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Old 7th December 2015, 07:33   #151
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Hello KPS sir,

Just read the entire thread. Beautiful restoration. I'm not sure if I missed the picture, but if at all you do have a picture of the car along with everybody involved in the beautiful restoration, I request you to please share it.

Thanks and congrats.

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Old 7th December 2015, 22:16   #152
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What a beautiful story, so well told and illustrated. Congratulations to you KPS and all those skilled technicians involved. The BBC video turing up was truly amazing and heart warming-clearly demonstrating the power of the internet. To paraphrase Paul Coelho "when you want something with all your heart, the entire universe conspires to make it happen". Well done and great going.
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Old 16th December 2015, 08:14   #153
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Wow! this is great. GTO, can you ask Mr. Simon to share details of how he came to know about the survival/restoration of this car and that BBC film?

Happy Motoring,
I had dropped a thank you mail to Mr. Simon Stokes and he as replied as below

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Dear Subbaiah,

Thank you for your email. I am so pleased it was interesting for you and your parents.

I wont bore you too much but essentially I am interested in tea planters and particularly British ‘stay behind planters’ who remained in India after 1947. I had been aware there was a BBC film made about Ooty in 1973 for some years. I’d even contacted the BBC asking for a copy but without success. Then a few weeks ago I discovered that someone had recently uploaded it to you tube. Having watched the programme I was interested to try and find out more about the some of the people, including Jack Lawrence. When I googled his name along with various tags such as Ooty, India, tea etc, the BHP site came up and I made the link with the car I had just seen Jack driving. Clearly the restored car looks incredible and there appeared to be some affection for Jack Lawrence, so thought worth checking just in case you had not seen the film. As I say I am very pleased indeed you enjoyed it. I was sorry however to learn that he did not survive for many more years after the film was made.

I have travelled to India numerous times over the years but always for work and regretfully I have not yet been to Bangalore. If I ever do it would be a pleasure to meet you.

In the meantime enjoy your wonderful car!

Best wishes

Simon Stokes
The thoughtfulness of Mr. Simon Stokes made this happen. I am glad that he was able to link the video to Team-BHP and the rest is all recorded here.

We are ever grateful Mr. Simon Stokes, Bless You

Many cheers

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Old 27th December 2015, 14:54   #154
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Took my wife shopping to Raintree. The location is beautiful and could not resist taking pictures


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Old 24th April 2016, 16:38   #155
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Took my nephew and nieces for a drive today

All set to go
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This old bus stop always fascinated me
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Vidhana and Vikas Soudha
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My steering wheel was a sore point for me. Finding a good replacement at an acceptable price, was always a challenge.

Being persistent always helps and I was able to locate one, which my dear friend was able to bring in for me.

The original steer wheel in car had been ravaged by the Weather Gods
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We restored the same locally, till we could find a original one
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The new steering wheel looks good.
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Though used, it was in very good condition and has changed the look and feel of the car

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Its these small things which make a lot of difference
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Here are some pictures taken last month. The car is running well.

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At home, we have parking space for two vintage cars only. For the last 25 years, we have consistently followed a policy of upgrading our cars. So, when we find a better car (Marque, Body Style, Production Numbers, history, closeness to originality, etc) one of the existing cars have to go.

Well, it was the Dodge's turn this time. I am happy that the car will remain in Bangalore, with a KVCCC Member, who is very closely associated with the Nilgiris and last but not the least, knew Jack Lawrence.

The parking is taken. More on the other car later
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The engine is in great condition. This morning we fired her up, and the water from the exhaust indicates good compression
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The Plymouth is unwilling to give up her parking
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We say bye to her.
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We enjoyed the ownership. Finding the car, after a hunt over many years and restoring was a wonderful experience. My parents relived some of the the old moments associated with the car and we were happy to able to share these nostalgic moments. This special car and Jack Lawrence will live on in our memories.

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Can't wait to see pictures of the car which takes up the coveted parking spot. And hear the story unfold!
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Can't wait to see pictures of the car which takes up the coveted parking spot. And hear the story unfold!
Its indeed going to be a story of perseverance and dedication to vintage .

I am sure KPS will do the honors as appropriate.

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At home, we have parking space for two vintage cars only. For the last 25 years, we have consistently followed a policy of upgrading our cars. So, when we find a better car (Marque, Body Style, Production Numbers, history, closeness to originality, etc) one of the existing cars have to go.
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Its so difficult to say goodbye to a car you restored so painstakingly , glad it would be around you to see !

Congratulations on the new old car , love the customized car cover !
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I am sure KPS will do the honors as appropriate.
Yes, Ram will hope to do justice to the car and its previous owners. There is a lot history and nostalgia to capture and pen.

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Congratulations on the new old car , love the customized car cover !
The new car had to be a worthy replacement for the Dodge. As you did correctly guess from the customized car cover, it is a Daimler. 1947 Daimler DB18, Ex-Mysore to be precise. Was with one family for 59 years and I have been fortunate to get this car.

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The car had to worthy the replaced the Dodge. As you did correctly guess from the customized car cover, it is a Daimler. 1947 Daimler DB18, Ex-Mysore to be precise. Was with one family for 59 years and I have been fortunate to get this car.

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Yes, Ram will hope to do justice to the car and its previous owners. There is a lot history and nostalgia to capture and pen.

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Yes KPS I am sure you will.

You know I was a bit sorry to learn that the "Blue Beauty" was going away. I was always feeling proud of the small small contribution/suggestion I could make (and which you and your dad were gracious enough to accept) for her restoration

Best Regards & Drive Safe

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