TA­LENTED JEWELLER

New Zealand Classic Car - - Readers’ Writes - Kevin Ren­nie We agree, Kevin; the work­man­ship and at­ten­tion to de­tail are tes­ta­ment to Bruce’s skill and de­ter­mi­na­tion. AFW

Iwas very ex­cited to read Quin­ton Tay­lor’s ar­ti­cle The Jeweller’s Touch in the Septem­ber is­sue [No. 333]. My in­ter­est in the story is not just for the fan­tas­tic-look­ing and lov­ingly re­stored Lo­tus twin-cam Ford Es­cort — which in my eyes is a true clas­sic car — but also be­cause of the owner, Bruce Mayo.

Some­time in the late ’70s, I joined the Es­cort Car Club, of which Bruce and Pam were al­ready mem­bers. Early on, Bruce would turn up to club events in the fam­ily car — a white with yel­low stripe Mk1 Es­cort. He would com­pete against the best of them — some with cars in full rally trim — and blow our doors off! Grad­u­ally, over time, bit by bit, more ‘go fast’ bits were added, and then fi­nally a roll cage. Years later, when Bruce was ral­ly­ing his Mk2 two-litre BDA, in which he had some great re­sults, I crewed for him, and I have great mem­o­ries of the times we all shared as mem­bers of what was an awe­some lit­tle car club. It was nice to see that Bruce still has his en­thu­si­asm for the lit­tle clas­sic Es­cort, which has al­ways punched well above its weight. He is clearly still as fussy as he al­ways was, and should be very proud of what he has achieved. As a foot­note, Bruce is also a very ta­lented jeweller, as the rings on my wife’s fin­gers are still tes­ta­ment to some 35 years later.

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