This years AGM was held in Gloucester. The weekend started with a trip to the Gloucester waterways museum. The picture below shows six of the 10 cars on display outside the museum, drawing considerable interest from locals and tourists alike.
Members were treated to a cruise down the Gloucester canal, followed by a tour of the museum.
The throng eventually moved on to the Cheltenham Chase Hotel where good company, good food and the odd tipple ensued.
On Sunday we held our second AGM after a good nights sleep and a full English. Minutes of the meeting will be posted on this site shortly. In the meantime is is suffice to say that the mood was very positive, sound progress having been made to grow the membership and expand the services of the club.
A big thank you must go out to Gale Barton for arranging this event so brilliantly.
The BODA get together at the Petwood classic Concours event was once again a great success. A total of seven cars made the long journey to Lincolnshire to enjoy a sun filled day at the home of the dam buster pilots during the second world war.
Those attending included:
Warwick Banks 404
Stuart Risebrow 411
John Grindon 411
Richard Baines 411
Michael Barton Beaufighter
Richard Levene Blenheim
This was the first year that BODA had a stand at the Classic Car Show at the NEC. We were partnered with the BOC on adjacant stands so there was a great gathering of Bristols for the public to feast their eyes on. Kevin Fee brought his 401 down from Newcastle, Cyril Millward brought his 405 from ‘distant’ Solihull and the team from Brabazon brought the Sir George White 410 from Bristol.
This gave a great spread of cars which really did justice to the mark. We were supported by Bob Bradbury from Saxon Design who provided the backdrop which did rather raise the whole tone of the stand. If anyone needs a great exhibition display, do think of Bob and his team. The stand was supported each day by a wide range of members coming from all parts of the UK. We were all kept very busy informing people of the real joy of Bristol ownership.
During the 3 days, a number of new members joined the Association, including a new member from Austria and Hungary who has a number of later Bristols. He had some interesting tales of the period of change in Hungary and the value of having a Bristol, while the Mercedes and Audis were being stolen within week of arrival, no-one bothered with his Bristols.
Thanks to contacts with a number of other clubs, we were able to source some rare light units for the early cars while also finding sources of remanufactured light units which also fit some of the V8′s. We were also able to display some of the parts which we can supply including gaskets, oil pumps, exhaust nuts, throttle linkage plates, door handles among other parts.
We hope to repeat the exercise in 2013, so put the date in your diary and think about coming to help on the stand, all enthusiasts are wlcome.
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