Single frame… Rover 3500

Rover 3500Rover 3500
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 44mm, 1/180s, f11, ISO 200

This Rover P6 3500 caught my eye a couple of weeks ago during a wander around the Isle of Whithorn whilst there on holiday.

The P6 model was built between 1963 and 1977, with this particular example being first registered in 1972 in Glasgow. Various engines were available, a 2.0L four-cylinder, a 2.2L four-cylinder and the 3.5L V8 (as fitted to this example) that began life as the Buick 215 in 1960.

Over 320,000 were built before the P6 was replaced by the SD1, introduced in 1976.

Monochrome Monday… Fordson Major tractor, Cromer, September 2019

Fordson Major tractor, Cromer, September 2019Fordson Major tractor, Cromer, September 2019
Fujica GW690 – 1/500s, f11, – Ilford Delta 400 Professional rated at ISO 320

Another image from the batch of negatives that I received back from the lab last week.

JPR 292, one of several Fordson Major tractors used for hauling fishing boats onto the beach at Cromer in Norfolk. This example was first registered in May 1956 in the Bournemouth area.

Epson 4870 Photo scan with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Single frame… 1955 Pontiac Star Chief

1955 Pontiac Star Chief1955 Pontiac Star Chief
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 66mm, 1/420s, f11, ISO 200

Following on from yesterday’s piece of Americana, today it’s the turn of this 1955 Pontiac Star Chief… both vehicles (and many more) were photographed at MFN‘s ‘American ‘n’ Classic Car ‘n’ Truck ‘n’ Bike’ show on Sunday.

The Star Chief was manufactured by General Motors’ Pontiac division between 1954 and 1966 and this particular example is powered by a 287 cu in (4.7l) V8 engine.

The two wide ‘silver streaks’ and the ‘Indian’ hood ornament caught my eye; the latter apparently lights up when the car’s headlights are turned on!

Throwback Thursday… ‘Moggie’ at Sainsbury’s…

'Moggie' at Sainsbury's, June 2015‘Moggie’ at Sainsbury’s, June 2015
Olympus Stylus XZ-10, i.Zuiko 4.7-23.5mm f1.8~2.7 ED at 6.2mm, 1/100s, f8, ISO 125

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Morris 6cwt pickup, Ripley, June 2015Morris 6cwt pickup, Ripley, June 2015
Olympus Stylus XZ-10, i.Zuiko 4.7-23.5mm f1.8~2.7 ED at 6.8mm, 1/100s, f8, ISO 160

Four years ago it was this Morris 6cwt pickup at the local Sainsbury’s. Another classic vehicle fitted with the 1098cc A-series four-cylinder engine, this example was first registered in Shropshire in 1967.

Single frame… Morris Minor 1000

Morris Minor, Ely, May 2017Morris Minor, Ely, May 2017
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 34mm, 1/60s, f8, ISO 640

Another classic vehicle today…

Over 1,300,000 Morris Minors were produced between 1948 and 1971, and this one was first registered in April 1970 in Taunton, Somerset.

Although still badged as a ‘Minor 1000’ the ‘Moggie’ (as they are affectionately known by many) had been built with a 1098cc version of the legendary A-series four cylinder engine since 1962… it’s an engine I’m very familiar with, having driven a Mini Clubman for a number of years (in my distant youth).

Single frame… Renault Juvaquatre Break

Mural depicting St Mungo, Glasgow, April 2019Renault Juvaquatre Break, the Nièvre, August 2018
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 49mm, 1/80s, f8, ISO 320

I’ve mentioned before my fondness for photographing old vehicles wherever I find them…

This Renault Juvaquatre Break was spotted in a small town in the Nièvre department of France in August last year. Based on the Juvaquatre Camionette (van) introduced in the late 1930s, the Break (also known as the ‘Dauphinoise’ post 1956) was introduced in 1950 and remained in production until 1960, just a few months before its replacement arrived in the shape of the Renault 4.

The French (at least in rural areas) seem to keep using their old vehicles long after we (in the UK) would’ve either confined them to classic car shows or the scrapyard.

Single frame… Triumph T120 Bonneville

Triumph T120 BonnevilleTriumph T120 Bonneville
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 34mm, 1/80s, f8, ISO 1600

I paid a visit to the Erewash Museum‘s Motorcycle Open Day today…

There was a fantastic variety of bikes on display: custom Harley-Davidsons, modern tourers, a couple of ‘Rat‘ bikes and more classic Brits than you could shake a stick at!

The above image shows one of the many Triumphs on display and I’m reasonably certain that it’s a 1960 T120 Bonneville (but I’m happy to be corrected if I’m wrong).

Monochrome Monday… A few frames from Tideswell on JCH Street Pan 400

Forget Not The DeadForget Not The Dead
Nikon FA, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/500s, f4 – JCH Street Pan 400 rated at ISO 320

One of the films that came back from the lab on Saturday was a roll of JCH Street Pan 400 that had been lurking in my Nikon FA since August last year!

Corner House, TideswellCorner House, Tideswell
Nikon FA, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/125s, f8 – JCH Street Pan 400 rated at ISO 320

Tideswell in the Derbyshire Dales (known locally as ‘Tidza’) is a beautiful village, the centrepiece of which is the Church of St John the Baptist, known as the ‘Cathedral of the Peak’.

The dull weather during my visit didn’t do the sights any favours but Bellamy Hunt’s JCH Street Pan 400 film has still delivered some nice, contrasty images…

1929 Ford Model A, Tideswell, October 20181929 Ford Model A, Tideswell, October 2018
Nikon FA, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/60s, f8 – JCH Street Pan 400 rated at ISO 320

Epson 4870 Photo scans with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Throwback Thursday… Ford Thames 300E van

Ford Thames 300E vanFord Thames 300E van
Fujifilm X-E1, Fujinon XF 18-55mm f2.8~4 R LM OIS at 52mm, 1/80s, f8, ISO 400

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Four years ago it was this sorry specimen… A Ford Thames 300E van seemingly abandoned in a field.

The Ford Thames 300E was derived from the Anglia/Prefect 100E saloon car and shared its 1172cc side valve engine. Almost 197,000 were produced between July 1954 and April 1961, its replacement, the Thames 307E (based on the Anglia 105E saloon) was introduced in the following June.