In 1946, land and water speed world record holder Major Sir Malcolm Campbell MBE (Pictured in ‘Bluebird 3’) ordered direct from the factory an Armstrong Siddeley Hurricane and had it supplied in his special ‘Bluebird’ colour. He then used the vehicle as his regular road car until he died on New Years Eve 1947.
Following his death the Hurricane spent a short period of time in France before being traded in and subsequently purchased by Joseph Needham CH FRS FBA, a Cambridge biochemist, historian and sinologist known for his scientific research and writing on the history of Chinese science and technology.
Pictured prior to restoration, The Hurricane was purchased by a Swiss collector who began a comprehensive nut and bolt restoration. Sadly, due to ill health he had to let that restoration work be continued by a new owner. The ASOC Ltd purchased the Hurricane last year and will continue the excellent work carried out by him so far.
Amongst other things, this work will include final completion of the wiring loom installation, refitting of the boot lid, door alignment and refitting of the dashboard. The work during the NEC Restoration Show will ensure that the vehicle is ready for the ASOCs centenary celebration week later in the year.
Visit the stand to see the work being carried out on Sir Malcolm Campbells Hurricane, also the ongoing restoration of a 1937 Siddeley Special Sports Saloon and running gear repairs on a 1939 16hp Coach Saloon.