Swallow Tales March 2014

Swallow Tales March 2014

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The  Official  Newsletter  for  the  Members  of  the

SIMCA  CAR  CLUB  AUSTRALIA  Inc  

VOLUME  21                                                                                                    NUMBER  1                                                                                                                                  March  2014                                                                

-RKQ%URZQ¶V0DWUD-Simca Bagheera

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SIMCA CAR CLUB AUSTRALIA Inc. Dedicated to the preservation and restoration of SIMCA cars for the purpose of maintaining the Simca marquee as part of the motoring history of Australia. The Club was formed to provide technical information and spare parts assistance to Simca club members. The Club has an affiliation with Simca owners and clubs throughout the world, permitting a global update of Simca activities to our members.     The Club maintains a register of Simca owners through our specialist Registrar for both Simca and Simca Vedette. The views or opinions offered by members in this newsletter ± Swallow Tales may not necessarily represent the views or opinions of the Committee of Management.    

COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT (as elected at the 2013 AGM) President:

Secretary/Treasurer:

Vince Parisi Ph: (03) 94013966 Mobile: 0412867386 12 Paul Crescent Epping Vic 3076 Email: [email protected] Morrie Barrett Ph: (02) 96869719 Mobile: 0429495003 54 Disraeli Road Winston Hills NSW 2153 Email: [email protected]

Editor:

Iain and Leila Dyer Ph: (03) 63310447 Mobile: 0419353075 121 Penquite Road Newstead Tas 7250 Email: [email protected]

Public Officer:

Margaret Barrett 54 Disraeli Road WINSTON HILLS NSW 2153

State Representatives: NEW SOUTH WALES

Barbara Scanes Ph: (02) 45712238 Mobile: 0427527708 Email: [email protected]

QUEENSLAND

Luke Huntley Ph: (07) 46223361 Mobile: 0439830117 Email: [email protected]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Rob & Ina Stapley Ph: (08) 8389 6176 Email: [email protected]

VICTORIA / TASMANIA

Stephen Maloney Ph (03) 9584 6180 Email: [email protected]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA & Life Member

John Pickles Ph: (08) 9535 5023 Email: [email protected]

NEW ZEALAND

Colin Smith Ph 0011 6468 440212 Email: [email protected]

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by Iain Dyer

Greetings All Club Members ,IZHDOOVDWGRZQDQGKDGDTXL]RQ$URQGHDQG9HGHWWHKLVWRU\DQGVSHF¶VZHZRXOGKDYHD pretty knowledgeable forum. Be fun actually. I recently thought to myself, what do we know DERXW 0DWUD¶V DQ LPSRUWDQW model in Simcas history. Who better to ask than Matra expert and good friend John Brown. I asked John to provide us with the run down on the models and include some photos. The cover photo is of his Matra-Bagheera, which he has owned and cherished since 1975-personally I think the lines of the car are absolutely gorgeous, especially when you compare them with some models of Lotus, which from some angles, appeared awkward. Apart from the Elan. I found the article very interesting including reminiscing on great years in the club. Our thoughts are with John, as he has had to have the recently replaced knee joint taken out due to poor surgery when being fitted. This operation is potentially dangerous and extremely painful to say the least. On behalf of the whole club we wish him a safe journey on this second fitment. Sorry to hear that Rob Verhagen has broken his ankle over in Egypt. Possibly my fault. He SUREDEO\IHOORIIWKHFDPHO,SURYLGHGKLPZLWKLQWKHODVWHGLWLRQ&DPHOVDQGDOFRKROGRQ¶W mix, but then one must not cast aspersions. I have been slogging away at getting my 90A finished. With only one arm that works properly, my progress is akin to Long John Silver playing soccer in the world cup. A promise RIRQHRI/HLOD¶VFRXQWU\VW\OHURDVWGLQners and free alcohol, I have been able to get a lot of help from friends. As this goes to print the car is at the upholsterers, which will complete the major work. Blowed if we can get the boot to fit right. We have managed to scrape my expensive two pack SDLQWMRE2QHRI$XVWUDOLD¶VIRUHPRVWFDUUHVWRUHUV3HWHU/HHFK *UDQG &KDPSLRQ3HEEOH%HDFK86$ LVWDNLQJRYHUWKDQNJRRGQHVV ,FDQ¶WZDLWWR JHWKHURXW around the local car shows. It will be the only Simca registered in the State. Thanks to all the contributors who, this time excelled in getting their material in quickly. It makes it a lot easier to put together a co-hesive edition. Congratulations to Stephen Maloney with his new purchase, a Simca Aronde. Must have been a great adventure driving back from Qld. Obviously he made it back ok, however if it KDGEHHQD&LWURHQ«"6RUU\6WHSKHQ,GRQ¶WPLQGWKHPHLWKHU VHHVWRU\IURP6WHSKHQ 6SHDNLQJ RI $URQGHV /XNH DQG 0LFKHOOH¶V KDV WKURZQ D ZREEO\ :H NQRZ 0LFKHOOH LV WKH centre of attention at present, may be the Etoile is a wee bit jealous. It seems to have its own personality that car. No doubt with a bit of attention from Luke, she will soon be back to her perky self. /XNH DQG *HRII 5RVHV 3¶V DUH MXVW DERXW WKH WZR VLJQDWXUH FDUV Ln the club. 6SHDNLQJRI3¶V,QRWLFHIURPWKH16:UHSRUWWKH0F*LOOV3LVIRUVDOH$Q\RQHORRNLQJ IRU D ORYHO\ XVHDEOH FDU VKRXOG VQDS WKLV XS DV WKH\ GRQ¶W FRPH RQ WKH PDUNHW LQ WKLV condition that often. I heard a whisper that Harsha will soon have for sale, a lovely original 90A, obviously not the Hodge car, but one he was restoring. Last time I heard the Grimshaw family also had a tidy

