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Voisin follow-up (in case the text failed to get sent earlier.... Mike


Voisin follow-up (in case the text failed to get sent earlier.... MikeSome other lucky lad's C14....

I was already greatly enamoured by photos of Gabriel Voisin's cars when I flew from New Zealand back to England in 1967.

Finding a magnificent 3 1/2-litre Bentley sedanca coupe lying derelict on the South Coast within a few days of touch-down at Heathrow, that did distract me slightly I admit.... but Exchange and Mart got me back on the Voisiniste trail one Thursday morning .... Thursday being a(s)low time for productive work in an architect's office, until the magazine had been speedily perused over morning coffee.

Spotted an advert for a tiny stash of Voisin parts. Realised they were the missing parts of the "second" car, parts-car to RX9550, the 1929 C14 Chartreuse that had disappeared from UK history in recent times.

Couldn't get the bits back home fast enough.... a FIAT 500 helped slow things right down to a crawl that night.

A few months later, I found the guy who had the old Voisin saloon. John had done a huge restoration job, and I fell deeply in love with the car.

No he didn't ever want to part with it but.... but....

I remembered that one of the Voisin parts was one feather, only one, broken off the original oiseau-volante aluminium mascot. I spotted John's restored car mascot would indeed be missing a feather in the wind.

John and Mike met over a Cointreau at a WestEnd London niteclub....nothing to do with old cars (I just fancied Mrs John, but that's another tale)

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