Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn
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British Car Field Day, 2016

On Sunday, June 19th, we drove out to Sussex Village Park for the annual British Car Field Day.

This year’s field was a bit smaller than some past years, but we still had a good opportunity to take up-close looks at a lot of interesting cars. As usual, there were a goodly number of examples of the classic British two-seater sports car, as made by MG, MGB, Austin-Healey, Sunbeam, and others. This was the first time we saw an example of the Morris Minor, frequently referred to in British literature, but seldom seen these days. While there were fewer Jaguars than some years, there was a rare type on display (possibly a Mark VIII?) that I was very interested to see.

We were also interested to note that there are now replicas available for some of the classic marques. There were two examples of a Lotus Super 7 replica—the car famously seen in the opening sequence of “The Prisoner”—which were very attractive.

There was also a new production model of the Morgan Three-Wheeler, notable since it can be legally imported to the US due to being classed as a motorcycle. The vehicle is driven by a massive cycle-type engine which sits in the open air in front of the front axle where an ordinary car’s grill would be. The boat-shaped body has an open cockpit which theoretically seats two very friendly slim people, and a minimal windscreen. (I didn’t note if this model has any kind of luggage compartment or not.) It’s a very minimalist approach to motoring and looks like it would be fun to drive for fun, but highly impractical otherwise.

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