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2001.

I travelled down over night to Stoneleigh this year with my grandson Tony. We arrived at 7am. The weather was very cold. Tony set about erecting his tent, in the JBA Owners Club patch, while I had a gander round the grounds. Most people were just starting to surface.

I came upon the Scottish Kit Car Club stand and stopped in my tracks. 

A JBA at first I thought it was John and Morag's the colours were so similar, fitted with wheel trims as well.

The Falcon belongs to Gerry Grant.

 

Venturing into the halls, which had just opened for Exhibitors. I came across the JBA stand.

The two cars on show were the Sports factory demonstrator and Eric Watkin's beautiful Cortina based Tourer.

Of course the JBA team had not arrived at this early hour. They can't blame me this year, ye ken.  I left them a wee note telling them "If your not Fast........ your Last". Somehow they knew it was me, or was it because I signed the note "Safe Driving All the Best".

I decided to take advantage of this early hour, to collect items for Doug Philp from the trade stands. The first person I bumped into was Ted Naylor, who was once the chairman of the Scottish Kit Car Club. He informed me that he had just moved house from Alloa to Wellingborough a week ago.

Returning to the car with Doug's purchases I found the JBA Owners Club stand just setting up.

It was nice to sit down with a hot cup of tea whilst the Committee did everything.

 

Later in the day the owners started to turn up. As usual it was another terrific display of about 50 cars ranging from the oldest to the latest.

Sadly no Javelins. Geoff Payne did arrive, but his Javelin is away being repainted.

Regarding the show itself, there was a big drop in the number of manufacturers present. Plenty of trade stands though. There was good support from all the clubs.

Some really nice cars on show. This one was built by Derek Bintcliffe for an owner in Newcastle upon Tyne.

The Falcon is painted in "Snowberry" the same colour as Derek's own car.

 

Another car I liked was this one belonging to Fred and June Ward. It has been on the road quite a long time.

The photo doesn't do it justice. You have to see this car in the flesh to fully appreciate it.

 

A fabulous looking Sports fitted with real wire wheels.

                                         

Burman Parker  paid a visit with his V8 Falcon.

This car has attracted a lot of attention at open days and on the JBA Factory stand on a number of occassions.

Did you know Burman only gets 5 miles to the gallon. His son gets the other 25.

 

Keith And Val Hays beautiful Falcon.

Val is the Treasurer of the JBA Owners Club. 

An excellent Mrs Moneypenny she is too. Did you know that she is giving Free! yes Free! membership for this year, until 31st. March 2002. To anyone joining the club for the first time.

Night time it turned very cold. After the Barbie we hudled up outside in a lean to surrounded by three gas heaters. We had more clothes on than the Eskimos. Being a Scotsman I had my "Bunnahabhain" to keep me warm a nice 12 year old Scotch Whisky from the Island of Islay. The evening was spent relating stories and thoughts. My grandson enjoyed it too, especially the free beer. Les Whiting was on his own this year, his son was off somewhere else.

Photo courtesy of Stuart Kelly.

Last, but not least, Guust Poppe, Manfred and Bram our Dutch friends from Holland came over again this year. I did not manage to take photos of their cars, so I am using the one from last year taken by Stuart Kelly. Bram makes all the stainless steel fittings and boot racks for the Falcons. He is making a special one for Burman, so that it clears his inset reversing lights. You will see his products on Latest News page.

The JBA  stand was busy throughout the two days.

I do not know how many orders they took, but one customer from Scotland showed an interest.

He is visiting Morag and John from Renfrew to get the low down about building a TSR. Perhaps another order for JBA.

Well I did enjoy my two days, but Tony the cook, forgot where the stove was. Hope to see you all again soon.

   

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