Catch us at the Newbury Antiques & Collectors Fair 24th August 2015

We will have an outside pitch at the Newbury Antiques & Collectors Fair this month. The racecourse at Newbury is a great venue with plenty of parking and good facilities and Newbury is a nice little town with lots of shops and places to eat so why now make a day of it and come along.

The web site is here: Newbury Antiques Fair for details of times, charges and directions.

Our Amazon Book Store

Good news! Our Amazon book shop is back up and running, so you can click on the link from our web site and buy there on line again.

Second birthday at Gloucester Quays Antiques Centre

It has been two years since we started trading at Gloucester Quays Antiques Centre and alomost two months since we moved across the top floor to our new and larger space.

We are very happy to be a part of the thriving historic docks area and love the way that the docks complex continues to develop. The potential that we saw back in 2013 was the prime reason that we chose Gloucester over the other possible locations and we’re sure that we made the right decision.

We try and keep a wide range of items in stock at GQAC to suit a range of interests and pockets. There is always a good stock of books and things to hang on the wall. In amongst the current stock you will find some airline crockery, a selection of car badges, some collectables from ocean and cruise liners and some great advertising material from the fifties through to more recent days. Prices range from less than a fiver up to three figures. We add new stock every two or three weeks.

Our specialities are probably of more interest to blokes and if you are looking for mantiques there are other traders in the antiques centre; we have a railwayana specialist, another automobila display, a vintage toy space and an autographed sports memorabilia dealer to name a few. There are around 100 dealers trading across the three floors so there is something for everyone.

You also have the outlet centre, the waterways museum, a military museum and plenty of places to eat. With ample parking and the city centre a five minute walk away (the railway station is about fiftenn minutes walk) it makes a great place to spend a day out with the family. Why not make it a weekend? There is a good range of hotels to choose from and if you want to push the boat out come for a week and explore the Cotswolds, the Wye Valley and border country too, for they are all a short drive from Gloucester.

Dummy Pit Stops in #F1

So what if Mercedes did try to sucker Williams during the British GP? That sort of thing has been going on since the early days of motor sport and we don’t see the problem.

Yes there could be an H&S issue; people in the pit lane are always at risk, but here we are talking about an empty pit lane anyway so let’s not be silly.

The only time that such a tactic might be inadvisable is if one of the teams in an adjacent garage was pitting, both from the risk of getting hit and also from the dummy crew impeding the other vehicle, so this is one rule that we think they don’t need. A bit of kidology is a Fair part of the game and if they really think that there is a safety issue then let them implement something else that we have advocated here before as a cost saving measure; limit the number of people over the wall during pit stops.

 

Our Amazon Bookstore

Apologies if you have visited our web site and tried to use the link to our Amazon store. All of our current stock is listed there, but is showing as “Unavailable” for reasons that we cannot, as yet, resolve. All of these books are in stock, so if there is one that you are interested in please email us for price and delivery.

We will continue to pester Amazon customer service to try and resolve the problem. Hopefully it won’t take too long, but it has taken nearly two weeks so far and still (as of 11/7/2015) they cannot sort it out.

our new space at Gloucester Quays Antiques Centre @glosantiques

We have moved into our new space (unit 2.6)  and are now on the opposite side of the top floor overlooking the docks and Waterways Museum.

Chris Bayley Automobilia, who we used to share a space with, now have a cabinet more or less opposite our new space and into our old space has moved a seller specialising in sporting memorablila so there are plenty of Mantiques amongst all of the other 100 or so dealers who sell at GQAC.

Having more room has allowed us to get more stock in and we have a diverse range of car, bus, train, truck, plane, ship and horse related items at prices from around a fiver up to a few hundred quid. We try to top up stock every three weeks or so and are always on the lookout for new things. Pride of place this week goes to a standard lamp in the form of a Victorian street lamp complete with flickering gas light effect bulb.

It looks like a scorcher of a summer this year, but the docks and the river do bring a cool breeze and the antiques centre is air conditioned so come on out and spend the day in Gloucester docks and quays. loads to do and see, plenty of places to eat, lots of car parking and we are only about a ten to fifteen minute walk from the station.

What a difference a track makes #F1

The Canadian GP showed why the right track can make a difference, for whilst the front runners were cruising around in formation we had some great racing going on elsewhere down the field.

Why? Because there are places where passing is possible; fast corners, slow corners, decent straights and places where you can outbrake. None of the slot car track nonsense that we have seen in newer circuits over the last thirty years or so, just the basics for good racing.

Long may it be a part of F1.

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