Hi Guys , well it does not clash with a Time Attack event !!! And with a fully functioning kidney I'm very much up for this !! Can I bring the Noble to have a go at the sprint ? Will the camping include Motorhomes ?
Ian - There is one at Copart in Bristol and it's a breaker - however for you to purchase it you have to hold an 'Environmental Disposal Licence' - do have a any contacts with a friendly scrappy / recovery company or if you approach one could they bid on your behalf ?? - bit messy doing it this way but could be a cheap option - link below
Amazing pictures. Any more from the other guys? It's not even lunch time yet. lol.
HARDCORE is unlikely to get his photos online, I finally got the photos he took in Japan in February off him when we got to Vegas so I can put them online! rmad is finding out which of his are going to be used for magazines, but I'm hoping he'll put some online as he took a lot more than me.
More please. I have a day at work to spend viewing as much SEMA footage as possible. :-)
Just for you
Let's start with a picture of a John D'Agostino car, a man that was lucky enough to share a lift with me in Helsinki a few years back. This photo was taken with what I will call the HARDCORE technique, it makes sure no one is in your way, but does lead to some odd angles SEMA 2017 by Retro Rides, on Flickr
More modern Ferrari stuff, but I really like this, should probably put it in the Black and Yellow thread as well. SEMA 2017 by Retro Rides, on Flickr
Rather oddly this is right hand drive. Makes an appearance in Vlog 4 with some comments about the slightly dubious trim, the rest of it is a good time though SEMA 2017 by Retro Rides, on Flickr
Star of recent Lemon Twigs video and Star Trek, Gene Winfield's Reactor was there. Causing some debate as to whether it was just a copped up DS, or a DS on 2CV underpinnings. SEMA 2017 by Retro Rides, on Flickr
Saw some amazing light emitting paint on one of the booths. I was looking for product to sell on Retro Rides store and it was very tempting ... their other products may make their way into our store though, so the door could be open for ludicrious light emitting paint, I'm sure one of the other guys has photos of it, I was busy chatting
Outside again and this lifted Porsche grabbed enough of my attention to get a photo (I was mainly filming at this point rather than photographing) SEMA 2017 by Retro Rides, on Flickr
I actually have a better photo of the truck from the other side, but this side shows the paint off better, it looked black, but had this really deep green metallic mixed in, was super effective SEMA 2017 by Retro Rides, on Flickr
I'm already planning a return visit, probably 2019 if we all make it that far. It is a spectacular event and well worth the time, money and effort. Yes it is trade only, and they are getting tighter on that, but if you can find a way to get there and get inside it is worth it.
I shall leave with this shot of the future, and something that is very relevant to our UK interests
But I don't know of somewhere you can drop your car off and say I want every inch of this car changed
First of all may I introduce you to Retro Power, who do exactly that. To a lesser extent Alfaholics for your Alfa Romeo. Then there are people like Eagle and Land Rover themselves. To an extent people like Valley Gas Speedshop and Burnham Autos will do complete strip and rebuild custom work.
Take cars and coffee, in America you see videos of an early Sunday morning where all ages, backgrounds and interests join and look at everything you can imagine. I don't see that happening here
Secondly until a couple of years ago this was true, but if you look at things like the Haynes Breakfast Meets or the Queens Square Meet in Bristol, or even the Goodwood Breakfast meets (even if they are themed), this attitude is changing, which is great!
I think that is why we have no national convention of builders and parts suppliers and that is what will stop this hobby.
I wonder if it is a little chicken and egg, because we have no national convention of builders and parts suppliers our car hobby is a bit fragmented (recent changes not withstanding) and maybe that is something that could change. Maybe there needs to be more cross pollinated meets like Queens Square etc. It did cross my mind to do something like that with The Weekender, but the risk of failure is too much right now for such a large event, it would need to start more modestly I think.
That having been said, for the most part you are right, but it is starting to change, and go and check out Retropower ...
I live relatively close by and will definitely be coming along to this. Is there anything that needs any assistance over the weekend? Do you need people to make it work or is it all well covered (never been to a Retrorides event before so I have no idea how they are run).
We are all good for people, thanks for the offer though, it is always appreciated.
I'm often flying solo at events, and in the early years of RR I didn't know anyone. Handily people are pretty easy going and joining a group sat round a BBQ or fire is usually easy enough. We'll have a bar open on Saturday evening so also an easy place to sit and chat with various folk.