Getting ready for paint

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]With our 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 safely out of the workshop and up the road with Car Glass and Trim in Ipswich, it gave

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Final week, final big push…

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Although our schedule is tight our attention to detail will never suffer, it just means we may have some busier and longer days ahead but

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Back Axle Refurb

It’s all go in the workshop this week as the pressure is on for Asa and John to finish the 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1

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Ready for top coat…

It’s been a busy few days at Bridge Classic Cars. The chrome-work has been sorted and organised ready for the rebuild and we’re expecting our

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Arriving at the docks…

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]For some time now we’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of our latest restoration project, a 1971 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 Convertible. After a long

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Looking lovely tonight…

Working late in the workshop tonight preparing for the arrival of our Series III Jaguar E-Type Convertible. Couldn’t help but stop and admire the beauty on

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Inside Gordon Forbes home

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Imagine my delight when I was asked by fellow car enthusiast Gordon Forbes of Elgin Scotland if I would like a little look round his

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Getting ready for paint

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]With our 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 safely out of the workshop and up the road with Car Glass and Trim in Ipswich, it gave John the afternoon to get on with stripping the 1971 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 Convertible, ready for paint.

And has it was such a lovely day today, we set the car up outside so John could top up his tan at the same time!!

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Fitting the Ceiling Cloth and Glass

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Today was a deadline that we couldn’t afford to miss!

We had our time slot booked in with Car Glass and Trim in Ipswich to have the new ceiling cloth and glass fitted. With only a matter of days to go until our 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 appears in the classic car auction held on Saturday 18th June at Anglia Car Auctions, it is vital, now more than ever, for us to meet all deadlines set out.

Full restorations, at the best of times, can be challenging and pressured but when you add strict time scales to the mix it makes our jobs that bit harder…but hopefully that bit more rewarding if and when its complete.

We uncovered a slight problem first thing this morning when we noticed a small water leak from behind the dash. Normally this would be something we could work on when she returns from the glass fitting but when the leak could be from behind the dash this is not a risk we were willing to take.

None the less, the fault was found and resolved and we could once again set off up the road to see Kevin and the guys at Car Glass and Trim.

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Preparing the new spokes and tyres

The brand new multi-spoke EType wheels have been fitted to the original specification tyres: Michelin 185 VR 15 XVS (185/80R 15 93V)

1966 Jaguar E-Type Spokes Wheels

1966 Jaguar E-Type Spokes Wheels

1966 Jaguar E-Type Spokes Wheels

1966 Jaguar E-Type Spokes Wheels

Final week, final big push…

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Although our schedule is tight our attention to detail will never suffer, it just means we may have some busier and longer days ahead but that’s what makes the team at Bridge Classic Cars so great!

It’s the beginning of our final full week and still lots to do in our Ipswich workshop.

If all goes well we have a daily and hourly schedule to adhere to but it’s not always as simple as we hope.

Today was the start of the chrome re-fit. It’s at this time of the restoration where we start to see the finished product taking shape.

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Elveden Classic and Vintage Car Show 2016

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By kind permission of Lord & Lady Iveagh and following the enormous success of last years Elveden Classic & Vintage Car Show, we are delighted to return to the walled courtyard gardens on the Eleven Estate.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”4311,4312,4313,4314,4315,4316″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

A day out in Felixstowe

On such a glorious summers day and being so close to the beach we would’ve been mad not to take a trip out to Felixstowe to enjoy the sunshine today.

We parked up and took a little walk along the front heading to The Fludyers Hotel for a coffee and we bumped into this beauty!

A real head turner, I’m sure it has it’s mixed opinions but we love it!!

VW Splitscreen Camper - Felixstowe Beach Front

Back Axle Refurb

It’s all go in the workshop this week as the pressure is on for Asa and John to finish the 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 restoration, ready for the auction the week after next.

And quite often the case with restoration projects, just as you think things are on track you meet an unwelcomed problem.

Today, we discovered that the back axle was not in full working order and that can only mean one thing, remove the entire back section, diagnose the cause of the problem and find a solution.

1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Rear Axle Refurb

Whilst the back axle was off the vehicle we felt it was only right to dismantle the individual components and give it a full refurb, including new springs, shocks as well as freshly painting the casing and exposed areas.

1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Rear Axle Refurb

1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Rear Axle Refurb

1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Rear Axle Refurb

Fitting the E-Type with sound deadener

FatMat Sound Control has been manufacturing Sound Dampening products for years now.

