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    New 904 GTS and more important machines

    Circa March 1964 Dickie Stoop with his brand new 904 GTS chassis 904-045 photographed by Van Hallen at the Fraser Nash factory in London Road, Isleworth, West of London. This was before the establishment of Porsche Cars Great Britain as a business entity several year later. Faser Nash/ AFN Ltd were the sole Porsche concessionaire in Great Britain. Car is still on German (Zoll) export plates but soon received the distinctive plate YOU4. The car is dark green.
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    The same car was participating at the Goodwood Revival near the English south coast this weekend; still green and at some point reunited with its distinctive personalised licence plate.

    First owner “Dickie” Stoop was an RAF pilot who had flown from Westhampnett airfield during WWII; the very place that is now the race track and airstrip that hosts the Goodwood Revival and puts on wonderful air displays of Spitfires etc as part of the event.

    There were probably a dozen Spitfires at the event this weekend ( much fewer than previous years) including this one that is being restored
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    Fly past over the Goodwood Revival by two Spitfires just as I left event on a lovely warm late summer eve — appearing as two small specs in the blue sky:
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    Flying above the revellers at the “over the road” entertainment on Friday just after the twilight race had ended (below):
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    Possibly the same car late 68 by which time the unfortunate Stoop had died. Car pictured was in possession of a known Porsche dealer; suspect it is the by then three year old ex Stoop car, but not certain.

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    However this is certainly “Dickie” Stoop, and his brand new green 904GTS photo by Bates/Van Hallen taken outside AFN/ Fraser Nash in London Road with one Adlington brother’s who owned the GB sole Porsche concessionaire — W.H. (Bill) I believe.

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    Sign for Porsche arque visible ( below) although still several years before formation of Porsche Cars Great Britain as an entity within AFN Ltd so technically concessionaire Fraser Nash/AFNLtd.

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    Despite other newer dealer premises the London Road building was still used when I got my RS in early nineties. The day I picked it up I had to drive it there directly to have manufacturer approved security fitted as a strict requirement of the insurer. The chap who had fitted the importer radios, aerial and other electrical accessories datong back to 60s lived around the corner and was still available a contractor by special arrangement. He did the security system work at London Road for me. He would’ve fitted the aerial and radio there when my car was new — should’ve asked him a bunch of questions but didn’t think to do so at time. I might still have his business card on the history file but will be quite an advanced age now if still alive. Had a few small jobs done there by him on early years; mainly small electrical gremlins on accessories or maybe lights as i didn’t trust the skills in the shiny new corporate look AFN dealerships in Chiswick and Guildford.

    The London Road facility was purpose built to be the Fraser Nash factory in 1920s by Aldington family. That was before they also took to importing German marques but with success in Porsche they outgrew the site by early/ mid 70s; sadly London Road building was demolished and replaced by a block of apartments in the noughties. I went past on way to a classic car show at Syon Park recently. Automotive history erased, but that progress I suppose. Nothing to see now. London Apprentice is a pleasant riverside pub to quench a thirst after traipsing around a car show. Went there with another long term owner of RHD RS and a friend who owns a late fifties Dino.
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    The wonderful old automotive book store in the centre that used to be there in that era also relocated — it used to be a regular haunt for interesting or obscure titles before the internet. Not just while waiting for work to be but as a Saturday visit to see what was new.

    Steve
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