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Postwar 8 Tourer Feature

Dave Horton's 4/8A Tourer

Having a look at the SMC website I've come across the feature on 4/8A Tourers. The one top left, DPN 298, belongs to me. The one at bottom right may be the same car. The only reason I have for saying this is that the hood frame on mine was also painted white whilst others I have seen have all been black. I also have a 1934 ten VL 6309.

I bought the car from Nigel Batterham of Tadley, Hants in November of 1999. It is on the road and used mostly all year round doing driving type rallies, a favourite being the Coast to Coast (Scarborough to Morecombe) organised by the 750 Motor Club. It has run perfectly for the four years I have owned it. Very little has been done to it, except of course maintenance and the fitting of a stainless steel exhaust system. I had to return to the manufacturer/fitter who are in Sutton (I can recommend them) to have an extra small silencer fitted as the sound was more akin to that of a Healy 3000. Somehow the performance didn't seem to match up with the exhaust note. They did this at no extra cost.

There is a letter on page 21 of the Club magazine for July/August 1982, written by Joe Evans. I have an old style log book running from 1953 and Mr Evans' name is the last entry dated 1981. Previous copies of V5 documents show previous owners as:-

Mrs Monica Ashey of Kingston on Thames Acquired car on 1 Jan 1988

David Nolan 18 Oct 1991

Nigel Batterham 31 July 1992

There is also a letter/article by Nigel on his restoration of DPN in July/August edition of the Standard Car Review of 1993.

My wife Helen and I live at Sutton in Ashfield, Notts, consequently we live only 20 minutes or so away from Derbyshire's Peak District and the National Tramway Museum and regularly spend hours driving in the Peak District and also into Yorkshire.

I will attach a couple of photos to this email taken over the last couple of years and hope this is of a little interest.

Dave Hatton. Mem No 2410

Thanks Dave, hope you are enjoying the site.


Thanks  for the photos of your car, and its history. I think you are right, I took the bottom right photo at the Brighton Classic Car Show, sometime in the early '80s when it was owned by Joe Evans. Don't remember where I took the other one, though it's a similar vintage. Its nice of you to let me know where the car is now.


Come back to the site shortly and you will find it featured there. The last photo is so nice it will also get into the photo gallery.


Hope that you will be able to get the car to Scarborough for the International Rally this year, the roadrun on Saturday will appeal to you as I believe we will be touring "Heartbeat" country. Details in the magazine and on the site soon.


Thanks again,




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