Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Death of Box Art

Modern video game box art is terrible, but it used to be good.

The "Shadow of the Beast I & II" box art is by Roger Dean, and the "Awesome" box art is by John Harris. These are all for the Amiga.







Friday, June 17, 2011

British Car Day 2011 - Swap Meet

I'm still soldiering on with this stuff because it interests me, fully aware that it probably doesn't interest anyone else.

This meet has a very substantial swap meet/sale area, which I've also noticed being the case at many meets in Japan like Historix. Whenever I go to a meet in the US, S-chassis or somesuch, this never seems to be the case, which is a shame.

I like poking through endless piles of crap hoping to find something that interests me, and it's also just fun to look at.


This guy had a lot of Lucas electrical bits, including starters, headlights, etc. I'm sure he does a brisk business as this stuff has abysmal failure rates.


Same vendor, but this table was all OEM tool kits. New cars don't really come with much in the way of tools, as no one knows how to fix anything themselves anymore.


Shop manuals, service manuals, and parts catalogs.


Diecast model cars, which was of particular interest to me as I collect old Lesney/Matchbox vehicles. I did not walk away empty handed.


This vendor probably had ten tables of random stuff, including lots of badges.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

British Car Day 2011 - Engines

I think modern engine bays generally look terrible, made worse by the increasingly common black plastic covers.

Engine shots are my favorite part of this show, as there are lots of Jaguars and no one has ever made a prettier postwar engine than Jaguar has, leaving aside the fact that the car will probably only run half the time.


Jaguar E-Type


Jaguar XK140


Lotus Elan


Morgan


Jaguar XJS V12

Friday, June 10, 2011

British Car Day 2011

The Chesapeake MG-T Register puts on a British car show at Lilypons gardens that I attend every year. I'm really starting to wonder why I screw around with S14's and things when I could have a TR6 or a TC...

Go here for 2009 and 2010

This year I thought it justified more than one post, so I'll spread the pictures out over the next week or so.

These catch my eye every year, although I think they're a handful.



The parking lot is sometimes even better than the show field. This is obviously not English, but it is probably my favorite postwar car of any type, the Citroen DS.



This is apparently an MG TC underneath. Definitely my favorite car of the show.


Morgan three-wheeler. Note V-twin motorcycle engine up front.


One of the few motorcycles. Not sure what exact BSA this is, maybe a Gold Star?






Tuesday, June 7, 2011

PC Engineer

Belongs to this guy.

Small fraction of what he has. I like that it's a terrific mess.

Satellaview!

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