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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from mouseflakes in Spotted's Spottings (2020 update)   
    Wheels on the Serena are actually off an early '80s Datsun 280C, for added obscurity. I'm guessing that was something that previously got raced.
     
    Yes, very pleased to see that other 1200. Amazing to think what might still be out there! There is another one locally, a LHD Portugese import that's been in the country for some years.
     
    Have a few more:
     

    1989 Austin Metro 1.3 City X by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Non-collection thread filling station shot.
     

    1989 Peugeot 309 Look 1.3 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    If I had a list of top 10 wheeltrims I think these would be in there.
     

    1989 Panther Kallista 2.8 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Not a kit car.
     

    1992 Lexus LS400 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I'm very happy with my Mk3 LS400 but I do prefer the leaner look of the Mk1-2 models. One day, one day......
     

    1984 Mitsubishi L300 Colt Bravo camper by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Whoa!
     

    1988 Suzuki SJ413 VJX by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Never seen this before, but I must have very regularly driven past wherever it was stored for the last seven years. I'm making the assumption that it was being taken away, but of course it's possible it was being delivered?
     

    1970 Morris Mini 1000 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1970 Triumph Herald 13/60 Convertible by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Both the same age as me and with plenty of patina.
     

    1987 Ford Mustang Convertible by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    These are RWD, so why did they give the nose FWD levels of overhang?
     

    1984 Ford Escort 1.3L by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1984 Ford Escort 1.3L by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    A definite two-shotter here. Had seen it once or twice around the town where it was sold new, a quick chat with the driver revealed he'd owned it all of its life.
     

    1991 Fiat Panda Dance by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    This was a regular sight for some years. Apparently now on SORN after coming off the road in 2014.
     

    1982 Reliant Rialto Van by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Who needs a handbrake when you have a convenient bit of branch?
     

    1990 Lexus LS400 (2011) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    What, a G-reg?!?!
     

    1986 Subaru 700 Highroof 4wd by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1986 Subaru 700 Highroof 4wd by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Crikey. I was just leaving work when I saw this parked-up, definitely worth stopping and being a bit late home for.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from worldofceri in Spotted's Spottings (2020 update)   
    Wheels on the Serena are actually off an early '80s Datsun 280C, for added obscurity. I'm guessing that was something that previously got raced.
     
    Yes, very pleased to see that other 1200. Amazing to think what might still be out there! There is another one locally, a LHD Portugese import that's been in the country for some years.
     
    Have a few more:
     

    1989 Austin Metro 1.3 City X by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Non-collection thread filling station shot.
     

    1989 Peugeot 309 Look 1.3 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    If I had a list of top 10 wheeltrims I think these would be in there.
     

    1989 Panther Kallista 2.8 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Not a kit car.
     

    1992 Lexus LS400 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I'm very happy with my Mk3 LS400 but I do prefer the leaner look of the Mk1-2 models. One day, one day......
     

    1984 Mitsubishi L300 Colt Bravo camper by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Whoa!
     

    1988 Suzuki SJ413 VJX by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Never seen this before, but I must have very regularly driven past wherever it was stored for the last seven years. I'm making the assumption that it was being taken away, but of course it's possible it was being delivered?
     

    1970 Morris Mini 1000 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1970 Triumph Herald 13/60 Convertible by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Both the same age as me and with plenty of patina.
     

    1987 Ford Mustang Convertible by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    These are RWD, so why did they give the nose FWD levels of overhang?
     

    1984 Ford Escort 1.3L by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1984 Ford Escort 1.3L by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    A definite two-shotter here. Had seen it once or twice around the town where it was sold new, a quick chat with the driver revealed he'd owned it all of its life.
     

    1991 Fiat Panda Dance by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    This was a regular sight for some years. Apparently now on SORN after coming off the road in 2014.
     

    1982 Reliant Rialto Van by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Who needs a handbrake when you have a convenient bit of branch?
     

    1990 Lexus LS400 (2011) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    What, a G-reg?!?!
     

    1986 Subaru 700 Highroof 4wd by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1986 Subaru 700 Highroof 4wd by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Crikey. I was just leaving work when I saw this parked-up, definitely worth stopping and being a bit late home for.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from KruJoe in Spotted's Spottings (2020 update)   
    Wheels on the Serena are actually off an early '80s Datsun 280C, for added obscurity. I'm guessing that was something that previously got raced.
     
    Yes, very pleased to see that other 1200. Amazing to think what might still be out there! There is another one locally, a LHD Portugese import that's been in the country for some years.
     
    Have a few more:
     

    1989 Austin Metro 1.3 City X by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Non-collection thread filling station shot.
     

    1989 Peugeot 309 Look 1.3 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    If I had a list of top 10 wheeltrims I think these would be in there.
     

    1989 Panther Kallista 2.8 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Not a kit car.
     

    1992 Lexus LS400 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I'm very happy with my Mk3 LS400 but I do prefer the leaner look of the Mk1-2 models. One day, one day......
     

    1984 Mitsubishi L300 Colt Bravo camper by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Whoa!
     

    1988 Suzuki SJ413 VJX by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Never seen this before, but I must have very regularly driven past wherever it was stored for the last seven years. I'm making the assumption that it was being taken away, but of course it's possible it was being delivered?
     

    1970 Morris Mini 1000 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1970 Triumph Herald 13/60 Convertible by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Both the same age as me and with plenty of patina.
     

    1987 Ford Mustang Convertible by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    These are RWD, so why did they give the nose FWD levels of overhang?
     

    1984 Ford Escort 1.3L by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1984 Ford Escort 1.3L by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    A definite two-shotter here. Had seen it once or twice around the town where it was sold new, a quick chat with the driver revealed he'd owned it all of its life.
     

    1991 Fiat Panda Dance by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    This was a regular sight for some years. Apparently now on SORN after coming off the road in 2014.
     

    1982 Reliant Rialto Van by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Who needs a handbrake when you have a convenient bit of branch?
     

    1990 Lexus LS400 (2011) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    What, a G-reg?!?!
     

    1986 Subaru 700 Highroof 4wd by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1986 Subaru 700 Highroof 4wd by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Crikey. I was just leaving work when I saw this parked-up, definitely worth stopping and being a bit late home for.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from oldcars in Spotted's Spottings (2020 update)   
    Cheers! I'm afraid to say that you do come to mind whenever I see anything particularly awful, or a certain type of person at a show.
     
     
     
    In Norfolk. The chances of me finding any contact details for it are pretty slim, I'm sure your mate would be able to find something through eBay, Car & Classic or the like.
     
     
     
    Might be able to rectify things as I keep trawling my Flickr archive, keep your eyes peeled.
     
    Some recent ones before I go backwards again:
     

    1994 Rover Montego 2.0D LX Estate by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    M is for Montego. Don't know where this was unearthed from but hasn't been on the road for a couple of years.
     

    1994 Mazda 323F 1.6 GLXi by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    M is for Mazda. Do like these, even if they're not spacious or particularly practical (hence why we ditched our whizzy GT version when children came along).
     

    1994 Skoda Favorit LXie Flairline by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    M is for, errr, misted-up rear window?
     

    1971 Volvo 144S by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Don't know what the score is with this, seems a shame for it just to be sitting there though.
     

    1991 Ford Sierra XR4x4 2.9 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Fondly remember the odd trundle around the block in my mum and stepdad's 2.8 version.
     

    1995 Rover 214i 8v & 1999 Ford Fiesta 35 1.7D by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    '90s timewarp.
     

    Nissan Serena Banger #380 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Vauxhall Astra Mk5 Banger #97 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    A couple of oddities at the banger racing.
     

    1973 Datsun 1200 2dr (B110) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1973 Datsun 1200 2dr (B110) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Couldn't resist taking a look when this came up for sale locally. It's an identical model to the one I picked up earlier this year, been stashed away for 25 years and has increased the number of known examples by 20%. It quickly got sold to someone through the Datsun forum.
     
