August 2022 appears to have seen more classic car shows and meetings than the two years preceding it. A collection of sunny pictures made it to here a couple of weeks ago (click) - here are yet more of them that I came across or that were sent over in the last month or so. Keep them coming.
Wednesday, 31 August 2022
Endless summer of 2022
Thursday, 25 August 2022
Nimrod in brochures
Just some groovy promotional material for the Nimrod from the Maximum Mini files for you to enjoy. Although the car was manufactured originally in 1972-1974 only by Nimrod Engineering, several revamped versions by a number of companies appeared between 1979 until as late as 1986. Not too many of these cars were manufactured! It did bring forth some lovely advertising and brochure stuff though. A fully facelifted version was planned and did make it to a prototype somewhere in the 1980s, but it never appeared. Unseen pictures of it did emerge here years ago (click here). Enjoy!
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
One-owner Camber GT still hides in barn
The Camber GT and Maya GT have been covered extensively here with articles on every car known to me. 'NPM 14F' was a bit of a mystery for some time. Back in 2011 there was very little known about it with only two sketchy pictures in the files (here). But not long after that I learned the car survives and was sent a few more pictures (here).
I spoke to the car's owner before who told me he'd bought the kit directly from Camber boss George Holmes and used it as a daily driver for several years. He made a trip to Germany in the car in 1968 or 1969, remembering it felt pretty small on the autobahns in between all the big BMWs and Mercs! Originally it used the 850 engine of the Mini that was used as a donor, but after a few years this was replaced by a 1000. Another couple of years on and it was time to fit a 1300 with race cam and big valved Cooper 'S' head!
I also learned the Camber had had various colours in its life. Originally it was red, but at one time it became gold with a yellow stripe when people started naming it 'the Banana Split'. The car still needs a comprehensive restoration.
Wednesday, 17 August 2022
Filing the Wildgoose
Wildgoose Mini campervans appear here only occasionally. Every now and then one comes by when it is offered for sale, but the last time more of them were seen here was quite a while ago. Perhaps the time has come to see how many survivors there are today? I have pictures of a few, but why don't you tell me which ones you know about? Let's kick off with '108 FPO', which was the car used in the brochure and some of the PR photographs. Happy holidays if you are still enjoying them!
Monday, 15 August 2022
Mystery Mini derivative (81)
Thursday, 11 August 2022
Roamer in Germany
The Roamer, which was also known briefly under the names Arividerci Winchester and Moon's Moke remains a bit of a mystery. I have asked for more information about the cars before (here), but don't seem to get any further.
One of the Roamers has been in Germany for quite some time now and I receive a message about it every now and then. Daniel Schultheimm wrote two years ago: "Hi Jeroen, I was looking for some information about the Roamer, a Metro based kit car, and found an article from you on Maximum Mini about these cars and there is a picture of one which seems to be the same as the one a friend of me bought last week and now we are looking for some history of it. It was stored for about 15 years in a shed in Germany."
More recently I received another message about it from its current owner. He wrote: "Hello Jeroen, I bought a strange car based on Mini-Metro called 'Roamer'. Yesterday I started the restoration. I tried to fill the hydrolastic system and fortunately I was successful. Today I will take out the engine. Kind regards, Turhan."
I understand that previous owners have had troubles trying to register it, although I did find a picture of the car on German plates also. Let's hope this Roamer will get on the road at one point, meanwhile all information about thee vehicles is still very welcome.