Can you help Bryan put Betsey on the road?

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DOES anyone know the man who can put Betsey back on the road to raising money for guide dogs?

When Guide Dogs for the Blind fund-raiser Bryan Garnham’s beloved 1935 Morris Eight, called Betsey, suffered a cracked cylinder block on her way to be MoT tested, he thought he knew just the man to fix it.

So he had Betsey towed home then set about the difficult task of finding a replacement 1930s engine, finally tracing one to Surrey. But to his horror he then found he had lost the contact details for the mechanic who specialises in vintage Morris cars because he loves working on them.

Bryan, who lives in Great Barton, said: “I met him because he was driving past my place in his vintage car when he saw mine and stopped to talk.

“I’m hoping he, or someone who knows him, will see his picture and get in touch.”

The man was driving a wooden bodied racing special based on an Austin Seven chassis. It was common in the pre- and post-war years for young enthusiasts to replace more sedate saloon bodies, like Betsey’s, with lighter, more racy looking roadster shapes.

Over the past few years, Betsey has helped Bryan and his wife Melita raise money for guide dogs by doing weddings, proms and visiting local fetes. With her help, the charity’s Bury St Edmunds branch has raised £500,000 in 20 years.

If you can help Betsey, ring Bryan on 01284 787390.