    OK, back to the older shots again.........
     

    1993 Volvo 740 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    What's going on here with the curtains?
     

    1987 Bedford CF2 Ice Cream Van + Talbot Express Motorhome by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Keeping up with the Joneses.
     

    1975 Rover 3500 P6 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Ideal plate for a Midlands-based ex-fireman.
     

    1978 Cadillac by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    2004 Buick Century 3.1 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    American stuff out and about.
     

    1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Clean.
     

    1987 Ford Escort 1.6GL Estate auto by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Small hearse.
     

    1999 Vauxhall Corsa 1.4i Cabriolet by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Saw this out and about a few times before I finally managed to get a shot.
     

    1968 Austin FG 3.0 petrol by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Looks to have the obligatory wood-stove fitted.
     

    1986 Fiat X1/9 VS by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I assume the passenger was still alive.
     

    Granada and Volvo by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1982 Colt Starion Turbo by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Personal highlights from the 2014 Ipswich-Felixstowe Run.
     

    1988 VW Polo Van (1050cc) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Can't recall seeing many of these.
     

    1982 Suzuki SC100 GX Whizzkid by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Apparently a regular local sighting.
     

    1984 Opel Ascona 1.8E by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    This was at the same garage where I saw an Audi 200 a few years ago (which someone here ended up buying and getting restored).
     

    1989 FSO Polonez Prima by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1980 Toyota Carina 1600 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    A trip to Bath gave me the chance for a visit to the Atwell-Wilson museum, excellent stuff.
     

    1993 Mahindra 'Jeep' 2.1 diesel by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1979 Vauxhall Viva 1300L by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1985 Citroen CX 25 GTi by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1991 Vauxhall Astra 1.4 LX by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1993 Nissan Prairie 2.0 SLX (M11) Brotherwood Conversion by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1987 Volvo 760 GLE auto by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1990 Honda Concerto 1.6 EX auto by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1973 Vauxhall Viva 1256 HC by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Upload 9000: Austin Metro 310 City Van by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    And finally, a selection of things seen in and on the way to/from Bath. Appropriate trailer for the Metro van. The Concerto and 760 were photographed as I was sat on the back of a trike touring the city.....
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from mouseflakes in Spotted's Spottings (2020 update)   
    Continuing backwards through time:
     

    1974 Ford Escort 1300E by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I regularly saw this for a few months, brightened up my journey to work.
     

    1978 Triumph Spitfire 1500 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Lidl spots have been a feature of this thread from the very start, here's another one.
     

    1994 Rover 418 SLD Tourer by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I think one of these would still be a good daily.
     

    1991 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 5.0 Convertible by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Languishing on a council estate. I took this shot in July 2014 and apparently its last MoT expired just one month earlier - I'd have imagined it to have festered for longer.
     

    1970 Austin 1300 2dr by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    This was just around the corner from the Camaro.
     

    1975 Triumph Toledo 1300 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    This one driven by a youngster.
     

    1990 Rover 414 GSi by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Odd-spec 400. I'm not sure the rear spoiler is entirely necessary on a 1.4, nippy things as they may be.
     

    1972 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT (C10) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1956 Renault 750 4CV by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1979 Renault 5 Gordini by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    The above all at a Nissan/Renault 'brand day' thing we were invited to. It was some sort of event for company people, held on the Heritage Loop at Donington (i.e. the old bit of circuit now cut off from the rest of the track).
     

    1983 Toyota Land Cruiser by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    This was seen trundling around the perimeter of the circuit proper.
     

    Sunny on the M1 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    On the way there my son and I had breakfast at the services which span the M1. I still find that sort of thing impossibly glamorous, especially when I just look up from my meal (which was rubbish, as to be expected) and see things like this.
     

    1988 Nissan Bluebird 1.8GS (T72) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    One of a couple of local-to-work Bluebirds.
     

    1971 Reliant Scimitar GTE (+ Sprite) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1959 Rover 90 P4 & 1969 Triumph Herald 1200 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1963 Land Rover 88" diesel by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1993 Vauxhall Cavalier Turbo 4x4 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Our little village had some sort of old car event. I think there are one or two other things tucked away, my neighbour has a G-reg Audi Coupe.
     

    The MGV Collection #2 2003 RM 848 Trike by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    The MGV Collection #2 2003 RM 848 Trike by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I imagine Mr_Bo11ox would describe this far more eloquently than I could hope to.
     

    1976 Sunbeam Rapier by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    If it wasn't for those wheels....
     

    Black and Gold #3 1979 Lotus Esprit 'JPS' World Champion by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    The MGV Collection #3 1980 Talbot Sunbeam Lotus by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1985 Rover 2600 Vanden Plas auto SD1 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Another local event. I could have taken my car along but I don't think I'm anywhere near wealthy enough to join the club hosting it.
     

    1991 Ford Escort 1.4L Wagon by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Down at Foxhall Stadium later the same day I felt much more at home.
     

    1987 Honda Accord Aerodeck EX-2.0i by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1993 Mercedes SL320 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    2014 Scrapyard Miscellany by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1991 VW Polo CL 1.3 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Things in and around a local scrapyard. I've found excuses to buy a few bits and bobs from them and visit whenever I can.
     

    1986 Bedford Midi 1.8 petrol by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    One of the earliest remaining?
     

    2000 Lincoln Town Car 4.6 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Wafty luxury.
     

    1990 Austin Metro GT-A by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I think this belongs to someone in a local Motor Club (this was seen when they were organising an event).
     

    1983 Ford Fiesta 1.1L Economy + 1990 Sierra Sapphire 1.8LX by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I have no recollection of taking this photo.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from michael t in Spotted's Spottings (2020 update)   
    Wheels on the Serena are actually off an early '80s Datsun 280C, for added obscurity. I'm guessing that was something that previously got raced.
     
    Yes, very pleased to see that other 1200. Amazing to think what might still be out there! There is another one locally, a LHD Portugese import that's been in the country for some years.
     
    Have a few more:
     

    1989 Austin Metro 1.3 City X by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Non-collection thread filling station shot.
     

    1989 Peugeot 309 Look 1.3 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    If I had a list of top 10 wheeltrims I think these would be in there.
     

    1989 Panther Kallista 2.8 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Not a kit car.
     

    1992 Lexus LS400 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I'm very happy with my Mk3 LS400 but I do prefer the leaner look of the Mk1-2 models. One day, one day......
     

    1984 Mitsubishi L300 Colt Bravo camper by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Whoa!
     

    1988 Suzuki SJ413 VJX by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Never seen this before, but I must have very regularly driven past wherever it was stored for the last seven years. I'm making the assumption that it was being taken away, but of course it's possible it was being delivered?
     

    1970 Morris Mini 1000 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1970 Triumph Herald 13/60 Convertible by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Both the same age as me and with plenty of patina.
     

    1987 Ford Mustang Convertible by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    These are RWD, so why did they give the nose FWD levels of overhang?
     

    1984 Ford Escort 1.3L by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1984 Ford Escort 1.3L by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    A definite two-shotter here. Had seen it once or twice around the town where it was sold new, a quick chat with the driver revealed he'd owned it all of its life.
     

    1991 Fiat Panda Dance by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    This was a regular sight for some years. Apparently now on SORN after coming off the road in 2014.
     

    1982 Reliant Rialto Van by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Who needs a handbrake when you have a convenient bit of branch?
     

    1990 Lexus LS400 (2011) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    What, a G-reg?!?!
     

    1986 Subaru 700 Highroof 4wd by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1986 Subaru 700 Highroof 4wd by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Crikey. I was just leaving work when I saw this parked-up, definitely worth stopping and being a bit late home for.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from mouseflakes in Spotted's Spottings (2020 update)   
    Continuing this rewind through my spots, still in France 2014:
     

    Ford Escort 1.6 Mk4 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Epic rain. Manged to get a photo without leaving the car, but just opening the window was bad enough. Worth it for the RS bits though?
     

