It is always fun to participate in Classic Car
Events, meet the people and their cars, see many interesting cars that
have been restored beautifully, some even better than they were when
new ..... these occasions
trigger the desire to upgrade my own examples. However, apart
from the financial aspect, it requires a lot of time to invest
in such an operation. And time is still a luxury item for me at the
moment. So the improvement of my own cars will have to wait.
The next big event to participate in should be the
orginised to celebrate the Centenary of the Bristol Aeroplane Company,
an initiative of the Continental Section of the Bristol Owners' Club
Please enjoy the pictures of Classic Car Events that I have attended,
or failed to assist, in the past. Courtesy to any maker of pictures
not taken by me !
Back in The Netherlands in 2008, we have ample
opportunities to participate in rallies and other oldtimer events.
However, during the first year I was not too active and actually only
showed up at the "Vaesrade Oldtimer Tref", which was organised in my
new neighbourhood, Zuid-Limburg. The better occasion for me
should have been to participate in the "Fauquemont Classic Heuvelland
Rit", but I was too late with my application for this event. In
2009 I was there to compete ....
Another event, which I just came across was a
gathering of MG-T models at the "Uitspanning De Nachtegaal". This restaurant is located
in the middle of 50 hectares of nature reserve owned by "Limburg
Landschap" and only at chipping distance from my residence. We should bring a couple of Bristol
cars here to
meet and enjoy the food ......... and have coffees and cigars at my
In November 2008 I attended with my daughter Anna the start of the
Himalaya Trial, which took off from "Chateau St. Gerlach", a location near us. This
challenging driving experience was a rally from the South of The Netherlands to Royal Bhutan
in Asia and looking at the cars prepared for this event, I noticed that my cars may need
some additional work before I can participate in this sort of ultimate
adventure ....... or maybe I should just top up the fuel and roarr off ?
Please click on any of the pictures below to see pictures
of the relevant event
While working in Bangladesh , in March 2007 I joined up with the
participants of the "Himalaya
Rally", when they passed through Nepal staying at the Fish Tail
Lodge in Pokhara, where, "coincidentally", I was booked
also. Earlier this year I was in contact with the organisers, to arrange for rally to visit Bangladesh too, however at
that stage the country's political situation prevented them from
deciding to come. Hopefully, next year's chapter of the rally will
include beautiful Bangladesh,
unspoilt by tourists and featuring the happiest people of the
Another of those events was the
100-years of Motorcars Parade", a celebration of 100 years of
Motorcars in Britain, in 2006, in which a large number of cars
participated, including my Bristol 402.
Please enjoy the pictures of Classic Car Events that
I have attended, or failed to assist, in the past. Courtesy to any maker
of pictures not taken by me !
Celebrations in Bristol 2006
2006, also was the year for the Brunel 200
celebrations, marking the 200th anniversary of
Isambard Kingdon Brunel, one of the most
versatile, audicious and inspirational engineers, who left his mark on the City
of Bristol with the Clifton Suspension Bridge, ss Great Britain, Temple
Meads Station and his improvements to the Docks. Thus, Brunel has become the
landmark, for adventurous engineering in the South-West of England and an
example for industries like the Bristol Aeroplane Company ....... a
large number of Bristol cars got together to celebrate this event. Click on the
picture for the cars participating in this event.