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.


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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


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

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



Following on from the success of last year’s Dinner we have organised a Saturday evening meal with a guest speaker at Hellidon Lakes & Spa, Daventry, Northants NN11 6GG on Saturday 28th February 2015.

Some accommodation is available, at the prices given below – which are cheaper than last year – for members wishing to stay overnight.

Len Huff is The Secretary of The Register of Automobiles with Coach built Bodies by Abbotts of Farnham, and his presentation is titled ‘Edward D. Abbott: The Man; His Company (1929 – 1972) and His Cars.’
Therefore, members can take their pick: join us for an evening meal with speaker, or choose to stay over and enjoy a weekend.
This is what you have to do to join us, and it is a 2 Part process if you are staying over:-


This is priced at £35 per head – wine & drinks are extra. 7pm for 7.30pm in the Fawsley Room. Menu – Choices of:-
Courgette & Aubergine Bake, black olive tapenade dressing, rocket (v)
Seafood Chowder, toasted sweetcorn and parsley (g)
Slow roast Shoulder of Lamb, rosemary suet dumplings, fine beans, carrots
Warm Asian salad & tempura tofu, pak choi, shiitake, cashew nut, sesame/soy dressing (v)
Apple Tart Tatin, caramel ice-cream, vanilla syrup
Coffee & Chocolate Tiramisu, chocolate sauce, Chantilly cream
Please send your cheque for the dinner only, made payable to Mrs G. S. Barton, together with number and names of people attending and their choices from menu above, to:-
Mrs G. S. Barton, Ladycroft, Quernmore, Lancaster LA2 9EF BY THE 30th JANUARY 2015.


The accommodation prices we have obtained are as follows:-
B & B – Double occupancy £54.50 per person, per night
B & B – Single occupancy £99.00 per person, per night
Accommodation should be booked directly with the Central Reservations Team of Q Hotels on
0845 074 0060 and quote BODA, 28th February at Hellidon Lakes, to obtain the rates quoted above. Rooms available on a 1st come, 1st served basis.

THESE RATES ARE ONLY AVAILABLE TILL 30th JANUARY or until sold out – after that the rates are not guaranteed.
Any queries, please contact Gale on 01524-33476 or email galebarton@yahoo.co.uk


water ways museum

Our AGM will be held at 11am on Sunday 6th October 2013 in the Cathedral Room at the Cheltenham Chase Hotel, Shurdington Road, Brockworth, Gloucestershire, GL3 4PB.


The arrangements for the weekend are as follows:


2pm Saturday 5th October, meet at the Gloucester Waterways Museum, Llanthony Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester, GL1 2EH, (reserved parking) for a canal cruise and guided museum tour (combined price £8).


For general interest, it is also the beginning of the Times Literary Festival that week in Cheltenham.


7pm, Saturday 5th October, private 3-course dining at the Cheltenham Chase Hotel, with accommodation & breakfast (£60 per person, £25 single room supplement, dinner only £25 per head, wine not included). The hotel has ample parking and we will set aside an area for Bristols. There are leisure facilities (including swimming pool) at the hotel.


10:30am onwards, Sunday 6th October, coffee & biscuits prior to AGM at 11am (£2.85 per person payable to the Hotel).


Booking arrangements as follows:


Waterways Museum, please advise Gale Barton if you plan to attend by completing and returning the form attached to galebarton@yahoo.co.uk,  01524 33476, 07702 249 888 or by post.


Hotel & Dinner, please contact Q Hotels Central Reservations Desk (0845 074 0060) quoting ‘Bristol Owners & Drivers Association/Cheltenham Chase Hotel/5th October 2013’ and reservations will require full payment at the time of booking. Also, could you let Gale Barton know (galebarton@yahoo.co.uk, 01524 33476, 07702 249 888) if you plan to join us for DB&B or dinner only as we need to manage numbers. We have reserved 15 rooms but they will be released 4 weeks before if not taken. Could you also let Gale know if you have any specific diet requirements. Dinner only bookings should be made by completing and returning the enclosed form, by email or post.

Click here for booking form