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Jonathan Wood

explains the work

on a 1912 Silver Ghost 

by Mulliner

Visit by RREC - East Anglian Section 7th November 2015

Steve Horne

(This article is part II: we pick up the day following our morning visit to P&A Wood) Downing our coffees, we headed southwards via Finchingfield to Jonathan Wood’s Clockhouse Workshops at Little Sampford; most of our East Anglian membership had not been there before so it was entirely appropriate that Jonathan gave us a personal tour of every car present. From his formative years at P&A Wood, you could sense the great pride he had in his own enterprise, achieving a driving ambition in setting up a workshop that can work on any mechanical item, not coachwork or interiors, for any make and model of car up to the late fifties.

Top

1926 LHD

Springfield

Ghost Playboy

roadster

 

Bottom

1914 Silver

Ghost boat tail

by Schebera

 

 Back 1911 Silver Ghost, with boa-constrictor horn on the wheel arch threatening passersby;

John Coleman’s Windovers 1928 Phantom I Front 1914 Silver Ghost boat tail by Schebera

Such diversity has allowed him to work on Bugatti, De Dion, Packard, Chrysler and many veterans, including motor cycles and even Austin J40 pedal cars! Unsurprisingly, the mental shift and indeed clientele has reverted back to many Rolls Royce and Bentley models, with a particular passion for Ghosts and early Phantoms – these include a full and impeccable restoration of a 1911 chassis, originally bodied for a 21year old Italian Count, which came 4th  overall in the 2nd  Monte Carlo road Rally, a 1913 Ghost with Ferguson touring coachwork, a 1912 Mulliner 4-seater torpedo, 1911 Rippon Brothers 2-seater roadster and a 1914 skiff tourer with very rare Schebera, Berlin coachwork. The most recent Crewe creation is a Silver Dawn, undergoing a complete engine rebuild.

 

 

 

Right

1911 Silver

Ghost

Chassis

1733

 

Jonathan Wood

explains the work

on a 1912 Silver Ghost 

by Mulliner

Other  makes of rarity include a 1898 Henroid with ‘pram’ hood – a horizontally opposed twincylinder with tiller steering which Jonathan drove on the Brighton run, the 1914 TT Sunbeam having chassis and suspension work, 1909 Rover single cylinder and an Indian V

-Twin motorcycle. One of our EA member’s cars, a Phantom I with Rippon limousine coachwork is also being worked upon, with carburetion being sorted. Three of my own 20/25s have received excellent engine, clutch and chassis work here and it is hoped that further members will make use of Clockhouse Workshop’s services in years to come, being affiliated within the Rolls-Royce & Bentley Specialists Association.

(Thanks to Jonathan Wood for help in captioning the photos: RF )

 Right Silver Ghost steering box

 Below 1911 Silver Ghost three-speed gearbox

 

Above Event organiser Steve Horne (L) with Richard Fenner Right John Coleman receiving his 50 Year Badge from then-Chairman Duncan Feetham, who drove down from Hull for the day! Below John’s badge resting on the radiator of his 1928 Phantom I by Windovers

 

 Left; 1898

Henriod twin

cylinder

 

 

Above and Left

1911 Silver Ghost