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  1. Cyril Harvey: September 21, 1929 – July 25, 2019 Cyril Harvey passed away Thursday, July 25, 2019 at the age of 89 years. He was born in Essex in September 1929. He left school at age 14 and tried his hand at various jobs until called up for National Service in 1947 when he joined the RAF. After he finished his National Service he was employed by the Radiological Protection Service. In 1964 Cyril first met Ella when she worked at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Surrey and they subsequently married in 1965. Cyril bought his Swallow Doretti, VEH 266, (Chassis No.1146) from his cousin, David Sharp in 1963. Over the years Cyril restored the Doretti to a brand new condition and derived much pleasure in attending rallies and events where he would meet other Doretti owners and became friends with Frank Rainbow the Doretti’s designer. He also persuaded his work colleague David Bartlett to buy a Doretti, UVT 429 (Chassis No.1153) which David still owns and drives on a regular basis. Cyril’s Doretti achieved national fame in 1987 when it appeared in the men’s magazine, Mayfair, Volume 22, No 8. Over the years, Cyril Harvey's service as the Swallow Doretti Registrar for the TR Register were an essential contribution in preserving the marque Swallow Doretti. Cyril retired at age 60 in December 1989 and enjoyed a retirement of almost 30 years when Ella and Cyril enjoyed the company of many friends. When Cyril’s sports car days were approaching their end, he gave his Doretti to his second cousin David Scholes who he knew would continue to give it the love and care that it deserved.
  2. Hi Pete, For more information about the Doretti, take a look at this website: www.doretti.co.uk Ken
  3. +1 for the revision. Ken Yankey
  4. Hi Dan, This Doretti appears to be the next one off the production line after your car. Ken
  5. David, It does appear that it is correct that Monkspath Garage did experiment with building a fibreglass body on a Doretti chassis. In 1981 a "readers letter" from a Peter Jones, published in C&S, stated that circa 1957, he went with his father and brother to Monkspath Garage to look at a Kenmar (later called a Shirley). The "demonstrator" they were shown was built on a Swallow Doretti chassis. According to Peter, it was painted gloss black, had full depth doors with no sills below them and was fitted with fold-down windscreen which looked tacked-on. Ken
  6. Vehicle identity and history unknown to me. Vendor not presently volunteering any information. Ken
  7. Swallow Doretti owners, past, present and future are invited to meet-up at 1.00 pm on both Friday and Saturday (9th &10th Nov) on the TR Register stand at the NEC Classic Car Show. Contact Alan Gibb for more information.
  8. Early-type TR2 radiator, without starter hole.
  9. Hi Dave, Was the swapmeet at Tappen? I bought some useful bits and pieces there a couple of years ago. Did you get to Drakes Motors and talked to Bill, if you visited Kelowna? Ken
  10. Don, I'm just wondering if you knew Ed DeBrecht who was a Triumph dealer in Saint Louis. He contacted me back in 1991 after reading a Doretti article in C&S magazine and we exchanged a few letters. I am now getting round to updating a short item about him and thought you might be able to add some local Triumph-related info. Ken
  11. Alec was very much involved in the Swallow Doretti Register in its early days. More recent owners might be interested in an short article on the Doretti, written by Alec in 1994 which can be seen on the Doretti website at www.doretti.co.uk/nr1252-00.htm Ken
  12. Baby Tenax stud dia. = 5/32" Standard Tenax stud dia. = 3/16"
  13. The internal dimensions of a baby Tenax button and a standard Tenax button are different. A standard Tenax button will be a very loose fit on a baby Tenax stud, but a baby button will not accept a standard stud. Ken
  14. Doretti owners, past, present and future are invited to meet up at 1.00 pm on Friday and Saturday at the TR Register stand during the NEC Classic Show this weekend. KY
  15. Does anyone recognise this Doretti with an unusual side exhaust? Ken Yankey
  16. Originality enthusiasts may be interested in the following observations. The Triumph TR2 engines fitted to the first fifty production Swallow Doretti sports cars (Chassis No.1001 to 1050) were numbered in the range TS 310E to TS 1188E. Pre-production Swallow Doretti 717 CRF, Chassis No.100-RH, the factory race-car, was built with Engine No.TS1E confirmed by the chassis plate and logbook, while 720 CRF, Chassis No.SAC105X-7 was originally fitted with Engine No.TS4E, again confirmed by the chassis plate and the logbook, which contradicts the opinion that this engine was installed in the prototype TR-engined Morgan Plus Four. Another pre-production Doretti in California, Chassis No.146X-1 is reported to have Engine No.TS6E installed, although no documentary proof has yet been seen. The evidence seems to point out that there was an extremely close relationship and co-operation between Sir John Black of Standard-Triumph and Eric Sanders the managing director of Swallow Coachbuilding. Ken Yankey
  17. Bill Lynn has asked me to post the following contribution on his behalf. I’m just the messenger. "This factory photo shows a car which I think is MWK 950 (X508). The photo shows a rather dirty bobtail prototype which I speculate was being extensively test driven after its debut. John Saunders was going to compare this photo against other factory photos he had, to make sure my speculation held up. Unfortunately, to my knowledge, John never completed his research before his stroke. The reasons why I think the photo is of MWK 950 is that if you look at the photo of ORW 666, (which appeared earlier in this thread), ORW 666 has tripod headlights and for some strange reason, the windscreen wipers park to the right instead of to the left as would be typical for a RHD vehicle. Take a look at the two pictures and you will see what I mean. By the way, is that Ken Richardson driving in the picture of ORW 666? Bill Lynn"
  18. This original picture from my Rainbow Archive may be of interest. Ken Yankey
  19. Before anyone gets too excited about these fasteners - the items are NOT "baby" Tenax size. Full size Tenax have dia.13mm heads, but the items under discussion have smaller heads, dia.11.5mm. with a knurled pattern. Original "baby" Tenax heads were 10.5mm. in diameter. The manufacturers are Loxx - Schaeffertec who have an online catalogue. Ken
  20. Alec I was just curious because Tenax-type small-head fasteners are available in nickel or chrome from a German manufacturer. Ken
  21. Stuart - thanks for your prompt answer. Ken
  22. Were the original "baby" Tenax fasteners, nickel or chrome plated? Ken
  23. Just to add to the list - Chassis No.1039, (a California vehicle), has recently been sold and now is in Oregon with a new owner. Meanwhile back in the UK, Chassis No. 1119 (KKG 874) is up for sale. PM me for more info. Ken
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