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90A for sale. Morrie is familiar with this car. Anyone wanting phone numbers contact myself or Morrie. I must thank Morrie and John Brown for the extensive help and supply of parts over the last few weeks. Morrie had a part I needed and he went to a lot of trouble making sure it was in good nick, posted it in the late afternoon and was on my doorstep by 10.00 am the next day. I just checked on the computer and Virgin had flights from Melbourne to Auckland for $175.00 one way. Obviously we want as many as possible to attend so we need to book very soon. The advice I have from Colin Smith is as follows; members will need to be in Napier by the evening of the 17th October when there will be a get together. There will be a tour on Sat 18th with the AGM being held that evening. The following day Sunday 19th hopefully a small run and display and a chance to play trains. Leila and I will be staying a few more days, so any like minded members, might be able to put some days in together. Finally, Stephen reports averaging 45 mpg in an old Simca. Hear that Hyundai, Kia, Toyota, no multipoint injection or computers. They will be delivering our bread and milk by horse DQGFDUWQH[W:RXOGQ¶WWKDWEHQLFH

Good health and safe travels, Iain and Leila.

Blondes & Frozen Crabs

A lawyer boarded an airplane in New Orleans, with a box of frozen crabs and asked a blonde stewardess to take care of them for him. She took the box and promised to put it in the crew's refrigerator. He advised her that he was holding her personally responsible for them staying frozen, mentioning in a very haughty manner that he was a lawyer and proceeded to rant at her about what would happen if she let them thaw out. Needless to say, she was annoyed by his behaviour. Shortly before landing in New York, she used the intercom to announce to the entire cabin, "Would the lawyer who gave me the crabs in New Orleans, please raise your hand?" Not one hand went up... so she took them home and ate them and they were simply delicious. Two lessons here: 1. Lawyers aren't as smart as they think they are. 2. Blondes aren't as dumb as some people might think.

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PRESIDENTS REPORT

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Vince Parisi

Hello one and all, I can't believe how quickly the year has gone by, I hope that you are all well and have been enjoying your Simca's whatever condition or state they may be in. Great to hear that many have contributed to this newsletter as our busy editor has relayed to me. Keep those stories coming as I'm sure like me we love hearing about anything Simca. I have my Vedette back together after blowing a head gasket in November you may see a couple of photos elsewhere of the refurbished heads and I have commenced work on the ex Ted Luko Vedette, also maybe a couple of photos in the newsletter.. And I managed to attend and complete a great weekend at the Phillip Island historic event on the 7, 8 and 9th of March with my 105 Alfa.. Well onward with the next part of the year with the AGM NZ approaching quickly, I understand those hard working Kiwis Colin and Lucy Smith are arranging a great event for us to attend, I'm sure we are looking forward to going over to NZ and spending some time with them. More on that in the newsletter. Geoff Rose would like me to add some comments re the passing of his beloved Father. He is very grateful for the expressions of sympathy and would like to thank everyone for their support at this difficult time, Geoff is (as usual) keeping himself very busy with lots of projects on the go, one being the formation of a Simca Racing Team which we have been discussing for some time!!!!! Watch this space. Stay safe and strong and keep enjoying those SIMCA'S.

Best Regards Vince.

For Sale 1958 90A is original no mods needs re chrome and located Q ueensland. Asking price $3,000.00   Please  phone  Geoff  Lee  on  02  4963  4210  

 

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by Morrie Barrett

Hi to all 2QDVDGQRWHZHUHFRUGWKHSDVVLQJRI*HRII5RVH¶VIDUWKHU$WKRO. An appropriate sympathy card was forwarded to Geoff and brothers on behalf of our membership. If you are planning to visit New Zealand and attend the General Meeting in October please advise Collin and Lucy Smith of your intentions in order to assist their planning. Margaret and I plan to fly to Christchurch spend some time on the South Island then travel on the ferry to the North Island attend the GM spend a few more days on North Island and return home from Auckland. Thanks to all who have renewed their Membership receipts will be posted in the near future along with an adhesive windscreen Simca badge approximately 70mm in diameter, additional stickers can be purchased from the Secretary at a cost of $5.00.

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Western Whispers ² :$6WDWH5HSUHVHQWDWLYH·V Report - By John Pickles SWALLOW TALES ² Club Newsletter $XWXPQKDVFUHSWXSRQXVRQFHDJDLQDQGLW¶VKDUGWREHOLHYHWKDWDTXDUWHURIWKH\HDUKDV come and gone with little to show for it. This last three months has been devoid of any Simca DFWLYLW\WRVSHDNRIDQGDSDUWIURP0DUN%LUG¶V6LPFD DQG'DUUHO¶V35DFHUDOORWKHUV are off the road. Darrel had an almost disastrous outing with the P60 on the Collie track a few weeks back, found he was losing traction on many parts of the circuit only to find out after the race that the track had beHQXVHGIRU³'ULIWLQJ´DQGWKDWGLHVHOIXHOKDGEHHQSRXUHGRQWKHVXUIDFHWR HQKDQFHWKHSHUIRUPDQFH,W¶VDPD]LQJKRZPXFKDWWHQWLRQWKLVOLWWOH6LPFDKDVgained in its time on the track a few weeks ago I was given a couple of photographs taken of DarreO¶VFDU when he was competing down in Albany.

