British Car Day 2015


Well, this took a while… British Car Day was a couple of weeks ago… oh well – better late than never. This was a lovely dark (not BRG, I don’t think) green Mg Midget. This is an earlier version with the chrome bumpers and you don’t see many of these around anymore. In lovely nick. Great day too – sunny, warm and loads and loads of cars… :-)

More to follow. :-)

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Lancia Evo – Italian Car Day, 2015

Lancia Evo

Another car from Italian car day. I think I’ve met this bloke before, at “Cars and Coffee” (there can’t be that many red Lancia Evo HFs around Toronto…), but I didn’t see him at Italian car day – just the car. Looked even better sitting on the grass, beside a bronze Lancia Beta Monte Carlo with a couple of Ferrari 308s behind…

I do like this car. That’s a bit odd, I suppose, as it’s not really in my preferred age range… I generally enter “1960 to 1979” when I am searching classic cars, and these started, I think, in about 90 or 91… they’re kind of “basic” looking in some ways – typical front engined 3 door cars… but there is just enough going on here… the slightly proud bulges above the wheels, the very subtle rear “winglet” above the back window and the excessive inlets in the nose – oh – and of course the power bulge in the hood.. I do like these. This one has a lovely interior – sadly – most of these that come up for sale have an interior that looks like this;    – very 80s….

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Sorry – it’s been a very dry period here at the blog.

I’ve been very busy trying to finish a major project as well as prepare content for the upcoming school year and this has taken me away from my sketching and cartooning. The cartoons are likely done for this year, as I haven’t even been watching the races (!) but I do hope to get a couple of sketches in as I still have lots to document from Italian car day and the upcoming British car day, amongst others.

Thanks for your patience, and sorry for the lull…

Cheers – Bruce

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De Tomaso Pantera, Italian Car Day

De Tomaso

August 8th was Italian Car day in Woodbridge, at Boyd Conservation area.  I was unable to take the Alfa and show it off as it is still awaiting a fix for the fuel pressure issue, so I went as a “civilian” ;-) . There was a decent selection of cars there, especially considering the fact that it was raining on the way up to the show. By the time we got there the rain had stopped and the show was filling up. This was one of the first cars I happened upon. I’ve always thought that these were painfully beautiful. This was one a beautiful deep yellow and was in amazing nick.

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Fiat 500, Rome

Fiat RomeI’m a little late getting around to this sketch. This was a car I saw when I was visiting Rome last year, and it amazed me. The reason for my amazement was that it was an exceedingly beat up example that was obviously still in regular use. Where I live (in Toronto, Canada) one typically only sees these cars in one of 3 states; 1) in excellent condition, on the road during the summer, 2) in the process of restoration, or 3) rusting away on flat, powdery tyres.

It was great to see this one. I think I liked it even better than the many pristine ones I saw in Italy.

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2015, Hungary

2015 Hungary

Not my usual approach to a cartoon, but it was an unusual race – with far, far too much to try to cover in the usual method… !

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2015, Britain

British GP

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Honda SS50

Honda SS50 site

I saw this lovely little bike in Utrecht, Holland. We’d just been to the impressive Reitveld Schröder House and found that our entry tickets gave us admission to a Museum downtown, whence we headed. The Museum was decent, but probably would have been better if we’d seen it before the house. At any rate, on leaving the Museum, and heading out to find lunch I saw this – quite unassuming – a tiny bike, but in just perfect condition.

had it been in the Museum, I would have stayed longer…

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2015, Austria


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Bentley in Amsterdam

Bently AmsterdamImagine my surprise, strolling along the charming canals of downtown Amsterdam (I believe that this was on the Prinsengracht) and there it was – an ancient green Bentley parked between a Toyota and a Volvo. Wow. My day was made… It was in lovely nick, too. There were lots of neat cars in Amsterdam – some late model 2CVs you don’t see in Canada, old Citroens, mid-80s “dart like” Volvos that never made it across the pond… but this was an eyeful, and completely unexpected.

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