What’s On The Menu?

Over the years my little ol’ blog has evolved from the restoration of my Mustang to looking after it, pampering it and showing my treasured car. The restoration how to, guides and pictures are all still there in the menu headings, along with another called “Car Detailing Reviews” appearing about a year ago.

That was an idea that came to me when I was asked what I used to keep my car looking nice and clean. So I thought I would let people know what I used, that included what I liked and what I didn’t like. The reviews of many different detailing products had been born.

I must be said that ALL of the products that I reviewed or will review, tools, parts or detailing products have been bought by me or bought for me. Therefore my reviews and comments are completely independent and not biased in any way, I have nothing to gain from giving top marks. On the other I would have liked to have got some free products to review (who wouldn’t). Alas, none have come my way and I haven’t asked for them from companies either. Maybe in the future I may get some, but my reviews will always be the same; independent and not biased. I don’t like giving top marks just for the sake of it.

Where am I going with this? Well, the menu bar at the top of page had been updated with each product I used and reviewed. All was fine until I did a few additional product reviews a couple of weeks ago. The problem was when I tried to save the additional reviews in the updated menus. WordPress crashed and wouldn’t save the changes I made and corrupted my headings, I was not a happy bunny. Since then I have been in correspondence with WordPress about the problem. It seems that the menu headings has reached a limit that I was trying to go beyond. When saving my changes an error caused the ‘overload on their server’ so they tell me, I was in a no win loop. Some of you may have seen a real mess for a few hours over the weekend while I was trying to sort it out.

An example of the menus presentation that I liked and used is here, the manufacturer, sub menu then a list of products to choose from. Easy to see and look for.

The menu errors now means that I have had to find alternative ways to do it. Particularly aggravating I must say and not a slick process that I wanted it to be. 😦

I have been thinking about alternatives a fair bit and tried a few options on my dummy site. The best idea i came up with is to create an ‘Index Page’ for each particular manufacturer such as Mitchell & King, Meguiar’s, Chemical Guys, Auto Finesse, DoDo Juice and the others. Those pages now have a list of each of the products and links to the actual review. Instead of going to the Menu, Car Detailing Product Reviews -> Mitchell & King -> Waxes -> Lily etc. and clicking on the title for the review to appear. The new style is a page per manufacturer with hyperlinks on the images and the product name, a few examples as below.

Mitchell & King page;

Meguiar’s page;

Chemical Guys page;

I think the format works with actual pictures of the product and links to the corresponding review from the title of the product or clicking on the pictures. I even copied a few bullet points for a few summary points from their relative websites.  

I have already made the changes and hope that my readers like the new style and format. It has taken me umpteen hours to trash previous ideas and create this one. With any luck finding your way around the site and the review pages. The massive downside is that the heading menus now won’t update with the newest reviews, but the pages will.

I do apologise to those that don’t like it, but it appears that I sort of outgrown my blogsite now. What’s on the menu? Less than before at first glance. I also suspect some more changes as I try to slicken the feel a bit more going forward and stop the rather annoying menu crashing when I try to save.

Keep Safe Everybody.

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Short & Sweet

The last official car of the ‘Season’ if you can call it, for me was back at Stonham Barns. This was to be the American Car Show on the 27th September 2020. I woke up to a grey sky completely devoid of any colour at all, but no rain was forecast all day, well not on any apps anyway. The wife did tell me that it would rain, woman’s intuition I believe it’s called. I was having none of that and set off with high hopes.

I got there just after nine and there wasn’t a lot there, maybe fifty cars or so. I got told to park up with a two meter distance between the cars. No argument from me there.

There was a few ‘stalls’ setting up, but nothing great to be honest. When I walked around one guy told me that he had booked a pitch months ago, he wasn’t going to come on the day but thought why not? He wasn’t expecting to sell much due to the Covid restrictions and the weather.

Ah yes, the weather; it was now starting to spit that very fine mist almost rain. You know the stuff, it gets you damp and it made me miserable. Yet again this show was cursed with bad weather for the umpteenth year on the trot.

I watched a few more cars turn up and get parked up. If you were part of the ‘Knuckle Busters’ club you got to park in the main central ring area.

The rest were lined up outside.

