Bristol stolen ….



We have heard the sad news that Peter Derby’s immaculate 407 has been stolen.  Please find below details of the car from Peter.

Bristol 407
Reg No GSU 556
Colour Silver (Mercedes Brilliant Silver 744)
Light Blue leather
Rear end of the car replaced with a 408 rear end
Salvage Squad TV programme car.
Modern sound system installed driven from a period Blaupunkt Bremen radio.

As a warning to others, the car was taken on Saturday morning from a locked garage while I was walking my 2 year old granddaughter down to Folkestone beach. This seems to indicate that someone was watching my movements. This is a really low crime area. No car keys were taken. The rods holding a substantial wooden door were broken out of their mounts leaving the lock on but the door open. Do not think it will not happen to you!

Any news to please.

NEC Classic 2016

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Here is the new Bristol!!

Looks like the Bullet which Toby Silverton let us put on an NEC stand some years ago. I see the evocation of Bristol Heritage but not sure the practicality will sell.

The original was a mock up for a 405 drophead/Arnolt replacement which had a Chrysler V8 in with a manual box. I had the privilege of driving it home from the NEC. It was a potent machine but was one for the hardy in November.

The is a piece on the Goodwood website




BODA at Retromobile 2016

Full report to follow

Bristol 400 on display at the BODA stand at Retromobile 2016

Bristol 400 on display at the BODA stand at Retromobile 2016


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We do need volunteers helping to staff the stand, based we think, around ½ day shifts to give people plenty of time to look around.
If you would like to volunteer to help (and of course get free show passes) could you let either Norman Shirlaw ( 020 7402 7950 / 07881 953338) or myself, Michael Barton 01524 33476 / 07801 538170) know. We are hoping for sufficient volunteers to allow a maximum of 2 shifts per person but do volunteer even if you can only make one day
Wednesday 3rd February 2016 sees the opening of the 41st Annual Retromobile show in Paris, France. This is a prestigious show attracting people and cars from all over the world but has managed to stay as an inclusive event with very substantial spares, parts and restoration areas supporting Car Clubs and Classic Car Dealers, as well as 3 International Auctions timed to coincide.
Having visited in 2014 and 2015 I can promise that you will see cars and hear stories that you’ve never seen or heard before.
The show operates on a different format from UK shows and our Club stand has sufficient space to accommodate only one car. Andy Gibbs has volunteered to take his stunningly restored Bristol 400, which we think will suitably introduce the Bristol story to the international scene. We will be supported by the Bristol Owners Heritage Trust who plan to bring along interesting artefacts.
The show is open for 5 days, closing on Sunday 7th February. Hours are 10am till 7pm (9 hours) with extended opening till 10pm on the Wednesday and Friday (12 hours).
There are a number of options as far as hotel type accommodation is concerned and we will co-ordinate nearer the time. Return rail fares from London at £64 or so mean the adventure can be accomplished on a modest budget.


This year, boosted by the continuing success of previous years, Retromobile will be held in HALL 1, the largest and most prestigious hall at the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre, Paris.

More space for exhibitors, more comfort for visitors, more reasons to buy, to dream, to find out information and to admire new and old products at the countless booths. More artists, more clubs, more federations, more spare parts and scale model vendors, more events organisers, more restorers, coachbuilders and car sellers doing their level best to satisfy visitors from the four corners of the world. And there are even more surprises that only this show can offer. Heritage and history meet at Retromobile, where the entire dedicated team is eager to welcome you.

• 450 exhibitors
• 46,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space
• 500 cars on show
• Over 100 clubs in attendance
• Carmakers
• Clubs and federations
• Events organizers
• Press
• Automobilia vendors
• Parts and tools vendors
• Car vendors
• Auction houses
• Bodywork restorers
• Insurance
• Car art galleries

Artcurial Motorcars realises auction in Rétromobile. In 2015, total sales of 46 million euros

Bristol Cars a hit at RREC

RR Concours

Bristol Cars were the featured marque at the RREC Burghley House Concours on Sunday 21st June. 24 cars graced the scene including 3 ex-Tony Crook cars. 404 MPH100D, 406S 406CHU and old number one JHY 261


Spencer Lane Jones

Spencer Lane-Jones Ltd will be holding an Open Day at the Workshop in Warminster on Sunday 19th July 2015 between 1030 am and 3 pm.   As well as a mouth-watering selection of thoroughbred and classic cars in attendance, the Workshops will be open for inspection.  Engineers will be on hand to illustrate restoration work in progress and to discuss projects.  All owners of pre and post war thoroughbred motor cars are welcome to attend.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Members from organisations and clubs currently planning to attend include:  Beaulieu Motor Museum, Bristol Owners’ Club, Bristol Owners’ and Drivers’  Association, AC Owners’ Club, Historic BMW Club, Vintage Sports Car Club, Frazer-Nash Club, Aston Martin Owners’ Club, and others.

If you are planning to attend, a short email response would be appreciated.

BODA invitation to the Rolls Royce Concours at Burghley House

BODA have been invited to attend the RREC Concours at Burghley House in June. A number of Bristol owners have already registered for this fantastic event.  This is a really exciting opportunity for the Association and it should be a really enjoyable weekend. Those wishing to attend should submit the attached form and payment to the RREC direct.  Can those attending also  let Norman Shirlaw know so that he can track numbers.  The closing date for entry is 29th May.

If you wish to visit the show rather than take part in it, entry is free of charge.

Burghley House Link


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Heritage Trust’s event at Bicester on 26/4/15

Bicester Heritage

The Bristol Owners’ Heritage Trust is organising another of its popular annual seminars at the Bicester Heritage, an astonishingly well-preserved pre-war bomber station, formerly known as RAF Bicester. The event will follow a similar pattern to previous seminars with 3 speakers and plenty of opportunity for questions and dialogue. The event is open to all Bristol owners and their guests. This year our presenters are:

Warwick Banks – Personal Racing and Rallying Experiences
Jill Taylor – Bristol Aero Heritage Collection, Filton
Spencer Lane-Jones – Bristol Car Maintenance and Technical Issues

Be aware this is “Drive it Day” and a hoard of vintage and historic vehicles (and aircraft) will also be descending on the Centre in the morning. You are very welcome to join in and gates open from 9am for “historics” (includes Bristols) but not until 1030am for “moderns”. Bicester Heritage will charge £5.00 per historic car and £10 per modern for entry to the site. Food is available on site all day or you can bring a picnic. There will be masses to see as the site itself is fascinating and the various motor/aviation businesses already in residence will be open for inspection. Our talk will start promptly at 2pm in the Scramble Café. Only those in possession of a Heritage pass will be allowed access to the talk so please ensure you return the form below promptly. Your Seminar pass/es will be posted to you. Directions: Bicester Heritage, Buckingham Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 5AL. If you are using a SATNAV, head for OX26 5HA. Once inside, park anywhere. Note dogs are not allowed on site.

Detach and return to SL-J Ltd


Owner’s Name:
Address for tickets:

Number of tickets (£15.00 per head) requested:

I enclose a cheque, payable to BOC Heritage Trust for: £

Please return this form with your cheque to: Spencer Lane-Jones Ltd, 4 Newopaul Way, Warminster Business Park, Warminster, BA12 8RY