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Old Jun 15, 2013, 2:23 PM   #1
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Default Classic Cars at Great Falls, VA - 2013

Great Falls, Virginia is a very (very) wealthy suburb in the Washington, DC area. There has been an informal classic car show in a small shopping center there for a few years. Lately it's been overrun by rich folks just parking their expensive new cars there (in Great Falls you'd never know we're still in an economic recovery in the US) but this morning there were still a few classics on display.

A 1955 Siata 300 BC Sport Spider. If you're familiar with an MG Midget, this car is about the same size:



If you're not familiar with the Siata car company, here's some information:




An early 1950s Allard K2. Allard was a British company that put large American engines into cars they built in England. This one has a Cadillac engine so it still runs well:









The license plate says it all here:




An Ariel Atom. This is a genuine race car (manufactured in Britian and in the US under license) that is street legal in the US. Because of the lack of a windshield it's generally licensed as a motorcycle and the driver is required to wear a helmet.




A classic T-Bird (dunno what year):



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Lovely shots... and I wonder,in pic 1,the spill on the floor... was a Midget parked there earlier...??
Love the Siata and the T-Bird...
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Hey Ted

Let me guess.. all from your private collection ???!

Thats a nice selection of motors to be able to get close to .. all with a lot of style, even the Penelope Pitstop roadster !
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Lovely shots... and I wonder,in pic 1,the spill on the floor... was a Midget parked there earlier...??
Hah! Based on my experience, probably not. I drove a '67 MGB roadster for many years and although I would never say this in public, it was remarkably reliable (once I learned how to tune the carburetors). The only major expense was replacing the throw-out bearing after some years. Not quite as trouble free as the '67 Firebird 389 I also had at the time, but pretty close.

Also based on my experience, that oil spot probably came from one of the vintage Triumph motorcycles that were there. Those machines made many an oil sheik wealthy.

Thanks for your kind words!

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Let me guess.. all from your private collection ???!
No, the McLarens take up too much room.
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Those are great shots Ted. Thanks for posting these. As a car nut, I always enjoy good shots of classic cars. You are spot-on with all these shots -contrast, focus, colors, etc just can't be beat. Well done!!!

(As for the year of the Thunderbird, assuming that the owner has kept it factory stock, the model you have pictured is a 1956. The Continental kit spare tire option was first offered on the 1956 T-bird.)
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Great images Ted....... As Steven mentions the T-bird is a 1956 (verified by the license plate).

The Ariel reminds me of a Plymouth Prowler.
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VERY nice car shots Ted
I like the T-Bird and the YEEEE Ha Bucket
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Good stuff Ted. all you need is time and money. At the same time.
Good images all spot on.
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Thanks for your kind words, Harj, Steven, Bob, Fred, and Ken!

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Great images Ted....... As Steven mentions the T-bird is a 1956 (verified by the license plate).
Doh! It was far more crowded than my photos would have you believe so each shot took some waiting time. You'd think I would have looked at the license plate...

The Oly 35-100 f/2 gets all the accolades, but the 14-35 f/2 is equally as sharp. It's better for the kinds of photography I do (or have the opportunity and time to do) and I could really live with just two lenses - that one and the Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-150mm when I need a telephoto.

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