The car that really took my eye was this little AMC, a little rough in some places, but well loved.

A few big toys were on show too.

Perhaps the car with most interesting history was this Jeep. Apparently it was documented that this was the first vehicle to arrive on the scene of the Rendlesham Forest ‘UFO’ sighting in 1980. For more details on the incident click here.

After just one and a half hours I was cold and damp so I left early to go home. So the last show of the year had less than eighty cars there when I left. When I got home I had to clean and dry the car in the garage. Shortly after I had a snooze on the sofa, which sort of summed the day up really.

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Hat Trick (Part 2)

Continuing on from yesterday’s post, I will continue with the rest of the photo’s I took.

I want to start with this car which perhaps was my favourite of the day:

Again in no particular order more from the Glemham Hall Car Show;

There were a few Super cars there:

There was also some stalls there but nothing worth looking except this one, ‘Are you not entertained?’

There was a commercial vehicle section;

Military vehicles;

There was even some rather nice motorcycles too;

It was a good show but marred by the queue to get out as well, this time not as bad but still filtering out through a single path for the want of a better word took about fifteen minutes and I even left an hour before the close.

I bet you thought I had forgotten to mention the weather? Well I can’t believe that I have been to three shows and it hasn’t rained on me. So that has to be a hat trick of good luck.

As I type this post, the rumour of the last show I was intending to attend is under threat due to the Covid issue. Will I get to the all American show at the end of the month? Or was the three shows I visited this year it? I just don’t know, yet.

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Hat Trick (Part 1)

The third show of the year was Sunday 6th September at Glemham Hall. This was a new show for me and located the other side of the Suffolk county for me, not far away just a thirty five minute drive with as many miles. We all had to be there before 10am so I left a little after eight fifteen as I had to get some fuel. I eventually got there at just before nine. Then it happened, I hit a traffic jam. I sat in traffic for forty minutes trying to get to a single track lane to get to the fields. I was watching my fuel go down and the temperature go up. Not the best start to the day I must say. To compound matters we had to cross to the other side of the road, that means the cars coming from the other side of the road just kept pilling in before we got a break by some kind soul to let us in. I later found out that the queues were five miles long later in the day. The local constabulary weren’t to impressed apparently.

Not only that when we got inside they then had side by side queues, they were let in a few at a time into the field. Which helped a bit, but there should have been a public access and exhibitors entrances. I hope the organisers are reading this as well.

Anyway this was a huge show and I will have to split it over two posts. I took loads of photos and I have filtered them out to my favourites. Panoramic 360 view is new one for me but here it is.

I parked up just anywhere so it seemed, as there was lots and lots of space.

As always in no particular order a selection of cars that caught my eye as I wandered around.

I will post part 2 tomorrow.

Teddy – Part 2

On the 30th of August 2020 I was at a car show at Lavenham where my little Mustang mate Teddy had a pic with my car. A very polite and respectful little guy. This was the photo I took at the time.

I mentioned that I didn’t manage to get one of him sitting in my car. His dad Graham emailed me the missing picture.

Thank you Graham for your permissions and for sending me the photo.

There you go Teddy – You’re famous again 🙂

Same time tomorrow for part two of this show.

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Round Two & Teddy

Yesterday was Second car show of the year for me and the weather held out. It was overcast and the rain was in the air as few spots landed on the car at one point. It was chilly, but more than acceptable compared to the rain. The sun even made an appearance once or twice. Only a short thirty minute drive from my home to the sleepy and old village of Lavenham in Suffolk. The village has some beautiful very old beamed houses and shops, ‘The Swan’ hotel (Inn) held our wedding reception a good few years ago which was an old coach house a couple of centuries ago.

I set off at eight thirty with a view to have a real gentle drive through the countryside, a great little drive that I always enjoy. Arriving just after nine I was pointed to USA reserved area which was on very slight elevation to overlook the rest of the ground. the numbers were strictly limited compared to last year due to the Covid crisis. I managed to find this area drone footage from 2019 of the layout of the show, the picture was taken before all the cars arrived on the day to fill it to capacity. The unusual thing about this event it that it’s arrange in circles. My car is on here, bottom left corner of the tennis courts just in front of the small gazebo.

