January 9, 2023

Engine Rebuilt

The engine of our 1940 Morris Gun Tractor has been undergoing a complete rebuild. This has been making good progress and we are now expecting

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Prep Work

Our 1959 Jensen 541R has continued to make progress through its restoration journey over the last week or so. Lydia has been hard at work

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Delivering Our 2005 Aston Martin DB9 To Its New Owner

We recently took a drive all the way from our Suffolk workshop to Cornwall to deliver our 2005 Aston Martin DB9 to its new owner – Nick Jones.

Nick was the lucky winner randomly selected in our live draw held on Thursday 22nd December 2022. His winning ticket number was 1643.

While we were on the road, we visited a very interesting place called Hawksfield. We enjoyed spending a bit of time here seeing the vintage and classic vehicles in various locations around the facility.

A Successful New Year’s Car Rally

Yesterday the Bridge Classic Cars New Year’s Car Rally took place.

The rally began at our workshop where participants enjoyed hot drinks and the opportunity to speak with fellow car enthusiasts. Once everyone had spent some time admiring each other’s cars and had a cup of coffee, we all set off, in convoy, towards our first stop at Friday Street Kitchen

After a quick stop to admire the cars once more, the rally continued on its way to The White Hart in Blythburgh for a traditional Sunday lunch.

Our New Year’s Car Rally was a lot of fun for everyone involved and we loved seeing the more than 50 cars that took part.

Thank you to everyone who came along and we look forward to seeing you again very soon and a very special thank you to Malachy Curry for sending us some of the below photos.

We have lots more events coming up throughout 2023 so make sure you keep an eye on our events page to keep up to date with what we will be doing in the future.

A Unique Story Of 2 1964 Daimler V8 250s

Most classic cars come with a unique history of memories and stories that date back decades and even multiple generations. A lot of the time though, these stories and these memories are very personal to the current and former owners of the vehicles.

However, from time to time, the story of certain classic cars extends beyond the owners and becomes a truly unique tale that can be understood and felt by many.

A Marriage Standing The Test Of Time

When married couple, Mr and Mrs Stannard from Lowestoft in Suffolk purchased a car together, they fell in love with their 1964 Daimler V8 250. After around a year of ownership, the couple decided that an additional car was needed so Mr Stannard set out to purchase another vehicle.

While he was on the look out for a new car, he found one that he really liked. It was another 1964 Daimler V8 250. After the sale was complete, he took the car home ready to meet its new garage-mate of the same age, make, and model.

It was only once he had driven the car home that Mrs Stannard noticed something extremely special about his purchase.

She saw that one Daimler V8 250 had the registration WVG 564 and, surprisingly, the other Daimler V8 250 had the registration WVG 565.

An Unlikely Story

It’s not every day that you see two classic Daimlers side by side. It’s even more rare to see two classic Daimlers side by side that are the same age and the same model with sequential number plates. What’s even rarer still is to see two Daimlers like this that belong to a husband and wife.

An accidental purchase of the second vehicle certainly adds another level of intrigue to this unlikely story. When Mr Stannard set out to purchase the second vehicle, had no idea that the car he ended up buying had an almost identical registration to the one he and his wife already owned.

2 1964 Daimler V8 250s – Kept In 2 Nearby Garages Waiting To Be Reunited

The couple would eventually park their two vehicles in the two separate garages. Despite being close by, the cars would be kept in their individual garages until the team here at Bridge Classic Cars unearthed them towards the end of 2022.

On a cold December morning, the team got on the road to meet the couple who had owned the cars for a large part of their lives.

It was obvious that these cars hadn’t been seen for a while as Mr Stannard bought a hammer with him just in case the garage door wouldn’t open with the key!

While the team were preparing the cars to be removed from their concrete shelters, the couple happily shared photographs and memories of times spent with the two vehicles. Young children were seen in some of the photos alongside one or both of the classic Daimlers. As it turned out, the young girl in one of the photos was the couple’s daughter who is now in her fifties and has been married for more than twenty years!

The Story Deepens

As the cars were being slowly and very carefully moved, one of the owners handed us a file full of even more history and details of their story so far.

Upon closer inspection, the name of one of the former owners stood out from the rest. Winston Churchill is listed as someone who has once owned one of these 1964 Daimler V8 250s. While it doesn’t appear to be THE Winston Churchill but, instead, a local Lowestoft resident with the same name, with the story that these two cars keep telling, perhaps it wouldn’t be too farfetched for this to be investigated even further.

