After a year's hiatus it was hard to know what to expect from this year's Beaulieu. What with Corona Virus and Brexit it was hardly going to be the international affair that it has always been up until now. Scaled back with one entire field less (something like a third down on stall numbers) the good news was that the atmosphere was still there. There were still wonderful things to see and possibly buy, great people watching to be had and the vibe that comes with a large gathering of enthusiasts.
There were a few European visitors, not many at all, but none that I saw were selling. After all who really could be bothered to go through the paperwork currently necessary and the risk of a big tax bill? A small number of hardcore were there but only buying small items, nothing that was obviously of great value and would have to be declared on return home...
Personally I didn't find so much to buy this year, but that is not a bad thing; I bought a couple of trinkets and sold a lot more than I bought. So, I left with a net outward flow of junk and money in pocket. At the moment with my crowded garage space that's a great result.
Following below a small selection of nice things that caught my eye. Here's to hoping that next year the event will be back to full strength.
|Early thirties four and a half litre Invicta.|
|Ultra rare engine and gearbox unit for a|
1923 Rover 249cc Lightweight model.
|1904 Maudslay racing car 'Big Maude'.|
The motor is ohc and 9.6 litres.
|Big Maude once more.|
|Next to Big Maude was this beast. Alas I forgot to note|
details, sorry... Still worth seeing though.
|Another Invicta, this one was one of the|
few European visitors over from Germany.
|Also from Germany this lovely Delage.|
|1923 Evans Power Cycle. I think this machine was|
offered a couple of months back in the Vintage
Motorcycle Club journal. Not sure if it was still at
the same price or now had a bump on it.
|Veteran era 'Gregory' motor is a mystery.|
The stall holder knows nothing about
the manufacturer and nor can I find
anything. Looks to be around 1913 / 4 though.
|Clutch arrangement on the Gregory.|
|This sweet Beesa was offered at £6500 and I believe|
sold. A very fair price. Motorcycle sales were very
slow this year and this Beesa was one of the few big
machines that changed hands. Mopeds and ultra
lightweights were however changing hands.
|Finally a lovely Humber forecar on the Veteran Car|