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My Olympic Obsession and Restoration

 
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Anders Bilidt
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:13 pm    Post subject: My Olympic Obsession and Restoration Reply with quote

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

I should probably introduce myself first as I'm new to this forum...

My name is Anders Bilidt, I'm 42 years of age, married and father of two lovely daughters. I'm also a Dane who is living in the UK as my work as a commercial pilot brought us here. For the past three years we've lived in the north-western corner of the Peak District which we thoroughly enjoy.

Furthermore, I'm a diehard classic car enthusiast. Any classic car makes me smile, though I've always had a profound interest in BMW 02's of the late sixties and early seventies. But I'm by no means a one-brand-kinda-guy, and I've owned plenty of other fun classics.

Back in 2001 I saw a Rochdale Olympic in the flesh for the first time while visiting the NEC Classic Car Show, and it was love at first sight. I'm not sure I entirely believed I would ever get to own one myself, but I certainly never forgot it. Btw. I also co-own and run a web-based classic car magazine called ViaRETRO. The first time I confessed to my feelings for the Olympic was as part of this article about British specialist sports cars:

http://www.viaretro.com/2018/01/specialist-sports-cars-at-their-prettiest/
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Things progressed which in turn led to this next article about my obsession:

http://www.viaretro.com/2018/03/acquisition-through-compulsive-self-justification/
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And then I happened to bump into Keith Hamer during the Manchester Classic Car Show 2016. This is when everything took a sudden turn. Suddenly, actually becoming a Rochdale owner seemed achievable. I got all excited and then this happened back in April of this year:

http://www.viaretro.com/2018/04/my-rochdale-olympic-project/

So I'm now the thrilled owner of a 1963 Rochdale Olympic Phase 1. After purchasing the car, it stayed at Keith's as he is restoring at the very least the body shell and the suspension components for me.

I obviously have the expertise of Keith at hand, but I'm sure as the project progresses, I'll no doubt also be asking plenty of questions in here on the forum. I hope you'll all put up with me... Wink

Stay tuned for more!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:32 am    Post subject: olympic Reply with quote

Hello Anders and welcome to the forum.
Please post all you want, the forum could do with it.
Where do you fly from? and what aircraft?
I took the liberty of doing a google search on your name when it popped up as the latest member and found your online magazine. Very interesting and a good read. I look forward to your future posts here and more of your Magazine.
Regards, Dave
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Dave and thank you. Wink

I'm based out of Manchester - hence why we now live in the north-western corner of the Peak District with the Snake Pass virtually on our door step.
I currently fly the A330 - so all long-haul stuff.

I'm glad you found ViaRETRO. Even more so that you think it's a good read.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

We've just published an update on my Olympic on ViaRETRO today.
Keith has made good progress with the shell:

http://www.viaretro.com/2018/10/my-rochdale-project-monocoque/

Won't be that long now before she's sporting a shiny coat of fresh paint. That's always such a distinct turning point in any restoration process... Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:44 pm    Post subject: olympic Reply with quote

Anders, What colour have you decided to paint your car?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Dave,

I'll be attempting to resurrect the little olympic to a spec very close to how it was first born. So it'll be painted a light pale blue.
Rear wheel arches will be left stock and uncut, and I even intend to run steel wheels on it.
A few minor and perfectly period modifications might work there way into the Olympic, but on the whole it should present very authentic...
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm trying to establish a more complete history of my Olympic with reg number 926 FWR. I was hoping that someone in here might be able to help? Thus far - thanks to Tony Stanton and Keith Hamer - I know the following.

1st owner. William Tolhurst. First registration in Yorkshire in September 1963.
2nd owner. John Garforth. Took over the Olympic in 1978. Kept it on the road until around 2008 when it was parked up requiring work.
3rd owner. Keith Hamer. Bought it in June 2015 from the second owner when he fell ill.
4th owner. myself. Bought it from Keith in March 2018.

Does anyone have more information about the cars previous history. Anything, even the smallest little detail, is of interest to me...
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