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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:53 am 
I have landed here cause I’m looking for a pic [or even old work mates] from the old Saunders Abbott garage 1 wickam road, which was just along the road from the Chinese garage.

it was definitely a bmc/bl dealer/triumph etc in 1966 as I was a mechanic there. Owned by Harry and Richard Epps, they also started a very small garage in Albamar rd which seems to be the registered address of Saunders Abbott. At the time it just a curved tunnel that went under a new office block,[they must have added some space], it was wide enough for a car and some tools [as I recall].

It was a surprise to me to learn from this forum that Bromly motor company [is the name right] was at 1 Wickam road in 1967, I must left just before.

Hope some one can help as there’s no mention of Saunders Abbott, at 1 wickam rd, out there I can find. I have called the current Saunders Abbott, they deny any knowledge of of a connection

Thanks mark


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 20, 2021 7:20 pm 
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Hi Mark. It is a long time since you did the Saunders Abbot post and I hope you are still in this world.
By chance recently I contacted the Beckenham Historic society regards old pics of Saunders Abbott. I sent what I had and they may get published in the Autumn. Anyway jest of this is I googled my Uncles garage today and saw your post. I registered on this site so I could message you. I was there "61/'62 era and have pics of the then workers and the place. I have often wondered if the lads made it in life or are indeed still alive. If you are interested message me. Tim Epps


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Sadly Mark no longer uses this forum. He is an ex Forum member.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 28, 2021 8:02 am 
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I am always glad to hear about Standard Triumph car dealers. I write a blog about Triumph car dealers. http://vitessesteve.blogspot.com/?m=1

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2021 5:47 pm 
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Hi Mark. It is a long time since you did the Saunders Abbot post and I hope you are still in this world.
By chance recently I contacted the Beckenham Historic society regards old pics of Saunders Abbott. I sent what I had and they may get published in the Autumn. Anyway jest of this is I googled my Uncles garage today and saw your post. I registered on this site so I could message you. I was there "61/'62 era and have pics of the then workers and the place. I have often wondered if the lads made it in life or are indeed still alive. If you are interested message me. Tim Epps
Hi Tim, With reference to your post above, my Father worked at Saunders Abbott in Beckenham during the 60's as a mechanic.
His name was Frederick James Wadlow, known to all as 'Fred'. I have a photo of him standing on the forecourt next to an MG 'C'
that was presented to Robin Knox Johnson after his triumphant sail around the world single handed in his yacht. I have a second photo that I think is of 3 employees of the time, including my dad, but I am not 100% sure.
An incident that my Dad recalled briefly in one of his diaries (1968 I think) is of him being knocked down by a Jaguar car on the forecourt resulting in him sustaining a broken leg, Regards
John Wadlow


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2022 11:47 am 
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Hi Mark. It is a long time since you did the Saunders Abbot post and I hope you are still in this world.
By chance recently I contacted the Beckenham Historic society regards old pics of Saunders Abbott. I sent what I had and they may get published in the Autumn. Anyway jest of this is I googled my Uncles garage today and saw your post. I registered on this site so I could message you. I was there "61/'62 era and have pics of the then workers and the place. I have often wondered if the lads made it in life or are indeed still alive. If you are interested message me. Tim Epps
hi Tim

well thanks for ur concern, old mechanics dont expire that easily though LOL. am still managing to repair cars, for friends though.
yes i only landed here again by accident...but was absolutely delighted to read ur post, and u registered to make a response to my seach...thanx so much. hope you are still about [here] and well

wish i could recall you, i was there for 3 years from about 1966. what department were you in?

Pls do get in touch
mark bogdanovic


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2022 7:46 pm 
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I am always happy to see new Triumph car dealer related material. If you have some photos of the garage I would love t see them

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Hi Mark. It is a long time since you did the Saunders Abbot post and I hope you are still in this world.
By chance recently I contacted the Beckenham Historic society regards old pics of Saunders Abbott. I sent what I had and they may get published in the Autumn. Anyway jest of this is I googled my Uncles garage today and saw your post. I registered on this site so I could message you. I was there "61/'62 era and have pics of the then workers and the place. I have often wondered if the lads made it in life or are indeed still alive. If you are interested message me. Tim Epps
Hi Tim, With reference to your post above, my Father worked at Saunders Abbott in Beckenham during the 60's as a mechanic.
His name was Frederick James Wadlow, known to all as 'Fred'. I have a photo of him standing on the forecourt next to an MG 'C'
that was presented to Robin Knox Johnson after his triumphant sail around the world single handed in his yacht. I have a second photo that I think is of 3 employees of the time, including my dad, but I am not 100% sure.
An incident that my Dad recalled briefly in one of his diaries (1968 I think) is of him being knocked down by a Jaguar car on the forecourt resulting in him sustaining a broken leg, Regards
John Wadlow
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hi cant figure this forum out but would love to hear from John Wadlow re Fred [father] if you see this post. thanks mark bogdanovic


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