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1948 Excelsior Autobyk

Owner : Roger : New Club Member 2017

I became a member in 2017 having joined TVME on their club stand at the Romsey Show in 2016. The Autobyk has a 2-speed gear box. The gear change is on the top of the fuel tank and has a hand throttle. The rear brake isa back pedalling mechanism.

It is not an easy bike to ride, but great fun! 


1968 Ford Mustang Coupe 

Owner : John : Club Member since 2004

 mustang 4 a   The car is a 1968 Ford Mustang Coupe, which I bought when I was working out in California. It is my first and only Classic car. Though many of the cars that I have owned in the past would now be ‘Classics’, if it were not for the tendency for steel to turn back to Iron Oxide. I became a classic owner rather late in life, age 52 to be precise, so why did I do it? I had some friends who owned classic Triumphs, and I had done some ‘runs’ with them.

The social side of owning a classic was appealing, more so than the skinned knuckles and the smell of WD40.

The second reason was more pragmatic. I needed to drive across the US to see my son in Boston, so why not do it in style. I saw the car in ‘Mustang Ranch’ no not the brothel in Nevada, but part of Fresno Valley Classic Cars, and it was love at first sight. That was back in 1997 and we have been together ever since. Parted only when I left it on the dockside in New Jersey, keys in the ignition, to fly back home. To be reunited two weeks later at Southampton docks. 

After 18 years of British weather, signs of rust were beginning to show on its nether regions. The engine had, apart from oil filters and spark plugs, remained untouched. It was time for the car to have a serious refit. The body was stripped back to bare metal. The man at Bodytech said in a throwaway comment, 'what colour would you like it?'. In for a penny, in for many pounds I said red! Metallic red replaced metallic blue. Little did I know how many metallic reds there are, each with their own subtle differences. For weeks I couldn't see a red car on the road without wondering what colour it was. In petrol stations and in car parks I asked drivers of cars that sported possible metallic red hues 'what colour is that?'. In the end I choose a Chevy colour. You can see from this I am not a purist.

mustang 2 aThe engine was completely rebuilt. Each change seemed to lead to another. A cracked exhaust manifold and the change to steel header pipes. These interfered with the original power steering box. An upgraded Borgeson power steering box solved the problem. Just keep dipping into the kid's inheritance. They will understand I told myself.

Was it worth it? In cash terms probably not, but it looks good, sounds great and steers better. A trip around the Alps this summer will be its proving run. After all these years I still have a big smile on my face whenever I take it out on the road.

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Morris 1000 and Oxford

Owner : Trevor : Club Member since 2009 

I have always been a bit troubled by the term “classic cars” as I really do not think I own one.    Although all of our vehicles are well over 20 years old (even the “modern”) they are still just old cars to us.   However, it is a well-understood if somewhat undefined term so it will have to do.   I grew up in (cough) the 1960s which was a wonderful period to be a young enthusiast.    All of the new stuff got right up Grandpa’s nose but I loved seeing gleaming P6 Rovers, gaudy Super Minxes and exotic Lancias all over the place.   Not only that, but there were still plenty of Aero Morgans and T type Midgets and pre-war family saloons grinding around.    Even our sleepy village had hidden gems like a Citroen Traction roadster and 1959 Chevy Impala and I well remember playing in abandoned cars - Mk 1 Zephyr, oval window Beetle and E Type Velox all providing hours of amusement, not to mention hood ornaments.   Cars were much more exciting back then, even the neighbour’s humble new SL90 Viva in two tone blue.  

When the time finally came to learn to drive (waiting for that remains the longest  17 years of my life) I knew exactly what I wanted – a Volkswagen.   Rejecting all manner of sensible things like A35s, A40s and an immaculate Simca 1501 for the same money I rushed out and bought the first Beetle I saw.   It lasted about a week and was towed ignominiously away sparking a 30 year Wolfsburg Avoidance Policy – something I subconsciously followed even when buying our VW Camper as the T25s were built in Hanover! 

Probably, I shall never afford that Maserati Quattroporte or drophead Alvis from boyhood dreams but I have only managed about 18 months of my motoring career without a 1960s car of some sort.  After all, it is the everyday stuff I remember the best and if ever my Euro-millions number does come up I shall buy one for each neighbour so that I can once again walk down a street populated by Victors, 1100s and Cortinas!    Until then, our crusty, rusty but ever trusty Morris 1000 and Oxford will transport us in full 1960s atmosphere – authentically created by damp carpets and furred-up Smiths heaters of course!

Austin, MGA & TD

Owner : Peter : Club Member since 2001

Peter Car 1A trip with a neighbour to Beaulieu in 1980 to source parts for his 1935 Morris Eight sparked my interest in classic cars. We saw an advert there for a 1938 Austin Big Seven for ‘renovation’ and having ridden in one owned by a family friend in my boyhood ( and egged on by my neighbour), I couldn’t resist the temptation. So, couple of weeks later , ‘Betsy’ became one of the family and the following four year restoration took up most of my leisure time when I wasn’t travelling with my job.

