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American classic

The route I took on my day trip to Mablethorpe the other week takes me through South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, and then Lincolnshire. I take the same route (as much as is possible) that my granddad used to drive when he and my grandma took us all to their caravan as children. It’s a bit of a ritual and I’d feel like I’d somehow betrayed the memories if I took any short-cuts. A couple of the towns the journey passes now have bypasses (Worksop and Louth), but I still stick to the original “proper” route, even though it adds time. Doing otherwise would remove a bit of the nostalgia that the trip always generates (plus, while the roads through Worksop are not especially scenic, the town of Louth in Lincolnshire is lovely and taking the bypass would be a downright shame).

Another village along the way is Glentham. It looks a nice enough place, although I’ve never ventured of the main road that cuts through it. At the eastern edge of the village is a garage that I’ve noticed before but never stopped to photograph. There is an interesting set of vintage petrol pumps in the window. On this occasion, there was also a lovely bit of Americana in the shape of a vintage Chevy station wagon / truck . I’d love to tell you precisely what the model is but, alas, I didn’t take the details. Some Googling points towards it being a Styleline though. Happy to be corrected on this!

The morning sunlight on the car, garage, and the pumps was lovely, so I took a u-turn the first chance I got and turned around to get the picture.

It feels somehow fitting to photograph the car with a 1950s camera.

FILM - American classic

Zeiss Mess-Ikonta 524/16 & Kodak Ektar.

Taken on 13 September 2019

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’46 Chevy

This attractive Chevy truck was at the Lincoln Steam Rally. It had been carefully painted to give it a somewhat well-worn finish and it looked great in the bright sunshine – the browns and reds of the bodywork contrasting vividly with the bright chrome of the grille and the glass of the headlamps.

FILM - Chevy

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 & Fuji Superia 100 (expired).

Taken on 17 August 2019

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Amongst the various vintage and classic vehicles at the Lincoln steam rally were a couple of Invacars, which immediately caused a pang of nostalgia because I haven’t seen one for a long time. The Invacar was a fairly commonplace sight when I was a child back in the 70s and 80s with it’s distinctive 3-wheeler shape and uniform colour (they were all the same shade of ice-blue), but they haven’t been seen on the roads in any great numbers for a long time now. They tended (in my experience) to be referred to as Invalid Carriages, rather than Invacars, or (in the politically incorrect schoolyards that existed 1970s and 80s) by somewhat harsher and more unfavourable terms that I’ll not repeat here.

FILM - Invacar

The background of this distinctive little vehicle begins shortly after WWII when a fellow named Bert Greeves built a vehicle around a motorcycle converted for full manual control for use by a paralysed cousin. As there were many people living with disability following injuries sustained during the recent conflict, a commecial opportunity was spotted and government help was sought. The result was Invacar Ltd. and the cars were distributed to disabled drivers by the Ministry of Pensions up until the late 1970s when the contract ended.

The single-seater cars originally had a small engine, but a later upgrade resulted in far more power and it is reported that this gave a top speed of over 80mph. Despite the rakish angle of the passenger compartment, I doubt that this was the best idea and was likely akin to strapping a rocket engine to a paper airplane. I can only imagine the thrill (terror!) that would be induced in experiencing this speed in such a tiny, fibreglass-bodied Invacar. I believe they also had a tendency to catch fire on occasion too!

FILM - Invacar-2

Over time, as motability schemes were introduced that allowed people with disabilities to adapt regular vehicles for their use, so the need for these small cars fell away. In 2003, all the remaining Invacars still owned by the government were recalled and scrapped as they could no longer meet road safety regulations, although vehicles still in private ownership are still allowed to be used on the road apparently.

I had a roll of B&W film in the camera when I came across the car (actually there were two, but this “well loved” model was better placed and more interesting of the two for photographs) so I can’t show the distinctive shade of blue on here, but there will be many other photos around online should you choose to go looking.

FILM - Invacar-3

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 & Eastman Double-X.

Taken on 17 August 2019

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Car parts

While I can’t honestly say that I have much more than a passing interest in cars – whether they be classic or contemporary – as a photographer I nontheless recognise their appeal. I know when I photograph an interesting car that it’s something that’s going to look pretty cool as a picture. So here are three more car pictures (or fragments of cars, at least) captured on beautiful Eastman Double-X.

FILM - Triumph

FILM - Humber

FILM - Mirrors

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 & Eastman Double-X.

Taken on 17 August 2019

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Lines and curves

Well, this morning’s issue with linked Flickr images seems to have magically resolved itself, so here’s a bonus post to make up for the disruption!

