-welcomes. I'm glad you liked 'em.

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  2. hahaa... love Mr. Bean ... and Winston Churchill ... fun post, Susan! as always ;)

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    1. Yeah, Mr. Bean is a hoot, but you know what I think you'd reeeeally like? A British show called "Mrs. Brown's Sons." You can find quite a few clips and entire programs on Youtube, and I guarantee, at least one of them will have you laughing out loud. (Let me know if you check 'em out!)

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  3. I don't know much about British cars, but the car show sounds like it was jolly good fun. The smiling car is too cute. It would have a frown if it was being driven in Texas (*smile*). Imagine a trio of Deloreans!
    The Mr. Bean video is a hoot and a half. I like the feathered ending......

    It's difficult to choose favorite cars out of your UK selection. I love the Lotus and, of course, the 1933 Rolls.

    And I like that quote about the pleasure of owning a British car by Mike Nash. Big smiles here.

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    1. Oh, it was definitely jolly fun. I was sorry they didn't have the Irish band or the bagpiper there this year, but it was still terrific. (Even if the oldies American music they were playing didn't quite "mesh" with all the British flags and cars.)

      I didn't post my very favorite cars from the show... the Morgans and MGTDs. Then again, there were a LOT of cars there that floated my boat.

      Glad to make ya smile, cowboy.

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  4. It was refreshing to see so many wide-eyed innocent and smiling car faces! Too many American cars look squinty and upset these days. Great post, Susan!

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    1. Oh, they weren't ALL so wide-eyed and innocent. You shoulda seen some of the Jags and Morgans... they were downright seductive!

      Thanks. Glad ya liked it.

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  5. Three DeLoreans! Magnifico. Oh, and:

    'From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I shall not put.'

    Nice.

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    1. Yeah, it was pretty cool seeing three of them in a row. (Thrice as nice!)

      Churchill was brilliant, wasn't he?

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  6. I love the Winston Churchill quotes... some of them funny, most of them true :)

    I wanted to thank you for your lovely comment on my blog girl, I always appreciate when you take the time :)... my David is doing better already;)

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    1. I'm glad you like the Churchill quotes. He was a brilliant and witty man.

      My pleasure, kiddo. I'm so glad to hear David's doing better. See? Prayers do get answered, especially when so many people are doing the praying.

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  7. Great collection of vehicles and some good quotes too!
    I love the Braddock-Churchill quote... LOL
    Writer In Transit

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    1. Thanks! Glad you liked 'em. That Braddock-Churchill exchange is one of my favorites, too.

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  8. I'm not into cars - but was deeply attached to my first car, an old Morris Minor. It had holes in the passenger side floor, so if I drove over a puddle the passenger got wet feet ... those were the days!

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    1. HA! It sounds like that car was more like a member of the family. Didn't matter what its flaws were; you loved it anyway!

      (I did put a review up on Amazon for you. Again, I LOVED your book!)

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  9. For some reason, there were only large gaps where the videos were supposed to appear. Great photos combined with comical quotes! Oh, and the Grey Poupon was an added bonus!

    Julie

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    1. Sorry about that. When that happens, there's a quick fix: clear the browsing history, and after you sign back in, refresh. So far (knock on wood!) that's worked for me every time.

      Yeah, when I spotted the Grey Poupon, I laughed out loud, and pointed it out to Smarticus. The owner was quite appreciative of my appreciation.

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  10. "Dontcha love the front of this car?"
    No.
    I do however, love the junior Land Rover, also the Rolls & GT6 joke.
    I love all the photos.

    We had a mini once, when my youngest was a new baby. We'd go shopping in it and there'd be hubby and me in front with baby on my lap, (those were the days before regulations made us strap in the kids)three kids in the back seat and 13 or so bags of groceries distributed throughout. Fun days.

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    1. HA! You don't mince words, do ya? I don't find the front of that car aesthetically pleasing, and I wouldn't want to OWN one, but what I do love is the way it resembles a smiling face.

      That Mini must've been jam-packed. It's a wonder you didn't do like Mr. Bean, and at least put some of the kids on the roof... (Just kidding!)

