Open Day Celebrates All Things Classic

The Mayor of Dudley inspecting vintage motorcyclesStaff, customers and partners were all treated to a special celebration by a leading specialist insurance broker last week.

Footman James hosted an open day at its West Midlands headquarters, in Dudley, on Thursday 17 September.

The event celebrated its new offices, thanked staff for its continued growth as well as offering club members the chance to bring along their classics and network with Footman James employees and each other.

Special guests during the day also included the Mayor and Mayoress of Dudley, Steve and Jayne Waltho.

Clubs in attendance included The BSA Owners Club, members of The Mercedes Enthusiast Club, The Black Country Museum, The British Mini Club, The Black Country Car Club, The Morris Minor Owners Club and The Jaguar Enthusiasts Club. Also in attendance was The Black Country Museum, who brought along a number of vintage motorcycles to display.

Members of The British Mini Club brought along a number of much-loved classic Minis on the day including a Mini City, owned by David Hollis for 16 years with only 13,000 miles on the clock; a Mini Designer LE special edition designed by Mary Quant and proudly owned by Ruth Wyrley; and a top class concours winner and rare 1974 Innocenti Mini Cooper, designed with some Italian flair, belonging to Ruth Webb.

The Mayor of Dudley said : “The Mayoress and I were delighted to be invited to the Open Day and share the hospitality of Footman James with staff and customers alike. It was wonderful to see the display of vintage vehicles and great to see a modern thriving business moving into Dudley and celebrating by opening its doors to the local community.”

David Bond, Footman James’ Director said: “This was our first event in our new offices and it was a real success, offering a chance for our staff and customers to talk all things classic! It was wonderful to have so many of our clubs in attendance with a fantastic collection of bikes and cars to boot. 2015 has been a good year for us at Footman James – long may it continue!”