Sound Deadener plays a vital role and is one of the most crucial enhancements you can make to your vehicle! FatMat extreme will Stop Nasty Rattles, Vibrations, Road Noise.

Jaguar E-Type FatMat Fitting

Nothing even compares to the value and quality that you will get with FatMat Sound Dampening products. The key ingredients to any vehicle are the way they perform, the way they drive, the way they look and of course the way they sound.

Automobile manufactures for years now have left one of these elements out. And that’s Sound deadener! Although they usually do add some sort of sound dampening protection it does not and cannot meet the needs and demands of today’s industry.


FatMatStandard vehicles for most of us just is not an option, we want power, we want looks, we want it to rumble and we want it to sound good! The side effect of all these upgrades are that you will add a great deal of heat, inside and outside noise, vibration and rattles.

Fatmat & Rattle Trap products will eliminate all of these effects and make your ride sound and feel like a million quid!!


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.

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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)


She’s stripped and ready to go…

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Time management can be a full time job in itself when you’re restoring a classic vehicle.

You always have to be one or two steps ahead of yourself as tasks take time and time is a costly element to restorations.

We’ve all been there when you go to fit a crucial part onto the care only to realise that you forgot to order a seal for it..and then you’re told it will take 10 days to come it means you are then 10 days behind! Nightmare!

A schedule and timeline is very important when restoring as it ensures that all of the tasks that need to be carried out can be started and finished at the right time for the next one to start and finish. One slip up can cost a lot of time.

This week at Bridge Classic Cars has been a very important week for planning as we have some very strict time restrictions that we need to adhere to. With our 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 due to return from the paint shop any day now not only did we need to plan for the next stages of this restoration, we needed to start to plan for our next one as well as clearing some space in the workshop for her return.

Last week you may have seen we collected our 1971 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 Convertible from the ship at Felixstowe docks. With only a few days spare before we see the return of our 1966 Jag we needed to start working on removing the engine and stripping the car of it’s components ready for phase 2.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”4244,4243,4242,4241,4240,4239,4238,4237,4236,4235,4234,4233,4232,4231,4230,4229,4228″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Ready for top coat…

It’s been a busy few days at Bridge Classic Cars. The chrome-work has been sorted and organised ready for the rebuild and we’re expecting our Jaguar back any day now.

Here is a few of the guys getting her ready for top coat earlier today..

240526 Jaguar E-Type Top Coat

240526 Jaguar E-Type Top Coat

240526 Jaguar E-Type Top Coat

240526 Jaguar E-Type Top Coat

A special thank you to Tony at Wyatt Polishing in Thetford

When your back is against the wall and deadlines are looming your suppliers are as important as your technicians.

Tony Burgess at Wyatt Polishing in Thetford is one of our suppliers.

Tony’s company are expert metal polishers and a Chroming centre.

A keen classic car enthusiast himself he always goes the extra mile but in this instance he has gone further than that.

Bought as a part restoration and only arriving at our workshops 2 weeks ago Tony took the chrome and returned it to us in 2 weeks.

The quality of Wyatts Polishing work is superb and we want to thank Tony and his team for all his efforts and the service he gives us.

Jaguar E-Type Chrome

Jaguar E-Type Chrome

Jaguar E-Type Chrome

Jaguar E-Type Chrome

Jaguar E-Type Chrome

Arriving at the docks…

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]For some time now we’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of our latest restoration project, a 1971 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 Convertible.

After a long trip over from the states it was great to finally hear the news that she had arrived safely into Felixstowe docks.

So at 8am this morning we set off up the A14 to the docks at Felixstowe to collect her.

It’s situations like these that have make you realise just how lucky we are to have one of the largest container ports in the UK right here on our doorstep. In a way, I think we take it for granted just how close we are to Felixstowe.

So we arrived at the warehouse and sat ourselves amongst the large queue of HGV’s, all waiting to collect their loads ready for the day ahead.

We were eventually advised to drive round the back of the warehouse and await further instruction from the guys there…so we set off.

I half expected to go round the last bend of the warehouse and see our Jaguar E-Type hidden between a huge stack of empty pallets but no, far from it intact…

…turns out Bridge Classic Cars wasn’t the only company awaiting the arrival of their imported classic car today.

