Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Classic Cars and Coffee October 2021

It's been a good six months since I last attended Classic Cars and Coffee. There has been a lot going on in my 'normal' life and the weather has been generally awful. But Sunday 17th October 2021 turned out to be a very pleasant day, lightly overcast, so it was worth going for a drive.

I decided to take the Tatra along. I don't drive the Tatra as much as the DKW so it was good to get her out and give her a good run.

The very beautiful and SAFE Chevrolet Corvair. The Tatra and Corvair are probably the most misrepresented vehicles in history.

Jim's Reliant Scimitar glides in

A great photo of a Renault 17 coming in. Not mine I must say.

Reverse parking the Tatra is a challenge but with sufficient room, I managed to park it up pretty well beside this lovely Sunbeam.

The rear porthole windows provide pretty poor rear vision. I'm sure they're better than the louver screens on the T87, but they leave expansive blind spots for everything not directly behind you.

A very lovely 1948 Cadillac.

It looks pristine but it has original paint with just a little romantic wear and tear.

Damned as "Unsafe at Any Speed", the Chevrolet Corvair receives as much bad press as the Tatra, but it's equally as false. The Corvair is actually a really well made American car that handles extremely well. They are quite a revelation if all you know about them is the myths. They not only drive well, they are very handsome cars.

Another from the same stable, the Chevrolet Impala

Dodge Avenger in US police spec

Officer Dax wants to see your ID

Alfa Romeo Guiletta

Renault Alpine A110

Renault Caravelle

Renault Dauphine

1950 MG TC



Now here's an interesting scene - the Suzuki Carry gang rock up!

Scooby Doo, where are you?

These are nifty little vehicles and they have a dedicated following

What's all this about?

The Carry crew

Check out the cantor on the rear axles of the Skoda Octavia. Independent swing axles were extremely popular in central Europe in the 1930s to 60s. They are very good for travel over rough and uneven ground. Volkswagen and Tatra both used independent swing rear axles but the cantor is not as obvious as the weight of the engine tends to keep the axles straight.

1953 Ford

It was great to see the Saab 96 GT Super Sport out. I've not seen it in almost a year.

The timeless and sublime beauty of the Porsche 356

Peter Briggs' magnificent 1934 MG NE Magnette.

1966 Renault Alpine A110

The Skoda Octavia sets off

Ford Cortina rat-wagon

Talking motorcycles, 60s style and Saab 900s with the next generation.

Next Classic Car and Coffee is on Sunday 21st November 2021

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