In early September, FMM was pleased to spend some time with renowned UK classic car consultant Iain Tyrrell, who was on a short holiday to SA with his South African born girlfriend. Iain has a strong mechanical bent and has run his own Rolls-Royce and Bentley workshop, and is also recognised as a Ferrari specialist. Up until recently Iain operated as Cheshire Classic Cars but has now condensed his activities to private consultation apart from buying and selling classics and continues to do mechanical work from his 12000 sq ft workshop. Amongst his claims to fame, Iain was responsible for finding the Rolls-Royce Phantom III used by Churchill, Eisenhower and Montgomery when they were planning the WW2 D-Day landings. He also found the Lamborghini Miura that featured in the first Italian Job movie. Not only that, being a talented singer and musician, Iain also re-recorded the movie’s opening theme song originally sung by Matt Munro, the proceeds going to charity.
Iain was hugely impressed with the FMM collection and offered to help the museum in researching and authenticating vehicles whenever necessary. And yes, he is a distant relative of F1 legend Ken Tyrrell.