Check out this stunning Ford Mustang GT just hanging around.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”4154,4156,4158,4159,4161,4162,4163,4164,4165,4166,4167,4168″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]And there she was, appearing from no where…admittedly not in the most elegant of ways…our 1971 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 Convertible.

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Well on the way to a new paint finish

Although the car was 80% restored and freshly painted we were never going to happy with the paint finish. It would of been easy to bolt on the missing parts and sell as is, but Bridge Classic Cars name would be on it. We discussed at some length and the decision was to repaint. Stripped and sent to our paint shop it is now blocked and nearly ready for paint.

Jaguar Etype in paint

Jaguar Etype in paint

Jaguar Etype in paint

Jaguar Etype in paint

Jaguar Etype in paint

Jaguar Etype in paint

A future classic at John Grose Ford in Ipswich

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The lights ahead were changing to red…as I started to slow my pace on the dual carriageway all I could hear was this raw grasp of something coming up behind me. As I looked in my rear view mirror I caught a glimpse of the bright red back end of something soon to be appearing beside me…as I looked down to my side there she was, a future classic!

Here I was witnessing my first 2016 UK right hand drive Ford Mustang Fastback and if possible, looking and sounding even better than you imagine, quite rightly described by Ford themselves as ‘a legend redefined’.

Ford Mustang Right Hand Drive 01

And it was even more pleasurable today to see a collection of these beauties on show in our hometown, at John Grose Ford, Ransomes Europark, Ipswich.

Ford Mustang Right Hand Drive

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We get behind wheel of the muscular 412bhp V8 in right-hand drive form in the UK. Does it live up to the legend?

The Ford Mustang is one of the most famous cars of all-time; it’s arguably up there with the Volkswagen Beetle, Citroen 2CV and Porsche 911. However, Ford’s best known sports car has never been officially sold in the UK, and even grey imports that made it here have all been left-hand drive.

• Best sports cars to buy right now

But the brand is making amends with the all-new 2016 model, and Auto Express has got its hands on one of the first UK-spec cars. However, there’s a lot more to the latest Mustang than simply engineering it as a right-hooker, as it’s the first of its kind to get fully independent suspension front and rear, while Ford’s engineers have worked hard to ensure that the car delivers the kind of handling and performance that European customers and roads demand.

From the outside, the newcomer certainly looks like it means business. There are retro touches to the design of the nose and tail, plus a bulging bonnet and muscular wheelarches. And while the Mustang is a big car, it’s well proportioned and makes its presence felt on the road.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”4129,4130,4131,4132,4133,4134,4135,4136,4137,4138,4139,4140,4141,4142,4143,4144″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Inside, the dash has a mixture of retro design touches and modern displays. The rotary audio controls and bank of toggle switches to change driving modes are positively old school, while Ford’s latest eight-inch SYNC2 infotainment touchscreen and large central trip display are easy to use.

Overall, build quality is good, but there are some hard plastics and cheap-feeling buttons dotted around, plus the silver plastic and chrome trim on the centre console are a bit on the tacky side.

The long body means the Mustang is pretty practical for a coupe. There’s plenty of room up front, while the back seats are usable, too. In fact, the equally large (and more expensive) Nissan GT-R has far less room for back seat passengers.

Practicality is one thing, but what really matters is how the new Mustang drives. Fire up the 5.0-litre V8, and you get a traditional burble from the exhausts. Blip the throttle, and the whole car shakes, while selecting Track mode from the Driving Modes screen adds a bit more volume. It’s not as loud as a Jaguar F-Type, but it’s still a pleasing sound.

The six-speed manual gearbox has a short and crisp shift, which is helped by a user-friendly clutch. In reality, the six gears are there to help boost efficiency, because when you press on, fourth gear is all you really need to make fast progress.

Indeed, if you want to get anywhere near the claimed 20.9mpg economy figure, then you’ll find that the big, torquey V8 is happy to turn at 750rpm in sixth at 30mph if you’re cruising around town.

It’s in corners where the Mustang really needs to impress, though, and it does exactly that. The steering is light yet responsive and there are three levels of assistance – with Sport mode adding decent weight to the wheel. The traction control system has four settings; Track mode reduces the amount of electronic intervention to allow you to play with the throttle on the exit of bends, or there is the option to turn it off completely.

The 5.0 GT model comes with a limited-slip diff as standard, and the combination of fast steering and quick throttle response means the Mustang will tail slide all day if you’re so inclined. But there’s more to the Ford than just power oversteer, as the chassis also delivers decent handling. The suspension isn’t overly stiff, but body roll is well controlled and the car has an agility that defies its large dimensions.

