Visit to Filching Manor Motor Museum

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Re: Visit to Filching Manor Motor Museum

Post by Pullman99 » Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:41 pm

Thanks everyone. Should have known about the harness really. Must pay more attention in class.

As I mentioned previously, there have been other visits to Filching that have resulted in a similar range of pics being posted on their relevant Forum or Facebook pages. If, however, posting these images here would cause any difficulties for Fred or for Karl Foulkes-Halbard, I will gladly delete them. I do understand the sensitivity surrounding the Campbell memorabilia at this time. I believe that the family wish to retain the collection intact at least for the time being but I would strongly urge that some professional conservation advice is sought urgently as there is clear evidence of significant deterioration taking place given the environment in which this material is being kept. This is particularly the case with the items containing paper and other fabrics.

In the meantime, here are a couple of more bits of K3

Sir Malcolm's seat from K3

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Amongst the K7 material is this lens section. Fred did explain, but I am afraid I am not sure of the details. In the "harness" pics earlier, there are also one or two panel sections visible.

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The model of K4 was displayed close to a model of the 1935 car and I seem to recall that this was for some years in the Library at Beaulieu before being returned to Tonia.

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Also, at the time that CN7 was purchased for The Science Museum, the handover at Beaulieu was marked by a symbolic prseentation of CN7's steering wheel. I think that this was a replica mounted on a plinth so, presumably, this item is the real one???

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One of the K7 models on display

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And Gina's record setting Agfa Bluebird II

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Re: Visit to Filching Manor Motor Museum

Post by Pullman99 » Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:01 pm

One for Steve! Still on topic...sort of.

At Filching I was surprised a little to find an F1 car as I had not previously been aware that the collection had any particular interest in this aspect of motorsport. Looks a little bit tired, but the car is captioned as being from 1985 and is presumably, therefore, an Arrows A8 that was used in the 1985/86 seasons being driven in 1985 by Thierry Boutsen and Gerhard Berger. It has been mentioned by the owner of another A8, that the Filching car mnay be an A7 from 1984???

Just wondered if the chassis number was known?

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Re: Visit to Filching Manor Motor Museum

Post by Pullman99 » Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:30 pm

Nearly forgot the Beryl!

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Re: Visit to Filching Manor Motor Museum

Post by f1steveuk » Wed Jun 22, 2011 3:36 pm

The CN7 wheel is indeed the "record" wheel, it's the only one with the "Event Marker" button. The lens was an optically perfect strengthener for the original perspex bubble cockpit cover, and just behind that you can see the reflecter lens for the original "heads up" display, removed because the glass is green!

It's a long time ago I did the conservation work on the Beryl, but I think it's MV57. It still turned, but you could hear grit inside from where it had been blasted at Thorpe Park.

The alloy panels hanging were never really indentified as CN7 parts for 100% certain, one looking more like a front starter handle panel from a T35 Bugatti. There's no evidence of any of the glue used to bond the panels on CN7, although it was suggested by Ken Burville, that one of them may have been a closing panel from under where the tailfin fitted, and dropped in when the fin was removed for transport purposes.

In the background is one of Leo's cloches, where he grew cucumbers, or to you and I, the original 1955 windscreen, complete with holes for the windscreen wiper assembly.

Sir Malcolm's seat isn't an original, that went back into the 1935 car after a period fitted in K4, as it had built in suspension and damping to give MC a degree of comfort.

It's a shame Paul never got planning permission to build the barn on site that was to be the museum proper, Filching could really have grown into quite a place, we had lots of plans, but the council had no foresight! I miss the old bugger really.

I posted elsewhere on the Arrows, but a loaner from a man who was closly linked with Arrows who now supplies Ducati. I think it's the interim Ross Brawn/Dave Wass designed A7/8, with bits of both cars, it has the alloy roll hoop of the A7, but I'm pretty sure some of the bodywork is A8, but that is from memory, so the usual disclaimers apply!
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Re: Visit to Filching Manor Motor Museum

Post by GTRacer » Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:58 pm

Hi All, Regards Gina's Agfa Bluebird 2 Cat.

