Friday, 24 August 2012

Summer Classics at Easter Compton 2012

Summer Classics was held over the weekend of the11th and  12th of August at Easter Compton. Another local show meant a short drive in Frank to the venue and a weekend with the family. I managed to get some sketching in too. The event had a huge range of vehicles of many different types, which made a refreshing change to a lot of show and shine events, giving a relaxed and informal atmosphere where anyone was welcome to show their vehicle, whatever it may be. For more information on the Summer Classics Show please visit the Website:

1953 Kaiser Manhattan

(digitally painted ink sketch)

This Kaiser is a rare car indeed, and the restoration is of a very high standard. It's seeing big American cars like this that get me thinking, maybe we need a bigger family car.

I first saw this car at the Gloucestershire Steam Rally where the weather meant I only got as far as a pencil sketch. I was very happy to see this car again and took the opportunity to ink the sketch whilst I had the opportunity. 

Chrysler Roadster

(digitally painted ink sketch)

1965 Mercedes UniMOG

(digitally painted ink sketch)

UniMOG stands for Universal Motor Gerat (great is german for Motor). This is a very versatile machine as it is 4 wheel drive and functions like a tractor where various equipment can be attached to the front and rear of the vehicle. The gearing is very low and the current owner said they can haul up to 40 tons! This machine was originally owned by Cardiff International Airport as a purpose built snow blower. It is now undergoing a rolling restoration whilst working on a small holding. THe current owner was very excited about all the bits of kit he could strap on to it. You can pretty much run any piece of equipment that uses a 3 point linkage system.


 1954 Corvette Stingray

 Dodge Convertible

 Rowena checks out a Chevy step side with a great patina

 6 Wheel Drive Military Truck

 1950 Studebaker Champion 2 Door

This car is believed to be the only one in the country and only 51 remain of the 9,362 that were built. The car was bought by the current owners as a 50th birthday present. They travelled to the USA to pick it up. After some "well needed maintenance" they toured the Southern States covering 5000 miles.

 1953 Paramount Sports

Approximately 80 of these were built, 8 of these are known to exist and only 3 are on the road. BOught in 1975 this example was restored and put back on the road in 1988, and used ever since.

last but not least...
Frank sported his show and shine guise over the weekend (a layer of linseed oil to keep the elements at bay).

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