2XUQHZPHPEHU0DUN%LUGKDVEHHQRXWDQGDERXWLQKLV6LPFDDQGFDQ¶WEHOLHYHKRZ QLFHLWLVWRGULYH1RZWKHFDULVPHFKDQLFDOO\VSRWRQ0DUN¶VORQJWHUPLQWHQWLRQVLVWR completely strip the body, repair where necessary and repaint it in the original colour, in the meantime he is enjoying it just as it is. Ian Williams is steadily progressing with the Vedette, he has made the extractors which have now been ceramic coated and ready to install, the seats and trim are back from the motor trimmers. Ian was not able to get a good match for the flecked vinyl material used by &KU\VOHU$XVWUDOLDRQWKHLUFDUVLQWKH HDUO\ ¶VEXW IRXQGDQDOPRVW SHUIHFW PDWFKLQ D cloth material which you can see from tKHSKRWR¶VORRNWHUULILF

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I have a copy of an interesting letter sent to Carol Wicks from the Ford Motor Company in &DQDGD LQ UHVSRQVH WR KHU UHTXHVW IRU LQIRUPDWLRQ RQ WKH 9HGHWWH ³9HUVDLOOHV´ ZKLFK VKH owned at the time. Just like the current staff of Chrysler in Australia this letter shows the ignorance that employees have of the history of the company they work for. Carol sold the car many years ago and the new owner was making a drag car out of the body, unfortunately it ended up being destroyed in a shed fire.

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Most exciting news for the ears of us Vedette owners is the whispers that in NSW a Vedette ³&RQYHUWLEOH´ LV XQGHU FRQVWUXFWLRQ WKLV ZLOO EH D XQLTXH YHKLFOH QRW RQO\ LQ $XVWUDOLD EXW pretty well world wide. We know that thH)UHQFKFRDFKEXLOGHU³&KDSURQ´EXLOWWZR-door 9HGHWWH³3UHVLGHQFH´FRQYHUWLEOHVIRUDJRYHUQRURID)UHQFKFRORQ\DQGWKH\HDUDIWHUZDV commissioned to build two 4-door convertibles for the French President Charles De Gaulle. I am aware of Chapron also building 2 more 2-door convertibles for private individuals and there have been a couple more done privately over the years but none in Australia. I am told that after removing the roof of the Aussie car there was no more than 2mm flex in the body, perhaps the illustration below indicates how strongly built is the Vedette.

F O R SA L E E N G I N E B E A R I N G SE TS: For the Simca from 1949 to 1956 ± M ains, Big E nd and Rod ± Std & O/Size $15.00 plus postage (set) E mail: [email protected]

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A number of years ago I was fortunate in obtaining a number of original documents prepared by Chrysler in America and Australia. Among the material prepared by Chrysler Australia is DSDJHGRFXPHQWGDWHGRXWOLQLQJWKHJHQHUDO VSHFLILFDWLRQVIRUWKH³$6/2 4 '225'(/8;(3$66(1*(56('$1´ZKLFKZDVJHQHUDOO\NQRZQDVWKH6,0&$ From the contents of this document it appears Chrysler Australia had prepared this document in readiness to assemble the car in Australia but as history now tells us with Chrysler taking RYHU³5227(6´WKH\GHFLGHGWRUHSODFHWKH6LPFDLQ$XVWralia with the Hillman Hunter. I may talk with our editor and include these documents in Swallow Tales as a series. Speaking of Rootes in Australia, I have heard that Chrysler at the end of assembly of the Humber Snipe they built a batch of 8-10 Snipes with the Chrysler V8 engine, does anyone know if these cars have survived?

My Living Will Last night, my kids and I were sitting in the living room and I said to them, ´,QHYHUZDQWWROLYHLQDYHJHWDWLYHVWDWHGHSHQGDQWRQ some machine and fluids from a bottle. If that happens, just SXOOWKHSOXJµ They got up, unplugged the computer and threw out my wine! The little bastards.

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V I C T O R I A N R E PR ESE N T A T I V ES R E P O R T ± by Stephen Maloney First of all I have to thank one of God¶s true gentlemen Max O'Connor for all his assistance. Now the adventure begins, I flew up to Brisbane on Sunday morning and was picked up at the airport by Max we then drove back to Max's house where I saw the Aronde for the first time in the flesh and it was love at first sight. We then proceeded to check the car out from top to bottom finding that the stop lights were not working we set about rewiring the system and changing the stop light switch witch had caused all the problems. After checking all oil levels and doing a minor tune up we were ready for the trip home to Melbourne??????. First thing Monday morning max and I went to get a permit to drive the car home and then we set of for Melbourne with all the apprehension of a new father. The trip through QLD was a real adventure with numerous road users waving and commenting on the Simca we finally made it to Armidale on the first night.Form there the next morning we set off for Lithgow in NSW by this time I was really enjoying my self until outside of Scone where I heard behind me a police siren, I pulled over and asked what was wrong and they wondered where the Number plates were? I then showed them the permit and we spent the next 15 minutes talking about the Simca and the adventure. I arrived in Lithgow and visited all the family and set off the following day for Melbourne via the Olympic Way through to Albury and finally on to Melbourne arriving on Thursday night. The Simca performed perfectly and returned around 45 miles to the gallon at 85 kph all in all it was one of the most enjoyable drives that I have ever undertaken. V ic Report. We as a club have been invited to join both the CCOCA (Classic Citroen Owners Club) and the Reno Club on there outings in Victoria First outing is on the 27 April for rogaining adventure around Phillip Island and a trip to Merboo North with CCOCA later on. The All European Car show is coming up on 30 March at Flemington Race Course.

