The following is from Craig's exhibition archive
When I was putting my exhibition together, ‘Manchester Motoring Memories’, at the People’s History Museum in Manchester in 2013, I met some lovely people whose first forays into the world of motoring was in the 1950s and 1960s here in the north west. I’m just going to share a few of the images now.
Brian’s first car was this 1949 Ford Anglia, MUM 549. He paid £160 cash and his first big mistake was not to test drive the car. He found out, too late, that there was a steering fault, and you had to hold it in second gear to prevent it jumping out. During 1960 he took it to the south of England, where he took a girl out to lunch. There are some fairly large hills around there, and one was so steep he had to roll back down the hill and go up in first gear. He had a very red face but she thought it was hilarious. Here is Brian with the car, in Brighton, August 1960.
Geoff was a second-hand car salesman in Eccles in the 60s. He had a showroom which was eventually demolished to make way for the M602. Many second-hand cars passed through his hands in the 60s and 70s, and Geoff was able to set the rate of interest for anyone buying ‘on terms’. He says nobody ever defaulted on payments. Here he is seen in a c1961 Ford Prefect.
Norman had a motorbike first, a 1939 Triumph 3HW which cost him £10. A few more motorbikes later, in about 1956, he had a pre-war MG (below) .......
Norman had to sell the MG to pay for his engagement ring to Betty. Here is Betty pictured with their 1962 Mini which they bought for £100.
Thanks Craig! Betty was clearly a very stylish lady!