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That is the one I mentioned. I doubt that you could make the same film in Paris today.  Below is not actually a Paris street but the final day of a French Regional Rallye. The Tour de Bretagne with over 300 cars entered. Definitely no room for doing Zig-Zags. We entered it in the Rapier in 2004 It is a three day event with three different start locations with all the cars converging on the final day so that you get scenes like the one shown.

 

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Bernie,

 

So it's autumn in Australia, right? Will you be touring in the Lagonda now that the hot summer is winding down? 

 

Here is the eastern US, spring is trying to break out (although we have had snow 3 times in the last 3 or 4 weeks) so we are scrambling to get our cars ready for driving.

 

Paul

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Being Easter almost all around the world, our friends at the Auberge De Clochemerle, at Vaux-en-Beaujolais, France sent this rather beautiful take on an Easter Card.

 

Happy Easter

 

Bernie j.

 

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The view from the Auberge looking out over the vineyards. Two Rapiers parked just outside the main entrance John & Di Harvey (Green Tourer) David & Di Nutter, Black DHC with light coloured hood (top).

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On our various trips to France in the Rapier we have stayed in Vaux en Beaujolais twice and have dined at the Auberge both times, staying for two nights during our 2014 visit. This is the French village where the original story of "Clochemerle" is set.

Right now I am feeling a little guilty We have not had the Rapier out very much so far this year.

I am very busy beavering away at the Fiat 501. Before we can go away next year, it (the Fiat) has to be finished and sold! Also I am very concerned about the "horror stories" that have been very much at the forefront of many peoples mind concerning the action taken by Australian Customs Officers in their search for Asbestos which is completely banned anywhere in cars coming into and returning to Australia.

Bj

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While it could be said to be quite some time, albeit counted in months not years, until our next scheduled visit to the UK & Europe the possibility of the Australian Customs either prohibiting the cars return home has to be settled before its departure. I know that I have discussed this possibility in the previous entry but it is of some concern and MUST be settled before we can even think about taking the car overseas again.

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While pulling some photographs out to go with a magazine article that I was writing i discovered these one from our 2009 trip to France. 

I hope that you find them "interesting."

Bj.

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I know that I have mentioned Minis somewhere in the Forum and that at one time our family owned quite a few. I have just discovered this old photograph dating from that period. JYH is a 1275 Cooper S. CYQ is a" wolf in sheeps clothing" It was "bored and stroked" to 1498cc. The slightly larger bore exhaust tail-pipe is the only indication of this. AEK is a later"Leyland Mini" as shown by the "square" tail-lights. The Green car in the background is a rare Lagonda Rapier two door/four window "Supreme" sedan. One of just two made, both still exist.

Bj.

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1498cc in an A block, Bernie? Thats a hell of a capacity lift! Sure you dont mean 1098? Biggest A block I know of was 1310.

Every now and again I see a real Mini in Eltham, great to see!

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I think that I know a little. With the right combination of A series blocks and crank shafts it is possible. Next thing you will be telling me that it is impossible to experience torque steering in a Mini.

Bj.

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Talking of seeing Minis in Eltham, a few, well actually quite a lot of years ago, you would have seen a  Riley Elf too but now that it has gone into a Private Collection no one sees it. I bought it from the original (first) owner who bought it new in England and brought it to Australia when she moved here.

 

Bj.

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Just surprised , Bernie, not doubting your knowledge. What bore/stroke was used to get the extra 200+ cc?  Special parts? Interesting to read the history of the A series, and how it was in production for 49 years!  Apparently they looked into a 5 main crank, but decided it wasnt necessary! I actually visited Ron Brownrigg's workshop once and watched them beefing up the centre main and smoothing out the insides of crankcase on racing engines - probably for Skinny Manton! That shows my age a bit doesnt it? My other claim to fame is meeting Phil Irving at Templestowe hill climb, him in either a Landy, or a P3 Rover.

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Thank you JP 

Phil Irving lived in Warrandyte and was a regular at VSCC events, he even visited here to look at the Rapier engine while it was apart once or twice.