    Peugeot 104 GLS by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Cute.
     

    Renault Juvaquatre Dauphinoise by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Juvaquatre promo vehicle #2.
     

    Renault Alpine A310 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Poor effort but the best I could do through the showroom window.
     

    Citroens old and new(ish) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Compare and contrast Citroen commercials.
     

    Citroen U23 Lorry by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Sadly I didn't have the opportunity to visit the Festival Retro. Clearly important that it has a rotisserie (which the French do seem to have at any market or event).
     

    Peugeot J9 Frites Van by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Chips will do if a rotisserie not available.
     

    Alfa Romeo 75 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Odd combo. I hope he didn't have to brake quickly.
     

    Toyota Camry 2.2 GL by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Clearly owned by people of discerning taste.
     

    Renault 18 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Renault 18 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    So basic it doesn't even own up to what trim level it might be.
     

    Saviem Panel Van by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Travellers' transport?
     

    Ford Sierra 1.6L by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Shame it wasn't a dangly mirror one, but early enough not to get the little aero mouldings behind the rear windows.
     

    Renault Rodeo by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Renault Rodeo by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Never seen this style of Rodeo before (with bonus R14 content).
     

    Renault 4 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Pleasingly battered-but-solid.
     

    Bedford CF230 Aristocrat Motorhome by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Always seems odd to see a CF abroad.
     

    Mercedes MB100D Camper by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Difficult to know what to say.
     

    Citroen Visa 17 RD by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Another shot where there are are actually several older things.
     

    Lancia Delta LX by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Honda Prelude EX by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I'm always happy to visit a French town on market day as it brings out stuff like these two.
     

    Citroen Visa 17 RD by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    It's beige and parked in a tree-lined square - perfect.
     

    1992 Toyota Previa GL by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    One of the cleanest and earliest I've seen. How can this design be getting on for 25 years old?
     

    Citroen Xantia 2.0 HDi Ex-Ambulance by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Ideal for when a normal estate just isn't big enough.
     

    Peugeot 205, Porsche 924 and Renault 5 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I'll leave it for now with this pleasing little timewarp scene.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from mouseflakes in Spotted's Spottings (2020 update)   
    Ta. I haven't seen one of those Sigma estates for some time. Before my Camry days I did consider buying one, but it didn't work out. R.Welfare of this parish ran one for a while and I had a drive of that.
     
    Here's a couple I saw back in 2006/07, both seem to have disappeared (well, the red one may still be about but its registration is now on something else).
     

    Early-90s Mitsubishi Sigma Estate (2007) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1993 Mitsubishi Sigma Estate (2006) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    While I'm here I may as well drop a few more in:
     

    Toyota Camry GL by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Wowzers! Been a long time since I've seen one in the UK, and I didn't really think they'd be popular in France.
     

    Renault 17 TS by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Delightful. Saw it on the move later in the week.
     

    Ford Granada 2.8 Ghia automatic by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    This looked great parked up in the grounds of a chateau.
     

    Audi 100 CS by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    And this made for a good period comparison with the Granada.
     

    Renault 25 Turbo DX by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I like these wheels on a 25.
     

    BMW 3-Series (E21) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Tidy.
     

    Lada 112 1.5Li by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Not sure these are much better-looking than the saloon version.
     

    ACL Renault Rodeo by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    This looked perfectly at home on the seafront, later seen taking people home after a day messing about with boats.
     

    Renault Juvaquatre Van by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Promo Juvaquatre #1.
     

    Hyundai Sonata 2.0i (Y3) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1972 Volvo 142 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Honfleur quite touristy, but loitering around saw me catch a few good things.
     

    Lada 110 1.5Li by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Another one!
     

    Saviem SG2 Truck by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Pleasing.
     

    Citroen GSA by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Thanks to my son for noticing these as we sat at a junction. Sometimes my family only have themselves to blame....
     

    Ligier 162GL Microcar by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    if you ever wondered what a K-Series Metro/100 with a swollen cranium would look like, here is the answer.
     

    Renault Fuego Turbo by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Turbo! This was near another brocante/boot sale thing.
     

    Peugeot 204 Cabriolet by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Poor old thing. Seems to have sat here for some time.
     

    MG Metro Turbo by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Rough.
     

    Citroen Mehari by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    These at the same garage as the Metro.
     

    Simca Vedette Beaulieu by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Simca Vedette Beaulieu by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Worthy of two shots.
     

    Renault 6 x2 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Another Renault conclusion.
  9. Like
    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from worldofceri in Spotted's Spottings (2020 update)   
    Cheers! I'm afraid to say that you do come to mind whenever I see anything particularly awful, or a certain type of person at a show.
     
     
     
    In Norfolk. The chances of me finding any contact details for it are pretty slim, I'm sure your mate would be able to find something through eBay, Car & Classic or the like.
     
     
     
    Might be able to rectify things as I keep trawling my Flickr archive, keep your eyes peeled.
     
    Some recent ones before I go backwards again:
     

    1994 Rover Montego 2.0D LX Estate by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    M is for Montego. Don't know where this was unearthed from but hasn't been on the road for a couple of years.
     

    1994 Mazda 323F 1.6 GLXi by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    M is for Mazda. Do like these, even if they're not spacious or particularly practical (hence why we ditched our whizzy GT version when children came along).
     

    1994 Skoda Favorit LXie Flairline by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    M is for, errr, misted-up rear window?
     

    1971 Volvo 144S by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Don't know what the score is with this, seems a shame for it just to be sitting there though.
     

    1991 Ford Sierra XR4x4 2.9 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Fondly remember the odd trundle around the block in my mum and stepdad's 2.8 version.
     

    1995 Rover 214i 8v & 1999 Ford Fiesta 35 1.7D by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    '90s timewarp.
     

    Nissan Serena Banger #380 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Vauxhall Astra Mk5 Banger #97 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    A couple of oddities at the banger racing.
     

    1973 Datsun 1200 2dr (B110) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1973 Datsun 1200 2dr (B110) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Couldn't resist taking a look when this came up for sale locally. It's an identical model to the one I picked up earlier this year, been stashed away for 25 years and has increased the number of known examples by 20%. It quickly got sold to someone through the Datsun forum.
     
    OK, back to the older shots again.........
     

    1993 Volvo 740 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    What's going on here with the curtains?
     

    1987 Bedford CF2 Ice Cream Van + Talbot Express Motorhome by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Keeping up with the Joneses.
     

    1975 Rover 3500 P6 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Ideal plate for a Midlands-based ex-fireman.
     

    1978 Cadillac by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    2004 Buick Century 3.1 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    American stuff out and about.
     

    1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Clean.
     

    1987 Ford Escort 1.6GL Estate auto by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Small hearse.
     

    1999 Vauxhall Corsa 1.4i Cabriolet by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Saw this out and about a few times before I finally managed to get a shot.
     

    1968 Austin FG 3.0 petrol by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Looks to have the obligatory wood-stove fitted.
     

    1986 Fiat X1/9 VS by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I assume the passenger was still alive.
     

    Granada and Volvo by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1982 Colt Starion Turbo by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Personal highlights from the 2014 Ipswich-Felixstowe Run.
     

    1988 VW Polo Van (1050cc) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Can't recall seeing many of these.
     

    1982 Suzuki SC100 GX Whizzkid by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Apparently a regular local sighting.
     

    1984 Opel Ascona 1.8E by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    This was at the same garage where I saw an Audi 200 a few years ago (which someone here ended up buying and getting restored).
     

    1989 FSO Polonez Prima by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1980 Toyota Carina 1600 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    A trip to Bath gave me the chance for a visit to the Atwell-Wilson museum, excellent stuff.
     

