Subjects taken at St. Christopher's School, Letchworth, Hertforshire, England in 1963. Age: 11
Hi guid folks.
Our Reading University Whitenights Park caravan site, winter 1956.
Taking out the 6-cylinder 25Hp engine+clutch+gearbox from my 1935 grand big Wolseley Saloon car [ 1935–1937 Wolseley Super Six 25HP ] which Harry & I bought for £150 from a garage on the North Circular in October 1955.
The Clutch Plate failed when Margi and Christopher and I were once driving back to Reading from Liverpool crossing The Wrekin Hill (why on ever ?) in Shropshire (near to where great-great-grandad William Amson was born in 1821) and I had to nurse the car back at 20mph all the rest of the way home . . .
I actually managed to buy a new Clutch-Plate complete with 35 cork-discs ("we 'ave six of 'em left on the shelf sir") from Wolseley Cars https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolseley_Motors.
We rented scaffolding poles, and an endless chain pulley [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Differential_pulley ] to erect our own Crane+Shelter.
And also set-up our own out-doors heating Stove+pipe, raided from one of the old Huts between our caravan and where Tamsin's caravan 'CORPUSCLE' landed up.
Completely dismantled the whole engine-thing inside one of the huts and cleaned and rebuilt the whole engine plus new clutch and spare parts from a 2nd-hand car dealer the other side of Reading, and painted the lot green silver and orange as a work of art. Reassembled the entire car (but left the Engine Bonnet off for weeks just for the fun of seeing the new colourful glory all exposed to view ! Margi's engineer-brother John visited us from Yorkshire the very weekend we had finished the work, and he fine-tuned it and set the spark gaps etc., and the bloody thing fired up just fine on the sixth manual swing : bloody amazing !
This same Wolseley car, AAM975 once belonged to Sir Anthony Nutting (Minister for War, Suez Crisis and all that, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Nutting
Our old police bobby on the beat was chatting one day outside the caravan, and he said in his broad Zummerset accent : " AAM 975, naww, Oi remember thaaat car, he b'long'd to Sur Hantony Nuttin' he did".
Found some faded blueprints, faded, for a gun-sight, stamped SECRET, at the bottom of the leather pocket inside the driver's door.
It was also the car in which I taught Tam to drive with the old L plates up : with intriguing life-changing results.
She accidentally bounced off a bridge-side in St Austell, Cornwall, and the bumper fell off. So we immediately had it welded back on in a local garage, and as I was watching the electric welding, I suddenly made up my mind and decided that YES, I WOULD accept the job-offer to be a Mathematician at the British Welding Research Association [BWRA] , in Abington Hall, Cambridgeshire. And the rest is history.
One of the pics is of C and H inside one end of our "MODULOR' Caravan : brings back the old memories . . . Attic Boxes have their own delights & dangers !
The prints are beginning to fade, but I have the 35mm negs somewhere.
Much love, J xxxxx