SUM­MER 1967

YORK CAS­TLE MU­SEUM, YORK

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Dealer Directory - DAVID BROWN He’s con­trib­uted to numer­ous county mags in­clud­ing Cam­bridgeshire Life, The Dales­man, Lin­colnshire Life and Northamp­ton­shire Life.

That tra­di­tional façade hides a fas­ci­nat­ing ap­proach to learn­ing – with some great clas­sics out­side

Avisit to the Cas­tle Mu­seum in York dur­ing the 1960s was a rev­e­la­tion, even to this lad un­con­cerned about look­ing at glass cases of stuffed birds and an­cient arte­facts.

What sparked my imag­i­na­tion back then was the recre­ated Kirk­gate, a Vic­to­rian-styled street named after the mu­seum’s John L Kirk. This in­cluded shops and houses into which you could walk and won­der at all the pe­riod items on dis­play while aged rel­a­tives de­clared ‘ We had one of those!’ These ex­hibits have been up­graded for the 21st cen­tury and there is also a 1960s street scene.

But in 1967, at least some of the ve­hi­cles parked out­side in our view would have been of in­ter­est too.

That Bed­ford CA-based ice cream van by the steps would have been my first choice for a visit to spend some of my dad’s hard-earned coins of the realm in ex­change for a tra­di­tional, creamy treat. The US-style Mis­ter Sof­tee prod­uct, served from a Com­mer Kar­rier, would have been OK if there was no other choice, but that soft ice cream was def­i­nitely a quicker route to brain freeze.

The view is taken from the mound of Clif­ford’s Tower, a sur­viv­ing part of the Nor­man cas­tle. Back then

there was a ‘Trust the mo­torist scheme car park’ in op­er­a­tion (note the ticket ma­chine); to­day it costs vis­i­tors £2.50 per hour to park here, pay and dis­play.

Look­ing at this splen­did vista I am quick to spot the lovely red Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle parked out the front, while tucked away on the left of the pic­ture is a pale blue sib­ling. Beau­ti­ful Bee­tles apart, most of the au­to­mo­tive de­lights to are Bri­tish heart­land favourites. The Austin es­tate would have im­pressed me, but the roof vent sug­gests that it could be a con­verted van rather than a works Coun­try­man. The grey Austin A30/35 van on the left, and the green Mor­ris Mi­nor van by the fin­ger posts would have ap­pealed too.

My Un­cle Cyril drove an 1100, but the grille on the blue ex­am­ple close to the grass dis­tin­guishes it as an MG. The old guard Austins are rep­re­sented with A40 Som­er­sets and a stylish West­min­ster A95, while a red Mini makes its pres­ence felt.

My friend’s dad had a Wolse­ley Hor­net so the cou­ple here would have been noted, while the Wolse­ley 16-60 would have seemed su­pe­rior to my dad’s Austin A60 Cam­bridge.

The Cortina MkII would have been quite new, while other Ford de­lights in­clude stan­dard and Deluxe 105Es and a ma­roon Cortina MkI. A Vaux­hall Viva HA is mak­ing its way into the car park (with an­other ex­am­ple fur­ther back) to join the early 1.5-litre Vic­tor al­ready parked.

Other de­lights are a Tri­umph Her­ald in the back row and a post1957 Stan­dard 8 be­hind the A95. I par­tic­u­larly like the Midget and Rover P5 on the left, al­most danc­ing as they vie for a park­ing space.

There’s not suf­fi­cient space here to list all the cars in this nos­tal­gic scene, so apolo­gies if I have omit­ted your own par­tic­u­lar favourite – you know where to write!

‘That Bed­ford CAbased ice cream van by the steps would have been my first choice for a visit’ COLD TREATS FROM A VAUX­HALL

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