Location: Teignmouth, Devon, United Kingdom

I'm married with two grown up children and four grandchildren, My wife of 47 years is Sue and we are the same age. My two children are Pamela (blogging occasionly under and Roy,who was recently Paralysed from the waist down due to an Absys on his Spine. My 4 grandchildren are (oldest first) Gavin, Hayley, Thomas,and Zoe. Sue and I are both retired and we're disabled too, her with a badly Arthritic back and spine, me with lung (COPD) and Heart problems.I have always loved Fishing (all sorts) Sue started fishing with me about 8 years ago, now she really enjoys it too. We both love m'cycles and m'cycling, Sue owns and rides her own bike which is a Custom 1981 250 Honda.I own a 1979 Honda CX500. We are both members of this motorcycle club ( view or join our club on or see my blog post Dec 2007 blog "Getting old, never", of course we're badly resticted now due to our illness, only riding in really good weather.Just over three years ago we lost our best friend and Baby Mojo the border Collie, Gone but never forgotten. Please feel free to use any of our photo's but do let me know you have used them, thank you.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008


Todays Dorset Steam Fair blog is mostly about Cars, I have to admit to only taking pictures of the classic ones, not the beautiful vintage ones on display here. This magnificent "Austin Healey 3000 Mk 2" of 1963 is my very very all time favourite of all the classic cars. The fair itself is has something for every family member. These include Steam Tractors, Road haulage lorries,Road rollers, and steam rollers, steam Lorries, Steam cars and vans, Ploughing engines and steam Cultivation, Steam Threshers, Wood cutting and working, Steam railway engines, Fair organs, vintage and modern Tractors, Vintage and Classic cars, Vintage and classic Motorcycles, Vintage and Modern Bicycles,Heavy horses,All types of Model making,Miniture Steam, Working Tractors, steam engine hauling and pulling demonstrations. All this plus 90 fast food outlets that include food from India,China, Italy and all over England.In the Arena's (4) dog shows, horse shows and demonstationof all kind happen all day everyday.Also we must not forget the Foodhalls and of course the 3 massive Beer tents, all in all it has to be the IN place.
Click on any picture to enlarge it.
This picture below shows me standing by another old favourite of mine the "Austin Westminster" from 1954 and was brought to the show from Essex, this one also towed the classic caravan you can see behind it.

This is a nice 1954 "Ford consul Mk 1"which hails from Berkshire.
Below a fine well kept classic "Vauxhall Cresta saloon" from 1956 was driven all the way from Co Durham. On most of these pictures if you click to enlarge there are other lovely cars in the back ground.
This very well preserved 1954 "Ford Zephyr Saloon" was one of quite a few people that came not only in this classic car but also towed a classic style caravan here too.
Below, what a beautiful throaty sound came from this 1951 "Ford Pilot Saloon", this one hails from Cornwall.
Below not a car you see often, the "Allard P1 saloon"from 1951 this vehicle came from Wiltshire.
Below this really beautiful "Austin A50" saloon of 1956 vintage.The local owner comes from Exeter, this was one of the range of Austin's I always fancied owning.

Below, a video clip of one of the many organs that were playing all around the showground

So here we are at the end of the second of probably 4 blogs on this fair, still to come Caravans, Lorries, Motorcycles and loads more, so watch this space next week.
Joke of the day.

Farm Help

A successful rancher died and left everything to his devoted wife. She was a very good-looking woman and determined to keep the ranch, but knew very little about ranching, so she decided to place an ad in the newspaper for a ranch hand.

Two cowboys applied for the job. One was gay and the other a drunk. She thought long and hard about it, and when no one else applied she decided to hire the gay guy, figuring it would be safer to have him around the house than the drunk. He proved to be a
hard worker who put in long hours every day and knew a lot about ranching.

For weeks, the two of them worked, and the ranch was doing very well. Then one day, the rancher's widow said to the hired hand, 'You have done a really good job, and the ranch looks great. You should go into town and kick up your heels. The hired hand readily agreed and went into town one Saturday night. One o'clock came, however, and he didn't
return. Two o'clock and no hired hand. Finally he returned around two-thirty, and upon entering the room, he found the rancher's widow sitting by the fireplace with a glass of
wine, waiting for him.

She quietly called him over to her. 'Unbutton my blouse and take it off,' she said. Trembling, he did as she directed. 'Now take off my boots.' He did as she asked, ever so slowly. 'Now take off my socks.' He removed each gently and placed them neatly by her boots. 'Now take off my skirt.' He slowly unbuttoned it, constantly watching her eyes in the fire light. 'Now take off my bra.' Again, with trembling hands, he did as he was told and dropped it to the floor. Then she looked at him and said, 'If you ever wear my clothes into town again, you're fired.'


Blogger Vintage to Victorian said...

Hi Bob

I advertised Dairy House in the GDSF information pack and site map. Did you have one? If you still have it look for our ad! I didn't get to see a copy.

I couldn't go to the Steam Fair as I was at Dairy House, but one of our dealers goes every year.

If you go next time pop to Dairy House and say hi - less than 20 miles from the Fair!

Thanks for your comment!

9:47 pm  
Blogger Old Lady Lincoln said...

Some beautiful cars. Must be some Fair. Liked the joke to. LOL Sorry I don't seem to get around to all the blogs I would like to visit each day. But thanks for your visit.

10:49 pm  
Blogger bigbikerbob said...

Hi Sue, I didn't get an information pack on entry but bought a programme i will check that out.
Old lady lincoln,Thank you for the visit, I too find it hard sometimes getting round to all your blogs.

10:54 pm  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi Bob ~~ That fair sounds great and the photos are good
too. Thank you for your visit and comments. Glad you enjoy the jokes. Did you happen to read my Post 500? It was the story you sent me about Just a Biker. Take care, Regards, Merle.

8:26 am  
Blogger Jeanette said...

Gday Bob.Sounds like a great fair with Nice asortment of old cars...Take care Bob have Fun...

10:11 am  
Anonymous Mel King said...

Hello, my name is Mel and I live in the U S. I enjoyed your posting about the "DORSET STEAM FAIR". Looks like it is a lot of fun. Here in the U S we many car shows during the warmer months, but nothing like you describe here. Some of our car shows are small with only 50 to 100 cars, and the larger shows may have as many as a 1000 to 3000 cars. Our shows have entertainment, food vendors, car parts for sale or swap, but we do have a good time also. Good Article.

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