Veterans get a treat at Motor Museum

 

 

Members of the Cayman Islands Veterans Association and guests will once again be treated to a night to remember next week. 

Andreas Ugland is hosting the association to visit the Cayman Islands Motor Museum on 18 April. This again will be a night to remember of good fellowship with a backdrop of classic cars of all descriptions. 

Last October, the Cayman Islands Veterans Association held its first formal dinner. This was an evening spent with members past and present of all uniformed services, and also those who had no experience of how a formal military mess night is done.  

The guest of honour was Mr. Ugland and his wife, Natalie. They enjoyed the evening and wished to reciprocate in some way, and at the same time pay tribute to those who have served in uniform. 

The association is already laying the ground work for this year’s event on 19 October. The theme will be “Recruit Training – Starting with the Basics”.  

Members look forward to seeing their friends who joined them last year and invite anyone in the Cayman Islands to join us for an informative evening mixed with a lot of military tradition and a few surprises. 

Taken from the Cayman Compass

Featured Vehicles

  • The Batmobile
  • 1955 Ford Thunderbird
  • 1962 MG MGB Roadster
  • 1939 Mercedes 230s

 

From DC Comics came crime fighters  Batman and his sidekick  Robin to protect the good citizens of Gotham City  ably assisted by his butler Alfred and Commissioner Gordon.  In 1965, ABC Television took the dynamic duo from the comic pages to the black and white small screen. Major Hollywood feature films followed; one suspects there will be more offerings on screen and in print.  This car was produced for the 1960 tv series. Excitingly, it was driven into it's 'Cayman Bat Cave' using V8 power without the afterbuner alight.  Scoundrels - The Joker, The Riddler, The Penguin , Two Face, nor Posion Ivy have signed our guest book, as yet. Our Bat Beam is ready!

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The naming of the Ford Thunderbird was a difficult process, since over 5000 entries were entertained. A $250.00 prize was offered to anyone who could come up with a name. The name 'Thunderbird' was submitted by Alden Gibberson, the stylist. The name became official on February 15, 1954. Gibberson never claimed his prize, though he did settle for a new suit and an extra pair of trousers from Saks Fifth Avenue.

At the Detroit auto show held on February 20th of 1954, the Thunderbird was shown to the public. The first production vehicle came off the line on September 9th of that year. Delivery of the vehicles began on the 22nd of October with over 4000 orders taken on the first day of sale. The fibreglass removable top was standard. Offered as optional equipment was the fabric convertible top. Under the hood was a 292 cubic inch Y-Block V8 that produced just under 200 horsepower. This was the only engine available when the Thunderbird was first introduced.

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By the end of the 1950's, the MGA was starting to feel its age and a replacement car was needed. The replacement was expected to focus on performance and comfort. The MGB introduced improvements over the prior MG model that included roll-up windows and glove compartments to name a few. The MGB was one of the first cars to feature controlled crumple zones designed to protect the driver and passenger in a 30 mph (48 km/h) impact

In 1957, Frua, an Italian stylist, was commissioned to style a new car. What orginally was conceived as a closed car, evolved into a roadster. The MGB was in production from 1962 through 1980. Originally thought to be in production only five years, turned into eighteen years. During that time nearly 389,000 roadsters and more than 125,250 GT's were produced.

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Predecessor of the Nazi War Wagon, this particular model spent much of World War II hidden in a barn in the Czech Republic. The type served a military role for the duration of the war. In time, found and recognized, the vehicle underwent a meticulous restoration.

W153's were built until 1943, but only 87 of these emerged from the plant in 1942 and 1943, due to the changed government priorities accompanying the wartime economy. More than half of the 4,264 cars produced dated from 1939.The W153 body shell returned in 1949, however, little changed but fitted with a smaller engine, as the Mercedes-Benz 170S.

There is probably not an automobile at Mercedes Benz that is less known that the Type 230/W153. The superior standard of workmanship, reliability and handling define the designers' interests in technical refinement and artistic quality

 

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