Funny Story.. :lol:...You sure it wasnt ken that Crept in there, Steve hes small enough you know.......:D
Great pics, too, ant it funny how we were all there at one point in time a..:tup:
Could have been this Guy.:incheek:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dt49wJYWTM
Some of the many memories......
I went to Woolhouse's in the early sixties with my step brother, he bought a damaged near new Pontiac Laurentian. They promised a replacement wing from Frankfurt, it never came! We took the old wing off to do the initial straightening, it seemed like it was made of 10 gauge.
I had been driving my '57 Plymouth without reverse for weeks waiting for a promised box from Barnsley. This was my only car, I even towed my Stock Car with it so it was a little inconvenient.
We heard about Yaxham and a couple of mates went with me (it was always a popular outing to a Yank Scrapyard) to pick up the Gearbox. There was, if I remember correctly an Army Surplus type shop on the way out of East Dereham to Yaxham, it was raining hard so we all bought US Airforce 'Slickers'
While I was getting the Box out of the Plymouth a spanner slipped and I punched myself in the face causing a nose bleed. I was amazed at the reaction from Mr Prior, he was very concerned, sit down have a cup of tea, what a difference.
When we left we were given a bag of Apples, almost a lesson in life, 45 years on and I still remember that kindness.
Thanks for the posts Bob, Steve and everyone. I have memories of Starmers of Bythorne and Hunts just down the road at Molesworth, and a Mr Hurst at Crudwell. I wish that I had been clever enough to take a camera.
Great photo,s the priors really were nice people,i went there twice in the mid eightys and filled my car with usefull parts.The old lady used to bring us apples and mugs of water while we were choping down the bushes to see what jems were hidden inside.I am not 100% sure but i believe the greeny/ blue 57 sport coupe could be mine.The story goes that it came out of there and was later sold to Steve Dan who sold it to me 1984,there could not have been that many sport coupes in there.
Another story i remember from yaxham was hacksaw jimmy skeggs buying a convertable hood frame to go on the ex charlie potter sport coupe!
Anyone remember an old guy called Don near leyton buzzard,lived in a shack on the side of the road ,had some old studes in a barn and some later yanks dotted around his yard.he sold me the small block thats still in my car today £50 and still runs fine.
Epic photos Bob & Steve and great stories from all :tup:
Do you think it's a case of the servicemen couldn't be bothered to ship the cars home and just left them there , nothing particularly wrong with any of 'em ? .
What were the earliest cars in there ? , late 40's early 50's ?
Remember we went to Woolhouse's when we went to the Sheffield show ?
We were told by Priors that most cars were driven in and left, keys in the ignition. Amazingly the old boy could remember a lot of them arriving and elaborate. Nobody wanted them in the sixties.
Mate of mine was friends with a US naval guy in Ruislip. He was going back and had a Chevelle to get rid of. They were only allowed to sell to trade. My mate smashed the screen and then registered his grandmothers house in Wales as a breakers. Job done. One very nice Chevelle for £100. Years later I saw the car and said to the then owner that my mate in Harrow was the first UK owner. 'No mate, it came in through Wales' was his reply!
I bought a Roadrunner from a returning serviceman but that was a little different...it was registered on British plates. Even so he could not sell it within two years of registration as I remember waiting for the expiry before putting it in my name.
I'd never heard the story of the 57 coming out of there...I'm amazed! Most stuff was rotten to the point of missing it's lower six inches.