returns to Charlecote after 44 years!
Clatworthy with Michael Dudley - after 40 years
Clatworthy writes from Wellesbourne:
29th June really turned out to be a special day, when it could
have been an absolute disaster.
weeks before the rally I decided that Henrietta (my 1929
Teignmouth) could do with a couple of things done to make her look
beautiful, so I removed the back rack/spare wheel carrier and
her wheel caps. The rack was showing signs of rust and was sent
off to Redditch Shotblasting. the wheel caps went down to Bristol
to be re-chromed.
week later the phone rang and disaster, it was the
shotblaster to say that part of the rack had disintegrated whilst
removing the old paint. I went over to see what was needed and
confirmed that nothing short of major surgery would be required.
An old friend of my sons came to the rescue and with some master
sheet metal work and welding made it good again. Back to the
shotblaster and with a new coat of black powder coating it found
its way back onto the car a week before Charlecote.
chrome took longer than quoted and arrived by courier with three
days to spare so the Saturday before the rally was spent
re-assembling all the bits.
whole family rallied together for the Sunday, probably because my
wife laid on a fabulous picnic and Henrietta went on show at
Charlecote again after 44 years. I showed her off with pride and
met loads of old friends and put names to faces, at long last.
the morning I was approached by couple and the guy said 'remember
me', I hadn't a clue who he was but when he introduced himself I
was really gobsmacked, it was Michael my best friend from the
early 1960's and the lad who had introduced me to Henrietta in the
very first place. I think it was as special for him as it was
for me as we spent some time just talking about the old days and
he gave me a copy of the original receipt when Henrietta was
purchased in 1964, just £55.
day was topped by winning second in class, just missing out to
Steve Birt's superbly restored Teignmouth, not often you get
three together, plus a Selby and a Van. Pity we didn't line them
up together for a photo shot.
you to all the organising committee, it was a fabulous day for the
receiving her second in class award
I am aware that there are other cars
and information that could be added to this site to make it more comprehensive, so if you
have material and photographs, please let me know. Please send me, Phil Homer, a
message at: Phil Homer
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