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Bangers & Cash 1977 Saudi Corvette JNH 820T

funchi

Well-known user
I had a nice chat with Keith yesterday and Keith remembered his hot pants (jean shorts) in the Goodwood video.
Car below at Santa Pod reminds me of Keith's jean shorts for some reason :ROFLMAO: (y):ROFLMAO:Santa Pod-1.jpgSanta Pod-2.jpg
 

funchi

Well-known user
I went to view this car at Corvette Kingdom it was a nice car but did not buy it, later I was so surprised to see it for sale in Chadwell Heath Essex very close to my house on the road from Romford to Stratford then full of small car dealers, you can just see my Black 1980 Corvette.4.jpg5.jpg
 

funchi

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This was a lovely C2 Corvette owned by Russell and still could be, I have no idea.

Russell lived near me in Rush Green Essex, I went to Russell’s house once, Russell had a fantastic double garage which was as clean as an operating theatre and Russell owned another Corvette but I can’t remember which Corvette but I have a feeling it was also a C2 Corvette.

The registration RMS 111 is now on a Ferrari 365GT4 which could be Russell’s although I have no idea, but Keith tells me Russell rents cars to the movie business so a good chance.
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funchi

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Nick B pleased you like them, loads more to come from me. (y)
Jonny C4 great photos of John's Saudi 1977 Corvette I have not seen them before. (y)
 

Roscobbc

CCCUK Chairman
I went to view this car at Corvette Kingdom it was a nice car but did not buy it, later I was so surprised to see it for sale in Chadwell Heath Essex very close to my house on the road from Romford to Stratford then full of small car dealers, you can just see my Black 1980 Corvette.View attachment 4636View attachment 4637
Can't quite remember the name of the car dealer here - he moved-out to north Essex somewhere. One of my buddies Dave Fisher worked for him for years. I remember the time he had several XK220's there - presumably ex race cars, all in really violent colours like orange and green. Jeez were they noisy - didn't even sound like 6 cylinder engines. Just remembered the name - Destephano Cars
 

funchi

Well-known user
Hi Roscobbc you must have a good memory, Destephano Cars that sounds familiar to me as well, you must have recognised the location.

You will know Destephano Cars was almost next door to the public house first named the Chadwell Arms then The Bird Nest more like a night club then back to Chadwell Arms again before it was knocked down for redevelopment, sad a lovely looking building had to go.

I think I may have meet you very recently at the Red Lion the Essex area meeting place, I came in my Green TR6 and there was that fantastic steam car which I think you got a short ride on.

The internet is fantastic that’s where I found the photo of the Chadwell Arms, also Jonny C4 photos of John’s car, but I can just hear my great grandchildren asking there parents what was the internet. :LOL:

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Daytona Vette

CCCUK regional rep
This was a lovely C2 Corvette owned by Russell and still could be, I have no idea.

Russell lived near me in Rush Green Essex, I went to Russell’s house once, Russell had a fantastic double garage which was as clean as an operating theatre and Russell owned another Corvette but I can’t remember which Corvette but I have a feeling it was also a C2 Corvette.

The registration RMS 111 is now on a Ferrari 365GT4 which could be Russell’s although I have no idea, but Keith tells me Russell rents cars to the movie business so a good chance.
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I am thinking this may be the same Russell from the early 80s that actually sprayed the red C2 himself
 

Roscobbc

CCCUK Chairman
Hi Roscobbc you must have a good memory, Destephano Cars that sounds familiar to me as well, you must have recognised the location.

You will know Destephano Cars was almost next door to the public house first named the Chadwell Arms then The Bird Nest more like a night club then back to Chadwell Arms again before it was knocked down for redevelopment, sad a lovely looking building had to go.

I think I may have meet you very recently at the Red Lion the Essex area meeting place, I came in my Green TR6 and there was that fantastic steam car which I think you got a short ride on.

The internet is fantastic that’s where I found the photo of the Chadwell Arms, also Jonny C4 photos of John’s car, but I can just hear my great grandchildren asking there parents what was the internet. :LOL:

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That building has only been demolished relative recently (within last five years) - that whole section of the Romford/Ilford road and its side roads from North Street Romford (where the one time famous famous custom painter Allan Llewellyn's A & L Autos was based - thru' Deals on Wheels a few doors away from Allens the Ford Dealers - and the football club in Cottons Park where Eastern Cruisers would meet (both in Romford) - past Chadwell Heath station which had Cooks tool shop next door (probably the best tool shop this side of London) - Customville when they were at Goodmayes (now just around the corner in Dagenham - up past Seven Kings station and where Jakes Burger Bar used to be (and the hub for the weekly Sunday night Eastern Cruisers cruise-out to terrorise other road users en-route some of the Essex country pubs) - past another car dealer (Epping Car Co?) who usually had an American car or two - thru' to Ilford with Custom Maid. This whole 3 or 4 mile stretch was historically a hotbed of custom and American car owners and specialists. Those were the days.......................................
 

funchi

Well-known user
Hi Roscobbc a great reply.

