Monday, November 09, 2009

Old Beauties Quiz (7)


Can you identify the old beauty in this photo? Eh …… I am not referring to the two-legged one, though I must say that my old friend Peh Seng Ket looked rather dashing.

I am also very curious about this place. It looks terribly familiar but unfortunately my friend Peh cannot remember where this photo was taken.

22 comments:

Rookie said...

Mr Lam, can you do a review of the drive-in cinema that was Jurong? I went there once in the 80s with my family and it was quite a nice experience watching the big screen and listening to speakers from the sides of my car.

The sausages there was fantastic too. Very ANG MO style of atmosphere if you knw what I mean. I am sure these kind of cinema exists all over the world where space is aplenty. Unfortunately in space constraint place like Singapore, these kind of things are not going to last.

Lam Chun See said...

Hi. Actually I have been wanting to blog about the Drive-In Cinema as part of a planned Jurong Heritage Trail series. But too busy .... and so many things to blog about.

Zen said...

It is hard to identify the brand of the car as there is no logo attached to it. My guess is the car could be either Japanese or Italian make. Some detective work here, since peh and chun see are quite similar in age, the photo could be taken around the late sixties, as peh looked twenty-something then. It is nearly impossible to identify the location after a lapse of so many years, especially many open area looks alike at that time.

Victor said...

Austin 1300 GT. I blogged about it here.

Brian and Tess said...

I was going to say the Austin as well. I learnt to drive on an old style car which my driving school had and then I turned up for my final hour of lessons before taking my test and they had changed to Austins like this one - and it was a totally different driving experience, and I failed my test, actually for other reasons but the completely unfamiliar car did not help matters.

sgporc said...

looking at the hill/ridge slope in the background and the barrier like structures at the top of it, I suspect that the whole thing is some kind of retaining wall, probably for a reservoir? With MacRitchie reservoir being the only one I am moderately familiar with, could the carpark at the back be the one where tentages used to be put up for the cross-country finishing line? while the foreground carpark is the one that is visible from lornie road? then the road between the 2 carparks is Reservoir Road? The landmarks seem to fit... but it's just a wild guess.

Tom said...

Tom said ...
If you enlarge the photo
Chun See and look just below the bonnet you see the word Austin ,so I will go along with Victor and Brian and Tess, I say its a Austin.

jean said...

Wahhh!Peh Seng Ket looked HOT!

Lam Chun See said...

Tom. I looked at the original foto but unfortunately the image is too blur to make out the words. Anyway, it looks like everyone agrees it's an Austin. But I am not familiar with this car.

Yes. My friend Peh certainly looked HOT. Although we are about the same age, he was certainly more fashionable than me. Light colour bell bottom pants with dark shirts was very popular in those days. Local singer Ling Siow liked to dress like this.

Zen said...

Though I know peh(once my collegue)when he is in his fifties, but he still possesses good manly features like height, size (a good swimmer), thick crop of hair, thick eyebrows, good teeth (he floss them after every meal, even in the office), and has very good complexion for his age. He is steeped in chinese culture and mannerism, hence should be a favourite among ladies (even now).

Anonymous said...

Possibly the car park near the Jurong Bird Park.. the sloppy area looks like the road heading up to the Jurong Hilltop restaurant.

- Kepalahunter

Merlion International School said...

Jean,
Are you a blogger?
Regards
pehsk

Anonymous said...

It was an Austin 1100/1300series.It also sold as an Morris,model code ADO16,designed by Pininfarina who also designed 1960s Austin Cambrige/Morris Oxford.

David Phua
enzopks@yahoo.com.sg

johnny said...

Macritchie Reservoir.

The car is Austin Cambridge.

Plenty of them in Singapore those days.

Johnny

Lam Chun See said...

I don't think this place is MacRitchie. If you look at the 2 photos that I have taken here of kids sliding down the slope on carton boxes, you will see that the slope was much higher. I mean the top which is the edge of the reservoir is much higher.

I also do not think it is Jurong Bird Park becos the gradient of that road leading up to Jurong Hill top was much steeper, as far as I can remember

Anonymous said...

Not sure whether its a "GT" but its an Austin 1300. My dad drove one in '72.

jean said...

@ pehsk - Hi Gorgeous!No I have'nt a blog.No time but maybe one day.Would love to share it here.
Regards to you and your family.

Could this parking area be around The S'pore Island Country Club?(Don't know if it still exists there as S'pore changes so often).Too modest to be members but my rich Aunty took us kids there sometimes and I recall some large open spaces on the way up there.

Edward said...

It may be an Austin but it doesn’t look like an Austin Cambridge. My dad drove an Austin Cambridge in 1956 and it had a metal symbol “A” sitting on the bonnet. I know there are several models of the Cambridge series but I can only remember one in Singapore in the mid 50’s.

Ian said...

It's an Austin 1100 or 1300 series, definitely not a Cambridge! I've owned both. The 1100 had a transverse engine and was quite forward in it's suspension design - hydrostatic. After wear and tear, old age, damage etc, the fluid level dropped and you had to have it 'pumped up' again at the garage. The difference to the ride when compared to conventional coil and leaf springs was remarkable.

Cory said...

Hi guys i'm new here. I'm wondering if the picture of the Morris was taken possibly at Upper Pierce Reservior? If you entered UPR from old mandai road, there could be a carpark that looked just like that.

Lam Chun See said...

Hi Cory. Welcome to Goodmorningyesterday. Do you mean Seletar Reservoir and not Upp Pierce? I didn't know that UPR is accessible from Mandai Rd.

Anonymous said...

yup look very much like Upper Thomson, Pierce reservoir..