This morning I have received some surprising news from Colin Thorne concerning the former First Eastern Counties Olympian 34110 (W437CWX) in that he has decided to withdraw from the project.
It was thought that with the impending uncertainty with the Great Yeldham site would mean the need for legal tyres on 34110 to take it on the road to another site. However. he is frustrated by having the other vehicle off the road so he will be replacing 34110s tyres with illegal ones again
He considers that realistically 34110 does need a massive amount of work with the corrosion bad enough to justify scrapping. As mentioned on the blog previously, there's holes in the chassis over the rear axle which weren't seen until the wheels were removed. That's without a lot of mechanical work required too including brakes and airbags He says if it wasn't for it being the last UK Olympian he would simply walk away and scrap it!
Scrapping is an absolute final resort option though as it has been advertised on the preserved owners group on Facebook. He is currently not in a rush to make that decision so there is some breathing time yet
If there is anyone or group wishing to take this project forward please do not hesitate to contact Colin via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
My thanks to Colin Thorne for contacting me regarding the sad news and I just hope someone else with a lot of enthusiasm and money (!!) takes it on