Dutton Kit Cars and their owners

My mate and the cars we bought BT 136 and BT 137 both blue in the yard outside Dutton's factory, early days

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Comment by John Tighe on May 17, 2017 at 15:11
Hi Tony, well my mate finished his car in the 70s and it was sprayed British racing green and fitted with a Triumph 1360 engine but didn't keep it for long and I have no idea what happened to it, I would love to know if it's still around somewhere so if anyone knows the whereabouts of BT 136 please let me know
Comment by Tony on May 17, 2017 at 9:11

John - very interesting to see these photos.  Both you and your pal look a bit thoughtful!  How did he get on with his car?

Comment by rob saul on May 10, 2017 at 10:55
Know of people who think/thought they had a good relationship with TDW
Seen him the next time and been blanked
Don't know if it was Tim or a other person but a guy I know at fontwell tried to hire Duttons old pig stye unit to do grp canoe's in
While being shown round the units an discussing a deal with the owner he was followed round by the owners wife with a video camera
This was very early 80,s .He was amazed because it was the first video camera he had ever see he asked what it was all about an they told him it was due to all the trouble they had with a previous Tennant
Said it was the wierdest showing he's ever had
Comment by John Tighe on May 10, 2017 at 10:47
Yeah I remember issues going on around that time but Tim got back to me and asked if he could use my picture on his web site and I have never had any issues with him so I am happy and proud to have my car displayed anywhere, if I search b-type it's picture usually comes up taken at Stoneleigh in the 80s
Comment by Big Vern on May 10, 2017 at 10:32

There was a bust up between TDW and DOC in the eighties I seem to remember, which resulted in TDW setting up Club Dutton as a factory sanctioned club but IIRC Club Dutton folded not long after Dutton closed. Former Mem sec Amber did an interview with TDW for the (I think) 25years of the DOC but he always seems to have blown hot and cold with Dutton owners sometimes seeming very genial and at other times quite disparaging.

Comment by Daryl Heasman on May 9, 2017 at 18:36

Thought it was the Dutton Owners Club he was upset with  not the car owners themselves

Comment by Adrian Southgate on May 9, 2017 at 17:16

You may get a reply from Tim, he's been a little more relaxed with the sports car owners recently. Never hurts to try.

Comment by Steve Kerswell on May 9, 2017 at 13:41

I remember collecting a friends Sierra. I had an hiab on the truck, spent the morning helping to load others with Sierra's and the odd Phaeton, it was collection day on a Saturday, Then had to pop across to Jago's to collect a T bucket for another mate. Well spotted Ade with the old E type.

Comment by John Tighe on May 9, 2017 at 12:48

Interesting theory I knew the bulge was E Type but it never occurred to me that it could have been from that car, I have just sent Tim Dutton a picture of my original bill the old factory shot and the car today, I wonder if i will get a reply?

Comment by Adrian Southgate on May 9, 2017 at 12:21

That must be the E type he made the bonnet bulge mould from sitting in the background. 

You'd have thought standing them on an empty pallet would have been  an idea.

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