If it smells of oil or Petrol ...its in the shed.

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

BMW v Triumph

No this isn't a debate about clunky gear change versus leaky push rod tubes this is about two very nice Motor Cycle models i would like to share with you .
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Schuco BMW R 75

Posted by PicasaA Schuco BMW R75 bought in a small model shop in Austria , this smaller scale model was part of their Piccolo range .

Matchbox Triumph T110

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Triumph Advertisement

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Beat Cabin fever with a Tamiya Zundapp KS750 and BMW R75

What with the snow and cold weather keeping me indoors for the last few weeks , riding and tinkering with old bikes seems a distant memory. But all that is about to change because somebody very kindly bought me these two 1/35 Tamiya Motor Cycle kits ( in one box )  to build . All I  need now is a trip into Town to buy paint and glue ...should  keep me ocupied for a while  ! Posted by Picasa

Saturday, 18 December 2010

The end of the road for the Village Petrol Station.

In days gone by the Village Petrol station was as important to the community as the Village stores or Post Office . Before electricity came to some remote areas a garage would charge accumulators , or sell Paraffin for heating and lighting purposes ,  Others would mend electrical appliances and the all important wireless. Or maybe a place to catch up on the  Village  gossip while paying for fuel .  But by 2005 the number of Petrol forecourts in the UK  had fallen to bellow 10,000 for the first time since 1912.Posted by Picasa

A derelict village garage near Llanberis , North Wales

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We are no longer a working garage .

Stringent EU regulations such as forcing stations to serve in Litres and upgrade their tanks along with  competition from Supermarkets have forced around 3,300 filling stations to close in the last five years .
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The Abandoned Petrol Station ( that wasn't )

I pulled onto   the Garage forecourt aboard  my old Triumph motor cycle and just   started to take  off my helmet when a chap in overalls appeared and asked me if  I  needed any help, I was wondering if I could take a few photos for my Blog I asked him ,   I just find old abandoned Petrol stations and Garages interesting  " Oh this isn't closed or abandoned  "  and just then a customer pulled in  and he started filling the car up with fuel . The proprietor had run this station for most of his working life , but  with cheap Supermarket fuel , and increasing legislation only recently had he thought about winding the business down , which is a great shame because these small independent Garages were once the mainstay of rural village life just like the Post Office or the Village Pub.Posted by Picasa 

Faded Paint

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Liquid Engineering

It would be  a great shame if this old service station disappeared and eventually  becomes just another housing development . Possibly  its history and former usage will be remembered in a Castrol close or Redex  Drive .Posted by Picasa

Saturday, 11 December 2010

The Grey Phantom.

Just on the outskirts of Coventry is situated the Midland Air Museum which also incorporates the Sir Frank Whittle jet heritage centre , and while i was walking around the outdoor exhibits I came across this rather forlorn F4 Phantom .  Piled and stacked in a quiet  corner of the Museum  its  fuselage and wing sections complete with the faded US markings are  awaiting their turn for restoration . The Mc Donnell Douglas F-4 Phantom was originally developed for the US Navy and entered service aboard Aircraft  carriers in 1960. These twin seat aircraft were used extensively during the Vietnam war . But looking at this haphazard collection of wing and tail sections with stars and stripe markings I could not help being reminded of a certain Pop art painting of the 1960s .
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US Air force

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Phantom wing section.

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James Rosenquist F 111 1965

A painting of a Supersonic fighter jet plane complete with the graphic  images of modern consumerism , a car tyre , tinned spaghetti , and an  atomic cloud is simply called F 111 . Painted in 1965 by the American Pop artist James Rosenquist .  With its  contemporary mixed images the artist is making a comment about  the positive and the negative aspects of scientific and human advancement. Rosenquist  originally started his career painting billboards ,  This painting  which is 86 feet in length was painted on 4 separate panels ( 2 shown here )

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Colourful Automotive Packaging .

Nowadays if you need a new bulb for your motor cycle or car the packaging in the store will be a functional blister pack complete with bar code . However not so long ago company's were doing their best to grab your attention with bright colours and dramatic illustrated packaging complete with wonderfull names like Splendor, Lumax, and Tiger Lamps. Most of these old bulb and component boxes i have picked up at Auto jumbles like Banbury or Stanford Hall paying only pennies...i do get some strange looks when i inform the stallholder i am only interested in the box !
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The Lumax, Splendor, Philips, and Kayex Auto Bulbs.

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Vintage Glass Bulbs

Even the contents of the packaging can be quit interesting , with some of the fittings not having been used on vehicles for many years , while the glass spheres themselves take on a charm of thier own ( almost Sci Fi )
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Every thing in its place .

A lot of  my small finds i keep displayed in an old Printers tray in my work shop, much nicer than being relegated to an old drawer.
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Atmospheric Lucas advert from 1948

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