We love to hear about our members and fellow Stag owners stories of ownership and what they have been up to with their pride and Joy. Here is a great story from Andrew…..
When I bought my car in early 2007 it came with quite a large history file going back to 1989 including receipts for huge amounts of restoration work, mots, tax discs etc but no Heritage Certificate which I sent for within a few weeks of buying the car.
Surprisingly all the numbers still matched including all the keys but it also showed the car no longer had it’s original registration number. But as my 2000 estate had lost it’s number at 3 years old due to having a private plate fitted I wasn’t really bothered. However, unlike the 2000, the certificate did show the original number of KCK42N.
This must have been in the back of my mind as to why this happened. Had the car been written off? Did someone want to keep the original number? By 2011 whatever the reason I decided I wanted to know and contacted DVLA who advised me to fill in form V888 which I did and sent it off with the £5 fee.
The information which was copies of all the previous owners documents arrived a couple of days after the Norfolk National and I found the 1986 -1989 owner, Mark Balfour had lived about ½ mile from the hotel we were staying at. Had the information arrived a week earlier I would have gone and knocked on the door to see if he still lived there.
It also explained the change of number. In 1978 the car was bought by a Henry Travis who had the number HST 99 fitted to the car and at this time the original number was lost. When he sold the car it was issued with it’s current JTA608N.
The car was supplied new by Hebden Bros, Springs Garage, Todmorden and was supplied to F&T Lumb Ltd of Hebden Bridge and over the next 11 years it had another 10 owners, one for 4 days so presumably a dealer and was twice sold without documents. It also moved around quite a bit, going from Yorkshire to Lancashire, Devon, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Norfolk and back to Yorkshire before I brought it to Derbyshire.
Having worked in Todmorden at one time and knowing the area quite well, when I was told there was a good Vintage Weekend in Hebden Bridge it seemed like a good idea, so form filled in, a room booked in a local pub and we were all set for the weekend. Knowing that if owners put something on their car telling it’s story people do tend to read it so I decided to put a note on the car along with the usual information asking for information about the supplying garage and F &T Lumb. I didn’t really expect to find out much but was hoping it might turn up a dealer sticker, a key fob or possibly someone who knew of the original owner and possibly remembered the car.
We hadn’t been there that long and we had had a walk round when a man, whose name I didn’t get came and told me he had probably done the pre delivery inspection on the car as he worked at the garage during the ‘70s and although they were a multiple BL dealer he did mostly Triumphs. He told me the garage is still there but has been redeveloped and is a filling station. The next person introduced himself as Derek Carlton Crabtree who told me F&T Lumb were egg producers and poultry farmers and suggested I went to the visitors gate and ask for Derek Sutcliffe as he was part of the family and he may be able to help. It turned out it was his car, he had it new as a company car. He had seen me drive in but obviously didn’t recognise the number so thought no more of it so was quite shocked when I told him the story. We also met Stephen Barker, a friend of Derek’s who was at the show with a Ford GT40 replica who also remembered the car well.
As this is a Rotary Club event and Derek is involved with the weekend we had our photos taken for their newsletter and a photo also appeared in the Hebden Bridge Times which Derek very kindly sent me along with a couple of photos taken while he owned the car.
He had the car for 3 years and during that time it had the head gaskets replaced twice after overheating near Keighley and then Penrith. It overheated again in Bristol when Derek’s brother had borrowed it, which apparently took some time to repair as British Leyland were on strike and there were no parts for it.
In March 1978 the car was sold and went to a dealer friend of Derek’s, Geoff Gladsbrook at Hawksclough, Mytholmroyd who used the car for a while until he also encountered overheating problems and sold the car on, presumably to another dealer in Blackburn called Charles Pavelyn as this is the second name the car was registered in. In April 1978 the car was sold to Henry Travis who transferred the private number on to the car.
All in all this was a very good weekend and I think 2 of us had our day made. We were asked to go back next year which we will as it is such a good weekend. Due to the number of exhibits we were there on Saturday, Sunday being for pre 1971.
For info on this yearly event see Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend
And take a look at the photos from this years event Photos from 2013