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#31 OFFLINE   Dead_E23

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 07:34 PM

It used to be a taxi garage, and iirc it closed sometime around 1999/2000. I used to work a couple of streets away, and we were sad about it going. Must say, they've made a nice job of renovating it! Much better than I feared.

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 09:51 PM

A few from my neck of the woods now, starting with the slightly less interesting ones, and all now gone unfortunately :cry:

This was Birchwood Garage in Beverley, pretty standard fare really:

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This one was the Austin Rover dealer for Beverley, Armstrong Massey which started off as two separate concerns Gordon Armstrong and Masseys. They came together and sold BMC and BL cars in a couple of locations then moved here in the mid-80s IIRC. I did my school work experience here in 1990 including a full engine rebuild on a Rover 800!
They closed as Rover steadily went down the drain.

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Crystal Ford were in the town centre in Beverley and this photo was taken just after they closed and was demolished for shops. You could just get 2 cars in the little showroom on the right and the middle was a big service area. I was always hanging around there as a kid trying to scrounge brochures and a look at the latest Orion or whatever!

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This is my favourite, the groovy Oxford Filling Station in Hull, now demolished though it really ought to have been listed I reckon. Note my ever so cool FB Victor 8)

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I dont no wot there worth tbh mate only wont it for pre 68 obvserly lol hav u got any pics plz mate

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Posted 07 July 2008 - 09:56 PM

Old thread alert! a delightful premises in Winkleigh, Devon. Love the 'Gulf' sign!
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#34 OFFLINE   MrRegieRitmo

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Posted 07 July 2008 - 10:37 PM

and when we look at this picture again in 15yrs time we might be interested in the cars too! :lol:

#35 OFFLINE   Dead_E23

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Posted 07 July 2008 - 11:00 PM

This is Bond's Garage in Barkway, Herts.

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Still plenty of old skool motor trade activity going on in the workshop as I took these pics - the air was fragrant with wag and I could hear somebody giving it large with a DA sander. :lol:

Detail of those 'Summit' pumps and the 305:

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 08:30 AM

just read a bit in our local about this place
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seems the old couple who owned it collected loads of vehicles but sadly none left on site now the last one was moved last week to be restored it was a 12 ton marshall steamroller reg pl 1564 the building was reputed to be an alladins cave of stuff from 1931 rolls royce phantom 1954 silver dawn and a mg pa sports car

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damn wish i,d of got there sooner would of made some good photos
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Posted 08 July 2008 - 07:06 PM

On the A13 the (undoubtably) soon to be gone Dagenham motors from a couple of weeks ago in a borrowed 7! Was there thursday (in a 5!) still the same, but for how much longer? Ford fans make your pilgrimage :lol: Sorry about the quality, daughter wiped the card the hi-res were on :(

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 07:24 PM

Andreew have you got the picture of the time warp BL dealer on the north circular. I hope he has gentleman it's a site to behold, a large showroom sporting a c reg mk2 Cavalier, an SD1, and 2 Rover XX and much more. The brochures racks were adornded with Princess and Maxi items as well!I SHIT you not. :D
All alone, shuffling around Gaydon, weeping bitter tears of regret at what might of been.

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 07:54 PM

Try this.. remember kids this is the Pharos tomb of ARG tat and a plauge will fall upon any souvineer hunters :)

These are mine...

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These are borrowed - thanks Glenn!

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And the Retro rides one here (the owners probally well known round here!)

http://retrorides.pr... ... read=16241

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 08:04 PM

Thank you Andrew and bugger me it wasn't a Cavalier it was Carlton! :lol:
All alone, shuffling around Gaydon, weeping bitter tears of regret at what might of been.

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 08:05 PM

We'll have to ask him nicely to shift a few and get the Princess on the forecourt - or in the showroom 8)

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 08:08 PM

Thank you Andrew and bugger me it wasn't a Cavalier it was Carlton! :lol:
All alone, shuffling around Gaydon, weeping bitter tears of regret at what might of been.

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 09:43 PM

Dagenham Motors place looks great, imagine the stuff that used to trundle out of there, presumably to a Ford-loyal local public.Wuvvum and I stopped off one evening and had a look through the window of the North Circular place, marvellous. I feel happy knowing it exists, proves there are some people out there doing there own thing, for whatever reason. Got to be an interesting story or two about it.Are the SD1, 800 etc out the back of it then?The brochures are VERY familiar to me, they're spoton from the era when I was cycling round the local dealerships and I had ones like that from our local Austin-Rover (or whatever) village garage, plus Jaguar/Daimler ones from my Grandad who was transport manager at Marconi's back then. Still got them...Noticed that in the middle of it there's a little shop unit, which seems equally out of time.

