Drivers Stories 2019


Why not visit us from time to time and share their adventures.

1929 Ford Model A Phaeton – Liam Stafford.

This is the third year for the Model A in the project thanks to the generosity of owner Peter Garrett.
Liam’s first drive was at The British Motor Museum, Gaydon, on Hand Over Day April 2019 then followed by a visit to his local where friends were mightily impressed! The hood was up for a drive to the Arboretum on National Drive it Day. “Getting used to the double de -clutching on the car’s 3 speed crash box.




1933 Austin 7 Saloon – Eddie Storer.

The Austin 7 was purchased by the generous spirited Pre War Austin 7 Club specifically to offer into the Classic Car Loan Project to encourage a younger driver to experience older style motoring. Eddie was chosen by the club to have the car for the year.

Eddie got the little Austin back home to Lincolnshire after first getting the keys at The British Motor Museum.He says,” Took some pals out to the local village for a take – away . I am impressed by the way this sturdy little car performs….feels at home in the flat lands around here. Could not resist taking the picture of the car alongside the Typhoon Eurofighter on the base. The contrast in style and technology over the 80 years is amazing. Managing gear changes well now ….no crunching.”

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1934 Morgan Super Sports Three Wheeler – Scott Davies.

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Scott Davies has the Morgan for the year. Here we see the car in flight with his wife Holly at the wheel.
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1949 Alvis TA 14 Saloon – Josh Bennett.

Josh attended the Hand Over Day despite not getting his Alvis just yet. He did however, like all the new drivers, receive some engine oil from our sponsor Duckhams.  Josh is in the centre of the picture with other new drivers. Wayne Scott of Duckhams is second from left.


The Alvis is in final preparation ready to be presented to Josh at the Alvis annual gathering in June.We will be able to follow Josh later in the summer.






1954 Ford Popular – Rachel Cook.

Rachel collected the car from owner Richard Hudson in East Yorkshire not far from her Leeds home. Rachel came along to The British Motor Museum, Gaydon, to take part in the Hand Over Day. On getting back to Leeds she took the car into a MacDonalds Drive – Thru much to the delight and surprise of all  the other customers.






1956 Ford Anglia – Harrison Smith.

“Harry ” was presented with the Anglia as an early surprise (2 weeks earlier than he had thought!) on the Live Stage at the Practical Classics Restoration Show in March. He brought the car to the hand over day to join in along with all the others. He is pictured with owner Norman Wedley prior to a test drive.






1960 Vauxhall Victor – George Turner.

The Victor is ownede by the Vauxhall Victor Owner’s Club who generously offered the car into the project.
George was handed the keys to the Victor by previous (2018)  project young driver Tom Pocock. He was aware that an early task   was to change the radiator which was suffering from a slow leak. Sadly the replacement was worse so the original was reinstated. This was a family affair with granddad wielding the spanners too. A set of workshop manuals from the Victor Club will come in handy.

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1968 Morris Minor Traveller – Richard Sanders.

Richard was presented with the Minor at Gaydon by owner Norman Wedley – Yes, Norman has generously offered two cars to the project this year. Norman was not able to use the cars as much as he would like this year so was delighted that Richard has taken over the role so enthusiastically. Richard has shared his excitement with visits to the family and garages the Minor next to his dad’s Morris Eight. Both were out in unison to Bicester on Drive it Day. On another day out the Minor was photographed  with another British icon at the RAF Biggin Hill Memorial Museum.






1983 Austin Maestro – Max Bresnahan.

Max collected his car, from owner Tanya Field, at Gaydon having grown up with this model and always wanting to own one. An early visit to the seaside showed more time needed with parallel parking but the car being a rare sight these days created great interest. Max spent 99p. on a Haynes workshop manual to help when he is getting his hands a bit dirty.

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1988 Volvo 245 Estate – Jared Joubert.

Jared Joubert has been a Volvo fan from childhood so to have the 245 Estate from the Volvo Enthusiasts Club was a dream come true. The car was handed over, at Gaydon, by Kevin Price on behalf of the club. Jared intends to use the car for camping trips – yes, there is plenty of space in there! – in using the car as intended. Having fixed a sidelamp problem a first trip was to Nottinghamshire and Debyshire. Jared says,”The Volvo is hardly as elegant as some of the older cars in the group but being in excellent condition and now over 30 years old it does get noticed.”