Tachoblog’s old mate (and by that we mean that we’ve known him for a long time – he’s not (that) old!) Guy Loveridge has just bought himself a 1958 GUY Vixen and he’s looking for some help.1958 GUY Vixen 427x284

Guy (that’s the man, not the truck!) is no stranger to classics, although up until now they’ve been a little smaller.

Those of you that like your classic cars might know him as the author of the very well received  ‘Mintex Man: Behind the Scenes of 1950′s and 60′s Motor Racing’.

Mintex Man

For his day job, he’s worked for Ferrari Dealerships and historic car auction houses like Sothebys, H&H and Coys. Currently Guy’s an Auctioneer, Automobilia Specialist & Auction Manager for Silverstone Auctions who are based at the iconic UK circuit.

Now click below for more and how you can help Guy’s GUY…

Guy’s love of classics goes beyond owning (he’s got a Austin Healey Sprite) and selling; he also races them too.  Here he is in Casino Square competing in the Monaco Historic Grand Prix in a 1948 Connaught which he also raced at  Goodwood in 2008 to celebrate the car’s 60th birthday.

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Anyway, that’s enough about Guy, you want to know about the GUY!

Guy told Tachoblog that, “this Guy, a 1958 Vixen was offered for sale at Bonhams Harrogate Auction in 2010.

“I went and viewed and wished that I could afford it, but lack of both funds and space put me off! (It was guided at £3 – 5k!)

“I was most put out to later read that it had sold for less than HALF this estimate!

“4 months pass and I phone a friend, Stuart Weir of Red Lable transport, to ask if he can move a racing car fro me. He says of course and we chat.

“Stuart says he hoped to see me more at Harrogate sale for a chat, but I went early. I tell him the tale of the Guy, and how annoyed I was at not getting it. Stuart asks if I’d still like a go as he was the buyer! I thought about it for 3 seconds and so, here we are!”

The Vixen’s life is quite well documented, for its first four years it transported cattle feed, covering a total of some 69,000 miles, before being purchased by the owner before Stuart Weir in 1964.

Used briefly and then put into storage, the vehicle has remained there for the past 46 years so will require re-commissioning before returning to the road.

Powered by a four-cylinder engine of 3,686cc, the Vixen is 18′ long, 6′ 10″ wide and has an unladen weight of 2tons, 8cwt, 56lbs (approximately 2,464kgs). An old-style logbook comes with it but as Guy says ‘ sadly, the Indian brave mascot is missing’.

Now that he’s got it, how can you help Guy?

Well, as you can imagine, restoring the GUY to its proper glory won’t be free or easy, so Guy’s looking for people who would be interested in sponsoring (or doing) the work.  He says that ‘it’s not a heavy job’.

In return sponsors will get regular coverage – not just on Tachoblog, but in a regular article that Guy will be providing to the UK Classic magazines – and will be able to use the finished truck for their own promotional and PR events.

He’s also thinking about writing a book about it too…

If one company are kind enough to take this on, Guy will let them repaint the GUY in a period version of their logo.

Finally, Guy says “I have ‘a lot of technical manuals etc for commercial vehicles, going back to the 1930′s.

“Not too noteworthy except they are all from the AA Technical Library and thus never been in a work shop, so are in almost as new condition.

“If anyone wants to support the restoration, they can donate £50 toward the costs, and in return choose which of the tomes they would like – obviously I will list them.”

Guy’s aiming to get the project started in May this year, with the target of The Historic Commercial Vehicle Societies London to Brighton Run in May 2012 the target for completion.

So, if you think you can help, then please contact Guy by emailing Tachoblog and we’ll put you in touch.

Rest assured that even if you can’t help, Tachoblog will be keeping you updated on progress.