    1993 Mahindra 'Jeep' 2.1 diesel by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1979 Vauxhall Viva 1300L by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1985 Citroen CX 25 GTi by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1991 Vauxhall Astra 1.4 LX by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1993 Nissan Prairie 2.0 SLX (M11) Brotherwood Conversion by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1987 Volvo 760 GLE auto by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1990 Honda Concerto 1.6 EX auto by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1973 Vauxhall Viva 1256 HC by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Upload 9000: Austin Metro 310 City Van by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    And finally, a selection of things seen in and on the way to/from Bath. Appropriate trailer for the Metro van. The Concerto and 760 were photographed as I was sat on the back of a trike touring the city.....
  10. Like
    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from michael t in Spotted's Spottings (2020 update)   
    Glad you liked that 21. Pretty sure it was still there when we visited again in 2014 (on my backwards journey I'll probably stumble across another photo of it).
     
    No worries. You won't get dramatic collection or repair/restoration threads from me, but I can pick up a camera and point it at something appropriate.
     
    It really was quite a surprise.
     
    Onwards, going back:
     

    1992 Ford Granada Scorpio 2.9 24v by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Not always a fan of white cars, but this looked great. Neatly matched the house behind it too.
     

    1992 Vauxhall Astra GSi 16v by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Vauxhall frenzy.
     

    1972 Range Rover 2.5 diesel by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Quite a lot going on here.
     

    Lancia Thema 2.5 diesel by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Surely a known car?
     

    Upload No. 10,000: 1993 Daihatsu Applause 1.6 GLXi by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Saw this again back in the summer. Pleased to see that it's fairly recently had another year's T&T put on it. Perhaps worth a polite note being left on it one day?
     

    1968 Riley Kestrel 1300 Mk1 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Have previously photographed this at a show, but it seemed more exciting to get a shot of it on a driveway.
     

    1998 Citroen XM VSX TD Auto Estate by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    My former neighbour was a bit of a Citroen fancier. I suspect he had a long history of owning them, and when they were filling a skip prior to moving out there was a set of BX clocks chucked in there with well over 200k showing. I think this one was pretty high mileage too.
     

    1981/82 Triumph Acclam CD by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I think this one is enthusiast-owned.
     

    1954/55 Austin A40/A50 Cambridge RVF642 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Mystery Van - Austin/Morris J2 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Mystery Van - Austin/Morris J2 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    This pair were in the grounds of a house I went to survey.
     

    1982 Mercedes Tabbert 560 Motorhome by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Boxy. Both times I've seen this it was being worked-on, might even have been re-registered now.
     

    Audi 80 and Volvo 850 SE by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Ah, those days of high scrap prices. I'd seen the Audi earlier in the year when it was still on the road, LHD and on Lithuanian plates.
     
    OK, now it's my 2014 French hol's. As I'm going backwards you'll get the best ones first.....
     

    Renault 14 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Didn't actually realise I'd caught a 14 until I looked closely at my photos of this extraordinary place.
     

    French Assortment 2014 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Yeah, an SM. Whatever.
     

    French Assortment 2014 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I had been here in 2010 (so photos will probably be on a previous page). It was marked on my atlas, so when I found a cross-country trip took us past the end of the road I had to make a detour.
     

    Toyota Cressida by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Toyota Land Cruiser 40 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Lada 1500 Combi by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    These round the back of a former Toyota garage who seemed to specialise in 4x4s.
     

    Nothing special on the outside... by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    This was an interesting one. We stayed in this village back in 2011 and I didn't notice anything here back then. But this time I saw the van and something made me wonder about what was inside.....
     

    Tantalising Glimpse No. 1 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Tantalising Glimpse No. 2 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Tantalising Glimpse No. 3 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I didn't actually have a clue what I was taking photos of at the time, it was just a case of stretching up and holding the camera against the glass. Worth the effort I reckon, although I'm still mystified by the third vehicle back in the first photo.
     
    And finally, a bit of a compare and contrast:
     

    Renault 12 TL by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Renault 12 TL by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Renault 12 TL by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Renault 12 TL by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Every year I think I won't see as much there as the previous time, but so far it's still proving to be very fruitful.
  11. Like
    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Jim Bergerac in Spotted's Spottings (2020 update)   
    Wheels on the Serena are actually off an early '80s Datsun 280C, for added obscurity. I'm guessing that was something that previously got raced.
     
    Yes, very pleased to see that other 1200. Amazing to think what might still be out there! There is another one locally, a LHD Portugese import that's been in the country for some years.
     
    Have a few more:
     

    1989 Austin Metro 1.3 City X by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Non-collection thread filling station shot.
     

    1989 Peugeot 309 Look 1.3 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    If I had a list of top 10 wheeltrims I think these would be in there.
     

    1989 Panther Kallista 2.8 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Not a kit car.
     

    1992 Lexus LS400 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I'm very happy with my Mk3 LS400 but I do prefer the leaner look of the Mk1-2 models. One day, one day......
     

    1984 Mitsubishi L300 Colt Bravo camper by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Whoa!
     

    1988 Suzuki SJ413 VJX by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Never seen this before, but I must have very regularly driven past wherever it was stored for the last seven years. I'm making the assumption that it was being taken away, but of course it's possible it was being delivered?
     

    1970 Morris Mini 1000 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1970 Triumph Herald 13/60 Convertible by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Both the same age as me and with plenty of patina.
     

    1987 Ford Mustang Convertible by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    These are RWD, so why did they give the nose FWD levels of overhang?
     

    1984 Ford Escort 1.3L by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1984 Ford Escort 1.3L by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    A definite two-shotter here. Had seen it once or twice around the town where it was sold new, a quick chat with the driver revealed he'd owned it all of its life.
     

    1991 Fiat Panda Dance by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    This was a regular sight for some years. Apparently now on SORN after coming off the road in 2014.
     

    1982 Reliant Rialto Van by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Who needs a handbrake when you have a convenient bit of branch?
     

    1990 Lexus LS400 (2011) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    What, a G-reg?!?!
     

    1986 Subaru 700 Highroof 4wd by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1986 Subaru 700 Highroof 4wd by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Crikey. I was just leaving work when I saw this parked-up, definitely worth stopping and being a bit late home for.
  12. Like
    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Jim Bergerac in Spotted's Spottings (2020 update)   
    Cheers! I'm afraid to say that you do come to mind whenever I see anything particularly awful, or a certain type of person at a show.
     
     
     
    In Norfolk. The chances of me finding any contact details for it are pretty slim, I'm sure your mate would be able to find something through eBay, Car & Classic or the like.
     
     
     
    Might be able to rectify things as I keep trawling my Flickr archive, keep your eyes peeled.
     
    Some recent ones before I go backwards again:
     

    1994 Rover Montego 2.0D LX Estate by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    M is for Montego. Don't know where this was unearthed from but hasn't been on the road for a couple of years.
     

    1994 Mazda 323F 1.6 GLXi by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    M is for Mazda. Do like these, even if they're not spacious or particularly practical (hence why we ditched our whizzy GT version when children came along).
     

    1994 Skoda Favorit LXie Flairline by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    M is for, errr, misted-up rear window?
     

    1971 Volvo 144S by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Don't know what the score is with this, seems a shame for it just to be sitting there though.
     

    1991 Ford Sierra XR4x4 2.9 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Fondly remember the odd trundle around the block in my mum and stepdad's 2.8 version.
     

    1995 Rover 214i 8v & 1999 Ford Fiesta 35 1.7D by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    '90s timewarp.
     

    Nissan Serena Banger #380 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Vauxhall Astra Mk5 Banger #97 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    A couple of oddities at the banger racing.
     

    1973 Datsun 1200 2dr (B110) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1973 Datsun 1200 2dr (B110) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Couldn't resist taking a look when this came up for sale locally. It's an identical model to the one I picked up earlier this year, been stashed away for 25 years and has increased the number of known examples by 20%. It quickly got sold to someone through the Datsun forum.
     
