The Armstrong Siddeley Car Club of Australia

Competition results for the category: Against All Odds

CompetitionOwner/DriverCarPositionResulting timeNotes
Concours d'Elegance - 1995 CowraPat Jones18HP Typhoon1ASxxxx
Concours d'Elegance - 1996 Barossa ValleyAllan Mack30HP1AS11022
Concours d'Elegance - 1997 CherrabahJason GriceUtility Coupe1Cxxxxx
Concours d'Elegance - 1999 Mt BeautyLyell Murrell20HP (1929/30)1
Concours d'Elegance - 2000 SingletonJonathan DalglieshSapphire 346 MK I1C340421

The Sapphire C340421 was purchased as per the advertisement; "Elegant British Motoring Icon fitted with the popular pre-select gearbox, suitable for daily use".

Driving the car would prove to be an exceptional piece of motoring mastery. The vehicle required a complete overhaul of the brake system, steering geometry setup and fluid replacement to be able to make it to the corner of the local road.

After these improvements were undertaken, the car went on a holiday to the Southern Tablelands. Performing well under the conditions, the car was loaned to others who proceeded to drive the vehicle like it was a two-door sports car. Unfortunately the Elegant British Motoring Icon then required a complete engine rebuild.

This provided the opportunity to attend to areas that had been visited by Mr. Rust and associates. Once areas were cleaned and prepped it was decided that a complete body spray would be necessary and a new colour scheme was chosen. The final two-tone, dark over light became a controversial choice with either a love it or hate it approach from members.

With a full year passing before the car and engine were to meet once again, it was beset with many other trials and tribulations with rear suspension and drive train issues. A lengthy overheating problem was eventually solved and the car is now, finally, an attractive example of Elegant British Motoring.

— Jonathan Dalgliesh

Concours d'Elegance - 2001 MilduraGeoff TuckwellHurricane (1949)1Cxxxxx
Concours d'Elegance - 2002 JindabyneAllan Mack20HP (1929)1AS44346
Concours d'Elegance - 2003 BeechworthGraham & Pauline Carson1952 Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire Mk 11C340014
Concours d'Elegance - 2004 Wagga WaggaGrant Hickey16HO Hurraphoon1AS165280
Concours d'Elegance - 2005 TanundaJohn & Alison Colebrook1929 Armstrong Siddeley 20 HP1AS44238
Concours d'Elegance - 2006 InverellAlf & Joan BrittonStar Sapphire (1959)10xxx
Concours d'Elegance - 2007 CanberraPeter & Ann Mitchell1958 Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire Mk 21C347593
Concours d'Elegance - 2009 BathurstSelwyn AllenSapphire Mk2 LWB (Hearse - 1958)1Cxxxx
Concours d'Elegance - 2010 Swan HillGraham Carson1952 Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire Mk 11C340014
Concours d'Elegance - 2011 ToowoombaJonathan DalglieshSapphire 346 MK I1C3432893
Concours d'Elegance - 2012 Sapphire CoastPenn Bradly1
Concours d'Elegance - 2013 BendigoNot Contested1950 Armstrong Siddeley Hurricane1
Concours d'Elegance - 2014 MaitlandJoseph Dalgleish1
Concours d'Elegance - 2015 Broken HillJonathan Dalgleish1On the way to the Rally, the right hand front corner of Jonathan's Sapphire had a close encounter with a kangaroo.
Concours d'Elegance - 2018 BeechworthPaul Caro1
The Armstrong Siddeley Car Club of Australia
Armstrong Siddeley Car Club, PO Box 699, FRESHWATER NSW 2096
Phone Rowan Fitzpatricke, President, 0404 032 113
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