This GT version also benefits from Brembo brakes, and while the pedal is quite sharp under foot, there’s plenty of strong and consistent bite from the six-piston calipers. The Mustang also features an Electronic Line Lock function, which is a party trick Ford has taken from drag racing.

The system fully applies the front brakes, which then allows you to spin up the rear tyres with the throttle. It’s designed to get the rears warm for standing starts at the track (Ford states that the system is for track use only), but it’s a bit of a novelty in truth. Use it frequently, and you’ll soon be on first-name terms with your local tyre fitter, as you eat your way through endless sets.

So, the Mustang is impressive in corners, yet it’s equally accomplished when you want to take it easy. The ride is comfortable at motorway speeds and only really becomes unsettled over big bumps, while tyre and road noise are well suppressed considering the big rubber tucked away at each corner.

There’s a minor issue with forward visibility due to the large hump of the bonnet ahead of you. But overall the Mustang is easy to manoeuvre, plus you get a reversing camera as standard.

We’ve established that the Ford is an accomplished drive, it looks good and benefits from useful electronic tech, but perhaps the most astonishing thing about the car is its price. In the US, the Mustang has a reputation for delivering affordable performance, and that’s something it maintains in the UK.

A price tag of £33,995 is excellent value when you consider the performance on offer, while standard kit includes sat-nav, climate control, keyless entry and go, auto xenon lights and all of the mechanical bits already mentioned – which is more than enough to overlook some of the cheaper cabin materials on show.

If you want a car with similar performance, then the BMW M235i is equally fast and is arguably better built, yet it doesn’t have the character or charm that the Mustang simply oozes from every pore.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”Key Specifications”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

  • Model: Ford Mustang 5.0 V8 GT
  • Price: £33,995
  • Engine: 5.0-litre V8 petrol
  • Power/torque: 412bhp/524Nm
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
  • 0-62mph: 4.8 seconds
  • Top speed: 155mph
  • Economy/CO2: 20.9mpg/299g/km
  • On sale: Now

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Step foot through the front doors of John Grose Ford, Ransomes Europark in Ipswich, right there in front of you will be one of the most beautiful modern day sport cars you’ll ever find…in stunning orange…it’s the 2016 Ford Mustang, UK specification, Right Hand Drive.

Use it as your high days and holidays sports car, enjoy it when the sun comes out but be sure to look after it and cherish it, this car is a future classic and in years to come this will be the car sitting in the showroom at Bridge Classic Cars![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Visiting our good friend Tim

As with all good restorations it’s key to build up great relationships with the people in the know. With so many passionate classic car enthusiasts around today it makes life so much easier when you know you can pick up the phone and speak to someone who’s been there and done that.

And when it comes to Jaguar E-Types there’s not many people around today that knows more about these beautiful machines than our good friend Tim Walton.

On Thursday Craig took a trip up to Coventry to spend some time with Tim and whilst there it would have been criminal not to have a sneak preview of his current E-Type restoration.

Tim Walton's Jaguar E-Type

Tim Walton's Jaguar E-Type

Tim Walton's Jaguar E-Type

Tim Walton's Jaguar E-Type

Tim Walton's Jaguar E-Type

Tim Walton's Jaguar E-Type

Tim Walton's Jaguar E-Type

Looking lovely tonight…

Working late in the workshop tonight preparing for the arrival of our Series III Jaguar E-Type Convertible. Couldn’t help but stop and admire the beauty on our ramp.

Maserati Merak 1976 Assembly

Maserati Merak 1976 Assembly

Maserati Merak 1976 Assembly

Maserati Merak 1976 Assembly

Maserati Merak 1976 Assembly

Game of Thrones arrives at Ipswich Volvo dealership

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Iron Throne prop from Sky Atlantic’s Game of Thrones arrives at Ipswich Volvo dealership.

Donalds Ipswich Iron Throne Game Of Thrones

The Iron Throne set piece from hit Sky Atlantic TV series Game of Thrones arrived in Ipswich this week, ready for budding Kings and Queens to have their pictures taken on the iconic prop.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Donalds Volvo dealership in West End Road, Ipswich is hosting the set piece as part of the car manufacturer’s sponsorship with Sky Atlantic, with the Ipswich dealership landing the prop for an exclusive one-off weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, members of the public are being invited to come down in their best fancy dress and have their picture taken for free, as well as taking part in competitions and a quest in the showroom.

