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mich
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16 of 28  Sat 4th Oct 2014 4:27am  
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Hello Chaingang looks like a good clip I am trying to d/l to watch later as I think I know the guide at the start of the clip will get back SAP. Apprentices were quite often used as guides it was very good PR training.
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mich
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17 of 28  Sat 11th Oct 2014 1:45am  
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Have determined the young man at the start of the video as Dave ******* I have found an old pic of Dave and Barry Wood in the Experimental dept all three of us were Apprentices together. Dave on right. Barry Wood and Dave photo BarryWoodandDave001.jpg Just a word about the ‘E’ Type bonnet referred to by Steve Morley it was made of Aluminium not steel that would have defeated the purpose of a lightweight sports car. I don’t know what the seam is that was allegedly filled with lead ? but it never happened, both doors, boot lid and bonnet were fully adjustable at the hinges. “Filled with lead” to my recollection the last cars to have this applied were the MK VII, MKVIII, MK IX, XK120 through to the 150. this was known as “Lead Loading” it was necessary because the front Wings (Guards) could not be pressed in one piece, the head and side light bodies had to be pressed separately and spot welded on later, this left the Wing in a pretty rough looking state so lead loading was the only way at the time to bring the whole finished wing up to Jaguar standards.
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mich
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18 of 28  Tue 13th Jan 2015 7:12am  
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So Jaguar is returning to England would there be any chance of it coming to Coventry?
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morgana
the secret garden
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19 of 28  Mon 30th Mar 2015 11:04pm  
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Pictures Jag Browns Lane Coventry Telegraph By the way Mich they must have heard you, the answer is yes it's coming back to Coventry. Happy
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mich
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20 of 28  Wed 1st Apr 2015 4:48am  
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Thanks morgana and I apologise for the delay in answering, is there any way of getting email notification of posts made to a subscribed thread?? The pic via your link were great and brought back many memories but apart from Sir Bill I did not recognise any people. Here is an old pic of my XK150 after restoration. XK150 photo XK 150.jpg Edited by member, 1st Apr 2015 4:50 am
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morgana
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21 of 28  Wed 1st Apr 2015 5:26pm  
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Glad you enjoyed them Mich , I doubt if that would be possible to notify you by email unless one of us could notify you, when some thing is added on this thread. I was looking for my uncle Derek Davies who worked there, he only had one arm the other was chopped off in the factory. . Love your XK150 you ve done a great restoration, I much prefer the vintage cars.
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Derrickarthur
Coventry
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22 of 28  Mon 6th Jul 2015 3:48pm  
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I worked at Dunlop (later Meggitt) for a total of 44 years from 1967-1978 and again from 1980-2013. In August of 2012 the Jaguar owners club (I believe) organised a pageant of vehicles which toured sites around England associated with the famous Marque. The pageant of cars drove up Swallow Drive from Holbrook Lane to Beake Avenue & then on the the next visit. I took many photographs that day and have loaded them into a Gallery (Derrickarthur) in the Member's Gallery.
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Derrickarthur
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23 of 28  Mon 6th Jul 2015 4:05pm  
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Here are photos of an SS Jaguar (taken early to mid 1980's) in Swallow Drive in front of the original Swallow Sidecar double doors which became somewhat of a pilgrimage place for Jaguar enthusiasts. The building has now been demolished but the doors were saved & donated to Jaguar Heritage
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Wimero
Nr Rugby
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24 of 28  Tue 7th Jul 2015 6:49am  
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I'm not really a car person but that SS Jag is a beauty. My dad worked at Swallow when he was a youngster. Does anyone know where I can find information on Swallow Sidecars.
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dougie
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25 of 28  Tue 7th Jul 2015 8:21am  
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David H
Lancashire
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26 of 28  Mon 13th Jul 2015 10:54pm  
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On 7th Jul 2015 6:49am, Wimero said: Does anyone know where I can find information on Swallow Sidecars.
The Swallow Sidecar Company actually originated in Blackpool, Lancashire in 1922 by local men William Lyons and William Walmsley. Here they manufactured motorcycle sidecars, and later produced their first Austin Seven Swallow car. The company moved to Coventry in 1928 and took over part of the wooden-floored former White and Poppe munitions works along a track, later to become Swallow Road off Holbrook Lane, Foleshill. Disused since the Great War, two of the four factory blocks were up for sale, and initially Lyons leased one of them, it being five times the size of his operation in Blackpool, along with an option to buy both blocks later. In the event the company which became SS Cars Ltd and later Jaguar Cars Ltd, stayed there until 1951 when it moved to the old Daimler shadow factory at Browns Lane. William Lyons was knighted for services to industry in 1956, and William Walmsley who by now had left the company became involved in the Airlite Trailer and Coventry Steel Caravan companies on Clay Lane, which produced some iconic products designed by company head Clifford Dawtrey, who had also worked for Jaguar! Sir William Lyons remained in the Midlands until his death in Leamington Spa in 1985 but William Walmsley ultimately returned to the North West and died in 1961 in Poulton-le-Fylde, only a few miles from the Swallow Sidecar Company premises where it all began. Attached are photographs I took of the original Swallow Sidecar Company premises (which occupied the top two floors) at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool. Edited by member, 13th Jul 2015 10:58 pm
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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27 of 28  Sun 12th Feb 2017 6:13pm  
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Sir William and Lady Lyons at the Motor Museum on 1972
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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28 of 28  Tue 20th Jun 2017 9:34am  
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Heads up for "Jaguar Super Saturday" this coming Saturday at the Motor Museum in town - details Thumbs up
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