|1971 and "Hercules" is having its first rebuild.|
For the recent work, the van was in the restorer's workshop for about 15 months, while they worked on it in their spare time - rolling new side panels, making new door sills & front wheel arches etc. It had numerous illustrious next-door neighbours during that time including a Ferrari worth about $300,000 , a beautiful Triumph TR2, a Porsch 356, and a vintage Rolls Royce. The restorers were very amused, ( & so were we ) because most people who visited the workshop ignored all the expensive metalwork at first and walked straight over to the J van to gaze in wonder and admiration
It's first big public appearance was a rally in January this year, and once again, the organisers placed it betwen two Rolls Royces !!
It's always extrordinary driving around, because the van gets so much attention, waves & smiles from other drivers, children pointing, etc - much more than any contemporary vehicle ever does.