Our week that was: Live motor sport and a produce sale

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What an exciting start to the week; on Sunday, we had Rali Ceredigion literally roar into the village! The end of the week was slightly more demure, with a produce sale at the Women’s Institute Cottage on Saturday.

#31 - Ford Escort Mk2 taking part in in Rali Ceredigion 2023

Rali Ceredigion

The day-2 stage start of the race was mere metres from our front door. We could feel the revving of engines and peeling tyres in our chests. We tried to capture the competitors – the first few snaps were of empty tarmac because finger reflexes were slower than the vintage cars whizzing past!

The weather was fabulous and we had front row seats… or deckchairs at least. We’ve put together a slideshow of stills and a playlist of video shorts to give a taste of the sights and sounds.

Home-grown fruit and veg at the WI produce sale

Produce sale

Thankfully, the good weather saw it through to the end of the week, when the local WI held its autumn produce sale and coffee morning.

As my contribution, I made half a dozen jars of spiced runner bean chutney and baked a lemon & ginger ‘visiting cake’ that was inspired by a recipe I found on the NY Times website many moons ago.

Justin provided some potted cuttings of tradescantia, it’s one of the few houseplants – along with spider plants – that thrives in our light-deficient cottage. The event was very well attended and raised vital funds for the Cottage’s upkeep.

Auction alert: Classic Car, Motorbike & Prestige auction

Fiat 500L

The Classic Car, Motorbike & Prestige auction takes place on Saturday 17th September 2022 from 11am. There’ll be 172 lots – to include cars, trucks, motorbikes and bicycles.

I don’t claim to be a classic or vintage vehicle connoisseur; however, there are certain old cars and bicycles that conjure up memories from my childhood. For instance, I know that my dad – in his bachelor days – used to drive an MGB. Also, there’s an old photo of me at the age of about 6 or 7 (mid-1970s) sitting on the  bonnet of our family car… a pale coloured Ford Cortina Delux. A few years later, when I was in my early teens, I learned to drive… in a canary yellow Austin Mini Moke. All these cars (not the actual ones we owned!) will be in this sale.

Some of my other favourite vintage vehicles are featured – including a Morris Traveller… all that beautiful wood trim. And who wouldn’t love their very own ice cream van?!

You can bid online on the WB & Sons website, i-bidder or The Saleroom. Don’t forget to check any fees for this service. If you choose the first option:

As a buyer you will pay 7.5% +VAT buyers fees onto of the hammer price of any lot you win. For example if you win a lot at £10,000 on the hammer you will pay £750 plus £150 VAT coming to £10,900 in total.

Want your vehicle delivered? We can arrange that for you, let us know the delivery postcode via phone or email, we can give you a price using one of our trusted delivery partners ensuring your new vehicle gets to you safe and sound. We do not charge a storage fee for vehicles that need to be kept for a week or two, any longer please get in touch to discuss storage.

MG Midget

Lot 2: MG Midget
First registered October 1972 in sought after round arch and chrome bumper form. Owned by the current keeper since 2016, fitted with rear roll over bar, battery isolator and recently fitted mini light allow wheels. Showing 25,000 miles although we do not have enough paperwork to verify this mileage.
Estimate: £2,000 – £4,000

Ford Cortina Super Estate

Lot 9: Ford Cortina Super Estate
First registered March 1967 making it a very late example of the Mk1, rare in estate form this 1500cc variant in sought after Lagoon Blue with contrasting white roof and body stripe. Showing 72,000 miles. The vendor advises the car has recently had an alternator and electronic ignition conversion. Sold with history folder of receipts and previous MOT certificates as well as original book pack.
Estimate: £7,000 – £9,000

Fiat 500L

Lot 17: Fiat 500L
Italian built 500L built in 1971 and sold new in Italy before being imported to the UK in 2008. Fully UK registered with V5 showing 2 previous keepers. Now tax and MOT exempt. Showing 7,000KM (4,000 miles) although we do not have enough paperwork to verify this mileage.
Estimate: £6,000 – £8,000

Ford Transit ice cream van

Lot 36: Ford Transit ice cream van
First registered in December 1985 this MK2 transit derived ice cream van has been operated by well known Falmouth Dairy as a “hard scoop” set up. Showing 34,000 miles and MOT till April 2023.
Estimate: £6,000 – £10,000

Ford Consul MK1

Lot 56: Ford Consul MK1
Estimate: £8,000 – £12,000

Austin Mini Moke

Lot 67: Austin Mini Moke
Supplied new in 1987 to Las Palmas, Spain. This 998cc Portuguese built Moke shows 74,000KM (45,000 miles). Built with seating for 4 and contrasting white Bimini top. Supplied with Spanish registration documents, UK MOT till June 2022. Now fully UK registered with V5. Owned by the current owner for over 10 years and used in Spain recently brought back with him to the UK.
Estimate: £13,000 – £15,000

Bedford J.O.

Lot 81: Bedford J.O
Previously part of a prominent local classic commercial collection, finished in a higher standard than usually seen on such vehicles. Fitted with a 2.5 litre straight six mated to a column change 3 speed manual gearbox. Sold with brand new, never fitted chrome hubcaps to replace the original ones currently on the truck. Showing just 2 former keepers and 31,000 miles. Also sold with history file including show winner ribbons, previous Tax discs and many previous MOT certificates.
Estimate: £20,000 – £25,000

Raleigh Chopper 'Mod' special edition

Lot 91: Raleigh Chopper ‘Mod’ special edition
1 of only 500 world wide. This MK3 Chopper is in near new condition.
Estimate: £400 – £600

Morris 1000 Traveller

Lot 105: Morris 1000 Traveller
First registered April 1959, showing just 4 former keepers. Owned by the current keeper for 38 years! This well presented traveller in Clipper blue shows 82,000 miles and although TAX and MOT exempt has a current MOT till June next year. Sold with a large history file including many previous tax discs, photos from the 80s, heritage certificate and many receipts from work and maintenance dating from recent all the way back to the late 80s
Estimate: £6,000 – £8,000

Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet

Lot 111: Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet
Estimate: £10,000 – £15,000

Volkswagen T2 Camper

Lot 128: Volkswagen T2 Camper
Built in 1977 and brought into the UK in 2018. Fully UK registered with V5. Tax and MOT exempt. Finished in cream over chocolate brown with vertical lift pop top roof. Fitted with the larger and more preferred 2 litre air cooled engine showing 5,000 miles on the odometer. Believed to be 105,000.
Estimate: £9,000 – £11,000