Chairmans Chat - Magazine Issue 85

Hello to all member's old and new, Well that's the winter over and done with, so its' time to pull the cover off your car's, which I know most of you have done already and that first start up over and checked out, everythingís in order, so we need to point our Granada's towards the show scene and get out there and enjoy.

Many new members will be coming to the show scene for the first time, so if you old hats wouldnít mind showing the newbie's the ropes that would be great. Many new shows are going to be tested for the first time this year and hopefully we will become a regularís who visit them. All classic car owners like us are fed up with feeding the pockets of the greedy show organisers, that just want us for the £ note, so if you fancy a change of scenery the choice is yours.

For me Its my turn to visit the body shop, so I wonít be out there yet with A86VAB (or VAB - it's a boy car) to which he's known, VAB is going in to have some work done on the bonnet (yes the usual place) on the front lip where stones like to gather and chip away and sweat causing the famous bubble up. Plus Iím doing the bottom of the both passenger doors and odd bits and peices. Once VAB has been repaired and out from paint, its off to its new home ! ! NO, I HAVEN'T FLOGGED IT.

But I have sold my house though, and Iím moving up country from Kent to Lincolnshire. So its the upheaval and chaos of moving everything at the moment, as I have only the weekends to do this. You can imagine the logistics of getting 3 cars up the road, plus one other Granada (JADE) down to Swindon for Julian Peapell to get some welding done. So Iíve bought myself a Superman outfit to see if that helps, (it worked in the film ).

You may notice that I have removed my contact detail's from the mag and website until I get established in my new home, but you can still email me. I will be looking for Mk1s and Mk2s for the 2017 Guild calendar throughout the early part of the summer, Iíve got a couple of Granadas to photograph in Kent local to me - DONT WORRY IíVE NOT FORGOTTEN YOU.

Now the nice weather is here I will be in touch. If you've not been on the calendar yet its your turn you can still contact me via email leave a contact number and I will ring you back. Iím not interested in the perfect car its your Granada that is more important to the Guild so please donít think yours isnít good enough - it is.

Back to VAB. It's going back on the production line at the Corgi Vanguard factory in Kent to have a 1000 Corgi Vanguard collectors models produced. I feel very honoured and proud that they chose my Granada this time for their next Granada Mk2 project to be released in June 2016. I didnít know that they were looking at my car. They spotted VAB on many web site's and eventually traced him back to the Guild. Then I received a email from them asking me if I wouldnít mind them using my car. Of Course ! I replied. I was delighted with a very big smile on my face.

So after a 2 hour conversation (thatís my fault cos you what Iím like once I get talking) I sat down with cup of tea and with my thoughts of how lucky, and how much fun I have with VAB is incredible. Back in1989 when I first bought VAB, I never in a million years thought that I would ever think these things would happen. At the end of our conversation I offered up the Guild as their first port of call for future Granada projects. So hopefully next it could be you having your Granada produced by Corgi Vanguard.

That's it from me this time but just to say, keep up the good work that you all do, have a good and successful show season and I will see you soon.

Take care and safe driving.

Bryan Stone.


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 - 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.


Guild calendar's have gone very well again so thank you, but I still have some left so if haven't bought one yet, there still time.


CAMEL BOXALLCAMEL 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.


RICHARD GARRETT is the your man if your 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.