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packard352
07-10-2017, 09:39 AM
For some that might be unfamiliar with Rally of the Giants (RoG), it is the UK's premier summer event for only American cars.

Since 2012, it has been held at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill (http://www.blenheimpalace.com/?gclid=CNDv5cfn_tQCFUO3GwodxkkG3Q), which also happens to be a world 'heritage' site. Before 2012, the event was held at Knebworth House, but moved in 2012 due to the London Olympics.

Each year, the Studebaker Owners Club UK, takes up a patch of real estate to display whatever cars might attend on the given Sunday. This year, 14 Studebakers were on show ranging from 1928 - 1963/64.

At the end of the day, my car had been selected for a 'Premium Choice' Award, which was a great surprise for me and my wife, who was intent on removing the small orange post-it note left on the windshield.... just as well I suggested she let it remain. It was the first time, my 56J had been selected for an award, which was a great thrill.

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Commander Eddie
07-10-2017, 10:08 AM
Very cool! Congratulations Richard!
It is nice to see a good representation of the marque at this event. Your 56J looks like a real honey.

JoeHall
07-10-2017, 10:22 AM
Richard,
Lotta nice cars there, but I'd have picked yours too :)

Congrats !

Joe H.

raprice
07-10-2017, 12:07 PM
Looks like a nice show. Only one question. WHAT, NO LARKS?

Rog

riversidevw
07-10-2017, 12:14 PM
Wonderful honor and a beautiful show. I was about to go to the photos on the 56J site.

Congratulations, Richard. I realize the long road to this award.

BobPalma
07-10-2017, 02:11 PM
:!!: Thanks for the review; excellent presentation...and so close to the porta-potties, too (oh, wait; they're called "loos" over there, aren't they?:rolleyes:)

Congrats on the Golden Hawk's award; well-deserved! :!: ;)

'Loved the 1955 Packard Patrician, too. :cool: BP

packard352
07-10-2017, 04:38 PM
A guy, Neville, who doesn't live too far away from me in Wiltshire has a Lark, but apologized as he couldn't make the show this year.

Many thanks for the encouragement... and yes, the Club somehow got parked up next to the Loos, which weren't too bad at the start of the day... but, by the end of the day - no sir!

Skip Lackie
07-10-2017, 04:45 PM
Congrats! Nice show with some nice-looking cars.

packard352
07-10-2017, 04:59 PM
OK, non-Studebaker, but might be of interest to some...

This was driven to the UK form Germany, Lincoln Zephyr https://scontent.flhr4-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/19756611_10209819076296985_3405783162270631593_n.jpg?oh=72ac601d75778d47decd09c3 5f56f010&oe=59FC322D A Ghia that was in pristine condition and also picked up an award https://scontent.flhr4-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/19884030_10209819077137006_8394874881080376247_n.jpg?oh=d09df70abc29e23aae119088 f4f8e169&oe=59C45E11 Five Ford Retractables from across the UK showed up - there's a push on to see if they can muster 6 + next year https://scontent.flhr4-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/19884143_10209819116857999_5615568333100161299_n.jpg?oh=de2f258113379267699237de e510fa45&oe=5A04817C the enthusiasm in the UK for American cars is great with many very knowledgeable people with great cars https://scontent.flhr4-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/19756915_10209819120018078_7845624241275443544_n.jpg?oh=40c1382fee39c4345cd60aa8 17567e95&oe=59FD0145 and it always add to the sense of the occasion, so long as it doesn't pour with rain, which is what happened 2 years ago https://scontent.flhr4-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/19105510_10209819122298135_4305008434281200223_n.jpg?oh=de2dd3b758983e9931a51405 9ef1bd60&oe=59D0081E

Flat Ernie
07-11-2017, 03:47 PM
I went to Rally of the Giants back in probably '05 when stationed over there...think I brought my '34 Ford Tudor which made a tiny pic in the coverage of Custom Car magazine.

Whereabouts in Swindon are you? I was also on exchange with the RAF stationed at Lyneham just down the road and have a good mate who still lives in Swindon and drives a red '39 Ford...

