Cars, History, People

The Bristol that never was

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.

Cars, Events, History, News, People

Bristol Owners Heritage Trust lecture day at the Create Centre and City of Bristol Archives on April 6 2019

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

Cars, Technical, Treasures, Videos

Baffled by your V8? Troubled by your Torqueflite? Mystified by that misfire? – The Chrysler Master Technician Conference

As a hardcore 2 Litre owner I must confess whenever I open the bonnet of a V8 my heart sinks. Just slightly. No polished aluminium components or gleaming rocker boxes greet one's eye. A mass of random pipeage, and a monstrous bucket sized carburettor replace the 2 Litre’s  finely sculpted, Filton/Bavarian designed row of tuneable triple Solex or SUs.… Continue reading Baffled by your V8? Troubled by your Torqueflite? Mystified by that misfire? – The Chrysler Master Technician Conference

Aircraft, Cars, People

The Bristol Type 170 Freighter – and some Bristol cars

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

Cars, People

US Star of stage and screen Yolande Donlan visits Filton in 1952 in her Type 401.

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.