This is a video film of a 1974 Hillman Hunter GLS. Although I do not share this chap’s taste in music (I recommend turning the sound off), the videographing is superb and gives you a real tour of the 74 and its features. I have no experience using a video camera, however I have taken a photo or two through the local bi-monthly gentleman’s photography club. I shall be exploring some techniques for my own hunter over the coming weekends.
Nothing brings more joy than seeing elegant silhouette of a Hillman approaching in your rear view mirror, except for when you learn that the Hillman in question is in original condition and of French habitat. This week, fellow Hillman aficionado Philippe who lives in a small town 30 kilometers south of Paris sent me pictures of his beloved Sunbeam Hunter or Paykan. It’s in original condition and still runs like a clock; the engine hasn’t been touched since 1968. The gentle rust cover has been recently re-touched with a red veneer, very suitable for a gentleman perhaps looking to make an impression on some of the more refined (but rare), lady drivers on the road these days. Bravo Philippe, original indeed.
The internet really is a trip down memory lane for the Hillman enthusiast. Take this advertisement from 1970 for that year’s vintage model, the Hustler.
I was catching up on some good Sunday afternoon television last weekend when I came across one of my favorite television programs as a child, The Sweeney. If you don’t recall the program it featured Detective Inspector John ‘Jack’ Regan (played by John Thaw) as the Flying Squad’s chief thief-taker. He’s a tough, no-nonsense copper who is often frustrated by Scotland Yard’s red tape – a character I can truly relate to on multiple levels. Anyway, I was delighted to spot this beautiful green 1972 edition of our Hillman Hunter just before a commercial break and I immediately jumped online to track it down. Bravo to you Jack Regan, you’re nicked son!
This post was send into me by Oliver Clark, a 37 year old owner of another 1969 Hillman Hunter Royal. This picture was taken shortly after his wife gave birth to their first child Samson in the hunter on the way onto the hospital in Reservoir. I think he’s kidding me, but I will be true to my word and post this.
This blog is a tribute to all Hillman Hunter enthusiast and their wives, across the world. Send me pics and quotations of you out and about with your Hillman, and believe me when I say this, I will honor you right here, online. Please send all correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org.