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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 .

401 gearbox problems

My 401 is jumping out of third gear.  The mechanic is having trouble fixing it.  Any advice? (…apart from a different mechanic…)

HRG Bristol

Members who have not already seen this auction listing may perhaps be mildly interested to see this.car:

http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C854991

In my opinion, the car is absolutely gorgeous and is a Bristol engined garage partner for my 403 that I would love to own. Further photographs and some more information are at:

http://www.mossgreen.com.au/view-auctions/catalog/id/280/lot/114306/1948-HRG-BRISTOL-PROTOTYPE

Dave Dale.

407 STOLEN

Stolen-407

 

 

 

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London Evening Standard

Nice article in the London Evening Standard today.

http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/motors/the-secret-world-of-bristol-cars-a3448726.html

Dave Dale

401 MPH100

I have acquired, for the Bristol Owners Heritage Trust, an article from a 1951 motoring publication. It is an account of a cross country journey of 550 miles in Tony Crook’s personal 401, MPH100, which seems to belie the claim that Tony Crook did not allow motoring journalists to test Bristols. There is an interesting description of how the 401’s front wheels were balanced using ‘ the first electronic wheel balancing machine ‘. Nothing remarkable in this article but might be of interest to some 401 owners and maybe others. I would like to share the article with any forum member who may be interested.

To receive the scanned item as a .pdf attachment please email a request to me at bristol@davedale.co.uk / bristol at davedale dot co dot uk. On previous occasions I have had many requests to see items that I have scanned. Please 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.

405

This is an excerpt from an article in today’s online Daily Telegraph interview with Sir Paul Smith, OBE:

Which car do you most regret selling?

I remember looking through a Bristol owners newsletter on Boxing Day a long time ago. I spotted this beautiful 1956 Bristol 405 on sale for two grand.

I sent a mate who knew about cars around to see it and when he arrived at the house, the owner was a gentleman in his eighties who was going to Greece to live with his son. He’d had the 405 for many years and he had the central heating on in his garage to keep it warm!

A Bristol 405 like the one driven by Sir Paul
A 405 – the only Bristol car to have four doors – like the one owned by Sir Paul

I ended up buying it and he cried as it left. I got a lot of use out of it around London for a while but it started to get some wear and tear and so I sent it away to have it fully restored.

I’ve been keeping it safe with the rest of my archive in Nottingham ever since. Occasionally one of my guys who works in my office there drives it around to make sure it’s still running. So I haven’t sold it as such, it’s just gone on an extended holiday and I miss it so.

Dave Dale