BOHT Lecture Day at the Atwell Wilson Motor Museum. 19 April 2024

A very enjoyable and instructive day was had by all participants. If you were not able to be there, you can see videos of the talks  on the YouTube BOHT Channel. The order of the day is given below

  1. Introduction – What is the Heritage Trust up to?
  2. INRacing – Oliver Nuthall presents Bristol Engine Developments
  3. John Manley presents his new book “The Bristol 403”
  4. Chris Balfour talks about his book “Bristol 6 Cylinder Cars”
  5. Stefan Cembrowicz on Life in the Filton Works in the 1950s
  6. Auction of Bristol Ephemera

Richard Sanderson

Some tips on logging into the BODA website and getting a new password

To change password if you are not logged in

  • Click Log in
  • “Lost password”
  • Get New Password using user name or email
  • Check your email for the confirmation link, click on link then visit the login page.
  • Copy New Password then “Reset Password” (red button)
  • Then click on “< Back to Bristol Owners and Drivers Association” The “Log in to your account button” is only text and not a button!
  • Then go back and log in using the new password


To change password to your own choice once you are logged in

  • Log in
  • Edit profile (under Welcome button)
  • Scroll down to Generate Password
  • Replace suggested password by your own (it must be medium or strong!)
  • Scroll down to bottom, click Update Profile


 To login to BODA website from your iPhone

  • If you hold the phone vertically you will probably not be able to login as the login area is too small to take the script
  • So to login, hold the phone horizontally to enlarge the login area. You should then be able to enter user name and password. If not, just stretch and enlarge the area a bit more and it should work.


BODA is pleased to announce the resumption of the provision of insurance valuations. These take the form of a written report on BODA letterhead for a fee of £50 per valuation. They are based upon submission of suitable supporting documentation and photographs. Members should note the following:

– Valuations will be for insurance purposes only and are not market valuations. They cannot be used for probate purposes, for example, nor in connection with dispute resolution.

– No physical inspections of vehicles will be undertaken. Valuations are based upon the owner’s representations and are caveated accordingly.

– Most insurance underwriters will respect a valuation provided by BODA, but it is worth double-checking this with your insurance broker or insurance company.

Footman James, one of the leaders in the classic car insurance field, has already confirmed that it will recognise the Club’s valuations for their purposes. The viability of the service depends upon the demand for valuations proving to compensate for the associated costs (most notably, an increase in our insurance premium in respect of professional liability).

In the first instance please contact Michael Barton via  We will then issue the relevant valuation questionnaire for you to complete and return with photographs

Availability of Pegasus Parts

There is an updated list of readily available spare parts on the website on the page Pegasus Parts. Please complete and submit the enquiry form to check on availability and cost.

BODA Regalia now available

A message from our Regalia Officer Rob Horton

A big hello to everyone in BODA. I follow in exalted footsteps, my predecessor John Watt, a lifelong motor sports fanatic, had previously held the role of Regalia Officer for the British Motorsports Marshals Club. John gamely took on the role in our Club 3 years ago in his late eighties, but sadly passed away at the end of last year. I visited his wife Audrey recently and am now in possession of the Club’s stock of stickers, embroidered badges, key rings and binders. We send our condolences to Audrey and the family with thanks for his hard work on our behalf.
We can now accept orders for excellent quality, one-size Caps priced at £12, and highly desirable short sleeved Polo shirts in both Ladies and Gentlemen’s fittings, priced at £20. We also have some some stunning Soft Shell Gilets at £40, Sweatshirts at £17.50,T shirts at £12, all available in a variety of colours and sizes, as well as umbrellas at £20, (all plus postage). Stickers, badges key rings and binders from the old range of stock are also available.

Click on the button below which will take you to our website and the Regalia description and online order form.

If you have any suggestions for other items that would make your and BODA’s life complete, please let me know and I will do my best!

Please contact me via email if you have any questions or problems with the order form. 

Rob Horton
BODA Regalia Officer

Photos of BODA BRDC Lunch Meeting on 27 May

On the Events page there are many photos and a short video from the BRDC Lunch at Silverstone on 27 May.

Derek Hughes Obituary

I met Derek around 2000 at one of his club evenings and another member found my 411 for me. Derek bought his 400 around 1970 but was doing more important things such as bringing up his family with Heather and working very hard for the great North East company Head Wrightson as an electrical engineer.

His best job was in New Zealand building a steel works. The family was there a long time so he learned to sail, which he continued in Yorkshire and typically helped to run the club.

Derek retired early with ill health. This meant he dived in to Bristol matters. Derek never did anything by half. He ran a strong North East section organising meetings, lunches, outings etc. There is a very big car show at Newby Hall near Ripon. He ran a Bristol display for years, one year he persuaded nearly 20 Bristol car owners to show their cars.

Derek wrote many articles for Bristol owners and sourced many difficult to find parts some of which he had made at his own expense. He is best known for his overdrive conversion for early Bristol cars. He was the first to do it spending long periods working out the shape of the casting so the conversion could be fitted with hardly any alteration to the car. He had to organise patterns, castings and machining then doing any extra work himself. He did of course make all the electrical bits himself at home. He made over 110 conversions.

Derek helped so many owners but liked things doing his way.

He was a true friend and is sadly missed.

Bill Lawson. 16th March 2023

Regional and Local Events

The BODA Forum contains a Topic under Upcoming Events where members and Regional Coordinators can enter local events in their area. Click here to access this.

Currently we have Coordinators for East of England, Ireland South West and North West. Please let us know if you would like to be a Coordinator for one of the other regions.

Book about Bristol racing wins “Publication of the Year” Award by Octane

Congratulations are due to Michael Barton and Simon Charlesworth as Aero Dynamic has just won the Octane Magazine historic motoring awards Publication of the Year, a well deserved result for the publisher and author for a very compelling and special book.

Fighter Article in Evo Magazine

There is a 10 page article (including photographs) on the development of the Bristol Fighter in the latest issue of Evo magazine. The article has been written by Peter Tomalin with clear input from Toby Silverton and SLJHackett in respect of the continuation cars currently being built. Silverton gives his account and account of the demise of Bristol Cars in 2011.