Wrenching in the city when you don’t have a garage presents a series of logistical headaches. While I love Slummerville, MA and our condo, I don’t have off-street parking and, obviously, no easy access to a garage. As a result ya gotta get by with some help from your friends. Over the last couple of weeks my buddy Jesse has been good enough to host me at his garage around the corner from my house for some evening wrenching. So while I certainly enjoy my jaunts down to Providence and Jim’s garage, the hour or so of driving isn’t exactly conducive to my week night routine.
Wagons ho! My Outback a brace 245 wagons and that subline 122s.
Jesse shares the garage rental with a friend and they each keep a car in the super secret, super secure spot. Jesse’s ’73 1800ES and his friend’s ’67 122s call this little slice of heaven home.
Arty Volvo is arty.
122s’ B18 in all its tractor-esque glory!
This isn’t Jesse’s first foray into rented garage space, he previously kept his car at another spot, but he was specifically barred from wrenching on his cars there because of insurance issues (thanks lawyers). Protip: an urban gearhead must be aware of their particular legalities!
The 1800ES is a glorious object.
Jesse is proof that an urban gearhead can make do, provided he’s got a space. Alas, until such time as we pack up and move out of the city and a more spacious location, I’m probably dependent upon my comrades. I guess I’d better be nice then.
This week I’m trying to be more diligent/timely with my posts, whereas it took me almost 5 weeks to post photos from British Car Day at the Larz, this time it will only take me a few hours days! It was a gray and drizzly morning, more suited to British cars really, but that didn’t seem to keep record crowds away. Truthfully, I could care less for the real marquee draws of this show – Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghinis aren’t really my bag. What I came for were the Alfas, Fiats and Lancias. Thankfully, despite a very strong showing of the more gauche supercar set, there were plenty of more interesting, and accessible cars to be seen. So here goes!
The Godfather of the modern Sports Sedan, Alfa Berlina
Lancia Scorpion, also known as the Montecarlo
Brown and square.
Always amazes me when I see cars with spares mounted near the engine.
Another Lancia, this one a Delta!
Alfa Romeo Guilia Spider
Alloy engine that powered many 60s Aflas.
Hey, a Saab! Er, no that’s a 164, which is a cousin
That bodykit screams the 80s!
Its a big, big car.
Big fan of the GTV here!
Look best in red or black.
Alfetta GTV and GT Veloce, a lovely pair.
This GT Veloce had my heart.
1.8 DOHC motor was good for 120bhp, which is a lot when pushing only 2300lbs.
Lovely, focused interior.
The serpent devouring a man evocative of medieval heraldry
This car does not have a badge angle.
GT Veloces were well represented!
Here’s to you Mrs. Robinson!
Niki Lauda edition Spider!
You can drive it, but not like Niki.
Another Graduate, included only for the sake of the color.
The ever restrained De Tomaso Pantera
Good lord, look at that lump!
Tom Selleck wants his 308 back
Lookie at all those nifty switches! I’m sure when one breaks its a simple trip down to AutoZone for a replacement.
Oh, how gauche.
Fix it Tony! A brace of 124s
Wait, who invited the Frenchie? Oh, right it’s got Maserati mechanicals.
Got a sweet hipster roof rack for the Saab, because roof racks are becoming onold Euro sedans. Now I just need a fairing I can sticker bomb then I’ll be good to hang out with all the other hipster kids at the Steak & Shake on cruise night.
It’s summer in Boston, which means the Larz Anderson is busy with great lawn events. While the high holiday is still a few weeks away, that doesn’t mean there aren’t other worthy events to see. Earlier this summer the Larz hosted the well attended British Car Day. Here’s a little look back at what you might have missed.
The real triumph was that this TR7 made it to the show at all! I kid, I kid.
Lots. Of. Trouble. Usually. Serious.
In her Majesty’s service apparently.
This little MG Midget was sooo excited it wet itself.
Jaguar 420. Big, brash, beautiful. Also, old Euro sedans + roofracks = greatness.
I followed this Elan into the show.
He who has “Big Valve” stamped on his motor wins the days.
Simplify and add unreliability!
Mini’s are Mini, but not all Mini’s are Coopers. This one’s a copper.
Rover 3500 V8. So many hood scoops.
Another Rover 3500
The owners had an incredible book documenting the complete restoration
Coulda had a V8!
Jag MK2 2.5 litre
And another Jag MK2, this one a 3.6
Jensen Interceptor. There is no better name in the history of the automobile.