Single frame… Morris Minor 1000

Morris Minor, Ely, May 2017Morris Minor, Ely, May 2019
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).

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…