SUM­MER 1970

The sea may be quite a long way out, but at least you could park up for a walk along the prom

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - 6-page Nostalgia Special - David Brown

There’s plenty of sand at South­port, but if you want a glimpse of the sea you might go home dis­ap­pointed be­cause usu­ally the tide is a long way out.

As our colour­ful view proves the Prom­e­nade and King’s Gar­dens pro­vides an at­trac­tive place for a stroll or to sit down and ad­mire the view.

There was plenty of road­side park­ing avail­able at the time. The driver of a green Wolse­ley 1500 ap­pears to have asked his pas­sen­ger get out to check out a gap for one rea­son or the other.

This is just one of the many cars from the 1950s and 1960s grac­ing this image, with Fords ga­lore, in­clud­ing ex­am­ples of Cortina, Es­cort and Ze­phyr, with a newish Capri doubt­less try­ing to make it­self heard over the flat-four rasp of the VW Bee­tle head­ing the other way.

The Prom­e­nade was ob­vi­ously pop­u­lar with learner driv­ers, with an Es­cort seen wear­ing ‘L’ plates while a driv­ing school Austin or Mor­ris 1100/1300 is parked up on the left.

Mor­ris Mi­nor 1000 sa­loons are also out in force, with a pale blue Trav­eller also parked up on the coast side of the road. The Hill­man Minx on the right wouldn’t be en­cour­aged to park so close to the junc­tion to­day, while the Tri­umph Vitesse two cars back is parked at an un­usual an­gle. There’s a dis­tinc­tive rear view of a Hill­man Imp, like­wise some BMC Fa­rina A55/A60 fam­ily sa­loons are seen bask­ing in the sum­mer sun­shine – shame about the salty air!

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