Monday, 24 April 2017

Classic Car Boot Sale, Kings Cross 2017

I spent Saturday 22nd April at Wayne Hemmingway's, "Classic Car Boot Sale" in Kings Cross with the Lancia Fulvia Sport Zagato and a "For Sale" sign. 

 A fantastic event, complimented by some beautiful cars, enthusiastic stall holders and great weather.

Very nice looking Lancia Fulvia Sport Zagato for sale

 I'm very tempted to turn up to the next event at Hastings Pier, 8th and 9th July, but this time with some stock of old neon signs.

 Lots of interest in the Lancia, but not enough to stop me driving it home.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

1972 Lancia Fulvia Sport Zagato 1.3S

1972 Lancia Fulvia Sport Zagato 1.3S Series II

MOT until  5th. April 2018. 
Very rare RHD
1298 cc “Hemi” V4. 
Front Wheel Drive
5 Speed Dog-Leg Gear Box
Cromodora  Alloy Wheels
Long Range Fuel Tank
Oil Cooler
HF front suspension set up.
Four new Vredestein 165 HR14 Classic Sprint tyres

Designed by Ercole Spada at Zagato

Engine : 13ยบ V-4 with staggered cylinders, aluminum-alloy cross-flow cylinder head with hemispherical combustion chambers and twin, chain-driven dual overhead camshafts on an iron cylinder block, below which is mounted an alloy crankcase. The engine is mounted longitudinally and canted over at 45 degrees to the right. Fitted with twin Solex carburettors.

Suspension: Front wishbones with leaf spring, rear beam axle with leaf springs and Panhard rod.

Brakes: Discs brakes on all four wheels.

Previous owners include, Tim Burrett, well known Lancia Aurelia B20 GT racer and Anthony Armstrong, Scottish artist and Lancia collector.

There is some history with the car going back to about 1993 including MOTs, tax discs and a few invoices for various works carried out. 

The mileage reading is 108,391 but I am using the car daily and the mileage will increase. I have various spares with the car including headlights, taillights and a brand new headlining kit ready to be installed.

The front seats are in their original cream leather, which has been re-connolised at some point in the past. The rear seats have been recently re-trimmed. 

If you are unfamiliar with the Lancia Fulvia Sport Zagato, this Jay Leno film on YouTube is well worth a watch, click here

The car is located near Petersfield in Hampshire.If you're intersted or would like any more information please contact me at or by phone on 07763 926076

Friday, 10 February 2017

Neon Signs UK

Here at Neon Neon we have been manufacturing neon signs and neon lighting for both the UK domestic market and the rest of the world since 1993. Whatever your neon sign requirements, we will be happy to help. Based just outside Farnham, Surrey.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

NEON: The Charged Line, Grundy art Gallery, Blackpool

Tracey Emin, I Know I Know I Know, 2002

Last weekend I took a maiden voyage to Blackpool, the spiritual home and probable birth place of the neon industry in this country, for a visit to the Grundy Art Gallery's NEON: The Charged Line exhibition.

Francois Morellet, Lamentable bleu, 2006

Francois Morellet Triple X Neonly 2012

Only on for a few more days...

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Vernon Semper Viret

Alison Carlier,  Vernon Semper Viret, neon and transformers 2016

I've just finished and installed this piece of neon for Alison Carlier at Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth. Alison was awarded the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award 2016 and this piece is the culmination of Alison's 10 week residency at the gallery.

Alison did all of the artwork for the lettering by hand to produce this lovely outline with serif type face.

The neon was made in 10mm white and turquoise with 25m/A electrodes and runs off three 25m/A transformers.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Doug Solyan, Uptown Neon, Richmond VA 23220

I recently had the most enjoyable visit to see Doug Solyan at Uptown Neon, 2629 W Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23220, for the first time since 1994. Doug is one of the two people, who back in 1988, introduced me to the wonderful world of neon and got me started on my life long career and obsession.

His beautiful neon shop on West Cary Street is an Aladdin's cave for any devotee of neon, with thousands of pieces of old and reclaimed neon sections hanging from the ceiling, numerous neon signs and a collection of neon clocks, the envy of any museum.

Doug got started back in the early 1980's and taught himself glass bending with the help of his friend and mentor, Mr Rudd at Talley Neon. He is now responsible for the vast majority of the neon signs scattered liberally across the diners, shops and restaurants of Richmond. 

Doug's obsession with neon isn't confined to the work place and the front of his house, in the Fan District, is always decorated with a couple of pieces of seasonal neon, hung in the windows of the porch, for the delight of the local residents and passers by. While I was there for three weeks, it went from neon pumpkins to neon maple leaves to neon turkeys.

Click here for a link to a beautiful, short film made about Doug back in 2015

Doug, now 74 years old, has no plans for retiring and enjoys every day that he's in the neon shop. Thank you so much for your time Doug, you are an inspiration to many. I hope to be back soon.

Doug Solyan +1 804 358 6243