He was a very quite unassuming person I remember having long chats with him. Ron Brownrigg lives in East Doncaster and Ian Ruffley is still very involved with the VSCC. Re the Mini stuff you would need to talk with my son Nic who now lives in Adelaide and seems to spend about half his working time visiting various remote Pacific Islands. He is a specialist in "alternative energy". All this was happening when our three sons were still single and living at home about 30 years ago. At that time I had a different Rapier.

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This photograph is at the top of the "Wall" at Templestowe. This car is now in England.

 

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This, yet again, is another Rapier seen here at Winton, north east Victoria (Aust). The second photograph is the same car at Sandown Circuit near Melbourne, it was bought as a "basket case in England. Depending on the event it was run as a "sports car" with lights and mudguards or as "racing car" without.I believe that it is now "somewhere" in Europe. Last time I saw it, it was painted Red. 

 

Bj.

 

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Here are another couple of photographs, While not a Lagonda Rapier this time, but of a 3.5 litre SS Jaguar "special" known as "Cross-cat" that I built some years ago.

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The top photograph is at the now defunct Arthur's Seat Hillclimb, the bottom one is at the Phillip Island circuit.

 

Bj.

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Even "KG" has done its share of competition motoring apart from its history as a racing car in the UK, one of its first competitive events in my ownership was at Silverstone in 1984. Back in Australia it was a regular competitor not only at "home" in Victoria but also in South Australia and New South Wales where it made an annual pilgrimage to the Historic Race weekend each January. During the period up to the end of the Century (1999) it competed in virtually every Victorian VSCC event, Racing, Hillclimbs and Road Navigation always being driven to and from these events, I cannot remember ever taking KG anywhere on a trailer. It was usual however to take it interstate using Motor-rail.

 It is seen below in a typical "at the limit" pose as it comes through the "Esses" at Winton Circuit in North Eastern Victoria.

 


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Many of you may have already seen this second photograph taken during the Australian Mille, a high speed road navigation event covering 1000 Miles in Four Days, in as is evident all sorts of weather!

 

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Also this delightful photograph of Helen taken during a VSCC "Frost Bite" event. It is one of the rare occasions in which you will see "KG" with the top up.

 

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Thank you

 

Bernie j.

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May 1st. Meanwhile the 1922/4 Fiat 501 has taken "Pole Position" while "KG" is having a well earned rest. It did actually go out one morning last week, our Grand-daughter, Helena, who was visiting from South Australia, insisted on being taken for a short drive which was enjoyed by all.

 

Bj

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Your mention of Phil Irving reminded me that back in about 1975 he was the guest at the local Vincent Club's annual get together which was held near Christchurch. At the time I owned a Laverda 750 and the local Italian bike owners group was invited to a couple of events. I recall going to a presentation that Phil Irving gave to the assembled bike owners.  Even though I knew who Phil was, at the time I was probably too young to realise the significance of it all.

 

Unconnected to the aforementioned but another person who I had the chance to meet was John Bond, who founded Road and Track magazine. In 1978 I was staying with an acquaintance near San Diego, California, and he had to visit the Bond house for some reason which I forget. We drove there in my friend's 1934 Chrysler Airflow, met John and his wife, had drinks with them and had a tour of his car collection.

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For those who may be unaware of who Phil Irving was, he designed the famous HRD Vincent V-twin 1000cc motorcycle engine, he also had a hand in the design of several later Formular 1 racing cars. 

 

Bj.

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Hi-ya-all

Not too much movement on the "KG" front for the moment. My life partner and navigator 'Helen' has just this afternoon had surgery to replace her right hip joint with some state of the art modern engineering. I have no doubt that she will be out and about "telling me where to go" very soon. She is seen here re-arranging our luggage at the "Pit-counters" at the Historic Reims circuit in Northern France.

