Bryan (back row extreme right) just begining his National Service in the Royal Air
Force at No7 School of Recruit Training, RAF Bridgenorth.
After recruit training, stationed at RAF Stoke Hammond, part of No 90 Signals'
Group Leighton Buzzard.
Note the very basic living accommodation at Bletchley where we were billeted! 16
airmen to each billet with outside unheated wash faclities! These Billets were adjacent
to, and part of, Bletchley Park, although unaware of their importance at the time.
Building our first house! Bryan 25 years Roberta 23 years
As reported by Tony Henk, this is the first house we built ourselves and moved into
when we got married in the nineteen sixties.
This is the front page of ABC Television News, The House Magazine of ABC Television
Ltd. No1 Vol 2, Editor Joan Davy. Tony Henk wrote an article for the magazine about
our first self-build house, accompanied by these photographs that he had taken to
illustrate the write-up (see right and below). Tony Henk now resides on the Isle
of Lewis. Also in this issue of ABC TV NEWS is a contribution by Geoff Collins on
a Motor Rally that he and Graham Gough organised - won by Dave Charlton with John
Stokes second and Alan Bailey third.
After the house was completely finished we entered a National DIY House Competition
and were fortunate to take second place. There was a cash prize presented to us by
Wendy Craig of: "And Mother makes Three" comedy fame; and a free week-end in London
at a top hotel.
Electronic Maintenance Workshop
Soon after leaving the RAF a new carreer in Broadcast Engineering began here at Alpha
Television Studios in Aston Road North, Aston, Birmingham, which provided broadcast
facilities for ATV and ABC Television. The General Manager was Frank Beale and the
Chief Engineer at the time was David Whittle, succeeded, later, by Chief Engineer
Gerry Kaye. ATV and ABC in the Midlands operated on channel 8.
Presentation Control Room in early 1960's with, I believe, Dave Simmonds, Graham
Wormold and Clive Dear. CAR and Lines' Area above.
Thank you for visiting. This is a simple site we have built ourselves for people
who may be interested in vintage cars. Moreover, the pages about our Self-Build house,
as well as showing the result of our hard work, may inspire others contemplating
a similar DIY project. The following is additional information and records a few
of the events that have helped shape our lives :-
In 1977 we became members of The Vintage Sports Car Club and the following year aquired
our first 3 Litre Vintage Bentley PM 1923, Chassis number 180, Engine number 180.
First registered in 1923 with the registration number PM 1923, the car had lain unused
for many years by the previous owner Mr Felton at Kemberton Mill in Shropshire and
required a complete re-build. This was carried out during the next 2 years by Bryan
in our home workshop.
Shown left as aquired in 1978, the 1923 3 Litre Bentley fitted with Connaught body
which was our first vintage car. Below are pictures taken during the restoration
and show the chassis and engine etc. The build specification was as follows: 10'
10'' chassis; 3 litre engine with single overhead camshaft, four valves and twin
spark plugs for each cylinder, twin SU "Sloper" carburetters, two ML magnetos; "A"
type gearbox; 3.79 rear axle ratio.
This picture was taken on our very first trip to France with our restored 3 Litre
Vintage Bentley PM 1923 in 1980. The occasion was the BDC Tour to Le Mans and Aubuson
to celebrate fifty years since the last Bentley win at Le Mans in 1930. After Le
Mans we continued on a Midland Region extension Tour to La Rochelle and the west
coast of France. The Bentley ran faultlessly. Later that year (1980) we decided to
sell the 3 litre Bentley after aquiring our current 4.5 litre Vintage Bentley from
Above is Roberta's first 1927 Austin 7 Chummy registration number UE 2744.
Left is the 1928 Gordon England Cup model Austin 7, registration number OP 6161,
which replaced the the Chummy, and in which we competed in many VSCC trials.
On the VSCC "Lakeland" Trial in 1982
Roberta's Austin 7's
3 Litre Project
This is the 3 litre "project" that I bought from Hamish Morten in 1984 as a running
chassis and as yet (2008) has progressed very little. However, the good news is that
a start is planned in the near future! The story is that this 3 Litre was owned by
a Mr Harry Gray of 1 Swift House Barrow Hill Est London NW8 in the early sixties
when it suffered an accident which wrecked the chassis and a replacement was obtained
from Gordon MacDonald, of Vintage Bentley fame, who had this 9' 9'' chassis as a
spare in his garage and it had been re-rivetted. Hamish knew Mr Gray and bought the
car from him unassembled. The engine and front axle are original and bear the number
HT1643. Moreover, this is a late 3 Litre with the big sump. The engine has twin sloppers
on an original manifold and late ML GC type Mag's. Also, an "A" type gear box is
fitted. The rear axle is a late Speed Six with magnesium nose piece. The car bears
the number XW1155 and as yet has no body. This is the starting point of "The project",
all ideas welcome!
3 Litre Vintage Bentley PM 1923 pictured above as found
The Restored Bentley 3 Litre Chassis
The Restored Bentley 3 Litre Engine
3 Litre Vintage Bentley Registration Number XW 1155
2009 joined the LCES Light Car and Ewardian Section of VSCC
1930 Austin 7 RK Saloon registration number VX 6119 as purchased in March 2009
On our first event with the Light Car & Edwardian Section: Welch Weekend Llandridrod
Wells in March 2009.
Near Malvern during the VSCC 75th Aniversary week celebrations in August 2009.
Above, Tom Sloan. Gerald Hardwick and A N Other. The hand-written list, right, records
most of the lads stationed at Stoke Hammond in Autumn 1957. Left is one of the aerial
riggers demonstrating one of his skills! Below, left, is another group with one of
the Standard Vangaurds used to ferry us to and from Bletchley at each shift change
- usually quite a hairey and rapid ride piloted by a 20 yearold MT guy!