Dear Fellow Bristoleers, A group of us from the Bristol Owners Heritage Trust went to Bristol Cars at Windlesham on Thursday for a socially distanced viewing of the sad remains of Bristol Cars Ltd and Bristol Cars Services Ltd., now both in liquidation.Our brief as a registered charity is to conserve and make available for education and research heritage… Continue reading An urgent notice from the Bristol Owners Heritage Trust
Here is an audio file of the engine of a Bristol 401 being started and running An audio file of a Bristol 405 being started and running in traffic with stops and starts at lights Please do send us recordings of your Bristol be it 2 litre, V8, V10 or other and we will add… Continue reading The Music of Bristols
There is an interesting article in the June 2020 edition of The Automobile. To quote: Long before the first Bristol production car was constructed, the Filton aviation company considered plans to build the Alfa Romeo 6C under licence in the UK. Ultimately, this fascinating project came to nothing, as Sir George White explains.
Jonathan Wood looks at the first of the distinguished Bristol line, the 400. This was a pre-war BMW in all but name, with its 326 chassis, 328 engine and 327-derived body. Top: A 400 is dwarfed by the Bristol Brabazon at Filton in 1947. The transatlantic airliner first flew in 1949 but was cancelled in… Continue reading Bristol 400 by Jonathan Wood
Survivors of the day’s HMRC tax year deadline were able to attend our annual-ish lecture day on 6 April 2019. The day started with stylish riverside parking of nearly a dozen Bristols by kind courtesy of Bristol City Council, who graciously assented not to tow us away. Guest of honour was a BMW 326 parked,… Continue reading Bristol Owners Heritage Trust lecture day at the Create Centre and City of Bristol Archives on April 6 2019
Design and the Bristol Car contains a description of the evolution of draughting and, in particular, lines drawing techniques from shipbuilding days, through aviation design and car design into the Computer Aided Design era, interspersed with the life story of Dudley Hobbs, chief designer at Bristol Cars from 1946 to 1976. The second part of… Continue reading Design & the Bristol Car by John Hobbs
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This is an old film from about 1951 (only 5 years since the end of WWII) which shows Bristol as it was back then. It was a different world! "How a thousand years of history have helped the West Country capital to emerge from the blitz as a modern city of art and industry. Explore… Continue reading Bristol – as it was 70 years ago!
There is a very good article by Gary Axon in the Hagerty newsletter entitled "Exclusive, Expensive, Eccentric and Expired – A Potted History of Bristol Cars"Click on the above link to read it.
Design and the Bristol Car is the story of the evolution of draughting techniques from the shipbuilding days, through aviation design and car design into the CAD era, interspersed with the life story of Dudley Hobbs, Chief Designer at Bristol Cars from 1946 to 1976. John Hobbs will be our speaker tonight. Doors 6pm for… Continue reading CANCELLED: Brooklands Museum: Classic Talk: Design and the Bristol Car