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1940 Buick Eight, With Fixed Metal External Sun Visor, At Alton (N.H.) McDonald’s On June 19, 2014.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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1/ British cars in NH — July 27, 2013.
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 Triumph Stag story …
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May 11, 2013.
3/ Jensen Healey in Alton– Aug. 28, 2012.
4/ 1977 MGB (BMC) in Pittsfield — Oct. 8, 2012.


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It was last Thursday afternoon and I saw it as I was approaching the Alton rotary — from Rte 28 (West). It was already on the rotary. I immediately spotted the fixed, external metal visor. You don’t see those anymore. I guess they wreak havoc to the aerodynamics of a car and I can just imagine the forces exerted on it at speed. I wanted the kids to see it. I had a hunch that it would pull into McDonald’s. Took a ‘wager’ with the kids. I won. It did pull into McDonald’s. I followed it and managed to park right next to it.

Not having grown up here and with nearly all the cars in Ceylon, in my time, having been European, I don’t know much about old American cars. But, I know a cool car when I see it.

They were from Maine. I asked permission to take some pictures. Luckily Deanna had her camera on her. The driver told me it was a 1940. Wow. Even older than me. Showed the kids the visor. They, as I knew, thought it was cool. The lights at the back are so small compared to the rest of the car. Interesting. Not sure of the ‘heraldry’ on the ‘shield’ (coat of arms). Let me look it up. Wow. $250 for an emblem. OK. Found it on Wikipedia: “The Buick Trishield is rooted in the ancestral coat of arms of the automaker’s founder, David Dunbar Buick. That crest was a red shield with a checkered silver and azure diagonal line from the upper left to lower right, a stag above, and a punctured cross below. The division adopted this on its radiator grilles in 1937. In 1960, the logo underwent a major overhaul. Its single shield was replaced by a trio …” That stag is pretty stylized.

Anyway … ENJOY. Thought you might like to see the pictures. That is about all I know. Oh, I found out that the name denotes a straight 8 — like what they used on planes. Didn’t get the capacity or horsepower. Quick Google. Anything from 3L to 5L. 128hp to 168hp. Wow. We have come a long way. What does a stock 5L produce now — upwards of 350?

‘Show of Dreams’ British Cars of New Hampshire, In Wolfeboro, July 27, 2013: The Pictures.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related Posts:
1/ ‘Show of Dreams’ British cars …
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2/ Triumph Stag story …
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May 11, 2013.
3/ Jensen Healey in Alton– Aug. 28, 2012.
4/ 1977 MGB (BMC) in Pittsfield — Oct. 8, 2012.

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It was spectacular. Far exceeded expectations. So many cars. So many delightful cars. The weather was beyond perfect. The people were nice and were all having a grand time.

Lots and lots of different cars. A real trip down memory lane augmented with reminders of OUR continued GREATNESS as with the new, breathtaking Jaguar F-Type. What a beautiful car. Probably as close to perfection that you could ever achieve in a car.

Acute shortage of Spitfires. Just one Mk II. Is it really true … Have all the Spitfires rusted away? I hope not. I owned two. One red and the other pageant blue (a color I still hate).

Two Stags. Both yellow. Aaahhhh! Lots and lots of TR 6s. That might be my next purchase IF I ever have any money. There was a beautiful one, with just 9,000 miles, for sale for $21K. Wow.

A couple of Triumph GT6s. Haven’t seen one of those in decades. In the early 1970s had a friend, Dave, who owned one. He loved it. It sure was fast. But I still think it is an ugly car!

Great show. Well done. Bravo. Thank YOU.


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Annual ‘Show of Dreams’ British Cars of New Hampshire Show In Wolfeboro, Sat. July 27, 2013, 10 – 3 pm.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related Posts:
1/ Triumph Stag story …
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May 11, 2013.
2/ Jensen Healey in Alton– Aug. 28, 2012.
3/ 1977 MGB (BMC) in Pittsfield — Oct. 8, 2012.

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The kids and Deanna want to go. I was ambivalent. I don’t have the money to buy one or own one, so just looking at them doesn’t do much for me. But, Devanee made a good point: ‘you know all the cars, we don’t. So we should go so we can see them’. Fair enough. I think it is free. So, weather permitting, we will go. [It is FREE, but they suggest a donation for their fundraiser.]

I am sure I will see a couple of folks that I do know. Sure, I will see a few cars that I would love to own. But, that is OK.

It should be fun. There is going to be music and food. Possibly a bagpiper.

So see you there. I am the Brown Guy with a big grin. Easy enough to spot in Wolfeboro.

1977 MGB (BMC) In Pittsfield, NH.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Prior posts:
Newly Restored, 1974, Jensen-Healey In Alton, NH — Aug. 28, 2012.
We Went Apple Picking At ‘AppleView Orchard’ Pittsfield, NH — Colombus Day Monday, October 8, 2012. — Oct. 8, 2012.

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Happened to see it on my way out after apple picking at ‘Apple View Orchard‘ in Pittsfield, NH earlier this afternoon. I assume it belong to Denis or Mary Straight the owners of the farm. I didn’t want to go back into the ‘shop’ and bother Denis. Instead, just took these 3 pictures. It appears to be in very good shape; just a small spot, of inevitable, kind of trademark, rust in the back. The interior looked immaculate. Nice car. Had a MG Midget, but never a ‘B’. I was more into the Triumphs. Had a friend, while in College in Swansea, who had an MGB GT. Since we are talking 1971 to 1974, it was not the V8.

MGB GT

 

Newly Restored, 1974, Jensen-Healey In Alton, NH

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Alas, it is NOT mine! It is also NOT for sale — though, obviously, as the saying correctly foretells, everything and everybody does have a price. This is his 2nd Jensen-Healey. He had his 1st in College but had to sell it when he had his first child. So now, quite a bit older, he is determined to hold onto this — and I understand. He worked on this car for a long time. It looks fabulous. Sounds good too. Great job. He is very happy and proud; as he should be. [As is always the case the wife refers to it as his ‘mid-life crisis’. I told her yesterday that I hope he has quite few more crises.]

I won’t divulge where the car is or who owns it — though he is quite famous in Alton circles. It is NOT on our road — so don’t bother coming cruising around. It is also garaged and they have a long driveway going up a steep incline. So you won’t even see the garage from the road.

If you really, really, really want to see this Healey e-mail me and I will SEE if I can arrange for you to see it. Otherwise just keep an eye for it on Rte 28 in Alton or at Prospect Mountain High School. No guarantee. It is not registered right now.



I would, as a Brit, like to have another British sports car. I have owned 4: 2 Spitfire 1500s (one bright red and the other Pageant Blue (a color I hated, but the only color I could get in 1978), a TR7 convertible (the 3rd but last built) and an MG Midget (that I bought from a neighbor, in Gilford, in 2000). I always wanted a Triumph Stag — which I consider the most beautiful car of that era, prior to the TR7. The unreliability of the Stag, even by British standards of the time, were legendary. I was always told that if I got one I would have to replace the engine with a U.S. V8. So, I ended up getting the TR7. I had a look the other day on eBay just out of curiosity. Only 1 listing for a Stag! Wow.

I had a rich friend back in the UK, in the 70s, who had a Jensen Interceptor. That was the only car that I knew that was more prone to failure than the stag. It was his pride and joy — but it was always breaking down. It would always be a call, from a phone booth (this being way, way, way before cell phones), I am stuck I will be late. Driving off in the Interceptor was going to be the highlight of his extremely lavish wedding, to a dentist, at a stately manor house. Yes, you guessed it. The Jensen didn’t work! He took it quite well.

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