Guild of Automotive Restorers

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Country Road Run to Aurora/ Bradford


Highslide JS On the last Saturday in May, 15 members gathered on a quiet street in Markham for our trip to Diamond Trim in Aurora. Our ten car convoy kept together amongst light traffic and numerous bicycle riders including a whole pelaton at one time.

DIAMOND TRIM

Gary Nolan, our host at Diamond welcomed us into his shop with coffee and goodies. There were two Jags in the shop, an early, metallic blue, disc wheel XK120 and a red 1960 XK150, plus re-trimmed seats from a 1954 Mark 7 and a 1967 E type.
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THE GUILD VISIT

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The Guild is one of the top automotive restoration shops in North America, has been in business for over two decades and has complete metal fabrication, paint, mechanical and trim facilities in its own building and under its own control to ensure quality control.
Highslide JS Our host, project manager Paul Taylor, welcomed us into the showroom which is crammed with cars, auto memorabilia and other objects. The first section alone has a small wingless radial engined plane, a 1910 Locomobile plus another brass era car, a restored 1901 horse drawn carriage and a futuristic 3 wheeled dragster, originally powered by a 1,000 horsepower turbine engine.
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The highlight of the visit was the Bugatti Aerolithe project, a completely accurate recreation of the 1935 Aerolithe coupe, often called the Electron, as it was built of a lightweight magnesium alloy. The project has been underway for a number of years and substantial expenditures, and completion is expected this year with only the fabrication of the front wings, interior trim and final assembly and testing to be completed.
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The project uses an original chassis with matching transmission and rear end. The Guild gained permission from the Bugatti family for the recreation and the body was completed in-house and built to the exact standards and patterns of the original. The body recreates the original in using aircraft construction principles with multiple rivets which is safer than welding the combustible magnesium.
Highslide JS Following our impressive visit to the Guild, we had lunch at the nearby Riverview Inn.

Text © John Tysall
Photos © Raul Rincon & John Taglione
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July 11, 2012 by Webmaster