I lived in Goodmayes nearly all my young life, I think Jakes Burger Bar Seven Kings is still there.

W I Cookes (Precision Tools) Ltd was an amazing company, Custom Maid Ilford rebuilt my XJS automatic gearbox because it was a GM automatic gear box made by the German company ZF Friedrichshafen AG, I know you will remember Pipe Craft Chadwell Heath a good place for American car exhausts, as for Cottons Park I practised Judo six time a week, Romford & Hornchuch Judo Club was my main Judo club based in Cottons Parks sports pavilion, it was an extremely strong club and one of the founder members of the BJA, and every Thursday night and Sunday afternoon until 2pm back then :mad: you could find us in the public bar in the Sun pub opposite Cottons Park.

Hi Daytona Vette I did not want to miss spell Russell's surname, it sounded like Schatner if that helps.

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funchi

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2 more lovely looking chrome bumper C3 Corvettes, it is interesting seeing them parked on double yellow lines, back then you had a good chance of not getting a parking ticket, today 100% of getting a parking ticket.

I took these photos in Brighton on the day of the Brighton Speed Trials many years ago which I still think is one of best motor/bike events of the year. The event takes place on Madeira Drive Brighton.

I have a vague recollection when I took those photos it could have been a ½ a mile long reduced to a ¼ of a mile due to the terminal speed of some of the cars but I could be wrong, but when you have ex F1 cars running it would not be surprising.

The event is so good because you get classes from vintage motor cycles up to ex F1 cars and everything else in between.

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funchi

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Nick B (y) Santa Pod. I wonder what year this C3 Corvette is I wish I knew the VIN number.

I have said before I love the 80/81/82 new front and rear clips, on the face of it, it could be an 80/81/82, but you can see someone has spent a lot of money making the front and rear clips part of the whole body and not separate body panels, so could also be a 1978/9 big back window C3 Corvette, I personally love it with no extra panel joints.

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Daytona Vette

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Hi Roscobbc a great reply.

I lived in Goodmayes nearly all my young life, I think Jakes Burger Bar Seven Kings is still there.

W I Cookes (Precision Tools) Ltd was an amazing company, Custom Maid Ilford rebuilt my XJS automatic gearbox because it was a GM automatic gear box made by the German company ZF Friedrichshafen AG, I know you will remember Pipe Craft Chadwell Heath a good place for American car exhausts, as for Cottons Park I practised Judo six time a week, Romford & Hornchuch Judo Club was my main Judo club based in Cottons Parks sports pavilion, it was an extremely strong club and one of the founder members of the BJA, and every Thursday night and Sunday afternoon until 2pm back then :mad: you could find us in the public bar in the Sun pub opposite Cottons Park.

Hi Daytona Vette I did not want to miss spell Russell's surname, it sounded like Schatner if that helps.

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Russell - I did not know his surname - if I have it right he was a friend of Colin who later on went on to buy a Buick Roadmaster and is a colleague of Keith B
 

Daytona Vette

CCCUK regional rep
What a fantastic thread this is, thank you, love the Goodwood track day video (nostalgic) I was not there, but reminiscent of the early days when we all had the cars and we were all much younger than what we are now.
Great to see the pics of the Vettes in their day as they were and not very old, most of them daily drivers I presume, unlike now when many may look pristine but are relegated to an almost cocoon of an existence, sorned for much of the year for many.
Keep the pics coming
Thank you
 

funchi

Well-known user
Cheers Mr. Cricket/Daytona Vette (y) I will eventually add some more photos from Bloomington Gold 1989 which I know you will like.

Daytona Vette I think the Colin you maybe referring to could be Colin Shepard. I have posted photos of Colin chrome bumper XLT 2.

In the Scratchwood Service days Colin was the club historian a great bloke and a very good heavy plant mechanic and he worked near Junction 22 M25.

The club back then was very small so Russell, Colin Tracy, Keith, Roy Linda, John Sandra, Steve Jan, myself and many others all new each other, I also know Colin and Keith still do some business together on Corvette/American and probably other cars.

Santa Pod. KSB 3 I am 99% sure was purchased by Keith Betchi new and Keith still owns his 1980 Corvette, but not one careful owner :D You can just about see Keiths CCCUK table, other high tech adverting placards and colours available :D

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