Regards from Victoria.

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA REPRESEN7$7,9(·6 5(3257 - by Robert Stapley Hi everyone, The first national Simca Rally was held in Adelaide in 2001.We had a good representation of cars attending from all over Australia. Some who attended were, if my memory serves me correctly, Kerry Ryan from Queensland, (p60 Monaco).Geoff rose N.S.W.(90a sedan) Ray and Nance Hodge VIC. (90a) John pickles W.A.(Matra) Phil McKumisky N.S.W.( Vedette). Royce Juttner s.a.(simca huit) Stan André s.a.(90a). Richard Gibson S.A. (p60 wagon). James Duggin S.A. (p60 wagon). Ross and Peggy Fleming. S.A. (p60) and yours truly with a p60 sedan don blesing from Yankalilla with the Vedette now owned by the Rogers in Whyalla. Sadly some members in the intervening years have passed on or cars have changed hands but hopefully some of those cars we saw in 2001 will be back in 2015. If my proposal to hold the 8th National Rally in S.A. is accepted I expect approximately 20 cars will attend, of course the more the merrier. The 8th National Simca Rally will be held during the week preceding the 2015 bay to Birdwood rally as it was in 2001 the bay to Birdwood rally is always held on the last Sunday in September. 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the end of production of Simcas in S.A.(1964). This is of some significance at this stage of history considering the current situation of vehicle manufacturing in Australia. I have done some groundwork and hope to have Simca as the feature car in 2015. This would mean our dedicated parking area at the start and finish with a good opportunity to show off our cars all parked together. The planning continues and hopefully next swallow tales will have more information but now is the time to start planning for 2015.

Cheers, Robert Stapley

More photos from New Zealand

A ustin 7 fire truck on display

A fine pair of V edettes

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NEW SOUTH WALES 5(35(6(17$7,9(·6REPORT Barbara Scanes   Hi from NSW It has been a very hot summer with very bad bushfires in NSW especially in the Blue Mountains near us. With autumn upon us hopefully cooler weather and much needed rain is near. It is with sDGQHVV WKDW , UHSRUW WKH SDVVLQJ RI *HRII 5RVH¶V IDWKHU LQ )HEUXDU\ WKLV \HDU Morrie, Don and I attended his funeral where we heard that he was in his 100th year, was a retired Naval Officer and had led a very full life. Our thoughts are with Geoff and his family at this time. 0RUULH¶V *UDQGH /DUJH LV QRZ ILQLVKHG DQG ZDV VSRWWHG DW WKH $XVWUDOLDQ 3LRQHHU 9LOODJH Wilberforce on Australia Day together with Don in his P60 Aronde. It was a great day with record crowds attending to celebrate Australia Day. Last December Don was tickled pink to be asked by his granddaughter Caitlyn to chauffeur her in his Simca to her Year 6 formal. It caused quite a stir. Richard Laney is recovering after a small trip (down the stairs) and is at present converting a vedette to a 2 door convertible. A report on his progress is in this issue. ,Q )HEUXDU\ DJURXSRI XVZHQW WR ³/RVW LQ WKH ¶V´ 0XVHXP QHDU 1HZFDVWOH DQG KDG D JUHDW time. The museum is well worth a visit, the collection of cars was extensive and the memorabilia unbelievable. I would like to see more outings of this nature where members can enjoy each others company and share Simca stories and knowledge. If you are interested in participating or can offer suggestions of places of interest please let me know. NSW members are reminded that the NSW French Car Day at Silverwater is on Sunday 13 TH July 2014. It would be great to see a large contingent of Simcas there on that day.

L eft: O ne of the many rear ends at the museum.

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A fabulous line up.

F O R SA L E Ian and Rosemary McKill have decided to sell their 1962-63 P60 Aronde. It is grey with red upholstery. Anyone interested should contact Ian 02 9528 7630.

Regards Barbara Scanes NSW Rep

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NEW ZEALAND REPRESEN7$7,9(·65(3257 Greetings from out East It has been a busy year so far, on the 10th Jan, Lucy and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary, we and family and friends gathered at the local R S A on the 2nd February and took our best cars to Daneverke for a display. We were only 5 out of 647 cars. Richard came from Wellington with his Chamboard and Nash Metropolitan. On the 15th Feb we attended the Clive market day and fair a little spot between Napier and Hastings on the coast road where the little red engine missed by one for people¶s choice. A hotrodded 32 ford took out the prize, you can¶t understand some people. The 9th of this month saw the whole mob at Windsor Park including the 01 sw just got mobile enough to drive on and off the trailer still have to sort the exhaust and the rear brake equaliser it has been 5 years so far, I also took my mobility scooter (go for in Aus slang) it sure saves the legs when touring the other sites. Ivan has a new job on a long haul container truck I seldom see him now so good old dad has a bigger work load now, speaking of which we now have a set of brand new o/size pistons for the 1301. The mods on the Austin 7 clutch works fine it has a 3inch travel for very little pressure hard to get used to after 50 years of seven driving. And now for the bad news, my recent surgery for the UHIOX[SUREOHPKDVFRPHXQGRQH,¶m off to the specialist in two weeks to see what can be done. the AGM is coming along slowly there is a picture of our local mr art deco bertie who has offered his services to chair the meeting be mc for the time you folk are here free of charge some of you clever people will have picked up on his nice little Austin 7 sports car which is his trade mark. We are still hoping to hold a barbie on the Friday night of the 17th Oct so you will need to be aware that the last flight ex Wellington gets here at 8pm and the last one ex Auckland lands at 9pm. Both these flights I feel will be too late to dine out on however not to worry, you will be met whatever flight you will be on if you are arriving by road don¶WEHDIUDLG to ask for directions if needed also chapter three of Steve¶s big o/e is on the way.

