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@benjohnson_12 – September 2019

Ben shared new vs old images of his 1972 Jaguar E-Type restoration project to his followers on his Instagram page. Thank you for the share Ben, glad you like the journey with us…

Emily Scott – September 2019

The car that gets everyone talking!

International DJ and model Emily Scott appeared in our news feed recently having liked our re-post of Aston Martin Cambridge’s Aston Martin DBS59 up for sale.

Emily boasts an impressive 32,400 followers on Instagram @emilyscottofficial so thank you so much for the appreciation.

About Emily

Australian DJ Emily Scott has carved out a dynamic House music journey, with soul-driving house and tech beats. Her worldwide reputation has grown from the time she was a lighting technician at Quest (one of Australia’s leading House venues) to this year being selected to play at DEFECTED Sydney 2019’s sell out event. Em has always always had a sixth sense for what the dance floor needs, thanks to her time as a dancer, honing in on to when build tension and when to hold it. With these skills refined, Emily made a natural progression into Djing; “I love the energy of House and Tech house, their effect on the dance floor, that hypnotic need to move”.

Australian venues have been given her energetic treatment as she’s crossed the country and internationally she’s built hype in Europe and Asia and India on each of her extensive tours. Emily’s shared stages alongside elite DJ’s including Eric Morilo and Defected’s Sam Divine. Her talent is recognised by some of the world’s most respected venue’s and she was chosen to work with Pioneer Australia early in her career as a Pioneer sponsored pro DJ.

Em’s skill with design (Bachelor of Design graduate) have enabled her to adapt to the ever evolving opportunities of modern DJing and production, “I enjoy using the latest technology as it means I have a much wider spectrum for creativity” she states. “I can sample, layer and loop faster than ever before which means new sounds and a more energetic performance from me at my shows and new ideas in the studio”. Her first productions, the tribal infusion, EP ‘Boom Bau’ on Olivier Giacomotto’s Definitive Recordings secured attention from house music heavy weights, after gaining support it was selected as track one for a compilation alongside records from Monika Kruse, Christian Smith and Tiefschwarz.

ecurie.co.uk – September 2019

Ecurie has been created to explore and celebrate the best of car culture and creativity. Showcasing all aspects of design, photography and art through to iconic cars, past and present.

Ecurie featured our 1984 Ferrari 308 GTS in their recent website updates.

Silverstone Auctions – August 2019

Our 1984 Ferrari 308 GTS will feature in the Silverstone Auctions Ferrari & Porsche 2019. Showcased here to their 25,000 Instagram Followers.

Viewing will take place as follows:

From 1.00pm to 5.00pm on Friday 20th September;
From 9am Saturday 21st September.

The auction takes place on Saturday 21st September 2019.

10.30am – Automobilia – a selection of Ferrari and Porsche themed collectables and memorabilia.
12.30pm – A Sale of Ferrari’s in association with Ferrari Owners Club GB.
2.30pm – The Porsche Sale in association with Porsche Club GB.

The sale takes place in the IXL centre at Dallas Burston Polo Club located in the spectacular Warwickshire countryside. In addition to refreshments being available within the sale venue the site also boasts its own Country Pub – The Millstone Hare.

Porsche Club GB will be running a number of member events throughout the day .

BMW Car Magazine – August 2019

BMWcar – Independently written for real enthusiasts.

Featured in the August 2019 edition of the BMWcar magazine is our 1973 BMW 2002 Targa.

BMW Car Magazine – May 2019

Today, we welcomed BMW Car Magazine to Bridge Classic Cars to photograph for an upcoming feature on our 1973 BMW 2002 Targa.

Unfortunately due to copyright restrictions we are unable to show you the full photo shoot until the magazine has been published but it was fantastic to have them here and see their photographer Matt Woods in action.

Automotive Photographer Matt Woods is based here in East Anglia and has been a professional photographer for more than 16 years. matt has built a reputation for exceeding client expectations and has been commissioned by leading brands and magazines around the world.

We are desperate to show some of his work on our car so hopefully it won’t be too long until the magazine feature gets released…

Max Chilton Instagram – March 2019

Owning a right hand drive Mercedes 190SL himself, British racing driver Max Chilton saw, liked and shared our 190SL with his 96,000 followers on Instagram. Thank you so much Max, glad you like the car.

