Chairmans Chat - Magazine Issue 89

Hello to all members old & new ,[ well its spring again - spring again tulips from Amsterdam] - in the words of the famous singer Max Bygraves , yes the winters gone and them car covers are starting to be peeled back to reveal your Granada.

Winter jobs done and show season starting up, and plenty of showís out there, the choice is yours. But please do tell us so we can put the showís in the magazine via [ John kempson ] and our website via Matin Ecott . Please note not everybody uses our Facebook site. Also please donít forget that our European memberís also host - the Old timer ford shows in GERMANY Ė HOLLAND Ė BELGIUM, as from my experience I have sampled all 3 of these countryís shows over the yearís and hoping sample these again.

We have a Granada birthday celebration this year , yes itís the Mark 2 Granadaís 40th birthday already, launched in 1977 the MK2 has hit the ripe old age of 40 this year Ė 2017 [ WHERE DID THAT GO ?] and it still has as many fanís today as it did back then. Well we canít let that go past us without doing something to celebrate its birthday at our AGM at Wicksteed park can we. We the guild committee also have plans, so I am hoping that we can attract a Ford magazine or a classic car magazine to come to our AGM and do a feature about the much loved MK2, letís hope with fingers crossed we can get one there. you never know, you might get your picture in there.

Guild calendar for 2018 comprises of 6 MK1ís and 6 MK2ís if possible so if you have not been on the calendar yet I am not worried about Ė rust Ė dents or different colored panels itís your Granada that matters so if you would like to get on their please contact me, details are in the front page of the Mag

On the subject of the mag we are always trying to think of thingís to boost up the mag and get the guilds money worth out of it. We have now come up with another way of trying to get more input, as well as ( YOUR CAR IS THE STAR ) another feature called ( MEET THE FLEET ) which is based on the Granadaís MK1 or MK2 you own. You hear of stories of memberís saying that they own more than one Granada, but you possibly will never see them, well why not do an article on them and give them a bit of fame in the mag, with pictures and short story & it makes Interesting reading. If you own more than one Granada youíve got a fleet, these Granadaís can be an empty shell or just parked up but donít want rid of for a future restoration on the back burner. Please keep the magazine busy with pictures and articles shows that you attend and also send them to our website itís important to the memberís that do not do the high tech media. Thatís me finished until the next time take care and I will see on the show circuit.


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.


A few Calendarís are still availible so donít forget to get orderís in £5.00 EACH see ad in the Mag please. On the subject of donít forget im still looking for you Granada Mk1 or Mk2 if you have not been on yet, IT'S your turn, im not worried about your dent or your paint and please donít think that your car is not good enough, your Granada is your Granada.


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.


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.

Your Chairman

Bryan stone