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Bristol Hercules engines being restored to ground running condition


Enthusiasts Patrick Smart and Peter Irving are restoring four Bristol Hercules engines to ground running condition for displays around the country.

They have already fully restored one engine – one of only handful of known working Bristol Hercules in the world – another is nearing completion and the other two should be completed within two years, provided the required parts are located following a world-wide search of aircraft museums and private collections.

Now Morris Lubricants, a leading oil blender and marketer based in Shrewsbury, has added its support to the restoration project by providing classic oil for the engines in return for having two stainless steel fuel tanks wrapped with the company’s blue and yellow brand.

Patrick and neighbour Peter bought the first of the engines three years ago. Patrick’s father, Alan, flew Halifax bombers from Lissett, Driffield and Pocklington airfields during World War Two, earning a Distinguished Flying Cross.

“We are a pair of petrolheads, really,” explained Patrick. “The reason I took the restoration on is my dad was a former pilot officer in the war flying with 158 and 640 Squadrons. He always praised the Bristol Hercules engines, as he said ‘they always got us home’. The aim is to get all four engines running together. What a sound that will be, we’ll almost have a full bomber.”

 Morris Lubricants is supplying 205 litres of its Golden Film SAE 50 Classic Motor Oil, a specialist range of high quality, low detergent/dispersant monograde lubricants, for the engines.

 Readers will be able to see the restored Bristol Hercules engine running at a series of events this year including the Vintage Gathering Northallerton on June 4, Bicester Flywheel Festival June 24 and 25, Blackbush Airfield 75th Anniversary  weekend July 1 and 2, Breighton Airfield Buckfest Weekend from July 14-16, Croft Nostalgia Weekend on August 5 and 6 and Ashott Airfield, Northumberland from August 18-20.

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