    OK, back to the older shots again.........
     

    1993 Volvo 740 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    What's going on here with the curtains?
     

    1987 Bedford CF2 Ice Cream Van + Talbot Express Motorhome by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Keeping up with the Joneses.
     

    1975 Rover 3500 P6 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Ideal plate for a Midlands-based ex-fireman.
     

    1978 Cadillac by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    2004 Buick Century 3.1 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    American stuff out and about.
     

    1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Clean.
     

    1987 Ford Escort 1.6GL Estate auto by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Small hearse.
     

    1999 Vauxhall Corsa 1.4i Cabriolet by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Saw this out and about a few times before I finally managed to get a shot.
     

    1968 Austin FG 3.0 petrol by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Looks to have the obligatory wood-stove fitted.
     

    1986 Fiat X1/9 VS by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I assume the passenger was still alive.
     

    Granada and Volvo by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1982 Colt Starion Turbo by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Personal highlights from the 2014 Ipswich-Felixstowe Run.
     

    1988 VW Polo Van (1050cc) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Can't recall seeing many of these.
     

    1982 Suzuki SC100 GX Whizzkid by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Apparently a regular local sighting.
     

    1984 Opel Ascona 1.8E by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    This was at the same garage where I saw an Audi 200 a few years ago (which someone here ended up buying and getting restored).
     

    1989 FSO Polonez Prima by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1980 Toyota Carina 1600 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    A trip to Bath gave me the chance for a visit to the Atwell-Wilson museum, excellent stuff.
     

    1993 Mahindra 'Jeep' 2.1 diesel by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1979 Vauxhall Viva 1300L by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1985 Citroen CX 25 GTi by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1991 Vauxhall Astra 1.4 LX by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1993 Nissan Prairie 2.0 SLX (M11) Brotherwood Conversion by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1987 Volvo 760 GLE auto by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1990 Honda Concerto 1.6 EX auto by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1973 Vauxhall Viva 1256 HC by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Upload 9000: Austin Metro 310 City Van by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    And finally, a selection of things seen in and on the way to/from Bath. Appropriate trailer for the Metro van. The Concerto and 760 were photographed as I was sat on the back of a trike touring the city.....
  13. Like
    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Lord Sterling in Lord Sterling's spotted shite - A STACK load   
    Particularly impressed to see the Legend, looks to be enthusiast-owned? Been a good few years since I last saw one of that generation.
  14. Like
    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Sudsprint in Shite in Miniature II   
    I'm not an avid diecast collector but I have been buying boxed Superfast over the last 20+ years. They now live in this cabinet which was my grandparents' and has been in the family for 50-60 years:
     

    Finally back on display... by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    At one time I was going to sell them off, but Mrs SL persuaded me not too! I manage to get to a fair once a year or so, where I usually struggle to get more than two or three to add to the collection (not many to choose from and they're often not cheap nowadays, rather more than £3-4 I used to pay in the early '90s).
     

    Matchbox Superfast 1-75 collection by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Majorette Garage, Roadways road and Superfast by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I do like that Majo-Kit stuff, would like to pick up more at some point. I don't remember it when I was young, even in places that used to sell the Majorette cars.
     
    Speaking of which:
     

    Toyfair purchases - French assortment by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Majorette Scania boat transporter by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Majorette Scania ‘Supertrans’ Container Lorry by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I've had the boat transporter since a holiday in France back in 1980, the container truck was a more recent find.
     

    Corgi Ford Transcontinental + various Dinky/Corgi by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Other stuff I've had for 35+ years.
     

    Tomica diecast collection by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    By rights I should collect more Tomica stuff, but it's difficult to find and I don't want to resort to buying it online.
     

    Skoda Estelle, Rover 800/Sterling and Simca/Chrysler Alpine by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Kits are more my thing and I add far more of them to my stash than I am ever likely to build.
     

    Improved model storage/workbench 2015 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    And a couple I've recently managed to complete:
     
    by Spottedlaurel by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Arii 1:24 Nissan Laurel Hardtop C32 kit - finished by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
  15. Like
    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from hennabm in Shite in Miniature II   
    Cheers all. I started buying the boxed Superfast back in 1991. I had a couple of old tinplate army trucks which I sold to a shop in Ipswich for £166, mainly to fund the purchase of a rubbish Clubman estate after I'd written-off my 309. They had some Matchbox stuff for sale and it appealed as it was cheap and was just what I had (or at least remember seeing in toy shops) as a child of the '70s. For once I was ahead of the game, as I think most collectors saw the post-regular wheels stuff as a bit tacky so prices were pretty reasonable.
     
    It strikes me now that buying Corgi stuff of similar scale (Juniors/Whizzwheels or whatever they called it in the '80s) would be a fairly cheap way of building up a collection. They don't see to be too much money and offer some different subjects. I never liked them much when I was young though, the plastic bases made them a bit light and they didn't go so well on tracks.
     

    Corgi Juniors vs Mattel Hotwheels by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Still have these, the Container Port comes out every so often for my son:
     

    Matchbox Playset Container Port by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Matchbox S-800 Stunt Jump set by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1970s toy garage by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    The Stunt Jump set came with a BMW and, rather oddly, the CX estate. I used to add further track and see how far the cars would travel, best I recall was a pink Lotus Europa which had lost its doors. Or sometimes I'd just let stuff crash on the ramps and build up a scene of carnage.
     
    As a bit of a daydreamer the catalogues gave me plenty to think about and I've picked up a few (the originals got chopped up and stuck into scrapbooks, or just fell to bits).
     

    Matchbox UK diecast catalogues 1977-87 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    January 2014 Toyfair purchases by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Today's haul at the toyfair... by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
  16. Like
    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Angrydicky in Spotted's Spottings (2020 update)   
    Cheers! I'm afraid to say that you do come to mind whenever I see anything particularly awful, or a certain type of person at a show.
     
     
     
    In Norfolk. The chances of me finding any contact details for it are pretty slim, I'm sure your mate would be able to find something through eBay, Car & Classic or the like.
     
     
     
    Might be able to rectify things as I keep trawling my Flickr archive, keep your eyes peeled.
     
    Some recent ones before I go backwards again:
     

    1994 Rover Montego 2.0D LX Estate by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    M is for Montego. Don't know where this was unearthed from but hasn't been on the road for a couple of years.
     

    1994 Mazda 323F 1.6 GLXi by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    M is for Mazda. Do like these, even if they're not spacious or particularly practical (hence why we ditched our whizzy GT version when children came along).
     

    1994 Skoda Favorit LXie Flairline by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    M is for, errr, misted-up rear window?
     

    1971 Volvo 144S by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Don't know what the score is with this, seems a shame for it just to be sitting there though.
     

    1991 Ford Sierra XR4x4 2.9 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Fondly remember the odd trundle around the block in my mum and stepdad's 2.8 version.
     

    1995 Rover 214i 8v & 1999 Ford Fiesta 35 1.7D by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    '90s timewarp.
     

    Nissan Serena Banger #380 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Vauxhall Astra Mk5 Banger #97 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    A couple of oddities at the banger racing.
     

    1973 Datsun 1200 2dr (B110) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1973 Datsun 1200 2dr (B110) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Couldn't resist taking a look when this came up for sale locally. It's an identical model to the one I picked up earlier this year, been stashed away for 25 years and has increased the number of known examples by 20%. It quickly got sold to someone through the Datsun forum.
     
    OK, back to the older shots again.........
     

    1993 Volvo 740 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    What's going on here with the curtains?
     

    1987 Bedford CF2 Ice Cream Van + Talbot Express Motorhome by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Keeping up with the Joneses.
     

    1975 Rover 3500 P6 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Ideal plate for a Midlands-based ex-fireman.
     

    1978 Cadillac by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    2004 Buick Century 3.1 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    American stuff out and about.
     