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    2. That car seems creepy to me and it popped up in my dream last night. Creepy.
      We switched to a kombi van when the baby got big enough for a car seat, it was great! each kid had a window seat.

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    3. Sorry about that! Didn't mean to creep you out. If seeing an picture of something can make it pop up in your dreams, maybe you should spend some time looking at some (wink! wink!) really nice pictures before you go to sleep.

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  11. Not so sure about the Delorean being Britishi. Weren't they made in Ireland?

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    1. Aye, that they were, but Ireland is part of the UK, and the British government provided most of the money for the start-up.

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  12. A most interesting and enlightening post. We in Australia have owned British cars and they were damned good reliable ones too. A Ford Anglia that lasted for years even carrying 4 of us and lots of camping gear on a holiday 600 miles north and home again. We also owned an Austin 1800, very comfortable but far too expensive to have serviced or repaired. We now have a Korean car (Hyundai Getz) which is one of the most reliable cars we've had so things change over the years.
    I thank you for sharing your experience with us.

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    1. Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      Britain has produced a lot of terrific cars, and lots of people all over the world swear by them. (Kinda like rooting for a particular sports team.)

      If you enjoyed camping, you would have liked one of the Land Rovers we saw at the show. It had a big old tent mounted right on its roof! Lots of other neat camping features, too, but because I included a pictures of it the last time I did a post about the Fayre, I opted to leave it out this time.

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  13. I am laughing too hard to comment.

    Way to go!

    Diana at About Myself By Myself

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    1. I'm glad it tickled your funny bone, Diana. Happy weekend!

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  14. Sounds like a really neat car show! I just got back from the U.K. a few weeks ago, and I didn't see any cars nearly this interesting, sad to say. Well, I saw a lot of minis.

    And love the Ford commercial. "The Evil Twin." Interesting market ploy!

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    1. Oh, it WAS a neat show! I reckon with today's cost of petrol, minis and smart cars are more popular than ever. (Like how I pumped that "petrol" in there? HA!)

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  15. 3 Delorenas. JACKPOT!! Back to the Future. I love that smiling car in the first pic. Happy Friday Susan :)

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    1. YES! Definitely a jackpot... thrice an nice as one!

      Happy Friday to you, too!

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  16. That is the happiest little car I've ever seen but, oh my, that Ford video....we'd never get away with that in Canada. the SPCA would be all over us like leaky oil in a windstorm.

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    1. Yeah, it's the happiest looking car I've ever seen, too. All it needs is those plastic eyelashes over the headlights. (Have you ever seen them? Cute!)

      HA! Yeah, the US would frown upon that commercial, too. ("Leaky oil in a windstorm"... great analogy!)

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  17. Ford Ka is actually my favourite car :) I love them cute, small and efficient and so stylish!

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    1. My guess is that's because YOU'RE so cute, small, efficient and stylish...

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  18. My hubby would have thought he died and went to heaven at that car show. I would have enjoyed it also.

    When choosing a car I always look at the front to see what kind of expression it is giving off. For 9 years I drove a little red Eagle Talon that had the biggest smile. It always made me feel good.

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    1. You'll have to check, and see if there's a similar kinda show in your neck of the woods. (Or come to Atlanta next year!)

      Good to know I'm not the only one who notices a vehicle's "expression."

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  19. What an amazing car show! Thanks for sharing all the photos.

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    1. It sure was! My pleasure. I'm glad you enjoyed them.

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  20. Dear Susan,
    at a car show you would meet me immediately! I love the sight of them, their beauty - everything. Here you often see me when I detect an oldtimer, taking a photo - have a nice collection (of photos - though, over the years, we had a lot of - ermm - older cars too - never buy a new one).
    As to Churchill: son impressed me by reading his whole autobiography (in English) - I will follow.

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    1. We go to a LOT of car shows, and my hubby is building several project cars. They're all classics, but the oldest is definitely an old-timer: a 1930 Model A rat rod.

      Very cool about your son reading Churchill's autobiography. He was quite the writer. And painter, too, if I remember correctly.

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  21. Hubs had a TR3, Susan, when I first met him. It could have been the car that stole my heart. Or was it him driving it? But - no heater, no radio, 1960s vintage. I loved riding in that car. We sold it when kids were growing up to a guy who wanted to work on it with his teen son.