Skip Lackie
07-11-2017, 04:24 PM
Richard-
Can you explain the origin of the North American-style white/black number plates on some cars (Packard, Ford Retractable, Pontiac)?

riversidevw
07-11-2017, 04:52 PM
Great assortment of American automobiles (and that Euro-American hybrid Ghia). Your photos cover a fine spectrum, from the Art Deco Lincoln to the splashy '58 Ford Skyliner retractable. Wonder if all five retractables are capable of successfully cycling the top mechanisms up and down on any given day? I ask that question as former owner of a '58 Mk3 Continental convertible with a somewhat related mechanism for the concealed soft top. Recall what model year the Ghia might be? I'm recalling a '57 Dual Ghia convertible owned by friends in the seventies... this one is a little different.

packard352
07-12-2017, 02:49 PM
To answer your question Skip Lackie about the number plates...

Some folks wish to USA style number plates on their cars, which is similar to authentic USA plates. The issue here (plenty of FB chatter on the topic) about whether the 'Plod... Bill... Fuzz... Coppers' (Police) will pull them over and 'nick' them (fine them).

A French-based company seems to be pulling most of the trade, if comments posted on FB are to believed, as many Brits wish to authenticate and emulate what they've seen in photos, movies and when they've been on vacation. For my car, the number plates are authentic for the period in the UK at the time of the late-1950's and early-1960's.

Hey Flat Ernie, I'm outside of Swindon, at what is now known as Royal Wootton Bassett, which of course is on the way to what was RAF Lyneham - it is no longer an air base.

packard352
07-12-2017, 02:56 PM
I forgot to mention Flat Ernie, the Swindon Rod n Custom meet up at the Sun Inn pub on the first Thursday of each month, though I never am able to get home in time to get along. There is a FB page set up for Swindon Rod n Custom, if you fancy going down 'memory lane'

Skip Lackie
07-12-2017, 04:11 PM
To answer your question Skip Lackie about the number plates...

Some folks wish to USA style number plates on their cars, which is similar to authentic USA plates. The issue here (plenty of FB chatter on the topic) about whether the 'Plod... Bill... Fuzz... Coppers' (Police) will pull them over and 'nick' them (fine them).

A French-based company seems to be pulling most of the trade, if comments posted on FB are to believed, as many Brits wish to authenticate and emulate what they've seen in photos, movies and when they've been on vacation. For my car, the number plates are authentic for the period in the UK at the time of the late-1950's and early-1960's.


It's been a number of years since I've been in the UK, and didn't remember ever seeing anything other than correct UK plates. What lettering, other than the registration number, are on the repro US plates?

packard352
07-14-2017, 05:05 PM
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Hi Skip Jack, I've just grabbed this photo off FB as an example of something other than the registration number on number plates

Skip Lackie
07-15-2017, 08:24 AM
Thanks Richard.

SN-60
07-15-2017, 04:57 PM
Love the look of your 56J!:!:.....Congrats!

Flat Ernie
07-15-2017, 10:07 PM
Hey Flat Ernie, I'm outside of Swindon, at what is now known as Royal Wootton Bassett, which of course is on the way to what was RAF Lyneham - it is no longer an air base.

Wooty-B! Lovely village. Yes, I know of Lyneham's fate as I still have many mates in the RAF and keep abreast through them...they're all over at Brize these days, sadly.

I really enjoyed the rod runs when I was there - I did as many as I could between 02-06 when I was over at Mildenhall after my time at Lyneham.

packard352
07-17-2017, 08:53 AM
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Flat Ernie, this was in mid-May, this year - Royal Wootton Bassett "May Day Parade," where the 'Bassett Classic Car Club' help out... well, a few cars on display in the morning! The afternoon includes the parade. On the two occasions I've been involved, it's rained both days, typically English!

Flat Ernie
07-17-2017, 11:05 PM
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Flat Ernie, this was in mid-May, this year - Royal Wootton Bassett "May Day Parade," where the 'Bassett Classic Car Club' help out... well, a few cars on display in the morning! The afternoon includes the parade. On the two occasions I've been involved, it's rained both days, typically English!

Nice mix of classics!

I do miss the weather! ;)