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Autumn Update 2012

The leaves have turned, the weather is cold and we are once again wearing thermals in the workshop. Over three months has passed since our last update on the news-feed but this isn’t because things have been quiet! In fact the news-feed hasn’t been updated because we’ve been so busy. Our summer rush came slightly late this year due to the poor spring and early summer; but it came and we are still working flat out to keep all our customers happy. So why am I updating the news-feed instead of spannering away in the workshop? First, because it’s cold but mainly because so much has happened this summer. We like to keep you up to date and we have many exciting plans going forward over the winter it seemed high time I got this up on the website.

An apology to start; The Jaguar XK140 restoration which we have been following on the website has not been updated for some time. This is not because progress has stopped on the restoration but simply time restraints but fear not; we have been taking photos all the way through the process and the restoration will be picked up on the website again soon.

A highlight of the year so far was the Goodwood Revival at which we take a stand every year. This year was bigger and better than ever with the same mix of fabulous motorsport and vintage fashion plus some sunset racing, the great silver arrows race and the largest number of spectators yet. It is always a joy being at Goodwood and a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and customers as well as meet new ones. The star attractions on our stand this year were a built up XK140 chassis from a restoration which is currently underway and the XK140 ‘Barn Find’ which has been kept in un-restored condition to be taken to the show. The latter was a real talking point and opinion varied greatly as to what should be done with such a car. Our electronic power steering also attracted a great deal of interest and is now keeping us very busy. Tickets for 2013 have just gone on sale and we do hope to see you there.

In September our director Nik Rochez was invited to take part in the Octane Jubilee Tour of Elegance. The tour consisted of 60 special cars, one from every year of the Queen’s reign, from 1952 to 2012. Our car was an XK150 DHC representing 1957 running two cars behind Robert Coucher (Octane editor) in his XK140 which we look after. The tour ran from central London to Windsor Castle on a beautiful sunny day in September and ended in the cars being displayed outside the Castle. What a wonderful way to celebrate the Jubilee.

The Castle Combe Autumn Classic was another event of note. This was a brilliant day of classic racing of all sorts. Nik Rochez took part in the JEC Pre 66 Jaguars race in our XK150S. This was by far his best race of the year. Having got used to Castle Combe in the soaking wet with the HRDC earlier this year attempting it in the dry must have seemed a breeze. Nik qualified 3rd on the grid and was the first XK just behind two E-Types. After a hard fought race our XK150S came home as the 2nd XK and 8th overall, a great day and a fabulous result.

Finally we have just got our feet back on the ground after the NEC Classic Car Show. This is a truly huge event which you have to see to believe, attracting vast numbers of visitors from all over the country and the world. Our stand was graced by a stunning original XK140 DHC, an FIA specification racing XK120 OTS and a very rare RHD XK120 FHC all of which proved hugely popular with the crowds. Having so many cars and exhibitors in one space really is a great opportunity to gauge the industry and ensure that what we’re offering is the best it can be. Judging from the show the industry is looking very healthy and the feedback we’ve had from visitors was extremely encouraging.

So that’s us all up to date. In all likelihood something or several things have been missed off, it’s been such a busy year, but most of it’s there. To keep fully up to date please follow us on twitter at @TwyfordMoors or ‘Like’ us on facebook at

Fully restored XK140 chassis with power steering, 5 speed gearbox and disc brake conversion

XK140 chassis being painted as part of its restoration

XK140 Restoration still going strong

Twyford Moors Classic Cars at the Goodwood Revival

Our Stand at the Revival

Crowds around fully restored XK140 chassis at Goodwood Revival

XK140 Chassis

Singers on the Twyford Moors stand at the Goodwood Revival

Some rather lovely singers on the stand at the Revival

XK120 and XK150 on the Twyford Moors stand at the Goodwood Revival

Proudly flying the flag

Twyford Moors stand at the NEC classic car show

NEC Classic

Harry with an XK140 and show girls

Harry has a knack for making new friends at shows


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