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.

Single frame… Mulled Wine and Mulled Cider

Mulled Wine and Mulled Cider, York, December 2018Mulled Wine and Mulled Cider, York, December 2018
Fujica GW690 – 1/30s, f4, – Ilford Delta 400 Professional rated at ISO 3200

I received five rolls of film back from the lab yesterday, all shot with the gorgeous Fujica GW690 that I’ve got on loan…

I’ve never pushed Ilford Delta 400 before and only did so here to try and bag a few shots of York after dark while wobbling my way from ‘The Last Drop’ to the railway station.

I’m absolutely loving the results from this camera… I’m quite taken with the pushed Delta 400 too!

Scan by AgLab with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Single frame… Shop window Triton

Shop window TritonShop window Triton
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/125s, f4, – O.O.D. Kodak 200 rated at ISO 100

Now here’s something you don’t see everyday… a Triton motorcycle in a shop window… and a clothes shop window at that!

Built in the 1960s and 70s, Tritons were the marrying of a Triumph parallel twin engine to a Norton ‘Featherbed’ frame, creating a hybrid superior to anything either manufacturer could offer ‘off the shelf’.

The Triumph engine was widely regarded as being more reliable and easier to tune that the Norton but the Norton frame was easily the best handling example of its time, the Isle of Man TT racer Harold Daniel tested the new frame in 1950 and declared it like “riding on a featherbed” as opposed to a “garden gate” and the name stuck.

This example currently sits in a window display surrounded by products from Barbour, a British brand known for their ‘International’ jacket as worn by motorcyclists for decades.

One thing I’ve always been curious about with the Triton concept… what happened to all the Triumph frames and Norton engines? Are garden sheds countrywide hiding ‘Norumphs’ banished there for misfiring and wobbling around bends? Maybe we’ll never know…

Scan by AgLab with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Throwback Thursday… ‘Oh, Oh, Dyane’

'Oh, Oh, Dyane'‘Oh, Oh, Dyane’
Fujifilm X-T10, Fujinon XF 18-55mm f2.8~4 R LM OIS at 42mm, 1/125s, f8, ISO 1600

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Two years ago it was this sorry specimen… A Citroën Dyane slowly rotting away in the corner of a field in France.

The title of this image comes from the Fleetwood Mac song ‘Oh Diane’ (on the ‘Mirage’ album). The lyric popped into my head as I was editing the image…

Monochrome Monday… Rusty Roller

Rusty roller, July 2018Rusty roller, July 2018
Nikon FA, Nikkor 45mm f/2.8P – 1/60s, f8, – CineStill BwXX rated at ISO 250

It’s so easy to lose track of time when ‘researching’ something on the internet… In this case it’s the ageing Aveling-Barford roller seen above.

I mean, I don’t ‘need’ to know which model it is or when it was built to post an image of it here but I’ve still lost over an hour today browsing various websites for information and can still only hazard a guess that it’s a model A2 that dates from the 1930s…

Scan by AgLab with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Classic vehicle – Renault 1000Kg light van

Like fellow blogger Jim Grey I photograph old cars whenever I spot one and although a beautifully restored example is wonderful to see, I do prefer those that have been allowed to age gracefully…

Renault 1000Kg light vanRenault 1000Kg light van
Pentax MZ-M, SMC Pentax-M 50mm f/2 – 1/90s, f8 – JCH Street Pan 400 rated at ISO 320

The Renault 1000Kg light van was introduced in 1947 but the 1400kg version introduced two years later soon became the more popular model.

This particular example was spotted in a small commune in the Nièvre department of France and is an example of the 1000Kg Voltigeur model manufactured between 1956 and 1963. As a diesel engine was only offered as an option from 1961 I’m assuming that this one has the 1996cc petrol engine.

Renault 1000Kg light van-20170801Renault 1000Kg light van
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 93mm, 1/60s, f8, ISO 400

I’m not certain that those tiny wheels (that don’t even remotely fill out the wheel arches) are the originals and sadly the van doesn’t appear to have moved in quite a while even though the ’89’ part of the registration indicates that this vehicle is registered in the neighbouring Yonne department.