Source: Wikipedia

Max Chilton is a Britishracing driver currently racing for Carlin Motorsport in the IndyCar Series.

Prior to IndyCar, he competed in Formula One, driving for Marussia F1 in 2013 and 2014. In 2012, he raced in the GP2 series for Marussia-backed Carlin Motorsport.

Source: Max Chilton online

Max started his ascent to Formula 1 in karting at the age of 10 where regular podiums saw him graduate to T Car racing at the age of 14 where he stayed until 2007, finishing second in the Championship with an impressive 7 race wins.

Aged 16, he made the move up to single-seater racing with the Arena International Team in the highly respected Formula 3 series. After moving to Hitech Racing in 2008, he secured a podium finish in the first race of the season at Oulton Park, taking second spot, an astonishing achievement at such a young age. His impressive form continued with front row qualifications and a maiden pole in Monza.

The following year, Chilton returned to Formula 3 and moved to Carlin, securing the front of the grid at the inaugural race of the season at Oulton Park before taking 2 poles at Silverstone in Round 2, complementing them with podium finishes. His first Formula 3 win came in Portugal after a dominating qualifying session. He finished the season 4th in the standings, topping it off with a second place finish and a win at Brands Hatch.

Towards the end of 2009, Max raced for Addax in his first outing in a GP2 car before securing a full time drive with the Ocean Racing Technology team for the 2010 season. GP2 has proved a popular and hugely successful breeding ground for future Formula 1 stars with many of today’s elite coming through its ranks, including among others, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

It wasn’t long before Formula 1 came calling and in 2011, having impressed in GP2, Max was selected by the Force India F1 Team to take part in their Young Driver Test at one of the world’s most advanced and impressive tracks at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi.

That same year, Max returned to GP2 with Carlin where he had previously raced in Formula 3. The partnership gained momentum and in 2012, the team received backing from the Marussia F1 Team. Shortly after, Max was celebrating second place in Malaysia and Monaco and an emphatic pole position in Hungary which he converted into his first race win. Another impressive position at the top of the podium came in Singapore on his way to 4th in the final standings and the highest placed British driver. During 2012, he impressed enough with the Marussia F1 Team at their Young Driver Test at Silverstone to be promoted to Reserve Driver.

Heading into 2013, Max became the latest and youngest in a prestigious line of British racing drivers to enter the exclusive world of Formula 1 as he secured his full race seat with Marussia, realising his dream to compete alongside the world’s elite at the pinnacle of racing. He helped them triumph over rivals Caterham in the Constructors Championship and throughout the year, using his uncanny gift of caring for his machinery, was able to set a World Record, finishing 19 of 19 races, the best finishing record for a rookie F1 driver, ever. He also achieved a highest place finish of 14th in Monaco and took the Team to Q2 alongside his teammate at the Belgium Grand Prix, the first time in the Anglo-Russian outfit’s history that it made it out of the first stage of Qualifying.

In January 2014, it was announced that Max was to retain his place with the Marussia F1 Team and take his seat in the new MR-03 Ferrari powered race car for 2014 and continued his impressive finishing record.  It was not until his 26th race in Canada that he experienced his first DNF.  A turbulent year followed with teammate Jules Bianchi’s terrible crash (Forze Jules!) and Marussia in financial difficulties eventually leading to them missing the final three races of the season.

In 2015 Max joined the ill-fated Nissan Nismo project in the highly acclaimed World Endurance Championship where he sadly had to retire in the 23rd hour of the famous Le Mans 24 hour race.  This would be the only event that Nissan would enter in the LMP1 category which although frustrating, provided Max with an opportunity to go to the US and support Carlin as they embarked on their American Indy Car Programme.  Max ended up doing three quarters of a full season and picked up 6 podiums, 3 poles, 2 fastest laps and a win at Iowa Speedway on his first even oval course.  This win triggered calls from numerous Verizon IndyCar teams and it wasn’t long before Max penned his signature onto a Chip Ganassi contract.  He is competing for the Ganassi team for a full IndyCar season and will partner reigning Champion Scott Dixon in the Chevrolet powered outfit.

