Showing posts from April 29, 2018

Random # 220: Mini Van

This clean, tidy and apparently recently re-sprayed Mini van was a beauty!  There were a few tiny bits of trim - badges, mainly - that were absent, suggesting that the car may be in the final stages of reassembly.  Lovely!



All iPhone images.

Random # 219: Volvo 240 Estate

UMPH was struck by the simple combination of white and black on this very understated, yet totally cool, late 80s / early 90s Volvo 240 estate wagon.  It was ostensibly standard with only a set of black-accented five-spoke Performance alloy wheels, specially sourced from the mainland, and heavily tinted  - almost black - windows setting it apart from other Volvos of a similar era.

The car was in great nick, with straight, rust-free panels, blemish-free duco and first-rate bumpers and trim.  If it weren't for the wheels, one might mistake it for a more garden-variety Volvo.  

However, its owner has plans to extract 300 bhp from it without resorting to the insertion of a Chev V8 or any of the more popular - crude, one might say - big engine replacements.  He will instead be sourcing and fitting various components from other Volvo power-plants - including Volvo's Penta marine range - that share the common block featured in the automotive 240 range to enhance the car's performan…

Great Drives of Tasmania, Part I: Hobart to Strahan

It's easy to forget - ignore, even - the beauty of your own home state when its very proximity and ease of access renders it almost invisible.  That's how it was for the UMPHs, who had spent so much time travelling to places other than their island home they were missing out on the excellent touring options within Tasmania.
For international readers who may not know, Tasmania is the small, triangle-shaped island that sits below (south of) the better-known, and significantly bigger, east coast mainland Australian states of Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.  Tasmania may be small but it makes up for its lack of size in so many ways.

Tasmania is an extremely popular destination for outdoors types, keen on wilderness pursuits like bush-walking, mountain-biking and kayaking in the midst of stunning natural scenery, and those who enjoy seriously high-end food, wines, whiskies, beers and ciders.  It's also home to the world renowned Museum of Old and New Art or, as it's…