President - Barrie Price
Nobody knows more about Lea-Francis cars, their history, their design, and how to keep them going. Directly involved with the cars from the age of 15, he bought the assets of the car division in 1962, and since then has provided an excellent spares, repairs and restoration service, as well as producing a number of new cars of distinction. He has somehow found time to acquire great expertise on Bugatti and Jaguar as well, and ran a Rolls-Royce and Bentley service facility for 40 years.
A man of meticulous taste, he is still approachable and helpful to anyone experiencing problems with a Lea-Francis.
Chairman - Sarah Poynter
Sarah became LFOC Chairman in April 2015. Having been involved with Lea-Francis for more than 20 years, Sarah was at one time the Editor of the LeaFlet and actively promotes the marque, not least by competing as a navigator in VSCC rallies. While she awaits the completion of the rather protracted rebuild of her 1927 Avon bodies P Type tourer Sarah makes do driving the pre ‘37 Registrar’s S Type.
Vice-Chairman - Mike Neale
A retired solicitor, Mike came later to Lea-Francis, but has made up for lost time with great enthusiasm and now has three vintage examples, including a splendidly rebuilt Hyper with which he competes in hill climbs and sprints, and a P type for navigational rallies.
General Secretary - Steve Chittock
Steve is an enthusiastic, determined and talented Lea-Francis owner who has successfully taken on a wide variety of projects that others may have found rather overwhelming. He has owned Lea-Francis products from both the Lower Ford Street and Much Part Street factories and has an extensive knowledge of the marque.
The genial figure of Rod Holt, usually accompanied by his very effective 14hp special, has become a familiar sight in recent years at our meetings, and also as a hard-working marshal at vintage events. We can expect a friendly and relaxed, but highly efficient approach to membership and financial matters.
Jamie became Club Treasurer in October 2017.
Competition Secretary - Hugh Price
Re-elected in 2013, Hugh has already been Competition Secretary. The son of our President Barrie Price, he lives in the Cotswolds and is restoring a 14hp Sports.
Regalia Sales - Colin Daw
Colin joined in 1995 on purchasing his trusty 1928 P type, and has always tried to make himself useful. Colin handles sales of Club regalia, and has created some new lines.
Spares Secretary - Peter Baston
Peter has been Spares Secretary since 2005. Peter is a well known figure in the Club who has contributed so much, not only as Competition Secretary, but with help and advice for so many members, and as organiser of the NEC shows and the Jubilee events among others. His 14hp Sports is a superb restorations and probably the best sorted examples of the model, and he now has a Hyper as well. There are few people with the determination and skills Peter has to rebuild the car from the state it was in when he got it. He has done almost all the work himself and the end result is as close to a perfect restoration of a Hyper as can be seen.
Editor and Registrar (pre-1937 vehicles)
Son of former Chairman Keith, Colin raced a Hyper with much success until a serious accident damaged it, the same car in which he attended his first race meeting at the age of six months. Like his father, always drove the car to meetings. Growing up in a house with pictures and books on Lea-Francis everywhere, he was already knowledgeable at an early age, and study of the old records has deepened that knowledge since taking on the Register in 1989. He became Editor of the Club magazine, The LeaFlet, in 2017.
Registrar (post-1937 vehicles)
Arriving from his native Australia as an impecunious student in 1974, Chris bought his first Lea-Francis 14hp saloon and joined the Club. A great enthusiast for the post-war cars, he was the ideal person to take on the Register in 1989. He owns a 14hp four-light saloon (damaged in a fire) and also has the rare six-light version.
Librarian - Sean Davies
Sean is custodian of the Club’s growing archive of handbooks, sales catalogues, magazine road tests of Lea-Francis products from the period and a wide range of other documents. He has invested much time and effort to copy much of the documents relating to the vehicles built at the Much Park Street factory on to a DVD, which is available for purchase by Club members. His current project is the rather more challenging task of creating a similar DVD for the earlier Lea-Francis products built at Lower Ford Street. Sean owns two 14hp products from the Much Park Street factory, a 1948 sports and a 1952 saloon.
It was probably only a matter of time before Tom became involved with Lea Francis, since his Father and Uncle both own Lea Francis cars and have been involved with classic and vintage cars most of their lives. Tom has a Lea Francis 14hp Sports that he is restoring, and he hopes to have it on the road by summer 2019 (no pressure!).