Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Experts in the Care and Feeding of Your British Car

The South Alabama British Car Club is very fortunate to have two experts to help us look after our British cars. I am very pleased  to consider both of these gentlemen my friends.

Jean-Pierre Fontana
Jean-Pierre Fontana is a long time resident of Mobile where he is considered one of the most knowledgeable people in local automotive circles. Pierre works with classic cars of all types, European or American, classic, vintage or veteran Pierre has the ability to bring them back to rude health.

I've known Pierre since the mid 1970's when he got my brother out of a couple of mechanical jams with his '71 MGB (like the time he ran the diff dry and it locked up- but I didn't tell you that). In that time Pierre has been an indispensable source of information and advice for my MGB as well. Pierre writes a monthly column for the South Alabama British Car Club's NEWSLETTER. You can check out some his wit and wisdom here.

Mike Darby
The other expert is Mike Darby, the proprietor of Darby Classic Restoration in Silverhill, Alabama. Mike is known nationwide for his meticulous restorations of classic British cars. I am a frequent visitor to Mike's shop and I am constantly amazed at the variety of vehicles there in various stages of renovation.  Mike provides comprehensive services for British cars primarily, but he is also expert in other imported marques as well.

Since Mike's shop is close to my home, I almost always bring my cars there for help when I run out of mechanical talent (and it doesn't take me long to do that). He is incredibly patient and takes his time to actually explain the details of the malady as well as how an owner can prevent a re-occurrence of the of the problem. Mike is also a columnist for the SABCC NEWSLETTER and you can read his columns here.

Owning and driving a classic British car would be much more difficult without the help of these two great resources.

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