On November 30th 2014, at Bonhams New Bond Street salerooms, this historic Talbot achieved a price of £1.4 million. This was a world record for a British Talbot. In August 2015 the car was sent to I.S. Polson for a rebuild to prepare it for the 2016 competition season. This was a comprehensive rebuild including a total overhaul of the preselector gearbox, an engine overhaul including new white metal main bearings, poured and line bored in our workshop, body frame and panel work repairs, new floor and support structure, overhauling suspension, dampers and brakes.
Details of the body frame repairs and reinstatement of floor supports.
Reinstatement of the original floor support structure.
Line boring of the BGH 23's main bearings in our workshop.
New rear main bearing.
Crankshaft and new main bearings for the BGH 23. The crankshaft was made by Laystall in 1965 and is a copy of the original Talbot racing shaft which had cracked.
The BGH 23 leaving Mill Farm November 2015.
The major competition event for historic sports cars in 2016 was Le Mans Classic on 8th, 9th and 10th July. BGH 23 had an absolutely trouble free run, finishing 8th overall in Plateau 1, the class for cars built before 1940. It was the second British built Talbot to finish.
BGH 23 at Le Mans Classic, 2016.
Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th August 2016
David Jones 1913 Talbot 4CT competition 2 seater, displayed at the Brooklands open day on the 13th and 14th of August 2016.
Photo by Phillip Jones.
Sunday 7th August
John Polson in our 1931 Talbot AV105 at the VSCC Prescott Speed Hill Climb event on Sunday 7th August 2016. He finished 3rd in class 5.
Photos by Phillip Jones.
Friday 8th, Saturday 9th, and Sunday 10th July 2016
Drivers John Polson and Nigel Wills looking very pleased with the performance of Nigel's 1930 Talbot AO90, PL3. This car was built and prepared by I S Polson.
Photo by Gabriella Csanyi-Wills
Saturday 2nd July 2016
The Clement Talbot Company had enjoyed a dominant position in the 3.0-litre class of international sports
car racing in 1930 and had achieved promising outright results. In 1931, the company decided to make a much more serious
attempt with a purpose-built model, the AV105.
As time and resources were limited, just 11 of these cars were built and all had the aluminium engine, two-inch front springs, Perrot shaft brake actuation, steel brake drums machined for solid billets and many magnesium components. These cars are referred to in contemporary correspondence and in magazine advertisements as the 'hand-built cars.'
The first of these three team cars were delivered on 7th May and the demonstrator was also completed in early May. The 105 as a production car was launched at the Motor Show at Olympia in October 1931, by which time Talbot 105s had been racing for five months. The cars at the show were 1931-specification.
By the end of the year all the hand-built cars had been delivered. The first production-specification AV105 cars with iron engines left the factory in February 1932. Chassis 31060, which carries the registration number PJ2288, which is being shown here today is one of the 11 cars built in 1931.
Photo by Simon Arron. Passage of text taken from Heveningham Hall Brochure.
Saturday 23rd April 2016
John Polson in Nigel Wills' Talbot 90, PL3, competing in race 1. This was a trial run for Nigel and John before competing in The Le Mans Classic on July 8th, 9th and 10th with this car. They will be hoping to reproduce the performance of the Team Talbot Nineties at Le Mans in 1930.
Photo by Michael Herring.
15th - 17th April 2016
THE ERA FLYING SCOTSMAN RALLY 2016 is Britain's premier long distance event for Vintage and Pioneer cars. All the below Talbots were prepared in our workshop and all had trouble free runs. and completed the event.
19th - 20th March 2016
We competed at the 74th Goodwood Member's Meeting, with Hugh Mackintosh's 1917 Hudson Super Six Racer, driven by John Polson, leads most of the pack away. This car, which was built in our workshop with coachwork by Killick Restorations, finished sixth overall in an exciting race.
Hugh Mackintosh's 1917 Hudson Super Six Racer, driven by John Polson
Photo by Drew Gibson
1st and 2nd August 2015
John Polson in our 1931 Talbot AV105 at Orchard Corner, on his class winning run, VSCC Prescott 2nd August 2015
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