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Here in Britain a recent phenomena, especially so during the last 15 years, has been the growth in popularity of Car Boot Sales. Recently Central London saw a mixing of this activity with the Retro style revival and the Classic Car movement.
As I approached the queue to get in, itself a welcome sight, there were a few special cars parked outside the event.
Once inside the arena, I was struck by the amazing number of mobile food providers gathered to satisfy the hunger and thirst of visitors. A good number of the vendors were housed in Citroen H Vans, suggesting either common ownership or someone doing a roaring trade in conversions.
Another VW, this from the 70's and fully customised, was this fine example of drinking and driving, though not, of course, at the same time.
The attention to detail and design style that the three young owners of Beetle-Juice exhibit in their VW is rewarded in the high level of business they do, from parties to weddings. If cocktails were not to your taste, then a Routemaster Bus Bar would get you to your destination - additionally, for those with excess energy there was the disco upstairs for al fresco bopping. Another very British experience is the Ice Cream van, and this regular of London's tourist venues was doing a brisk trade as the crowds enjoyed the last sunshine of the year. A world away is this Vauxhall Viva from the mid-60's, marking the General Motors UK subsidiary's return to the small car market segment. A truly classic car, this late model Porsche 356 is used almost daily and still runs like clockwork.
The two wheeled brigade were also present in force, scooters having a particularly strong following here. There were fashion items everywhere, most at very reasonable prices considering the quality. Extending the automotive-meets-design concept were these clever little suitcases, modeled on a simple Jerry Can (aka Gas Can). And if after shopping for accessories a little brush up is required, then the answer is at hand inside Lipstick & Curls' airstream trailer. I do love a good car boot sale, but I’ve never seen one quite so glamorous as the Classic Car Boot Sale!

On the 15th and 16th of March, the Vintage Festival’s Classic Car Boot Sale will be returning to the Southbank centre to remind you exactly why you’re so damn nostalgic for those days (the shopping obviously). Over 100 traders will be lined up on the banks of the Thames selling vintage fashion, homewares and collectibles from the boots of their vehicles. Tickets are just ?4 and can be purchased at the Southbank Centre on the day of the event so get ready to get bootylicious. These are a bit like extended yard sales - with a group of like minded folks gathering in a field and selling possessions and goods out of the back of a car boot (trunk to you guys and gals who declared Independence in 1776).
The Southbank Centre was built along the South Bank of the River Thames, initially for the Festival of Britain in 1951. Nicknamed the Daytona, which is now how it is universally known, it enjoyed a stellar record in the GT classes of endurance racing during the 70's.
The Cheeky Italian caught my attention, in particular the 'Berlusconi Burgers' though they are thankfully Bunga Bunga free according to TJ, the charming, and presumably cheeky, chef. The distinctive corrugated bodywork was apparently based on the Junkers JU52, a German aeroplane of the 30's.
Harry "from leafy Surrey" was doing a good trade in their non-alcoholic cocktails - it was a bit early for a snifter for most folks, even me. I cannot recall commuting in London being this much fun, but perhaps I was on the wrong route. This mint Bond Minicar Mark C was dubbed the Family Safety Model when it was sold in the mid 50's.
This particular car forms part of the stock of an enterprising group who hire out classic cars to the general public, it also is a handy display unit.
Carspotters be urged to head to Kensington and Mayfair during summer months to see exotic cars in the wild.
Recognizing that every individual's motoring journey is unique, we seek to give form to both untold as well as celebrated facets of the automotive world. But just because you’re a grown up with your own home for that sort of thing now, doesn’t mean the you can’t still have a good time in a good ride. And these aren’t just any old lemons- from a U.S Navy 1942 Chevrolet Style Master to Ford Mustangs and VW Campervans, there’s plenty for the fellas to eyeball while the ladies peruse the goods.

While the musical styling’s of Elle & the Pocket Belles and the Vintage Festival DJ’s will keep you entertained, with tunes spun from the top of a classic red London Routemaster bus.
Actually, the whole affair was way better in reality than in anticipation - an opinion expressed by several of those I spoke to.
It was the penultimate model from this pioneer of the British motor industry, though production of their military vehicles continues to this day.
The economical three wheeler was popular in post-war Britain, with nearly 25,000 made between 1949 and 1966. The space made a really lovely hunting ground for vintage treasures, with everything from beautiful garments and handmade crafts to toys and homeware, all surrounded by gorgeous classic vehicles. In the aftermath, the shortages of almost everything and the continuation of rationing sapped the population's morale. Perhaps the French connection with their undoubted culinary prestige is sending a subliminal message.
The Minicar had substantial tax advantages over more conventional cars and could be driven on just a motorcycle licence that did not require passing a driving test. Then there was musical entertainment, delightful food vendors and a great crowd of lovely people.
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Power came from a 197cc Villiers single cylinder, two stroke engine, developing a mighty 9hp by 1955. I’ve already shown you a few of my street style snaps from the event, and there are plenty more to come! By and large it succeeded, according to contemporary accounts, giving a view of the progress and prosperity that was to come. A recent addition to the attractions of the area is the London Eye, which can be seen in the background, as can St Stephen's Tower now known as Elizabeth Tower, housing arguably the most famous clock in the world, Big Ben.

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