Something that you may not have known about me is that I have a bit of a soft spot for British cars.

I fell in love with the Austin Mini when I was 9 years old, living in France. Over the years, others caught my eye, like the little MG and Triumph convertibles I’d see from time to time in the San Francisco Bay Area. When I was 16, I became enamoured of the Lotus driven by Mrs. Peel, my idol. And what fan of the Prisoner could forget 6’s Lotus 7?

So when John told me he’d heard of a British car show coming up nearby, I put it on the calendar. We went this past Sunday.

The car show was held on the lawn of the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA, which is in an incredible park.

We picked a shady spot to picnic near this sweet purple MG.

Phoebe and Theo enjoyed the sunny day at the park.

John and I enjoyed taking pictures of the pretty cars, most of which were polished up to a high shine, like this Triumph GT6+.

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This little Berkeley, though, appeared to have its original paint.

spider paint crack
The paint showed some really cool cracking patterns, like this spider-like one.

There was quite a variety of unusual sports cars. Here’s an Allard and a Jaguar. Note the leather straps fastening the bonnet of the Allard (left), and the third headlight on the Jaguar (right).

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I didn’t see any wicker seats, but there were a few wicker baskets, like the one strapped to the boot of this classic MG (left). There were lots of two-seaters at the show, and at least one single-seater, like this Lotus (right).

row of triumphs
Here’s a row of Triumphs.

I wanted to get a closer look at this (more humble-looking) Triumph, but it drove off as we were walking towards it. (Yes, it started!)

This new Mini was parked next to a hand-built reproduction of a Lotus 7.

This was the only classic Mini we saw. I wanted to take it home with me.

17 thoughts on “Vroom!

  1. ouch! My joints ache thinking of trying to get in and out of those things. I blame our huge suv on my very tall husband, but really, I like it as much as he needs it.

  2. Wow, that looks like fun. My husband would be drooling; in fact, I think I’ll send him your link…

    I was sorely tempted to buy a Mini Clubman a couple of weeks ago…but a Duke of Darkness would do.

    And there’s this nice song

  3. Cool! One of our neighbors is a British Car enthusiast. Paul drove his beautiful Austin Healey to a show once (picture somewhere… http://www.coldspaghetti.org/blog/2007/03/26/goggle-man/ )

    He’s bald because he’d recently shaved his head for charity.

    Paul has resisted the urge of buying an old one to restore (our neighbor found a Lotus and both of us had to work hard to say no) but without a garage… or even a driveway… we had to reach reality! :-) It’s so much nicer to enjoy other people’s!

  4. Wow, cool!
    When I was growing up, one of my neighbors was into restoring antique Jaguars, so there were always several of them nearby.

    Personally, I’m more of a fan of the old VW Bug, and even more so the Fiat 500 (Cinquecento, affectionately called the “cinquino” by Italians). The less sporty and aerodynamic a car, the cuter I seem to find it. Though I do have a strong preference for smaller cars.

  5. Mmmm… nice.

    I love all Jags and especially ones that are British Racing Green with tan leather upholstery.

    Looks like a wonderful day out. And those two kidlets just keep getting cuter and cuter…

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