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Welcome To The Team

Today, we have welcomed a new member to the Bridge Classic Cars workshop team. Sam Lucas has joined us as a Workshop Assistant. This means

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Two Beautiful Classics

Every now and again, we have two classic cars side-by-side that just have to be photographed together. Today, this happened with our 1929 Riley 9

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In For A Service

A new addition has entered the Bridge Classic Cars workshop in the form of our 1994 Daimler Double Six. It has come to us for

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Jaguar MKII

We recently welcomed a 1964 Jaguar MKII into the Bridge Classic Cars workshop. Despite this beautiful classic car not being here very long, our team

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F3 Track Day

Our good friend Jack recently spent some time at Circuit Paul Ricard for an F3 track day. Driving an F3 car around a track like

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Paint Improvements

A 2017 Volvo V90 recently spent some time in the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop. Our paint team were repainting the black parts of the car

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A Second Go At The IVA

Our 2022 Bridge C-Type Replica has recently gone through an IVA (Individual Vehicle Assessment) in order to get licensed with the DVLA. This time, everything

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100 Years Of MG

2023 marks 100 years of MG. Known for some of the most popular British sports cars over the years, celebrating a century of automotive engineering

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Rated Strong

In the midst of these complex and challenging times for almost all businesses, we are very excited to share that Bridge Classic Cars has achieved

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A New Arrival

Over the weekend, a very special project arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars Suffolk HQ. This Cobra project has been in the works for the

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A Container Arrives

Finding space for all the classic vehicles that come into the Bridge Classic Cars workshop can be a big challenge. To make some additional secure

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Sunset Classic Car & Bike Meet

Last night, we welcomed more than 100 car enthusiasts to The Atelier at Bridge Classic Cars for our Sunset Classic Car & Bike Meet.

Everyone here had a great time and enjoyed spending time with some familiar faces (and a whole load of new ones too).

The weather was ideal for a sunset car meet, with sunshine, no rain, and a glorious sunset that made the collection of beautiful vehicles look even better in the dying light.

As well as cars and bikes to admire, we also had food, drink, and some music too. The atmosphere was relaxed and everyone in attendance certainly seemed to enjoy showing off their cars as well as admiring others.

We would like to thank everyone who joined us last night and we hope to see you again at some of our upcoming events.

Welcome To The Team

Today, we have welcomed a new member to the Bridge Classic Cars workshop team.

Sam Lucas has joined us as a Workshop Assistant. This means that he will be spending lots of time around classic cars, helping the technician team as they restore some very special projects. In addition to this, Sam will also be training to be part of our vehicle delivery team so, if you’re lucky enough to win one of our cars through Bridge Classic Cars Competitions, you could very well see Sam up close and personal.

Despite today being his first day as an official member of the team, this isn’t the first time Sam has worked with us, as he played a big part in our live draws and other events where he put his skills as a cameraman to great use!

Everyone here at Bridge Classic Cars would like to welcome Sam to the team and we are looking forward to working with you.

Two Beautiful Classics

Every now and again, we have two classic cars side-by-side that just have to be photographed together. Today, this happened with our 1929 Riley 9 Tourer and our 1927 Delage DI Sport Boat Tail.

From the front, there are some similarities in the look of these two cars that are just two years apart in age but, from the rear, it’s a very different story!

Our Riley 9 Tourer and our Delage DI Sport Boat Tail are stunning on their own but, when seen together, the resulting picture is something very special indeed.

A Visit From The Jensen Owners Club

This morning, we welcomed members of the Jensen Owners Club into The Atelier at Bridge Classic Cars.

Our workshop was the meeting point for the group before they headed off for a photo shoot in the local area. While they were with us, they enjoyed a drink and some cake, as well as taking a look at some of the current restoration projects the team are working on.

It was great to meet a group of enthusiasts who have a passion for Jensens as much as we do (and their cars looked incredible too!)

In For A Service

A new addition has entered the Bridge Classic Cars workshop in the form of our 1994 Daimler Double Six.

It has come to us for a service and, while it’s here, the owner has asked if we are able to take a look at some loose trim on one of the rear doors.

We have had several Daimler Double Sixs in the workshop over the years and this one looks to be a great example.

Goodbye To Two Team Members

We recently said goodbye to two of the Bridge Classic Cars team, Lydia and Scott. They joined us as a couple and they left us as a couple too.

