Bits & Pieces Four

Leave it to the old-timers.  Just when you think no one will be able to unravel a mystery, up pops some long-silent Tiger enthusiast to make our day.  In this case, the savior is a Mr. Paul Voloshin.  Paul was ( in another life, I suspect) very involved with the local Tiger scene.  At one point he even served a term as president of STOA.  I know this only because I remember seeing his name and picture gracing some rather old club "state-of-the-union" columns.  Nonetheless, Mr. Voloshin has direct knowledge concerning the conundrum decal on the right.  It is, he tells me, one of the decorations used by none other than Laura Garrad, on a very special line of privately produced pottery.  Laura and one of her friends created various collectibles during the late '70's, early '80's, that were branded with Ian's name and offered to the Tiger faithful.  You could have gotten, as example, cups, ash trays and a somewhat unbridled pitcher.  One of those pouring devices, I'm told, has become the annual TE/AE Tigers United grand award.
Thanks to Paul Voloshin and Dick Barker for filling in some of the easily overlooked past history.  It's comforting to know that a few people remember what it was like during the "good-old-days".


Even today, years after the first Sunbeam Tigers were constructed, much of the "real" story detailing how they were built has still not been unearthed.  That is not to say that new information isn't discovered from time to time.  One recent breakthrough involves recovery of micro-film records from the Ford Industrial Division. What's amazing about this find is that as far as anyone knew, all "Industrial Division" records related to the Tiger were destroyed, but as it turns out at least one set managed to escape destruction.  The three films shown on the left (one on top of another) contain master information for 260's, 289's and the rather oblique SO numbers.  In all, there are over forty of these small pieces of acetate containing, among other things, the keys to what transpired between Rootes and Ford during the early '60's.  Arguably the most satisfying bit of data from this collection is the decoding of engine number suffixes (letters and numbers representing the date of Ford assembly).  Taking an example power-plant, say from a fairly late '66 car (B382002639), we would find a suffix of B19KC.  Using the Ford system (depicted on the chart below), that converts to the 2nd month, 19th day of 1965 - mystery no more.

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