THE FUTURE OF pasSPort
We have obtained an offer of corporate sponsorship to cover part of our costs in publishing and distributing pasSPort. This will hopefully enable it to continue in its present form for 2021 at least.
WELCOME TO THE WEBSITE OF THE DAIMLER SP250 OWNERS’ CLUB
The club operates on a subscription free basis and relies on the help and generosity of SP250 owners around the world.
The site is for all owners whether current, past or future, together with enthusiasts of the marque. The forum is a global platform allowing SP250 owners and fans to connect.
The purpose of the club is twofold:
1. To promote the SP250 by supplying information, mainly on the website, but also organising a presence where possible at various classic car shows around the world. There are several other SP250 clubs and groups around the world with whom we work.
2. Research, helping to provide a documented record of as many surviving SP250s as possible. We are in a position to help owners with informal queries on their cars, and sometimes the car’s history.
This leads us on to:
pasSPort which is a directory we publish every year. The 2019 edition contains the details of 923 SP250 cars located in 24 countries and it is FREE to entrants. For more information click on the pasSPort page
WE NOW HAVE THE FULL OR PARTIAL HISTORY OF 1709 CARS OF THE TOTAL OF 2656 BUILT.
We can increase this number with your help.
It is important to note that we are in association with the Daimler & Lanchester Owners’ Club (DLOC). At last count, it is estimated that approximately 350 DLOC members are SP250 owners and we have 700+ SP250 owners registered in pasSPort. We therefore urge SP250 owners to join the DLOC. For details click on the links page.
My father in the Dart in the 1960’s
My father, Michael Holdsworth acquired the car in around 1966, shortly before taking a job as a draughtsman at ‘Thomas Smiths and Sons’ of Coleshill, Warwickshire. Purchased from a chap who’d loaned it to a famous Birmingham City footballer (though the name is forgotten) it was missing a front bumper, and had just 250 miles on the rebuilt engine. Mike would have only been 20, and this was the perfect posing machine. Spending most of his spare time with his TA friends, tinkering with cars and bikes, he would have been showing the Dart off at every opportunity, including when he met and began dating a young lady called Margaret, who would be my mother. I know they enjoyed a few road trips, and we’ve all seen the cine footage of the car being driven on salty Brean Sands (you wouldn’t want to do that now).
Digitised Cine film of the Dart. This is my father aged 20 and my mother aged just 18. At one point my mum is driving. 1968-69
632 RPB today
Thanks to Stewart at THE DAIMLER SP250 OWNERS’ CLUB, we have found out that 632 RPB is alive and cherished, which has been a cause of excitement during the lockdown. It’s been fantastic to see recent photographs and to hear from Andrew Cowell, the current owner. We can’t wait to take a road trip up to Cheshire the next time Andrew shows off his beautiful Dart at a local show, to see ‘The Dart’ that was present at the start of my parents history some 50 years ago.