Colin Lucy Ivan / Jan

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Letter to the Editor ² Matra-Simca Bagheera ± My Story by John Brown My Matra Simca Coupe was purchased from a Pickles Auctions in Sydney Australia 1985 so I intend to convey to our Club Readers a short summary on the history of the Matra Bagheera plus a brief summary of my personal experiences with this vehicle, which has been an integral part of my life. M A TRA- The Marque Primarily an aeronautical company, Matra first became involved in sports cars in 1964. Later Matra graduated to Formula 1 with Jackie Stewart driving a V8 Cosworth Ford, which recorded some impressive results. Jackie Stewart won six Championship events in the superb Matra MS80 and collected his first World Championship and Matra won the F.I.A. Constructors Cup in 1969. In 1969 Matra began a partnership with Chrysler Simca France, which allowed Matra to market their then current sportscar, the M530 (Ford Powered), in Simca Dealers across (XURSH7KHEHQHILWWR&KU\VOHU6LPFDZDVVHHLQJWKHLU³0DWUD6LPFD´QDPHRQDVHULHVRI /H 0DQV ZLQQLQJ FDUV LQ WKH HDUO\ ¶V DQG DOVR WKH RSSRUWXQLW\ IRU WKHLU PHFKDQLFDO components to be used in subsequent Matra sportscars. The Matra M530 had Ford mechanicals and Chrysler was understandably not that enthusiastic about it being sold in Simca dealers. In 1973, Matra unveiled the successor to the M530, which was to be coded as a 550, with the QDPHRI%DJKHHUDDIWHUWKHSDQWKHULQ³-XQJOH%RRN´ The Bagheera coded as a 550 was to be similar mid engine to the M530, however it was designed as a much sleeker machine, incorporating three abreast seats and a rear hatch, which gave access to the top of the engine compartment. The mid engine and transmission were to be the same as used by Chrysler Simca in the Simca 1100 TI and tuned by Matra engineers to produce 84 bhp, with a top speed of around 101mph. The chassis and integral steel structure were flanked by heavy box section and a 90mm tubular cross member at the rear. A tubular roll over structure was integral to the windscreen DQGGRRUVDQGWKHQERQGHGWRWKH³SODVWLF´ERG\FRPSRQHQWV

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LETTER to the EDITOR Matra-Simca Bagheera ± My Story by John Brown M A TRA- The Marque cRQW¶G The vehicle design was both extremely aerodynamically efficient, strong and structurally sound. Unfortunately Matra had not given as much thought as they should to allowing water to drain off the metal structure, with a result over time that the steel framework rusted underneath the smart metal structure. With very few French manufactured sportscars, the Bagheera was an immediate success, DOWKRXJK 0DWUD¶V OLPLWHG SURGXFWLRQ IDFLOLWLHV ZRXOG SUHYHQW LW IURP HYHU EHLQJ D FRPPRQ sight. In July 1976 a new model, the Bagheera S was introduced, which used a 1442cc - 90 bhp version of the Simca 1308, with a top speed of 109 mph. ,Q  0DWUD LQWURGXFHG DQ H[WHQVLYHO\ UHYLVHG %DJKHHUD QDPHG DV D ³6HULHV ´ ZKLFK included a restyled longer bonnet, wrap-around front and rear bumpers, new exterior rear lights together with a restyled instrument cluster and upholstery materials. The mechanicals of this Series 2 were the same as the earlier Bagheera S. Manufacture of the Bagheera Series 1 and Bagheera Series 2 was completed in 1980 following the completion of 47, 802 vehicles.

C ross Section of a M atra Simca Bagheera ± Series 1 As manufactured between 1974 and 1976

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LETTER to the EDITOR Matra-Simca Bagheera ± My Story by John Brown M y M atra Bagheera ± M anufactured 1975 When I first observed the Matra advertised for sale in Sydney through Pickles Motor Auctions I was aware of the marque but unaware of any in Australia at the time and as such had no idea of its physical makeup, so fascination got the better of me and I went along to observe and test the value of the car. Following some reading in local magazines I had mind to place a bid on the car to see the reaction. The very first bid was placed by others for what I had in mind as a top Price, so I VLPSO\IROGHGP\DUPVDQGOLVWHQHGWRWKH³LQ-KRXVH´HQWKXVLDVWVILJKWRXWWKHLUDVVHVVPHQWRI the value of the car. At Auction in 1985 the car sold for Au$19,500, which simply amazed me. 2QHPRQWKODWHUWKHFDUDSSHDUHGDJDLQDW3LFNOHVZLWK³QRUHVHUYH´SULFHDQG,ZHQWDORQJ and after some slow bidding I purchased the car for only a little more than what I had considered reasonable. At the time of purchase the car had some 24,000 Km on the clock, which appeared rather strange for a car 10 years old. Following considerable research and survey of the car a Plan was established on what was UHTXLUHGWRUHWXUQWKHFDUWRLWVRULJLQDO³DVQHZ´FRQGLWLRQ,MRLQHGWKH³0DWUD(QWKXVLDVWV &OXE 8.´VRWKDW , FRXOGJDLQ DVVLVWDQFHLQWHFKQLFDO DGYLFH DQGVSDUHSDrts as required to restore the car. The first item was to arrange for a 1442cc reconditioned engine and transmission to be assembled in the UK and sent to Australia as a complete package, thereby eliminating any mechanical faults that may be likely to surface later in the car. The next item was to replace all components in the hydraulic system and return future reliability to the car. As standard, the car was fitted with front and rear disc brakes so it was relatively easy to remove, replace or refurbish all the braking components together with the PDVWHUF\OLQGHUDQGEUDNHFDOLSHUV7KH³YDFXXP´EUDNHERRVWHUZDVUHFRQGLWLRQHGVRDVWR ensure that the brake system would operate reliably at its maximum efficiency.