    1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Clean.
     

    1987 Ford Escort 1.6GL Estate auto by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Small hearse.
     

    1999 Vauxhall Corsa 1.4i Cabriolet by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Saw this out and about a few times before I finally managed to get a shot.
     

    1968 Austin FG 3.0 petrol by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Looks to have the obligatory wood-stove fitted.
     

    1986 Fiat X1/9 VS by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I assume the passenger was still alive.
     

    Granada and Volvo by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1982 Colt Starion Turbo by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Personal highlights from the 2014 Ipswich-Felixstowe Run.
     

    1988 VW Polo Van (1050cc) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Can't recall seeing many of these.
     

    1982 Suzuki SC100 GX Whizzkid by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Apparently a regular local sighting.
     

    1984 Opel Ascona 1.8E by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    This was at the same garage where I saw an Audi 200 a few years ago (which someone here ended up buying and getting restored).
     

    1989 FSO Polonez Prima by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1980 Toyota Carina 1600 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    A trip to Bath gave me the chance for a visit to the Atwell-Wilson museum, excellent stuff.
     

    1993 Mahindra 'Jeep' 2.1 diesel by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1979 Vauxhall Viva 1300L by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1985 Citroen CX 25 GTi by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1991 Vauxhall Astra 1.4 LX by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1993 Nissan Prairie 2.0 SLX (M11) Brotherwood Conversion by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1987 Volvo 760 GLE auto by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1990 Honda Concerto 1.6 EX auto by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1973 Vauxhall Viva 1256 HC by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Upload 9000: Austin Metro 310 City Van by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    And finally, a selection of things seen in and on the way to/from Bath. Appropriate trailer for the Metro van. The Concerto and 760 were photographed as I was sat on the back of a trike touring the city.....
  17. Like
    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from KruJoe in Spotted's Spottings (2020 update)   
    Continuing backwards through time:
     

    1974 Ford Escort 1300E by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I regularly saw this for a few months, brightened up my journey to work.
     

    1978 Triumph Spitfire 1500 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Lidl spots have been a feature of this thread from the very start, here's another one.
     

    1994 Rover 418 SLD Tourer by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I think one of these would still be a good daily.
     

    1991 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 5.0 Convertible by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Languishing on a council estate. I took this shot in July 2014 and apparently its last MoT expired just one month earlier - I'd have imagined it to have festered for longer.
     

    1970 Austin 1300 2dr by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    This was just around the corner from the Camaro.
     

    1975 Triumph Toledo 1300 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    This one driven by a youngster.
     

    1990 Rover 414 GSi by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Odd-spec 400. I'm not sure the rear spoiler is entirely necessary on a 1.4, nippy things as they may be.
     

    1972 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT (C10) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1956 Renault 750 4CV by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1979 Renault 5 Gordini by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    The above all at a Nissan/Renault 'brand day' thing we were invited to. It was some sort of event for company people, held on the Heritage Loop at Donington (i.e. the old bit of circuit now cut off from the rest of the track).
     

    1983 Toyota Land Cruiser by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    This was seen trundling around the perimeter of the circuit proper.
     

    Sunny on the M1 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    On the way there my son and I had breakfast at the services which span the M1. I still find that sort of thing impossibly glamorous, especially when I just look up from my meal (which was rubbish, as to be expected) and see things like this.
     

    1988 Nissan Bluebird 1.8GS (T72) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    One of a couple of local-to-work Bluebirds.
     

    1971 Reliant Scimitar GTE (+ Sprite) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1959 Rover 90 P4 & 1969 Triumph Herald 1200 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1963 Land Rover 88" diesel by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1993 Vauxhall Cavalier Turbo 4x4 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Our little village had some sort of old car event. I think there are one or two other things tucked away, my neighbour has a G-reg Audi Coupe.
     

    The MGV Collection #2 2003 RM 848 Trike by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    The MGV Collection #2 2003 RM 848 Trike by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I imagine Mr_Bo11ox would describe this far more eloquently than I could hope to.
     

    1976 Sunbeam Rapier by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    If it wasn't for those wheels....
     

    Black and Gold #3 1979 Lotus Esprit 'JPS' World Champion by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    The MGV Collection #3 1980 Talbot Sunbeam Lotus by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1985 Rover 2600 Vanden Plas auto SD1 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Another local event. I could have taken my car along but I don't think I'm anywhere near wealthy enough to join the club hosting it.
     

    1991 Ford Escort 1.4L Wagon by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Down at Foxhall Stadium later the same day I felt much more at home.
     

    1987 Honda Accord Aerodeck EX-2.0i by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1993 Mercedes SL320 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    2014 Scrapyard Miscellany by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1991 VW Polo CL 1.3 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Things in and around a local scrapyard. I've found excuses to buy a few bits and bobs from them and visit whenever I can.
     

    1986 Bedford Midi 1.8 petrol by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    One of the earliest remaining?
     

    2000 Lincoln Town Car 4.6 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Wafty luxury.
     

    1990 Austin Metro GT-A by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I think this belongs to someone in a local Motor Club (this was seen when they were organising an event).
     

    1983 Ford Fiesta 1.1L Economy + 1990 Sierra Sapphire 1.8LX by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I have no recollection of taking this photo.
  18. Like
    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Felly Magic in Shite in Miniature II   
    Cheers all. I started buying the boxed Superfast back in 1991. I had a couple of old tinplate army trucks which I sold to a shop in Ipswich for £166, mainly to fund the purchase of a rubbish Clubman estate after I'd written-off my 309. They had some Matchbox stuff for sale and it appealed as it was cheap and was just what I had (or at least remember seeing in toy shops) as a child of the '70s. For once I was ahead of the game, as I think most collectors saw the post-regular wheels stuff as a bit tacky so prices were pretty reasonable.
     
    It strikes me now that buying Corgi stuff of similar scale (Juniors/Whizzwheels or whatever they called it in the '80s) would be a fairly cheap way of building up a collection. They don't see to be too much money and offer some different subjects. I never liked them much when I was young though, the plastic bases made them a bit light and they didn't go so well on tracks.
     

    Corgi Juniors vs Mattel Hotwheels by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Still have these, the Container Port comes out every so often for my son:
     

    Matchbox Playset Container Port by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Matchbox S-800 Stunt Jump set by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1970s toy garage by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    The Stunt Jump set came with a BMW and, rather oddly, the CX estate. I used to add further track and see how far the cars would travel, best I recall was a pink Lotus Europa which had lost its doors. Or sometimes I'd just let stuff crash on the ramps and build up a scene of carnage.
     
    As a bit of a daydreamer the catalogues gave me plenty to think about and I've picked up a few (the originals got chopped up and stuck into scrapbooks, or just fell to bits).
     

    Matchbox UK diecast catalogues 1977-87 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    January 2014 Toyfair purchases by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Today's haul at the toyfair... by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
  19. Like
    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from RayMK in Shite in Miniature II   
    I'm not an avid diecast collector but I have been buying boxed Superfast over the last 20+ years. They now live in this cabinet which was my grandparents' and has been in the family for 50-60 years:
     

    Finally back on display... by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    At one time I was going to sell them off, but Mrs SL persuaded me not too! I manage to get to a fair once a year or so, where I usually struggle to get more than two or three to add to the collection (not many to choose from and they're often not cheap nowadays, rather more than £3-4 I used to pay in the early '90s).
     

    Matchbox Superfast 1-75 collection by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Majorette Garage, Roadways road and Superfast by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I do like that Majo-Kit stuff, would like to pick up more at some point. I don't remember it when I was young, even in places that used to sell the Majorette cars.
     
    Speaking of which:
     

    Toyfair purchases - French assortment by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Majorette Scania boat transporter by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Majorette Scania ‘Supertrans’ Container Lorry by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I've had the boat transporter since a holiday in France back in 1980, the container truck was a more recent find.
     

