This website is undergoing a transformation from legacy desktop design to a mobile friendly responsive design, as the original webpages just didn't work for portable devices.
Quite frankly, they looked awful. So please bear with us until all pages are fully updated.
Sorry, but during the transition; some pages may appear in the original format, which is not easy to navigate on mobile devices. However, your browsing experience WILL improve as all pages are rolled out in the new responsive format.
Fortunately, the transition is almost complete 😃.
What is The-Manors?
The-Manors website is intended to provide me with the opportunity to share information with anyone out there who arrives here either by accident or design. To all of you, I wish a warm welcome, and sincerely hope that you find something of interest in the ramblings that constitute these pages.
In the various pages, you may find information about me, Formula 1, computing, (predominantly from yester-year), steam trains, random photographs of any subject, and anything else I can find to put in the storage allocated to me.
Some of the pages in the computers section relate to the two computers that I built in the 1980s, one of which I designed and built from scratch, see pages for Colin MK I and Colin MK II.
Designing and building a unique computer gave me many hours of pleasure and both computers ran CP/M, the operating system of the day. The computers section has a particularly 'retro' feel to it, not by accident!
I will also post some information and pictures of vintage computer gear that I have been involved with. Certainly not an extensive computer history, but hopefully interesting snippets of old information and pictures.
The site features some information & photos of a Grand Prix nature, past & present.
To date, my most exciting experiences have been driving a Formula 1 car around the Barcelona GP track in 2017, pics snd videos to view, and an F3000 car around the Yas Marina circuit in 2018.
I have also posted pictures and videos from Silverstone in October 2007, when I drove around the Southern circuit in a Lotus Exige & Ferrari F360, and there will are some old GP photos from the past which I took, predominantly in the UK. Hopefully, to give an idea of how the cars have evolved over the years.