Ok, so I've added extra Union Jacks to the Bristol as it
is now the only thoroughbred car made and owned in
Britain!. It is also one of the few thoroughbreds that
does not have a pre-war history, coming as it did as a
way to use redundant facilities belonging to Bristol
Aircraft following the war. Surprisingly it is not a
very well known marque in the UK but it has always had a
discerning following. The early models were effectively
BMWs and that is only too plain looking at the grills.
I was taught to race cars by a local
farmer/racer called John Muirhead. He had a 403. I had
lived with my father's furious driving all my childhood,
but nothing would prepare me for drives in his Bristol!
I had no idea that anyone would and could drive a car
that fast on public roads. He would teach me the finer
points of four wheel drifts on the bye lanes to Burnham
on Crouch, the car hanging out beyond belief. On
occasion he would also go 'market gardening', but I was
quite used to this by now.
I considered the Bristol a true great,
although I could never warm to its styling, an issue
with Bristol for much of its production. I was never
altogether sure how good the Bristol really was.
John had recently won an unlimited sports car race at Snetterton
Circuit in a Ford Thames van! He was subsequently
disqualified on the grounds that a van was not actually
a sports car. This 'fine point' seemed difficult to get
across to John as he sure got a lot of sport from this
The new Bristol models are still real
thoroughbreds and I hope that they will continue to
supply to their discerning market for a long time to