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meant some of the team had to adopt unusual poses to achieve results!


During April our attention turned to the


sun-roof which was warped, with the headlining detached, causing it to jam. As it was so badly damaged it was decided to replace it entirely. The wood within the recess square was trimmed and the rusted areas cleaned and treated before being painted.


Bedford control tower In March we were asked to ‘smarten up’ the red and white Bedford control tower for use at the Henry Surtees Foundation Brooklands Challenge Kart Race. Our initial inspection found that the vehicle bodywork was extremely rusty. Another team had already applied rust inhibitor, so the vehicle before us was red, white and yellow, with black from the inhibitor and some green moss!


Driven back and forth to the Dunlop Mac’s workshop each Thursday, work began which was basically just a body job with a little cleaning and painting inside. Some panels would need to be replaced and suitable aluminium sheeting was found in store, cut to size and riveted in place.


Our deadline dictated the pace of work and after much scrubbing, rubbing, scraping and filling we were ready to apply the masking tape and roll on the paint. Two coats of paint on the body and the masking tape was removed. Two coats of yellow on the tower frame and two coats of cream on the wheels and we were almost there, we just had the metal cab roof and the inside to deal with. Two team members spent some warm afternoons inside the body applying two coats of white and one of black to the walls and instrument panel. The Bedford badge on the front of the cab was repainted and she was ready to go.


MOTORCYCLE VOLUNTEERS


Four bikes and four families reunited Recent events at Brooklands have enabled the Motorcycle Team to bring up to date the family connections with some of the significant Brooklands motorcycles on show in the Museum. At the event to mark the re-opening of the Finishing Straight, team member Duncan Hedley rode Jim Gardiner’s ‘Big Port’ AJS. Jim’s father Terrence (‘Terry’) raced the machine at Brooklands in 1939 and Jim provided a photo- copy of the official lap speeds signed by the


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Work under way on the Bedford control tower.


Aircraft Factory exhibits The factory trolley proved to be reasonably quick to refurbish, with the wood and metal parts being rubbed over with wire wool and then given a coat of wax for protection. The wheels and tyres were washed and also treated with wax. We finally managed to extricate the ‘Carpenters’ Shop’ tool chests from the store and the outside and interior wooden drawers were cleaned and waxed. A selection of tools from within were treated similarly to complete the exhibit. Following completion of the chests we took on


more metal factory signs and eight wire wing stays for the ‘Wire Bracing’ display. These cleaned up well from a rusted surface to a smooth finish before receiving a coat of wax. A very heavy (42Ib) window section from a TSR2 has cleaned up beautifully ready for the ‘Composites Shop’ display and a standard lamp made from aircraft parts has been repaired for the ‘Life at Home’ room setting. A selection of tools has been cleaned for the handling and demonstra- tion areas.


Debbie Crawt Update


Secretary of the British Motorcycle Racing Club showing his best lap of 88.94mph as well as contemporary photos of his father on the bike. Later in the day Jim’s grandson, Leo Sinclair, aged nine, posed on his great-grandfather’s bike, bringing the family connection into the youngest generation.


On 2nd July at the Brooklands Motorcycle Show there were some even more illustrious re-connections. Thanks to team members Perry Barwick and Roger Bird, the descendants of three


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