    You have a rat-rod? Interesting. We go to car shows too, for several reasons, my childhood family has always been what I call 'car nuts', except for me. I just want to get from here to there with no problems.

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    1. Some of those little sports cars were a lot of fun to zip around in, weren't they? Even with all their flaws. (Like being able to feel every single bump in the road.) But they don't work all that well when the younguns start to come along. We had a fun little Fiat Spider years ago. The bad thing about it was we couldn't fit the kids into it. The good thing about it was (Ba-da BOOM!) we couldn't fit the kids into it.

      Yes, we have a few projects cars. The rat rod is based on a 1930 Model A Ford. It's is SOOOO much fun to ride around in that thing. To say it's unique is a gross understatement. Would you believe my hubby made its bed from the cedar from our old hot tub? His other project cars are an El Camino and a Corvette. Since by your own words, you aren't a "car nut", I'll stop at that.

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  22. Oh, how fun! I had forgotten all about that grey poupon commercial LOL. LOVE the horse/jackass hood ornament. The Brits can be so fun. :D

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    1. Yeah, it was definitely fun.

      We've seen a lot of different and unusual hood ornaments at all the shows we've visited, but this was the first jackass. (Now I might have to see if I can find one for my favorite smart ass.)

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  23. When you hit 88 mphs per hour
    Some serious umm crap will shower
    Be fun seeing all of them indeed
    Although some look rather dinky at your feed

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    1. So you mustn't drive too fast
      If you want that car to last.
      Don't forget to pack your tools,
      And a couple cans of oil.

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  24. Love this quote:
    "From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I shall not put."
    I mean really, why is it so damn wrong?

    I loved the description of owning a British car - too funny!

    Thanks for the entertainment, it was like being there, without having to put up with the crowds!

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    1. Not so damned bad at all! (I'll betcha even Churchill did it from time to time.)

      Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed it. The crowd wasn't too bad. In fact, it was downright friendly.

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  25. That last commercial was always one of my favorites.

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    1. I'm impressed that you've seen it before. It was new to me.

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  26. I wouldn't like to drive in Atlanta, for sure.
    Nice shots, Susan.
    Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. I don't blame you. The traffic here can be insane. Thanks. You have a wonderful weekend, too.

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  27. That car show looks like a lot of fun! How great that you re-found an old friend.

    I loved the Ford commercial. I am still chuckling just thinking about it...

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    1. Oh, it was a lot of fun!

      That commercial was a hoot, wasn't it? I don't think they could get away with putting an ad like that on TV here.

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  28. I LOVE antique cars--& the ford commercial!!

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    1. Me, too! We've seen some real beauties at the shows we attend.

      Glad ya liked that commercial. It cracked me up.

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  29. Oh yes, I kmow all about M.G.s...a red '72 sits in our garage. And if there was room, hubby would love an Austin Healy and a Morris Minor, or a Sunbeam. Hubby worked in his grandfathers foreign auto parts store for years...its in his blood!

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    1. Uh-huh! Sounds to me like your hubby needs a bigger garage!

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  30. Only Mr. Bean! Love the cars and the stories.

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  31. This is a top 10er my friend. LOVED this post. I have been missing reading you.

    I have a lot of catching up to do, don't I sis!

    Hugs and much love, xo J

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    1. Thanks, J! Soooo good to hear from you. I'm glad you're getting settled into your new home, kiddo. And let me tell you now (a little early) HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you and your honey have an awesome day.

      Hugs and love back atcha.

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  32. That top car is the cutest car ever!

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    1. Isn't it? I think they called it a bug-eyed sprite.

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  33. Love the video. I laughed out loud. DeLorean = Back To The Future. I'd love to have a Mini Cooper, but I'll never be able to afford one. Besides, my 1999 Nissan runs perfectly, thanks to Favorite Young Man. The Hurricane is in a Churchill Society of sorts. She was in Churchill College at Cambridge.

    Love,
    Bond. Jane Bond.

