Crowds in Camberley enjoy a feast of motoring vehicles

Now a fixture in the events in Camberley town centre, the Camberley Car Show attracted large crowds to see the fast cars, classic cars, weird cars, and vintage cars.

Part of the fun of the show is bumping into people you know, and the occasional one who’s exhibiting his treasured motor. I did more chatting than picture taking, so the few photos below are the sum total of my photographic efforts.

Upcoming car-tastic Camberley Car Show on Saturday 18th August

Now a fixture in the events calendar in Camberley, is the Camberley Car Show [see also the Facebook page] The first show, in 2013, established the pattern of the amazing variety of motor vehicles. Some special vehicles have graced the show over the past years, including the weird Outspan Orange car, a Batmobile, past Formula 1 racing cars, and of course a selection of the latest go-faster super cars, as my photos below show.

It’s the Camberley Car Show this Saturday

We’re away for this year’s Camberley Car Show, organised by Collectively Camberley. At last year’s show I produced a short video – see HERE, and for 2015 I interviewed some of the exhibitors. So sometimes can’t be helped, as you can’t go to every possible fun event.

The show has had good weather in the past, and will most likely again this Saturday. Click on image to link to the Car Show website.

Video highlights of the Camberley Car Show

Now a regular fixture Camberley’s calendar, the Camberley Car Show delivered another exciting and interesting array of vehicles, which again attracted crowds of visitors.

Camera phones were at the ready to capture images of the vehicles. The undoubted stars were the Batmobile, ‘Back to the Future’ DeLorean, and the Bloodhound SSC. Each attracted an admiring and curious audience, with the Batmobile attracting the most fascination among small boys. Here are a few images of the Batmobile, and a video of the highlights of the show.

A quieter Hot Rod Hayride in Bisley this year

We’ve visited the Hot Rod Hayride for 5 of the last six years it’s been held at the National Shooting Ground at Bisley. This year the vibe was quieter, though just as relaxed and fun.

Do we have a Hot Rod, vintage American car, or even a custom motor bike? No. But anything with an internal combustion engine piques my interest. It’s the un-silenced world of the weird and wacky in motor vehicles that amuses. There’s also the opportunity to admire Hayriders love of everything 1940’s to 1950’s in vehicles, clothing and hairstyles.

It’s good to see Hayriders enjoy the festival, and for us, our admiration of their dedication to their sub-culture. Long may it live. We learned that this is the last year the Hayride will be at Bisley – next year it’ll be somewhere else. If you’d like to view the reports of our earlier visits, you can here for 2011, 2013, 2014 plus video, and 2015 plus video. I’ve a a fun video of this year’s event, which I’ll work on later this week, meanwhile here’s a brief photo montage of our visit yesterday.

British car and commercial vehicle makers see increased home and export demand

While overall UK manufacturing output declined in the last three months, as reported by CITY A.M, UK car and commercial vehicle manufacturing grew healthily in the last quarter.

The SMMT yesterday announced that for,

  • Land_Rover_Celebrates_Production_of_First_New_Discovery_SportCar manufacturing:
    • British car manufacturing increases 9.3% in November, with 150,084 cars built.
    • Strong overseas demand continues to boost output, with production for export up 10.8% in the month.
    • Year-to-date output 3.8% up on 2014 with 1,472,835 cars produced.
  • Engine manufacturing:
    • UK engine output rises 3.5% in November, with 209,133 units produced.
    • Overseas demand continues to drive growth as production for exports sees 13.3% uplift in the month.
    • Overall year-to-date volumes stable, with output down 0.9%.
  • Commercial vehicle manufacturing:
    • UK commercial vehicle manufacturing grows by a quarter in November as sector recovery continues.
    • Big gains made in export production with volumes up 79.1% in the month.

Well Camberley, you’ve excelled yourself again with the Camberley Car Show

If only Collectively Camberley could bottle their ability to call up stunning sunny weather, they’d make a fortune. As I said earlier we weren’t around for last years Camberley Car Show, so don’t know what the weather was like, but the 2013 show was blessed by the same hot, sunny weather as today.

When it’s glorious sunny weather we Brits are happy folk. Our natural reserve is lost and we’ll chat to anyone. At least we did. We made a beeline to meet Edd China on the South West Thames Kidney Fund stand. You don’t know who he is. He’s one of the duo in the TV programme Wheeler Dealers on the Discovery Channel.

The highlights of the show for me were being able to interview Edd China, and Roger Hoyle of the Bloodhound SSC car. Car-wise, the highlights were conversations with the mechanic of Dave Wilson’s Top Methanol Dragster, and with the guys of the Tyrell P34 racing car stand. Of course, all the cars on show are loved by their owners, evidenced by the wonderful quality paint finishes. Enough wittering…. here are my interviews and a handful of photos.

The Camberley Car Show tommorrow heralds lovely sunny weather

Camberley Car Show 2015The weather for the first Camberley Car Show in 2013 was wonderfully warm and sunny, making for a smash-hit event for the organisers. We missed last year’s Camberley Car Show being on holiday at the time, so I don’t know what the weather was like.

Therefore, I feel able to say lucky Camberley Car Show heralds lovely sunny weather. It seems the weather forecast is set fair for our part of England, while elsewhere in the West won’t perhaps be as lucky with the weather.

When weather is involved, best to keep fingers crossed.

Plenty of live music at Bagshot’s VE Day street party

victory-in-europe-street-party-9th-mayWouldn’t be right to miss Bagshot’s VE Day street party celebration, having enjoyed Lightwater’s Fête and VE Day anniversary bash.

While there was plenty of music at Lightwater’s Fête, it was mostly recorded. While Bagshot had the PG Stompers Jazz Band outside the Three Mariners, and a concert stage in the village High Street, plus a saxophonist at the other end of the High Street.

The collection of Harley Davidson motor bikes, scooters, vintage military vehicles, and classic cars from one end of the High Street to the other all drew admiring looks. I did enjoy somewhere to sit in the High Street to drink tea and eat a cream tea. The events were different, but equally enjoyable.