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    my dads Brooklands racing mate passed on ... and I just discovered, well got a Solicitors letter "he left a little "Bequest to me" surprise Noddy

    ... my Dad did Noddys engines pre war ... and they continued to be great mates trackside where dad often helped out Ken Tyrell; Noddy ; Tony Brooks; Innes Ireland ; Stirling and many others in the pits including the famous "Babs" and Parry Thomas Parry is buried next to my grandad in the village!)

    (ps I am not a petrol head) but just love History and cars were a major in my early years ! like it or not!) and I do love the Goodwood Revival dressing up 40/50s style and driving a nice car there and looking after it (some of the time in return for the tickets)

    When the Garage, was "BMW" I did lots of Hosting at Launches. for John with college mates - wearing the "prescribed" BMW leather mini skirts and motor cycle leather womens jackets, in silver/grey - which we were given afterwards ... a big deal as Biba designed by Barbara Hulaniki

    some of his car collection were sold - others retained ...

    http://www.classicandsportscar.com/n...sold-in-london

    I drove that Fraser-Nash and have taken photos of it outside my home here just before taking it to Goodwood

    http://www.motorsportmagazine.com/ra...h-john-coombs/

    he left my brother a much larger "Bequest" ... who made his "special Classic Cars for 17 years" see above hotlink ...

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    I can take anyone to that Workshop in Guildford near to Innes Irelands home ... and have albums of photos of Noddys collection and racing days ... I was "a track child" left in the pits with a camera, wearing a "Sunday frock; white ankle socks with lace tops and not permitted to get near the cars ; in the way nor dirty".

    I recorded every step of the restoration design and build and the Bugatti Blueprints loaned from the "Bug family museum north of Bologna" for the Restoration of that 59. I photographed my brother cutting in "the bonnet airways" they were very prone to overheating and Noddy did not want any problems for the forthcoming Mille-millia he enter the 57/59 in

    here is a report of her at the Concours de' elegance July 9, 1997
    http://www.bugattipage.com/1997news.htm


    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=bu...%3B2364%3B1492


    But my dad gave me a camera and I snapped and snapped away ! and now these images are sold around the world many times I like Publishing = do it once, sell it many times !

    Photography is such a "holistic hobby" anywhere, anytime, any subject
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    I Lurve Walking in our Glorious Countryside; Photography;
    Riding Ducati Motorbikes; Reading & Cooking ! ...


    http://www.flickr.com/photos/photomagicf1_chevvy/sets/

    the ONE photo album

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    Re: "Noddy died" aka John Coombs

    Wonderful story Chevvy. The links are really interesting too. Thanks for sharing. The world lacks great characters like those of yesteryear.
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      Re: "Noddy died" aka John Coombs

      Cheers Paul What seems to be missing today is that "great camaraderie" - my dad helped lots of them and no one in particular, in those days he often "made up parts on his lathes etc in his garage workshop at home !

      It still happens in some Teams today, but it is soo very commercial "to new Technological Developments being so SECRET"

      Funny how I get to meet many of dads old friends, when invited to the funerals ... ... but which I do enjoy as a get together and chat about olde times and celebrate the life just gone !

      When we have moved I am scanning all my old photos prints this winter ... when photography is limited by light ... and short days (they retain the atmosphere of bygone cameras and cars ) - some I shall "restore the images in software as well and then I am indexing the whole lot for Stock sales... aka Pension !"

      There is a new book coming out on Porsche' for the Christmas market and the author has been in touch re photos - mainly because my brother has restored and repaired so many of them, he knows then 'by their chassis numbers' (many are raced in Private Owners Days at Brands hatch and Goodwood these days and I shall be even closer for these soon
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      I Lurve Walking in our Glorious Countryside; Photography;
      Riding Ducati Motorbikes; Reading & Cooking ! ...


      http://www.flickr.com/photos/photomagicf1_chevvy/sets/

      the ONE photo album

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        Re: "Noddy died" aka John Coombs

        A nice slice of history. Thanks Chevvy.
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