Vintage Surf meet 2018 coming soon !

Vintage Surf meet 2018 coming soon !
Free to take part
We buy interesting old boards 60s/70s/early 80s in good condition. Email . Also wanted - Surfing UK , British Surfer and Surf Insight magazines .
Above photo - copyright Rennie Ellis photographer archive

Thursday, 8 November 2012

car lust

 Being a fan of old surfboards its natural to like the old cars too. VW campers and Morris travellers make great surf cars as do many others. These photos of Jack o neill show that as well as being a wetsuit icon and cool guy he was also a lover of the English sports car. This is a Jaguar xk140, one of the hippest cars of the 50s and one of thousands of sports cars the UK exported to the US in the 50s and 60s. Not the most practical surf wagon but as Jack shows you just stuff the board in the passenger side or if you've got a Shaun Tomson in the front then jam them in the rear. Job done.
 These cars are now coming back to the UK in big numbers especially the Californian cars with no rust.

 A Jaguar was the ride of choice for many hipsters across the pond. This was well before the 80s and 90s etc when jags became dull looking businessmens cars.
 Just like old boards, old xk's are being pulled out of barns and sheds; this one hadnt been out since the mid 60s. When I was at school my friend had one of these in a barn, a red convertible xk150 which we used to play around in, its probably restored and worth a fortune by now...



  1. fred flint stone8 November 2012 at 22:41

    stockings and surfboards,what more could a man want.

  2. “Move over, darling…” is now stuck in my head because of that commercial. Haha. Anyway, I agree with you. Jags now have the reputation as businessmen’s cars when it fact they used to be a symbol of freedom. Just like the good `ol VW, Jags are cars that represent the free spirits.

    Erwin Calverley