Chairmans Chat - Magazine Issue 90

Hello to member's old and new,as we are well into the show season, the Guilds Granadas (thats you) are out in force showing the public how nice our cars are.

The Granada seems to becoming more of a magnet on the show scene, and the amount of nice complentments that we constantly get for keeping the historical memories alive is a nice feeling. Iím finding that people are asking us more about getting back into the Granada scene and also asking our advice on prices of all models of the Granada Mk1& Mk2 and parts availability. There is normally a suprised look on there faces when you tell them, and they explain that back in the 1990s they sold their Granada for a price for less than a curry for 2, followed by "why did i flog it" expression.

Every year the Granadas are looking better and better which in turn is making the value go up. Many people are surprised to learn that they will have to now spend a few grand to get a half decent Granada and then still have to fork out a few more pounds to get the silly problems sorted (TIMES ARE A CHANGING) which is good. Its 40 years this year since FORD launched its new Mk2 aimed at the executive market and hoping to knock the competion out the ring and hold on to the title. So in 1977 gave us Fords Emphasis on engineering slogan, when they launced the Mk2 Granada and 40 years on its as popular today as was then. So its only right that we do somthing to mark 40 years of the Mk2 Granada.

We have our AGM at Wicksteed Park from the Thursday 27-30th July where we will be celebrating the Mk2,s birthday. Also Jon Roberts, has managed to get a flotilla of twelve Mk2s on to the CLASSIC FORD stand at FORD FAIR 2017 on August 6th at Silverstone to promote the MK2s big 40. Therefore come and join us at the AGM weekend and I look forward to seeing you all there. Please be aware that the price for overnight camping and caravaning has been raised to £25.00 per night but the price of a second vehicle if you bring one, is still £6.00 for the weekend.


Write ups for the mag and the Guild Website please we need your input of shows, restorations, bits & pieces, pictures, etc. We are touching the 200th member now so thereís got to be something happening out there, not everybody is into the Facebook pages and I know itís full of bits of info, evan if its retro ads & pictures send to the Mag Editor John Kempson. The Guild Magazine is very expensive to produce so we need to get our moneys worth out of it. I know you might think that im always moaning but its my job and the committees to keep the lights burning in the Guild window as many people follow us from the distant corners of the globe as you know, so keep up the very good work that you do, promoting the Guild in your own way.


MARTIN ECOTT runs our Website, he would like your pictures that you have taken at show's or of your own car so that he put them into our gallery section. For sale or wanted (free for Members) - just send your enquiry to him and he will do the rest for you.


As you may know we have a Facebook page that can be very interesting the amount of information that be found on there, if you want get onto it, get yourself accepted by CAMEL BOXALL or RICHARD GARRETT and the world is your oyster. As many of you know weíve been on Facebook for 4 year's and has been very successful in bringing people together sharing pictures and experiences, and visitors at shows joining through face book the Guild. Many new friendships have been made reinforcing the Granada as a magnet to the general public and stirring many fond memories that we often hear on the show circuit.


CAMEL BOXALL is our agreed value insurance officer and is recognized by most classic car insurer's. He is up to date with the current price's and their true agreed value. Many of you have taken the opportunity to have your Granada valued by him and been pleasantly surprised by his valuation so if you have not tried him out yet give him a call. Please note: the valuation is only valid during the time you are a member of the Guild.


JOHN KEMPSON is the Mag editor and would like your articles, write ups on any show's you went to over the last year - with piccyís please. And do not forget your car is the star feature. Every Granada has a story to tell so come on and tell us please & send some picture's as well, it make's a great read. If you have anything you want to advertise - all free to members.


CONTACT US if you are looking for that part or info of who's got what, or if you want to get rid of any bits he maybe able to help you with people who buy spare's to stock them to sell on.


We are still going to stock mugs, pens and key rings but we have been in contact with clothing companies that are keen to supply our club with T shirts, Polo shirts and Fleeces. The deal is members will be able to contact the company and place orders. Payment will be direct to the company supplying the items. See GUILD ONLINE CLOTHING STORE items can be purchased via their online shop.

Thats it from me, so take care.

Your Chairman

Bryan Stone