Benjamin Grant, group marketing manager, said: “I was going back through Volvo’s Facebook feed and they did a pop-up shop at a Volvo event in Manchester with the throne.

“I just wrote to them asking if it was available for dealerships, and it was available for that weekend.

“It’s quite exclusive for a dealership to have it so it’s very exciting.”

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Mr and Mrs Fry’s first weekend out in their 1957 MGA

It was only a few weeks ago we waved goodbye to our beautiful 1957 MGA but it seems it’s already settled in with new owners, Mr and Mrs Fry.

As we were gifted with a wonderful weekend of sunshine it seems everyone was out enjoying themselves, we saw plenty of classics on the road ourselves and it was lovely to receive a text from the Fry’s with some images of their day out in the MGA.

Here they are outside the Chateau Impney Hotel in Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire.

1957 MGA Chateau Impney Droitwich

1957 MGA Chateau Impney Droitwich

Off to Thetford we go…

It has been a busy week at Bridge Classic Cars but time well spent as the E-Type is now stripped back to basics.

On Saturday morning we were finally able to sit back and really assess the extent of the work that would be required.

As you can see, the chrome work was then organised so the next stage was for Craig to load the truck up ready for it all to be delivered to Tony at Wyatt Polishing in Thetford.

As we are working to tight deadlines with this project we’ve asked Tony to pull out all the stops to get this turned round as quickly as possible and we have every faith in him…

Jaguar E-Type Chrome

Jaguar E-Type Chrome

1922 Rolls Royce ‘Silver Ghost’

Last week we had the pleasure of handing Carl and Lesley the keys to their new purchase, our 1957 MGA. They’ve had a great week with her so far and as the weather this weekend is so gorgeous they enjoyed a leisurely drive out, stopping off at a local pub.

We received a text from them with some wonderful pictures of another classic that was at the pub.

“His name is George Simpson, he has been to the Malvern Spring Festival today. He has had the car for 12 years.

1922 – Rolls Royce ‘Silver Ghost’

Rolls Royce Silver Ghost - 1922

Rolls Royce Silver Ghost - 1922

Rolls Royce Silver Ghost - 1922

Rolls Royce Silver Ghost - 1922

Rolls Royce Silver Ghost - 1922


1967 Jaguar E-Type – The disassembly continues…

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It’s been a week now since we collected our 1966 Jaguar E-Type from VVS and it’s been a very busy week at that.

The disassembly task is well under-way on the Jaguar E-Type and today we are all in the workshop ready to discuss what’s next and assigning everyone with there tasks for the following few weeks.

I have snuck away for a couple of minutes to post some more images whilst Gordon and Asa are in the workshop with Kim (the trimmer) to go through all of the different components that will need to be taken away.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”4027,4028,4029,4030,4031,4032,4033,4034,4035,4036,4037,4026″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Inside Gordon Forbes home

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Imagine my delight when I was asked by fellow car enthusiast Gordon Forbes of Elgin Scotland if I would like a little look round his palatial home.

Set in three and a half acres of manicured grounds the nine bedroom seven bathroom mansion with two extra flats and servants quarters was truly stunning.

The river Lossie of course ran through the garden. Why wouldn’t it!!!!

The four garages housed a Mercedes wide arched 560 SEC, Rover 3500 and his convertible Series 3 V12 etype and oh! and of course his lawnmower. His Dodge Ram even looked at home.

Oh and if your interested he wants to move. Could be the best £1.3 million you could ever spend.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”4009,4010,4011,4012″ title=”Mercedes Wide Arched 560 SEC”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”4013,4014,4015,4016″ title=”Rover 3500″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”4017,4018,4019,4020″ title=”Jaguar V12 E-Type Series III”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”4021″ title=”Dodge Ram”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Austin Healey at Mansion House Hotel

The north of Scotland is always a classic car haven.

The beautiful hotel and grounds of the Mansion House Hotel adds that little bit extra to our European friends.

We bumped into this fellow German enthusiast in his stunning Austin Healey, 3 litre on his over night stay before his 4 hour picturesque jaunt to Glasgow.

