A pretty much perfect day for the first Gemini Classic Car Show of 2017. The sun was shining and the turnout of classics and enthusiasts was impressive.
Old Warden, home of the Shuttleworth Collection, is a great location with its vintage planes, Edwardian cars and early motorcycles and of course the excellent cafe and restaurant. They also have a brilliant playground to keep the kids happy.
Stephen at Gemini always manages to get a really good mix of cars and motorcycles at their shows. The A602 Street And Strip Rods Club were out in force with some American monsters.
The AC 3000ME at the top of the page was my favourite car of the show. The 3000ME has that great mix of British sports car with a twist of American muscle that AC were famous for. I had a great chat with the owner (I forgot to get his name, which was rude!). Evidently, the reason the fibreglass bodies are normally in good condition is because they are not stressed. The AC has a strong chassis that the body is bolted to, see picture below (Owner holding model of the chassis).
Although the 3000ME made typical use of various manufacturers parts bins there are a number components that were one-offs, which are very hard to come by, including the gearbox, window glass and for some reason, those gorgeous slot mags have a unique stud layout, so no curbing the alloys.
The Classic Motorcycles were well represented, this trial bike is a real stunner, I think it’s a BSA…
A new one on me, was the Berkeley Cars display. A local manufacturer to Bedfordshire in the late 1950’s. These front wheel drive microcars made use of motorcycle engines and proved to be pretty lively. This one is not performing a burnout, but a dramatic case of ‘stuck throttle’.
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A few more photos from the day…
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