†††††††††††††††††† 10 Years On...
On 24th February 2003 I launched this website dedicated to the Leyland Princess. The inspiration came from Keith Adams Austin-Rover site and the fact there was a lack of proper information about the Princess available on the internet. Like Keithís Austin-Rover site, I built this as a source of information and wanted to encourage others to send in their contributions. I had absolutely no idea how to build a website; at that time Iíd only had a computer for about four months so it was all new to me.
Anyway, ignoring the advice from so-called IT experts who said I needed expensive software to build a website I chose one of the templates for web pages found in Microsoft Word and set about building my site. Luckily I had a lot of information about the Princess and Keith Adams was always willing to offer his words when I was in trouble. Plus, of course, I had lots of pictures I could use which are always handy when you are at a loss for words.
I decided simplicity is the key Ė all people want to see is reasonably large and clear pictures, easy to read and legible text and be able to navigate around the site easily. I didnít get it quite right first time (red and blue letters on a white background were a bit garish) but as I began to learn how the Internet worked it all started to come together.
But the main aim was to get the Princess on the classic car radar as the number of Wedges left on our roads had dwindled dramatically and even now itís in the lower hundreds
www.leylandprincess.co.uk has now reached its tenth birthday, has over 130 pages of information and has had a steady flow of around 100 hits per day. In January 2014 this website became a fee paying memberís club after 10 years of being funded by me.
And since the launch of this site new and exciting developments such as our Facebook page have made it even easier to communicate with likeminded fans of the Wedge around the world and, love it or loathe it, Facebook and web-based forums really are the future of Clubs like ours.
Over the last ten years the Princess has featured in many more classic magazines than previously and is starting to be generally recognised as a bona-fide classic car in its own right. And with a stand at the last two Classic Motor Showís held at the NEC each November we were greeted with overwhelming enthusiasm and picked up a few new Enthusiasts on the way.
In 2015 we will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Princess so thatís something to look forward to, plus we hope that more people will join us, whether itís on the forum or Facebook, and continue to make this a community to be proud to be part of.
I would like to thank everyone for their support over the last ten years however you got involved, whether it was contributing a picture to the site or bringing your car to a show, it is always remembered and always appreciated.