Another jaw-droppingly beautiful car

Wow, two auctions of motoring exotica in the same month. A Bonhams auction at Quail Lodge in California is offering a stunning 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Short-Wheelbase Speciale Aerodinamica.

While it’s beautiful, it hasn’t the elegant understated line of the 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupe that I drooled about only days ago. Even so, it is still gorgeous.

1962 Ferrari 250 GT Short-wheelbase Speciale Aerodinamica1962 Ferrari 250 GT Short-Wheelbase interior

A jaw-droppingly gorgeous piece of motoring exotica

Gosh, this 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupe is achingly gorgeous. As Lot 225, it’s for sale at RM Auctions in Monterey this month.

Reviewed in the Daily Telegraph, who report that it’s “The fourth of just 21 Europas ever made, it was finished in a delightful combination of Rosso Marrone bodywork with a beige chiaro roof and beige sills.”

I’m not sure I can distinguish this from my desire for Diana Dors’ 1949 Delahaye Type 175 Roadster, again reviewed in the Daily Telegraph.

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A brief visit to Monmouth to see an ancient bridge

Last week we visited friends near Ross on Wye in Herefordshire. Among the things we did was visit Monmouth, the county town of Monmouthshire, a couple of miles over the border into Wales.

The reason for the visit, apart from pure tourist interest, was for me to see Monnow Bridge, and fascinating it was too. Briefly, built in the late 13th century, it’s the only remaining mediaeval fortified river bridge in Great Britain with its gate tower still standing in place.

Close by Monnow Bridge in Monnow Street is MonTeas, an interesting ‘purveyor of fine loose leaf teas and tea paraphernalia’. The proprietor, David Tovey is hugely knowledgeable about all things tea related. Just as interesting at the bridge.

Events in September: West End and District ‘Ag & Hort’ Annual Show

The West End & District Agricultural & Horticultural Show is a wonderful traditional style show, with competitions for poultry, hamsters, geese, and much more. It’s been going for over 100 years, and is much loved by everyone in West End and surrounding villages.

This year’s show is on Saturday 13th September at Tringhams Hall and the West End recreation ground. Click on images to expand.

Ever popular West End Ag & Hort West End Ag & Hort

Events to enjoy in September: Last Night of the Proms

No, this isn’t the one at the Royal Albert Hall, but Lightwater’s own Last Night of the Proms on Saturday evening 13th September, at the Lightwater Club, in the village centre of Lightwater.

Organised by Surrey Border Lions Club, the audience will enjoy proms-style music from the Bagshot Concert Band, and the Basingstoke Concert Band, along with a broadcast from the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms. 

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Events to enjoy in September: Bridport Hat Festival

Here’s the first of some events to enjoy in September. Some local, others not.

Yep, the Bridport Hat Festival isn’t local. My reason for highlighting the Hat Festival is that I have a brother who lives in Bridport and who extols the fun of the Festival, which is on Saturday 6th September. I’ve spotted my brother in the header photo on the Festival website.

Both my wife and I have bought hats from Snooks the Hatters in West Street, Bridport. It’s a splendid shop. Isn’t it amazing to think that Bridport, a town of almost 14,000 people can host an independent hatter. There’s also an independent gentleman’s outfitter – Smith & Smith – a little way up West Street from Snooks.

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The High-s, a high-octane mod band at Music Festival vintage scooter rally

Last Saturday afternoon the lawn and paths in front of Surrey Heath Borough Council offices was taken over by a Vintage Scooter Rally, accompanied by the rocking beat of The High-s Mod Band.

The Surrey Heath Music Festival, at which the High-s’ performed was put together by Surrey Heath Museum Curator, Gill Barnes-Riding. The scooter rally was organised with the help of Aldershot Scooter Club. All the scooters were immaculate, many of which had custom paint finishes. Here’s my brief photo montage of the event, and a short video of the High-s band later.