Chairmans Chat - Magazine Issue 92

Hello to all members old & new, Happy New Year, and may it be a good one for you. As we trundle through the early part of the year and the last part of the winter, it won't be long before the clock's go forward and we will be preping again, for the first of many classic car show's as the season kicks in. 2017 was a very good year for shows and well attended by many member's of the Guild, trying new show's out for the first time.

Also 2017 marked 40 year's of the Granada Mk2, with the guild celebrating at various shows. Which prompted many a new story from the public when they see your Mk1 or Mk2 sitting there smiling at them (a real memory jogger). Speaking of 40 year,s late register'd Mk1's and the first register'd Mk2's will be elligble for historic vehicle status (road tax free) this year. But you may note that the Govenment canít bring them selves to say the word FREE, and its a rolling 40yrs as well.

Please keep sending in your show reports with pictures, it does'nt matter if its from last year as it's a bit thin at the moment, which holds up the publication of the mag. Without these reports and other write ups the mag would be about 6 pages thick and we just canít justify sending the mag out on time unless we got something to go in it. We love to know where you went and how good it was, as it normally encourge's other member's to venture further a field. You can get a bit cheesed off with the same old car show time after time. Even if you donít have a club stand it donít matter and not all shows cater for club stands anyway. A good line up does a good job.

If you have more than one GRANADA Mk1 or Mk2 or both then you have got a fleet and we would like you to write in about it. They donít have to be on the road and can even be stripped and awaiting repair. To us itís still a living motor. So come on folks lets get writing.

Most of you know how it works that every Granada has a story behind it. Dont get me wrong Iím not on about the origanal bill of purchace, but would be great if you have got it. Just the story from the time you first bought your much loved granny or the work you have done to it. They make good reading and we are always looking for these stories for the magazine. So if you have that story send it in to the mag editor John Kempson.

Seeing the year's disappearing for the Granada, some parts as we well know have become deleted from many of the motor part factor's & suppliers and the words 'sorry mate bin deleted' the dissapointment sets in. Especially when many adverts for the other Ford models are in your face in every magazine you buy. But there are plenty that still stock a few parts or can order parts for your car. So the idea is that you if you would like to send into the Guild mag the details of these suppliers,(name and contact number) where you can obtain various parts (especially if it is a service part) we can put the info into the Mag. Be interesting to see what turns up.

THANK YOU to everybody who bought the Guild Calendar for 2018 a complete sellout plus we had two reprints as well. On the subject of the calendar, I will be looking for you Mk1 and Mk2 owners to get on the 2019 calendar. Please contact me via the front page of the Mag please. (Keeping your granny alive)


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.


Spares Co Ordinator position is still vacant, therefore if you are looking for parts please contact us via the web site, or contact Bryan Stone or John Kempson. 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 we maybe able to help you with people who buy spare's to stock them to sell on.


Guild T shirts, Polo shirts, Fleeces etc are available via Pinacle Ltd. See GUILD ONLINE CLOTHING STORE items can be purchased via their online shop. We still stock mugs, pens, key rings and window stickers so contact your area coĖordinator.

Thats all from me this time.

THANK YOU for supporting the Guild for the last & previous years. Keep it up and take care out there.

Your Chairman

Bryan Stone