Lynx is a big draw at the NEC Classic Car Show
After a 9 year hiatus the LFOC brings four vehicles to the 2012 NEC Classic Car Show
The 1960 Leaf-Lynx Roadster was the main attraction on the Lea-Francis Owners’ Club stand at the 2012 NEC Birmingham Classic Car Show in November. Finished in its 1960 Motor Show colour scheme of lilac paint and gold fittings, it was brought by owner Keith Tricker. Other vehicles on our stand were a 1920 Motorcycle and side car combination, a 1938 Corsica Sports, also a Motor Show car, and a 1951 18hp Sports.
Posted: November 2012
LFOC members thank their General Secretary
Robin Sawers, General Secretary 1983 to 2012, receives painting from Roger Ballard.
The watercolour shows Robin’s P type saloon, owned since 1982, outside his Oxfordshire home and was painted by Debra Wenlock from a photograph taken by Tricia Ridinger. It was presented to Robin by Roger Ballard, himself a P type owner and club member since 1958, on behalf of LFOC members during the Wye Valley weekend in recognition of Robin’s services to the club as General Secretary from 1983 to 2012. At various times Robin has also handled the Membership, Regalia and Librarian duties, as well as assisting the Competition Secretary. He has been very helpful to new members, and has somehow contrived to work in visits to overseas members whilst on holiday, thus establishing contacts and friendships all over the world. His knowledge of Lea-Francis cars and their owners is vast and he has been instrumental in organizing LFOC representation in other people’s events. Debra Wenlock, motoring and transport artist, lives and works in Northern Ireland very near Ards, the home of the RAC Ulster TT from 1928 to 1936 and has already featured Lea-Francis cars in several of her paintings.
Posted: October 2012
Georg Prugger receives Harry Spence Trophy
Georg Prugger is presented with the Harry Spence Trophy by Club President Barrie Price at the VSCC Prescott Speed Hill Climb meeting on 5 August 2012.
The Trophy was given to the Club in 1998 in memory of Harry Spence, who was a highly successful driver of his Hyper special, above all in trials, but also in rallies, races, driving tests, sprints and hill climbs, for 50 years and more. It is awarded for the best or most enthusiastic use of a vintage Lea-Francis car in competitive events. Georg, who lives in the South Tyrol, has owned his supercharged Hyper since 1998, and during that time has competed in some 60 hill climbs, mostly over Alpine passes in his home country and in Switzerland, but also at Prescott in the UK, which he enjoys for its friendly atmosphere and the chance to meet and compete with fellow Lea-Francis owners. His car in 1930 lapped Brooklands at 112 mph driven by Pat Driscoll. This year he came 2nd in Class 4 at Prescott with a time of 51.7 seconds, the Class being won by Jeremy Brewster in a similar car (on the right in the picture) with a time of 49.78 seconds.
Posted: August 2012
2nd Annual Rally at Broughton Castle stays dry
Panoramic view of Lea-Francis cars at Broughton Castle on June 10th 2012
30 Lea-Francis cars attended our second visit to Broughton Castle near Banbury, the superb home of Lord and Lady Saye & Sele, and you can see 27 of them in this panoramic view taken by George Clarke. At least another 20 members attended without their LeaFs, with a further 5 arriving in a selection of vintage & classic cars. We had the usual full range of activities with The Concours, Driving Tests and Quizzes, and a special display of Lea & Francis bicycles brought by Dave Moroney and the Veteran Cycle Club. The previous day, Saturday 9th June, we visited Sulgrave Manor, the ancestral home of George Washington, staying that night at the Holiday Inn in Banbury.
Posted: June 2012