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14th May 2007

Vintage Vehicles Thing - Ackworth May 2007 @ 23:16

Current Grassiness: cranky cranky
Current sounds: "There's a Girl" by The Ditty Bops

Probably the most disappointing thing about the whole thing was that we didn't just say "No thanks" and carry on driving. In the small print of all the posters in the local shop window and the signs on the roads there was little mention of the £4 adult entry fee. So imagine my surprise on driving through the "Free Parking" gate only to be greeted by a man in combat fatigues grinning like someone about to fleece £8 off unsuspecting tourists.

Bloke - Eeh tha'll be eight pa'and
Mrs Gnomepants - £8! We dont have enough! Sorry, can we just get out at the bottom? The sign up there said free parking we were just passing through.
Bloke - Oh well...er...well how much have you got spying the £5 note I am brandishing
stegzy - Erm £5.....
Bloke - That'll do...

I suppose it was a lot less painful than walking through Fitzwilliam wiggling a £5 note in the air and saying "Mug me!".



Anyway, what i thought would be an interesting collection of steam engines, memorabilia and old tractors turned out to be little more than a showcase of "vintage" cars (There was a Ford Capri there and a Mark 2 Ford Fiesta, they're no more vintage than my piss). Still it was nice to see some old familiar vehicles in very well kept condition.




Old Capri from a distance



Some of the vehicles were peculiar



others straight out of the 1950's



Trucks with trucks



Straight out of time



Some in red


Other glorious sites included several marquees of overall suited gentlemen selling what can only be described as the contents of granddad's shed. Rusty, old motor related things. Like Haynes manuals for Renault 5s, rusty suspension springs, bell pushers from old Atlantean Buses, pipes and things, tat, crap, Junk. No. Really....The wife's magpie genes nearly caused us to be the proud owner of a couple of new doorbells and a door knocker until the impracticalities of having a bell push from a bus fitted to the back door (yes, we receive our guests at the BACK DOOR, want to make something of it?) and the absurdity in having house fly shaped brass ash tray as a door knocker were realised and had to be placated by a pair of gardening kneel pads for a £1.




Of course this guy was the one of the few that happened to be selling anything remotely useful. Burgers make good wheel chucks apparently.


There were other highlights. Such as when it rained and the view over to Hemsworth, South Kirkby and Brierley Gap and a couple of steam driven thingies.




This is a steam driven musical pipe thingie.


This is what it sounds like in the wind.




There was also a steam driven clang maker. A thing that goes clang which is powered by steam. It went something like this:-


Next to the clangy thing was another steam driven thing. This didn't go clang. I'm sure going clang might not seem important to some people. But it is. If your machine don't clang it ain't worth showing.







To top the whole day off, this steam powered thing feebly spooged water out of a pipe every 30 seconds. I'm sure it had a function once. What ever that function was I have no idea. What I do know is, however, paying £5 to see all that crap instead of the £8 that I should have paid was still a down right con. Bloody farmers.

The exhibition was called the Scammel Exhibition. Scam-me-l. I should have guessed from the name.
 
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From:celticblissy
Date:15th May 2007 01:11 (UTC)
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Would you still love me if I stole your hair and used it to decorate a marmite jar?
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From:stegzy
Date:15th May 2007 05:53 (UTC)
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I might
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From:celticblissy
Date:15th May 2007 21:59 (UTC)
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*gets her scissors*
From:jimrock
Date:15th May 2007 06:55 (UTC)

What a fool I am

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Sh1t look at those pics. I was a damn fool to suggest that this steam thingy wouls be p*@s poor. That last pumping thingy, just look at it! The Capri???????. O.K. its not the origional 70`s shape but god damn it. All these years of sex drugs and rock an roll have been sadly wasted when my calling was really from the whistle of a steam roller!!!!!!!!
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From:stegzy
Date:15th May 2007 07:49 (UTC)

Re: What a fool I am

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The Capri was the best thing there. Closely followed by a 1980's Ford Granada in mint condition.

