BMW 2002

BMW 2002 Crystal Palace Park 1983

My BMW 2002, on the main straight at Crystal Palace racetrack in 1983.


The Telulog fuel consumption calculator

Article at… The Telulog fuel consumption calculator.  ( Old Classic Car Magazine)

Midget B

TelULog attached to the dashboard of my 1966 MG Midget. No idea why; never used it. 😛

Ford Corsair D/L 1966 1663 cc V4



Originally in straight 4 1500 cc form, the Corsair (a mildly uprated version of the Mk1/Mk2 Cortina) was upgraded in 1965 with V4 engines of 1663 cc & 1998 cc. Not the best engine Ford ever made, the “Essex” V4 as it was known was never used in the top selling Cortina (only partly to give the idea of greater prestige to the Corsair), but did make it into the 1969 2 litre Capri. However, the success of the Pinto 2,000 cc engine in the Mk3 Cortina meant a production run of only 3 years for the V4 Capri.

Top of the Corsair range was the luxury 2000E, where the E, like the 1600E Mk2 Cortina stood for “Executive”. The 2000E was never as popular as its sibling, the 1600E  still being a sought after classic today. The Mk3 Cortina replaced both the Cortina & Corsair ranges in 1970.

The one above (pictured in 1978) was mine in 1663 cc form. It possessed the V4’s notorious roughness but served its purpose well enough as a “stop gap” when my MGB was stolen. I kept it for about 6 months & sold it for roughly what I paid. It had the idiosyncrasy often found in Fords of the early 60s “Consul” range that the locks very quickly became worn & you could open & start it with whatever key came to hand. I think it got through 3 starter motors too, which meant a lot of pushing!

Kodak. 125 years old

It is apparently Kodak’s 125th anniversary. Their Box Brownie of the turn of the 19th/20th century made photography accessible for many & remained in production in various forms well into the 20th century.

This one is mine, from the late 1950s, a Kodak Brownie Flash 3. Bought from a junk shop some 30 years ago for £2, it came with box & manual but no carrying case. It was also loaded with B&W film with only 1 frame exposed. I used the rest of the film & the reasonable results are in a box…. “somewhere”.

Quite well equipped for a simple camera. Dual viewfinder for portrait & landscape modes, filters for close up & summer skies, flash connectivity & tripod mount together with timed exposure capability & shutter lock. It is currently loaded with 620 colour film & I really should put it to some day.


The Subway

At Crystal Palace, hidden from view, is a Victorian vaulted subway which once  linked the former High Level Station with the Crystal Palace itself, passing under the Crystal Palace Parade. It has remained closed for many years but attempts are currently being made to reinstate public access.

In September 1983 the Subway was opened for one day only in an event dubbed “Subway Superday” at which I took this dodgy picture.

Zenit E 400ASA 1/60th f5.6 (possibly!)

Recently the “Friends of the Crystal Palace Subway” appealed via Twitter for photo’s relevant to the Subway.  In a rash moment I submitted said picture & now find myself  asked to be included on the guest list for a test opening to gain Council approval for Public access.

*Mr. de Mille*