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  December 2003    No.15 Equipo Doretti
 

 

Icomb Place near Stow-on-the-Wold was the setting for the 2003 Swallow Doretti meeting where Tim and Jill Royle had generously offered to host the event at their home. The meeting was a tremendous success with eleven cars able to make the trip to the Cotswolds. A buffet lunch gave everyone a chance to enjoy the excellent food and conversation. The meeting was timed to coincided with the TR International Weekend at Malvern and over the whole weekend a total of twelve Dorettis were in attendance. This was a record turnout which I am hoping will be broken by a comfortable margin at the 2004 meeting which will mark the 50th Anniversary of the public launch of the Swallow Doretti on the 6th January 1954 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

Under a headline in the Scotsman newspaper that read, "Forgotten British sporting icon back to claim place in history" was a comprehensive article about how Alan Gibb, a long time Doretti enthusiast, has at last finished the restoration of 362 ERE, Chassis No.1189. The bright red car with chrome wire wheels certainly attracts a lot of attention and has already won a number of awards at local classic car shows. Although the Doretti looks good it was built to be used and has already has over 1000 miles to its credit. Alan, who is also the Aberdeen group leader, plans on using the car for sprints and rallying in Scotland.

Another Doretti rebuild north of the border is making steady progress in Richard Larter's workshop in Stirlingshire. The much modified car is fitted with rack and pinion steering, a Daimler V8 engine and special centre-lock steel wheels. Richard is planning to finish the project in time for the 2004 meeting.

Paul Webb has now got the restoration of JNL 557, Chassis No.1149, underway. The car, which has spent most of its life in South Wales, is going to require a considerable amount of work but I am hopeful that Paul and his car will be able to make it to the 50th anniversary meeting next year.

Knut Skoglund of Oslo has been busy updating the information about the Dorettis that have been exported to Norway. Besides Knut's own car (chassis no.1118), there are three others in the country. One of these cars which was formerly registered in the UK as LDN 500 (Chassis No.1127) is now for sale. More information about No.1118 can be found on www.skoglund.com or contact Knut via e-mail at knut@skoglund.com for details of No.1127.

On the other side of the world John Rummery of Whangarei, New Zealand, owner of No.1425 formerly registered in the UK as 584 DHU, is also actively tracing any Doretti sports cars that were imported into New Zealand as well as preparing to start the rebuild of his own car. Just recently John spent a week in Australia visiting with Paul McEwen (No.1261) and Chris Olsen (No.1198) and also taking in the TR Register Meeting in Armidale, New South Wales. John is making radiator air-ducts and cast bonnet-hinges, contact him by e-mail at rumbo@replicore.co.nz for further information.

A couple of months ago Dieter Heckmann sent me a CD containing numerous pictures of Chassis No.1019. Dieter who lives in Saarbrucken, Germany is obviously very proud of his metallic dark blue Doretti with red trim. Unfortunately the car is still missing the radiator grille. He has fitted a temporary grille which looks quite acceptable. This leads me on to the whole sorry tale of my attempts to have replacement grilles manufactured. Many owners and restorers indicated that they would be interested in buying a grille and eventually I found a UK company that was prepared to do the job. Press tools have been fabricated and trial pressings made but some modifications are necessary. I'm at the mercy of the manufacturer because he has absorbed the cost of the tooling and I will just be buying the finished grilles. I am very sorry but I can't give you any definite date for delivery of the grilles.

Meanwhile over in the USA , Tom Householder seems to be having more success. He has recently contacted me to say that he has completed the tooling to make up radiator grilles and he has blank bumpers available. Contact Tom directly by e-mail at trhouse@columbus.rr.com for more information.

Now that winter season has arrived I will hopefully be able to devote more time to the website, so please keep sending your pictures and stories of your restorations which have all contributed to the Swallow Doretti Page being awarded the TR Register web.com Trophy for the second time.

If you have any comments or suggestions about the Swallow Doretti Page, or news and/or technical information about modifications or improvements to your car that you want to pass on to me or other Doretti owners then please e-mail me at ken@doretti.co.uk


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