That was a cracking day out, thanks again Egg for organising! The owners were lovely too, and I think they really enjoyed having some genuine enthusiasts of the odd and the unloved to show around.
Egg admires a Stirling. I wish now I'd taken a note of all the little information panels; I thought this looked like a really nicely-proportioned miniature sports car though. Cool little thing. Fiat 500 looks oddly huge in the background.
Most of this stuff was from the 50s and 60s, in times of austerity and fuel crisis, but there were some (appropriately) tiny companies still churning out these oddities into the 80s. I reckon Bamby looks quite cute.
Flipper matches the forum colours perfectly, and when I expressed my surprise that a 49cc engine would be capable of propelling a bodyshell and two passengers, the museum owner pointed out an extra foot-pedal that could be pumped to add one more person-power!
I've already forgotten what this green goddess was called, but it was quite appealingly poorly made. Just a total lack of design; box with a seat in it, and started by a kick-start that's on the opposite side of the car from the single door. That impressive penis-extension bonnet merely houses the front wheel, no massive engine.
The Ultimate Driving Machine.
These Vespa trucks were still very common when I was living in Italy but I have to forcibly remind myself that that was getting on for 20 years ago. I wonder how many are still supplying the market stalls now.
This red machine was, believe it or not, an Allard (I forgot to get a shot of the front, but it had a very appealing face and rather nice lines). The owner had a good story about taking it to an Allard event and being asked to leave, which is probably what would happen if Autoshite ever put on a stand at a proper classic car show.
I've read about Velorexes but never expected to see one in the flesh! This one was driven here from Poland in an act of extreme bravery - before the wall fell. Petrol tank? Airbag? You'd never know...
I absolutely loved this. The design spec was on the display board "Intended for a French peasant to carry one pig to market" and it was as basic as a vehicle can possibly be. You get a camping chair, a home-made steering wheel, and a tiny speedometer. Brilliant.
And finally, just one of the car park. I've always had a soft spot for these little Triumphs, and RobT's Metro just fills me with nostalgia - I spent a lot of my late teens in these, and drove them a lot, so it's always a pleasure to see one. Modern Merc tries to hide out of the way ( I really should have brought the brand new one but I didn't think you lot would let me in).