Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Christchurch Revisited


From top to bottom: 1975 Hunter Wagon, 1972 Hunter & a 1976 Hunter all spotted in Christchurch, New Zealand by stephen trinder

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


My dear friend Ian has been painstakingly recreated this Haynes B&W image. Thanks Ian, your dedication to the Arrows are much appreciated mate! :) 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Count The Paykans#68

Photo was taken in Kerman in 2009 by sewage

Space Gazelle Revisited

Here is a more complete version of that Space Gazelle advert, thanks to Trigger's Retro Road Tests!

Saturday, January 12, 2013


Photo by me taken in Velenjak

Mysterious Minx

These were among close to 2000 contact sheet photos that was discovered a while back, here you can see contact sheets featuring Hillman Minx & its upmarket version Singer Gazelle. More info is here: The Lockheed Mystery. Also see my other Arrow post regarding this mystery here.

Paykan Lowrider#79

Down A Posh Road

A 1973 Humber Sceptre down a posh road somewhere in the UK. Photos from bramm77

Monday, January 7, 2013

Powered by Wingtech

Another photo taken by me back in 2005 in Tehran. Although it carried the GT badge on the rear fender, but as far as I could remember this was not a Paykan Javanan.

MKI in Malta

A Hillman Hunter MKI in the island of Malta.

Paykan Overload#45

Photo taken by me back in 2005 in Tehran.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

A Trans-African Adventure

From the publisher "In 1970 newly-weds Ross and Sara set off, with extraordinary naivety and a lack of proper preparation, to drive from Edinburgh to Zambia in a standard saloon car. Appointment in Zambia is the story of their epic car journey. Sara was 21 (and could not drive) and Ross was 23 when they and their brand new Hillman Hunter (in ‘Golden Sand’, a colour chosen before they’d opted to drive through the Sahara...) started out. For eight weeks, in a trip of over 20 000 kms, they slept in the car, coped with illness and looked up the barrel of rifles from the wrong end. Apart from the car their only technology was a compass."

The book is available from their publisher, and from Amazon.

Another testament to the durability of the Arrow series, and yet another kick-in-the-teeth to its critics, you know who you are out there! ;)

Count The Paykans#67

Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art photographed in 1977. The museum was designed by Iranian architect Kamran Diba.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Meadowhall Center

A 1967 Singer Vogue spotted outside of Meadowhall Center by Northern Soul. (Note that he hubcabs are from the Humber Sceptre model).

Abandoned Arrow#6

I pass by this poor guy a lot, the shop owners keep pushing it up and down the street cause it's an eye-soar. :(  Photos by me taken in Niavaran, Tehran.


A Humber Sceptre MKIII photographed by Ghost Garden taken at  Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, UK

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Work of Art

I am very honored to write about this extraordinary art project by Anahita Razmi

"The Paykan Project":
The Installation “The Paykan Project” consists of an imported Paykan, the most common car in Iran and a mixed-media installation, composed of export papers, documents and a videoloop. In October 2010 I bought a used Paykan in Tehran and transferred it in a difficult two months overland journey from Iran to Germany. The Paykan originates from the British Hillman Hunter and is very rarely found outside of Iran. The iconic value, that is added to the car as soon as its crossing the Iranian bolder, constitutes an important element of the work. Additionally, references to the tradition of the road movie are drawn within the installation, that are furthermore linking contrasting contexts.

Coincidentally I meet Anahita here in Tehran couple of months ago, and we had a great chat about her project. I was also very pleased to know that my blog was a big inspiration for her! :) Her project was shown in Oldenburg & Berlin and currently it is at Kunstmuseum Stuttgart

Thank you Anahita for this fascinating artwork! :) 

Top photo By: Frank Kleinbach

Frozen Eyes

Photo by David Rostance taken on Jan 9th 1982 at Wolverhampton, UK.

Abandoned Arrow#5

Photos taken by me last week in northeast Tehran.