Lydia has done some incredible work in our trim shop and we are sure that she will continue to put her skills to good use in the future.

Scott has played a huge role in the restoration of several classic cars during his team here and we are sure that many more cars will be the focus of his attention over the next few years.

Everyone here at Bridge Classic Cars would like to wish Scott and Lydia all the best and we hope to see you both again.

Thank you for all your hard work!

Time For An Upgrade

After being with us from almost the start of it all, the time has come for the Bridge Classic Cars trailer to move on and for us to upgrade to a bigger and better option.

Despite the excitement the new trailer is bringing, there is certainly a sense of sadness to see such a longstanding part of the business leave us. Our trailer has covered thousands of miles collecting and delivering classic cars all over the country. Many of our restoration projects come into the workshop in our trailer and many leave in its protective shell on their way back to their happy owners. Since the launch of Bridge Classic Cars Competitions, the trailer has also delivered more than 100 cars to the lucky winners wherever they are in the UK.

Starting its life with us in a nice shade of grey, it was emblazoned with the Bridge Classic Cars logo and transported some true classic, vintage, and special vehicles before undergoing something of a transformation. Going from grey to black, the new look trailer had a new style while still carrying a huge variety of vehicles to and from the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.

As the list of our current projects continues to grow, a bigger trailer is needed to keep up with the flow of vehicles needed to be brought into the workshop…and that’s where the new Bridge Classic Cars trailer comes in.

As you can see from the photos below, our new trailer is quite a bit bigger than the previous one and certainly looks to be up for the job of moving classic vehicles wherever they need to be.

It’s not entirely the end for our old faithful trailer though. It now moves on to be part of a race team and will, no doubt, cover many more miles, and carry some equally as important cars in the next chapter of its life.

The Bridge Classic Cars trailer – a loyal workhouse. The new trailer – soon to be seen collecting and delivering classic vehicles all over the country.

More Improvements In The Atelier

Our events space, The Atelier, has continued to be improved upon with some more additions to the bar area.

This time, Christian has made some metal panels to cover the ends of the workspace behind the bar and, as you can see from the photos below, even this relatively small change has made the bar look even cooler than it already did.

The Atelier continues to develop and evolve and it is very quickly becoming the perfect venue for petrolhead events.

Sunset Classic Car & Bike Meet

Bridge Classic Cars are thrilled to invite you to a very special event in the form of our very first Sunset Classic Car & Bike Meet.

The evening promises to be a relaxing and ambient environment where you can share your passion for classic vehicles with other like-minded enthusiasts. Meeting at sunset will create a stunning and picturesque backdrop that highlights the beauty of your classics.

Starting at 7 pm and taking place at The Atelier at Bridge Classic Cars, you will be able to enjoy food from Oscar’s mobile catering, drink, and live acoustic music to help bring your day to a chilled conclusion.

Whether you are a classic car owner, or simply an admirer of automotive artistry, our Sunset Classic Car & Bike Meet will have something for everyone. With plenty of opportunities to capture memorable moments against the backdrop of the setting sun, swap tips and advice with fellow enthusiasts, or simply admire the craftsmanship that has gone into each and every classic vehicle.

The Atelier bar will be open for drinks, and food will be available to make sure you have everything you need for an evening of automotive appreciation.

We would love it if you can join us in celebrating the timeless beauty of classic vehicles as the sun goes down over the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.

Attendance is completely FREE but please RSVP below to let us know you will be joining us.

Jaguar MKII

We recently welcomed a 1964 Jaguar MKII into the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.

Despite this beautiful classic car not being here very long, our team of classic car technicians resolved several issues that the owner had reported to us. These include the car not starting, changing the auto choke to a manual, and a full health check.

Scott noticed that the oil pressure was showing at just 15psi. After attaching a mechanical oil gauge, the oil pressure reading was much better so Scott traced the issue back to a faulty sensor.

The fuel was drained and Scott cleaned the carbs and flushed the lines before checking over the rest of the car. While doing so, he noticed a snapped spoke on one of the wheels so swapped this out for the spare.

Talking Classics with Bridge Classic Cars – Episode 2

Episode 2 of Talking Classics with Bridge Classic Cars goes live tonight at 7 pm.