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Having enlarged the photograph I can see that there is a "rally plate" on the front of the Rapier, This is from the Lagonda Club's "Champagne Rally" held in 1999 to celebrate the Centenary of the Lagonda Company.  Since then the "touring": luggage rack on the rear of "KG" has been modified to lower its centre of gravity and to cut down wind resistance.

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Bj.

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Best Wishes for Helens' swift and complete recovery Bernie.  Make sure you don't make a mess in the kitchen with those car parts!!!  ?

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Oh dear! Frank how you have misjudged me. Here it is just 9.52 am and I have already washed last nights dinner dishes and this mornings breakfast things, made the bed and still have found time to look at the Forum and reply to you. I will venture out into the "garage" shortly. It is  a chilly morning here in East Doncaster but at least yesterdays rain seems to have gone. I have all but dismantled both generators and have found a friendly Auto Electrician who will test both armatures on his "growler".  The same person has asked if I will come and "take away" a collection of Fiat 501 parts that he would be pleased to get rid of.  This will have to wait for a week or two until "H" is back on her feet. The other problem is that the Auto-electrician's establishment is on the other side of town, about two and a half hours drive away. It is another hour drive each way for our son Steve who will come with me in his large (2 ton) VW van. While you are looking at the map, he lives at Yarra Junction.

 

Bernie j.

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Hello again

I know I am constantly singing the praises of the enthusiastic people who run the Rapier Register.

Todays mail brought the copy of the new Register for this year.

I would be happy to be proved wrong but I know of no other car club run entirely by volunteers than provide the members with so much information that is brought up to date at least once a year. I must remind you that the combined production of both Lagonda Rapiers and the Rapier Car Company's very small number of cars produced amount in total to just under 400 cars.

I will not attempt to copy all 44 pages but give you a typical example but first I must remind you the the membership of the Register amounts to just 166

First I will reproduce the Registrar's "Notes"

You may like to note that in the UK unlike some other countries, cars registered during the 1920s, 30s & 40s kept the same registration number for their "life".

i.e. My Rapier first registered  in Cardiff Wales, KG 5363 on 8th June 1935 has kept this number for the whole of its UK life and for the purposes of the Register is still known by this number today, 83 years later!740796165_RapierRegisterNotes..jpeg.d4be2d5a52323d7a23ba034db2e30648.jpeg

 

So as not to breach the confidence of my fellow members I will only show the information related to myself and my own car as an example of the thoroughness of the Registrars. The current membership amounts to 166 world wide. The first section of the "Register" amounts to the Members details.

 

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These details occupy the first 16 pages. The next section relates directly to :-

 

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As you can see this covers all the essential details of each car. Again out of respect to the other members privacy I shall use my own car as an example.1978429224_RapierRegisterNotes.4.jpeg.42afd717526aeb042b8cb17266f62bf6.jpeg

 

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The next listing covers a total of 42 Cars with known Chassis numbers but unknown Registration numbers.

 

 

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Finally the cars are listed by their Chassis numbers where this is known

 

 

Lagonda's Chassis Number                   Engine Number                        Original UK Registration Number

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The next to last two or three pages are devoted to the winners of the three "Club Trophies". The Ashcroft Trophy awarded in memory of Tim Ashcroft the Designer of the Rapier, This is awarded for "Sporting Achievements" being first awarded in 1960. The next trophy is the Baily Trophy first awarded in 1968 and up until 1978 for voluntary services to the Register then from 1979 for the best car (Concours) at the AGM. The third trophy is the ElderTrophy awarded in memory of Elliot Elder one of the founding members. This is awarded in recognition of exceptional voluntary service to the Register.

 

The Final page is devoted to an alphabetical listing of current members including their "membership Number. In total over the years since the Register's founding in 1956 some 1110 Rapier owners have joined the Register.  Present membership is 166 owning between them 185 cars.

 

Bernie j.

 

For some unknown reason I am unable to delete the duplicated heading below!

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To  Frank and any other regular followers of this "thread", I am pleased to say the Helen's hip replacement surgery has been a complete success and I am due to collect her from hospital tomorrow morning. 

 

Bernie j.

 

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