    Corgi Ford Transcontinental + various Dinky/Corgi by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Other stuff I've had for 35+ years.
     

    Tomica diecast collection by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    By rights I should collect more Tomica stuff, but it's difficult to find and I don't want to resort to buying it online.
     

    Skoda Estelle, Rover 800/Sterling and Simca/Chrysler Alpine by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Kits are more my thing and I add far more of them to my stash than I am ever likely to build.
     

    Improved model storage/workbench 2015 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    And a couple I've recently managed to complete:
     
    by Spottedlaurel by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Arii 1:24 Nissan Laurel Hardtop C32 kit - finished by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
  20. Like
    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from vulgalour in Spotted's Spottings (2020 update)   
    Cheers! I'm afraid to say that you do come to mind whenever I see anything particularly awful, or a certain type of person at a show.
     
     
     
    In Norfolk. The chances of me finding any contact details for it are pretty slim, I'm sure your mate would be able to find something through eBay, Car & Classic or the like.
     
     
     
    Might be able to rectify things as I keep trawling my Flickr archive, keep your eyes peeled.
     
    Some recent ones before I go backwards again:
     

    1994 Rover Montego 2.0D LX Estate by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    M is for Montego. Don't know where this was unearthed from but hasn't been on the road for a couple of years.
     

    1994 Mazda 323F 1.6 GLXi by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    M is for Mazda. Do like these, even if they're not spacious or particularly practical (hence why we ditched our whizzy GT version when children came along).
     

    1994 Skoda Favorit LXie Flairline by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    M is for, errr, misted-up rear window?
     

    1971 Volvo 144S by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Don't know what the score is with this, seems a shame for it just to be sitting there though.
     

    1991 Ford Sierra XR4x4 2.9 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Fondly remember the odd trundle around the block in my mum and stepdad's 2.8 version.
     

    1995 Rover 214i 8v & 1999 Ford Fiesta 35 1.7D by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    '90s timewarp.
     

    Nissan Serena Banger #380 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Vauxhall Astra Mk5 Banger #97 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    A couple of oddities at the banger racing.
     

    1973 Datsun 1200 2dr (B110) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1973 Datsun 1200 2dr (B110) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Couldn't resist taking a look when this came up for sale locally. It's an identical model to the one I picked up earlier this year, been stashed away for 25 years and has increased the number of known examples by 20%. It quickly got sold to someone through the Datsun forum.
     
    OK, back to the older shots again.........
     

    1993 Volvo 740 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    What's going on here with the curtains?
     

    1987 Bedford CF2 Ice Cream Van + Talbot Express Motorhome by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Keeping up with the Joneses.
     

    1975 Rover 3500 P6 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Ideal plate for a Midlands-based ex-fireman.
     

    1978 Cadillac by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    2004 Buick Century 3.1 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    American stuff out and about.
     

    1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Clean.
     

    1987 Ford Escort 1.6GL Estate auto by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Small hearse.
     

    1999 Vauxhall Corsa 1.4i Cabriolet by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Saw this out and about a few times before I finally managed to get a shot.
     

    1968 Austin FG 3.0 petrol by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Looks to have the obligatory wood-stove fitted.
     

    1986 Fiat X1/9 VS by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I assume the passenger was still alive.
     

    Granada and Volvo by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1982 Colt Starion Turbo by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Personal highlights from the 2014 Ipswich-Felixstowe Run.
     

    1988 VW Polo Van (1050cc) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Can't recall seeing many of these.
     

    1982 Suzuki SC100 GX Whizzkid by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Apparently a regular local sighting.
     

    1984 Opel Ascona 1.8E by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    This was at the same garage where I saw an Audi 200 a few years ago (which someone here ended up buying and getting restored).
     

    1989 FSO Polonez Prima by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1980 Toyota Carina 1600 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    A trip to Bath gave me the chance for a visit to the Atwell-Wilson museum, excellent stuff.
     

    1993 Mahindra 'Jeep' 2.1 diesel by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1979 Vauxhall Viva 1300L by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1985 Citroen CX 25 GTi by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1991 Vauxhall Astra 1.4 LX by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1993 Nissan Prairie 2.0 SLX (M11) Brotherwood Conversion by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1987 Volvo 760 GLE auto by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1990 Honda Concerto 1.6 EX auto by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1973 Vauxhall Viva 1256 HC by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Upload 9000: Austin Metro 310 City Van by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    And finally, a selection of things seen in and on the way to/from Bath. Appropriate trailer for the Metro van. The Concerto and 760 were photographed as I was sat on the back of a trike touring the city.....
  21. Like
    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Skizzer in Shite in Miniature II   
    I'm not an avid diecast collector but I have been buying boxed Superfast over the last 20+ years. They now live in this cabinet which was my grandparents' and has been in the family for 50-60 years:
     

    Finally back on display... by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    At one time I was going to sell them off, but Mrs SL persuaded me not too! I manage to get to a fair once a year or so, where I usually struggle to get more than two or three to add to the collection (not many to choose from and they're often not cheap nowadays, rather more than £3-4 I used to pay in the early '90s).
     

    Matchbox Superfast 1-75 collection by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Majorette Garage, Roadways road and Superfast by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I do like that Majo-Kit stuff, would like to pick up more at some point. I don't remember it when I was young, even in places that used to sell the Majorette cars.
     
    Speaking of which:
     

    Toyfair purchases - French assortment by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Majorette Scania boat transporter by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Majorette Scania ‘Supertrans’ Container Lorry by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I've had the boat transporter since a holiday in France back in 1980, the container truck was a more recent find.
     

    Corgi Ford Transcontinental + various Dinky/Corgi by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Other stuff I've had for 35+ years.
     

    Tomica diecast collection by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    By rights I should collect more Tomica stuff, but it's difficult to find and I don't want to resort to buying it online.
     

    Skoda Estelle, Rover 800/Sterling and Simca/Chrysler Alpine by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Kits are more my thing and I add far more of them to my stash than I am ever likely to build.
     

    Improved model storage/workbench 2015 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    And a couple I've recently managed to complete:
     
    by Spottedlaurel by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Arii 1:24 Nissan Laurel Hardtop C32 kit - finished by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
  22. Like
    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Bren in Shite in Miniature II   
    I'm not an avid diecast collector but I have been buying boxed Superfast over the last 20+ years. They now live in this cabinet which was my grandparents' and has been in the family for 50-60 years:
     

    Finally back on display... by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    At one time I was going to sell them off, but Mrs SL persuaded me not too! I manage to get to a fair once a year or so, where I usually struggle to get more than two or three to add to the collection (not many to choose from and they're often not cheap nowadays, rather more than £3-4 I used to pay in the early '90s).
     

    Matchbox Superfast 1-75 collection by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Majorette Garage, Roadways road and Superfast by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I do like that Majo-Kit stuff, would like to pick up more at some point. I don't remember it when I was young, even in places that used to sell the Majorette cars.
     
    Speaking of which:
     

    Toyfair purchases - French assortment by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Majorette Scania boat transporter by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Majorette Scania ‘Supertrans’ Container Lorry by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I've had the boat transporter since a holiday in France back in 1980, the container truck was a more recent find.
     

    Corgi Ford Transcontinental + various Dinky/Corgi by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Other stuff I've had for 35+ years.
     

    Tomica diecast collection by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    By rights I should collect more Tomica stuff, but it's difficult to find and I don't want to resort to buying it online.
     

    Skoda Estelle, Rover 800/Sterling and Simca/Chrysler Alpine by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Kits are more my thing and I add far more of them to my stash than I am ever likely to build.
     

