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
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
The marshalling yards in Hamm following a visit by F/Lt Crook on 8 July 1944.The back of the image is also signed by him and the crew of the aircraft The mashalling yards in Hamm on 8 July 1944. Photo signed on back by F/LT Crook.
Telegram from Tony Crook to BAC informing them of his achievement