The Bristol’s Return to Filton

Return to Filton

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The Bristol Owners Heritage Trust invites you to attend our November 11th 2017 meeting at the newly opened Aerospace Bristol in Filton. You will find full travel directions and lots of other information on their web-site   The site post code is BS34 5BZ

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Attend the site all day and have access to all the exhibits and displays from 10am to 5pm for the concessionary rate of £15 per head, with preferential free parking (for Bristols and related marques). These tickets must be obtained in advance – see below.

From 2 pm to 5pm we have a series of talks celebrating the Trust’s new acquisitions and the presence of the 403 display car in Hanger 16S. The talks will be in The Concorde Building.

3 talks are planned, with a tea break in the middle. The Ted Ashman photographic archive has now been fully digitised and this priceless resource will be used in the talks, which will cover Bristol cars in competition, the production history of the 6-cylinder cars, and company personnel at work.

We look forward to seeing you – Andrew Blow, meeting co-ordinator.

TICKETS: please apply as soon as possible 

(with cheque for the entry fee made payable to “The Bristol Owners Heritage Trust”) to: 

Peter Campbell

Spencer Lane-Jones Ltd

4 Newopaul Way

Warminster Business Park


BA12 8RY and 01985 847133

Other questions: Andrew Blow on 01672 539689;


A historic day for BOHT!! Please see the Press Release from Aerospace Bristol below with the link to the full article here to their website: AEROSPACE BRISTOL WELCOMES HISTORIC BRISTOL CAR HOME TO FILTON  (Copyright Aerospace Bristol)

March 22, 2017

Aerospace Bristol has welcomed a 1953 Bristol 403 saloon car home to Filton – the place where the historic Bristol Car was designed, tested and manufactured by the Bristol Aeroplane Company over 60 years ago.

The Bristol Aeroplane Company diversified into car design and manufacture at the end of the Second World War and their automobile division went on to become Bristol Cars. Thanks to the knowledge and expertise of aviation engineers, and the manufacturing techniques of the aviation industry, Bristol Cars were able to achieve higher levels of performance and the company became world famous for quality and luxury.


Linda Coode, Collections Manager at Aerospace Bristol, said: “The Bristol 403 was actually tested in The Bristol Aeroplane Company’s wind tunnel and this aviation heritage can be clearly seen in the aerodynamic body design. The bonnet, doors, fuel filler cap and boot all open from the inside, to remove the wind resistance that would be caused by external handles. It’s a fine example of high performance engineering to come out of Filton and we’re thrilled to feature it in the Aerospace Bristol exhibition.”

The Bristol 403 that will be displayed in the museum was discovered in a barn in South West England, where it had been stored for over 30 years and had fallen into disrepair. The classic car was rescued by the Bristol Owners Heritage Trust and carefully restored to its former glory by volunteer apprentices from restoration experts Spencer Lane Jones. Now restored and ready for public display, the luxury vehicle has been delivered to Hangar 16S: the grade II listed WWI hangar that will house the Aerospace Bristol exhibition when the £19m industrial heritage museum opens this summer.

Stefan Cembrowicz, Chair of the Bristol Owners Heritage Trust, said: “I would like to thank all of the dedicated volunteers who prepared the Bristol 403 to such a high standard. Hundreds of hours of work and an incredible level of care and attention have gone into restoring this beautiful car, with over 30 hours spent on preparation of the bonnet panel alone. I am truly delighted to see her arrive safely at Aerospace Bristol and very much look forward to seeing this wonderful vehicle on public display alongside other remarkable examples of Bristol engineering.”

The Bristol 403 was known as a “fighter pilots delight” due to its aviation heritage, a “businessman’s express” due to its combination of speed and luxury, and a “hushabout rushabout” due to its combination of speed and quiet running. Fitted with a 100bhp, 2 litre, 6 cylinder engine, developed from the pre-war BMW 328 Sports/racing engine, it could reach a top speed of 104mph in standard trim. A total of 287 were built, each costing just under £3,000 (the equivalent of around £61,000 today),

Taking off this summer, Aerospace Bristol will bring together a varied collection of nationally-significant exhibits and hidden archive records to tell over one hundred years of aviation history for the very first time. The museum’s iconic centrepiece will be Concorde 216; designed, tested and built in Bristol, she was the last Concorde to be built and the last to fly.


Welcome to the new “Bristol Owners Heritage Trust”

Dear Readers,

So! Our very first blog entry.  First of all: we hope you like our new website which has been designed to be quick  and simple to access, strong on visual content with as many professional images as possible, and to give you an eclectic  oversight of the background and heritage of, not only the Bristol car but also those who designed, built, tested,inspected, engineered, repaired, rebuilt, owned, serviced and bought and sold them. As time goes on we will be building up  a body of historic material about this remarkable car, surely in its heyday the most advanced vehicle ever built in the United Kingdom.

We will be giving you access to video clips both contemporary and historic, to as many historic images as possible (and we do have something like 3000 very high quality factory photographs from the 1950s), and to owners’ and enthusiasts’ narratives about the triumphs and disasters, joys and perils, thrills and spills of  owning and living with these cars. We have made over 20 video recordings of key people associated with Bristol cars from the shopfloor to the racing circuit to the sales room to the company owner’s  office to the restorer’s workshop.

We also have a large collection, which we think must be very nearly complete, of sales brochures, handouts and pamphlets. There is also some fascinating and indeed priceless correspondence, a considerable amount of motor racing documents, handbooks, manuals, and over 500 contemporary engine dynamometer test bed cards, mostly from sports and racing engines.

Our aim is to digitise all of this automobilia to make it available to all, whether in specialised publications, in the archives or on the AV screens of Aerospace Bristol, (where we our deliver our very beautifully finished display model 403 next month), or online via this website and our social media.

All of this costs money, and we are not supported in any way financially by the Bristol Owners Club, as a registered charity has to be autonomous and cannot be run by another body. So we’re very grateful to all those who support our efforts by making a Standing Order payment to us, or by donating some very generous lump sums. You’ll find details of our CAFbank account, and a Gift Aid form, elsewhere on this website.

Yes, We are a registered charity, and this does mean that HMRC will lessen your tax burden if you’re a higher rate taxpayer. Leaving us a legacy in your will is also tax effective.
Welcome aboard!

Dr Stefan Cembrowicz
Chair of Bristol Owners Heritage Trust.