The Stourbridge Pre War Car Club will make its debut at this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, the UK’s biggest motoring show. Held at Birmingham’s NEC, from 11-13 November, visitors to their stand will be able to see three cars that celebrate the ‘Heroes and Heroines’ theme.
The first car is a 1922 Willys Overland, the direct ancestor of the 1941 Willys MB, better known around the world as ‘the Jeep’.
Next is the 1938 Sunbeam-Talbot 10 4-Seater Open Tourer, typical of the road transport used by female Air Transport Auxiliary pilots after their very dangerous missions; in five years the ATA delivered more than 309,000 aircraft to Allied bases.
During the Second World War the Rootes Group’s shadow factory at Ryton produced the Bristol Blenheim and the final car on display, the 1946 Jaguar 1 ½ Litre ‘MK. IV’, further commemorates the vital role played by Britain’s motor industry during WWII. This was one of the first civilian products made at Browns Lane after years of making sidecars and trailers for military vehicles in addition to repair work on RAF Whitley Bombers and building parts for the Spitfire, Oxford, Lancaster and Mosquito.
The Sunbeam-Talbot and the Jaguar are also both reminders of the men and women who worked around the clock in the factories of the West Midlands, many losing their lives during the Coventry bombing raids of 1940.
These are just a few examples of the cars belonging to club members, which according to the vice-chairman Chris Read, vary from a ‘1911 AC Sociable to early 1970’s Historics, from concours to full rebuilds’. Next year the Stourbridge Pre War Car Club will be celebrating its 50th birthday and it looks forward to welcoming new enthusiasts to it’s stand in Hall 3.