April 19, 2017

Coming In Soon

Arriving soon to our Ipswich workshops, our beautiful 1982 Austin Mini Clubman in concours condition.

Fitting the new bumpers and over-riders

Although the car has benefited hugely from being safely stored away all year round the chrome bumper and over-riders have started to show signs of wear.

Over the years we have collected lots of new and rare parts here at Bridge Classic Cars and it just so happens that on the shelf we had a brand new, original rear bumper. Unfortunately we did not have the over-riders.

Ordinarily, replacing the bumpers and over-riders with new would be very easy as we are very lucky in the UK to have plenty of MG parts suppliers. On this occasion we have been able to source a left handed rear over-rider but according to various contacts the tooling used to manufacture the right handed over-rider is faulty, so there is a shortage of this particular item which is a bit of a pain for us.

After a lot of calling around we have managed to secure a right handed over-rider with rubbers so we are now just awaiting the arrival and the new parts will all be fitted back up and the car will soon be complete.

Behind the scenes of our 1982 Triumph TR7 photo shoot

Although this incredible structure over the River Orwell is one of Suffolk’s largest landmarks, it’s surprisingly difficult to get a car photographed beside the Orwell Bridge.

We were all set for a 9am start with a fantastic location all lined up and the necessary permissions all in place to carry out our latest photo shoot. Unfortunately after the first few shots Jason from Sugar and Spice Photography wasn’t too happy with how it looked on camera. Through the lens the bridge looked too far away so we had to think fast on a Plan B.

The Orwell Bridge was a crucial part of this shoot. It was opened to road traffic in 1982 which is the very same year our Triumph TR7 was first registered on the UK roads. It seemed too good a connection to pass up the opportunity.

Our photo shoots are very well known for including some of Suffolk most iconic landmarks and we are continuing to look for more for future shoots so if you have any suggestions please feel free to email them in.

Here was have a behind the scene look whilst we eagerly await the professionals from Jason.


Plan B was the very well known Orwell Bridge lay-by and our luck was in as we had the lay-by to ourselves for the morning.

We even got spotted by Gary…