By technical and human mishap these photos were published earlier than planned without our comments. After our first ramblings about a Pre-War Salooning Club we received various interesting responses. From the UK, Australia and Belgium. As we had no idea so far how to start a worldwide salooning club we appoint the first repondents as the Founding Fathers and take things from there. We like to give the honour to Ian Hager (UK), Herman Deroost (Belgium) and David Egan (Australia). Below their first comments:
David Egan (Alvis Speed 20 Saloon by Martin & King): "Is it not too late to become a founding member of the prewar saloon club? I am the current owner of a 1935 Alvis Speed 20 SC Martin and King Saloon. It is a outstanding example of how desirable saloons can become if restored to take advantage of their design features. My car has a lot of body mouldings so a 3 tone paint scheme was used with contrasting biscuit upholstery, plus tiger stripe gain veneer wood trims gives it an Art Deco feel to the car which makes it a major traffic stopper wher ever it goes
regards David Egan, Newcastle, Australia
Herman Deroost (Railton Straight Eight Saloon) : "Since we are saloon enthusiasts we welcome and support the idea of a Pre war Salooning Club.
Indeed saloons are not supposed to be slaughtered. In our collection we have a Railton straight eight University saloon believed to be the only running one out of the 28 ever build and a Riley Touring Saloon Brigs bodied used in the series Foyle’s War and believed to be one of the three survivors of 115 made. And … we have the intention to keep them as they are."
Ian Hager (Riley Kestrel Saloon) :" I've no doubt that you are delighted that such a controversial subject as the destruction of saloon bodies throws up so much comment and traffic on your website. I am sure I am not the first to raise my hand and shout 'yes I will' when it comes to the unofficial pre-war saloon club. I attach a picture of my own Riley saloon (that could one day make £50000 pounds if I chopped it into an MPH replica), sincere in the hope that should you do anything official along the lines you suggest in your article, I will be there to support it!
But...but then the story came in from Peter Ransom, arguably he IS the Founding Father of the salooning movement. Check his writings and 1935 Bentley Saloon Park Ward.
Further we can only hope that you add your name and e-mail address in the comment box below to get things rolling!
Wednesday, 13 March 2013
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