- The JBA Owners Club was formed in February by Geoff
Payne. Geoff is now an Honorary member and holder of the M.B.E.
He obtained a list of owners from JBA Engineering Ltd., wrote
to them all, organized a meeting in Manchester and a Committee
was formed. Those elected were Geoff as Chairman. Don Humphries
as Secretary. Doris Watson as Treasurer. John Beattie as Technical
Editor. Albert Chandler as Newsletter Editor. (now called
Magazine Editor) and Frank Carter as Social Secretary. With
elections of the Committee the club came into being. Representatives
were appointed throughout the UK. The Officials and Reps.
stand for election once a year at the A.G.M. duties are carried
out on a voluntary unpaid basis. The A.G.M. in the early days
was held at various venues around Standish, Wigan after The
JBA Open Day every April.
- However, between 1987 and 1991 no other members applied
for any posts and at the A.G.M. in 1991. Geoff made it plain
that the club would benefit from a change of Committee and that
the present officials would terminate their posts at the next
- Geoff's wish was realised and 1992 saw a change of Committee.
Geoff was succeeded by Alan Naughton as Chairman. Frank Carter
moved into the Secretaries position and his wife Sue took
over his old job as Social Secretary. This was the first husband
and wife team in the club. Lol Lennox took over as Editor.
Phil Schofield became Treasurer. A new post was created as
Liaison officer taken up by Jack Vincent, as he lived close
to JBA. This was to liaise with JBA Engineering Ltd. and try
to resolve any problems or complaints from members. However
this post was dissolved in 1996 as Jack hadn't received one
complaint or problem to deal with.
- Les Fragle took on the post as Secretary and Jill Fragle
was nominated Social Secretary another husband and wife duo.
Norman Raw became Treasurer. A new post as Vice Chairman was
created to help spread the load of the Chairman's duties.
Phil Hellon was nominated and accepted the post.
- The venue for this years A.G.M. was changed to the The
Kit Car Show, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire. Where it has stayed
to the present time. John Dunbar accepted the post of Chairman.
A new post of Marketing Officer was introduced to deal with
all the club merchandise and Sue Regan was appointed.
- Retiring from their posts this year Phil Hellon, Jill
Fragle and Sue Reagan. Bob Reynolds took over the position
of Vice Chairman. Ron Swift succeeded to the post of Social
Secretary and Glenis Swift to Marketing Officer. These husband
and wife teams are popular with the members. A new post was
created as Advertising Officer to help bring revenue to the
club. There were no takers for this role at the meeting. However
Ann Henstock agreed to take on this post later.
- The Chairman's post became vacant and Pete Henstock
was nominated. Pete has been a regular contributor to the
Club Magazine since the Eighties. This brings us to the Club
Magazine Editors. The Magazine was started by Albert Chandler,
followed by Lol Lennox, who introduced colour to the magazine.
- Lol Lennox decided to stand down and was awarded Honorary
membership of the club for his sterling work. He is the second
person to achieve this accolade. The first being our founder
member Geoff Payne. The magazine since then, is now in the
hands of Brian Jones, who does the magazine on his computer,
before sending it to the printers. Brian did have a go at
the printing last year, but it was too much for one person.
- Norman Raw the treasurer decided to stand down at the
end of the year. Norman has served in this post from 1992. During
the year he liaised with Mrs Val Hays who would take on the
post from 01-01-2001.
- Brian Jones stood down as Magazine editor and the position
was filled by Darren Bovis-Coulter the webmaster for the club.
Glenis Swift stood down as Marketing Officer and this position
was later filled by Lesley Newman. Shortly after the Stoneleigh
show Ron Swift resigned from his position as Social Secretary
and this position remains vacant.
- At the AGM Val Hays stood down as Treasurer and no one
offered to take up this very essential post, after a long
silence Donald Collier offered his services and liaised with
Val over the next few months and took over officially on the
1st. August. The Social Secretary's position was deleted as
Area representatives were handling local events with the main
kit car shows booked by the Club Secretary. In July the magazine
editor Darren announced that he was standing down due to pressure
of work. Robbie Gibson took over as editor with help from
Darren and Lol Lennox.
- On line in March the club had started this new web site,
as Darren was unable to devote the time, due to pressure of
work to maintain the previous web site. This totally new site
was built by Robbie Gibson and contains a large number of
pages from his own JBA Falcon web site. At the AGM Lesley
stood down as Marketing Officer and the position was taken
over by her husband Wayne Newman who would continue in this
post for one year. Therefore the club would like to hear from
any members wishing to take on this essential post to contact
the Committee before the next A.G.M. which is on Sunday 30th
- This years AGM saw our Bob Reynolds giving up his position
as Vice Chairman. No one volunteered to take on this post
and it remains open. Wayne Newman stood down as Marketing
Officer as mentioned last year and the position was filled
by Peter Standing. Of the two vacant Area Representative posts
the South West was filled by Gavin Dimmick with Northern Ireland
remaining vacant. A rescue deal to save the JBA Factory was
put forward by a Mr Ethan Taylor who asked to attend the meeting.
The Officers of the Club made it clear that the JBAOC would
not provide any financial support to this venture after receiving
- Only one change at the A.G.M. at Stoneleigh this year,
the South East representatives position has become vacant,
no one offered to take up this position at the meeting. Our
Secretary also announced that he will be standing down next
- Les Fragle our Secretary for the last 14 years stood
down this year and the position was taken up by Peter Standing
who is also in charge of the Club shop since 2006.
- After twelve years service as Chairman, Pete Henstock
stood down at the AGM even although he had previously announced
he was standing down. None of the members expressed an interest
in taking up this position at the meeting and the position
would remain unfilled. However our South West representative
Gavin Dimmick stood up and offered to take up the post and
was dually nominated. The position of Advertising officer
became vacant as Ann Henstock was also standing down, once
again no takers and Donald Collier our Treasurer rose to the
challenge and took on the position.
- Three new Representatives appointed at the meeting Chris
Jowett took over North East area from Keith and Val Hays and
Sharon Robert filled the vacant South Wales area. Keith Frost
filled the vacant South East area. North Wales has become
vacant as Trevor Brown stood down due to ill health. Northern
Ireland is still vacant.
- Following a suggestion by the Chairman, the members
voted to split the posts of Website and Magazine Editor into
two posts. George Hunt was elected to the post of Magazine
Editor and Robbie Gibson to remain as Website Editor. A new
post of Liason Officer was created to act as a bridge between
JBA Motors and the Club. Chris Jones was elected to this post.