Friday, August 12, 2011

Old Buicks

There's just something about old Buicks. Each time I see a photograph of one of these old girls lying around a field someplace I really want to buy it - and rescue it. The problem is I'm on the other side of the Atlantic ocean from these cars, so there they sit.

I have no idea when the attraction to such cars began, or where. Born and raised in England I have never so much as driven in a Buick let alone owned one, and yet the fascination continues.

How many farmers back in the US have one of these things sitting out on their land? Or perhaps stored in a barn? They built their cars from much heavier gauge steel back then which means these cars are still pretty solid and worth restoring.

Perhaps it is because I don't live in America that I see them in a different light? If I were to see them regularly and looked upon them as simply obsolete scrap metal I would be more in tune with those that have grown up around these classics, but here in the UK they are still seen as exotic, mysterious, and very desirable.

Friday, June 03, 2011

Garage find.

Having painted the painting entitled 'Barn find' earlier I decided to do another one, this time motorcycle related. Here in the UK we don't tend to have barns full of old vehicles as so many of us live crammed into this small island. What we do have are lock-up garages in which we store our old junk.

The above painting shows a 'Garage find' Kawasaki motorcycle. It is a 1972 model that appears to have been standing undisturbed for many years - wish I could find one just like it!

Sunday, February 27, 2011