old garages

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This a before and after of oldest petrol station in England, they say.... :D

Two photos below, but link to the Pathe news vid, is worth watching -

on google maps you can see the railway bridge behind.

https://streaming.britishpathe.com/hls- ... 4.mp4.m3u8
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Walkerburn Garage in the Scottish Borders, looking run down in the last streetview images. building altered over the years.

Was once a thriving Renault dealership in 70's, also one of the last fuel stations in this area, with pumps so close to a main A road, they were behind the area that is boarded up.



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Some old photos of my local BMC/BL Dealer 'University Motors' in Church Road, Epsom, Surrey (formerly The Woodcote Motor Company Ltd.) which would always have a long queue in the parts department on a Saturday Morning as people bought spares for their DIY home servicing and repairs, (access to Parts Dept plus Workshops were up the ramp on the right and exit was on the left of building)......times have moved on and later generations have no idea that this was a common weekend occupation for many motorists in the 1960's and 70's!
They also had a special BMC/BL Special Tuning counter where you could buy or dream about the goodies you would like to bolt on your Mini and Peter Beadle the Parts Manager could recall most part numbers straight from memory without even looking at the parts books or later microfiche's! (and he owned a white 'Cooper S' spec Mini Pickup).

"Peter Beadle was parts manager at the BL/MG distributor University Motors in Epsom back in the seventies and in October 1978 was a founding member of the MG V8 Register. He then went on to be a member of the team which created the legendary MG parts supplier, the Sprite and Midget Centre in Richmond, that later became Moss Europe."
http://www.v8register.net/subpages/V8NOTE300b.htm

The earlier Woodcote Motor photos below look like it is the showroom launch of the ADO16, and the later photos show its eventual closure at the end of the University Motors era, later to sadly be demolished for a new block of flats/shops.

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This was Hawkins & Sons the local Ford garage in Epsom, Surrey for many years.

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Nearby Ewell Downs Motor Services, an Esso Petrol Garage is still there on the A24 roundabout in Ewell, Surrey but these nice old photos of a bygone era were a bit before my time..... :lol:

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Thanks for posting up those pics of Woodcote Motor Company, Mab.

Been looking for information and pics of that garage for a long time now. That's where TVB 56F, my Mk2 998 Cooper, came from originally 8-)
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Anyone got an “after” photo as it is now ?
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Exminiman wrote:Anyone got an “after” photo as it is now ?
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Can't remember the last time I saw a Renault Fuego.
It's like what my painter friend Donald said to me
"Stick a fork in their ass and turn them over, they're done"
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