The below feature was written and published by the Standard Motor Club upon my return to Scotland with Henry. Having joined the Standard Motor Club and then having excitedly announced my ownership of a Standard 8, I was asked to send in a photograph of me with my newly-purchased car. This photograph led onto the club asking me to write an article or two on life with Henry, likely thanks to curiosity as to why a 24-year old had purchased a car from 1957. The resulting article became another article, became an online column, became featured in a national newspaper, became the beginning of my motoring journalism career. This is where Henry & I all started ...
Standard 8 finds a new enthusiastic owner - the coolest car on campus, by some margin! By Phil Homer, Vice Chairman, Standard Motor Club (October 2009).
When it comes to discerning owners, Gillian Carmoodie is up amongst the best!
This student from St. Andrews University went about things in exactly the right way, and is a model for how a classic car should be bought.
First, she joined the Standard Motor Club. The she joined our internet forum and already having decided she wanted a Standard 8 or 10, asked for advice on how to get a good car. The advice was immediate, volumous and helpful so she soon knew how to buy the best car for her budget.
So, in a short while she made a trip to Birmingham, where she met Henry, the pretty apple-green Standard 8 photographed above. Together they made the long journey back to Scotland.
In her words: "I'm delighted to tell you that our weekend was a success and that I'm now the proud owner of a Standard 8. I adore my new car & am astonished that a car from 1957 was able to transport both myself and my partner a distance of approx. 400 miles between Birmingham and our home in Scotland without so much of a complaint or problem. I'm very happy."
A little later: "One week into Standard 8 ownership & I'm still smiling! Today my partner Chris & I drove Henry along Fife's coast, heading towards the beautiful North Queensferry. After your request for a picture of Henry & I, I decided that one of the nicest places around where we live would be under the grand old Forth Railway Bridge. The Forth Railway Bridge is somewhat vintage (currently 119 years old) and a superb engineering feat. So too is my Henry so I thought they would look good together & I hope you agree.
Most people I've told about Henry don't know what he is but people are very curious and encouraging. I've found I can't leave Henry for any time at all before people stand around him and ask me what he is. On our way up to Scotland last weekend, many bikers gave us the thumbs up as they passed us. I'm told approval from motorcyclists is a very cool thing indeed. I'm absolutely delighted with Henry and plan to look after him as best as I can. He is in need of a little cosmetic work on his paintwork and interior but mechanically he is absolutely sound."
Well done you, what a great story and a superb photo! You now have the SMC award for the coolest car on campus! I hope Top Gear see it that way! Gillian has agreed to send me updates to her story as her ownership progresses. I have asked for the low points as well as these highs. Come back and see how they are getting on together.