Monthly Archive: July 2007

Oops

No picture this week, and no good news either I’m sorry to say. The 410 was involved in an accident last week and sustained some serious damage, so will be off the road for the foreseeable future. Thankfully no one was injured and, as far as I can see, I do not think the car sustained major structural damage to the chassis or mechanical parts so should be repairable. However it will require significant repairs to the bodywork. The insurers will obviously have to balance estimated cost of that work against the value of the car and make their decision...

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Pressing matters

In one of those ‘couldn’t make it up if you tried’ moments, Bristol Cars are back in the news today, and not for good reasons. It seems that thieves have broken in to the Filton works and made off with 30 tonnes of body presses. According to the Bristol Evening Post, the loss puts production of the Blenheim at risk. This does sound a lot like the Chinese takeaway that happened in Longbridge, only done in the dead of night and without wasting hundreds of millions of pounds, but I can’t see there’s going to be much of a demand...

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Pump and circumstance

Well, I think you can probably guess that the photo to the left will tell that there’s a story for you this time! That was the scene last Sunday night on a wet M4 near Heathrow. For a couple of weeks, although the car seemed mostly to be running fine, there had been a slight suspicion in my mind that it was slightly down on power, just not quite 100% there. It was just that subtle feeling that anyone familiar with old cars will know. (The same way you spend ages trying to hear that quiet, intermittent, unusual noise as...