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    1. Cool! I'm glad you got a kick out of the videos. As for a mini, no thanks. Cute to look at, but I'm more into comfort these days. We bought a new car recently and I reeeeally wanted one of those new retro-looking Camaros. I LOVE those cars! We even sat in one, and made my little heart go pitty-pat. But bottom line, it has too many blind spots, and is almost as low-slung as our Corvette. Since we're not getting any younger, it wasn't a good idea for us. (sigh) So we were (sigh) practical, doggone it. Instead, we got a very roomy comfy Impala. It looks nice, and has all kinds of bells and whistles. Great for traveling, which is why we got it. And it's (shhh) and old farts' car. Crap. If the shoe fits...

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  34. I am not a car person in the least, but this was such an interesting post--with hysterical highlights! I loved it! :)

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  35. My fav is the Astin Martin. To me, it's like a work of art. Ohhhh to ride in one! Great post -- including that hilarious joke. Hey, have a great weekend!

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    1. I'd have a real hard time narrowing it down to one.

      Glad you enjoyed the post. You have a super weekend, too.

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  36. Hi Susan,

    Well, kiss my bug-eyed Sprite! Thank you! Thank you! The number of sites who use the letters "MG" and evidently has nothing to do with a British sports car, has left me bewildered.

    A fascinating post that revs my engine. Of course, my engine revs on the other side of the road. I love the British cars I've driven in lil' ol' England. I've never seen that particular ad for the Ford Ka. Horrible little cars, actually. And yep, I can imagine the bonnet aka the hood, springing open like that and splat.

    Strangely enough, my car in England these days is a Chevrolet.

    Thanks again for this, Susan.

    A jolly good weekend to you.

    Gary :)

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    1. HA! Sorry, but it cracked me up a little that you drive a Chevy. I'm glad this post revved your engine, old bean. And a jolly good weekend to you, too. Ta ta!

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  37. I don't know what I love the most about your post today...all the cool pictures! The video clips! Especially Mr. Bean! The hilarious placement of Grey Poupon! The Winston Churchill quotes!

    I know so little about old cars, but it is so much fun to go to car shows. Thanks for "taking me along" via your post.

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    1. Thanks! I'm so glad you enjoyed all the hodgepodge parts of the post. Thanks for "coming along." (You're such good company!)

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  38. I envy your excursions but am so happy you share them so well. It's always like being there with you. <3

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    1. Thanks. I'm happy you enjoy them. In your honor, I'll bring an extra bottle of water next time.

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  39. That first car was always known as a 'Goggle eyed sprite'.

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    1. Ahhh, interesting. Here, we call it "bug-eyed". Kinda the same.

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  40. I loved this post thank you. so entertaining. The fist car has so much character.....reminds me of the kiddies movie CARS.

    Wendy @ Fabulosity Reads
    http://fabulosityreads.blogspot.com/

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  41. I so enjoyed reading this today. Made me giggle.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad to hear it. Giggling is always good. (I wish it counted as an exercise...)

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  42. I want to thank you for your recent visit to my blog.

    Wow! what an awesome post ... sounds like a fun time. We used to own an MGB GT many many many years ago.


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    1. My pleasure. Sorry I didn't offer you any wine or chocolate, but welcome aboard!

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  43. Hi Susan .. got back and yes - these are such fun - loved the videos .. hadn't seen any of them. Great you've so many Brits around and enjoy seeing the cars .. I love Smarticus' T shirt .. get back to the garage young man!! Fun ...

    Love the thought of the double bed and the shower .. I saw a huge one yesterday .. not sure what it was - but it was white and looked like an oversized limo-type funeral car ... it was going to Goodwood - home of racing and cars ..

    Not sure whether you'll be able to see this site and then which ever parts interest you both ...

    http://www.goodwood.co.uk/home.aspx

    I was just glad to get through and up to this end of the country before Goodwood fully kicked in yesterday morning! Traffic jams already around ... still everyone has great fun ..

    Cheers to you - and great fun to see .. Hilary

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    1. Oh wow! I looked at some of the pictures on that Goodwood site. That must be quite a place, and the revival must have been a blast. I loved the picture of the fellow with the old leather driving cap on, a big ol' cigar (fake, it looks like) and a lipstick kiss-y mark on his cheek. Sure looks like HE was having a good time! Gorgeous cars... and food and theatre, too? Wow, we would have thoroughly enjoyed that whole event. (The traffic couldn't have been too much worse than ours in Atlanta on a daily basis.)

