The Cooper Works later The Traffic Police Garage In Surbiton

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Another Cooper Garage site in Surbiton, Surrey is under threat of re-development:-
http://m.thisislocallondon.co.uk/news/1 ... ef=mr&lp=9

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Protesters against a planned Sainsbury’s store in Berrylands, Surbiton claim a piece of the borough’s racing car history will be lost if the building goes ahead.
A planning application for the shop and five flats on the site of the petrol garage at 118 Raeburn Avenue has been submitted to Kingston Council.
But campaigners claimed the building should be protected because of its connection to the famous Cooper racing garage.
Car making legend John Cooper rented the garage in the late 1940s and started to build his racing empire there, before moving on to the famed Mini Cooper garage in Hollyfield Road.
Raeburn Avenue resident Peter Bell said: “The cars were tested up and down the road. These were not the Mini Cooper cars. These were big racing cars.
“Stirling Moss was spotted a few times testing the cars. “The building has a great history and it would be a real shame to lose it and see it demolished.”
The old Cooper garage in Hollyfield Road, often referred to as the birthplace of the Mini Cooper, is also up for sale.
Teenager Kyle Stanger received support from across the world when he started the Save the home of the Cooper campaign in May and urged the council to list the property as a community interest site.
A commemorative plaque was fixed to the Hollyfield Road building last month. The application by Kent-based company Kal-max Properties shows plans for a three storey building with a supermarket on the ground floor with provisions for car access, parking, and landscaping.
Agent Barry Kitcherside said: “All the information about the building and planning history is available on the [council] website.
“Residents can make comments about the application there.”
Comments on the proposal closed on October 16.
Visit kingston.gov.uk for more information.

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The Cooper Race Mini's lined up at Surbiton 1968 (Photo: Mike Cooper)

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More photos here:-
https://www.facebook.com/coopercarcompany/

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The lineup of Cooper Car Co Minis must surely be inside the later Canada Road, Byfleet Cooper premises.

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Cooper997 wrote:The lineup of Cooper Car Co Minis must surely be inside the later Canada Road, Byfleet Cooper premises.
The F1 team had moved to Byfleet but I think you might be right.......judging by the property details and internal video shots of the Surbiton workshop roof below:-
http://bonsors.agencypilot.com/store/do ... key=296+97

Cooper Cars workshop and then TDV's home, Hollyfield Road, Surbiton:-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10Ue4h6mzgY

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I'll take this round to my friends place and get a definitive answer for you as to the location

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My friend looked at the pic today and couldn't confirm or deny that was Canada Rd
as it was a long time ago and said Ginger Devlin would be the person to ask

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Thanks for asking him, I suppose Mike Cooper might also know but he does not mention the exact location of the photo on the Cooper car Company facebook page.

Quote: 14th Oct
"Found this great picture of the Works cars ready to race."
https://www.facebook.com/coopercarcompany/

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Mike's edited that FB post so maybe he's not sure himself. I know the GP cars had been moved/sold by then but I thought that pic was Surbiton, I'll check some of my other shots.

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Pete its not Surbiton with the lack of all the metal trusses and should have said
it was Roy Golding who I saw He only lives 3 miles from me

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I wonder if there is "actually" any of these cars still alive !
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