John Raeburn also made contact – he had found a car BMP 982 in a garage in Welwyn Garden City in 1968 – the same!
I competed at Silverstone, several times, Snetterton and Thruxton, and still have the trophies! I sold BMP in 1974 for £500 for the deposit on a house. Soon after I bought a Mini Estate not quite the same but much more practical!”
BMP was John’s only form of transport, and used to regularly enter race meetings and time trials with the VSCC and the 750 MC, in the days when all you had to do was enter, turn up, put your race numbers on the doors and present yourself to the scrutineers, then at the end of the day, take of the numbers, and drive home. As John says – Nostalgia is not what it used to be!
John (above) at VSCC meeting Silverstone in 1970 & 1971. He was living in Stevenage, Hertfordshire when he sold her in 1974 for £500 – a lot of money in those days, and for the deposit on a house! “A chap answered my advert, arrived at my parents house, never spoke a word, handed me the cash, got in the car, drove off never to be seen, or heard of again!”
David Hearne’s dad John Hearne brought his first Austin 7 in 1975. At that time they lived in Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire. In early 1976 they moved to Sundon Park, Luton. It was here where his Dad started working on all sorts of classic, vintage and veteran cars in a workshop at the house. While living in Luton they purchased BMP, so Stevenage was very near. We would attend club meets and shows all over the country. He also had a 1929 Austin 16/6 Tickford and a 1904 Humber Forecar which he fully restored and they used on the London to Brighton.
John noted that the pub “The Chequers” was favourite haunt of the North Herts Centre, where they held Christmas parties. The main meeting venue was “The George” in Bucklersbury, Hitchin.
David immediately noticed the bonnet strap in the 1964 picture. He had one – but it is no longer the main fixing. The doors were altered because Nippy/65 backs always broke and this modification was meant to add rigidity to the body. The boot also now hinges down and not up.
“The Brooklands screens are in a box at my Dad’s, at some point in the future I hope to be able to recover them!”
This picture is either David or John Hearne but it was at a Top Gear-type of program with Quentin Wilson in about 1980; we raced each other in a driving test in and out of parking bays, I remember sending gravel spaying as I put it into reverse while still moving forwards – I wasn’t old enough to drive on the road at this time!
Here is BMP today. Perhaps you have memories or photos from a family member before 1964 – do make contact if so!