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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:45 am 
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Since when has "Speedwell" been a synonym for Rubbish?

Needless to say, every day I scan through the latest listings posted to ebay under the heading "Speedwell", I'm looking for the odd rare bit that could help to complete my Speedwell Demonstrator. What I can't help but wonder is; Since when was Speedwell a synonym for CRAP?

The items listed under that heading nowadays are almost exclusively total garbage, whether its unconvincing Coffee mugs, fuel tank bibs (who the hell needs a fuel tank bib!) or badly made or totally fictitious nameplates the vast majority of the crap offered isn't fit for the dustbin!

What I want to know is "Who buys this crap?"

Anyone with even the vaguest interest in the tuning company "Speedwell Performance Conversions" from the 1960's can't possibly be interested in this tut, so who is?

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:20 am 
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Come off it Mark. Were you or were you not the first person to produce a pair of Speedwell Y fronts?? :lol: :lol: :lol:

Still very proud of those though I still haven't plucked up the courage to wear 'em! :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:23 am 
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Ha, ha, they are very rare limited edition, one off original ex works, no skid marks, never raced or rallied original special tuning, Downton Speedwell, BMC as they would be referred to on ebay :lol: :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:26 am 
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I know what you mean though. If people can make money out of a recognised 'brand' that holds no copyright (or even if it does!) then they'll do it. But who buys the tat, duuno!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:02 am 
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I know what you mean Mark but there must be a market out there for this stuff. I have to confess I've bought a Speedwell keyring for the key to the garage :)


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:03 am 
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Pete wrote:
Come off it Mark. Were you or were you not the first person to produce a pair of Speedwell Y fronts?? :lol: :lol: :lol:



I have a gold brocade pair.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:08 am 
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eBay give too many characters it seems, everything is works, downtown, speedwell etc etc


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:39 am 
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I know the company that sells bibs etc , 95 % goes abroad so good old UK exports thus keeping a trade balance


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Since the 60s when they sold rubber aluminium heads.


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Since the 60s when they sold rubber aluminium heads.

That's not my experience at all actually. I ran a Speedwell Alloy head on an 1152 engine a few years ago. I lent the car to a mate of mine who managed to not notice that a water hose had burst & ran the car for about 70 miles pretty much dry.

One of the few things that showed no sign of the experience whatsoever was the head, which didn't even loose pressure.

Rich saw this as well as me and we were both staggered that there wasn't more damage particularly to the "fragile" Speedwell head.

The only "Rubber" aspect to that head was the fact it would "bounce back" totally unscathed.

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