Norman Norrington in his Buckler in c1965
Photo of 99 NKN with me
driving it circa 1965. Sold it in 1966 but
can't remember to whom. It was bright blue with BRDC
stickers on the wings
suggesting it had been campaigned. No Hood and needed a
blanket round the
legs to stop the heat from the bulkhead!!
I purchased and sold it
in the Colchester area. As far as I can recall it had a
side valve engine with an Aquaplane head, double valve
springs and went like
stink and was bloody hot in the cockpit. I never raced
it, but was always
bemused that I could take it out in the pouring rain and
never get wet -
never did understand that, must have had superb
aerodynamics over the
cockpit.....ah those were the days, petrol 2/6 a gallon,
wipers. Since then have owned a Lambo Espada, Ferrari,
XKR, RR (3), Austin
A40 Sports, Jensen Intercepter (3) plus about two dozen
other minor and
major exotics, sadly in my dotage now drive a Range
Rover......but none made
me smile as broadly as driving 99NKN.
Norman Norrington 2006.
Where is she now?
Well believe it or not. I
received some correspondence from Canada
My father who was born in Essex England in
1945 had what he called a Ford Buckler
Special. He does not have any picture of
it, only memories. He described it to me as
a very low (didn’t use the doors to get in),
rounded body with a hump like a “D” type.
His father bought the car for him around the
mid sixties for 100 pounds. I would love to
find a pic of this or similar car. If you
can be of any help please e-mail me back.
Barrie Ontario Canada
thought the windshield was straight across (
but may be mistaken). It had 13” wheels in
the front and 15” rears. The motor was a
Ford side valve engine and there were no
proper seats, you sat on foam cushions that
were recessed into the floor.
Wow, as soon as I mentioned the name Norm
Norrington my father said that’s who they
bought it from. My grandfathers name was
Robert Osborn from Brightlingsea he passed
away 15 years ago. My father had the car
from 66 to 68 and what happened was the
brakes failed one day and he rear ended
another car. The car was dismantled and
they tried to repair the front end but
apparently was never the same. He
eventually sold it off but can not remember