The front end of some vintage car or other (I neglected to take note of what it was and don’t have enough here to ID it). Taken at the Classics on The Moor car rally in Sheffield.

This outing was my first time shooting Ilford Delta 100 and I’m very happy with the results. Very clean and contrasty.


FILM - Lines and curves

Olympus OM-1, F.Zuiko 50mm f/1.8, Ilford Delta 100

Date taken: 6 August 2017

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Some more from the steam rally…

As my slovenly updating of the blog continues, I thought I’d just drop in a bunch of photos to keep it alive!

These were taken back in June at the Sheffield Steam Rally ay North Anston. I’ve already posted the shots of the traction engines, but there were also some classic cars that I photographed, plus a few random shots. These were shot with my OM-1 with the F.Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 on Fomapan 100. I like the Fomapan, it’s a little grimy in my experience, sometimes having little back soot-like flecks on the negatives, but the results are pretty nice.

FILM - F-Bomb

FILM - Rover 60

FILM - What's inside-

FILM - Askance

FILM - Dodge

FILM - Lady Pamela

FILM - 66 Continental

FILM - Churns

FILM - The way we used to talk

FILM - More music for the masses

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More catching up…

Following on from yesterday’s post, here are the remaining black and white shots from Brodsworth Hall. Sorry it’s a bit of a hectic post!

I’ll start off with the classic car related photos and then move on to the others taken in the grounds.

#1 – A cheeky selfie.

FILM - Another selfie

#2 – Someone relaxing behind their car.

FILM - Break time

#3 – Model-T Ford hood.

FILM - Model T

#4 – A bit of bonnet bokeh.

FILM - Bonnet

#5 – A Browning M1919 atop the hood of a Willys Jeep.

FILM - PowPowPow

#6 – I think this was inside the Model-T.

FILM - Twenty-five past one

#7 – Under a Chevvy’s hood.

FILM - Chevrolet

#8 – Morris 8 bonnet.

FILM - Morris 8

#9 – Bentley bonnet (not sure of the model).

FILM - Bentley

#10 – Rolls Royce grille – again, not sure of the model.

FILM - Rolls

#11 – A sunlit statue.

FILM - Preserving one's dignity

#12 – A large monkey puzzle tree in the gardens.

FILM - Monkey Puzzle tree

#13 – Another sunlit statue.

FILM - Stone guardian

#14 – Pine cones.

FILM - Pine cones

#15 – A tree stump and footpath.

FILM - The path past the stump

#16 & #17 – Brodsworth church.

FILM - Brodsworth Church

FILM - Brodsworth Church-2

#18 – And finally, a metal handrail on a bridge that went over a sunken garden area. I really like this shot.

FILM - Spiral

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Playing catch-up

My aim when I first started this blog was to write at least one post per week – something that I’ve been exceeding so far – with the intention of posting something about each roll of film I shot with occasional bits’n’bobs in between. And, so far, that’s been working out ok, but…

…I seem to have built up something of a backlog over the past few weeks, mostly as a result of shooting more than I normally do – a roll-and-a-half in York the other week, three rolls at Brodsworth Hall the weekend before last, and a roll and a half at a steam rally I attended this past weekend.

I’ve posted a bunch of shots from York and the classic car event at Brodsworth Hall already, but I still have a load of other shots from both outings I’d like to share, and in the interest of catching up, I think I need to do a bit of a photo-dump, so in this post and the next, I’ll show the remaining shots from Brodsworth Hall – these all on 35mm Ilford Pan F Plus 50 film and shot with my Nikon F70 with the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF-D lens.

This post will show car portraits, the next some detail shots, abstracts, and general photos taken as I walked around the grounds at Brodsworth. Before I start though, I’d just like to comment on how happy I am with the Pan F Plus. It has a lovely character, really suited to nice sunny days, and the grain, while present, is pleasantly fine. It certainly suits shots of classic cars. Definitely a film I’ll shoot again.

Anyhoo, without further ado, here are some cars!

#1 – Vauxhall Cresta

FILM - Chillin' by the Cresta

#2 – Cadillac Eldorado. Lovely car, not sure about the registration plate though!

FILM - Cadillac Eldorado

#3 – Ford Anglia

FILM - Ford Anglia

#4 – Ford Model-A pickup

FILM - Model A

#5 – Morris Oxford

FILM - Morris Oxford

#6 – Wolseley 15/50 (I think)

FILM - Wolseley

#7 – VW Beetle

FILM - Beetle

#8 – Humber Sceptre Mk II

FILM - Humber Sceptre Mk II