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Caux Retro 2009


John Kettlewell - Scotland. It is with great regret that we announce the death of John after a long illness. Our thoughts are with Doreen and the family at this time. Pilots have known John for many years and have been on rallies where they have appreciated his organisation and friendliness. He will be sadly missed by a large circle of friends.

Caux Retro 2009 - Stop Press The Slovenian group are organising a run from Le Havré to a weekend in Slovakia 22nd & 23rd May 2010. We are joining the Citroen Specials. Contact Carole Chitty Email:admin@citroenspecialsclub.org
We all had a magical time in France. There were about 24 British Kitcars - JZRs, Citroen Specials, Grinnalls, Pembletons and several Specials. This was the most that had ever attended. there were some 300 motors/bikes all together and we all shared meals and runs for the whole weekend.

Ingleton. The JZR rally at Ingleton organised by Brian Pearce was well attended and enjoyed by everyone. The weather was much better than in many other parts of the country and a good run was enjoyed on both Saturday and Sunday. It was very good to see that John Baker from Australia and his wife Lucy were there. Ian Avery had a breakdown but was helped on the run and the trike was repaired during the next few days by John Ziemba.


Allouville Bellefosse is a small village near Le Havré. For the last 15 years they have staged the Caux Retro and attracted motor vehicles of all types and ages and bikes ranging from the early 1900s. Last year a small group of us and the Citroen Specials were the first British entrants and this year we had 30 cars. There were JZRs, Grinnalls, Penbletons, Lomaxes and several Specials. The group who organise the event were so pleased to see us and we were fed communally for the whole weekend. The local garage extended it facilities to one of us who needed to weld some chassis and found suitable water pipe for another. Accommodation had been found for everyone who needed it and on the Sports field there was a tented and camper village.
Brian and are are particularly thankful for their help. We travelled over on the Thursday and by Friday morning Brian was very ill. He could not wake up and was unable to stand. Our organiser phoned the paramedics and they took him to A & E. He was kept in for 4 days and thankfully has mostly recovered. Apparently it was a super bug. Our group and Daniel helped me to reach the hospital some 30 miles away, and then the local garage lent me a car for 5 days completely free of charge. They even filled it with diesel for me. I found it quite scary driving a left hand drive car through the suburbs of Le Havré - but needs must. Daniel and Renauld helped me to understand the requirements of the hospital and doctors as no-one spoke much English. Brian & I were unable to continue to the Beaches, but the others had a really good time and ejoyed themselves in good company. We spent the 3 days quietly and came home safely as planned on Friday.


Stoneleigh went very well. We were short of cars and only some 20 JZRs came. About a dozen members came themselves. Their JZRs were almost all in the last stages of a build or repair and not quite ready to drive there. We took our JZR although it is not quite finished and are very grateful to Steve who worked on the carburretors for us. With a little more work it should be ready for its MOT and be back on the road. Kath got hers there by the skin of her teeth, managing to get an MOT at 4p.m. on the Friday. Well done Kath. It was good to see Edgar there. He was given a lift down by Chips - well done Chips. We were pleased to have Jack Jones camping with us. His JZR was on show. At nearly 86 he is an inspiration to us all. We met many old friends and met two new members with their JZRs, Charles Smith with his lovely blue JZR and Chris Dunn with his British Racing Green JZR. Good to see you all- Brian & Evelyn


We were all very sorry to hear of the sudden death of our popular member, Mr Michael Moore of Ashbourne. It is hard to believe he is gone and he will be greatly missed by many people. Our thoughts are with his wife and family.


One of our long term members, Fred Martin, has written a very comprehensive pair of manuals for a JZR and we think has filled a big gap in the information available for builders and users. The Workshop Manual sells at £10.50 and is A4, 75 pages, two sided, in black and white, with clear diagrams and instructions. It is spiral bound with a plastic coated cover in colour. The Owner's Handbook sells at £7 and is A5 and similarly printed. These prices are plus postage which is approx. £3 in UK. £5 to Europe and £9 to the rest of the world.

We have funded them ourselves so payment needs to be made to Brian Lofty, 24 The Grove, Sholing, Southampton, SO19 9LX, Tel: 02380 322847, email: brianlofty@btinternet.com Paypal payment is available through Brian at brianlofty@btinternet.com. and costs an extra £2 for their commission.
PS. Some 60 copies have now been sold, so get your order in if you want one. Our poor rate with the Euro means they are a very good buy for our European members at the moment.


Your subscription of £13 was due on 1st January 2009. It has been necessary to increase subscriptions by £1 due to the increased cost of printing and distribution of Pilots' Notes. There is now the facility to pay by Paypal. As there is a fee to receive funds so if you want to use this method of payment add £2. This should be sent to Zipper. He is Mr Tony Simpson, Caxton House, 1 Station Road, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 6BE. His phone no is 01246 823895 and his email is zipper1995@talktalk.net

Latest on SVA from John Ziemba - I had a pan euro JZR for SVA last week and it passed first time, so now all the models will be able to comply. The chap who tested it was very interested as he had never tested one before and came up with a few suggestions to make both our lives a bit easier. I think this may be worth a mention as there seems some confusion about JZRs being able to pass the SVA test with open engines. Anyone who is preparing their JZR for SVA is welcome to contact me for a chat on 01254 760620. John The form to fill in about SVA for John is now on the Spares, Regalia page


JZR - DAYTONA FROM JOHN ZIEMBA LATEST UPDATE At home in Rossendale, up in the cold, dark and wet windy valley, lives a yellow JZR Daytona, the first of the breed to pass the stringent 'SVA' Designer and builder John Ziemba refers to the Dayona as 'A point and squirt ' which is perfectly true but I haven't found the limits yet and don't intend to!! It really is ballistic. Daytona Dave

Webmaster's Note: With the SVA for three wheelers with us, John Ziemba has created this completely new design JZR - DAYTONA which is a rear engined trike with the donor being a T595 triple injected Triumph Daytona. The engine produces 128bhp at 10200 rpm with another 12bhp available with a special exhaust. Initial trials gave blistering performance.


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