Willow wilson

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  1. Willow wilson

    Classic cars

    Read up on the late Mick Hill of Derby. In the early 70s he was building monster BRDC racing cars. From humble beginnings with a Janglia. He once put a 430 hp Gurney Weslake V8 in a Capri and not surprisingly won a lot of races, it was replaced by a 6 litre Capri. http://mickhill.net/career/4592694274
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    Buses in Nottingham

    Those 1960s electric bells had a round chrome backplate and a red button in the centre. The old buses in the 50s as I remember had a round brass plunger about 1.5" diameter and you had to give it a really good plunge to get the bell to ring.
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    Foters Wiv' Motors.

    That would be the Cresta/Velox PB. Introduced in 1962 its design imo was much crisper and unified than the preceding flamboyant tailfinned PA. The PB had a 2.6L inline 6 which the following year was upgraded to 3.3L. Transmission options were, in the parlance of the day, 3 on the tree, 4 on the floor or a 3 speed (and later, 2 speed) slush box. All with bench seats of course. And it was slightly bigger than the Zodiac.
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    Buses in Nottingham

    Pianoman, the fillet round the radiator don't look reyt to me and Nottingham's Regent 1s had the same wire mesh radiator with horizontal wire supports silver painted too. So you have my (conditional) vote. Edit, but there again the fillet may be genuine
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    Foters Wiv' Motors.

    I'm not sure either Brew but at first I went for Vanguard Sportsman but the roof seemed just a little too thick to be that.
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    Foters Wiv' Motors.

    Or a Sunbeam Rapier IV. It's the windscreen wiper bosses and slim roof profile.
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    Foters Wiv' Motors.

    Next to the Austin Cambridge, on the right, a rather shy Jowett Javelin.
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    Foters Wiv' Motors.

    A Victor lurking at the back.
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    Foters Wiv' Motors.

    Bottom right corner is an Austin A40 Somerset convertible, most built for export so quite unusual. Next up is the ford E93a Prefect which has been parked there since last Tuesday. Above the Triumph is a Morris Oxford then a Moggie.
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    Old Streets of Nottingham

    Memories, I worked in this area for 25 years. Top pic includes, going north far side of the road, a long-boot Austin 105 in 2 tone colour. Bottom pic has a bus coming towards the camera (centre of pic) I guess this is one of the remaining older AEC Regent 1 that the corporation still had. (I'm in a bus mood today).
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    Buses in Nottingham

    Thanks notty ash. I wondered what Provincial double deckers were doing up north with a Nottm reg! Confused me. Maybe they bought those off NCT. I'm thinking Nottm had 1935 model AEC Regent 1s with Park Royal bodies as in my lower pic, a few remaining until the late 50s while the Regent llls took over.
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    Buses in Nottingham

    Another in all its pristine goodness
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    Buses in Nottingham

    Is this Huntingdon st. Don't know the year but I think NCT still had some like this in the 40s
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    The 508th at Tent City.

    A little wider perspective to add to NewBasfordlad's timeline. to 82nd and 101st. The first D day wave was dropped at night in the dark. They were pathfinders to mark the various drop zones (DZ) with radar transponders to guide in the following main force (at night) to within 2 miles of their designated DZ (the equipment wasn't any more accurate than that for many reasons) then various coloured lights would be used to pinpoint the exact DZ for each different flight. Some lights failed to work in time, one pathfinder unit lost some gear when a C47 ditched in the sea. Some troop flights missed their turning point and the DZ, returning from an unplanned direction and dropped too late to join up with the other units on time. Others only managing to set up as the troop planes were overhead. Despite these difficulties in the dark most objectives were achieved but 3 days late. This confusion was not fully exploited by the German army.
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    The 508th at Tent City.

    "Tommy Gun in Wolly park". Right index finger, naughty naughty. And there's a clip in.