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LETTER to the EDITOR Matra-Simca Bagheera ± My Story by John Brown M y M atra Bagheera ± 0DQXIDFWXUHG FRQW¶G The survey of the vehicle clearly indicated the professional design and construction by Matra and the reasons why Matra was held in high respect over the quality of sports and racing cars that they had already manufactured. The notable features of the Bagheera design and manufactured by Matra are as follows: a) 7KHYHKLFOHKDVDQDOO³VWHHO´SODWIRUPDQGVXE-structure. b) All external body panels were manufactured from an injection moulded fibreglass technique. c) The front suspension is a well tried and proven upper and lower control arms and assisted from individual torsion bars and adjustable shock absorbers. d) The rear suspension designed by Matra has parallel trailing arms assisted from individual torsion bars and adjustable shock absorbers. e) Two integral air ducts, with entry from the either side of the car provide ample combustion air to be directed to the engine compartment for the two twin choke Weber Carburettors. CirculDWLRQ RI WKH FRPEXVWLRQ DLU DQG H[WUDFWLRQ RI ³KRW-DLU´ from the engine bay is assisted through two integral ducts from the engine bay to two openings through the rear bumper bar. f) ³'UDJ(IILFLHQF\´KDVEHHQGHVLJQHGLQWRWKHERG\GHVLJQDQGLVIXUWKHUDVVLsted by designing the under nose panel to extend to the front cross member and a full width aluminium panel is extended from the cross member to a further 1220mm under the vehicle. The Matra was shown at two motor Clubs that I was a member with before I joined the Simca Car Club in 2003. The Simca Car Club was a complete unknown quantity when I first joined, however I did have many years of experience (in my younger years) driving a 1958 90A Simca Aronde, which had been driven at Warwick Farm race circuit in Sydney, Oran Park race circuit also in Sydney, together at numerous Hill Climb events in New South Wales.

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LETTER to the EDITOR Matra-Simca Bagheera ± My Story by John Brown M y M atra Bagheera ± 0DQXIDFWXUHG FRQW¶G My limited automotive H[SHULHQFHYHU\TXLFNO\GHPRQVWUDWHGDVWRWKH³UHYOLPLWDWLRQ´RIWKH Simca Flash engine and it took five (5) complete engines to be destroyed before I realised that a Flash engine would fracture the conrod at the 8100 rpm and at each time fractured at thH³ELJHQG´RIWKHFRQURG 7KHIUDFWXUHGFRQURGZRXOGURWDWHZLWKWKHFUDQNVKDIWDQGWKHQ³SXQFKDKROH´LQRQHRUERWK sides of the engine block, resulting in a terminal condition. $GHVLJQDVSHFWWKDWWKHFRQURGKDVDQ³RIIVHW´IURPWKHFHQWUHRIWKHEore to the centre of the conrod bearing on the crankshaft, was the major contributing failure factor. $ ³UHY OLPLW´ RI  USP GLG UHVROYH WKH ³IDLOXUH IDFWRU´ KRZHYHU WKLV OLPLWHG WKH URDG speed range of the car. 7KH )ODVK HQJLQH ZDV RSHUDWHG ZLWK DQ ³ Oxenford Head´ ZLWK D VLQJOH 6ROH[ FDUEXUHWWRU then with twin Solex carburettors with suitable jets and finally a downdraft twin choke single carburettor, with a compound throttle mechanism, which assisted the car very well at Hill Climbs. I purchased tKH6LPFD$URQGHQHZLQDQGILQDOO\³VFUDSSHG´WKHERG\LQZKHQD serious fracture was discovered (during restoration) in the integral chassis and determined as terminal. The first event that I attended with the Simca Car Club was at the 2nd Simca National Rally at Dubbo NSW in September 2003. Twenty Eight (28) Simca enthusiasts attended the Simca National Rally from NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, WA and one from overseas, all in various Simca Aronde models, including Kerry 5\DQ¶VEHDXWLIXO6LPFD3KLO0FCumisky Vedette Beaulieu and my Matra Simca Bagheera. At a local public park all the attending Simcas were judged as to their presented condition and on that evening at the local RSL Club most attending enthusiasts were awarded with some form of memorabilia and as a very pleasant surprise my Matra Simca was awarded with D7URSK\DV³ Best Simca ´DQGKDVEHHQSURXGO\NHSWVLQFHWKDWWLPH

