Reading the August edition of New Zealand Classic Car magazine, and the Club Corner feature regarding the Daimler and Lanchester Owners Club, I was reminded of a time when it was ably run by Gordon Sommerville, assisted by his wife — and this brought back pleasant memories. Gordon never watched the TV, and club members could call him up before 9pm and discuss their problems on any day except for Christmas Day.
Then, reading about the restoration of the Daimler 2½-litre, in the same issue, brought back more memories of the time when I owned the Jaguar equivalent of the Daimler — the Mk2. With that in mind, I’d like to make a few comments regarding that nearimmaculate Daimler.
I don’t understand why the owner fitted oversize tyres to his car — the recommended size would be 185 by 15. These Daimlers — and the Jaguar Mk2 — became much heavier to steer when owners replaced the original cross-ply tyres with the