Sid Lovesy – a sad loss

V8 front wing keys

All front wing keys have now been allocated to Bristol V8 owners in need of one. Thanks to everyone who requested one.

Dave Dale.

Bill Boddy article

I have acquired an article for the Bristol Owners Heritage Trust, by the renowned Bill Boddy, that is from a seemingly undated soft porn magazine but which I believe to be from the late 80’s. 

It is a general article over 7 sides ( well padded out with photographs – presumably to cater for the specific readership ) on Bristol cars from the 400 to the 412 and is written in Boddy’s inimitable style. 

I would like to share the article with any forum member who might be interested. To receive the scanned items as one .pdf attachment please email a request to me at bristol@… / bristol at davedale dot co dot uk. On previous occasions I have had many requests to see items that I have scanned.  Please be be patient and be prepared to wait for a reply as it is easier for me to do nothing until all requests have been received and then I can send out the scan to all, as one mass mailing.

Please don’t post your request to this forum.  Many thanks.

Dave Dale.

V8 front wing keys

Whilst rummaging around in the endless boxes of bits and pieces at the recent Bieulieu Autojumble looking for nothing special, I came across 5 keys which fit the opening front wings of the Bristol V8’s. Not having a V8 I have no use for them but bought them anyway ( as one does! ). I should like to offer them with my compliments firstly to any V8 owner who does not have one ( I have seen owners using a large screwdriver as a substitute ) and, if any remain, to anyone who would like a spare. If you do not have a key for your car but would like one please email me at: bristol@davedale.co.uk. Thanks.     Dave Dale.

 

SPRING DINNER 2018 – Wales

The Spring Dinner 2018 has been organised by Mike Murray who kindly offered to run the event.  The Dinner will be held at the White Waters Hotel, Llangollen.  The proposed dates are 6th-7th April 2018.  The itinerary will vary depending on the distance one has to travel, however, it is anticipated that there will be a group dinner on the evening of Friday 6th, various visits to local attractions on Saturday 7th April with, possibly, a speaker for our Spring dinner on Saturday evening then leaving at your leisure on Sunday.

The activities in the area are many and varied.  For example:-

  • Visit to Portmeirion (of the TV series ‘The Prisoner’ fame)

via views of Bala Lake

  • Walk across Thomas Telford’s aqueduct, now a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • A trip on the Heritage steam train
  • A white water rafting trip down the River Dee
  • A horse drawn narrow boat ride along the canal
  • Play 18 holes at Llangollen Golf Club
  • Climb to the top of Castell Dinas Bran, a 12th century hill fort
  • Walk across the medieval bridge, one of the Seven Wonders of Wales
  • Visit Gales, Wales’ oldest wine bar
  • Enjoy the shops and galleries of Llangollen
  • Visit Plas Newydd, a National Trust house and gardens

The predicted costs are £99.95 per room (including full cooked breakfast) for Friday 6 April and £105.95 per room for Saturday 7 April.  A 3 course group dinner will be £24.85 per person, not including drinks.  A detailed menu will follow nearer the time.  A segregated parking area has also been arranged. 

The details are not yet finalised but an expression of interest would be greatly appreciated.  Please email: mgdmurray@aol.com.   

Currently, Mike has reserved 10 double rooms with more available but, as with all popular locations, they do get booked up so a speedy response would be appreciated.

 

The Committee are asking for volunteers to put forward events in their locality.  This ensures we get a change of venues and can take advantage of their local knowledge.

blocked water drain plug 2 litre engine

when i drain the radiator i only get about half the water out. i have removed the drain tap on the block and nothing comes out. what can i do to try and flush out the system .