Nick talks about our 1998 Lotus Elise S1, Craig talks to Elisa Artioli – the namesake of the Elise, and Molly and Nick discuss their 3 favourite Lotus cars.

We also take a look back at the very special competition for Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition that helped us raise £100,000 for charity.

You can watch the new and previous episodes on the Bridge Classic Cars YouTube Channel.

Ipswich To Felixstowe Rally

On Sunday, Molly and Lily visited the Ipswich to Felixstowe rally.

Starting at Christchurch Park in Ipswich before travelling to Felixstowe Seafront, the rally was organised by the Ipswich Transport Museum and has been an annual event for many years (with the exception of a COVID-led hiatus), and it was extremely well attended.

While at the event, Molly and Lily spoke to a number of attendees about their vehicles and they had a fantastic time. The vehicle owners they spoke to included:

  • Glen and Barbara Hurlock. They had a Ford Zodiac that they were very pleased made it to the rally in one piece as it broke down and didn’t quite make it on their last attempt!
  • Nigel Hodder. Nigel is a former customer of Bridge Classic Cars as we worked on the interior of his TR6.
  • Peter Meredith also showed off his 1971 MGB GT which he has had the pleasure of owning for the last decade.

A particular highlight of the day for Molly and Lily was the tour of a 1939 Bristol Low Bridge Bus that was partly built at Eastern Coachworks in Lowestoft. One of the bus’s owners, Martin, was kind enough to give them a tour and told the story of how a group of bus drivers had bought and restored the bus so that future generations get to enjoy and admire it too.

The bus used to have a retractable roof but this has since been replaced with a solid roof.

Bridge Classic Cars Director, Gordon also attended the rally and he too had a great day spending time with other classic car enthusiasts and admiring the wide range of classic vehicles that made the drive from Ipswich to Felixstowe.

St George’s Day Run

We have been sent some great images of the St George’s Day Run hosted by the Lancashire Automobile Club as part of the Federation of British Historic Vehicles Club’s annual Drive It Day.

The drive covered around 90 miles and went through areas such as Treales, Knott End, Trough of Bowland, the Ribble Valley, and Pendle Hill.

As we celebrated Drive It Day here at Bridge Classic Cars, along with our friends at the NSPCC, it’s great to see other classic car enthusiasts enjoying their special vehicles too.

F3 Track Day

Our good friend Jack recently spent some time at Circuit Paul Ricard for an F3 track day.

Driving an F3 car around a track like this must have been an unforgettable experience and, as you can see from the photos below, it looks like an amazing thing to do.

As cool as Jack looks in the car, we couldn’t help but notice his extra cool attire when he was out of the car too!

Rolls-Royce & Bentley Enthusiasts Visit Bridge Classic Cars

On Sunday, 16th April we welcomed the Rolls-Royce & Bentley Enthusiasts to Bridge Classic Cars.

Having such a fantastic collection of Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars parked outside the workshop was a great sight to see on a Sunday morning. The event was extremely well attended with around 50 members of the club visiting us and enjoying refreshments from The Atelier bar, as well as taking a look behind the scenes with a tour of our state-of-the-art workshop.

At Bridge Classic Cars, we are in the very privileged position of restoring and working on some of the most recognisable and sought-after classic cars in the world. With a range of classic vehicles coming into the workshop on a regular basis, it can be easy to take for granted just how beautiful these machines are.

Over the years, we have seen several Rolls Royce and Bentley motor cars pass through the Bridge Classic Cars workshop. Some have been with us for an extended period, while others have come and gone in seemingly no time at all. Despite the differences in the amount of time we spend with these vehicles, there is one common occurrence – the buzz and excitement of seeing a truly special British classic up close.

The Visit

Molly and Freddie were on hand to welcome club members to The Atelier at Bridge Classic Cars. They were available to make drinks, talk about all of the current projects we have ongoing, and, of course, admire the stunning array of Rolls-Royce and Bentleys that were parked just a few metres away.

The club visit lasted a few hours and, both Molly and Freddie had a great time getting to know as many members as possible. Freddie particularly enjoyed the round of applause he was given at the end of his tour of the workshop!

After leaving us, it was on to a local pub for some lunch and more car chat – a perfect way to spend a Sunday.

