The NEC Restoration Show

Now that Authun has managed to return to his home in Iceland, I have need to find something else to fill my Wednesday posts.

While I think on it, though, let me tell you more about the car show.


It turned out less boring than I expected. I’m not really a car-expert. I only wanted a Herald because I really wanted a Spitfire. And I really only wanted one of them because I think they’re one of the prettiest designed cars. So elegant and gorgeous. I’m quite taken by Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprites for the same reason. That and the name. Likewise Riley Elfs. Or Elves, maybe… But the reason I didn’t get a Spitfire was, quite simply, economics. I was 16 and couldn’t find a cheap enough one.

Anyway, it was largely only the mornings when I was particularly invisible. As the days got busier, and my dad got more caught up with all those who wanted to talk to him about mechanics etc, the rest got left to me. So I wasn’t too bored.

Although sadly, and despite the many with fond memories of Heralds or with Herald projects, we didn’t win the coveted Golden Spanner for Restoration of the Year (and £2K of tools which none of us on the Restoration stand need, since we clearly already have what we need). You see, one of the other cars was probably the front-runner from the word go. It’s hard to beat a story like that of the Volvo P1800. It was the car originally driven by Roger Moore in the ’60s TV show The Saint. Apparently they’d really wanted a Jag, but Jaguar refused. So a Volvo it was!


The best part of the weekend, though, was the fact that the Herald managed the trip to and from Birmingham with almost no troubles. She hiccuped a little when the fuel started running low, but other than that, it was a very pleasant road-trip. And lovely weather too! On our way back, we thought it would be nice to take her back to her place of origin, since we were in Coventry.

Since Standard-Triumph is no more, the factory site is now a business-site, and all that remains is the workers’ club. But there are signs and monuments. And most of the roads are named after the Triumph cars.


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