HOW YOU CAN HELP
Any contributions to the Rootes Archive Centre, big or small, will help it achieve its goal of owning a modern, fit-for-purpose building with space to expand if necessary.
It will have facilities for clubs to hold meetings and events, and most importantly a permanent safe and secure place for the archive. You can become a ‘friend’ to the centre from £15 a year, which gives free admission to events plus a regular magazine, and options to visit and browse/research.
However, the Trust is especially seeking contributions from individuals or companies of £500, either as a one-off, in five yearly installments of £100 or even a standing order of £1.93 per week. In addition to financial pledges, volunteers with relevant experience in marketing, property law or VAT are encouraged to join the dedicated sub-committee driving the project forward.
Money gathered so far has come from long-term RACT sponsor Stewart Miller and Peter James Insurance, while the Sunbeam Alpine Owners’ Club has donated £1500 and offered a loan of £10,000, while the Sunbeam Rapier Owners’ Club has also given £1500. ‘We’ve had a lot of support already from the clubs,’ says Matthew Ollman, who can be contacted for any enquiries or to discuss the programme.
RACT members with Rootes diesel engines chief engineer Don Kitchen (second right).