We Hope To See You Again

Everyone here at Bridge Classic Cars would like to extend our thanks to all who attended this event. We very much enjoyed hosting the club meet and we hope to see all of you (and more) again very soon.

Drive It Day 2023 – Over £2000 Raised For The NSPCC

On Sunday 23rd April, Bridge Classic Cars hosted Drive It Day.

Starting at The Hangar, at Bentwaters Parks, around 150 cars arrived and were put on display. Tea and coffee were available and there was plenty of time to admire the wide variety of vehicles in attendance.

At midday, we all travelled, in convoy, to the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, in Pettistree – a journey of approximately 7 miles. Once here, there was musical entertainment from The Buskateers, food from Suffolk Fried Chicken and Otis Breading, and The Atelier bar was open too.

The whole day was a lot of fun and it was great to see so many classic car enthusiasts turn out and spend some time with us (despite the poor weather at times!). However, it wasn’t all about fun and cars – Drive It Day helps raise much-needed funds for the NSPCC, specifically Childline.

Our Drive It Day was a great success and more than £2000 was raised over the course of the day.

Everyone here at Bridge Classic Cars would like to thank everyone who came along and we hope to see even more of you at our future events.

A Visit From An Oscar Winner

On Wednesday, we welcomed Oscar-winning Writer and Director, Mat Kirkby to The Atelier at Bridge Classic Cars.

Mat sat down with Craig to have a chat, and it was great to hear all about his work, his Oscar win, and his upcoming projects.

As an added bonus, Mat actually brought his award with him and it was exciting to see it up close. Some of the team even got to hold the 24-carat gold statue and pretend, at least for a minute or two, that we were award winners!

You will see more of Mat’s visit very soon…

Press Release: Drive It Day – Sunday, 23rd April 2023

Join Bridge Classic Cars In Celebrating National Drive It Day

As well as raising funds for the NSPCC, National Drive It Day celebrates the epic journey undertaken by 65 cars in 1900. These driving pioneers attempted to drive 1000 miles from London to Edinburgh and back again with the goal of proving the viability of the motor car.

Bridge Classic Cars are joining the celebration by hosting Drive It Day 2023. Beginning at The Hangar, in the impressive grounds of Bentwaters Air Base, there will be time to admire the wide range of vehicles in attendance. After a hot drink, we will travel, In convoy, to our main workshop in Pettistree. The route will cover approximately 7 miles.

Once at the workshop, you will be able to take a closer look at some of our current restoration projects as well as enjoying live music from local band, The Buskateers, food from Otis Breading and Suffolk Fried Chicken, and our fully licensed bar will be open too.

Drive It Day, hosted by Bridge Classic Cars, gives you the opportunity to get behind the wheel of your special vehicle, take in the sights of the picturesque Suffolk countryside, and raise vital funds for a very important charity.

National Drive It Day is on Sunday, 23rd April. We will be meeting at The Hangar, Bentwaters Parks at 11 am with the drive to the workshop beginning at noon. You can then enjoy all the food and entertainment you like until things come to an end at 3 pm.

Commemorative rally plates can be purchased to help raise funds to support the NSPCC’s Childline service. With 90% of the charity’s income coming from donations and each call costing £4 to answer, the charity and the children and young people it helps, need our help now more than ever.

More information can be found on the events section of the Bridge Classic Cars website.

Paint Improvements

A 2017 Volvo V90 recently spent some time in the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop. Our paint team were repainting the black parts of the car that needed some attention to bring them back to the condition the car’s owner wanted them to be.

Upon leaving the paint shop, the V90 looked fresher and ready to be returned to its owner.

A Second Go At The IVA

Our 2022 Bridge C-Type Replica has recently gone through an IVA (Individual Vehicle Assessment) in order to get licensed with the DVLA.

This time, everything went to plan and we are now waiting on the number plates to be delivered before we can finally take our C-Type Replica out on the road.

100 Years Of MG

2023 marks 100 years of MG. Known for some of the most popular British sports cars over the years, celebrating a century of automotive engineering is something that many owners and enthusiasts around the world will join in with.

Since 1923, there have been multiple successes, challenges, innovations, and a whole load of cars! To recognise MG’s impact on British car history, it seems fitting to share some history of the MG brand.

It All Began With A Successful Partnership

In the early 1900s, William Morris began manufacturing bicycles in Birmingham. However, come 1911, he was selling and repairing a range of motor cars from his premises which he had now renamed Morris Garages.

