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  August 2004    No.19 Equipo Doretti
 

 

The 50th Anniversary of the Swallow Doretti will be celebrated over the weekend of July 23 to 25th July. At noon on Friday 23rd July the annual Swallow gathering will again be held at Icomb Place near Stow-on-the-Wold, with attendance by invitation only.

The Three Counties Showground, Malvern will be the mojor public event with around twenty Swallow Doretti sports cars expected to be displayed in the main arena on Saturday the 24th July at 1200 noon.

All Doretti owners and enthusiasts are invited to the 50th Anniversary Dinner which will be held at the Foley Arms Hotel, Malvern at 8PM on the evening of the 25th July 2004. Contact me at E-mail: ken@doretti.co.uk if you wish to join us.

Chassis No.1039 belonging to Ray Bragassa of California was featured in the June/July 2004 issue of Triumph World magazine. The article, (Walsall Wonder) by Andy Wilsheer gives a very good account of the detail that went into the restoration of the car.

Kathy Mortensen of Florida has decided to put her car (No.1092) up for sale. The car is reported to be in good condition and still in the original configuration. According to Kathy the engine has recently had a total rebuild and there are also several boxes of extra parts included in the deal. The red 1954, LHD car only needs minor interior work and a paint job. If you are interested the car is located on the west coast of Florida and the asking price is $30,000. More details can be obtained from Kathy Mortensen by telephone at 1-727-595-7346 or email to kmorto@aol.com

Another Doretti is also being advertised for sale in Norway. No.1127 which formerly carried the UK registration LDN 500 was restored by Marksdanes around 1986. Previous owners have included, Frank Moores and Ken Thomas of Stockport, and also Neil Wilkinson of Solihull. The RHD car is a blue metallic colour with tan trim and has chrome wire wheels. Priced at 12 000 the car is located in Norway and for further information contact Jahn Andreassen at jaro.tech@c2i.net

Just recently while checking through some files on my computer I came across a note about No.1027 owned by Jeff Pfeffer, but I do not have any contact information. Jeff - please e-mail me again so we can get all your details recorded on to the Register. Vincent Vierck, owner of No.1034 has been in contact to let me know that a rebuild is on the cards for the car that was passed on to him by his father.

Peter Billington a long-time Doretti owner called me in May to say that MFH 924, Chassis No.1151 has now seen the light of day for the first time in twenty years which probably means that another rebuild project is about to get underway. In July 1955 Simon Brooks bought MFH 924, a bright red Doretti which attracted too much attention from the police, so he had it resprayed metallic silver. Simon kept the car until 1961, covering over 100,000 miles, including a long honeymoon in 1959 through France, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. He took it to the Continent again in 1960, taking in Le Mans race at the start of his holiday. While he was there it broke a half shaft. The problem was obligingly solved by Ken Richardson, who was at the circuit with the Triumph team. He kindly arranged for a spare to be shipped urgently from Coventry.

Looking back at some old notes made by Howard Gosling he wrote that "the early cars had special bumpers made by using minimum tooling. A deep channel section had a grooved recess along the centre line and the shape closely followed the car panels. Due to the expense of making these bumpers, it was decided to utilize a standard Healey-type manufactured by Wilmot Breeden."

Howard Gosling was for many years the owner of the road-test car 610 CRF (No.1088) and an early organizer of the Swallow Doretti Register. If anyone remembers anything of the first attempts to form a Register I would be very pleased to hear from them. It would be interesting to put on record your memories of the early days. Please keep the information flowing - any anecdotes or your memories of a long lost Doretti could help fill in the gaps in a vehicle's history.

If you have any comments or suggestions about the Swallow Doretti Page, or news and/or information that you want to pass on to me or other Doretti owners then please contact me by snail mail, e-mail or telephone. Could I also ask all owners to send me a potted history of their car and a photocopy of their old log-book.
 ... Ken Yankey



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