Chairmans Chat - Magazine Issue 84

Hello to all member's old and new. First of all I must apologise to those people that have tried to phone my house, as I have had trouble with my house phone which has been down for some time, it rings in my house but when I answer it it’s a dead line, so there's a bit of a barny going on with my supplier to fix it. So if you would use my email address in the mag, sorry about that.

Now we are in the winter season and all shows gone for 2015 and a new year - where did 2015 go. As most of the Guild's Granada's are off the road for the winter month's, it's maintenance time again and sorting those jobs we have put off to the winter down time. Many of you have done a lot of mileage this year despite the weather and attending show's that have been around but ignored for year's. Its easy to get complacent with show's that we’ve done for many a year and it's given many member's a bit of a lift and getting in with those event organiser’s to guarantee us a decent size stand for next year. The Guild has grown in strength this year with a influx of new member's which I hope they’ve enjoyed this season with us and take part again in the future year's.

2015 saw the appearance of the South African built Mk1 & Mk2 Granada model's that are often talked about but very rarely seen in the UK. They stole the show scene this year because their owner's have brought them back from South Africa when they have moved back to the UK. Now that's dedication to the Granada isn’t it.

One owner Paul Deeble has owned his Mk2 series 1 from new and every time he came back to the UK he brought his Granada home with him. Then every time he went back out he shipped it out again. Paul says “his Granada has done more mileage on a ship than on the road”. So Paul we'd love to have a write up with picture's for the mag please. And that call out includes the other owners of the South African cars. We are all gagging for your “car is the star” story for mag.

But lets not stop there, as all of our Granada’s have a story so please send in your story with some pics. We do struggle to fill the mag during the winter months. Its the same with other club's but the Guild doesn’t want to be like them do we ! So the more stories the better the mag. Please send them into John Kempson our mag editor.

We had a stand at the NEC Classic Car Show back in November and I popped up on the Saturday to support Brian & Eunice Creed, Julian & Reece Peapell and Camel Boxall who had organised the stand. Our stand was only big enough for 2 Granada's which was a Mk1 & a Mk2 and a bit of a social area, but the stand looked excellent. It was very busy all day long with many of our member's and friend's coming up over the 3 days to say hello, and spend a bit of time with us before going around the rest of the show. Its mentally and physically exhausting show but it’s worth while doing. So thank you to everybody who came up it was nice to see you all.

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. I am looking for Mk1's Mk2's for the 2017 calendar so please if you haven’t been on there yet then its your turn. I don’t care about rust & dents etc, it's your pride & joy and that is what matter's. So why not, we aren’t that type of club, so please think about it. I have some already that I’ve got to photograph but the more I have the better. Send your pics via email to me or when I see you. I can also take the pictures for the calendar for you so you don’t have to worry if you are not happy with your pics.

In early December the Lincolnshire crew had their Guild Christmas dinner which I attended for the first time and guess who showed himself up by being late, ME. Normally I go down to the Swindon Mafia dinner and I’m always late there as well ! but I feel I have to throw myself around the different area's so next year it will the Norfolk Boy's turn for a visit by your's truly - if they will have me. Anyway back to the Lincs crew doo & 20 of us were there in the local Harvester with our family's, nice to see our newer member's there as well great stuff thanks Paul & Linda - well organised.

That’s all from me for now, so the committee and I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of you for your continued support and hard work over the past year and we trust you had a very happy Christmas and a new year and see you all in 2016.

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. We’ve been on Facebook for 3 year's and has been very successful in bringing people together sharing pictures and experience's, and visitor's at shows joining through Facebook the Guild, many new friendships have been made great stuff the Granada is more than a car its a magnet to the general public stirring many fond memories as we often hear .


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 piccy’s 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 now have a new supplier, see our REGALIA PAGE for all the details, items can be purchased via their online shop.