Sunday, 21 July 2013

Busy Weekend

Started on Friday in Kent at the War and Peace Revival - a new show? Or one which has moved about 40 miles from Hop Farm? Dunno but it was bloody huge. And very hot.

There was plenty to see and plenty to buy.

Kettenkrad for sale (I daren't ask the price...)

Germans making ready to kick the Americans butt in the mock battle (yeah it is a load of old fanny but they seem to have fun):-

Some of the re-enactors take it a bit seriously...

Nice Kubelwagen:-

ME109 replica:-

There was some `Peace' stuff there too:-

Mercury Cougar was nice:-

And a nicely patinated 20s or maybe 30s Harley. Spot of WD40 should sort it out:-

And a lovely Chevy pickup (I wanted to take this home):-

Surprisingly there were a lot of vintage clothes stalls there, and more Hawaiian shirts than I've seen in a long while.

A very good day out.

Saturday me and Matt went to look at this:-

Its a 1972 VW Type 2 `Bay Window' camper with a watercooled Audi 80 engine transplant.

The inside is a bit 1970s Hammer Horror:-

It has a Westphalia camper interior with rock'n'roll bed. All a bit dated but ain't that why people buy 1970s campers?
The arse end:-
Anyhow, after a good hour or so of prodding and poking and a bit of a ride out we did a deal and its coming to live with me. Apparently its called Toby. Not too sure about naming vehicles myself but we'll see how we get on.
And then today I went out on this around the Vale of the White Horse:-
Its only a month til Ireland and I've only done 10 miles on her since changing the rings and adding an oil ring. I needed to know that all was well. So, 70 miles later, no nipping up, and next to no oil consumed. Success!

Huw was riding his 1912 Ariel TT:-
Lovely bike and it goes like stink.

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Binna Rong Time

Since I did owt on this blog, so here goes yet another update:-

Been out and about a lot. Went to Switzerland, which was shite, but mainly Tilbury, Great Yarmouth and Pembroke.

The Pembroke job has allowed me to get in a lot more surf time, cos I need time in the water to improve. Now I'm catching bigger waves I find I'm not popping up quickly enough. Need to figure out this sitting on the board lark too.


And Coney Beach at Porthcawl:-

My first time at Coney and it turned out to be a good un. Nice waves but more crowded that I am used to. And I was a bit shagged out after battling with the Newgale froth.

Been out doing the stuntplank with Bob, Wayner, Ricker and the Cretesham Boyos, also used the DoomRamp a lot more:-

Sunny Cretesham 2:-

Even managed to have a decent slam, twatting my knee, elbow and wrist all in one go:-

Went to TankFest as well, which was good but bloody hot:-

I've fixed up the old 1930 Ariel now - all back together and running. Need to put a few miles on the old girl before I head off to Ireland in August (and change the ancient back tyre too).

About a month ago I saw a push bike in a skip. It looked OK so I asked if I could have it. Gave it a wash, wiped off the caked on oil and crud and rode it to work the next day:-

The legendary 5-speed Raleigh Pacer. The tyres could be better but hold air so I'll leave it til they fall apart. Just needs some handlebar tape. Total cost - about 3 quid. Bargain! Check out the old skool lighting rig.

So bang up to date - today its ferking boiling and I have free time so I rode the SkipRacer into Swindon, did a bit of browsing round the charidee shops and bought some records:-

A motley collection indeed but I like em. The Van Halen 12" is as good as new.

I even rode up to Old Town, which on the SkipRacer is like a Category 1 climb on the Tour de France. In Old Town there is a good off-licence, so I got a couple of bottles for later:-

And now its decision time - into the garage and get fettling the old nails, go out for a ride on the 30, or head up to the DoomRamp for a roll in a boiling hot garage....hmmm....or do fuck all.