Volkswagen Camper Bus, Type 2 Van

Volkswagen Camper Bus, Type 2 Van

Last Sunday I made it to Tatton Park in Cheshire for the Stars and Stripes Classic American Car Show. I have been to many car shows over the years and this was probably the most difficult to photograph. I didn’t take a lot of pictures but saw hundreds of unique and interesting vehicles. The above photo was one of the first I took. The VW Camper was parked near the public gates to the event and thus had no other vehicles around it. This is a split screen camper and one of a couple I saw at the show. All being well I will be back at Tatton Park for the VW North West Car Show next month.

McGuinness JCB at Castlefield Demolition

McGuinness JCB at Castlefield Demolition

In the centre of Castlefield used to be what looked like an abandoned Night Club or bar, it was one of the more modern buildings, that is, it wasn’t an old converted warehouse or factory. I walked past it many times to take some of my favourite views of Manchester from this area and often thought to myself, “I must take that buildings photograph sometime”. It was white and of a very 1990’s style of architecture to it, there were benches outside, it was all boarded up with a little graffiti here and there. Well, the above photograph shows the remains of that building last time I went.

It just shows that you should never leave “that photo” until “next time” because you never know when next time will be. It will be interesting to see in 2008 what, if anything gets put up in its place.

Yellow Duck Marine, DUKW in Liverpool

Yellow Duck Marine, DUKW in Liverpool

The DUKW (pronounced duck) was originally designed for the American military. It is a six-wheeled-drive amphibious truck which can be seen here driving out of the Salthouse Dock on its daily tour of Liverpool and the Albert Docks. When you spot these vehicles on the road, it is very obvious that they look like boats due to the design. But when in the water they look like a normal boat, because the wheels are hidden under the water. I had planned this photograph and waited about ten minutes after seeing it sail off around the docks, but someone who was looking at the boat and not realising it was amphibious must get quite a shock when they see this monster driving out of the water.

Bamburgh Castle and Tractor

Bamburgh Castle and Tractor

Bamburgh Castle is one of the largest castles I have seen, similar in size to Edinburgh Castle but not quite so high up. The above photograph was taken on my week in Northumberland last month. I saw my dad taking a photograph of the tractor and laughed at how old and run down it looked. The next day we were in the same area and I took this picture with the Castle and the tractor, the red of the rollers and green of the cricket field work really well against the deep blue of the sky. Sometimes plain, strong blue skies work well and I think it does here, although it would be even better with people all in white on the grass playing a game of cricket.