The Mince Pie Drive

On 1st December 2023, we set off on a festive adventure across the Suffolk countryside – our first-ever Mince Pie Drive. The day dawned bright

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Saab 9-3

This 2006 Saab has been brought into us at Bridge Classic Cars as a non-runner. Ady, our engine specialist has found that the engine has

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The Mince Pie Drive

On 1st December 2023, we set off on a festive adventure across the Suffolk countryside – our first-ever Mince Pie Drive. The day dawned bright but extremely cold and icy. We decided to still venture out, albeit with a smaller convoy than first planned. The Bridge Classic Cars team wrapped up warm and headed out (special mention goes to our friends Garry Catchpole and Derek Rush for joining us).

The idea behind our Mince Pie Drive was to take classic cars to several local residential care homes to bring nostalgia and festive cheer to the residents and staff. There were mince pies, kindly provided by The Bakehouse Bakery Woodbridge, and carol singing from Molly and me (sorry about that folks!)

We went first to Highlands in Woodbridge before making our way to Bucklesham Grange Care Home, where we were greeted by the lovely Amanda-Jane Frank, who introduced us to the residents. Several came out to have a look at our cars, with Derek’s BMW proving to be a favourite here. Luke Deal from BBC Suffolk came along to chat with us and see what we were up to. You can listen to that interview here.

Next, we headed to Glebe House in Hollesley. The residents were just having their lunch, and talk about a meal with a view! The mince pies were a very welcome dessert! Lastly, whilst chasing the last hour of daylight, we popped to our neighbours at Lehmann House in Wickham Market.

We are so humbled by all the lovely residents and incredible care workers we met on our Mince Pie Drive. It was so wholesome to be able to remind them of yesteryear by bringing along a spectrum of cars. There really was something for everyone.

We can’t wait to do more events like this in future.

A Breath of Fresh Air For Our 1951 MG TD

Dave, one of our Master Technicians has worked his magic on this wonderful MG TD. It’s been treated to a full recommission and service here at Bridge Classic Cars. As part of the recommissioning process, it was noted that the non-standard air filters would be hindering our TD’s engine capability.

As part of the work carried out, Dave has remade the old air filters with new and improved filters, allowing this MG to breathe more freely.

Dave’s relocated the radiator support bracket to better fit the new air filters. ‘It’s quite possible the engine in the vehicle isn’t original, as this MG wouldn’t have left the factory with the air filters being impeded’, Dave explains. Superb work, Dave!

Two Jaguars Let Loose in The Workshop

Two beautiful classic Jaguars have arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars Workshop today. Both very different cars, but both undeniably special examples.

Firstly we have the 1963 Jaguar SS100. In for a couple of minor repairs highlighted by a MOT test. This lovely classic has already received a new steering boot and a new air filter. To fit within the SS100’s engine bay, Paul has modified the filter slightly to perfectly fit. Superb work, Paul!

The 2nd Jaguar of the day is this rare XJRS TWR. Featuring a Jaguar 6.0l V12 Engine, this big cat certainly can roar.

The XJRS is in the workshop for a general health check, as well as investigating some unwanted noises coming from the underside of the car.

The TWR in this Jaguar’s name stands for Tom Walkinshaw Racing. TWR were a race team and engineering firm founded in 1976 by touring car racer Tom Walkinshaw.

TWR became associated with Jaguar in 1982. Partnering with the successful entry of the Jaguar XJS into the European Touring Car Championship.

TWR and Jaguar formed JaguarSport initially to build tuned versions of Jaguar road-cars, such as this gorgeous XJRS. They also produced upgraded versions of the XJ220 and XJR-15 sports cars at a new facility at Bloxham. By 1994, JaguarSport had been liquidated, with the Bloxham factory being overhauled for production of Aston Martin automobiles.

Take a look at the full galleries below of these stunning Jaguars.

