This was a major project that I took on as a rolling
Chassis. The car is known as The Allard Talbot , as it was first
converted to a special in 1936 by Sidney Allard who later developed his
own range of high performance V8 engined cars.
I have traced the history of this car and now have a
fairly complete record of its life including some of its competition
The body from the 1950's is still with me but in very
poor condition, but is an important part of its history , so must be
Once the car was finished I
quickly started to put some miles on the clock as this was the best way
to get the various snags sorted out.
It soon became apparent that the
engine was fine but the pre-selector box was playing up, this required
the removal from the car and a new selector mechanism being
installed. After adjustment all was well.
The other main issue was the
brakes , the setup on a Talbot is not easy and requires a considerable
amount of patience. In the end every part of the linkage was removed and
re assembled very carefully. Luckily I can use my local garage's brake
tester to make the final adjustments. The result is a very effective
system which gives great confidence.
The time came to try it on a
circuit and I entered the VSCC Goodwood sprint. After driving the car in
pouring rain to the circuit and getting fairly damp in the process I set
off for the first practice.
To my surprise the car went very
well and continued to do so in the actual event. No prizes but a good
The Riley 9 had now been sold and
I still really wanted another Riley , hence the 12/4. Once this was
under way I realized that my interest in the Talbot was declining . I do
not have any reason why but it just did not have the same interest as
As things turned out a passionate
Talbot man had been after buying the car and finally on February 8th
2008 he took the car to its new home in Germany.
Without doubt the car will compete
in the UK and will not lose its identity, so I am happy it has gone to
an enthusiastic new owner.