When you’ve been the man holding the wheel for as long as I can remember the invitation from Goodwood to take our ex works TR2 to the 72nd Members Meeting was tinged with a certain frustration. Guy and I share usually do endurance events like Classic Le Mans and share the car. Unfortunately not possible with this 30 minute ‘sprint’. Guy is quicker than me according to him and so he got the drive.
I didn’t know how that would feel sitting on the pit wall watching you piece of history belting around the Goodwood tarmac ribbon as it had done in 1958 Members meeting. It was great. I would go as far as to say I enjoyed it every bit as much as racing myself.
So how did the ‘quicker than you’ Broad do? Bloody well actually. The field was packed with exotic machinery and lesser cars tuned to within an inch of their life. However our over geared ‘old gal’ sitting on 2 year old tyres blasted around with some aplomb. The quick one qualified 10th out of 30 odd. I almost had a nose bleed we were that high up the grid.
We had been allocated number 7. The preferred race number of ‘the legend’ that is Sir Stirling Moss. It would have been a missed opportunity to not get a photo with the great man and Sir Stirling posing with PKV693! And then our racing apprentice and triple karting champion, one Angus Fender got in on the act too. Another photo for the mantelpiece. Angus is already taller than Sir Stirling aged 13. Not sure if F1 will be an option for my boy but he can certainly race PKV693 when the increasingly grey haired silver fox that is Guy Broad hangs up his open faced helmet!
Union Jack drops and they are away. Lap one and the silver fox has manoeuvred PKV693 into 8th and has a gap on 9th. Another nose bleed imminent? No, the race is red flagged due to a car rolling over. Bloody selfish really but thankfully only some mangled bodywork to repair.
A re grid sees the advantage lost. Surely Guy can’t make such a good start this time can he? Well, he did and when good friend Trevor Groom found himself with nowhere to go as an Aston spun Trevor Groom became Trevor Gloom as his famous car became significantly shorter. Super news for team PKV though as the following mess turned to an advantage that enabled Guy to break away and find a gap to finish 7th. Deliriously happy we all retired to the bar for champagne and stories of the race and a day sitting on deck chairs enjoying what was Revival plus for us. All the fun with 20,000 very knowledgeable spectators making it a ‘good sized’ crowd. Surely it was like this in 1958 when PKV693 last graced the super Goodwood circuit.
Next stop. Le Mans Classic. Plateau two. Come and see Neil and Guy if you are going
As 2014 heads towards Springtime and it appears that the worst of the winter is behind us (touch wood) we're getting things ready for Goodwood. The 72nd members meeting is on the last weekend of March and Guy will be running our Ex-Works TR2 PKV 693 there. Keep coming back to see how things are going in the lead up to the event!
February already and as the South West gets battered by floods and storms, we're considering branching out into Riva Speedboat sales!
With February comes the time of year when we begin to think about dusting off our beloved machines and readying them in earnest for the lighter evenings and warmer spring days. A great pre-curser to this is the Race Retro show at Stoneleigh agricultural showground near Coventry. The 21st-23rd of the month sees all that is classic and sporty gathered together under one roof allowing both trade and private enthusiasts to meet up, share ideas and stoke each other's enthusiasm for the coming 'season'.
As ever we will be showcasing some of our stock and projects on our feature stand. We'd love you to come over and say hi and perhaps even enter our competition to win 2 VIP tickets to this year's Salon Privé.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Happy new year!
The year has got off to a great start with our XK120 barn find making the news in Classic and Sportscar magazine (See pic below)
Work is due to commence soon on this project and we're really excited about restoring the car to its former glory. Keep popping back for updates which you can also find on our Facebook page here.
In other news; our place as Bristol Fighter experts is being cemented within the industry. January will see a third Fighter arrive at our workshops in as many months. These super rare machines are a quintessentially British way to reach 200mph!
After another year of eclectic cars and great characters we're looking forward to 2014 and all of the adventures that it will bring.
It's been a packed 2013 with a wide variety of machinery
passing through our workshops. AC Cobras, a brace of Bristol Fighters, E-Types
and the ever faithful range of Jaguar XK's in collaboration with Guy Broad.
We've dusted off the camera and brought one of our vehicles to life in video format. We'll be adding more to our website before Christmas and into the new year. Click the image to see our XK150 Video or the 'Video' tab on our website:
Our open day in September saw a great turn out of support both locally and from further afield. To be able to lift some of the 'mystique' from the classic car industry is something that we pride ourselves on. Our 'Kettle on' policy means that everyone is welcome to come by and see us to discuss their classic motoring hopes, fears and dreams. At the end of the day, we're all men in sheds with a passion for motoring.
Since taking over the operational running of Brabazon Motors, the skills that we have in house at our Bristol based facility means that we're beginning to establish ourselves as restoration specialists with not only the Bristol marque (due to the provenance of our
workforce) but with other great British names.
We've also stumbled blinking into the light of social media with our new Facebook page.
This allows us to update people on a regular basis with what's happening in our workshop and showroom along with our motoring adventures. You can take a look by clicking the button below:
Whilst we turn our attention to getting the turkey in the oven and the mulled wine dished out, from all at Fender Broad Classic Cars we'd like to wish you a very merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.
Earlier this month we made an incredible discovery! We discovered this car recently after it had been sat un-touched for 44 years. It was sold new in 1950 by Henlys Jaguar to Wallis & Co Costumiers (now Wallis clothing). The proud new owner at the time had the door and kick panel trim replaced with Jaguar print! You can still see some of it remaining in the photos.
Due to the early chassis number of this car (#177), we're going to sympathetically restore it to its original specification. Watch this space!
We've been busy boys so far this month with lots going on.
