SWTVC BULLETIN NUMBER 11/19 (NOVEMBER)
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Monthly meetings: These take place on the 3rd Tuesday of the month in the Kirkhouse Inn at 08.00PM.
All members welcome.
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The clocks have gone back and, for me, the toys are tucked away for the winter as up here in the wilds of Lanarkshire the gritters have to start their work by October.
Our 40th anniversary weekend took place over 26th &27th October. It was a pleasant break helped by fine weather and it was very nice to see how many of the folk attending were founding members.
I must make a special mention of Gerald Brands and Andre Hillebrand who had come from Holland in a fine 1954 Aston Martin DB2 and Porsche 924.
Thanks are due to George Anderson for arranging a tour of Stephen Leckie’s car collection and very well equipped workshop.
After a pleasant meal in convivial company we were treated to interesting talks from Dan Gardner and Jonathon Lord. Dan focussed on the history of our Club and Jonathon looked forward to what the future held for motoring.
On Sunday morning the weather was dry and bright but bitterly cold when we assembled for the run home through the Trossachs. It was at this time I regretted not coming in the Singer as the brave souls who had brought their classics enjoyed the drive back in perfect conditions.
A pleasant stop in Strathyre for soup and sandwiches where Harry Sherry provided a picture quiz of car badges.
Thanks to all attending for making the weekend so enjoyable.
LONDON TO BRIGHTON VETERAN RUN:
The annual Veteran run took place, as usual, on the first Sunday in November. Over the years I have attended this event several times and have found it to be very enjoyable indeed. In the early days of motoring a car was whatever its designer thought it should be and I enjoy comparing these pioneers of a technology that has literally changed the world.
I was saddened to learn later that there had been a fatal accident when a participating car mistakenly joined the M23 and was struck by a lorry.
JAMES BOND’S ASTON MARTIN DB5
I have just noticed that a replica of the car we always associate with the Bond movies will be on display in the Riverside Museum until 25th November.
Just a reminder that this will take place in the usual venue:
Kilmardinny House, Bearsden, Glasgow G61 on Monday 2nd December at 7 for 7.30pm.
This is your opportunity to have a say in how our Club is run. Please come along if you can.
MORRIS LESLIE CAR COLLECTION:
You will be aware of Morris Leslie the auctioneer dealing mainly with agricultural machinery, contractor’s plant and classic vehicles.
He has a large collection of classic cars and vans with a few buses for good measure. This collection is not normally open to the public but private viewing can be arranged in return for a donation to the Scottish Air Ambulance charity.
There are two sizeable sheds with a huge variety of cars mainly, but not exclusively, British cars from the mid thirties to the late sixties.
I have no doubt this would be interest to many members and I believe I could make arrangements to visit, possibly early next year to fill the gap between our mid winter dinner and the Club BBQ in May.
Perhaps we could discuss this at the AGM?
LAND ROVER UPDATE
I am grateful to Kyle Gordon for the following account of the refurbishment of his Land Rover using his lounge as a paint booth!
I have owned the Land Rover S111 for 21 years now. It started its working life at Royal Ordnance Factory, Bishopton, Renfrewshire attached to the Fire Department, hence poppy red paintwork.
My dad and I spent a considerable amount of time planning a trip to Lisbon complete with trailer to collect our TR6 which was used by father when he lived there. It was a fantastic trip there and back.
Amusingly, we missed the return ferry from Santander to Plymouth by 10 minutes. We left the TR6 and trailer with the police, yes police, who assured us it was safe, tapping his gun and holster. Yes, very safe!
We returned the 600 miles to Lisbon as the next ferry was 4 days later. But hey, that trip is another story.
So, Land Rover has been in Lisbon twice!!
Landy dispatched to a specialist in England for new chassis, brakes and suspension. On return we completed the entire rebuild and rewire over the next 9 months.
In the course of this period we moved to a house with space for the cars and working on them. However the house does require upgrading, hence we started at the bedrooms etc, and are now looking at the lounge area.
NOW, THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE NEXT PLAN!
Charlotte and I each took a week off work and stripped the bodywork. Roof, doors, wings, side panels, front end, interior and wiring, the full works!
I had previously ordered paint from a specialist supplier with all the necessities to roller paint the body panels. This work was done in our lounge with Charlotte’s approval; indeed she was the master painter! The odd drip or splash was ok – see photo with master painter at work!!
Whilst this was ongoing, a friend was welding in new footwells.
Believe me, it was frantic and the weather was foul during the assembly, requiring tarpaulins over the car port and garage door.
Anyhow, by the end of the third week with help from Bill, Charlotte, Tobias, Billy and Dad, I was using the lovely, newly painted red Land Rover to work again.
Honestly, I would not recommend a refurbishment in the time scale we set ourselves, it was manic and unbelievably stressful and tiring, but worth the effort in the end.
The paint shop.
The finished article
That’s all folks; I hope to see you at the AGM.