On behalf of the UK Tiger community and the Rootes Archives Centre Trust I would like to put on record our grateful thanks to Buck Trippel, Tom Hall, Darrell Mountjoy, Patrick King and Bill Rogers of the C.A.T and S.T.O.A clubs for coming over here and working tirelessly at the Rootes Archive Centre for 5 days at the engineering drawings conservation "coal face". This was around 20/10/2012.
Also to convey our gratitude for their generous donation of a large scale flat bed scanner that is capable of scanning the very large drawings (12' x3'). Digital preservation has taken a great leap forward.
We all of us have to thank two Trustees of the Archive - James Spencer and Matt Ollman for the tremendous efforts they made in re-housing the Collection (first handed over by Peugeot PSA Ltd. 8 years ago) at the new Banbury Centre and smoothing the way for the US Team visit.
Earlier research work by a couple of members of STOC revealing around 1500 Tiger engineering drawings and microfiches and Matt's Alpine work (2000) was considerably added to by the Team effort and a whole lot of sorting and re-filing was invaluable. It will take a few weeks to sort out the latest discoveries but the cache of drawings for the Alpine and Tiger must now be in excess of 4,500. A massive catalogue of the design and build of the two marques in the making!
For photos of the event see http://tardis.dl.ac.uk/ARCC/Press/tiger_hunt.20.10.12.html.
To date, I'd hazard some 2,000 Tiger drawings have been located of which 80% are in a microfiche format. There's a whole lot more research to do on the Tiger at the Banbury location of the Rootes Archive Centre and I'd welcome a couple volunteers to give me a hand putting this record onto the pedestal it deserves!
Only one of the Rootes marques has been cataloged completely (The Imp, by Bob Allan, Kimberley Benoy and James Spencer); it would be great to make the Tiger and the Alpine next in line.
Full report in ``Cats Whiskers'' issue 89.