1922 was the year when William Morris could quite possibly have made the best decision of his life when he gave his head salesman, Cecil Kimber, a promotion to the position of General Manager. Cecil was a special individual who could not only manage the showroom and garage successfully, but he also had a talent for designing car bodywork.

When Cecil Kimber came up with a bull-nosed Morris Cowley in 1923, the MG name was used for the very first time. This marked the beginning of a soon-to-be 100-year-old car manufacturer.

1924 saw a range of cars carry the MG badge. Known as ‘Kimber Specials’ it wasn’t long before larger premises were needed to keep up with the growing order book. 4 years later, in 1928, production was moved to an old leather works – the famous Abingdon factory.

Sold To Morris Motors

In 1935, William Morris sold MG to Morris Motors. Prior to the sale though, MG had already produced a whole host of successful models including several Midgets, K-Type Magnette plus the L and M-Type Magnas.

Once under the control of Morris Motors, one of the first models to come out of the factory was the 1936 TA Midget. Before the first world war, the last few MGs to be built were the SA 2-litre, TA/B Midget, 1.5-litre VA, and the 2.6-litre WA.

During the war, Cecil Kimber left MG and sadly died in a train crash in 1945.

After the war had ended, MG went back to producing cars such as the two-seat TC, the 1947 YA saloon, and the 1949 TD Midget. Morris Motors would go on to merge with the Austin Motor Company in 1952 and formed the British Motor Corporation (BMC).

British Motor Corporation

1956 saw the production of what would be a top-seller for MG, the MGA. The MGA was available in two forms, a coupe and a convertible. In 1959, a 1600 OHV-powered MGA arrived and the MGB came in 1962.

It was in 1966, when BMC changed its name to British Motor Holdings after its merger with Jaguar, that led to a further merger with British Leyland, that would end up with MG becoming a successful part of motoring history.

The Rise And Fall

The MGB was quietly dropped in 1969. British Leyland certainly seemed to have a bias towards their Triumph models instead of MG ones. This was quite apparent during the 1970s when only the MGB V8 was produced under the MG brand. Once Midget production stopped in 1979, there was only one MG model left – the MGB with the now rubber bumpers. However, in 1980, British Leyland halted the production of MGBs and would go on to close the Abingdon factory.

MG went through various ups and downs over the next few years with a few notable models such as the MG badged Maestro – noted at the time as the world’s fastest hatchback, and the Montego. The 1.8-litre K-Series powered MGF in 1995 was also a big success.

Year 100

2023 is, so far, proving to be a great year for MG. With the brand recently announcing that they have achieved a record first quarter, their 100th year seems to have started positively.

Already this year, MG has sold 20,679 cars with more than 12,000 being delivered in March alone. The brand is now positioned as the second-best-selling manufacturer of electric cars in the UK. More success has come from the MG4 EV being crowned ‘UK Car of the Year 2023’. The judging panel described the MG4 E4 as “a landmark moment for EVs”.

Surviving 100 years in the automotive industry is no easy task but that is exactly what MG has done. Despite all the challenges the brand has had to overcome, we are still in the fortunate position where we get to see a wide range of MGs on the road; and this is something that we hope will continue for another 100 years!

On the Ragged Edge – A Tribute to Craig Breedlove

News broke in the last couple of days, that automotive pioneer and multiple land speed record holder Craig Breedlove sadly passed away aged 86.

Breedlove was part of a small alumni that would push and reset the boundaries of speed in the 1950s and 60s while living to tell the tale, in a sport that would see far too many taken far too soon.

A Southern California native, Breedlove’s obsession with speed started young. At just 13 years old, he got his hands on a 32′ Ford Coupe that he would drive around in secret, but just a few years later at 17, he would be taking an alcohol fueled 1934 Ford to 154MPH on the dry lakes of the sunshine state. This, is where the story of the fastest man in America would begin.

He began his high-speed career in what would now be seen as the start of the golden age of land speed racing. Where amateur enthusiasts could take homemade creations out on the dried salt lakes such as Bonneville and El Mirage to achieve speeds unseen or unobtainable just a few years before. To put into context, in 1927 Sir Henry Seagrave achieved a two-way average speed on 231MPH in his twin-aero engined, purpose built land speed car ‘The Slug‘. In 1957, at the age of 20, Breedlove piloted an alcohol powered ‘belly tanker’ at the Bonneville salt flats to a new record of 236MPH.

