Kop Hill Climb 2017
Company owner and car restoration enthusiast Mark Palmer has recently entered two of his cherished vehicles to a local Hill Climb event in Buckinghamshire. Kop Hill has been holding a Hill Climb and historic vehicle event for many years and they welcome entries from all car and motorcycle enthusiasts that have interesting vehicles to exhibit to the public over a long weekend in September.
This year Mark has proudly displayed two of his latest restoration projects in the Classic Car paddock areas of the event. Here, along with other fellow restorers, you will find a collection of eclectic and classic vehicles that have been lovingly repaired, refurbished and then polished to an exceptionally high level of finish. Many of the UK’s biggest Classic Car Organisations attend the event and welcome cars of certain vintages to be displayed as part of their Owners club displays.
The two vehicles that Mark chose to take this year were a 1975 MGB GT with a standard 1800 petrol engine and 4-speed manual gearbox. This car has been completely restored and has had a complete nut and bolt rebuild over the last 12 months. It was finished off with a new cost of Titan Blue paintwork and the interior was painstakingly fully restored using black and white leather upholstery. It was finally put back on the road in August this year and is now used on a regular basis.
The second vehicle on display was a 1977 Triumph Stag convertible with the original 3500 V8 engine and 3-speed automatic gearbox. This was the first car Mark was to restore and is still remains his firm favourite as it was such fun to rebuild and drive. It is finished in old English white paintwork and has had a full interior retrim using Black leather upholstery. The engine was rebuilt some years ago and remains the original engine that was supplied with the car 40 years ago. One of the key features of this vehicle is the new Walnut dashboard that Mark has created by hand using old-fashioned veneering techniques. This technique to restore wooden dashboards and leather interiors have become of one marks distinguishing trademarks.
In the pipeline for completion in 2018 is a 1973 TR6 convertible with a straight 6 2500cc engine and manual gearbox. This needs a full restoration of both the body and the interior and this is being undertaken over the winter months ready for attending shows next year hopefully.