    Improved model storage/workbench 2015 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    And a couple I've recently managed to complete:
     
    by Spottedlaurel by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Arii 1:24 Nissan Laurel Hardtop C32 kit - finished by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
  23. Like
    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Junkman in Shite in Miniature II   
    Cheers all. I started buying the boxed Superfast back in 1991. I had a couple of old tinplate army trucks which I sold to a shop in Ipswich for £166, mainly to fund the purchase of a rubbish Clubman estate after I'd written-off my 309. They had some Matchbox stuff for sale and it appealed as it was cheap and was just what I had (or at least remember seeing in toy shops) as a child of the '70s. For once I was ahead of the game, as I think most collectors saw the post-regular wheels stuff as a bit tacky so prices were pretty reasonable.
     
    It strikes me now that buying Corgi stuff of similar scale (Juniors/Whizzwheels or whatever they called it in the '80s) would be a fairly cheap way of building up a collection. They don't see to be too much money and offer some different subjects. I never liked them much when I was young though, the plastic bases made them a bit light and they didn't go so well on tracks.
     

    Corgi Juniors vs Mattel Hotwheels by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Still have these, the Container Port comes out every so often for my son:
     

    Matchbox Playset Container Port by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Matchbox S-800 Stunt Jump set by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1970s toy garage by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    The Stunt Jump set came with a BMW and, rather oddly, the CX estate. I used to add further track and see how far the cars would travel, best I recall was a pink Lotus Europa which had lost its doors. Or sometimes I'd just let stuff crash on the ramps and build up a scene of carnage.
     
    As a bit of a daydreamer the catalogues gave me plenty to think about and I've picked up a few (the originals got chopped up and stuck into scrapbooks, or just fell to bits).
     

    Matchbox UK diecast catalogues 1977-87 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    January 2014 Toyfair purchases by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Today's haul at the toyfair... by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
  24. Like
    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Magnificent Rustbucket in Spotted's Spottings (2020 update)   
    Cheers! I'm afraid to say that you do come to mind whenever I see anything particularly awful, or a certain type of person at a show.
     
     
     
    In Norfolk. The chances of me finding any contact details for it are pretty slim, I'm sure your mate would be able to find something through eBay, Car & Classic or the like.
     
     
     
    Might be able to rectify things as I keep trawling my Flickr archive, keep your eyes peeled.
     
    Some recent ones before I go backwards again:
     

    1994 Rover Montego 2.0D LX Estate by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    M is for Montego. Don't know where this was unearthed from but hasn't been on the road for a couple of years.
     

    1994 Mazda 323F 1.6 GLXi by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    M is for Mazda. Do like these, even if they're not spacious or particularly practical (hence why we ditched our whizzy GT version when children came along).
     

    1994 Skoda Favorit LXie Flairline by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    M is for, errr, misted-up rear window?
     

    1971 Volvo 144S by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Don't know what the score is with this, seems a shame for it just to be sitting there though.
     

    1991 Ford Sierra XR4x4 2.9 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Fondly remember the odd trundle around the block in my mum and stepdad's 2.8 version.
     

    1995 Rover 214i 8v & 1999 Ford Fiesta 35 1.7D by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    '90s timewarp.
     

    Nissan Serena Banger #380 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Vauxhall Astra Mk5 Banger #97 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    A couple of oddities at the banger racing.
     

    1973 Datsun 1200 2dr (B110) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1973 Datsun 1200 2dr (B110) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Couldn't resist taking a look when this came up for sale locally. It's an identical model to the one I picked up earlier this year, been stashed away for 25 years and has increased the number of known examples by 20%. It quickly got sold to someone through the Datsun forum.
     
    OK, back to the older shots again.........
     

    1993 Volvo 740 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    What's going on here with the curtains?
     

    1987 Bedford CF2 Ice Cream Van + Talbot Express Motorhome by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Keeping up with the Joneses.
     

    1975 Rover 3500 P6 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Ideal plate for a Midlands-based ex-fireman.
     

    1978 Cadillac by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    2004 Buick Century 3.1 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    American stuff out and about.
     

    1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Clean.
     

    1987 Ford Escort 1.6GL Estate auto by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Small hearse.
     

    1999 Vauxhall Corsa 1.4i Cabriolet by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Saw this out and about a few times before I finally managed to get a shot.
     

    1968 Austin FG 3.0 petrol by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Looks to have the obligatory wood-stove fitted.
     

    1986 Fiat X1/9 VS by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I assume the passenger was still alive.
     

    Granada and Volvo by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1982 Colt Starion Turbo by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Personal highlights from the 2014 Ipswich-Felixstowe Run.
     

    1988 VW Polo Van (1050cc) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Can't recall seeing many of these.
     

    1982 Suzuki SC100 GX Whizzkid by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Apparently a regular local sighting.
     

    1984 Opel Ascona 1.8E by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    This was at the same garage where I saw an Audi 200 a few years ago (which someone here ended up buying and getting restored).
     

    1989 FSO Polonez Prima by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1980 Toyota Carina 1600 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    A trip to Bath gave me the chance for a visit to the Atwell-Wilson museum, excellent stuff.
     

    1993 Mahindra 'Jeep' 2.1 diesel by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1979 Vauxhall Viva 1300L by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1985 Citroen CX 25 GTi by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1991 Vauxhall Astra 1.4 LX by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1993 Nissan Prairie 2.0 SLX (M11) Brotherwood Conversion by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1987 Volvo 760 GLE auto by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1990 Honda Concerto 1.6 EX auto by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    1973 Vauxhall Viva 1256 HC by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Upload 9000: Austin Metro 310 City Van by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    And finally, a selection of things seen in and on the way to/from Bath. Appropriate trailer for the Metro van. The Concerto and 760 were photographed as I was sat on the back of a trike touring the city.....
  25. Like
    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from KruJoe in Spotted's Spottings (2020 update)   
    Continuing this rewind through my spots, still in France 2014:
     

    Ford Escort 1.6 Mk4 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Epic rain. Manged to get a photo without leaving the car, but just opening the window was bad enough. Worth it for the RS bits though?
     

    Peugeot 104 GLS by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Cute.
     

    Renault Juvaquatre Dauphinoise by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Juvaquatre promo vehicle #2.
     

    Renault Alpine A310 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Poor effort but the best I could do through the showroom window.
     

    Citroens old and new(ish) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Compare and contrast Citroen commercials.
     

    Citroen U23 Lorry by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Sadly I didn't have the opportunity to visit the Festival Retro. Clearly important that it has a rotisserie (which the French do seem to have at any market or event).
     

    Peugeot J9 Frites Van by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Chips will do if a rotisserie not available.
     

    Alfa Romeo 75 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Odd combo. I hope he didn't have to brake quickly.
     

    Toyota Camry 2.2 GL by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Clearly owned by people of discerning taste.
     

    Renault 18 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Renault 18 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    So basic it doesn't even own up to what trim level it might be.
     

    Saviem Panel Van by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Travellers' transport?
     

    Ford Sierra 1.6L by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Shame it wasn't a dangly mirror one, but early enough not to get the little aero mouldings behind the rear windows.
     

    Renault Rodeo by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Renault Rodeo by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Never seen this style of Rodeo before (with bonus R14 content).
     

    Renault 4 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Pleasingly battered-but-solid.
     

    Bedford CF230 Aristocrat Motorhome by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Always seems odd to see a CF abroad.
     

    Mercedes MB100D Camper by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Difficult to know what to say.
     

    Citroen Visa 17 RD by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Another shot where there are are actually several older things.
     

    Lancia Delta LX by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     

    Honda Prelude EX by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I'm always happy to visit a French town on market day as it brings out stuff like these two.
     

    Citroen Visa 17 RD by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    It's beige and parked in a tree-lined square - perfect.
     

    1992 Toyota Previa GL by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    One of the cleanest and earliest I've seen. How can this design be getting on for 25 years old?
     

    Citroen Xantia 2.0 HDi Ex-Ambulance by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    Ideal for when a normal estate just isn't big enough.
     

    Peugeot 205, Porsche 924 and Renault 5 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
     
    I'll leave it for now with this pleasing little timewarp scene.
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