Yet another way of attaching NSW Historic Plates

After using blank plates as a way of attaching NSW Historic Plates on the 450SLC and the 560SEC, the adapter I fabricated for the 250SE was looking rather shoddy. I made it myself out of aluminium. I used thin aluminium to make it easier to cut. The thin aluminium bent easily and now had creases.

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NSW Historic Plate Adapter

It was just announced that the NSW 60 day logbook ‘trial’ has been made permanent. This is great news as its a really good system. The two minor drawbacks – the amount of paperwork and the size of the plates. The plates are tiny and really ugly. They are so small that they don’t line […]

2011 Coldwater Car Show

One of the last car shows I attended in Michigan was the Coldwater Car Show in 2011. As the Coldwater Car Show is held in May, it is quite early in the season. I left Michigan in early July of the same year – this was probably the last decent road trip I did in […]

The car stylists behind my Garage

Today, I was reading an excellent article on Curbside Classic about the legendary Paul Bracq. Bracq had a long career with Mercedes Benz, BMW, Peugeot. He also worked at an independent styling house. Part one covers his time at Mercedes-Benz and part two the rest of his career. I highly recommend this article.

Bracq was […]

Unfortunately, Facebook is killing car forums

The online communities for collector cars are now on their third iteration. They started mostly as email lists, moved to forums and are increasingly moving to social media. This is not a good thing.

The car forums and lists built a real sense of community and there was a lot of effort that went into […]

Mounting NSW Historic plates

NSW has a great historic registration system. It allows for classics to be used for 60 days on a logbook for a drastically reduced fee. For unknown reasons the plates issued are tiny plates with purple numerals. The plates are so small they are not wide enough for the mounting holes on most cars. As […]

DS Paint Complete

The paintwork on the DS is now complete and the car is ready to be re-assembled.

I have the car back in my warehouse. To re-assemble I need to:

Re-fit the four door cards, rear seats and carpets Polish the boot hinges, fit the boot, C pillar trims etc Polish and re-assemble the rear […]

DS final adjustment

The DS should be ready to be collected next week. All the panels are back on including the NOS bonnet.

The front of the car looks pretty much as it should now. Just minor adjustments for panel fit left. The painted wheels also make a massive difference.

The rear wings are also […]

The re-launch of this website

This website was originally created on a free hosting provider over 2 years ago. Generally you get what you pay for, so the speed and reliability were extremely poor. Not long after, it was moved to a low cost provider ($10 per year) which was much better; but in the last few months this provider […]

The great shed tour of 2016

As you go to car shows and car club events, you realize that there are many more big car collections out there than you would expect. Not just celebrities like Jay Leno, but people who live in the same city as you who have extensive and interesting car collections. Friends of mine think I am […]