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Motorclassica, the Bendigo Bash and The NEC!

The Aussies have had a great time organising the Motorclassica and Bendigo 70th Anniversary events.

Six vans were on show at Motorclassica in Melbourne, whilst an impressive thirteen turned out for the Bendigo event. A fourteenth van turned up for the Sunday afternoon at the Morris Minor Garage.

Motorclassica (click on any photo to enlarge)

 

Bendigo (click on any photo to enlarge)

 

Morris Minor Garage, Harcourt (click on any photo to enlarge)

Meanwhile, back in the UK, the Classic Motor Show is on at the NEC, Birmingham. We have four vans on display. More photos to follow.


70th Anniversary Rally, Wythall, Day Two!

So that’s another J-type Anniversary in the bag. The clock’s now ticking down to Father’s Day weekend in 2023, which by my reckoning is 1,825 days away!

We have already had an email from member John Davies, from which I quote: “a wonderful weekend that has been enjoyed so much by Register Members and Public alike, and as we said, very much like those happy days at Tatton”.

I would like to use this opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to Gary Sumner and his wife Heather for all the effort they put into making the ‘J-vanniversary’ such a  success. The goody bags and contents that they provided were much appreciated by those who brought along a van (I know that an owner left without picking one up, but this will be put to one side until it can be handed over).

Thanks also to those who brought their vans along, and ‘thanks for trying’ to the two that had to give up on their attempt following mechanical problems.

And a big Thank You also to the Museum staff. You would struggle to find a more willing, friendly and courteous bunch of people. I have already asked them to set aside the same weekend in 2023!


70th Anniversary Rally, Wythall, Day One!

Well, that’s the first day over and an enjoyable one too. Seven vans turned up, as well as a number of Register members who were unable to bring theirs.

Tomorrow we are hoping to double the total!

Meanwhile at Anglia Car Auctions we hear that the Morris J/B Post Office Telephones Utility sold for £17,000 plus the usual fees and the dreaded VAT. So perhaps we should say “Come along to Wythall and see a quarter of a million Pounds-worth of J-types, J/Bs and an Austin 101”


JR 6005 travels interstate

Australian Register member, Craig Richardson travelled the equivalent of Calais to Istanbul to rescue a J van. J/R 6005 is now on the Australian mainland being prepared to be at the Australian 70th anniversary in October. A full report on Craig’s weekend away will be in Review 47.


949 BYY sold at auction

949 BYY has sold at auction for a very reasonable £13,000 +fees, and has found a new home with a Register member. More details to follow.


Stop Press – 949 BYY consigned to auction!

A rather strange bit of news to see out 2017. We can announce that Ray Kings’ Planners van, 949 BYY, has been consigned to a forthcoming auction at the Birmingham-based auction house of Biddle and Webb.

It has been placed in their January 13th auction of ‘jewellery, silver, watches and interiors’ starting at 10am. The van has not yet been allocated a lot number, but it has been valued at an estimated £10,000 to £12,000, plus buyer’s fees. For a van that is in running order and with an amount of bodywork requiring attention, this seems a surprisingly conservative estimate – it really should sell for more.

We cannot believe that this is what Ray would have wanted to happen to his van, but he passed away without leaving any will. This should be a lesson to us all!

We have been informed that the van and related items can be viewed at the following times:

Saturday 6th January, 10am-12noon
Thursday 11th January, 12noon-4pm
Friday 12th January, 10am to 4pm

 


Seasons Greetings from the J-type Register


Classic Motor Show 2017!

Yes, it’s that time of year again! Our stand is set up and ready, just a few hours rest, a few hours sleep and we’ll be raring to go…

In Hall 3 we are surrounded by all manner of lovely automotive machinery, yet our vans still hold their own in such auspicious company. Come along and see for yourself, and please say ‘Hi’ to whoever is manning the stand.


Ray Kings 1932~2017

It is with great sadness that we pass on the news that long-time Register member Ray Kings passed away on the 8th October after a long illness.

In 949 BYY, Ray attended many Register get-togethers, all the way back to the heydays of Tatton Park. He is one of only a handful of owners to have attended all three Anniversary Rallies at Wythall in the same vehicle. BYY also graced our stands at the NEC more than once!

Ray always entertained with his stories of early days doing National Service, of working at Marsh and Baxter’s and later exploits whilst self-employed in his grp moulding business.

He will be sorely missed on the Rally scene.

Ray’s Funeral was on Thursday 19th October, at Stourbridge Crematorium.


Gaydon and other matters

First, some sad news from Peter Bateman in Australia:

“Sadly we have to report the passing of Lloyd Harrington. Over the years Lloyd owned about 70 J vans, many ex-Melbourne Gas & Fuel and a fleet of 55 Js delivered bread from the bakery at 499 Canterbury Road, Vermont.
We pass our thoughts to his family. One day a Harrington’s Bread van will be restored in his memory.”

 

Gaydon came and went yesterday, 6th August. We managed 5 J-types at it, although one of the vans was on display in the Post Office vehicle line-up!

Many nice light commercials and lots of good conversations. It is turning into a great show.