Picked up this lot at a back-street autojumble in Bristol on Sunday for a measly 4 quid.Alf Hagon smoking his record breaking JAP sprinter - 1/24 scale MADE IN HONG KONG plastic.Same bike, same rider, but 1/35 scale Britains die-cast metal. (The seller also had a pristine one in a box with a white plastic nose-cone fairing, but I'm no obsessed collector).Bastard love child of the same bike?! this time a 1/72 Whizz Wheels. This one was also later badge engineered as a Spiderman bike (I had it as a key-fob for my XS650 chop).Funky 2-stroke Bultaco - don't know what model it's based on, 1/35 French Majorette I think (they used to sell these in petrol stations in France and Spain)1/35 die-cast Britains Speedway riders x2. The detailing is brilliant.1/72 Christmas cracker quality Oriental plastic JAP - a rip-off of the bigger Britains bikes above. Love vintage bikes with 70's mag wheels. Matt black on chrome even better. A real life-size one of these would pretty much be my ultimate bike.1/72 Matchbox die-cast metal. I had this set as a kid but it got nicked in the playground, so I was over-joyed to find this. I cant remember what the hauler was - or if it even came with one? Mystery 1/30 Suzuki? MX stroker. The modeling is all out of proportion but it handles well in kitchen table enduros. I'd love to see how it does in carrot cake. BP
UP DATE:And just when I though buying some dinky toys was going to be the highlight of a grey Sunday, Conrad turns up from London followed by various very important beards from opposite ends of the country, some old friends, others of whom I've met in blogland but never in the flesh. Closed Mondays Gavin, Tommy 9/16ths the Mook, Huggy, Tosh, and Greasy Kulture Guy. (and not shown), Eat The Rich Pete Stansfield, and Steve Stokers (his own blog) (+ speed shop blog), who builds very tidy Triumphs and was at the Verona show in January. 23 Bricks' Jimmy and Renshaw. Good to meet you all.
Luckily I just happened to be wearing my Carhart overalls so I was allowed to tag along with the vintage canvas posse for the day, eat curry and drink cider. BP