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Paul Dunford - Member no 263
This picture of my 2.0 litre Chesil was taken at Brooklands a couple of years ago at the British Sportscar Show.
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I bought by Speedster from Peter Bailey, off the stand at a show. I already had (and still have) John Hoyle's excellent original show NG TF and was absolutely delighted with it, but the kids soon grew out of being able to sit in the rear seats and something with a bit more space was required. I must admit the Chesil is a bit more practical for day to day driving too, although I wouldn't want to use it as a main car.
I always liked the Speedster having seen one many years earlier, but I was stunned how much room the back seat had for my boys. It was the deciding factor - that and the fact that the car itself simply looked stunning in it's pale blue metallic paint and cream interior with body-matching piping. The seats are the thin-backed bucket seats. I know a headrest may be safer - and the newer seats may be more compfortable - but personally I think the bucket seats are much more authentic looking.
I normally try to get to at least a few shows each year. The Kent Kit Car Show is fairly regular, as will be the Brooklands British Kit and Sportscar Show. This year I really must make it to the Grasshopper at Westerham. Its only just down the road but so far has always clashed with holidays.
My Speedster is now about 6 years old and looks immaculate. Looked after I don't see why it shouldn't stay that way. Having said that, maintenance and keeping the car generally up to scratch is very easy.