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Most of the (140!) members of the CAA group on this trip to the Royal Windsor Horse Show will be arriving tomorrow (Tuesday), but a few people are already here in England.

A.J. and I arrived a few days early so we could enjoy a couple of days’ vacation in London. Yesterday was a gorgeous, sunny, almost hot day, and we walked and walked and walked. Nearly ten miles, all over Kensington Gardens and Notting Hill.

A slight detour took us over to the Victoria & Albert Museum, and near there, we came across a display of very early automobiles / horseless carriages. It turns out that the day before was the 120th anniversary of the (official) repeal of Britain’s “red flag act,” although it was apparently still enforced for at least six more months.

So here are a few horseless carriages – and close-ups – that you may enjoy …

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This tricycle-looking contraption is a replica of the first patented internal-combustion-engine-powered automobile, invented by Carl Benz and built in Germany in 1885/86. The original vehicle had a .75-horsepower, single-cylinder petrol engine.

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And this runabout-with-an-engine is a replica of Henry Ford’s first vehicle, which he built in his shed in 1896. The original vehicle had a whopping 4 horsepower, from a two-cylinder ethanol engine.

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This beauty is an original steam-powered automobile, built by the Stanley Motor Carriage Company (USA) in 1903. It had a 6.5-horsepower, twin-cylinder steam engine. This particular vehicle has since had a supplementary water tank added, which has boosted the car’s range to about 60 miles.

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Finally, here are a few close-up images of pieces and parts of some of the other vehicles that were on display, plus two of them heading out for their parade around the block (led by a man waving a red flag, as required, of course).

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We’ve had some rather lengthy radio silence here on the CAA blog lately, but stay tuned!

I’m heading to England this weekend and, starting on Tuesday, I’ll be sharing stories and photos from this year’s CAA trip to the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

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For obvious reasons, I mainly focus here on all the carriage driving that takes place at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. But there’s a lot more to the show, including the ever-popular Shetland Pony Grand National Steeplechase.

These fearless kids and adorable ponies run and jump their way through several sessions each day. I just love the ponies’ manes floofy manes and flying forelocks …

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Here are a few more photos, some rather close-up and detailed, from the trade-vehicles class at last week’s Royal Windsor Horse Show.

A couple of these are a front-on and then a side view of the same vehicle, so you can see both the pony and the vehicle itself.

Enjoy!

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I’m getting ready to head over the showgrounds for marathon day in the FEI driving competition.

Yesterday, a few members of our group met with fellow CAA member Tommy Fawcett for a walking tour of today’s marathon obstacles.
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While we were out, the competitors went out on their official course walk as well. Bicycles only, apparently.
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Here’s a view of one of the new obstacles, with some of the RWHS “fun fair” visible in the background.
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