April 14, 2017

The TR7 is now complete

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]With the newly refurbished radiator now fitted and functional there was just one final piece to the puzzle. A good clean and detail to remove

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Coming soon to Bridge Classic Cars: HMC Sportscar

With the owner’s of this stunning HMC making the permanent move to Australia later in the year, we are pleased to have it in with us to carry out some remedial work before she makes the big trip. Work will begin at the beginning of May 2017. More information to follow.

Holmes Motor Company Limited was founded in 1984 by brothers Graham and Peter Holmes, trading as HMC sports cars.

HMC sports cars manufactured Sports cars inspired by the Austin Healey, although the body shape was similar to the original Healey the car was an extremely capable modern sports car in its own right and was widely regarded as the finest in its class, so much so Geoffrey Healey endorsed it.

Unfortunately due to a dispute between the Healey family and Jensen in 1989 over the ownership of the Healey trademark, the name was withdrawn. Despite this draw back the HMC had excellent reviews from magazines such as Motor Sport and Performance Car and television programmes including Top Gear. Through a network of dealerships the HMC sold very well worldwide until 2001 when parts supplies finally dried up.  The company was forced to evolve so with Peter managing customer support for HMC Healeys and with a slight name change Graham and then son Gresham were flown to Sao Paulo to help with the development a new Brazilian sports car called the Lobini.  This is the Dream of Portuguese businessman Jose Orlando Lobo and designer Fabio  Birolini to bring Brazil to the forefront of sports car manufacture. The Name Lobini is taken from the names of Jose and Fabio and when translated means small Wolf, the model name H1 is an acknowledgement of the work done by Holmes motor company.  The Lobini H1 is now in production and selling well in Brazil and America and will soon be available in Europe through lifestyle automotive in spring 2007. 

In 2004 Holmes motor company completed the first Holmes Spyder 550, they continue producing this model whilst developing others such as the RS Spyder and the Speedster.

Land Rover Series 1 body panel repairs

A very challenging task and one that we can’t just jump in head first. One of the toughest materials to work with, we have taken on the task of repairing the Birmabright body panels from a Land Rover Series 1.

We have removed the dents from the panels.

Source: Wikipedia

Birmabright is best known as the material used in the body of the Land Rover from its launch in April 1948, and in a few other classic British vehicles.

The doors, boot lid and bonnet of most Rover P4 models were also Birmabright, however towards the end of production this was changed to steel to reduce costs.

An early use in the 1930s was for the bodywork of the land speed record car, Thunderbolt. Also used for the bodywork of Bluebird K7 used for the Coniston speed record attempt by the late Donald Campbell. The well known Laurent Giles designed 46ft sailboat Beyond was built of riveted sheets of Birmabright and circumnavigated in the early 1950s by Tom and Ann Worth. The hull proved corrosion resistant but required re-riveting later due to crystallisation of the rivet heads, and lasted well until being sunk in the Caribbean as an artificial diving reef in the 1980s.

The TR7 is now complete

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]With the newly refurbished radiator now fitted and functional there was just one final piece to the puzzle.

A good clean and detail to remove the last of the paint shop dust.

Rich from Suffolk Detailing came in to assist yesterday afternoon and after a few hours we are back in the workshops, covered over ready for the Bridge Classic Cars Suffolk photoshoot early next week…

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