Socram

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About Socram

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  • Birthday 02/26/1946

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    Classic cars, Traditional Jazz, Photography, Travel, Food

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  1. Socram

    Plains Road Primary

    Not sure who you are C22s Tailgate! Give us a clue! Andy Wood, along with John Williamson and myself were all three Queens Scouts through the 110th Mapperley Senior Scouts. Andy Wood was my age (24th March birthday as I recall!!!) and had an older brother, John and a younger brother and sister. Simon & Jane. Dad (Paul) had EMSEG signs - who at one stage were located above H Tempests, School Photographers, in the Meadows. Andy drove us to the Queens Scout ceremony at Gilwell Park and that was the first time I'd been on the M1 motorway. Andy & John went to CLW as did John Luff and Suzette Fetcher, who lived on Haywood Road. There were others, but I can't remember who else went to CLW.
  2. Socram

    Foters Wiv' Motors.

    From a Mallory Park race programme 1962. How many of you used to press your noses against the window on a Saturday but were to scared to go in? I know the pic is Brands Hatch, not Mallory... They used to produce the Gemini Formula Juniors - there are at least three in NZ including two still with the chequered flag nose band.
  3. Socram

    Foters Wiv' Motors.

    Was this taken at Gamston by any chance? Would welcome more details of the exact date and location if known. I have just started scanning old NSCC race programmes, initially Mallory Park. http://www.monza.org.nz/UK_entries/entries_01.htm
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    Foters Wiv' Motors.

    My youngest brother also did his apprenticeship at ROF, but sadly, got hit quite hard with arthritis when young and wasn't able to take up engineering as a career.
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    Foters Wiv' Motors.

    In 1974 this Brough Superior was transported to the ROF, for restoration by the apprentices. I gather it was also worked on by Stag Furniture, then was stored for a number of years and now resides in the Industrial Museum at Wollaton Park - or did when I visited a few years ago. Picture taken by H Tempest Ltd - and in a strange twist, Horace Tempest owned a Brough Superior in the early 1950's, registration BAU 555. I have a family photograph of us in the car as dad obviously drove it now and again. Most have heard of Nottingham built Brough Superior motorbikes but very few seem to know that they also manufactured a few cars.
  6. Socram

    Foters Wiv' Motors.

    Plains Road, probably 1966 looking across to what was Sharpes garage (if anyone has a pic of any of Roy's buses, please post - especially a double decker).Not sure when Roy headed of to South Africa, but by the looks of this pic, Speed's may already have taken over. Riley RME heading away and a Lea Francis in the foreground. As mentioned elsewhere, this may have been Chick Wheelhouse's wife's 1964 Sunbeam Alpine.
  7. Plains Road looking across the road to Roy Sharpe's garage. Later to be Speed's Volvo dealers and now - flats... I think this was taken in 1966, but the Riley RME heading away would be dated pre 1955 and not sure of the age of the Lea Francis.
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    Foters Wiv' Motors.

    White car looks like an Austin A40 Sports. Last time I saw one of those other than at a museum or show, was in Podder's scrapyard...
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    Foters Wiv' Motors.

    I posted the pic of Lewis Collins on the Woodborough Road thread, but here it is again.
  10. Last time I saw Frank Sytner (though not to talk to) was on the grid at the Monaco 2012 Historic meeting, where unfortunately, a fluffed start saw someone take off the rear wheel of his car. I managed a photograph of that - but it doesn't belong on a Woodborough Road thread! Frank was good friends with Sir Frank Williams of F1 fame and hosted a great evening with him at his Huntingdon St showroom in town, for the Nottingham Sports Car Club. When Frank Williams lived in Nottingham (Calverton?) he and Frank Sytner were known to hoon around in I think, Austin A40's, and one of them rolled the car in town! as promised, the Lewis Collins photograph. Parked outsider is my Austin Allegro Equipe which I brought to NZ as cars were very expensive in NZ at the time. First car I circuit raced too... I'll post the pic of the Bitter on the 'Foters wiv motors' thread.
  11. I don't think it was the Twiggy Muira as the plates don't match but this one did have a London registration. Same lime green though Twiggy's did have a couple of pink stripes. Frank Sytner's showroom was where the KFC is now and I do have a pic of a nice 1965 Ferrari outside.
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    Foters Wiv' Motors.

    His wife at the time ran a 1964 Sunbeam Alpine. I also snapped my all time favourite car there - a Gordon Keeble. Funny that you mentioned 'Bitter'. The only one I have ever seen was at his new place in Basford, when Lewis Collins did the opening. Have a slightly out of focus pic of Lewis on the Scalextric track.
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    Foters Wiv' Motors.

    Taken outside Chick Wheelhouse's garage Mapperley. Somewhat more exotic than my second car, taken in front of the house showing above the 'OPEN' sign, 1967. Peel Viking taken probably around Forest Fields
  14. Taken outside Chick Wheelhouse's garage... Possibly 1970 - wouldn't be any earlier based on the number plate.
  15. Socram

    Plains Road Primary

    Indeed she did. At netball, she was goal shooter for the 'other team' and I was goal defence in PE lessons. She was a fair bit taller than me back then, but I could out jump her! I posted on the ACHS thread a panoramic photograph of Bramcote Grammar and Marian was definitely on that. I have a memory that her mother was Egyptian and she had a younger sister - Shani? Marian was quite mature for her age and quite a beauty in an exotic way! A few doors away on Melbury was Mary Brader, another who I think went to ACHS. I might have a photograph of FoxR's class, with Mrs Williamson and Mr Heal somewhere (with cousin Alyson Piggin) and will try and remember to scan it and post it here. Might jog a few memories. We never had a class photograph as it was always individual portraits - more's the pity, but it did keep Dad and his staff at H Tempest Ltd working. Mr Taylor (Newby's Dad) was a relief teacher I think, certainly when we were there. Only in our last year, or so, or maybe in Mrs Williamson's year, did we get a Monday morning swimming lesson at Arnold baths. Gee, it was cold and I hated it! Managed my 25 yards on the second attempt but couldn't stand the water in my somewhat tender eyes - and still can't.