Peering in at the old cars
Does anybody remember Percy Banham’s wheelwright shop in Cheapside? The shop was on the left just above Pelham Street. When I was about 12 years old, I used to peer inside at the old cars, and one day ventured inside and asked Percy about them .
A collection of cars
At the back was a large Packard limousine with glass partition and a speaking tube to communicate with the driver. Inside the shop was a 1934 Ford Y type van and a 1935 Bedford van which had been left before WWII for work and never collected; the asking price was £40.
Percy emigrated to Australia
Since then I have seen both vehicles fully restored the Bedford was in the National Motor museum for a time and was in the livery of Robertsons off licences I think . Later when I was a teenager, Percy fitted new rims and spokes to my Triumph motorcycle for me, shortly before emigrating to Australia at a ripe old age. His son I also knew well; he was Percy by name too.
Do you remember?
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