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Car Park photographs.

1. Thousands of cars at the Farnborough airshow.

Thanks to David for scanning and emailing the first photo over, taken around 1960 and showing thousands of cars parked up in the public car park area at Farnborough. The variety of cars now called 'classics' visible in this photo is amazing - a quick look and I saw cars including a Hillman Minx, Ford Pop 100Es, pre-war Humber possibly, Riley One-Point-Five, Morris Minor traveller, upright Ford Anglia 10hp, Austin 8 or 10, Austin Cambridge, Mk1 Ford Consuls, VW Beetle 6v, and in the far distance a gathering of single decker coaches.

It was at the 1960 Farnborough show that the RAF demonstrated their quick reaction ability, by scrambling each of their V-bombers (Avro Vulcan, HP Victor and Vickers Valiant) into the air in just 1 minute 47 seconds.
Cars parked in a carpark c1960

2. A day at the races.

Going back further in time now, to a photograph taken from the car park at a horse racing event, I guess in the early 1930s. I've not been able to identify any of the pre-war saloons and tourers in this public car park, but I still like the photo nonetheless!
A public car park at a horse racing event

3. A car park somewhere in the US.

This next photo hails from the other side of the pond, and shows a car park packed-out with US iron of the 1930s & 1940s. In the foreground is what looks like a wooden ticket office, and in the distance, a large building (mall?) of some kind.
An American car park in the 1930s
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