August 2014

Neat way to carry your petrol.

And here's the station, with No. 31 coming out of the shed.

If you are wondering why there are no photo’s of Jagger alongside such a famous car the answer is because Oulton Park is situated 200 miles from home and on the day of my journey the rain was hammering down, so reluctantly I made the journey in my Mercedes SLK a more practical option, but don't be surprised if one day you see a few pics of us alongside RW.



On the last day of the month I returned to Brooklands where Jagger found himself on the famous track alongside a new XKR





No sooner did July come to a close, August kicked off with a bang, on the first Sunday of the month it was time to attend another rally organised by Brooklands. Our friends Ann and Bob came to the house in their 1965 Mercedes 220SE convertible, such a fabulous looking car oozing class and style. After coffee we headed down the road to join the other forty three cars assembled in the car park at Runnymede. Our destination was Fawley Hill Steam Railway in Buckinghamshire, a private museum owned by Sir William McAlpine.


The 20 oldest cars left first and on arrival at the museum formed a nostalgic display inside the premises, while the rest of us followed a scenic route through Surrey, Berkshire and Oxfordshire before arriving at the museum an hour and a half later.


The railway was created in the 1960‘s in direct response to Beeching’s axing of Britain’s railway network. The place has thousands of railway artefacts and automobilia with the star attraction being the Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0ST steam locomotive, known as No.31 purchased by the McAlpine’s in 1913 and saved from the scrapyard by Sir William.


All day long No.31 pulled an open truck and a break van crammed with passengers through the park, where animals including deer, alpacas and wallabies roam. Everywhere you look there are bits and pieces of railway stations scattered alongside the track. There are several arched structures from prominent London locations including the now disused Broad Street Station. In the yard there are two Royal Train carriages, one was Her Majesty’s private carriage and one known as the “nursery coach”, built for Prince Charles and Princess Anne. There is even a wooden private carriage, built for a former chairman of Great Eastern Railways.


Inside the museum are hundreds of items of railway and automotive memorabilia, together with what must be one of the largest model train sets in the land. The station’s walls are covered with all manner of artefacts including ticket machines, timetables and posters. The ornate waiting room is home to beautiful old wooden benches, tables and chairs. Outside, a seating area provides the ideal place to enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of cake.


For those wishing to relive their childhood memories, there is a carousel playing old fairground tunes. Once we had enjoyed the many treasures of Fawley, most of us found a welcoming spot in the vast grounds to enjoy our picnics, before taking a final look around and leaving.


We found a great way to finish the day by visiting a country pub close to home. Little did we know that the pub has a outside seating area and as we pulled into the car park several people came over to ask questions, whilst other's took pictures of the cars. We got our drinks and returned outside because some of the guys wanted to see under the bonnets and listen to the engines and the sounds coming from the exhausts, especially the V12. It was a fun way to finish the day and as we departed everyone in the pub, including the bar staff, came out to wish us goodbye, whilst voting between themselves which one of our cars they preferred. Happy days......

Some of the cars formed a nostalgic display inside the premises - Bob's day was made when Sir William approached him and said some nice things about his gorgeous Merc.

I love old petrol globes, especially when they're lit. As for the BP coat, I remember the days when you drove onto the garage forecourt and a guy would come out dressed in one of those and put petrol in your car, how times have changed.

See what I mean about the automobila, there's more to follow.

Ever wondered what happened to those old road signs? Well now you know.

A view from the station looking down the track.

The August Bank Holiday saw the return of the Gold Cup meeting at Oulton Park. You may recall from a previous page, it was at the same event a few years ago where I saw the most famous E-Type of them all, 77RW. What happened after that memorable occasion resulted in the purchase of Jagger.


It was great to be reacquainted with owner Michael Kilgannon and share my news that unlike our previous meeting, he was now chatting with a fellow E-Type owner. Michael was thrilled to hear this and asked loads of questions about the new love of my life which I was only too happy to answer.


I couldn’t resist telling him about and hopefully he will take a look some day, if you do Michael, I hope you enjoy the following pictures.