Lavenham 2019

After a quick wipe down to remove the damp road debris from the car pretty much all the car that were going to arrive were in place so it was time for a wander round.

I will round off this webpage with a special dedication, after all I did promise Teddy that I would. Here’s to my new Mustang mate!

Anyway back to the pics for now and in no particular order taken just as I wandered around:

An AC which was the predecessor to the now legendary AC Cobra which a certain Mr. Carroll Shelby stamped into the history books.

In the centre was plenty of space for the three super cars. The Lamborghini Diablo was only the second time I had seen one in the flesh, this car was one of the many car posters on my wall as a teenager. It was, and still is a dream car for me, a lottery win would have one of these in my extensive garage next to a AC Cobra, Eleanor GT500, Aston Martin DB5, well you get the idea!

Then the modern day supercar offering from Mclaren. An old model now but still a beautiful car.

Back to the future movies had the after effect of ruining many of these DeLorean cars, by the people who want them to look like the movie car with light ropes, plastic lights stuck all over it, fake computers etc. In my mind this is a pretty enough car to stand on it’s own, as such I have seen more movie replicas than I have untouched examples of these cars.

Did you know that the DeLorean was first powered by a Ford Cologne V6, then that was swapped for a ‘more reliable’ Citroen CX2000 running gear. The engine was deemed to be underpowered and when Citroen found out that the DeLorean wanted to bolt a turbo to it Citroen told them to look for another engine option. That final unit turned out to be the V6 PRV engine (Peugeot-Renault-Volvo). Only 9000 cars were made between 1981 & 1982.

Ferrari made an appearance too, not what I would call a ‘Classic Car’ as you can still get these with relative ease. The owner was a nice enough, but could be clearly heard talking up his car saying all sorts of rubbish comparing it to F1 style performance.

Parked up next to the Ferrari 355 (above left) was the oldest car there, a pictorial oxymoron if I may be so bold to say.

A rare right hand drive high wing Lotus Esprit turned up late in the day, one of only twenty three remaining.

The Japanese market was there with a few cars that again aren’t on my classic list, just yet, but I many eyes the GTR is already there on performance alone!

Plenty of British there:

The other classic car I was thinking of buying at the time I bought the Mustang was the Triumph Stag, v8 powered and sounds great. The Mustang opportunity came along and I went for a Yank tank as that is where my heart truly is. I’m still glad I did, but it was a close run thing. I still love these Stags of course, thinking about it – another car for the lottery win garage!

By no means least the rest I liked the look of:

Yesterday’s highlight?

While sitting at the back of my car a dad and his son approached to have a look around it. They were very respectful, didn’t touch and seemed to enjoy looking around it. I got out my chair and asked the little guy if he wanted to sit in it. I missed that photo opportunity to see him sitting in the car with an awesome smile you just can’t buy. I asked his dad if it was OK with him to see if this very polite and courteous little guy wanted a picture of himself next to my car to go on my blogsite? Ladies and gentlemen meet the guy who made my day – ‘Teddy’.

If Teddy is the future generation, then there is still a glimmer of hope! Thanks to his dad for letting me take the picture and posting it up for him.

As I promised you Teddy – you’re an Internet star now. 😀

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At Last

The first car show of 2020 (for me anyway), which took place last Sunday 16th 2020 at Stonham Barns in Suffolk. It took me about twenty five minutes to get there at a gentle pace. I arrived at about nine fifteen and the sky was grey. Forecast was forty six percent chance of rain, I figured it was worth the gamble, I had to go. I parked up with the Bury Retro Car Club whom had a club stand on the tarmac and not grass which is always nice. As I always do when I park up, I wiped the little ol’ lady down with some quick detailer, paying particular attention to the windscreen with glass cleaner. I think the glass had collected more than its fair share of insects for the short trip.

I decided to go and get some photos before the promised rain was due to arrive just after lunch time. With no particular order some cars that took my interest as I wondered around. the sun even showed it’s face for a few minutes now and then.

A while ago I did a little article on the Ford Capri being the UK Mustang here, these photos show the comparison next to each other which was rather nice.

There seems to be a growing trend in the UK for half cars to be the trailer:

More Mustangs including this red ’69 done to concours standards.