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.

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  pdfdth@aol.com please.

NEC Classic 2016

NEC Birm 2016 no 1 WP_20161113_09_56_08_Pro WP_20161113_09_56_21_Pro WP_20161113_09_56_43_Pro


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 https://www.goodwood.com/grrc/event-coverage/festival-of-speed/2016/6/world-exclusive-in-depth-with-bristols-comeback-model/




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 (normanshirlaw@hotmail.com 020 7402 7950 / 07881 953338) or myself, Michael Barton michael@rtaccountants.co.uk 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.  office@spencer-lj.com