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Next section meeting - Thursday 31 August at The Bull Hotel, Bull Lane, Wrotham, Kent, TN15 7RF.

Bromley Pageant - Sunday 14th June 2009

With temperatures reaching into the 80's it was wonderful to see such a great turn out for the Bromley Pageant on 14th June. Among the 11 cars on our stand we were lucky to be able to display a real variety of the marque. Our only duplicates would you believe, were a pair of 2600s ! I don't know, you don't see one for ages, then two come along at once ! Thus proving you can never have too much of a good thing.

We were also fortunate to be able to display what I would venture is the lowest mileage SZ in the UK and possibly the world (at 2.5k) and a wonderful little 'french' registered spider, which I am assured is undergoing the sort of leisurely restoration we all promise ourselves. There was also a very crisp looking Giulietta in gleaming black coachwork. But I have to admit that the star of our display belonged to a guest David Nobes his 2000 GTV was one of two identical cars purchased by Roger Clark Cars in 1973.

It was raced for 2 seasons initially being raced at the Brands Hatch BRDC meeting on 1st July 1973. The cars next recorded and most famous race was the 1973 Tour of Britain driven by John Handley and John Clegg. KNR 6L, race no. 14, finished 3rd overall, the sister car KNR 7L, race no. 16, finished 6th overall. After 25 years languishing part dismantled in Pembrokeshire KNR 6L was purchased in 2005 by its current owner. He then entrusted a marque specialist with a programme of restoration work.

The car was initially stripped back to bare metal and repainted in Classic Alfa Rosso 501. No welding was required and the car still retains its original panels, sills and floorpans. As part of the restoration the suspension was completely renewed with an Alfaholics fast road kit, the brakes were renewed and upgraded, a large bore exhaust manifold and system were fitted along with a Pipercross air filter assembly. In 2007 a full engine rebuild was undertaken by renowned Alfa race engine builder Bob Dove to fast road specification.

Many thanks to all who attended and in paricular to Lee Moore who made the day possible. Having seen some of the displays by other clubs I look forward to next year when it is hoped to take a larger stand and perhaps organise a themed display (my creative juices are flowing already). I'm sure we can do ourselves justice.

Mark Fuller
Chairman, Alfa Romeo Owners Club, Kent and East Sussex Section

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