Ruddspeed and Aston Martin
As some of you know I've been involved in putting together the Ruddspeed website and facebook page for Steve Gray of Brooklands Motor Company (he owes the 'Ruddspeed' brand).
The links are www.ruddspeed.com and www.facebook.com/ruddspeed.
We've been able to add some wonderful photos of all types of cars that Ken Rudd and his team worked on over the years, and recently we were sent this very rare photograph of Rudd's in the High St. Worthing in its heyday, and what a line-up!
I wonder how many of those Astons are still around and did any of them receive the Ruddspeed treatment...the registration numbers seem to be: 'FWF1', COV919' and 'PLT79?', I'm going to see if I can get a higher resolution scan to read the reg plates.
Do you know or recognise any of the cars, we'd love to hear from you.
I also posted the photo to the Aston Martin Owners Club website and had this response...
"Well FWG 1 is in the register as being LML/748 but not showing an owner/member right now.
OOV 919 is in the register as LML/695, last known to AMOC in 2000
Register shows 6 * DB2/4 Mk I with RLT plates (780/789/799/807/808/888) but I see yours as 795 if I squint..."
...we also had this comment: "the fourth car in the line up is a Mk III. If so it must have been a very new one when this pic was taken."
Not aston related, but on our Facebook page someone had a memory of the place a few years later when he went to buy an Amazon from Ken...
"Yes I remember the place. I was a frequent visitor in 1964 when I bought my first Ruddspeed Volvo Jack Hamblett was the person who demonstrated the ruddspeed conversion to me. He took me out of the garage on to the High Street and out on to the dual carriageway out of Worthing and, on an uphill stretch between two roundabouts, he lifted his left hand off the wheel to show me the speedometer, and said, "There you are, over a hundred.." And I made up my mind there and then to order a Ruddspeed Volvo immediately! A few days after this, Ken rang me up to ask whether I wanted to wait a few weeks for Volvo to bring out their 1965 range, and I declined, I wanted my car right away. In addition to the other modifications, I requested a P1800 remote gearshift, and Ken said he would throw in the woodrim steering wheel for free. I also specified a rev counter, and Ken and I sat in the car deciding where to mount it. It wound up under the dash, above the transmission tunnel. This was all at 41 The High Street, Worthing."
When I was 10 in 1963 we drove to Worthing to buy a Ruddspeed Ford Mustang!
I' would add a picture if I only knew how!!!
Hi John, it's very easy to add a photo with something like photobucket...but I'll send you a pm with my email address and I'd be happy to do it for you. Can I also post it on the facebook page and Ruddspeed website as it would be a great addition.
Thanks to John for sending me a copy of his fathers beautiful pale yellow Mustang and a wonderful story of how his dad bought the car. I'll be posting the story on the facebook page and on the Ruddspeed website too.
Was that one of their RHD chain driven conversions? Wonder if any of those survive.......
Chris, yes this was a RHD conversion...I don't know if this car survived, but I know of two others...you've obvioulsy not had a look at the Ruddspeed site for a while as we have a 69 Mustang there...along with a Pontiac Firebird too
Did anyone know that Ken appeared as the driver of an Aston Martin DB4 in the Peter Sellers film "The Wrong Arm of the Law" He drove the Aston at speed over a Humpback Railway Bridge, the location for filming was Rockingham Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex. The jump appears about 1:14:23...and Ken appears 1:18:57
Sorry John, if it was 1963 there were no Ford Mustangs in England or anywhere . It was a 1964 1/2 model in the USA..
All the best
Don, it's a 'C' reg that would make it a 1965 car (but it still could be a 64 1/2, but just registered in 65)...Peter