Austin Champ, RGX 955, 8535 (Jan. 2015)|
I have had this champ for nigh on 27 years and it was seriously refurbished a dozen or so years back
Reg no RGX 955 Veh No 85 BE 35.
In 2014 I was approached by Paul Valiadis, as a champ was needed for a TV filming .
All spruced up, we toddled off to Blockley for the filming of Father Brown (series 3 episode 4, Sign of the Sword).
The champ appeared in the last few minutes (41 minutes in) for the arrest of the 'baddie' and his being carted off by the Provost presumably for a dollop of porridge at Colchester Nicků
Filming is incredibly drawn out, but much standing in a local bus-stop out of the wind, led to a fun natter with Mark Williams of Harry Potter fame and the Fast Show "Ooh! Suit you sir!," 'I'll get me coat" and You aint seen me: right? as well as other members of the cast who seemed keen to know more about the Champ
No, Im afraid the Car was not the Star, only a few seconds of eventual screen time. The programme was screened on 08/01 /2015 and I believe is still viewable in BBC iplayer.
This is the info John Mastrangelo dug out for me which makes for a bit of a read:-
"ONE SMALL PLATE FROM AUSTIN FIXED BY TWO RIVETS STATING "PLEASE QUOTE
VEHICLE NUMBER" AND YOU HAVE WN1 8535.
THE LARGER MINISTRY OF SUPPLY PLATE SHOULD HELD BY FOUR RIVETS OR
SCREWS WITH CHASSIS NUMBER 8535 AND VEHICLE NUMBER 85 BE 35 ETC.
ENGINE 5469 IS A REPLACEMENT UNIT MANUFACTURED BY ROLLS ROYCE AND IS
NOT THE ORIGINAL FITED DURING MANUFACTURE. THE ORGINAL NUMBER IS NOT
RECORDED IN LEDGERS.
IF YOU HAVE THE REAL 8535 AND, IT SEEMS YOU MIGHT HAVE, THEN YOU HAVE A
UNIQUE CHAMP FROM CONTRACT 6/VEH/5531. ALL OTHER CHAMPS ENTERED
SERVICE BETWEEN 1952 AND 1956 EXCEPT FOR ONE, 8535.
CHASSIS WN1-8535, WAR OFFICE REGISTRATION 85 BE 35 ENTERED SERVICE ON 9
JAN 1957 HAVING COME FROM FVRDE USE UNDER ARMY FORM GENERAL 1033 ISSUE
& RECEIPT VOUCHER NUMBER FTM/R/5535/196 [FTM WAS 21st B VEHICLE DEPOT
FELTHAM IN MIDDLESEX] AND NO INFORMATION IS RECORDED IN LEDGERS AS TO
WHEN AND WHERE IT WAS STRUCK OFF CENSUS.
HOWEVER, IT MUST HAVE BEEN STRUCK OFF AT WD STORAGE & DISPOSAL DEPOT
RUDDINGTON IN NOTTINGHAMSHIRE IN 1966 AS IT WAS SOLD THROUGH THE 85th
RUDDINGTON SALE ON 9 AUG 1966 AS LOT 380C. ONE OF THREE CHAMPS IN LOT
380: A WAS 75 BE 67 AND B WAS 78 BE 68.
RGX 955: THIS WAS A NUMBER ALLOCATED TO VEHICLES USED BY GOVERNMENT
DEPARTMENTS SUCH AS FIGHTING VEHICLE RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
ESTABLISHMENT [FVRDE], MINISTRY OF SUPPLY [MOS] ETC... AND RGX 955 WAS
ALLOCATED TO CHASSIS WN1-15010 WITH ENGINE NUMBER 2601. HOWEVER, THIS
IS WHAT I WAS TOLD AND I HAVE NEVER THE EVIDENCE FOR THIS."
John says there were three Champs as one lot, this happened a few times and caught some people out. A buyer wanted a good Champ and went to a Ministry auction and bought a good one. When he went to pay for it the office staff said, "When are you collecting the other two?