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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:44 pm 
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Great photo, looked the same colour as Macca’s.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:20 pm 
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Nick W wrote:
Dual use number plates!

Alpine or Tiger???


I have a letter on file from the daughter of the first owner of the vehicle, SSR 1 was originally on the Radford then transferred in 1964 on to her Sunbeam Alpine and the Radford was put on to 8049SR, plate is still in existence on a Black Jag, so this photo must have been taken in 1964, the other pics were taken in 1973 before they sold it on.

in all the boxes of stuff that came with the car, i found another number plate which ended in SR , it may have even come off the Alpine ! (think ive still got it)

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:39 am 
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:o Radford Mini conversion :?:


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:02 pm 
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George or Ringo??


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:57 pm 
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My guess is Ringo...


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 5:26 pm 
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George, seat's not far enough forward for Ringo :lol: :lol:


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:04 pm 
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George


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:18 am 
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I would saw George too.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:51 pm 
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It should be George. They did drive each others Minis though and Epstein's sidekick Terry Doran also drove the cars.(this deffo isn't him though). Doran was an interesting character, very reclusive but was part of the Beatles family from the beginning and close friends with Epstein since they met in a pub in 1959. Doran was a car salesman in Liverpool (City Cars?) and also worked at a dealership in nearby Warrington from where he sold George his Anglebox in 1962 and supplied the band's first 'tour bus' - an 8 seater Ford Thames. He moved to London when the Beatles did in or around 1964 and ran Epstein Automobiles Ltd with Brian himself as a silent partner, supplying cars to the Beatles themselves, Epstein, their friends and family plus other musicians, band managers and various associates. The company was renamed Brydor in April 1966 and operated up until and slightly after Epstein's death in August 1967 whereafter Doran was put in charge of Apple Music publishing. He was a very close friend with John Lennon (Lennon owned the house he lived in in Esher) and George Harrison particularly whos Friar Park estate he managed throughout the 70s and early 80s to my knowledge. Considering the fact he was so close to the band from the very beginning to the end (and beyond) he rarely ever gave interviews (though there's one on Youtube, if he did any others I'd be very interested to read anything) and refused to record his story in an autobiography, as interesting a read as that would have been!

The last I heard is that he was working for Saab in London, though some years ago now and that as recently as 2016 he was very ill so not sure whether he's still alive or not. Any info on Terry would be gratefully appreciated as Ive just purchased Terry's Brydor ledger in which he detailed every vehicle that the company purchased or sold between November 1964 and January 1967 including all the Beatles cars,and those for Mick Jagger, Yardbirds, Moody Blues etc etc plus details of where cars were sourced from, prices, and part ex details.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:08 pm 
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I was just reading Jeroen's post on the ledger and my first thought was 'Ooh, I hope Pete bought it!"

One of those things that is very interesting to have survived and invaluable as a research tool, but has the potential to cause huge upset debate in years to come if it had come into the possession of someone purely , how shall we say it, 'financially motivated'. :shock:

Just think of the hours of fun you can have now Pete! (and well bought, I think)

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