Sir Stirling Moss meets Alan & Lloyd Allard – NEC Classic Nov. 2014

Sir Stirling Moss meets Alan & Lloyd Allard – NEC Classic Nov. 2014

Allard meets Moss

Our NEC classic debut went very well indeed, many new faces on the stand.  Also, Sir Stirling Moss made an unscheduled appearance too.  Alan Allard and Stirling have never met before, but of course Stirling remembered Alan’s father Sydney, discussing the time Sydney Allard had crashed into a bridge in one of the Targa Florio races, the car carried on a little further not knowing there was a major fuel leak, after scraping a wall creating sparks the car caught fire, unfortunately the Allard J2 was destroyed, but the engine was saved by Tom Lush and Sydney covering it with sand, smothering the flames.

This years stand was showing the new prototype of the Allard Palm Beach MK3, a car which was discussed but never came to fruition.  Also, on the stand was an original Allard Palm Beach MK2, freshly restored by Lloyd and Alan.  This particular car was one of the last cars manufactured at the Allard works in 1956.

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The new Allard Palm Beach MK3 has a very similar chassis design, apart from the upgraded front suspension which is a twin wishbone arrangement, a vast improvement from the Ford split axle assembly on the originals.  The other upgrades are disc brakes, coil & damper assemblies and various other improvements over the original design.  The bodywork will also have some design changes, including a bonnet which pivots forward as a complete unit, much like the Allard JR.

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The new Allard prototype chassis was received very well,  many people who know of the Allard name and historic significance, were curiously asking questions about the Allard venture and future plans. Many were glad to hear that the family were the influence behind the scenes.

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