My first car had been a 1937 Austin 10 Cambridge at University and I’ve always had a soft spot for pre-war Austins.

Betsy was joined in 1987, by a 1951 MG TD Mk II bought from a ‘friend of a friend’ in Louisiana. The Mk II was a special tuned version of the standard car and fairly rare especially in the UK. This one again needed a body-off restoration, but I managed this over the winter of 1977, and it took us all over Europe to the Alps the next summer. 

A move to the USA in 1991 gave me the opportunity to purchase an MGA from Austin, Texas; as usual, this one needed a full restoration, which gave me something to do instead of gardening, since we lived in an apartment. Once again, with some help, I accomplished the restoration over a ‘winter’ and drove the car all over Texas before we relocated to Grand Bahama, where the car was one of only two MG’s on theisland. The other was a TD which Iwas frequently asked to ‘tune’ by its Bahamian owner.

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My other two cars were left back in the UK; the Austin was laid up in my friend’s barn whilst the TD was looked after by my son-in-law, a chief tech in the RAF. I got to drive the TD only on home leave for eleven years and only visited Betsy to start her up now and again.

Since retiring and returning home in 2001, all three cars have been used extensively; in all I have done 18,000 miles in the Austin, 45,000 miles in the TD and 120,000 miles in the A!  I would love another classic (a ‘54-59 Magnette really), but sadly lack of space and a threatened divorce has convinced me to shelve that idea. But watch this space!

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1985 Skoda 130 Rapid

Owner: Colin: Club Member since 2006

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To be honest I knew little about Škodas. However, I was certainly tempted by my neighbour when he brought home his Škoda cabriolet. He enticed me further by gifting me a Škoda Owners Club GB membership and inviting me on a Škoda International Club Tour in Germany - 350 members and their cars from 9 countries all over Europe, with some 50 old cars, some dating back to the 1930s. It worked! The following year (2003) I bought myself this 1985 Škoda 130 Rapid.

'Tigger', my car's nickname, cost me £500. She failed her first MOT, so I spent out and had her welded, then outer sprayed in original colour and titivated the interior. Altogether I spent a small fortune, especially considering the value of the car at that time, however, when all is said and done it's my hobby and a price cannot be put on the pleasure I get from it. It's a bit of a faff getting the roof on/off; Velcro and snap fasteners galore - so when it's down it tends to stay down! Ironically this rapidly disappearing piece of iconic Czech engineering of the pre VW era has diminished dramatically since 2000, at which point 52,000 rear engine Škoda were registered. In 2014 it was 190, with certain variants in single figures.

Škoda's roots were founded in 1895 by Vaclav Laurin and Vaclav Klement, who initially designed and built bicycles. The addition of engines to their bikes was soon followed by their first car. It was a roaring success and in order to build upon their success merged with Pizen Škodovka Co. in 1925 and became Škoda. Until the 1960s they were renowned for producing a handsome range of vehicles, yet in the years that followed the build quality was questionable. Although Škoda's reputation was tarnished, the rear-engined Rapid (1984-1990) was a significant improvement. The convertible was for the UK market alone and converted by Ludgate Design & Development. Of the 330 conversions there are now only 13 accounted for and 7 taxed on the road this year (in UK).

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The model used to convert into this cabriolet was the 130 Rapid Coupe later models the 136. The Škoda Rapid Coupe was built at Škoda's small Kvasiny factory from 1984 to 1990 with production ending in January of that year after some 33,455 units had been built. The Rapid model introduced engineering advances into the range including rack and pinion steering. Four pot callipers for the front discs brakes and at last a semi trailing arm suspension.

Pricing was always a strong point in Škodas favour, the Rapid 136 Coupe in 1988 cost £4,200 and came complete with sun roof, stereo radio and tape player, and 5-speed gearbox and yet cost less than a mini. (Latest valuation £4,000).

I think it is fair to say that Škodas have been the source of many jokes, so it's a shame that the heritage of Škoda, and certainly the stunning cars they once built, is not generally known. It's not the fastest thing on four wheels, but it sure does put a smile on my face! 

