August 30, 2018

Introducing Speedy Cable

We have unknowingly used the services of Speedy Cable in the past on various clock and dials refurbishment productbut going through various third parties. On the restoration

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Rebuilt Bedford J Truck Servo, Master Cylinder and

Huge thank you, as always, to the masters of brake refurbishment and our good friends at Past Parts. They have done an incredible job of stripping and rebuilding the giant servo and brake master cylinders of our 1971 Bedford J Truck.

Now to fit them back up as part of the recommissioning process.

A day out at North Norfolk Railway

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]After an amazing weekend at our first ever Bridge Classic Cars Classic & Sports Car Show we are all still buzzing from the amazing feedback we received.

And we would love to say a huge thank you to everyone who could make it on the day.

With friends travelling from all over the UK to celebrate the day with us we are lucky to be spending an extra few days with our good friends Greg and Jackie who travelled down from the highlands of Scotland.

Today we have spent an incredible day upon the North Norfolk Railway.

The North Norfolk Railway

The North Norfolk Railway offers a 10.5 mile round trip by steam train (vintage diesel trains on some journeys) through a delightful area of North Norfolk designated as being of outstanding natural beauty. To the south are wooded hills and the Norfolk beauty spots of Kelling Heath and Sheringham Park. To the north, the sea. All within easy walking distance from the various stations. The flowers are a sight to see throughout the year. In spring and early summer there are primroses, bluebells and the yellow gorse. Later in the year the poppies abound and are set off by the mauve heathers. Enjoy a ride on an historic steam train – you can break your journey to look around the stations and marvel at the steam laden atmosphere from a bygone age.

But the North Norfolk Railway is much more than a train ride. There are historic stations, a museum of the railway’s history, a museum signal box and a children’s activity carriage. There are also buffets and souvenir shops.


The railway’s headquarters, is more than just a station. There is children’s activity coach, souvenir shop and a buffet, as well as an attractive booking hall and a ladies’ waiting room. The station is ideally situated for you to take a stroll through the town and walk along the promenade before joining your train. Sheringham is also the location of the railway’s mainline rail connection.


Weybourne is a delightfully preserved country station and our locomotive and carriage maintenance and restoration centre. Enjoy a cup of tea from the buffet and take advantage of the picnic area to watch the trains come and go. Several walks are available through Weybourne Woods and Sheringham Park, with direct access to the Kelling Nature Trail, or walk down to the sea and take the coastal footpath to Sheringham.

Kelling Heath Park

This is our smallest station serving the Nature Trail and Kelling Caravan Park. Owing to the steep gradient steam trains do not stop here on the journey to Holt but will stop if a clear signal is given to the driver on the return trip from Holt to Sheringham.


Holt is our western terminus and is just about 1 mile from the centre of this lovely Georgian Town. The ‘Holt Flyer’, a London Routemaster Bus service meets most steam trains in the summer. Click here for details. Whilst on the station be sure to drop in and see ‘Broad Sidlinch’ a 300 square foot model railway, which was featured in the Railway Modeller magazine. This is usually open at weekends and during the red timetable, subject to the availability of volunteers. There is also a miniature railway operated by the North Norfolk Model Engineering Club, which is open on selected dates.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”22434,22435,22436,22437,22438,22439,22440,22441,22442,22443,22444,22445,22446,22447,22448,22449,22450,22451,22452,22453,22454,22455,22456,22457,22458,22459,22460,22461,22462,22463,22464,22465″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Introducing Speedy Cable

We have unknowingly used the services of Speedy Cable in the past on various clock and dials refurbishment productbut going through various third parties.

On the restoration of our Jensen 541S we have headed straight for the source and now want to say a huge thank you to the guys and girls at Speedy Cable. They have made an incredible job of refurbishing the old clock when some other restorers have been unable to help with our request.

From the outside, the clock looks as original as the day she left the factory but due to modern technologies the internals have been upgraded.

Source: Speedy Cable

Speedy Cables is an independent small company located in South Wales employing around 20 people with a variety of professional, engineering and craft skills engaged in the customisation and repair of instrumentation and the manufacture of custom control cables and custom drive cables.

The market sectors in which the company operates is varied. Historically it was predominantly automotive including replica cars, classic cars, classic motorcycles, taxis, kit cars, motorsport and military whilst we continue to serve those sectors we also serve the agricultural, industrial and security sectors.

The company batch produces products from volumes of 2/3 up to 3/400 for some products/sectors and also extensively provides a bespoke service for almost all products.

Speedy Cables manufacture a wide range of mechanical drive, control and push pull cables from pattern, for sectors including automotive, motorcycle, canal boats, marine, agricultural, industrial and many more.

Speedy Cables History

Speedy Cables is a long established company and has served the automotive industry for over 60 years. The company Speedy Cables (London) Ltd was registered on the 13th of February 1975 and traded from premises in Islington, London, but its origins go back to a much earlier time when it had non limited status and operated from premises in Marylebone in London’s West End. The company had to move to Islington when its premises were compulsory purchased and demolished to build London’s Post Office Tower on the site.

A good deal of state secrecy and intrigue was involved at the time because the new Post Office Tower was a strategically sensitive installation that officially did not exist. Until the mid-1990s, the building was a state secret, and did not appear on official maps, even though it could be seen from just about anywhere in central London. Its existence was finally confirmed by Kate Hoey, MP, on 19 February 1993 when she addressed parliament. “Hon. Members have given examples of seemingly trivial information that remains officially secret. An example that has not been mentioned, but which is so trivial that it is worth mentioning, is the absence of the British Telecom tower from Ordnance Survey maps. I hope that I am covered by parliamentary privilege when I reveal that the British Telecom tower does exist and that its address is 60 Cleveland Street, London.”

If Speedy Cables’ founding business had not moved it could have vanished from the map into a black hole. This would surely have been one of the less common problems that new businesses have to contend with and overcome.

After its lucky escape from Marylebone however the company flourished in Islington and by the year 2000 it had outgrown its premises and moved to its present location near Swansea in South Wales. Over the years the company has placed great emphasis on retaining its staff with their many years of experience and acquired instrumentation skills. Speedy Cables (London) Ltd can now rightly claim to be a leader in its specialised field.

The company now manufactures and supplies all kinds of mechanical drive and control cables including a wide range of automotive instruments and gauges. In addition we repair, restore, and calibrate gauges from most classic, vintage and kit cars. The company holds ISO9001 2008 Approval and our certification can be seen by clicking here.

1998 BMW 840Ci suspension refurbishment

Our 1998 BMW 840Ci is currently in the workshops to have the front and rear suspension removed to be refurbished.

Whilst in with us we’ll also be looking to address a couple of smaller issues too; slight leak to the coolant system and the headlining is starting to drop too.


Fitting up the Jensen 541S bootlid

Lots of putting on and taking off today as John fits up the bootlid on our 1960 Jensen 541S.

It is finally secure and in position and looking incredible.

Every line and curve on this car is truly stunning…

1968 Jaguar E-Type Accident Damage

It’s always a sad sight when you see somebody’s pride and joy accidentally damaged but none more so that our 1968 Jaguar E-Type Roadster. As you can see the nearside side (passanger’s) door was a little too close for comfort and the accident has mis-shaped the outer skin.

It has also clipped the front wing too.

Hopefully no further damage has been made internally but it will look to be a new outer skin, strip down before preparation and paint.