Please correct me if i'm wrong. But my memory was that this boat was flipped during the record attempt?? I'm sure that the then O'N and O'Z (F2 & F1) racer Roger Jenkins advised gina to remove the nose wing to get the bow higher in the water and go quicker. This did work but flipped the boat on the final run. Is this the same boat but rebuilt, or is my childhood memory rusty. I did see both Gina and the offshore boat #70 in about '86, Mr Whoppit was in the cabin.

Please fill in the details in my swiss cheese memory if anyone can add to the picture.

I'd love to go and visit the museum, does anyone know if it is still open to the public anymore?

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Re: Visit to Filching Manor Motor Museum

Post by Renegadenemo » Tue Jan 08, 2013 11:44 pm


I'd love to go and visit the museum, does anyone know if it is still open to the public anymore?
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Re: Visit to Filching Manor Motor Museum

Post by lsrdatabase » Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:09 am

Renegadenemo wrote:

I'd love to go and visit the museum, does anyone know if it is still open to the public anymore?
I think Fred has enough sway to get people through the door - Fred, where are you?

Hi All

Yes I am still around, and able to get people into Filching. Usually within a week or so's notice. Therefore, if anyone would like a visit laid on, please say so.

To those who have enquired, I thank you.b And just say after tests, I need to have surgery; so I am waiting to hear from the hospital.

Regards to all, Fred

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Re: Visit to Filching Manor Motor Museum

Post by Black Knight » Sun Nov 29, 2015 5:30 pm

What's happened to the photos on this thread?

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Re: Visit to Filching Manor Motor Museum

Post by Mike Bull » Sun Nov 29, 2015 6:50 pm

A quick glance shows that all the missing pics were from the same poster- maybe he removed them?
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Re: Visit to Filching Manor Motor Museum

Post by Terminator » Mon Nov 30, 2015 11:21 pm

To what picture are we referring to as I see no picture posted? Mike?

Indeed the Agfa Bluebird II Cat boat is claimed to be the one Gina flipped at Nottingham during her first attempt of unofficially taking the Women's World Water Speed Record. I have no reason to think it was not the same boat. I say unofficially as at the time I recall there was no category for women until probably Gina kicked the officialdom arse's into action. I have the footage from Gina The Last of the Campbell's somewhere I think it was called. Mr.Roger Jenkins quite a character complete with Rolex watch and swagger did announce during the documentary that "I am going to take the biggest risk of my life " which raised my eyebrow servers (as Bill calls them : ) He was what? Going to take what risk exactly? Gina was the one in the boat!! I always remember the guy waving the plank or nose wing jumping around on the jetty until it came over the radio Gina had flipped! The guy holding the plank suddenly didn't know whether to stuff the plank up his arse or what to do with it!! The blood drained from Mr.Jenkins face until a lady on the radio announced "it's o.k. Roger she's swimming". Mr Whoppit once again had been dunked. There was talk of rebuilding the boat and the strangest thing was that when they tried to save the engine it suddenly burst into flames and the boat had to be pushed back into the water. Gina was wet and clearly in shock but thankfully unhurt. In all the excitement and this is when things can go seriously wrong on record attempts Jenkins had taken the decision to removed the plank but not altered the trim of the boat accordingly. :shock:
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GTRacer wrote:Hi All, Regards Gina's Agfa Bluebird 2 Cat.

Please correct me if i'm wrong. But my memory was that this boat was flipped during the record attempt?? I'm sure that the then O'N and O'Z (F2 & F1) racer Roger Jenkins advised gina to remove the nose wing to get the bow higher in the water and go quicker. This did work but flipped the boat on the final run. Is this the same boat but rebuilt, or is my childhood memory rusty. I did see both Gina and the offshore boat #70 in about '86, Mr Whoppit was in the cabin.

Please fill in the details in my swiss cheese memory if anyone can add to the picture.

I'd love to go and visit the museum, does anyone know if it is still open to the public anymore?
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