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Motoring Classics Spring 2015

 
Motoring Classics Spring 2015
Motoring Classics Spring 2015
Motoring Classics Spring 2015

 
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Gripping as some period film and TV dramas are, it can be difficult for we vehicle enthusiasts not to be distracted by the chosen modes of transport – ‘oh look, a MKII Ford Zephyr, my dad had one of those’ or ‘that’s wrong, this is supposedly set in WWII but those chrome headlights weren’t fitted until 1946’. As our feature on pages 5-7 shows, there’s an entire industry dedicated to such matters, one you can be a part of.

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Gripping as some period film and TV dramas are, it can be difficult for we vehicle enthusiasts not to be distracted by the chosen modes of transport – ‘oh look, a MKII Ford Zephyr, my dad had one of those’ or ‘that’s wrong, this is supposedly set in WWII but those chrome headlights weren’t fitted until 1946’. As our feature on pages 5-7 shows, there’s an entire industry dedicated to such matters, one you can be a part of.

The motorcar can be enjoyed in many and varied ways and we engaged the help of a longstanding international Concours D’Elegance judge to better understand this particular brand of automotive amusement. Switching from excellence on land to perfection in the sky, we learn about Martin-Baker, the British technology company that leads the world in the design and manufacture of ejection seats and has saved 7,456 lives to date as a result.

This issue’s Classic Character is best remembered as the voice of ‘Tomorrow’s World’ but kept us spell-bound through 20 Grands Prix, 30 Farnborough Air Shows and countless state occasions too. He also survived 2.5 tours as a WWII Spitfire pilot and was a rally driver of note. His name – Raymond Baxter OBE.

The subject of Missing Moniker is Piper, a company that built striking road cars and a decidedly avant-garde Le Mans challenger (see above) – 2016 is the 50th anniversary of the marque’s foundation.

Do you know the make of your classic’s wipers or mirrors? Like as not it’ll be Tex, a brand we now own and manufacture – find out more on pages 18-19. Read too about BMH dealer Brown & Gammons, which has been ably serving the MG community since 1977. Finally, are you a channel tunnel or ferry person? Whatever, the history of P&O makes pretty fascinating reading.

Enjoy!

Gordon Bruce, Editor

For all the latest news, offers and great tips … Motoring Classics

Contents

Dealer Spotlight: Brown & Gammons

Brown & Gammons’ name has been synonymous with MG for as long as most enthusiasts can remember; in fact since 1977 when T-Type racing friends Ron Gammons and Gerry Brown first pooled their expertise for the benefit of the make’s budding community. The company continues to operate from Baldock, Herts where it was founded; nowadays with Ron as Chairman and his son Malcolm as Managing Direct

Classic Motorsport

British Motor Heritage MD John Yea previews the season ahead

Lights, Camera, Classic…

Two things date films and TV programmes more than any other –costumes and cars – and even those uninterested in vehicles can define particular eras by them. Their sourcing is therefore a vital ingredient of programming and long ago spawned an entire industry of its own. Motoring Classics decided to delve behind the scenes – where, we wondered, did the cars, vans, trucks and other vehicles for such popular dramas as Downton Abbey, Foyle’s War, Mr Selfridge etc emanate from?

Soaring To Safety

This is the remarkable story of Martin-Baker, a Middlesex-based company that has led the world in the design and manufacture of aircraft ejection seats for over 60 years, during which time it has delivered over 80,000 such items to 92 air forces, saving the lives of 7,456 aircrew, to date.

New News From BMH

Managing Director John Yea provides updates on all fronts

Changes In The Channel: The Story Of P&O By Chris Laming

A small creekside community of pearl fishermen in the Arabian Gulf have transformed their local skyline into the HQ of a global economic powerhouse in the space of just a few decades. This is Dubai, and when their oil reserves started to dwindle they began investing in businesses around the world in order to sustain their future.

Missing Moniker: Piper Cars

According to the Piper Sports & Racing Car Club, some 57 of the  90(ish) Piper road cars produced between 1968 and 1974 still exist, together with a number of the 20 or so racing ones. The marque was established in 1966 at Campbell’s Garage, Hayes, Kent, by proprietor George Henrotte, former Weslake engineer Bob Gaylor, and McLaren M1A designer Tony Hilder. The new car’s name was inspired by the establishment’s logo of a kilted bagpiper.

Classic Character: Raymond Baxter OBE (1922 – 2006)

Baxter was a pioneering radio and TV broadcaster for over 30 years, prior to which he had completed 2.5 operational tours as a WWII Spitfire pilot. He was also an accomplished competition driver who competed in no less than 12 Monte Carlo Rallies.

Best Of Show

As the name implies, the Concours D’Elegance (lit. a concourse or coming together of elegance) originated on the other side of the Channel. Though a form of competition now inextricably linked with the motorcar, it is understood to have predated the automobile by some two centuries, and been an invention of the Parisian aristocracy, who whiled away their summer weekends parading horse-drawn carriages though the city’s parks.

Classic Reflections From Tex: Courtesy of British Motor Heritage MD, John Yea

Tex was established in the 1940s as Magnatex Ltd, who registered the Tex trademark on October 25, 1944. The company commenced supply of parts to British manufacturers in 1947 and quickly grew to be a major supplier of windscreen wipers and interior mirrors to the recovering British motor industry. It also established a major presence in the design and supply of vehicle wing mirrors, which were a major item for both OEM and dealer fitment all the way through to the mid-1970s.

About Motoring Classics

Motoring Classics is the printed and online publication of British Motor Heritage and its retail trading arm.

Motoring Classics reproduction in whole or any part of any text, photograph or illustration without written permission of the publisher is strictly prohibited.

 

 


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