Sadly the early crystal skies and morning sunshine had gone and unfortunately, yesterday’s ice-cold weather had meant that the council had gone all Corporal Jones and chucked salt all over the square – enough for it to make walking a crunchy experience.
Fortunately Bristol’s motor enthusiasts are a hardy bunch and any thoughts that today’s Avenue Drivers’s Club (ADC) meeting might be a bit underwhelming in the face of the salt menace was quickly quashed when, despite two laps of the Square, I ended up having to park elsewhere. It was packed!
The selection of cars was as varied as ever, with all manner of motors turning up. Incredibly, this meet also seems to always serve up plenty of ‘new’ cars to hook your interest – yes, there are some regulars – but not enough to make you feel jaded and resentful about your sparrow-farting Sunday morning rise.
Where do I start? An elegantly shabby de-badged BL-era P6 minus wheel trims caught the eye. As too did an Audax Sunbeam Rapier which was painted in the same green my Gazelle should be. There was a mid Sixties low-rider Beetle entertaining a small crowd with its hydraulic hyperactivity. A Tonka-liveried 110 inch Land Rover. A tasty new Morgan Plus Eight, a Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evo, one of Derbyshire’s finest (a later Paramount), a splendid Lanchester, a late-model BLMC Mini Cooper S sporting a rear wiper, a tasty Corsair on Revolution alloys, a cracking little Morris Cowley, a fantastic CX GTI Turbo, a trials-modded TVR S, a Sunbeam Tiger, a very orange period-perfect Scimitar GTE (which cultivated large pangs of automotive lust), a good smattering of rods and, oh heck, I nearly forgot about the sudden large-scale Saab invasion or the fantastic MkI Morris 1800.
Right, I won’t go on – you’ve all got eyes in your heads, so here are our highlights of the meet…