1956 Series One Land Rover: Carburettor Restoration

Bridge Classic Cars’ Engine Specialist, Ady has begun working on our 1956 Series One Land Rover.

The car has been sat for over 30 years without being run. To get the engine fired into life once more, Ady has stripped the carburettors down and given them a good clean and refurbish. He then assembled the carbs back together, ready to fit onto the engine. Great work, Ady!

1982 Porsche 911 – Paint Repairs and Roof Lining Repairs

Our 1982 Porsche 911 is in the workshops to have a couple of areas of paintwork addressed. The front nearside wing has a small but deep scratch that needs repairing. The rear spoiler has unfortunately suffered the effects of having slight moisture. The car has been sitting under a cover and we believe the cover has allowed moisture to get in but not to breath which has resulted in a very minor bubbling effect. This area will need to be stripped of paint, treated, prepared properly and re-painted.

Whilst in, we will look to repair a small tear in the roof lining. We are aiming to repair the area in situ, without having to replace it with new. itr would be lovely to keep the existing roof lining but we’ll assess the results once complete to see whether it is to our satisfaction.

Finally, all four wheels will undergo a full refurbishment.

£2,000 Donated To The NHS From Our MGB Roadster Competition

Bridge Classic Cars would like to thank everyone who entered our 1964 MGB Roadster competition. This donation was made on behalf of each and every one of you who supported our first ever competition. 

Thank you to all the wonderful NHS staff and key workers across the country. We are immensely grateful for your courage, resilience and compassion in these trying times.

Stay safe, stay well and stay positive. 

The Bridge Classic Cars Team

Damage repair in the Paint Shop – 2015 Vauxhall Mokka

Darren has worked wonders on a repair to our Vauxhall Mokka. We also carry out body and paint repairs on modern cars. Our state-of-the-art paint booth is capable of matching any colour perfectly.

Darren has done a wonderful job on this Vauxhall. As you can see below, there was quite significant damage to the drivers side of the car, spanning across multiple body panels.

And now the paintwork is back to perfect condition, great work, Darren!

Morris C8 Engine goes in

After many hours work from Bridge Classic Cars’ engine specialist, Ady. It is now time for the engine to be dropped onto the chassis. Ady and Pete have positioned the rebuilt engine back into the 1944 Morris C8. Pete is now completing the reassembly before we fire her back into life.

Special Delivery: Rolls Royce

Mauro and Pete were busy delivering a recent sale this weekend. This lovely Rolls Royce was loaded onto one of our trailers and delivered to our client in Westminster, London.

Did you know Bridge Classic Cars offers vehicle transportation? Get in touch with our friendly team today if you need a vehicle transported.

1977 MGB GT – Restoration back in for minor works

In July of this year we finished restoration works on this stunning one owner MGB GT. Since then the car has been thoroughly enjoyed by it’s owner. As such, it has come back to us at Bridge Classic Cars to fix some minor running issues.

There are minor issues with the door locks, dash lights and a slight gear lever rattle. All of which should be fairly straightforward for our classic car technicians to fix.

We love to see the cars we work on being driven and enjoyed by their owners. Its lovely to see this GT looking in such fabulous condition with a fresh lease of life.

1989 BMW 325 M Sport paintwork

Our lovely E30 BMW 325 M Sport is out enjoying some sun after a partial respray.

Darren has done a marvellous job in repairing the paintwork on this lovely classic BMW.

2013 Mercedes-Benz E220 AMG

Coming in for a service today is this lovely Mercedes-Benz E220 AMG. While performing our extensive service checks Pete and Tom noted the front tyres were in need of replacing. Later the same day, the tyres were fitted by our friends at We Fit Tyres Anywhere.

Saab 9-3

This 2006 Saab has been brought into us at Bridge Classic Cars as a non-runner. Ady, our engine specialist has found that the engine has a broken cam-belt and broken rocker fingers. He’s busy stripping the engine and will be diagnosing and fixing any potential faults he finds to get this vehicle back out onto the road.