Monthly Archives: November 2012

FOR SALE – One 1974 rare classic partly restored.

This car has a long pedigree, and was a show winner in its time.

With leather upholstery and deep pile carpets it combines a certain elegance  with comfort., and a quite nifty turn of speed.

A real head turner!

No – not the Aston. I’m never going to finish both ROJ and Stephanie’s little Vanden Plas 1300 Princess – so after much deliberation, the poor thing’s got to go.

Rather annoyingly, there is not much more that needs to be done on it.

It’s complete with new hubcaps, rechromed over-riders, three spare doors, a box load of spare parts and a recenly rebuilt engine..

I think the best thing is for anyone interested to contact me at astonbits@hotmail.co.uk and then make an offer once you’ve seen the car in the flesh.

Satisfied frustration…

On the one hand – work is really satisfying, exciting and fulfilling.

I am organising a debate at the Royal Commonwealth Society on the 20th Anniversary of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. I’m flying over speakers from New York and Sir Bobby Charlton, the founder of landmines charity ‘Find a Better Way’ will be our special guest.

 Here’s the link http://www.thercs.org/society/252 if you’d like to come.

On the other hand it is so frustrating not to have the time to get up to the farm and play with ROJ…!

If this is October…

Well it’s not, but it was. And that meant our half term excursion to more archaeological sites in Turkey.

We went to Bodrum – site of the ancient city of Halicarnasus, and of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Mausoleum of Halicarnasus (Most of which is in the British Museum)

Here’s Stephanie sitting among what’s left.

I also did a little diving – one of the best dives ever in fact – on a sunken Turkish Airforce C47, the military version of  the DC3 Dakota.

Unfortunately I don’t have an underwater camera – so I’m hoping my Danish dive buddy will send me a copy of the ones he took. Meanwhile, here’s a link to someone else’s site:  http://www.f1online.de/premid/005332000/5332303.jpg

Here I am prepring to dive the C47.

Bodrum also has the most amazing underwater archaeological .museum. I took masses of photos – this is how they stacked amphorae in ancient ships:

And of course there were the inevitable rusty hulks that I wanted to adopt and bring home…