Rootes Archive Centre
Devonshire House Newsletter.
Devonshire House Newsletter
Devonshire House (formerly entitled "New Devonshire House") is
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This page lists the issues so far produced and their featured
articles which give you an insight into the hitherto hidden Rootes
history preserved in the Archive.
- Spring 2006: Westcott News; Scorpion Imp; Rootes Cars on
Delivery -- the Early Years; My Beloved Hillman; Rootes' Roots in
Maidstone; Dealerships then and now.
- Winter 2006: Westcott News; Trust Finances; The Rootes Sign;
On the Road; Rootes Cars on Delivery 2; Ryton Closure marked by the
BBC; A Hillman Minx; Where the Modellers get their Ideas; Rootes'
Roots in Maidstone 2; Hillman Centenary; Dealerships then and
- Autumn 2007: Westcott News; Using the Drawings; Robson back
in print; Rootes Cars on Delivery 3; A last Look at the Stoke Plant;
The Hillman Centenary; a special Model; Where the Modellers get
their Ideas 2; Rootes' Roots in Maidstone 3; Dealerships then and
Who's Who at the Trust.
- Spring 2008: David Parrott; Westcott News; Trust Finances;
Did you see...? Rootes Cars on Delivery 4; Drive It! Day; From our
Friends; Where the Modellers get their Ideas 3; New in the Trust
Shop; Rootes' Roots in Maidstone 4; Dealerships then and now 4; From our
- Winter 2008: Westcott News; From our Friends 3-4; Trust
Finances; ARCC at Silverstone; Rootes Cars on Delivery 5; Out latest
Book, Rootes Maestros; Billy Rootes' Motor Cycling Exploits;
Where the Modellers get their Ideas 4; Farewell to the Stoke Factory;
Rootes' Roots in Maidstone 5.
- Summer 2009: Westcott News; From our Friends 5; Trust
Finances; Rootes' Origins commemorated officially; The changing Faces
of Dealerships; Rootes Cars on Delivery 6; NEC Show; From our Friends
6 - the Sunbeam Thirty; Billy Rootes' Motor Cycling Exploits 2;
Dealerships then and now 5.
- Spring 2011: Paul Burch, a tribute; From out Friends 7;
News from the Trust Shop; Rootes' Maidstone Showrooms to be
protected; Where the Modellers get their Ideas 5; Billy Rootes'
Motor Cycling Expoits 3; Dealerships then and now 6; The changing
Faces of Dealerships 2; Rootes' Roots in Maidstone 6; Appendix.
- Review of 2010: Who's Who; 2010 - what a year!; Billy
Rootes' Motor Cycling Exploits 4.
- Nov'2011 Bulletin 1st eNews: NEC Classic Car Show; Visiting and
Archiving; Oral History Project; Heritage Certificates
- Spring 2012: Who's Who; Recent Developments at Banbury;
Product Planners' Visit to the Archive Centre; News from the Trust
Shop; Billy Rootes' Motor Cycling Expoits 5; Cataloguing the
Archives; "Back to our Rootes" - ARCC's 2011 Rally in Kent;
Financial Report; Rootes Cars on Delivery 7; Rootes' Roots in
- Nov'2012 Bulletin 2nd eNews: Friends of the Archive; NEC
Classic Car Show; The Tiger Hunt; Oral History Project; Heritage
- Summer 2013: US Team Visit; Micro-fiche conservation;
Photographic negatives conservation; An appeal for information about
the Rootes Experimental Dept.; Imp 50th Anniversary; Glimpses of
"what might have been"; Sunbeam wing motifs; The Chrysler Pentastar;
Sunbeam land speed record 2010; Rootes Group suspension test rig;
Example images from the negatives archive.
- Mid-2015 eNews 3: Meet the Trustees; Building the Future;
our new Scanner has arrived.
- Autumn 2015 eNews 4: Meet the Trustees; Drive-It! Day
- Winter 2015 Issue 11: RACT Building Appeal; Meet the
Trustees; Model Drawings; Sunbeam Rapier at 60; RACT and the NEC
Classic Car Show; Prof. Tony Stevens, self design and build;
Negatives archive discoveries; Heritage donation by Bill Papworth
and Brian Massey; The Herbert Museum photographic digitisation
project; Don Tarbun and "Project 870"; The Paykan by Sharhin Armin;
Sir Stirling Moss, 1952.
- July 2016 eNews 5: Meet the Trustees; Building the Future;
Thanks to West Coast Sunbeam Tiger Clubs.
- October 2016 eNews 6:
The building fund update; British Motor Museum promotional events 2016.
- Winter 2016 eNews 7:
The Trust is purchasing its own Building; Commer Open Day; 2017 Open
Days; 2016 NEC Classic Motor Show; 1,000 "Likes" on FaceBook.
- Spring 2017 eNews 8:
Building go-ahead; Funding update; Donation and loan pledges;
Drive-It! Day 23rd April; Help flies in from the USA;
Archive open days; Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show.
- Autumn 2017 eNews 10:
We've only gone and done it!!!; Funding Update; The Move Weekend; Save
the Date - Sunday 22nd April 2018 - Grand Opening; STOC National; A
Visitor from Australia; FBHVC AGM; STAR visit.
- Winter 2017 eNews 11:
Season's Greetings; NEC Classic Car Show; FaceBook Ticket Winner;
Coventry City of Culture 2021; Practical Classics Classic Car and
Restoration Ship with Discovery, 23-25/3/2018.
- Winter 2017 Issue 12:
Rootes Heritage (RACT) at the NEC; Rootes Heritage Trustees'
Presentation to the FBHVC; Sunbeam rear wing badge drawing;
Classic Line Insurance; Rootes Competition Dept 70th Anniversary;
Andrew Cowan, London-Sydney Marathon winner; Warwick University, the
Lord Rootes Memorial Fund; Drive-It! Day 2017; The Pressed Steel
Company (PSC) and drawing codes; Charlie Ockels' visit to the new
Rootes Archives Building; The Arrow Range at 50.
Devonshire House Nos.1-9 were edited by Tim Sutton. The News
Bulletin was edited by Bob Allan and now by Andy Bye.
The Friends e-News is edited by Matt Ollman.