Sadly they are not very obvious, as they don’t all wear Stetsons and Six-guns or call you ‘Pardner’!

Herewith are some tips on how to avoid them :

1. Join a car owners club , most of them will be able to give opinions on good and bad companies (see our listings).

2. Always make time to visit and inspect the premises first.

3. Get a detailed and specific written breakdown on costs.

4. Check if they are members of a good trade federation.

5. Insist on seeing your new engine built. Also that you can be present when the engine is removed to check for any ‘Extra’s’ such as Clutch parts etc.

6. Check how long they have been in business, particularly in the same name.

For example, some ten years ago Thurrock Engine Centre opened for Business offering a wonderful three year unlimited mileage guarantee, Prices 10 to 15% below ours. Then within 2 to 3 years went bankrupt leaving literally hundreds of irate customers up the ‘Swanee’ without a paddle. Guarantee work was not done, or left for so long the customers went elsewhere.

The same people continued in the area, in the same way, through five or six name changes.

7. IMITATORS : They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery - or is it just because they are incapable of thinking for themselves ? We have one local firm whose Advert and Brochures we had to read twice before we realised they were not ours !!


We strongly support the owners club concept and urge all our customers to join one. As a member you get useful information from both the club and it’s members. Such as, which suppliers give the best service, which give genuine BHP, torque, fuel consumption figures, which give a guarantee that actually works properly. So you soon find out the ‘Cowboy’ companies and keeps the good one’s on their toe’s ! We for example give a full parts and labour guarantee on all parts we supply. Further, that we guarantee to have you back on the road within a maximum of 7 days of your call, in the event of a problem.

We invite all club secretaries to send us a pen picture profile including details of their national days etc.

The Morgan 4/4 Club, as it was first known, was founded in July 1951 with 63 members. Meetings were held at the Flying Horse at Kegworth and membership was largely Midlands based.

The Morgan Sports Car Club, a new name with a new Badge, arrived in the '70's' as, by that time, many members were driving Plus 4s and Plus 8s. Regional Centres were added, particularly during the '70's' and by 1986 there were 30 centres Continuing growth saw achieved in 1998.

Overseas clubs flourish America, Middle and Antipodies and some 2,000 members. Continuing growth saw 4,000 membership in Europe achived in 1998. Overseas clubs flourish in Eurpose, North America, Middle and far East and the antipodes and a feature in Morgan life is the number of events organised by overseas clubs to which MSCC members are invited.

The MSCC organises an annual MOG event at a different regional centre and this Millennium year it's in Canterbury At the Univesity of Kent. From August 17th-21st 2000

Membership Carol Kennet 01773-830281

About The UK’s No1 Panther Car Club
Why was it formed ?
The Panther Enthusiasts Club UK was formed by a team of five long term enthusiasts Panther owners (with over 49 years of committee experience) to provide a means for other Panther car enthusiasts

To socialise, give help on all car related matters, promote the Panther Car Marque, and above all to have fun !! As a club we can offer Panther Parts, Club Regalia, valuation certificates, regional meetings, National events, advice and much much more !!
National Day 27th August 2000
Knebworth Park Hertfordhsire
Membership Mike Hatton 01480 218018

A Scimitar is for Life!

The Reliant Sabre and Scimitar Owners' Club started in 1972 and was formed by a handful of enthusiastic owners. Since inception, the Club has matured into a professional organisation providing an unprecedented level of service and an excellent magazine, a spare parts service through several committed "Trading Partners", specialist insurance, and technical support services given freely by qualified professionals. We now have over 4,000 enthusiastic members world-wide making us one of the larger one make car Clubs.

The Club has 65 local groups - our Noggins - and is represented by associated Scimitar Clubs in many parts of the world. We communicate with our members by way of an award-winning magazine we call SLICE, and we fill its pages with vast quantities of technical information to enable our members to keep their cars running in some cases on a minimalist budget.

We are a club affiliated to the RAC for motor sport purposes. The club has a very strong competition group who compete in sprints and speed hillclimb events in many parts of the country and are often guests to meetings run by Aston Martin, Jaguar, Bentley and others. We are the club that caters for all variations of the four-wheel marque. We host an International event each year in one of the European countries.