Photo by Mike Newbury from Unsplash

His chosen career path, would see him work for legendary aircraft manufacturer Douglas (later McDonald Douglas) as a structural engineer. The skills and knowledge gained from this would have a lasting and impactful future on his later career, speed.

As the sun set on the 1950s, the age of jet power had truly begun to dawn over the horizon of land speed racing. In 1959, Breedlove began his first forays into this new method of propulsion and into the record books.

With a second hand J47 jet engine, Breedlove made his jet fueled way into history with the first iteration of the legendary Spirit of America.

This move into the jet powered world, would also begin one of the most exciting eras of speed the world had ever seen. The 1960s would see the land speed record set, smashed and reset multiple times over a matter of months as Breedlove entered the fray against drivers/builders such as Art Arfons and his half-brother Walt. This triangle of competition would push the boundaries of what people thought would be possible out in the emptiness of the Utah salt plains.

In his first time out with the J47 powered Spirit of America, Breedlove would run the ‘car’ at over 400MPH – clocking a 407MPH average over the two-way course. In response, Tom Green (the driver for Walt Arfons) would respond with a 413MPH record in February of 1964 only to have that record shattered by Walt’s half brother Art at the wheel of his own creation ‘The Green Monster’ with 434MPH. To respond, Breedlove came back with a 468, 500 and then 526MPH. This would spark one of the greatest rivalries in the automotive world between Arfons and Breedlove that would see them push eachother harder, faster and stronger towards what many see as the true ragged edge.

Famously, at the end of his record setting 526MPH run – both of the parachutes used to slow down Spirit of America tore to shreds and because of this, Breedlove completely burnt the brakes out trying to slow the several ton machine down. He outran the boundaries of the salt flats, rolling the ‘car’ into the lake which sat at the end of the course. His crew, fearing the worst, rushed down the course to help their driver… only to find him soaking wet and dancing on the waters edge and screaming ”and now for my next trick, I will set myself on fire!” A true reflection of a man who understood the risks but chased the rewards. His car was in tatters and he knew that someone would be along to challenge that record soon…

He wasn’t wrong, his biggest rival Art Arfons soon responded with a 536MPH record.

Photo by Sierra Ray from Unsplash

The only way to truly prove a point was to push the limit of what was even conceivable. Breedlove came back to Arfons’s record with a now historic 600MPH run in November of 1965. To back it up, Breedlove then pushed Spirit of America even further on the way back to get an average of 606.6MPH. The first man to run 500 and 600MPH. With the sound barrier growing closer and closer, pilots and builders had no clue when this would happen as it also depends on multiple environmental factors. Would the car simply slip past it like a plane? Or, because of the shockwave being created so close to the ground – would it instantly rip the land speeder apart as it traveled across the vast emptiness? No one knew.

The following story has passed into speed record folklore: Breedlove and Arfons were bitter rivals. Arfons being the working mans hero and Breedlove as the all-American poster boy with the backing of huge sponsors and wore a spacesuit for his record runs. One night, towards the end of those crazy few years, Breedlove and Arfons would meet on the edge of Salt Flats. No one knows the words the two contemporaries exchanged exactly, but people have said it went along the lines of one asking the other ”when does all this end?” with the other replying ”when one of us gets it wrong”.

The fear didn’t stop Breedlove from trying to push the limits harder and harder. Over the following years, Breedlove would attempt to beat his records. However, he never did manage to push that any further but neither did Arfons who trying to break a record would see him survive the fastest and most severe accident on earth at 609mph with only a headache and two black eyes.

Over those beautiful few years in the early to mid 1960s, these superhumans would expand what people thought was possible. New ways to engineer solutions to problems never before faced – tyre technology, suspension set up and construction and advanced aerodynamic theory and implementation were all aspects of the automotive world which had been moved on at a pace no one had seen before.

In the following 20 to 30 years, the land speed record would only be moved on by around 100MPH. The current record being attributed to Richard Nobles Thrust SSC, an evolution of everything learned from pioneers such as Breedlove, to 763.055MPH – breaking the sound barrier for the first time on land. Breedlove’s status in the history books are sealed, his achievements and records can never be taken away or tainted or disputed.

