I am pleased to say that on Easter Sunday we had blue skies and myself and another GBC member Andy Wild headed down to Shackletons Garden Centre in Clitheroe for the Classic & Supercar Sunday Event.
A quick slideshow below of a few of my favourite cars.
As well as seeing all the great cars and giving one of my cars a run it was a great place to promote the GBC for new members. With a lot of like minded people there. I distributed about 100 flyers and once they ran out took email addresses manually.
I am not marketing our Gentlemen’s Breakfast Club as an event on social media to keep the boy racers and their hot hatchbacks out.
If you are going to an event and want to distribute some of our Gentlemen’s Breakfast Club flyers to like minded enthusiasts please let me know.
The Gentlemen’s Breakfast Club is aimed at Vintage, Classic, Supercars, American or anything a bit different from the norm.
If you would like to put a friend, colleague or family member forward to join the club please email me the make/model car they have and their email address and I’ll send them details of the next meeting.
Look out for Andy as you park, pictured below doing the brews.
As it was BMW Lloyds Colne Super Car Sunday last week, I thought it fitting to have a banner image from the show.
People have travelled from far and wide to get to the meeting this month . It was great to see some new faces,there were some members over from Cheshire and South Manchester.
For the first month we had blue skies 😎 and the weather hit 12°c.
I would like to Thank
Andy Cox-who helped me set up, brought the biscuits and did the Breakfast run.
Paul Mattison who helped with the clearing up after everyone had gone.
Please remember as the club grows I will be asking for assistance with certain jobs. If anyone would like to offer 15 mins at the beginning or end of the event it would be appreciated. If anyone wants to email me to offer help it would be appreciated.
Turnout on the Day
Pictures speak a thousand words,
Please remember if you have taken some good images at a meet please email them over and I’ll credit you if you need me to.
Hold your cursor over the individual images below to see the captions.
420G, Mustang, Lotus, TVR, Chrysler
Rolls, E-type, Escort, Mustang
OMG !! 😱 Ive found some more tools in the WordPress tool kit .
I can see updates getting better if we get some good images!! 📸 I believe I can also insert short videos 😃
Andy Wilds SE Lotus
Mark Wherrats S3 E
Maybe we are going to need an auto photographer at each event so we get some good pictures for the blog ? Any volunteers? I don’t care if you use a phone or camera.
Car of the Day
This month the Car of the Day Judge’s position went to Steve Driver. Even though he left before the last couple of cars arrived he made his decision on what he saw.
His choice was Brent Knowles, TVR 390 Prototype- article below.
“Many moons ago (too many to recall) when finishing secondary school I fell in love with my friends brother`s new motor – a silver TVR 280 wedge, the colour, the lines and the sound from the V6 engine to me was awesome.
From that day onward I was determined to follow the marque TVR and hopefully one day, own one.
Strangely enough a few years ago I befriended a chap who also shared a passion for TVR`s and after seeing each model he had and listening to his stories of speed, near misses with the car biting back and of course the sad bits waiting for the RAC, I knew I had to have one and soon!
That day came approximately 4 years ago now when I purchased a TVR 390SE – C833 OFV from a local chap who had tinkered and restored most of the car to a high level. The day was cold and wet and the chap said tickle the throttle or she will have you. I did all the way home and was pleased as punch I had made a teenage dream come true. Later on that day as the sun came out and roads dried, I took her for a spin again only to find the my tickle of the throttle and the old owners was different, especially with a slightly damp road. Yes you guessed it, she spun, 180 degrees in fact, on a main road.
Thinking about it that was probably the decision maker to change the interior……especially the driver’s seat after that experience!
The car went to Ex works TVR for a tune up/service and all was deemed a lovely engine and mechanically sound, putting the 4ltr V8 grumbling well on the road again with a beautiful loud chorus! Next stop bodywork, to sort this I took her to a former colleague and friend of mine Chris Hall of California’s Body Shop in Blackburn where he re painted her from flat white to Pearl white (as close to the original colour as possible), refurbed the wheels and tarted up the engine bay, plenum, new hoses etc. The transformation and the paint job was out of this world!
Following the bodywork I took her to Cleveleys to a place called Trim Unique to sort out, Lee an ex TVR trimmer refurbished the interior cockpit with leather replacing the old vinyl and changed seats for me from 390SE to Chimaera. Again the transformation was phenomenal!
2017 saw the 70 year Anniversary of TVR. To celebrate the TVR “Wedge” (lovingly called because of its wedge shape) owners club went to Warwick for the “Big Bad Wedge Fest”. The event saw around 70 wedges turn up and numerous other non-Wedge TVRs. C833 OFV went down well and although she didn’t win best of show gained many compliments on her looks and quality of the restoration. It was at this show that I learnt she was the showroom car for TVR back in her day, for 14 yrs and also I am told a prototype for the 390, although I have to check this (apparently under the upholstery there is a mark of what number the car is, although having just paid for the upholstery to be refurbished, I don’t readily want to rip out just yet) maybe another time.
Consequently the car ran down there and back without any issues, only 200 miles but hey ho, it made it.
Despite the odd hic up, a creak here and there, a leak, or a drip she runs well and all being will be at each GBC meet.
Thanks for the vote of “Car of the meet” this month, it`s well appreciated and hopefully as more members join we will have more similar articles to this(but better)on other members pride and joys.”
I had inserted the car of the day article first when writing this update, in future I’ll get all the images in a slide show to reduce space.
By Sunday’s meeting we had 29 members and as of Monday morning we were at 34 members. The Gentlemen’s Breakfast Club is aimed at Classic, Supercars, American or anything a bit different from the norm.
My vision is not to have a club full of hatchback boy racers.
If you would like to put a friend, colleague or family member forward to join the club please email me the make/model car they have and their email address and I’ll contact them.
Due to growth it was voted on Sunday that Andy Wild our road safety specialist would be our new Parking Marshall .
Look out for Andy as you pull in-pictured below doing the brews.
If you use any fabulous valeting products, please email a short article about them.
Used a good, mechanic, bodyshop, paint shop or trimmer? Again send me a before and after picture a bit of text and a short report and I’ll put it on the blog.
I’ll also put a blog page together with recommended suppliers .
Membership is by invitation only or a recommendation from another member.
If members wish to recommend a friend or colleague please email me their email address, name and car details to the firstname.lastname@example.org
Strictly No Partners, Children or Pets
As Im off to Goodwood Members Meeting 76 this week end I though it fitting to have a banner image from last years Members Meeting as the banner image.
The day before Christmas Eve 2017 four guys got together for Coffee and mince pies in a car storage unit in East Lancashire to get away from partners and children and all the fuss that goes with Christmas.
I knew everyone but the rest of the group were strangers to each other, all with an interest in classic cars.
Despite the cold at the unit, the conversations about cars was a great way to spend the morning to get out of last minute shopping and all the commercial hype that goes with Christmas.
The only person who came down in a classic on this day was Brent with his recently restored TVR, which was a prototype car.
Image shows Brent discussing his TVR with Andy.
On departure a couple of people said they had enjoyed the morning and asked if we could arrange another meeting?
A couple of days later and the meeting got the name of the:
“Gentlemans Breakfast Club”
The North Wests men only monthly car enthusiasts club, a great place to escape for some chat.
Strictly No Partners, Children or Pets
Membership is by Invitation Only or a recommendation from another member.
If members wish to recommend someone please email me their email address, name and car details to the email@example.com
The club mission is to get a varied selection of cars and members.