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Year Make Model   Year Make Model
1924 Austin 12/4 Tourer   1978 MG MGB GT
1924 Austin Seven Chummy   2002 MG TF
1929 Austin Seven Tophat   2003 MG TF
1932 Austin 7 RN     MG A Coupe
1935 Austin Ruby     MG TF
1935 Austin Ruby   1982 Morgan Plus 8
1937 Austin Seven Ruby   1986 Morgan 4+4
1937 Austin Ruby   2001 Morgan 4-Apr
1937 Austin 7 Van   2008 Morgan Plus 4
1938 Austin Big Seven   1930 Morris Cowley
1957 Austin A35 saloon   1955 Morris Cowley
1960 Austin Healey Sprite   1957 Morris Minor
  Austin Healey Sprite Mk1   1960 Morris Traveller
1971 Austin Mini Cooper S   1964 Morris Traveller
1986 Alfa Romeo Series 3 Spider   1970 Morris Minor 2 door, 1098cc
1947 Bentley MK VI   1970 Morris Minor 2 door
1929 Chrysler 75   1971 Morris Minor Van
1973 Citroen DS23 EFI     Morris Oxford Saloon
1977 Chevrolet Corvette   1932  Riley   Stelvio
1961 Ford Consul Classic   1938 Rover 10
1968 Ford Mustang        
1974 Ford Escort 1300E   1929 Roll Royce 20/25 Tourer
1978 Ford Spartan   1989 Rover Mini Racing Green
1996 Ford Scorpio   1972 Scimitar GTE 6A
1960 Humber Supersnipe   1972 Saab 99
1966 Humber Sceptre   1975 Sunbeam Rapier
1972 Honda CD 175cl   1952 Sunbeam Talbot 90DHC
1979 Honda CB250 N   1957 Standard Vanguard Pick Up
1981 Honda CB750 FA   1965 Skoda Octavia combi
1948 Jaguar Mk 4 1.5ltr   1967 Sunbeam Alpine V
1955 James Captain   1968 Saab V4 96
1959 Jaguar XK 150   1972 Skoda S100
1963 Jaguar 3.8 Mk 2   1985 Skoda Rapid 130 Cabriolet
1963 Jaguar E' type FHC Series 1   1989 Skoda Rapid Cabrio
1963 Jaguar Mk 10 3.8ltr   1931 Talbot 75 Tourer
1968 Jaguar Mk 2   1934 Talbot AV105 Sports tourer
1968 Jaguar MK11 240   1955 Triumph TR2
1996 Jaguar XK8 Convertible   1958 Triumph TR3A
1949 Jowett Javelin   1958 Triumph TR3A
1932 Lanchester LA 10   1959 Triumph TR3A
1972 Land Rover Series III   1966 Triumph TR4A
1987 Land Rover 90, V8, Softop   1966  Triumph  TR4A
2005 Land Rover Discovery   1968 Triumph TR250
1989 Lotus Elan SE Touro   1969 Triumph Vitesse MK2
1982 Mercedes 200   1969 Triumph TR6
1995 Mercedes 500 SL   1969 Triumph Herald
1956 Messerschmitt KR 201   1974 Triumph Stag
1978 Midas Bronze Mk2   1977 Triumph TR7
1966 Mini Cooper   1980 Triumph TR7
1982 Mini Van     1987 Toyota Corolla
1988 Mini Advantage   1965 Vauxhall 101 Victor
  Mini Woody     Vauxhall Victor 101 Estate
1936 MG SA   1972 VW Beetle 13.03
1947 MG TF   1972 VW Camper Bay
1951 MG TD   1930 Willys Whippet
1951 MG TD   1957 Wolseley 1500
1951 MG TD   1970 Wolseley 16/60
1953 MG TD   1972 Wolseley Six
1954 MG TF   1972 Wolseley Six  
1955 MG TF 1500        
1955 MG          
1955 MG TF 1500        
1956 MG A        
1957 MG A        
        1924-1972 Austin, Morris, Armstrong Siddeley, MG, Jeep etc. 12HP to 3Ltr
1959 MG Magnette ZB        
1959 MG TF 1500        
1966 MG Midget        
1967 MG B Roadster        
1968 MG B GT        
1969 MG Midget        
1969 MG BGT        
1970 MG BGT        
1972 MG B Roadster        
1977 MG B GT        
1978 MG B        
1973 MG Midget        
1973 MG B        
MOTORCYCLES       Year Make Model
Year Make Model   1990 Lomax Guzzi 223
1947 Ariel     1972 Norton Commando
1949 Ariel     1961 Norton 50
1956 Ariel Huntsmaster 650cc   1978 Norton Commando MK111 Interstate
1957 Ariel     1959 Norton Triton
1950 BSA ZB34   1954 Powerpak Cycle motor
1959 BSA M21 AA Combi   2001 Royal Enfield 350 Bullet Trials
1959 BSA B31   1966 Triumph Tiger Club
1962 BSA Bantam D7/175cc     Triumph Bonneville
1962 BSA Bantam 175   1958 Velocette Valiant
2004 Chongquin Guangyu Z50   1959 Velocette  
1985 Godden 500cc Speedway        
1958 Greeves Scottish 197cl   Various 1958-2008  
1962 Greeves Hawkstone   1925-72 13 motorcycles  
2008 Harley Davidson 1200cc Trike   1968 Jawa Speedway
Year Make Model
1950 Ferguson Tea petrol
1954 Ferguson TEF
  Allis Chambers D270 Tractor
1.50 scale fun fair models 1.50 scale