Austin Healey Scotland

Austin Healey Scotland

Austin Healey Scotland

Austin Healey Scotland

Anglia Car Auctions are giving away a Fiat 500 Abarth


Fiat 500 Abarth to be raffled on Saturday 18th June 2016

Free Fiat 500 Abarth 01

As a big thank you to all their vendors, purchasers and attendees, Anglia Car Auctions have decided to purchase another classic car to raffle at the June 18th auction. After much deliberation they came to the conclusion that a classic purchase is a very personal thing so, instead, procured this cheeky little Fiat 500 Abarth esseesse.

The reasoning being that if the lucky winner doesn’t like it, they can pass it on to a spouse or family member.

The car itself has covered just 19000 miles from new and is a genuine esseesse with supporting documentation and has a retail value in excess of £10,000.

So everybody should come along to the next classic car auction at Anglia Car Auctions on Saturday 18th June as you could be in with a shot![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”3993,3994,3995,3996,3997,3998,3999,4000,3992″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

The Festival of Classic & Sports Cars

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Festival of Classic Sports Cars Helmingham Hall

August 7, 2016 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Held in association with the Suffolk Vehicle Enthusiasts Club (SVEC). Over 6,000 people attended the 2015 festival. The event attracts classic and sports car owners who exhibit their cars some of which parade up and down the main drive on the two concourse runs throughout the day.

Over 700 vehicles attend, representing the last 10 decades of motoring history, including many from Britain’s motoring heyday – marques on display included Alvis, Bristol, Jensen, AC Riley, Armstong Sideley, Lea Francis, Crossley, BSA, Lagonda, Lanchester and Gordon Keeble. The oldest vehicle seen on display was a 1914 Ford Model T and the latest sports car models have included the Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Mustang’s as well as Ferraris’ and Porsche.

Download Entry Form

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This amazing collection of vehicles is displayed against the magnificent back drop of Helmingham Hall and its surrounding moat which sits in the middle of the ancient deer park.

As well as this impressive display of vehicles, the festival is also a lovely day out for the whole family with mini Land Rovers for children to drive, fairground stalls, over 40 craft and trade stalls, main ring entertainment, birds of prey and much, much more!

There will be an abundance of local food, drink and entertainment from The Broadside Boys, The Suffolk Phoenix Brass Band and Itchy Feet plus Chocks Away will be dancing throughout the day showing off their skills in Jive, Swing and Lindy Hop.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”3978,3979,3980,3981,3982,3983,3984,3985″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Calling all Motorcycle Clubs…WE NEED YOU!

In addition to classic & sports cars we would very much welcome local MOTORCYCLE CLUBS to exhibit with us. Thanks to the 2014 attendees we had a great start to this display but would welcome many more! Please email us for a motorcycle club booking form.

The 2015 event made a £5,500 donation to EACH – Ipswich Children’s Hospice
Car exhibitors have given very generous over the past 10 years and we hope that with the 2016 Festival we will be able to make an even greater donation. It is possible to make a donation with your classic car entry or as a visitor on the day at the EACH stand.

Lord Tollemache would like to thank everyone who made a donation in 2015 to The Ipswich Children’s Hospice which goes to help with the everyday running costs of the Hospice as well as days out for the children and their families.


Adults £9.00
Children 7 years and over £4.00
Children under 7 years FREE
Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £22.00

Tickets can be bought in advance via the telephone 01473 890799 or on the gate on the day (please note that credit/debit cards cannot be accepted on the gate on the day).

Well behaved dogs on leads welcome!

Answers to our 2015 ‘NAME THAT CAR!’ Prize Draw Challenge Name the car that’s associated with the Film/TV character:

  1. Simon Templar = Volvo P1800
  2. Jack Reagan = Ford Consul GT
  3. David Starsky = Ford Gran Torino
  4. Frank Cannon = Lincoln Continental Mark IV
  5. Endeavour Morse = Jaguar Mark II
  6. Jim Rockford = Pontiac Firebird
  7. Roy Cropper = Morris Minor
  8. Bo Duke = Dodge Charger
  9. Harry Orwell = Austin Healey Sprite
  10. Jim Bergerac = Triumph Roadster 2000
  11. Thomas Magnum = Ferrari 308 GTS
  12. Vera Stanhope = Land Rover Defender
  13. Brett Sinclair = Aston Martin DB5
  14. Number 6 = Lotus 7
  15. Terry McCann = Ford Capri
  16. Emma Peel = Lotus Elan

Congratulation to our winners:

Mrs Godfrey-Whitehead
Mr Iain Thorl
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