May 24, 2022

Closer Look – Fibreglass Repairs on the 1956 Jensen 541

The paint and body team at Bridge Classic Cars have given us a closer look at the fibreglass repairs on the 1956 Jensen 541 in for restoration.

In these photos, you can see the thinness of the material in areas which had developed some severe checking and in some areas, cracks had begun to appear. So, the team not only strengthened the outside face of the panel but also reset the inside of the piece with modern hard-lasting resins and glass sheets. Carefully, these were built up in specific areas before being left to cure and harden.

Metalwork – Further Body Repairs to the 1978 MG B GT

The restoration teams in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop have been carrying on with the metal repairs to the bodyshell of the 1978 MG B GT.

The team have methodically been cutting out any form of corrosion from the classic sports car for it to be replaced with high-quality panels that we have sourced for the project. Each piece of the car is carefully inspected and assessed to see just how far the corrosion has gone into the bodyshell which is then removed and replaced.

Perfect Fit – Retrimming the Rear Seat of the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible

The Bridge Classic Cars interior trim team have worked on refurbishing the rear seat of the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible.

The team stripped the original seat base all the way back to its metal springs in order to rebuild it from the ground up. The team have made brand new foam sections which were glued to the underlays and wrapped around the spring bases.

Then, it was ready to be refinished in glorious bright red.

Hard and Fast – Fitting the Bulkhead Cover to the 1970 Bristol 411

The interior trim team at Bridge Classic Cars have finished the brand-new bulkhead cover on the 1970 Bristol 411.

The team have handmade this piece to work alongside the work the restoration technicians have done as part of the car’s custom left-hand drive conversion. The edged bulkhead cover had to have its fasteners accurately placed onto the piece and then lined up with the pre-installed locks that hold the cover down.

Progress – Updates on the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona

The workshop team at Bridge Classic Cars have been working on making progress on the beautiful 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona in our Suffolk HQ.

The team have completed the final installation of the fuel pump into the classic Daytona replica. This was a key part of the project as the team worked towards the first fire up and testing. Along with this, the team have worked on securing the centre console into the car and bolting it down with the new carpet sets.

The team also worked on fitting the new reverse lamp, which required accurate and precise cutting into the rear valance of the GT car. Alongside this, the windscreen and rear glass have been installed into the car.

Coming Soon – 1932 Lagonda

Arriving soon to the Bridge Classic Cars workshop at our Suffolk HQ is this stunning 1932 Lagonda.

Once it arrives with us, we can’t wait to show you more on this stunning pre-war tourer so make sure you keep a look out on the Bridge Classic Cars news page for more updates.

Good as New – 1905 Riley 9HP Radiator Refurbished

The original radiator for the 1905 Riley 9HP has been with our friends at Newquay Radiators to be completely refurbished and rebuilt for the project.

This is an important part of the restoration project being down by our in-house team at Bridge Classic Cars. It looks absolutely incredible and we love to see the craftsmanship that goes into jobs like this by the best specialists we know.

This Just In – 1962 Humber Hawk

A recent arrival at the Bridge Classic Cars restoration workshop deep in the heart of Suffolk was this awesome 1962 Humber Hawk.

This particular classic Humber is owned by our painter Chris’s dad. Chris’s dad has owned the car since before Chris was born and was always destined to become a British street rod. In recent years, it lay dormant at a body shop awaiting its journey but it has now been moved to our site for the team here to keep an eye on it and keep it safe.

In the 1970s and 1980s, the Humber Hawks were popular with British hot rodders and drag racers alike. Fitting more powerful Rover V8s and occasionally the odd American small-block. With their styling akin to the ”shoebox” Chevys of the mid-1950s, they hold a certain appeal to those into nostalgic drag racing and street rodding here in the UK.

It’s always nice to see something different and with such a connection a member of our close-knit team.

Inspection – Assessing the 1986 Daimler DS420

The 1986 Daimler DS420, which arrived recently at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop from America, has been up on the ramp for our teams to begin inspecting and assessing the classic limousine.

As part of its inspection, the team will build up a report on the overall condition of the vehicle along with any areas which need further assessment and a plan for repair or refurbishment. This time, the team were focusing on the underside of the classic Daimler to make sure it was structurally sound and safe before any further work is carried out.

The team turned their attention to suspension pickups and mounts, sections of frame, substructure mounts as well as the all-important body shell sills.

The Suffolk Military Show

The Suffolk Military Show is set to become the best military event to visit within the East Anglian region. The family friendly 2 day extravaganza will showcase the very finest selection of static military vehicles, multi-period living history re-enactment, arena live stage entertainment, military and vintage traders market, and quality food stalls.

All the awesome stuff to make this a perfect day out. The County Show Ground known as Trinity Park has a ‘second to none’ road network for accessibility.

Whilst Suffolk remains a key area for international active military bases within the UK which boasts both a depth and wealth of military history. Purpose built for top quality events the show ground will provide a fantastic backdrop to the range of multi-period military exhibitors from all over the United Kingdom and Europe which will include British, German, Russian and American re-enactment groups.

The Show will be the newest and freshest in the Military Show Annual events calendar and contain everything from Heavy Military Vehicles, Spontaneous Re-enactment, Explosive Battles, period specific display and RAF flypast. Not to mention the stage performances and guest star appearances by Herr Flick and Helga from the iconic hit series ‘Allo, Allo’!

Displaying all eras from modern day warfare, to way back in history, the Suffolk Military Show will take you on a journey through military history. This Show will be the whole military package to experience.

In the traders market place, a large range of goodies and charity stands will provide an interesting variety of shopping.  The military merchandise on offer will provide you with great deals and information, whilst a comprehensive offering of local catering stands, fresh coffee, snacks, soft drinks, ice cream and a licensed bar will be easily to hand. Taking the hassle out of your day, the Suffolk Military Show also includes added extras to make your experience even more enjoyable; free on-site parking, lost children point, disabled access, informative show commentary, show programme and opportunities to meet the guest stars.

Offering fun for all the family, the Suffolk Military Show will take place at on Saturday 30th (09.00-17.00) and Sunday 31st July (10.00-16.00) 2022 at the Suffolk Show Ground, Trinity Park, Felixstowe Road Ipswich IP3 8UH. Tickets available to purchase now.


Pay attention peasants! Herr Flick and Helga (the real ones!) are available for you to meet at The Suffolk Military Show 2022.

Kim Hartman and Richard Gibson are best known for playing Herr Flick and Helga in the wonderfully popular ‘Allo! ‘Allo! throughout the world, which, all though finished filming in 1992, is still highly regarded as one of the best British sitcoms ever!

For The Suffolk Military Show, Richard and Kim will be attending on both show days and will be showcasing on our main stage a 25-minute sketch, with laughter, music and magic, followed by question-and-answer sessions and anecdotes around the making of the series and the artists’ experiences in the entertainment world.

Kim and Richard will also make themselves available to be photographed in costume with members of the public.