Carshow Outtake: Unexpected Veteran Car Encounter

One of the great things about being a Curbivore is that you never know when it might be necessary to go into Full Active Curbivore mode, without notice. Such an occasion came in mid June, on an otherwise unexceptional lunch stop on a long weekend in north west England.

We had stopped for a lunch at one of our preferred English stately homes, now in need of some (actually a heck of a lot!) TLC, and found we had arrived at the same time as a Veteran Car Club run. Here are some of the sights we saw.

I’m not going to give a detailed commentary on the cars; my Dad was a history teacher, and when asked an historical question he didn’t know the answer to, he would always say ”Not my period”. The cars of the Edwardian and Georgian eras of the early twentieth century are “not my period”. But I hope you enjoy them anyway.

First up, a 1911 Hudson.

One of the great early marques, a 1912 Panhard Levassor, one of many to come from France, and reminding us how important France was in the development of the early motorcars.

Another French pioneer, a 1913 Mors,

 and a 1913 Darracq

Meanwhile, representing the United Kingdom,  a 1913 Rover.

And a 1913 British built Clément-Talbot, albeit assembled from mainly French components.

A 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50, also known unofficially as the Silver Ghost. The Silver Ghost is officially one specific car built in 1907, and still owned by (the successor company) Bentley to this day.

It may not have a very well equipped dash and interior but the craftsmanship is clear. The aftermarket gauge just fails to go unnoticed.

Or perhaps you have more modest tastes? This Ford is from 1915.

A 1922 Vauxhall, built in Luton and looking very much in place with the older cars.

A 1913 Sunbeam, pre-dating the Sunbeam and Talbot merger managed by the Rootes brothers. In fact pre-dating the Rootes brothers being in the industry.

Most of these cars were over 100 years old, and they all arrived at Lytham Hall under their own power, and completed a regularity trial in the park before leaving for the next stop on their tour. The regularity trial took the form of a drive through the roads of the park, aiming to complete it as closely to a prescribed time as possible.

While others drove the regularity trial, a vintage bus ride was available in this 1958 Leyland Titan, locally built and in the colours of recently closed Leyland based operator, from just a dozen miles away.

And this is a 1913 Rover radiator cap and bonnet ornament.