The home of one previous owner Japanese cars:

1973 Datsun 1200 B110 2dr; 1980 Laurel 2.4 C230; 1988 Sunny 1.6 LX N13
1992 Camry 2.2GL (definitely just for spares now); 1993 Camry Estate 2.2GL on the road again!!

And a couple of modern Toyotas


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Posted 08 July 2008 - 10:30 PM

I had been meaning to go round the back of the North Circular one but have forgotten. Amazing! On the way past tonight there was a mid eightes Japanese saloon (not a Bluebird but that kinda thing with £1000 across the screen right in the middle out front.I'd like to buy Dagenham motors and turn it into my house.That one in Herts looks pretty amazing too E23!

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 10:58 PM

Here's one I came across on my travels last week.

It's interesting in that BP haven't sold petrol in Ireland in God knows how long. This place has probably been there since we were part of the empire...

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I didn't have time to take a photo as I was driving past, so just as well I found one on Wikipedia.

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Posted 09 July 2008 - 05:52 AM

All round the back of the A406 - we spoke to the owner (who must have been in his 80's) who was not the old rotweiler you would expect. Inside there are some cracking displays, including a laminated sprint engine sign thats fantastic.

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Posted 09 July 2008 - 12:09 PM

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Is that a FIAT REGATA behind the white Carlton? :shock:

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Posted 09 July 2008 - 12:18 PM

Yes :shock: :shock:

The home of one previous owner Japanese cars:

1973 Datsun 1200 B110 2dr; 1980 Laurel 2.4 C230; 1988 Sunny 1.6 LX N13
1992 Camry 2.2GL (definitely just for spares now); 1993 Camry Estate 2.2GL on the road again!!

And a couple of modern Toyotas


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Posted 09 July 2008 - 01:00 PM

As I said chock full of SHITE! and have heard a rumour that the SD1 has been there over 5 years :shock: :lol:
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Posted 21 August 2008 - 08:36 PM

Not normally anything interesting parked outside this one but this AC was last week.

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This is difficult to photograph but its a great turreted development on the A4 near Heathrow. I presume all four corners of the junction had one of these buildings but it seems one must have been flattened in the '60's looking at the houses that are in its place. Might now all be listed as the other corner you can't see has been refurbished and is now part of a chain hotel. I'm guessing it must be 20's/30's pseudo alpine style.

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 09:18 PM

Can I sneak some french ones in?

This was cool enough to hold you wedding recption in!

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No Ford franchise attached?

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Lastly the superb bus garage (in-use) in Le Mans

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 09:33 PM

Fantastic! that beautiful art deco style 'Autocare' Garage would look perfect with a Chrysler airflow parked outside 8)
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Posted 21 August 2008 - 09:51 PM

That is a superb building!!

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 10:29 PM

That Autocare garage is fantastic 8) I think though a Voisin C28 Aerosport would set it off even better, and just look at those wipers 8) 8)

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 02:48 PM

Borrowed from a welsh friend, spotted in Y Drenewydd, Mid Wales.

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 08:20 PM

I've been there! /\ Got photos somewhere too!

I stumbled across this place yesterday. Still a functioning garage but closed for the bank holiday weekend.

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One lone car in the showroom.

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 08:58 PM

seems the old couple who owned it collected loads of vehicles but sadly none left on site now the last one was moved last week to be restored it was a 12 ton marshall steamroller reg pl 1564 the building was reputed to be an alladins cave of stuff from 1931 rolls royce phantom 1954 silver dawn and a mg pa sports car

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I remember this place. Am actually amazed it has not been demolished for some retirement flats like everything else down that way. I vaguely remember trying to get in there when i was a kid but to no avail.

If the stuff is being removed i hope it is not getting pulled down. A school friend lived in one of the houses directly across the road from it and from memory the people that lived nearby quite liked it as it was, well characterful.
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Posted 08 October 2008 - 07:59 PM

Been meaning to add this one, and as I was passing the 1930's built Clovelly Cross Garage in North Devon today......
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Posted 08 October 2008 - 08:06 PM

So glad to see places like this still exist 8)

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Posted 08 October 2008 - 10:24 PM

great pics guys more places to take pics off :wink:




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