H Wessels and Simon Coates (Letters, Motor Sport, December 1988) have given me a wonderful idea on how to make money.
I have a funny old special made by Richard Bolster. Well, no-one has heard of him, or his brother John, or his friends, Barbara, Peter and Carl Skinner. The venues it has raced at — Syon Park, Charter House, Lewes and Poole speed-trials, Brooklands and Donington Park race meetings— mean nothing. Why, even a representative and organiser in the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association did not know the thing when mentioned it to him; there was a 100-mile race to be held at Donington Park and the Bolster won there pre-war, but of course it’s not a Grand Prix car like all the others entered, no who could expect anyone to know a car like that? So this is my idea:
The chassis is a Frazer Nash built for a Blackburne engine. It even has a number stamped on it (2161), so I could build that into an original TT replica which must then be worth £40,000.
The engine is an MG 1100 six-cylinder and parts of it were developed for the prototype K3 MG by Thomson & Taylor. I could rebuild that into a K3 replica which must be worth £50,000.
The transmission is 1922 GN from a Vitesse. I could rebuild that into a replica worth £30,000.
The front brakes, steering box and column are Lea-Francis. I could make a Lea-Francis Hyper Leaf replica which must be worth £20,000.
The front springs are Vauxhall 14/40. I wonder if a replica of that would be worth £10,000?
The radiator and supercharger pressure-gauge are off the 1922 200-Mile Race Darracq. Oh joy, that replica would be worth £100,000!
The front axle was re-made by Mike Sayers and the body by Duncan Ricketts. With such winning credentials, they would make a Riley Special worth £5000.
With the bits which were left I could buy four Rudge engines and make the Richard Bolster Special replica; I could also purchase a Hudson engine for a future project. What delight!
Does anyone know a moneylender who would allow me to realise the potential of £255,000 and still retain the Richard Bolster Special replica?
Who cares anyway?
Peter Wigglesworth, Collingham, West Yorkshire.