The wonderful story of this gladiator of motion is best summed up in a beautiful film, The Wildest Ride. Released in 1964, it follows Breedloves attempts and record run to be the first person to cross the 500MPH mark (you can watch the film for free on YouTube below).

Craig Breedlove, and the team behind Spirit of America, were true pioneers of their time. From all of the world, and all throughout the car world, he will be sorely missed. One of the final connections to those glory days of speed.

Rated Strong

In the midst of these complex and challenging times for almost all businesses, we are very excited to share that Bridge Classic Cars has achieved noteworthy recognition from a prominent data analysis company.

They recently reached out and informed us that, among the landscape of 374 classic car specialist companies throughout the UK, we have been given the rating: STRONG.

This accolade is something the entire team is proud of. Navigating the current economic climate has undoubtedly presented its share of trials, making this recognition all the more meaningful. This acknowledgement serves as a testament to our team’s perseverance, innovative approach, and the outstanding service we provide for all of our customers.

Moving forward, we remain determined in our pursuit of excellence, continually setting benchmarks in the classic car industry and upholding the standard of being “STRONG” in every sense of the word.

A New Arrival

Over the weekend, a very special project arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars Suffolk HQ.

This Cobra project has been in the works for the past 30 years with its previous owner, but now the current owner has bought it to our Pettistree workshop to get the car working and fitted out before then moving onto the next phase of work.

We’re excited to get started on this Cobra and make sure you check out the Bridge Classic Cars news page for more on the Cobra project very soon.

March Mini Madness – Behind the Scenes of our 1979 Austin Morris Mini 850 Live Draw

Last night, we invited all of our Mini friends to come over to our Pettistree workshops for the live draw of our 1979 Austin Morris Mini in our Atelier building.

With the weather holding off, we opened the doors for everyone to come in with incredible woodfired pizzas from Picollo Pizza Box and the Atelier Bar serving everything from our Rijo42 Coffee to the always popular Adnams 0.5% range – Our friends had something in hand to listen to the amazing set by Annika Rands.

As the clock struck 7PM and the sun began to dip lower across the Suffolk countryside, it was time for us to find out who the lucky winner of our 1979 Austin Morris Mini was! Would it be someone in the room…

Molly and Freddie took our virtual friends are the Atelier through our Facebook live stream, going through some of the upcoming competition cars as well as some other exciting news about a very special Jaguar which you’ll find out more about very soon.

At 10 past 7, as always, the competition closes. This marks the point where fate and luck collide as we find a new home for a dream classic somewhere in the UK. With only a couple of hundred tickets remaining, Molly gathered everyone in the room a little closer and beckoned those behind a screen to edge forward on their seats.

As with every live draw, we wait until everyone (both in the room and on the web) can clearly see our screen loaded up with the Google Random Number Generator. After a quick test outside of the 1-4999 tickets, everything was in place to find the classic Mini a new home.

Molly carefully and precisely put the numbers in, 1 and 4999 for the generator to search through. With a drum roll and a countdown by everyone in the audience, Molly clicked the fateful button which has led to over 130 people winning through Bridge Classic Cars Competitions.


Those were the exact numbers that showed up bold and resolute on the screen.

That particular ticket had been part of a handful of tickets bought by Anthony Wardley – The new owner of our 1979 Austin Morris Mini 850.

The First 200mph+ Car Is Coming Back

On 29th March 1927, on Daytona Beach in Florida, Major Henry Segrave drove a Sunbeam, known as ‘The Slug’, over 200mph. This was the first time that any car had ever reached this speed and set a new land speed record. Now, 96 years later, on 29th March 2023, The National Motor Museum is launching its Sunbeam 1000hp Restoration Campaign to bring this ground-breaking car back to life.

The campaign aims to raise £300,000 for a full restoration and to take ‘The Slug’ back to Daytona Beach in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the record in 2027. Restoring a car that has two 22.5-lire V12 engines is obviously a huge task so a major fundraising campaign is needed to make it possible.

