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Newford's History

John Horridge

John Horridge entered the obsolete Ford parts business by mistake. Already in the parts trade after a period with the family calico printing business, he bought a job-lot of Ford bits - 30 tons, no less from a Ford dealership. ModelT2 Then he discovered on delivery that they were non-current, so he decided to go into the obsolete Ford spares business. He was pleased anyway that they were Ford parts because he already considered that Fords were the best mass produced car on the market. Prior to all this, John had enjoyed a successful motor racing career, starting with a 2-litre GP Bugatti in 1952 and continuing the next season with a Rochdale 'Jehu' (see main photo), a car based on the I.5 litre Riley. e04E2.jpg John then progressed to a Lister Bristol (the sports racing car to have in those days) for 1954 and 1955 with success at Montlhery, Chaterhall and Oulton, after which he changed allegiance to Lotus. His best result was probably winning the 1100cc class in the 1959 1000 km race at the Nurburgring (especially as he discharged himself from hospital against doctor's orders after breaking his neck in an accident at Snetterton ten days earlier!). After retiring from the sport in 1960 he began a business manufacturing exhaust pipes for the racing trade. This progressed to the purchasing of a consignment of Ford parts and rest is history! cos3.jpg The business was registered as a company in March 1974 and it has continued to increase its stock since then. By the summer of 1977, Newford had grown to such an extent that we were having to store parts in a nearby field as we didn't have the space! In June 1978 we moved to an old cotton mill in Abbey Village, where we are today. Unfortunately, John died in March 1987, but the business is still run by his son Nick, who has continued to help customers find the parts that they can't find anywhere else. We now, currently, have over 10,000 square feet of new parts on the shelf and we are now starting to get to the stage that we were back in 1977!

 Some recent interesting news: My Fathers' 1954 Lister Bristol 'Ecurie Bulfrog', which was 'lost' for 40 years, recently appeared in a ladies garage in Oldham. It was sold at H&H Auctions in Buxton, Derbyshire for £129,000 in July 2008. It was bought by Stephen Bond who has restored it to it's present condition. It now makes appearances at all the best events such as the Goodwood Revival Meeting and the Silverstone Classic. Check out the before and after photographs below. It's a beautiful car!



My two classics, which I painfully restored: A 1964 Thames 7CWT Van which I bought in 1993, and a rare two tone 1961 Anglia Deluxe which I restored in 2013. The van was restored first in 1994 and a further three times up to 2001. I was never happy with the results (even though initially the jobs looked well). I then spent almost seven years trying to find someone who would restore the van properly (without the re-appearing bubbles). I eventually lost patience and attacked the appearing bubbles with a screwdriver (ensuring that something HAD to be done). It was at this point that I decided to do the job myself.... after all, if you want a job doing properly!! A friend of mine in the restoration trade (Heaton's Garage in Bamber Bridge, Preston), and also a good customer, tought me the basics of restoration and paint. With the use of their facilities, I set to work on the van and in 2009, I had a van that I was entirely happy with. As you can see, it still looks great after almost eight years!! When I bought the van back in 1993, I had a vision of restoring a saloon car...... and spent the best part of twenty years collecting parts for the restoration, even though I didn't own a project! In 2011, I managed to find a complete, unwelded shell through a friend of mine. Through my knowledge of paint and resto, I set to work in the spring of 2013 and this is the end result!


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