Sid Armstrong's webpage

Sid Armstrong, a proud member of the Armstrong Siddeley Car Club of Australia

For those of you who do not yet know me, please let me introduce myself. I was born in November 1919 and immediately began a life-long association with Armstrong Siddeley Motors. After retiring in 1960 I've since happily passed my time reading some excellent books, and partaking in adventures in my beloved Armstrong Siddeley cars.

Check out my BLOG to see what I've been up to with other Club Members.

I picked up a copy of the new Armstrong Siddeley Book by Robert Penn Bradly while I was at the National Rally in Maitland. It's chock-full of information and I must admit that some of the facts and figures contained therein had somehow slipped completely out of my memory - thanks Penn for the "refresh" of my old grey matter!

I've heard that the first edition has almost already sold out so contact Penn for information on the second edition print-date.

I snapped the pictures above on my recent visit to Victoria. The elderly shiny engine belongs to (I think) an early 1920 30 HP Armstrong Siddeley. The letters AS can be seen towards the centre of the photo. The engine closer to final restoration clearly shows ARMSTRONG SIDDELEY on the Engine and is part of an excellent 1929 20 HP restoration well under way. A tear comes to my ancient eyes when dreaming of both these cars in their original glory. Will I live long enough to see them restored? The pictorial essay of a recently restored Hurricane elsewhere on this website shows just what's possible to achieve. What some other people choose to do with their Armstrong Siddeley has me in tears.


Two years ago this picture was passed onto me for identification of a car believed to be an Armstrong Siddeley. It's year and model were unknown. Because it was a side-on photo, only some characteristics show for identification. With Selwyn Allen's help and expertise the car was finally identified as a 14 hp tourer.

Although very similar bodies were also built in Brisbane around 1925, this particular body was most likely built in Melbourne. The "telltales" are the vertical scuttle vents (most British bodies had round vents), and the absolutely vertical windscreen. British windscreens usually had a slight rearward lean, or in some cases were V-shaped. Note that the upper section of the windscreen on the subject car has been opened rearward instead of forward. When closed in that configuration, rain would enter and run down the dashboard and over the front occupants.

Unfortunately after supplying the initial information back to the enquirer, no more was heard from them to allow the Club Historians to track the history of the car any further. Please email the Club Webmaster if YOU have any additional information about this particular car.


Our President recently received an email with a photo attached of a Star Sapphire. It is stored in a warehouse in France and "discovered" as part of an estate.

Sandy Cameron has suggested that the numberplate 501 XMV is of U.K. origin and a "Silver Peak" manufacture.

Please email the Club Webmaster if YOU have any additional information about this particular car.


Sandy Cameron received an email with a couple of photos attached of a 20HP of pre Second World War vintage and asked for my assistance to identify the model. With my memory not being what it once was I though I'd post the pictures here to see if anybody could assist with the identification.

Click on the panel opposite for a larger version of the photos

Please email the Club Webmaster if you have any clues as to what it might be.

Andrew Pennington's thoughts:
"The prewar car is almost certainly a crash box 18 hp or early 20 hp . The scuttle mounted tank places the car as being no later than circa 1928 me thinks !"
.......thanks Andrew

 


Don't forget to keep a lookout for Hurricane parts (or even a complete car) for sale that may belong to a stolen vehicle and beware of a scammer targeting people with cars and accessories that have been advertised for sale.

I've got my own Email address and I'd love you to send me some stories, photos and gossip.

Happy motoring!.