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