As alluded to in my most recent post, Libby was invited to a car show at a local car restoration place (Treasured Motor Car Services in Resisterstown, MD). Actually, this is the place that did the re-spray into green, so I guess they wanted to showcase their work. They do great service for a fair price. Not the cheapest, but the work is excellent and at a fair price. TMS was originally started by a transplant from the UK, who was working for the North American Division of Lucas, and today is run by his daughter Allison. It’s always a pleasure to stop by and see what is going on and you’re always made welcome.
Anyhow, this is the first time I’ve ever done this, so off we went on Sunday morning. By luck, I was placed next to a 1951 Series 1 originally from New Zealand. Since Libby is a late model (1981) series 3, between us we were basically book-ending Series Land Rover production.
Ironically, I think Libby looked a little too smart and clean when compared to the faded S1! I think I need to run her across some fields or through some puddles for the authentic faded and used Land Rover look! Mind you, she had a faint whiff of horse dung, as I’d used her to collect about 15 bags of manure from the barn on the previous day for use on the flower beds, so she was still able to show she was a working vehicle. Anyhow, we got some very interested people taking a look and wanting to examine her. Plenty of people asked to sit in her with the wheel on the “Wrong” side, which I was happy to oblige. One specialist Land Rover Restorer from PA was very complimentary and we had a good discussion about people who buy one of these vehicles when they shouldn’t!
Anyhow, without any further blather, the pictures below give a selection of the vehicles on show. A fun morning was had by all!
This fully restored American Austin Bantam was for sale. It uses the same chassis as an Austin 7, but was built for the US market by Austin’s US licencee.
Jag (?) on the left, DeLorean on the right
Three Triumphs’s (I think).
A Riley in immaculate condition. Apparently it’s horrible to drive though. That said, I’m sure that once you’ve driven a diesel powered LWB Land Rover, it’s not that hard!
North American Spec Defender 90 – good condition. Also for sale – no, I didn’t enquire!
Another NAS D90, but this one has obviously been worked on to modify the front to mimic that on current Defender production.
Jaguar XK150 – again for sale for a mere $100,000 (or best offer) by owner!
Alison’s daily run around – a 1954 RHD Wolsley.
Inside, it was E-Type Alley. What I like about this facility is how CLEAN and tidy it is. It looks like this on a normal working day, unlike many garages I’ve been to.
Tucked in the back was this! I had a long chat with the owner, and the discussion came round to his difficulty in getting parts for the engine. He didn’t realize that it was essentially the same 2.25L NA diesel engine as used in Series Land Rover’s and so there is a ready source of spares available. It was nice to be able to help out.
Amazing, a D-reg mini is now considered to be historic! I must be getting old!
Libby with the ’51 S1 86 inch. Mine looks too clean!
And finally, this rolled up and stole the show.
A Daimler ferret scout car from the early ’50’s. This interested me as my Grandfather served in armored patrol cars in the desert during WWII, and this was a slightly more modern version. The guy who owned it also has a scorpion light tank that is road legal (fitted with rubber treads)!
A great morning and I will be doing this again.