Brabazon hangar tour – possibly the last!

Dear BODA follower,

Im arranging another tour of the historic Brabazon hangar and its remarkable contents. at Filton next Friday, July 15th. At the time,this was the world’s largest single span building. This is not open to the public for reasons that will become obvious. It is the home of the Bristol Aero collection whose volunteer engineers are preparing exhibits for the TERRIFIC new, HLF funded Bristol Aerospace Centre, opening next year.

The Hangar contents currently include almost everything made by the Bristol Aeroplane Company and its derivatives, in the last hundred years and more. They range from the sublime to the very scary.

I’m fund raising; as you may know, we are preparing a partly dissected 1953 Bristol 403 (see below) for display amidst the dramatic 1950s timeline of the Bristol Aeroplane Company. So the hat will be passed! (£20 suggested donation)

We rendezvous at BAWA car park, 589 Southmead Rd, Filton, Bristol BS34 7RG at 10:30 AM, and will then drive round in convoy to the West entrance of the factory via security. I will provide coffee, biscuits, and sandwiches for lunch.
RSVP (for Security and lunch numbers)
Do hope you can make it!

All the best
Stefan 07768 295084
0117 9731883

NEC 2019


NEC 2018

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:   

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.

NEC Classic 2016

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BODA Weekend 2016

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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

Schloss Dyck 2015

This is a French website report on the 2015 Schloss Dyck event with a section devoted to the Bristol car display. The slide show of 396 photographs is worth viewing, but for those of an impatient temperament the Bristol cars can be found by fast – forwarding to number 145.

Dave Dale.

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