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
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!
Part 1: 1930 to 1939 To understand how the Bristol Aeroplane Company introduced a new range of sporting saloon cars in late 1946 one needs to know the history of AFN Ltd from the mid-1930s to the late-1950s, and its senior management, HJ, DA & WH Aldington. This firm became an integral part of discussions,… Continue reading AFN Ltd and the Aldingtons
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
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