Jottings 2011



December 2011


I now have information regarding the 38th International Borgward Meeting. It will take place in Annaberg-Buchholz about 30 Km below Chemnitz close to the Czech border.

The dates are 31 August to 2nd September 2012 We will probably set off on 29th of August and return on the 4th September, stopping over night in say Andernach.

More information when available.

John Wallis


Ian Cave has bought 2 Lloyd Alexanders this year for restoration one is in Germany and one in the U.K.

More information in Members Restorations

John and Beverly Wallis's Coupé and Ian Cave's TS Christmas 1984

KD sheets page link click here

If any body has any KD Sheets please get in touch so they can be included in the new page.

John Wallis

Robert Steen has sent a catalog showing many Isabella parts. 90% are available ex stock with more added all the time. Prices are listed but can change and are thus given as a guide so get in touch for final price, shipping etc. Rob takes PayPal and can deliver anywhere in the world.

Rob is also setting up an International English Borgward website I will provide a link here soon.

Currant catalog pdf here

Nick Driscoll has had a camshaft timing gear failure that has caused major problems.

Click here for Nick Driscolls member's restoration link.

November 2011

Mike Geayley has been in touch with a picture of his Coupé.
"Greeting from Christchurch, New Zealand - it has been a while and much has happened. As you will know the city has been shaken and definitely stirred by many earthquakes but fortunately we have been spared too much damage and I have been able to get on with restoration of the coupe. Have completed a motor recondition and refurbishment under bonnet and rust removed from front guards"

Mike Geayley Engine Compartment.

Dear Norman and friends,
I thought you might be interested in the attached picture, sent by a friend of mine in Los Angeles. We visited California earlier this year and stayed in the town of San Louis Obispo, between LA and San Francisco with our friend from LA. Since then he discovered this photo of a car dealership in San Louis Obispo, specialising in imported cars, principally Borgwards. He tells me the large American cars in the 'used car lot' are '57 models, so that dates our picture accordingly.

Kind regards, Tony Stokoe

Norman had 2 cars at the N.E.C. Classic Motor Show this year and they created a lot of interest.

Norman's Coupé was a Classic Car Weekly Favorite chosen by Dave Richards in the Wednesday 16th November issue.

Norman's Isabella saloon also is in the Full Report section with another picture.

August 2011

Korbach 37th International Borgward Meeting more pictures soon.


Bosman Classics have a new comprehensive website selling Borgward parts online well worth a look.

July 2011

Ian Davidson's Coupé has won best in show at the Clandon Classic Car Show on Sunday 17th out of about 200 cars

Neil Watson has sent some pictures of his 1959 Saloon TS restoration.

The left is from the 1970s the right today. More details here

June 2011

Gavin wins class at Silverstone HRDC Touring Greats. more information

Hi all Borgward lovers,

If you follow this link you will have over 200 pictures from the Swedish Borgward meeting in Trosa and the visit to Sparreholm Castel and car museum. All pictures are taken by Niklas Källbom

Best Borgward regards from Lars Källbom


May 2011

Gavin Watson at Mallory Park

Gavin Watson has just returned from Mallory Park After competing in the Motors TV Championship Car Race It was very wet but the car won 1st in Class and 9th out of 24 overall, a brilliant race that can be seen on Sky LIVE MOTORS TV RACE DAY MALLORY PARK download times here

Borgward After the race.

More information photos, Video and links on Gavin Watson Racing page.

I have listed the other races Gavin will be competing in this year on the Events page.

Nick Waite takes possession of his Coupé from Matt Byrne, Cork

"As a new member to the club I thought you might like to see a picture of the 1960 coupé I have just collected. I bought the car sight unseen on Ebay some weeks ago & finally made the trip from Kent to Cork at the weekend to collect it. In the picture is Matt Byrne – the previous owner, & myself – I’m the younger looking one!

It’s been off the road since the early 80s but has been stored in a garage. The floor needs replacing & there are a multitude of small areas of rust around the car. Having said that I have tackled much worse projects in the past & although I have a Mk1 Cortina to complete before starting on the Coupe I intend to have it done for next Spring/Summer & then to use it on a daily basis. The previous owner had owned the car since 1975 & having changed the colour from blue to cream then used it for some years, I gather he was a member of the club – there’s a club sticker in the windscreen so maybe some of the more long standing members will remember it being on the road!

I did also get quite a few spares with the car which I will be keeping hold of while I establish what I need to complete the restoration, once I know exactly what I need but they include an engine, gearbox, front sub frame with hubs, rear axle, dash board with instruments (not clock) and various of the wooden window trims, all in need of restoration. Any members who need any parts desperately are welcome to contact me if they are interested in anything.

My immediate priority s to get the engine running properly (allegedly it does start but I haven’t heard it yet!) and get the clutch functioning so that I can at least move it in & out olf the garage.

I look forward to meeting other members once I’m up & running!"

Nick Waite
Managing Director


April 2011

Techno-Classic Eessen had over 178,000 visitors this year and the Borgward Club Eessen stand in Hall 2 had a depiction of the Bremen Drawing office.

Borgward RS 1500 prototype chassis with pictures on the wall above showing development and racing.

This is the last Isabella Coupé shell to be produced in Bremen and has been in storage since 1962. The shell was cleaned and sprayed for Essen.


The shell has one very interesting feature, a facility for the installation of a split prop shaft

How the centre was supported is not known but the rubber mounting may have simply been pushed along the tube, the access hole being used for greasing.


Birgit Kasper explaining the virtues of owning a Borgward.

A Borgward 4M 1.5 II engine in the foreground.

"Outside" the Bermen drawing office a 1956 saloon, 1958 Coupé and a 1961 P100 Big 6.

Borgward International website


Lloyd-Friends had a selection of cars and engines on display

Lloyd Alexander TS

Rotating Alexander shell.

Lloyd-Friends website

There were many Borgward group cars for sale in and around the exhibition centre and a large parts selection in the autojumble.

March 2011

Graham Mander's Isabella Deutsch Cabriolet is back from the paint and trim shop and should be running this summer


The Center TV Bremen has made a film about Borgward, it includes an interview with Monica and Eric Borgward. Richard Senftleben of Risevideo has his own contributions included showing Bremen meeting.

The film can be seen on Risevideo's website


February 2011


Robert Richmond Jones has sent me a link to the "Internet Movie Cars Database"

This shows the films Borgwards have been in well worth a look.


Alternative parts, 12 volt conversion and colour charts has been added in the Technical information section.

A new page on books and more racing history has been added.

January 2011

Richard Bulless has just bought Brian Berry's Coupé. This car registration no.50 AMJ was used in the May 1960 Autocar road test.

Copies of this and other Borgward road tests are available from good book shops ISBN 1-85520-493-2

Please see the Book page for more information.