Every Year, between Christmas and New Year, Brackley hosts the Classic Cars on the Piazza / Marketplace. Typically the event involves no entry fee or pre-booking. Classic car owners simply arrive.
This year I arrived a bit late, however the Mayor told me there had been a record turnot of over 120 cars. Certainly, when I arrived, there were still a few interesting vehicles still there.
I recognised a number of cars from previous events, but these are the ones which caught my eye.
The first to catch my eye was the very elegant looking Alvis, pictured at the top of the page. Under the bonnet was an interesting 6 cylinder engine sporting triple SU carburettors an dual fuel pumps.
A little research suggests that this is a 1938 Alvis 4.3 litre.
The brass plate on the engine mounting carries lubrication instructions, and I was intrigued by the lubricateion kit at the back of the engine bay.
Contrast this big six cylinder engine with the 996cc V-twin of the 8hp 1914 Humbrette.
Looking at the controls of the Humbrette, I’m not even sure I would know how to drive it!
And some of the others, just a few which caught my attention.