May 28, 2016

The power of media…reuniting the Jensen 541S with it’s previous owners

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Last month we told you how delighted we were to feature in the May 2016 edition of the EADT’s Suffolk Magazine with a fantastic piece on our very own Jensen 541S restoration.

Suffolk Magazine May 2016

On Wednesday 25th May we received a lovely email into the office from a Mr and Mrs Smith:

“I was thrilled to see the car I owned for 31 years restored to pristine glory in the Suffolk magazine, I have several photo’s of the car under restoration, I and a colleague made the tubes and did the welding on the chassis but sadly time over took me you see I am in my 77th year. The Jensen originally came from Ipswich a publican owned it and used it to go onto the beach at Felixstowe I bought it from a man in Hadliegh and drove it home about 2-00am with a very noisy exhaust what a thrill. I still have several cars we currently use for local trips an Austin A40 Somerset & a Ford Consul Mk1 also a number of others from 1923 to 1979 I do have some photo’s of the 541s and we do live in Suffolk on the Norfolk border I and my wife would love to come and see your workshop. Regards William Smith”

On Saturday 28th May, we welcomed Doreen and William Smith to the Bridge Classic Cars workshops to have a chat and show us some images that they had from when they owned the 1961 Jensen 541S. They loved the canvas print that we had on display in the workshop and we showed them the full gallery of the restoration project and the fantastic photoshoot from Sugar and Spice Photography, held at Seckford Hall in Woodbridge, Suffolk

Mr and Mrs Smith at Bridge Classic Cars

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Bridge Classic Cars welcomes John to the team

This week we welcomed a new member to the Bridge Classic Cars team.

John, a motor vehicle technician with over 28 years experience within a local franchised dealer.

He’s joined the Bridge Classic Cars team at one of our busiest times so we are thrilled to have him on board and we look forward to seeing his area’s of expertise put to the test: servicing, repairs and diagnostic faults. John is qualified in MOT testing, he’s also a qualified air conditioning and diagnostic technician, he’s an ATA accredited technician and a qualified First Aider.

As a keen classic car enthusiast himself, John owns a Ford Escort RS2000, MkI.

John Bilner - Bridge Classic Cars - Ipswich

Looking stunning with it’s new red paint

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Resplendent in it’s new Red paint, our Jaguar Series 1, 4.2 E-Type will now be fitted up.

Asa and his team are used to working on tight deadlines but this one is the tightest deadline we have ever had.

Next week the new biscuit trim will arrive so it is important to get the exterior of the car complete as quickly as possible prior to this.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”4250,4249,4248,4247,4246,4227,4226,4225,4224,4223,4222″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Europcar at Aberdeen Airport

As a regular traveller to Aberdeen and with a 4am start it is always good that when you go to collect your hire car that there is one there as Europcar is in great demand.

Ted and his team always try and go the extra mile in getting me a diesel car with Bluetooth as the roads from Aberdeen to Elgin are not the best.

Europcar Team Aberdeen Airport

Ted and his team at Europcar, Aberdeen Airport.

You are always greeted with courtesy and a smile from Tammy (Second Left) but that is not to say that the others are not just as courteous.

As a VIP status customer with Europcar they always try and upgrade me where they can into the next range of vehicle.

On Tuesday 24th May 2016 I arrived as normal and Ted asked if a Focus would be ok for this week to which I agreed.Whilst filling in the paperwork he asked if I was travelling alone. When I said ‘yes’ he smiled and handed me the keys to:

2016 Mercedes SLK Black

2016 Mercedes SLK 250D

On arriving at the Mansion House Hotel and Country Club in Elgin I was greeted and signed in by Becky who, straight away, saw the car and insisted on a sit-in.

Becky - Mansion House Hotel - Elgin - Mercedes SLK 250D

Becky, sitting outside The Mansion House Hotel and Country Club, Elgin

When you return to Aberdeen Airport with your car it has to be inspected for damage. Again you are welcomed into the office whilst one of Ted’s team checks the car and signs it off. (Whilst left alone this gives you the opportunity to fill your pockets with the free sweets!)

Ted - Europcar Aberdeen Airport

Thanks Ted and the team, see you Tuesday! (I am rather partial to Range Rover Sports)