As spring approaches, the trees are showing signs of budding, certain flowers are starting to peek out from under the cloak of winter’s cover and a young man’s thoughts turn to sports cars. My love and devotion to my beautiful wife and best friend, Mrs. Toad, is well-known. But those who know me also know of my passion for fast cars. And if they happen to be bright red sports cars of the convertible variety, then that’s even better. There is no better feeling than blasting down the back-roads and highways of this beautiful island we live on with my girl at my side and the roof down as the winds flow around us. It’s a feeling of joy, a feeling of being alive, and a feeling of being connected with the surroundings that we are part of as we pass through.
Join us today as we continue our photoblog series “The Toads At The Gathering” featuring a collection of photographs we captured at The Motorcar Gathering 2012 held last summer at the Queen Alexandra Hospital.
I’ve had over 140 cars in my life. Yep, you read that right. Some of them only lasted a few feet, others have been real classics that I’ve owned for years. My love for muscle cars and sports cars is in my DNA.
When I was a young man, my beloved grandmother passed away and left me a small sum of money. Being young and impetuous, there’s only one thing that those funds could have been used for… that’s right, to buy a car. I’d always wanted a convertible, so I started the hunt. I found a great 1978 Triumph Spitfire in Victoria that was in great shape, and thus began my love with roadsters.
As Mrs. Toad and I were making our rounds through the show, we were delighted to see the vast variety of cars on display, both old and new. This great Triumph TR3 roadster was a real show-stopper, a car you just don’t often see. Meticulously restored and maintained, it was all I could do from keeping myself from hopping in it and tearing away.
Our favorite car is the Corvette convertible. Our own one, lovingly named “Beastie“, is a car that we spent months searching for and today is a member of our family. Ours is stock and will remain so, one day even finding itself being completely rebuilt and refurbished from the ground-up. Other Corvette enthusiasts use these cars as platforms to build absolutely crazy race cars out of, and as such are highly modified. This particular car is a terrific example. I am not sure of the specifics behind the mechanics of this car, but years of being a hot rod enthusiast have trained my eyes to take in certain details here that are clues to the underpinnings. This Stingray is not a car to be trifled with, that’s for sure. It looks fast and aggressive parked; can you imagine how cool it must look blasting around the track at triple digit speeds?
And at the other spectrum is this exquisite, stock and in near perfect condition C3 convertible Corvette. Now, that’s what I call a bright red sports car!! Flowing lines, graceful and full of class as it sits on the lawn here, just waiting to be fired to life and taken for a spin.
As I said, the show was absolutely terrific, packed to the rafters so to speak. There was something there for the roadster fan of all ages, including this awesomely detailed pedal car. During my youth, I am sure that there were times the local police had sincerely wished I had picked a car like this for my cruising needs, rather than a 500+ hp big block monster of a machine. I can honestly tell you, I thought this was terrific and if I had one as a kid I’m not sure I would have grown up willingly. Or at all.
Actually, the jury is still out on that.
Do you have any stories or memories of a favorite car or time in one? We really love to hear from all our visitors, so don’t be shy, step up to the microphone and tell us your story!! Until next time, my friends!