      I'm glad you liked the videos and jokes on this post. I figured this one would be more your cup of tea than the one on football!

      Cheers!

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  44. Winston Churchill was the most important man of the twentieth century,

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  45. I don't know if he was THE most important man of the century, but he was certainly in the top tier.

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  46. Loved the post. Enjoyed your sense of humour along with the funny clips. The pictures are lovely and the final set of quotes from Churchill just make it perfect.

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  47. "Pulling them out of one of these cars would sound like a champagne cork popping." This is where a little bit of coffee came out my nose. Haaa!

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    1. Oh, so you know some people like that, too, huh? HA! (Made ya laugh!)

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  48. I loved that description of a British car. Well Mike's anyway! :-)

    Greetings from London.

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    1. I'm glad you liked his description. Rings a bit true, doesn't it?

      Greetings back atcha from Georgia!

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  49. The Grey Poupon in the back was a GREAT touch!

    Now, what I wanna know is... Did any of those Deloreans come with a flux capacitor?

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. Yeah, the mustard was the perfect addition.

      The owners of those Deloreans all claimed their vehicle had no flux capacitor, but it was probably in their best interest to deny its existence.

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  50. Thanks for the great laughs! I'll bet those clips are being sent off far and wide.

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  51. jolly good show and all of the above comments are fun too. I just kept hearing the Top Gear blokes (BBC of course) adding commentary. Great post. Cheers and a spot of tea to you

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    1. Yes, it was jolly good fun, wasn't it? I'm glad you enjoyed it. Pip, pip... cheerio!

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  52. LOL at the Churchill quote. The car show looks fun, and I think you're being hasty on the DeLorean thing... you can always have it painted red. My thing would be car insurance, I imagine it's pretty hefty. ;)

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    1. HA! I think if anyone attempted to paint a Delorean ANY color, he'd be run outta town on a rail. The stainless steel body was its trademark. You're right about the insurance, though. Then again, anyone who could afford one of them could well afford the insurance.

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  53. Cars don't really interest me except as a means to get from A to B. My own car is a 1997 Toyota Corolla and probably on it's last legs/wheels. I really enjoyed looking at the cars in your blog post though so maybe there is a flicker of interest in me somewhere!

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    1. When our kids were growing up, I thought of a car as little more than a necessary means of transportation, too. Now, with them all off raising their own families, my hubby and I can have fun vehicles. It's a whole different mind set.

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    1. Yeah, me, too. I don't think we'll ever see it on TV here any time soon, though.

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  55. When I think about it, in my many years of car ownership I have not owned very many cars--I've kept each one too long. Most have been Chevy's though. Not a one was a British make car.

    Lee
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    1. Except for a Fiat Spider, all our cars and trucks have been American-made, too. And mostly GM. Doesn't mean we'll never own a British sports car some day, though. Ya never know.

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  56. Your posts are always so full of juicy information, Susan. I had no clue Georgia had a Winston Churchill Society. Wow! I had to go research the group. I found it's part of a worldwide society and connected to the Churchill War Rooms in London. They call themselves Churchillians. Oh, I also learned there's a Duke of Wellington Restaurant in Dunwoody of all places. Who knew???

    We'll never see that Ford commercial in the US because too many people would complain about the brutal dispensation of the birdie. Ford would have to run a, "no birdies were harmed in the making of this commercial" banner across the bottom of the screen

    VR Barkowski

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    1. See, now you told me something new. I didn't know there was a Duke of Wellington restaurant in Dunwoody. I'll have to check it out. (Although the English pub right here in our town serves terrific fish & chips.)

      You're right. Ford could never show that commercial here. A sister ad to that one features a cat. As it approaches, the sunroof slides open. Then the cat climbs up, sticks his head in, and the sun roof closes on his neck. Yeah. THAT one won't be showing here, either.

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  57. Loved all the photos and the video. Thanks. Looks such interesting rides.

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