HENRY FRYER has a wealth of interesting tales to tell, and this is a short but sweet story about his late father – whose enthusiasm inspired Henry’s own passion for cars.
“The first quality car my father bought was a Jaguar MK1 to replace his Ford Consul. He used the Jaguar for commuting in the week, and hill climbs at the weekend!
He had to drive home on the same set of tyres, while Clark’s car went home on a Lotus trailer…
One weekend at an event he was greeted by a certain Jim Clark in his Lotus Cortina. Determined not to let a Ford beat his 3.4-litre Jaguar, he was disappointed to come second to Clark by next to nothing. His excuse was that he had to drive home on the same set of tyres, while Clark’s car went home on a Lotus trailer.
Unfortunately, the MK1 did not last long. While driving in London he had an accident – family lore says it caused him to drive up the steps of the Royal Albert Hall and into a wall, but the picture we have of the aftermath looks more like a scene from the West End. Whatever really happened, that car was replaced by multiple MK2’s, one of which I still have.”