If you have a Reliant Scimitar GTE, GTC, Coupé, SS1, SST, Sabre or Middlebridge Scimitar, membership of our Club is a must. Further information is available from our website at, or telephone 0208 9776625


AC Owners Club Ltd
8 Nether Way
Upper Poppleton
York YO2 6JQ
Tel : 01904 793563

Mustang Owners Club of GB (Aprill Keighley)
21 Raleigh Close
Huntingdon PE19 3NN
Tel : 01480 477254
E-Mail :

Avalon Capri Club
32 Hill Head Close
Somerset BA6 8AL

Burton-on-Trent & District Capri Club (Mick Ward)
56 Lichfield Road
Burton-on-Trent DE14 3HD
Tel : 01283 716345

Capri II Register (Kevin Hickling)
14 Beechfield Road
Welwyn Garden City
Herts AL7 3RF

Capri Club International
Arthur Street Central
Worcs B98 8JY
Tel : 01527 502066

Capri Club North East (Jeff Smith)
38 Garsdale
Tyne & Wear DH3 2EZ
Tel : 0191 4102843

Capri Club Scotland
84 Locksley Avenue

Capri Drivers Association
9 Lyndhurst Road
Surrey CR5 3HU

Ford Capri Enthusiasts Register (Glyn Watson)
7 Louis Avenue
Lancs BL9 5EQ

Ford Capri 280 Register (Mark Smith)
5 Duchy Avenue
Manchester M28 7HB

Ford Classic & Capri Owners Club
1 Verney Close
Wilts SN3 5EF

Humberside & Lincs Capri Club
2 Station Road
Lincs LN11 9TR

Kings Lynn Capri Club (Martin Wells)
11 Woodview Road
Upper Marham
Kings Lynn
Norfolk PE33 9JX

Manchester Capri Club (Mark Smith)
5 Duchy Avenue
Manchester M28 7HB
Tel : 07860 568188
E-Mail :

Mid-Warwickshire Capri Club (Isobel Fairbrother)
The Tudors
Tamworth Road
Nr Coventry CO7 8DY
E-Mail :

Mk1 Capri Register (Isobel Fairbrother)
The Tudors
Tamworth Road
Nr Coventry CO7 8DY
E-Mail :

South Coast Capri Club

Neil Reed

Tel : 01935 414367

Southern Capri Club

24 Ryder Close

Herts SG13 7SH

Thames Valley Capri Club

10 Hanbury Drive

Beansheaf Farm Estate


Reading RG31 7EJ

Tel : 01189 624213

Yeovil & District Capri Club

5 Newbury Terrace


Somerset BA21 3DP

Cortina Mk1 OC (K Clarke)

6 Hobson's Acre


Nottingham NG14 7FF

Tel : 0115 9663995

E-Mail :

Cortina Mk1 & Ford Owners Club (Miss Helen Pearson)

30 Oban Cresent



Cheshire SK3 8RW

Tel : 0161 612 1361

East Anglia Cortina Group

11 Newgate Road

Tydd St Giles

Nr Wisbech

Cambs PE13 5LH

Tel : 01945 870854

Ford Cortina OC (Simon Sellers)

1 Brathay Place


Lancs FY7 8DJ

Tel : 01253 878567

Ford Cortina MkII Owners Club

78 Church Avenue



Ford Cortina MkIII Owners Reg (Keith Macey)

4 Fron Dirion

Bron Eryri



Gwynedd LL54 6EN

Tel : 01286 881424

Ford Cortina 1600E Enthusiasts Club (Ian Gordan)

4 Harvard Close


East Sussex BN7 2EJ

Ford Cortina 1600E Owners Club (Dave Johnson)

16 Woodlands Close

Sarisbury Green

Nr. Southampton


AV0 Owners Club

21 Carey



Staffs B77 5QB

Tel : 01827 707510

Ford Escort 1300E OC

44 Third Avenue


Essex CM1 4EY

Tel : 0208 3390572

Ford Escort Mk1 Owners Club

1 Port Lane


Essex CO1 2JF

RS MKII Escort Club (Phil Teear)

26A Gloucester Avenue


Leicester LE7 2EL

The Sporting Escort Owners Club

30 Rowan Way


Suffolk IP31 3PU

Ford Granada MkI, II, III Club (Cliff Robinson)