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LETTER to the EDITOR Matra-Simca Bagheera ± My Story by John Brown M y M atra Bagheera ± M anufactured 1975 (cRQW¶G All Trophies presented at the 2nd National Simca Rally 2003 were procured by the Event CoOrdinator Rob Verhagen and were a credit to his innovative nature. This Trophy will always be treasured by me and holds pride of place with the Matra Simca Bagheera at home. The second major event that I attended with the Simca Car Club in the Matra Bagheera was the 3rd National Simca Rally 2005 held at Echuca VIC in October 2005. Twenty Five (25) Simca Enthusiasts attended the Simca National Rally from NSW, VIC, QLD, SA and WA together with Colin and Lucy Smith (NZ). On Friday 14 October 2005 at the Farewell Dinner Rob Verhagen presented a well earned UDQJHRI7URSK\¶VWRWKHPHPEHUVDQGDV,UHFDOO Rosalind Rose (may she rest in peace) made a special thankyou to the young family attending with the Stapley contingent 7KH0DWUD6LPFDZDVDZDUGHGWKH7URSK\DV³%HVW6LPFD´ZKLFKZDVFRQVLGHUHGDSOHDVDQW surprise considering the range of well presented cars at the Show-N-Shine.

Display of various Simcas in E chuca for their Show-N- Shine Presentation

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LETTER to the EDITOR Matra-Simca Bagheera ± My Story by John Brown M y M atra Bagheera ± 0DQXIDFWXUHG FRQW¶G The third major event that I attended with the Simca Car Club in the Matra Bagheera was the 4th National Simca Rally held at Tenderfield NSW in September 2007. Nineteen (19) Simca Enthusiasts attended the Simca National Rally from NSW, VIC, QLD and SA On Friday 14 September 2007 at the Farewell Dinner at the Historic Stannum House I presented 14 well HDUQHG 7URSK\¶V WR WKH PHPEHUV Display of various Simcas in T enderfield at the K ur rajong Downs Restaurant for their Show-N-Shine Presentation where Fred Schodde was presented the ³ F irst Place´ 7URSK\ ZLWK KLV EHDXWLIXOO\SUHSDUHG36LPFD:DJRQDQGWKHILUVW-RKQ3LFNOHV3HUSHWXDO7URSK\DV³ Best 6LPFD$URQGH7\SH3´was awarded to Geoff and Rosalind Rose NSW.

O ur C lub M ember F red Schodde was a very excited recipient of the ³)LUVW3ODFH´ T rophy and also celebrated a major Birthday milestone during the Simca National Rally.

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LETTER to the EDITOR Matra-Simca Bagheera ± My Story by John Brown M y M atra Bagheera ± 0DQXIDFWXUHG FRQW¶G In regard to attendance to other venues with the Simca Car Club the Matra Simca Bagheera began attending the French Car Day in Sydney in 2006, where a number of stalwart Club Members, namely Ian and Rosemary McKill, the late Charles Grimwood and his wife Yvonne, together with Keith and Natalia Reddacliff, had been attending for some time. My attendance continued on with the Matra Simca in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2009 at this venue we were fortunate to have another Matra Simca Bagheera. This car is owned by a former club member David Ius. In 2011, 2012 and 2013 we were fortunate to have yet another Matra Simca Bagheera. 7KLVUDUHDQGJHQXLQH%DJKHHUD³6´car is owned by club member Ian Powell. In 2008 the then club committee decided to bolster the Simca attendance at the French Car Festival in VIC, thereby encouraging more of the local members to visit for a social chat. This event is very well attended by the French Car fraternity and supported by Peugeot, Renault and Citroen cars of historic to modern variety.

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LETTER to the EDITOR

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Those attending were: Morrie Barrett, Stephen Maloney,Ray and Nancy Hodge (may he rest in peace), Peter and 0DUHH:DONHU3KLO0F&XPVN\ QRWLQSKRWR DQG³MD\EHH´WDNLQJSKRWR. On the day independent automotive judges assess all the cars and in the mid afternoon the winners are announced. On the day the Matra Simca Bagheera was awarded the Trophy for ³%HVW0DUTXH6LPFD´

This was an honour and has been cherished, which has made this owner very proud of the Matra. In 2010 my Matra Simca attended this French Car Festival in VIC and I was fortunate to meet up with two other Matra owners, which is indeed a very rare meeting of a similar Marque. The owner of this 1982 LHD Matra Murena is Ian Turner of VIC, who owns two other Matra Simca Bagheeras.

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LETTER to the EDITOR Matra-Simca Bagheera ± My Story by John Brown M y M atra Bagheera ± 0DQXIDFWXUHG FRQW¶G The owner of this RHD 1982 (1.6L) Matra Murena is Sam Szulman VIC and was being photographed arriving at the French Car Festival VIC. This car is one of very few Matra Murenas in the world, which have been converted to RHD. In regard to future development my Matra Murena has finally been moved from the place of its (uncompleted) restoration and long storage to the special garage that has been built for the two Matra Coupes It is expected that this motivation will enable me to complete the work required to have this car registered for the road and fulfil a dream to have two mobile and unique Matras here in Australia. More about this unique 1982 2.2 litre Matra Murena that I purchased from the UK will be presented in the future. I do trust that all Simca Car enthusiasts will read this article and will recall very happy memories of the Club past events.

