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

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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Tiny Pub, Ghent

Ghentsite

A Tiny Pub in the lovely city of Ghent. Sadly, I had no time to stop for a beer here (and the pub was packed, besides).

Now – the pub was three stories tall – but I’m guessing I could have jumped and touched the middle pane of the second story window – and I have a student who graduated 2 years ago who could have jumped and touched the base of the third story (no kidding – seen him do it – he’d coil up , jump, get higher than I could imagine and then – mid-air – uncoil and stretch another metre…. inevitably, my pathetic response [as a 47 year old at the time] was “do it again!!!!!).

The drawing doesn’t truly show how small this place was – but the width of the building would have been about 2.5 metres, and the door height on the ground floor was likely 1.75metres… I wanted a beer to see if it was smaller (like the pub) or larger in compensation… :-)

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2015, Canada

Canadian GP

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Leidesplein- sketch

AmsterdamSketch of the Leidesplein, Amsterdam… plein aire….

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