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 - Gillian Creaser
Gillian’s husband Barny was already a LFOC member when they first met 15 years ago, using the 14hp Sports as their Wedding Car almost 11 years ago when they timed the occasion to coincide with the LeaF weekend. As well as enjoying driving in the LeaF they also enjoy their 1934 MG PA which they have just started using for Navigation Rallies with the VSCC. Says Gillian: “I really enjoy cars and motor racing of all types, and look forward to supporting this delightful club in a secretarial capacity - I have already discovered that technical discussions can be quite tricky to minute!”
Membership Secretary & Treasurer - Rod Holt
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.
LeaFlet Editor - Robin Sawers
In earlier years dared to own other makes but kept coming back to LeaFs, both vintage and post-war, from a 1926 J type to a 1949 14hp estate, all used as everyday transport. Returning to vintage L-F ownership in 1982, he found himself Secretary of the Club a year later, and has enjoyed watching the Club go from strength to strength and gaining so many friends world-wide.
Assistant LeaFlet Editor - Barny Creaser
Barny is well known in the LFOC with his 1948 14hp Sports, and has been a club member since May 1992. He now assists Robin Sawers with the production and editing of the club magazine.
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..
Registrar (pre-1937) - Colin Poynter
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.
Registrar (post-1937) - Chris Moseley
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
We have been without a specialist Librarian for several years, the material being split between the two Registrars, so we are very pleased that it can all be under one roof again. It is Sean’s laudable intention to scan all the material so it can be made available on disc (or printed out if required). He has had his first 14 saloon for many years, and more recently added a 14hp Sports to his stable.