The 2017 season saw Max demonstrate the progress he had made in the series, again teaming up with Chip Ganassi Racing for his second season.  The highlight of the year was 4th place at the 101st Indianapolis 500, with Max leading 50 laps, more than any other driver, to lose the lead with just five laps to go.

At the end of 2017, Max rejoined the Carlin team for their new Verizon IndyCar programme, reunited once again with former Ganassi team mate Charlie Kimball.  Using his two seasons of experience in the series and relationship with the team, Max plays a pivotal role in helping single-seater experts Carlin get up to speed quickly in their debut season.  Max is proud once again to carry the colours and branding of global insurance brokerage and risk management services firm  Gallagher on the No. 59 car in 2018.

Suffolk Vehicle Enthusiasts Club – February 2019

“Dear SVEC members.

I wish to compliment the services I have received from Bridge Classic Cars Restorers. I arranged to meet Gordon (Owner) at the Bridge Classic and Sports Car Show at Pettistree on the 26th August 2018. (As was advertised on a flyer in a summer newsletter) The upholstery on my 30 year old BMW 635CSi was in need of repair. The leather on the driver’s seat had perished and both front seats were in need of refurbishing and various pieces of trim within the cabin needed refitting.

I arrived at the show and parked in the Classic Car area and walked toward the showroom to find on-route, a replica of Dave Pearce’s 320 Superstock! That made me smile! I then walked to the showroom and was immediately impressed by not only the quality of the prestigious cars being restored, (XK, E Type Jag’s, Aston Martin’s…) but the immaculate state of both the showroom and workshops. The floors are spotless! And they did a good job!

The replacement biscuit coloured leather in my Beema has matched well with the original colour, it all fits well and although one of my requests to refit the upholstery to the driver’s door had been overlooked, my car was re-collected, the work was undertaken, returned to me and at no further cost. Honest business men!

I would also like to compliment Gordon’s son Craig who markets the company and has introduced updates on work being undertaken to your car online. Modern technology put to good use!

David White”

Suffolk Vehicle Enthusiasts Club – October 2018

Article featured in the Suffolk Vehicle Enthusiasts Club, The Club for all Vehicle Enthusiasts – October 2018

1929 Morris ‘Cowley’ Two Seater Tourer – by Roger Brown

 

‘If you attend Classic car shows and Village Fete’s around Woodbridge and surrounding districts, very often you would have seen this delightful vintage tourer on show there driven by its owner Rod Satchwell.

The Morris has a very interesting history. It was on of a batch sent by Morris Motors to Australia in the late 1920’s. there, the chassis was received by Holdens who manufactered the open two seat body you see on it today. The Morris is also unique in that it has a ‘rumble seat’ where normally the boot would be; unfortunately the ‘rumble seat’ will only take two small people comfortably or one adult uncomfortably.

Until the Morris was repatriated to the UK in 2008 the Morris had spent its entire life in Australia and is believed that the car had four owners prior to returning to the UK, also the exact mileage it covered during its life in Australia is also unknown.

Essentially it is a very simple car and is well within the capabilities of the 1920’s owner/driver to maintain and service. This is stated in the 1929 ‘Th Morris Car Manual’ and, if you have a chance to look at the Morris closely, you can see why the manufacturer could make this claim.

The engine is a very simple 1400cc four cylinder side valve unit rated at 11.9hp with a thermo-syphen cooling system. The engine temperature is indicated by a ‘Calormeter’, a visual temperature gauge mounted on top of the radiator; control of the water temperature is by mixture control on the steering column.

The gearbox is a three speed non-synchromesh with reverse gear. Gear changing is done very slowly. The clutch is depressed, the engaged gear is disengaged and the gear lever moves the next gear slowly into mesh; only then is the clutch released and the Morris moves on.

A notable feature of the car are the 10 spoke ‘Artillery’ wheels shod with ‘Dunlop balloon tyres.

All four wheels have brakes but the braking system rod actuated all round with the hand brake operating a separate pair of brake shoes on the rear brake drums.

Finally the suspension has cart springs all round with additional lever arm dampers to smooth the ride on 1920’s roads. A delightful car to see at shows and seen driven on the road.