You missed out.
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From:zoefruitcake
Date:15th May 2007 08:41 (UTC)
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we have one of those locally every year, and I wouldn't go. I see it as a big get together for people who wear different anoraks to me and try to make others pay money to view them during their meeting
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From:stegzy
Date:15th May 2007 09:14 (UTC)
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There is no hope for humanity.
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From:billzy
Date:15th May 2007 08:48 (UTC)
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There was something similar at the Transport museum in Birkenhead at the weekend - i was going to take PJ on Sunday but he had to be back in Liverpool for 10:30am for a party :( Did want to go on my own and look sad :/
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From:stegzy
Date:15th May 2007 09:16 (UTC)
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I still muse over the many things I've missed out on because of my fear of "looking sad" because I went on my own. Sometimes it is the only thing to do.

But you're right. Wandering round a vintage car rally on your own is a bit sad.
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From:billzy
Date:15th May 2007 11:18 (UTC)
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Mine was even worse - vintage transport - buses and trains... spotters :O
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From:boyzici
Date:15th May 2007 10:10 (UTC)
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Ive been to plenty of these things in my time. I always marvelled at the steam water pump things. I'm like - 'why spend a lot of money on a machine to drain a ditch hwen sa bucket will do the job just as well?'

This is my Dad's car:

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From:stegzy
Date:15th May 2007 10:32 (UTC)
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Now thats a nice car. Cars like that take a lot of care and attention. What is it?

The steam powered water spooger (and believe me it didnt squirt or spray it definately spooged) was certainly facinating. I just like the smell of steam engines. Don't know why. Thats the only reason I wanted to go to the show, to smell the steam engines. There were some facinating things there though and I suspect that had we gone on the Sunday we would have had a better experience (in the rain). It looked like most of the stalls were still setting up on the Saturday.
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From:boyzici
Date:15th May 2007 10:36 (UTC)
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It is a 1933 Frazer Nash TT Replica - a two seater sports car that goes like the clappers.
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From:stegzy
Date:15th May 2007 10:50 (UTC)
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I bet it does!

I'd want to be wearing my finest 1930's clothing, have a delicious passenger and have a picnic in a fine wicker basket (complete with tartan rug) stored somewhere near the rear (Possibly to meet up with Miss Marple or Duc de Richeleu) when riding in that car.

A fine vehicle!
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From:boyzici
Date:15th May 2007 10:56 (UTC)
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We used to have picnics with a tartan rug :) although there was no wicker basket. We had this giant hideous red freezer box thing instead.

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From:stegzy
Date:15th May 2007 11:11 (UTC)
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Did you meet Miss Marple (the Joan Hickson version, naturally) too? If you say yes I will be upset. (and insanely jealous)
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From:boyzici
Date:15th May 2007 12:24 (UTC)
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No

*BUT*

My now dead Great Aunt's house was used as a location for one of the episodes and Joan Hickson was filmed sitting in my aunt's chair.
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From:stegzy
Date:15th May 2007 12:36 (UTC)
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ooooh I hope the chair is now safely wrapped in bubble wrap and in a sealed container to prevent other people from sitting on it.

At Bertrams Hotel was filmed in the same square as where my friend works. Not quite the same as a chair but close enough ;-)


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From:boyzici
Date:15th May 2007 12:42 (UTC)
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I dont know what happened to the chair. I imagine someone in the family will have it.

Have you been to the square and stood in exactly the same position as some of the actors? I have done this before in bristol for other tv shows :s
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From:stegzy
Date:15th May 2007 13:09 (UTC)
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Not for the Miss Marple thing. But whenever I'm in or around Grimethorpe (the next village to me), I try to imagine being Ewan McGregor in Brassed Off
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From:boyzici
Date:15th May 2007 13:11 (UTC)
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That must take a lot of brass.

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