After being designed and built for the sole purpose of going faster than 200mph, ‘The Slug’ was, at the time, the fastest car in the world. The excitement around the car was immense and around 30,000 people headed to Daytona Beach to watch Major Segrave drive at an average speed of 203.79mph. To achieve this speed, more than one engine was needed, so two Sunbeam Matabele V12 aero engines were chosen by Sunbeam’s chief engineer, Louis Coatalen. Segrave’s cockpit was between the two engines (one was at the rear of the vehicle while the other was at the front), and the finished car weighed over 3 tons.

The car travelled so fast that, during the first run, strong winds caused it to skid with Segrave having no other option but to drive into the sea to slow down! However, following corrosion attacking the internal workings of the engines, ‘The Slug’ has not been run for more than 50 years.

The National Motor Museum is working with Brookspeed Automotive to restore this incredible car, and the work will be carried out in the public eye through visits to the museum as well as through online content such as videos and blog posts.

To raise awareness of the campaign, ‘The Slug’ will be taken to motoring events and shows all over the UK and Europe before also going on a tour of motoring museums in America too.

The National Motor Museum has owned the Sunbeam since 1970 and it has been one of the main displays there ever since. Their Senior Engineer, Ian Stanfield, has already started stripping down the rear engine to investigate how bad the corrosion damage truly is.

Restoring a car that is as special and such a big part of motoring history as this is a worthwhile project. There aren’t many better ways to help future generations recognise how ground-breaking ‘The Slug’ was than by bringing it back to life for them to see first-hand.

The National Motor Museum’s Head of Development Michelle Kirwan said: “This is a wonderfully exciting opportunity to raise the funds necessary to breathe new life into the two aero engines and enable the Sunbeam to run again.

“To be able to take this iconic car back to Daytona, where world Land Speed Record history was made, would be incredible – especially in the centenary year. We are grateful for Brookspeed Automotive’s support with this campaign and look forward to working together to achieve the ultimate goal of such a historic run, which will capture the imagination of motoring enthusiasts around the world.”

The Next Generation Of Classic Car Restoration

To some people, the classic car world is one that will eventually die out as the automotive industry continues to move forwards at a blistering pace towards an alternative fuel future.

However, classic cars hold so many memories and interesting stories that more and more of the younger generations are finding their way into classic car restoration. One such person is 19-year-old Luke Henshaw who is the Heritage Vehicle Apprentice at The Great British Car Journey in Ambergate, Derbyshire.

Snow Day – Our 1969 MGC GT in the snow and should you drive your classic in the winter

It’s a divisive viewpoint in the classic car world – Do you use your classic in the snow and clean it down afterwards or keep it tucked away?

Well, the cold weather was closing in on our Suffolk HQ this morning. As the snow began to fall across the surrounding countryside, some of our own cars which are stored outside whilst awaiting time in the workshop got a light dusting. One of those, was our personal 1969 MGC GT.

That’s what sparked this question. In period, these cars would of course have been taken out and driven in all weathers but as their rarity and age grow so does the scarcity in which they are used in the majority of cases.

During the cold snap a few years ago, I owned a 1972 Volkswagen Beetle 1300 and proved (if only to myself) that categorically it was the greatest all-terrain vehicle of all time. With no ABS, no power steering or traction control to interfere with driving and all its mighty 36BHP heading straight to the rear wheels with the weight of its flat-four engine sitting right above it, the grip was phenomenal as I drove on my hour long commute across the wintery Suffolk countryside on back lanes and B-roads.

But, it did pay a price. I forgot to clean down the wings and front edge of the pan which began to corrode. This would ultimately spread and caused me some more issues down the line. But, I learnt from that. Just like with a modern car, the salt and moisture will begin to cause damage and corrode components if left.

It’s not as noticeable with modern cars as it is with classics, perhaps down to the wider use of plastics and composites for body panels and trims or better weather proofing in modern paints and coatings but if left long enough for long periods of time, the dreaded bubbles start to appear…

Our customer cars do not go outside in this kind of weather. At the first hints of any rain or not ideal weather, they are brought inside for safe keeping and cleaned down instantly before being put away in the shelter of our workshop.

But it’s an interesting thought, do you use them in the winter or keep them tucked away?

A Container Arrives

Finding space for all the classic vehicles that come into the Bridge Classic Cars workshop can be a big challenge. To make some additional secure storage for the workshop team to make use of, a container has recently arrived.

This extra space allows the technicians to be able to make effective use of the workshop while still being able to keep the special classics that come to us safe and secure.