You may recall that Back in August, the chaps from Dep-O magazine popped in to road test our Hawthorn replica MK1 and our MK1 Racer. Below is a short film showing off the sights and the sounds of the race car. Enjoy!
In other news we've just acquired this lovely 1959 XK150 'S' Coupe (one of only 20 left on the road).
What we do with the car is up to you. Shall we return it to its original colour combination? shall we create the first ever Broadsport XK150 'S' Coupe? Shall we turn it into a race/rally car for you? or shall we do a combination of the aforementioned?
Keep coming back to see our progress over the months and watch this space for a short video about the car coming soon.
When not indulging our love of all things Jaguar we went to the Bristol Classic Restoration show at the Shepton Mallet showground.
It was a bustling show as usual and it was great to have the chance to see some old faces and also make some new friends.
As November marches on it's worth thinking about wheter or not your classic will be on or off the road for the winter months.
If you're planning on laying up your pride and joy this year make sure that you follow our handy guide to keeping it tip-top whilst under-wraps this winter:
- Wash the coachwork, spray-clean the underside and leave the car to dry in the open air – preferably taking it for a drive to dry it thoroughly. Then wax-polish the exterior and leave the wax on to help prevent paintwork deterioration. Pump the tyres up to 50psi to prevent flat-spotting.
- Charge the battery, coat the terminals with petroleum jelly and leave it attached to a trickle charger. If you are leaving the car for more than four months, remove the battery (make sure you know the radio security code if you have one!).
- Oil, filter and coolant changes are desirable. Test your coolant with a hydrometer, but corrosion inhibitors tend to give out before the rest of the coolant – a Trigard pre-mix prevents sludge build-up and keeps the waterways rust-free.
Follow these simple steps and your pride and joy will be ready to go in Spring!
The month has started with a bang! We're quickly establishing ourselves as Bristol Fighter specialists. Only a handful of these ultra rare handbuilt supercars were ever produced and we have two of them!
The last Sunday of the month was our open day. We saw a fantastic array of machinery and had lots of support from both local enthusiaists and further afield.
Pictures can be seen on our Facebook page. Just click the button below.
Dep-O also came along and have put their thoughts into writing. Click thier logo below to see what they thought.
In other news, this month also sees a rare arrival in our workshops. Throughout the early decades of motoring many cottage industry car manufacturers appeared. The 1950s was no exception and arguably the peak before mass production of the 1960s took over. This decade probably saw the arrival of such marques as Ashley, Ginetta and perhaps most famously; TVR.
In 1957 a small company who called themselves Britannia set about creating a sports GT of their very own. Using a Tojeiro designed chassis (very similar to that of the AC Ace) and a Ford Zeyphr straight six engine, they envisaged a compact sports tourer that would accommodate two people and thier luggage in comfort.
The main production of the car would be constructed in GRP however the car which we have here was the prototype and constructed from Aluminium.
Over the coming months we will be rebuilding the car for historic racing and hope to see it turning its wheels in anger at various events including the Goodwood revival.
Our brace of MK1 Jaguars roadtested by Dep-O magazine.
Read their thoughts on our Hawthorn Evocation and MK1 racer here: http://www.dep-o.co.uk/features/mki-jaguar-2-4-and-3-4/
Or click on any of the pictures to see the short film.
We had a visit from the chaps at Dep-O magazine this month who roadtested our hairy Jaguar MK1 race car back to back with our Hawthorn Evocation.
Despite difficult conditions in the blistering heat the cars evoked a positive reaction. We will pop up a link to the road test when the piece goes live!
Exciting times at Fender-Broad as we have relocated to a stunning new premises in Bristol just 2 minutes off of the M32
We are collaborating with Bristol Specialist Brabazon Motors Ltd by bringing our market expertise to the Bristol marque and expanding our range to incorporate what we have found to be a magnificent classic 4 seater.
We are utilising the spce to include a showroom where you can make an appointment to see any of our cars in a clean well lit and heated environment.
Social Media Calling!
Our new Facebook page is now live! By clicking on the button below and 'Liking' our page you can keep up to date with all of the very latest goings on at our new facility in Bristol.
Further to this we will be updating our website over the coming weeks with some exciting new features. Keep coming back to see them as they go live!
Dual Site for Fender and Broad
Guy and Neil set up Fender and Broad nearly 3 years ago and we have had a very enjoyable 3 years sourcing and building cars we like and selling them to people we like. Our business ethic has been to walk before we run. Turnover has grown consistently, the market remains very positive demonstrated by numerous repeat sales now. All good signs that what we do is fundamentally customer focused and right.
From solid foundations we want to do ‘better’ and provide a more all around convenient service. So much so that we hereby publicly announce our business ‘engagement’ and imminent intention to move in together! From the 1st of May Fender and Broad will open a showroom at the Guy Broad premises in Coventry. Here we will locate a good selection of Jaguar, Triumph and other interesting cars for our customers to view. The Bath site will remain as is. The split site allows us to serve customers across a wider stretch of the UK with convenience and a more seamless approach being the aim. Next time you call in to buy some spares from Guy and Tom make a spare 10 minutes to see what we have for sale in the showroom.
We have exhibited at this show for the last 3 years and it has become a social gathering for many of our customer and a place to view a sample of what we have in stock. This year we had our biggest stand ever with 10 cars. 5 XK’s, 3 TR’s and our Aceca and Monte Carlo Rally Rover. 3 of the XK’s were new builds nearing completion and these met with unanimous approval from the thousands who attended. Moreover we sold the Aceca and a TR off the stand and have customers exchanging on an XK which will go to France and other customers waiting for the 3 XK’s to be finished. All in all a success and good fun show.
Spring is upon us and we expect to get the racing ‘works’ TR2 out and about this year and maybe a race prepared XK120 too.
It’s been a long winter. Enjoy the spring and summer in your classic.