A Barn find Bristol … The Heritage Trust never rests. Our constant crusade of digging out old stuff has been going from strength to strength lately with splendid donations from the estates of Syd Lovesy, Dudley Hobbs, and Dennis Sevier. An intriguing phone call reached us by a roundabout route, via the Bristol Cars showroom. “We… Continue reading The Heritage Trust never rests….!
Some photos of Syd Lovesy, former Factory Manager of Bristol Cars Ltd who died on 20 April 2018 aged 98. Bristol Filton Airport, September 18, 2010: Syd Lovesey 91 who at the time had been working at the factory since 1945, former owner of Bristol cars Toby Silverton, and Sir George White IV whose grandfather… Continue reading Syd Lovesy’s Photo Gallery
During most of this decade I’ve been tracking down and interviewing on film key people who had had a significant part of the Bristol Cars story in one way or another. As a taster all members of both UK clubs were sent a DVD of our interview with Sir George White. But we also have… Continue reading Video recordings of significant Bristol figures
Donors may ask - What have you done with our money? The Display car: We have prepared and restored a barn find Type 403 for display in Aerospace Bristol , just across the Brabazon runway from its original birthplace. This is said to be one of the most photographed items in the new Museum. The… Continue reading What we have done with your money
The Type170 Bristol Freighter was a post-war work horse. Designed at the end of the war but produced in the Brabazon era, it was built in two configurations , firstly with a passenger carrying capacity of 32 , (exceeded in very special circumstances) and secondly with its bluff nose hinged to open like a clamshell,… Continue reading The Bristol Type 170 Freighter – and some Bristol cars
Yolande was an American - British actress, voted the most promising female newcomer to the stage in 1950. The arrival of this celebrity at Filton in her Type 401 was worthy of attention from Ted Ashman the Works photographer, for the in-house Bristol Review. This picture also reflects the Bristol car’s potential female market –… Continue reading US Star of stage and screen Yolande Donlan visits Filton in 1952 in her Type 401.
The Bristol Scroll… (off a Bristol bus!) We were sent a query - what is the origin of the Bristol "Scroll" that emblazons our beloved cars (and local buses too)?This wasn’t easy to track down, but we consulted our President…. Here is Sir George's advice: What your correspondent needs is a copy of Martin S.… Continue reading What is the Origin of the Bristol “Scroll”?
The Bristol Owners Heritage trust has recently received a fascinating piece of 1950s ephemera from the family of Peter Riley who started his apprenticeship with Bristol in December 1950. His nephew Michael sent this, kindly forwarded by Dennis Leigh. Michael has fond memories of riding in the back of the untrimmed experimental type 404 “Bomb”, going… Continue reading BAC Apprentice Scheme
We are delighted to say that the Bristol Owners’ Heritage Trust's little effort was chosen as the Historic Motoring Award Publication of the Year at a charming little event at the Rosewood Hotel in High Holborn recently. To quote the blurb: " For this award, the judges are looking for a truly outstanding book, published… Continue reading Historic Motoring Publication of the Year Award 2019