29 Rowlands Close


Herts. EN8 9NW

Tel : 01992 631107 (evenings)

Ford Granada Mk1 Owners Club (Jonathan Lillystone)

65 Perry Street


Lancs BB3 3DG

Ford Granada MkI & MkII Drivers Guild (Terry Head)

13 Scarsbrook Road


London SE3 8AF

Tel : 0208 265 5229

Granada Enthusiastics Club (Philip Snow)

Dept. C

Freepost (MID 12078)


Staffs ST5 4BR

Tel : 01782 657697

Granada Club Scotland (Tom Montgomery)

12E Market Street


East Lothian EH21 6PT

Tel : 0131 653 2446

Granada MkII Collection

For Details Phone / Fax

Rod or Jean on 0116 225 8598

MKII Granada Owners Club (Paul Farrer)

58 Jevington Way


London SE12 9NQ

Tel : 0208 857 4356

Mobile : 0860 857 639

Ford Anglia 105E Owners Club (Martin / Jacki Lewis)

81 Compton Road

North End


Hants PO2 0SR

Ford Corsair Owners Club (Liz Checkley)

7 Barnfield

New Malden

Surrey KT3 5RH

Tel : 0208 395 4089

Fiesta Club of GB (Sara Church)

145 Chapel Lane


Hants GU14 9BN

Tel : 01276 35422

Ford Drivers Register (Neil Jones)

86 Muncaster Gardens

East Hunsbury

Northampton NN4 0XR

Ford Mondeo Owners Club

58 Chelmer Drive

South Ockendon


RM15 6EE

Tel: 01708 853601 (1pm-6pm)

Terry Hackney

Ford Executive Owners Register (George Young)

31 Brian Road

Chadwell Heath


Essex EM6 5DA

Ford GT40 Enthusiasts Club (Chris Edwards)

Glenwood House

1 Glenwood Court

Fair Oak

Hants SO50 7LP

Tel : 02380 696015

Ford MkIII Zephyr & Zodiac Owners Club

27 Shirley Grove


London N9 8ES

Ford RS Owners Club

PO Box 4044



Berks RG8 7XL

Tel : 0118 9841583

Fax : 0118 9842424

MkIV Zephyr & Zodiac Owners Club

94 Claremont Road


Warks CV21 3LO

Orion Enthusiasts Register (Robin Campbell)

38 Ash Road


East London

Tel : 0208 534 7325

Pre-'67 Ford OC (Alastair Cunninghame)

13 Drum Brae Gardens

Edinburgh EH12 8SY

Tel : 0131 339 1179

Small Ford Club (A. Carter)

115 Woodland Gardens


Middlesex TW7 6LU

Tel : 0208 568 3227

Ginetta Owners Club (Steve Fidler)

35 Idmiston Road

Worcester Park

Surrey KT4 7ST

Jersey Classic Vehicle Club (Tony & Chrissy Quenault)

1 Southill Cottages


St. Helier

Jersey JE2 4UR

Tel : 01534 873827

Club Marcos International

The Spinney

Littleworth Lane




Marcos Owners Club (Roger Garland)

28 Meadow Road

Worcester WR3 7PP

Tel : 01905 458533

Morgan Sports Car Club

Old Forge Lodge




Derbys DE55 6EL

Panther Car Club Ltd (Roger Burn)


Copt Green


Solihull B94 5PQ

Tel : 01564 782508

Panther Enthusiasts Club UK (George Newell)

91 Fleet Road



Hampshire GU14 9RE

Tel / Fax : 01252 540217

E-Mail :

Website :

Reliant Owners Club (Joy Chappel)

19 Smithey Close

High Green


South Yorkshire

Reliant Sabre & Scimitar Owners Club (Geoff Eldridge)

PO Box 67


Middlesex TW11 8QR

Tel : 0208 977 6625

E-Mail :

Scimitar Drivers Club International

Please send 6x4 SAE to :

Steve Lloyd

45 Kingshill


Gloucs GL11 4DG

or Tel : Peter Harper 01453 548887

Southend & District Classic Car Club (Gordon Franklin)

230 Rochford Road


Essex SS2 6TW

Tel : 01702 544044

Fax : 01702 302841

TVR Car Club

PO Box 36

Telford TF6 6WF

Tel / Fax : 01952 770635