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The Festival of the Slowth – Vintage Car Fun in the Leisurely Lane

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  • 1920 Auto Red Bug electric roadster

A group of early British cyclecar, tri-car and small car enthusiasts had a get-together last weekend in England, photographer Stefan Marjoram joined in on the fun and has shared his excellent images with us. He describes the meeting: “The Festival of Slowth was as superb as ever. Glorious sunshine, terrific company, delicious food and the weirdest collection of vehicles imaginable. Whether they’re the work of lunatics or geniuses is anyone’s guess…”

One of the highlights of the event was the display of a recreation of the 350cc single-cylinder Jappic racing cyclecar that Adrian Ward is painstakingly creating. The little 2 3/4- hp. car managed to break the Class J flying mile record in the mid-1920s at a speed of 70 mph. It can be seen in the second row below. Stefan currently is the photographer and filmmaker for the British LSR effort Bloodhound SSC. You can visit with Stefan here at

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  •                    Morgan engine – 1923 Grafton – 1914 Woodrow
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  •                     Jappic recreation – Jappic – 1921 Morgan Runabout
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  •                Partial lineup – 1921 Carden – High speed tuning mods
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  •       1904 Lagonda – 1920 Auto Red Bug – Leon Bollee and Morgans
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  •                                Morgan – Serpent horn – Leon Bollee

Tim Gunn can be seen below piloting his 1923 Grafton in a short clip made during timed runs on the driveway of the private estate where the two day event was held.

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