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Brackley Classic Car Show, 29 December

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For the first time this year we were actually able to attend this show. It's only 8 miles from home but in previous years we'd always managed to avoid finding out about it until a few days afterwards :( A free event in the Market Square and High Street, there were probably about 150 cars there including a lot I hadn't seen before, so here's some highlights.

You know it's going to be a good show when you park next to a beige Wartburg

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H633 LJO - 1990 Wartburg 1.3 by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

This Hunter is lovely

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CUJ 339L - 1972 Hillman Hunter 1500 DL estate by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

Not sure if this shonky ZX was supposed to be part of the show or just left here

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L704 NFC - 1994 Citroen ZX 1.8i Aura by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

Genuine patina here, makes a change from fake rat look

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B143 NLT - 1985 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 CL estate by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

SVM people carrier

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G441 RGA - 1989 Volvo 740 GLE Nilsson limousine by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

Mini on a mission from Brackley's German twin town

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WW-MC 666 - Austin Mini Mayfair by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

Bono's Lotus?

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OHU 2F - 1968 Lotus Elan +2 by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

Great colour 1 - I've never seen a turquoise Volvo before but it's original

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KNF 55F - 1968 Volvo P1800S by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

JDMYO!

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J488 TBW - 1992 Toyota Celica GT Cabriolet by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

The least shite version of the R5

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B777 YJO - 1984 Renault 5 Turbo 2 by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

Electric XK. Nicely done but doesn't seem right.

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837 YUM - 1953 Jaguar XK120 Lunaz Electric by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

Great colour 2 - a Suzuki metallic purple

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KAV 976G - 1968 Ford Cortina 1600 Super by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

Late registration madness. Made in 1996 but not registered until 2001 for some reason.

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X148 YOO - 1996 MGF 1.8 by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

Ours wasn't the only Maxi there

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ULK 789M - 1972 Austin Maxi 1750 by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

Tennis-themed 205s

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Anyone for tennis? by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

Slightly shonky Capri

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C291 KHJ - 1986 Ford Capri 2.0 Laser by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

Like Dick Strawbridge but boxier

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A1 LTB - 1989 Asquith box van by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

Clubvan? That never existed from the factory.

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JGK 328T - 1979 Austin-Morris Mini Clubman van by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

Bristols are odd. I don't think any of them look good but they have an endearing strangeness.

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MPL 18L - 1972 Bristol 411 by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

@Six-cylinder lowered the tone with his immaculate* Vanden Plah

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JRV 328P - 1976 Vanden Plas 1500 by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

Panda looked like the daily of a young lady

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L160 AOD - 1994 Fiat Panda Selecta by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

Hot Serck action!

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YFC 145V - 1979 Austin-Morris Mini 1000 van by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

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Did you get any pictures of the Jensen Coupe, parked between the Wartburg and the MGF?  These really were an odd thing, an uglified Interceptor based on the convertible complete with Marina " Coupe" badges. Presumably towards the end of the company , money was too tight to buy hoods so they cobbled these together - awful. Must be the rarest Jensen.

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Here you go:

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TBU 904R - 1976 Jensen Interceptor III Coupe by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

It was one of three Interceptors there. Only about 50 of these were made in Jensen's dying days, basically convertibles with hardtops cobbled on by Robert Jankel at Panther Westwinds using Jag XJ6 back windows.

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