The original service book and documentation were with the cars highlighting just how much this couple and their previous owners cared for them.

A Team Effort

Several members of the Bridge Classic Cars team were involved in the successful removal and loading of the two Daimlers.

It took a lot of time, care, and skill to move the two cars without any significant issues. Each one was slowly and carefully removed from its garage and loaded into our trailer ready to be driven for around an hour back to our storage facility at former air base, Bentwaters.

Both of these 1964 Daimler V8 250s now sit in a much larger garage than they have been used to for the past decade or two. They are surrounded by a wide range of other classic vehicles in various states of restoration in our secure storage building known as, The Hangar.

The Future is Unclear for Our 2 1964 Daimler V8 250s

There isn’t a set plan in place for the future of these two almost identical Daimlers. One thing we do know for certain though is that it seems right that they are kept together whatever the future may hold.

Both vehicles clearly need to undergo a full restoration. Extensive work is required on the interior and exterior, and it is clear that a lot of mechanical work will be a necessity too.

With no clear plan ahead of them, for now, our 1964 Daimler V8 250, registration WVG 564 and our 1964 Daimler V8 250, registration WVG 565 will stay safe and secure in The Hangar. With such an incredible story to already tell, there might still be a few more chapters left before the story completely comes to an end.

Engine Rebuilt

The engine of our 1940 Morris Gun Tractor has been undergoing a complete rebuild. This has been making good progress and we are now expecting the newly rebuilt engine to be back with us in the next few weeks.

Once the engine is back at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, the restoration journey of this impressive classic vehicle can continue.

Seeing the engine go back into our Morris Gun Tractor and eventually started up and the vehicle being driven for the first time in a while will be a very exciting event. Everyone here at Bridge Classic Cars is very much looking forward to seeing this project back up and running in the very near future.

In the meantime, as you can see from the pictures below, one of the previous issues of the damage caused to the spigot bush has now been resolved. The pictures also show that the engine is looking to be in great shape and good progress is being made on its rebuild.

Welding Continues On Our 1968 MGB GT

Welding work has continued on our 1968 MGB GT by classic car technician Rob. He cut out and started to repair the corrosion on the right-hand side of the rear chassis leg.

Once this was complete, the right-hand wheel arch and chassis rail was finished too. Rob then went on to repair the rear spring mount and strengthen it to make sure it performs exactly as it needs to when this beautiful classic car leaves the Bridge Classic Cars workshop and heads back out on the road.

Once work has finished on our 1968 MGB GT, its new owner will be found through a draw via Bridge Classic Cars Competitions. Whoever is lucky enough to win this classic car will no doubt enjoy covering many more miles behind the wheel.

Prep Work

Our 1959 Jensen 541R has continued to make progress through its restoration journey over the last week or so. Lydia has been hard at work finishing her prep work on some metal parts of this rare classic car. Lydia’s prep work is to get these components ready to be painted at a later date in the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop.

In addition to the work she completed on some of the metal parts of the car, Lydia also spent some time shaping the new foam which will eventually be part of the door armrests, ceiling pad, and dash pad. The centre panel also got cleaned up during the process.

As well as Lydia’s prep work, Monty also did some welding work to repair some of the components Lydia went on to prepare for painting.

The backboards of our 1959 Jensen 541R had new covers fitted by Lydia too. She sewed piping around the covers as well as sewing the pockets up and onto the backboards too.

The Investigation Begins

Classic car technician Steve recently began his investigation on our 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta TI. During his work, he found a few issues that will need to be resolved while our Alfa is here with us at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.

One of the first things that Steve noted in his investigation was that the brake cylinders were corroded and leaking which has caused the brake shoes to become contaminated with brake fluid.

Another issue discovered during Steve’s initial investigation was that the nearside rear drive shaft seal was leaking too. This was also causing contamination of the brake shoes.

The brake master cylinder seals of our Alfa Romeo Giulietta TI are leaking and the top radiator hose is cracked while the bottom hose is rubbing on the steering box.

In addition to the issues found with the brakes and seals, Steve also noted that both front chassis outriggers are corroded and in need of attention. Additionally, there appear to be several oil leaks that need to be cleaned up to allow Steve to conduct a more thorough investigation into where they might be coming from.

Our Alfa Romeo Giulietta TI has only been with us for a short while but Steve was very keen to start work on it as soon as possible. Although several issues were found during his work, it doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a great-looking classic car and, once all the work is complete, the owner will have their car returned to them in full working order.