Guernsey Post & Go Stamps 2019: 50th Anniversary of the Guernsey Old Car Club

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13 February 2019
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Guernsey Stamps marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Guernsey Old Car Club with the release of a set of Post & Go stamps, launched at the Spring 2019 edition of Stampex. 

The Post & Go strip features six values, starting with an 1898 Delahaye Type 2 Limousine (GY Letter). Emile Delahaye produced several models of cars and commercial vehicles, including the car shown on the stamp, one of just a few surviving Victorian limousines. Next is a 1911 Delage Type X Coupe de l’ Auto (on the GY Large), that won the 1911 Grand Prix de Voitures Légeres at Bois de Boulogne.

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The UK Letter value shows a 1936 Riley Kestrel, one of a large number of various specifications from the Riley factory. The other UK value (Large) has a 1952 Bentley Mk VI, the first Bentley to be produced with a standard factory-built body. 

A 1955 Triumph TR3 (Eur Letter) and a 1966 Morris Minor 1000 Estate (Rest of World Letter) take centre stage on the final two stamps. 

Bridget Yabsley, head of philatelic at Guernsey Post, explained the history of Guernsey Car Club and its popularity on the island: ‘In 1969 car enthusiast Geoffrey Sandwith moved to Guernsey with his family, initially bringing four of the cars from his large collection in England - an Austin Nippy, two Bentleys and a Lea Francis.

‘There was a good deal of interest in Mr. Sandwith’s cars and, following the suggestion for the formation of a car club in the local media, Guernsey Old Car Club was born. Today, the Club is a vibrant organisation offering a wide variety of social events, including biennial excursions to France or to Jersey.’

The stamps will vend from Guernsey’s GGO1 Post & Go machine at the spring edition of Stampex in London (13 to 16 February) and the GG02 machine at Envoy House. 

The Presentation Pack and First Day Cover will be available at the philatelic bureau’s exhibition stand 78 and at: www.guernseystamps.com 

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