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Letter to the Editor - From Richard Laney. Shows the quality of the workmanship and the enormity of the task .-Editor Well after a long time getting over my knee operation, I now feel like dong some work on my Vedette. But first, I will take you back to September 2013 when a long time friend, George Vella, came to see me about a Ford rear end which I had. 'XULQJ *HRUJH¶V YLVLW KH VSRWWHG P\ JUHHQ 6LPFD 9HGHWWH LQ WKH FDUSRUW DW WKH UHDU RI RXU house and it was love at first sight! - where do I get one of these? Not knowing about any for sale, I said that I would keep an ear open for any around. Two weeks later, Roger Skeers IURP :DJJDUDQJWR VD\³\RX FDQKDYHWKHVHWZR9HGHWWHV ,KDYHGRZQ KHUH´ On hearing this, George wanted to go to Wagga ASAP. On the way to Wagga with George, I showed him a photo of GenerDO'H*DXOOH¶VFRQYHUWLEOHV³,OLNHWKHORRNWKHORRNRIthem ± I think ,¶OOPDNHRQH´I must mention that George builds Hot Rods and is a very neat worker with a great mind. With both Vedettes at *HRUJH¶V0DUWLQVYLOOHZRUNVKRS± one minus front struts - it is around about now that things start to move very quickly. I gave George a complete front end. I dropped it of to George at 4 pm Sunday and about 6 pm I received a phone call ± ³5LFKDUG that frRQW HQGQRZKDVGLVFEUDNHV´7KHGLVFVDUHIURPD Mitsubishi L300. Bearing cones were removed, the hub placed in a lathe and the space where the bearing cones fit were machined about a further 3mm in front and rear. This allows original Simca cones and bearings to fit. A small spacer was made to fit in the rear of the hub so that the Simca grease seal will fit. We now have the disc fitted to the Simca stub axle washer and nut on. A small adapter plate was then made to attach L300 calliper to three of the four bolts that normally hold the drum brake backing plate. In the case of the convertible, it has been fitted with an XR-XY pedal box, allowing the fitting of a Falcon booster and dual master cylinder. Now with the brake work all roughed in, it is time to work on the motor and transmission. Firstly, an adapter plate was made so that a Borg Warner four-on-the- floor gearbox (FalconValiant) could be fitted to the rear of the Simca side-valve V8, the flywheel machined down to take a Holden pressure plate, Falcon tail-shaft shortened so as to fit 8 inch Ford differential. The axle housing has been shortened and spring saddles moved to suit the Vedette. The axles were no problem as Falcons have a short and long axle and two short axles have been fitted. Now the transmission has been roughed in, so when the body is complete, brakes and transmission will go to final installation. The body - I do hope the photos of the body print OK in the Swallow Tales. All doors were left on the car with all door gaps being measured and recorded. The car was raised on the hoist, the gaps remeasured and recorded. The car was then lowered and the roof removed, the door gaps rechecked. The car was raised again on the hoist and the gaps remeasured ± a variation of approx. 3 mm. As Vedette bodies are very strong, it was decided not to add any stiffers to the body at this stage, awaiting engineers report. The explanation of body modifications are as follows: LHS doors removed and door skins removed. LHS door of the spare Vedette also had its skin removed. Measurements were taken from the De Gaulle convertible photo, and converted to real size. Both LHS front door frames were cut so that one door had a long piece from door Page  25

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hinge towards the door lock; the other long section from door lock towards the door hinge. Now, taking the two long sections, jigging them and welding, we now have a long door frame (as convertibles do). This method only needs one weld so there is less grinding and preparation. Next, the door pillar was removed ± this has a piece of metal that goes down to the bottom of the sill. The car had to go up on the hoist, so that spot welds could be drilled out from the bottom of the sill. The pillar has now been moved back so as to suit the longer door; the frame of the rear door shortened and tack welded in position between the door pillar and rear guard, as seen in the photo taken from inside the car. This photo also shows the extended front door frame. The photos taken from outside the car, show the door and rear section fitted with electric windows ± this is easier than trying to modify the mechanical mechanisms. In the photos can be seen ply patterns of the shape and contour of the glass. The front window with a few cutouts here and there to give strength and support, just go up and down. The rear window is a ³'´VKDSHZLWKDSLYRWRQWKHORZHUIURQWFRUQHUDQGFDEOHRSHUDWHGVRLWORZHUVLWVHOIGRZQ inside the rear panel. I hope this explanation of the progress and work on the convertible. Anyone with any questions, please feel free to email or phone me and I will try to answer any questions. Hopefully more photos next issue! Richard Laney Phone: 02 4399 1738 Mobile: 0414 991 738

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PS - From the Editor« Please remember any contributions welcome or suggestions. Reminders: The 2014 renewal of membership is due on January 1st 2014. If you are overdue, please pay QRZ'RQ¶WIRUJHWPHPEHUVFDQSD\WKHLU subscriptions by bank transfer or to the club secretary. Electronic Funds transfer (EFT) BSB: 633-108 Bendigo Bank (branch at Braidwood NSW) Account number: 135350668 Please identify who is paying and for what if possible in the reference section with name and subs amount. 'RQ¶WIRUJHWWRILOORXWRenewal Form attached so that all your details are correct/current. 3OHDVHGRQ¶WFRS\WKHPIURPWKHSUHYLRXV\HDU

Breaking News Our esteemed Führer, Vince Parisi phoned me the other night with some interesting news. The Historic Winton Race meeting, 24/25th May is on the agenda honouring 80 years of Simca. They would like as many cars as possible on display. Until I became ill we attended most years and it is simply the best historic car and bike racing. Vince will be racing his superb 105 Alfa and hopefully Geoff Rose will be racing his famous 90A. Bonus ± there are six free entry tickets available. Page  27

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