Swallow Doretti - UK








  November 2019  No.317  


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Gaydon 2019 The summer gathering of Swallow Dorettis was a great success. There were nine Dorettis (and a Triumph Italia) displayed outside the motor museum at Gaydon on the Saturday of the TR Register International Weekend. The museum was interesting and possesses two Dorettis with one on display, pity about the TR4 door handles. There was an eclectic collection of mainly British vehicles and displays of ephemera from the old factories and the tracked Land Rover was unusual but it was easy to see why many of the prototypes did not go into production. There was a large chart showing all the car makes manufactured in Britain, and there were many, fortunately Swallow was there, although strangely not Citroen and my Slough built Light 15 was sitting outside!

In the evening we had a 65th anniversary dinner, a tradition following the success of the 60th anniversary dinner at Harrogate. It was well organised by Alan Gibb although I suspect in gave him a few grey hairs, not that you would notice. James Pechal, one of our senior members who bought his Doretti in 1955 gave a short speech including why he painted his car bright yellow and how he constructed a new windscreen frame after the original went missing when the car was being transported back from Singapore. This explains the small air vents built into the frame below the screen glass. We also took a moment to think about Cyril Harvey the first Doretti Registrar who kept the flag flying for many years.

Chassis No.1052 On Sunday we had a display of Dorettis at the International Weekend, located in Stratford-upon Avon. Some owners talked about their cars in the arena including Peter Lockley, who, although Chairman of the Standard Motor Club is keen to get his Doretti out at any opportunity.

After the International there was the Scottish TR Weekend at Bo'ness where Alan Gibb was competing in the hillclimb with his Doretti. No records were broken as it was a damp and slippery track but at least the car went home in one piece. Drew Scott, another Doretti owner was competing in his Triumph Gloria Southern Cross fitted with a TR2 engine and was delighted with the scrutineers award. The next weekend Alan took the postwar sports car concours award for his Doretti at the prestigious Scone show.

Although there will not be a Swallow Doretti stand at the NEC this year it is hoped we can have a small gathering provisionally at midday on Saturday at the TR Register stand, I will send out a confirmatory email. Hope to see you there.

Richard Larter - Swallow Doretti Registrar
Email: doretti.registrar@yahoo.com


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