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BBQ and Beans Report

Posted on November 5, 2017 at 1:45 AM

Sunday October 15th 2017

People starting arriving at Gary’s home around 11.30 am for a BBQ lunch.

It was a perfect spring day for an event like this.

After lunch Jim arrived in his 1923 Bean 14 a typical English middle class car of the period, 14 hp 4 cylinder and 4 speed gearbox, it is the oldest Bean 14 in the world.

Jim Thompson is a Vintage car enthusiast who after a lifetime as a bank clerk knowing absolutely nothing about motor cars and mechanical devices decided to restore a vintage car as a retirement project.

He purchased a trailer load of rusty parts from the country, purchased Arc and Oxy Acetylene equipment, a lathe, spray painting equipment and all tools, then went to school to learn how to use them.

The results he achieved are just amazing all work except the radiator done by him and the only part to let him down on its maiden voyage in 1988 was the radiator.

After a slight hiccup with the projector we all sat down to an hour of interesting talk complete with slides as Jim spoke of his perils and tribulations with restoring his Bean.

After his talk Graham presented Jim with a small gift with thanks for coming and doing this talk.

Around 20 members showed up that afternoon and all seemed to enjoy the talk and the afternoon.

Thanks go to Gary and Anne for having us all at their place.



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