The Finalists

The Finalists

Here are the 5 finalists who will be on show at the NEC from the 15th -17th November 2013 in Hall 9 Stand 220

Jason Field

Mini Having wanted a pale blue, early Mini since I was a boy, I finally found my 1960 Mk1 in 2007. Although allegedly roadworthy and with an MOT, the 300 mile trip home was somewhat hair-raising! Having got home and read her paperwork, I discovered that she had covered a mere 600 miles in the previous 10 years, so possibly 300 in a day was a big ask!

She limped on until 2009 when she was subjected to a very necessary nut and bolt restoration. While this was extensive, it was sympathetic too, retaining as many of her original parts and panels as possible. She emerged just in time to join in Mini's 50th Birthday celebrations in Cofton Park, Longbridge.

Since her restoration, I have made the 300 mile trip back to see two of her previous owners; one owned her 10 years and another for 27 years! They were amazed to see her, particularly Melvyn (in one of the photos) who had owned for the 27 years as he thought that she would have been scrapped long ago.

She brings back fond memories to many people and I love taking her out and about. She is my ultimate classic.
John Nagle

Morris In 1958 when I was 17 years old I purchased OW 4224 a 1934 2 seater Minor.
The little car carried me to school in an age when only I, the Headmaster and two other members of Staff of Woodley Hill Grammar School had cars. The car went to college with me and I only parted with it when I aquired a ‘modern’ Austin A35 as a Company car.
50 years later almost to the day I traced the car through the Morris Register and re-purchased it.
It was in poor condition, and I undertook a 3 year project to return the car to as near as possible its state when it left Cowley 79 years ago.
I think I have succeeded in my mission for all to enjoy.
I have a complete record of the the rebuild in booklet form.
I would be delighted to win both for myself and the Morris Register in this the 100th year of Morris Cars.
Paul Wilks

Jowett 1952 Jowett Javelin “The Yellow Peril”
In 1967 I found my Javelin about two miles from home, and bought it for £20 with tax and MOT! The previous owner had rescued her from a scrapyard in Doncaster, you had to tug at the steering wheel and thump the door pillars to free the semaphores from their housings. Over time I obtained replacement doors, wings, chrome trim and fitted seatbelts.

After running with different coloured doors and wings it needed a respray. I opted for the new BL Bronze Yellow because it could be seen in poor visibility! It was my daily transport to and from work as a Social Security Home Visiting Officer in Liverpool. I can’t tell you the number of times on returning to my car that a gang of youngsters would be found sitting on my bonnet or roof whilst their mothers ‘passed the time of day’!

In 1976 drastic work was needed. It needed welding on the body and chassis, a new engine, brakes, and radiator.

After thirty four years off the road, four children and four grandchildren she was ready to respray. And the colour? Well it had to be Yellow! She has been this colour longer than any other.
Terence Tracey

Hillman 1 Imp
2 Guys
3 Continents
14,000 Kilometres
In less than 40 days!
On March 28 Geoff Biermann and Terence Tracey drove a Hillman Imp from Johannesburg to Coventry to celebrate the car’s 50th birthday.
An interesting failure that our car suffered as we departed Johannesburg was the loss of reverse gear! We looked on this as a good omen and interpreted it as a sign that no matter how tough the going would get, there would be NO TURNING BACK! It worked; we overcame a multitude of meaningful challenges and realised our dream.
Many people warned us that we had taken on a challenge beyond the impossible but for Geoff and I who had begun our trip with the end in mind, the impossible was only something that would just delay us a tad, but stop us? NEVER!
We had visa problems, Kenyan flooding, Bandit roads. delayed ferry crossings, two engine removals. Our final stretch was a non-stop 4,500 kilometre run from Ikerundum to Coventry to arrive a mere 6 hours before the Imp 50 gathering dispersed.
One thing the road trip did show us was a very expensive way to get to England!
John Willshire

Sunbeam Sunbeam Alpine Registration number XRW 302 was a pre-production prototype used for the factory development programme. The Alpine was launched in 1959 and this car is now the oldest surviving Alpine and only prototype remaining.
Bernard Unett , one of the Alpine development engineers, raced the car in the car between 1961 and 1964, on one occasion even beating future F1 champion Jackie Stewart. Unett won the 'Freddie Dixon Trophy' championship in the car in 1964. He went on to become British Touring Car champion three times in the 1970s and then engineer & test driver for the World Rally winning Talbot and Peugeot teams.
More recently the car has taken part in Silverstone Classic meeting and a club Rally to Cannes to celibrate the 50th anniversary of the marque and last year was at the Goodwood revival, on the track and in the 'Earls Court Motorshow' attraction there. It has its own website 'www. xrw302.com'