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A Remarkable Day - from Barry Paine

An Article from the Nov - Dec 2010 Mascot

The  Tulip Rally Finish - the Rally Plaque can be seen just below the radiator grill.

Ron Goodearl at the Wheel, with Brian Holroyd

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Now and again something very special occurs to make a day hugely memorable - Monday 16th August 2010 was such a day.
On that day my HRG 1500, LPD 659, was re-united with two of her former owners - Brian Holroyd, who entered the car in the 1950 Tulip Rally in the Netherlands, and Ron Goodearl, who camp-aigned it in the early 1950s.
I had been in occasional contact with Brian and Ron during the long restoration and it was a great pleasure

Our guests didn’t visit us empty handed, but came bearing wonderful things. Ron brought a stack of photographs of LPD, which I was able to scan. These covered race meetings at Silverstone and Goodwood, and was able to name many of the drivers of other cars competing.

After giving me an original number plate (now fixed on the wall inside my garage), Brian produced a box file containing items relating to LPD, and as these were taken out one by one there were some quite jaw dropping moments.

Above - The original Rally Plaque

Then to crown it all, out of the box came the finishers’ medal. My thoughts were drawn to the pecuniary value of such items, but Brian generously stated that they were a gift. They will of course remain with the car.                   Barry.

to welcome them to our home near Norwich for the reunion.  Each had a ride in the car and commented that although it was no longer an aerodynamic, it had much the same feel to it.

Firstly there was a photographic album, with notes, recording LPD’s exploits in the Tulip Rally, followed by the original Rally Plate as fixed to the car in 1950.

Ron Goodearl Competing at Goodwood in 1954

Right - The Finisher’s Medal

The Tulip Rally Start.