The first generation Fiat Panda was introduced in 1980, intended to slot between the Fiat 126 and the Fiat 127. The Fiat Panda was introduced to the United Kingdom market in 1981. The Panda was mostly known for being a three-door hatchback, but was also available as a convertible and as a three-door sedan delivery. This Panda is a second facelift three-door hatchback. In Spain, the Panda was produced as the Seat Panda until the Fiat Panda's first facelift in 1986; after that the Seat Panda was renamed Seat Marbella. In addition, Seat produced a different, taller sedan delivery version of the vehicle, called the Seat Trans. In the UK, the Fiat Panda was discontinued in 1995; the Seat Marbella was discontinued in 1998, and the first generation Fiat Panda was finally discontinued in Italy in 2003, making a total of 23 years of production. In 2003, a very different new generation of Panda was introduced with a five-door hatchback body style; the second generation Panda has already been featured on my page.
Bentley Speed Six “Blue Train” (1+1a-1i) 🎩🚂🎩
(1930, Bentley Speed Six “Blue Train” (this one is an extremely well done recreation from 1950, with an industrial 8,0 litres Rolls Royce engine) – owned by and based at the famous “Strøjer Samlingen” (The Strojer Collection) in Denmark – one of the great classic cars exhibited at the CHGP 2019.
The short story – extracts: Once upon a time, March 12, 1930, a bet was made amongst a group of early motoring enthusiasts at a party at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes, France. A discussion was prompted by the Rover motor car’s advertisement, claiming that its Light Six was faster than the famous express train Le Train Bleu. One person in the group was Captain Joel Woolf “Babe” Barnato, a well-known sportsman and playboy millionaire, the heir to a South African diamond and gold mine, and one of the original “Bentley Boys,” as well as the chairman of Bentley Motors and the winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1928 and 1929. He boasted that he would have no difficulty outrunning Le Train Bleu in his Bentley Speed Six. He bet £100 on his claim.
The next day, at 5:45 p.m., Le Train Bleu steamed out of Cannes, heading to London’s Victoria Station, while Barnato and his co-driver left the Carlton Hotel in his Speed Six ... and they arrived at the St. James Street Conservative Club four minutes before Le Train Bleu had even reached the ferry at Calais, France💪So Captain Barnato won his bet – but he also got fined big time as well as Bentley Motors was excluded from 1930 Paris Salon for conducting the “unauthorised race”😏
PS: It’s a legendary story, but ... later research ended up finding out, that it actually was a black, fabric-covered saloon that had been built by H.J. Mulliner on a 1929 Bentley Speed Six chassis, which did the “Blue Train Race”. Captain Barnato had owned that car for a year before the event ... while his 1930 Speed Six, Gurney Nutting Coupe, was still being built, when it supposedly should have done the race!!😅
Disclaimer: All photos are taken by me, being an official accredited photographer/journalist at the CHGP19. I can’t guarantee the period originality of the car in my photos)