Friday, July 13, 2018

It's official!

The official route for the 2018 Bay to Birdwood Run!

On Sunday 30 September, hundreds of historic motoring enthusiasts will travel from West Beach, along Anzac Highway, through the centre of Adelaide then up to the Adelaide Hills on North East Road, finishing at the National Motor Museum in Birdwood.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

More information.

Justin's Nagari's history is coming together bit by bit. Today he received this letter from a former owner who Justin thought was the first owner and turned out to be the 4th.

Dear Justin,                                                                                                                                                                          
    Must apologize on reply to your April E Mail but was in process of new computer. So nice to see how my Nagari has brought so much joy to so many people.
    No doubt, as with me there were many times of utter frustration and despair trying to make progress.
We can talk for hours on this subject but shortly there were 3 people involved in legal tangle. A Mr. Mac Gill and a Mr. Weston made an agreement with BOLWELL CARS PTY LTD to produce the car locally. 
    They brought a complete car in plus a a body and chassis with doors. bonnet and boot lid. things did not go well between the partners and they broke up. Mac Gill sold the Nagari to a Mr. Loubser but Mr . Weston repossessed the car from him as he was the rightful owner. 
In lieu for all his trouble Mr. Weston signed over to Mr. Loubser the Nagari body and relinquished all claims and rights thereof, this happened in 1972. 
    I met Loubser in early 1973 and he offered the body and parts to me and I contacted Campbell Bolwell and cleared with him [still have copy of letter] they were in no mood to do any business with me as they were very upset with Mac Gill and Weston. 

This was the start of a great journey of tears and frustration after I bought the body etc. from Loubser 
Will follow up with my woes from 1973 to 1979 when I decided just to build up the “car” I had and have at least something for all the effort.
Regards, Harry Roscoe.

Looks like Justin's car was built up from a body/chassis and quite possibly had no I/D. We now know why the proposed South African production facility did not eventuate.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

An ROH ad from 1974

Bruce Tonkin kicking up a bit of dirt for ROH. The association between SA members and the South Australian manufacturer ROH goes back at least that far. And what has happened to Yellow Dolly? It's been in storage for about 30 years now, still owned by Iris I believe.

Remember the Efijy?

Well, this is the Zefijy.
Created by craftsman, Graham Slater in the UK. It looks like it gets out and about a bit more than Efijy.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Another Nagari to the Qld group.

The John Barnett yellow sports, that he has had for many years, has moved North, into the hands of Gordon Ross to share accommodation with the yellow GT40. It goes to show that you can't go without a Nagari for too long once having had one.
As you can see, Gordon has wasted no time whipping that 4.4 litre Leyland V8 out to get stuck into the refurbishing.

This car was built by Richard Windham from scratch using the moulds held at the time by Fibrecar (family connections) before Fibrecar began churning cars out. I guess you could call it the Fibrecar prototype. Bolwell's records were a bit incomplete and there was no name recorded against B8/86 and Richard chose that number to stamp on the car only to find that Bernie Van Elsen's Nagari had that number all along. Here's a photo of it in its early days.

Not a bad project.

In NZ.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Justin Murphy getting closer.

As you can see it's road registered now. The car still needs the wiring finished plus fuel and brake lines. It should fire up then. Unfortunately Justin has had to cancel the entry to the Silverstone Classic at the end of July. A shame as that would have been a perfect debut.

On the home stretch.

9 years ago we followed the progress of a very promising Mk.7 project in Queensland, that of Matt Jenkins' whose car had an innovative chassis and suspension built for him by George May. Similar to the work done on Peter Kordic's 7, I think it actually pre-dated Peter's.
Well, things were brought to a halt, as they do, by building a house, having a family, finishing off a Mk.2 Escort project etc. etc. However, this year it's back to it and were it not for a spray painter promising but not delivering, Matt and the car would have joined us at Beaudesert.

Here's what Matt has to say about the progress on his car........
"I was messed around for quite a while by a painter that kept saying he would start soon,...…. 
18 months passed and I was working on a home for a builder when I met the home owner,

we got to talking cars as our type do, and I mentioned I was building a car but had hit a wall due to needing a painter, the owner then said he was a spray painter and had 16 years experience,
He now is a Fly in fly out worker working on oil rigs 2 weeks on and 1 week off, and was keen to do some painting on his week off!

He showed up the following day at 8am ready to get stuck in and brought all his guns and equipment!

The underside was done first in textured Rhino Guard ute liner tinted red,
then the firewall was painted, 
now I am fitting the chassis/ driveline in and getting the whole car wired up before painting the body."

These tilt front Mk.7s (Mks. 4 & 5 copies) are becoming quite popular. First there was Kevin in WA....
......then Pete in SA.......
....but I think Matt beat the pair of them.

Copy Cats.

Here's the latest Westfield.
It's got a bootlid. Must've thought the Clemente had a good idea.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Officially a Sandgroper.

Some of the welcoming committee.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Strange little cars No.21.

The Zundapp.

Another one of those ones where you're not sure if it's coming or going.
I'm still not sure about its camping facility.
"Get a room" I'd say.

Didn't Zundapp make the Bella motor scooter that thoughtful husbands rode to work on, thus leaving the family car home for the wife to do the shopping in the 60s? There were lots of Bellas around. Not quite as many as Vespas though.

A much older version of the confusion about which end to get in is the Alamagny of 1948.
It's a 4-wheeler, or should that be a 2-wheeler with jockey wheels front and back? Or should that be a 2-wheeler with trainer wheels on each side.