Week 3: Cars. What was your first car? Describe the make, model and color, but also any memories you have of the vehicle. You can also expand on this topic and describe the car(s) your parents drove and any childhood memories attached to it.
I’m cheating a little because I think these old cars are more interesting than most modern ones. I do currently drive a cute British car and I’ll post a pic at the end. These are some more photos from Great Granny’s album from the late 1920′s – this is Granny on a trip to Yorkshire in 1928 in a car made in Scotland by ladies for ladies :-)
A closer look at the front of the car during some roadside maintenance shows the Galloway badge underneath the driver’s AA membership badge.
The company was very unusual in the world of car making in that it was largely run and staffed by women. For a while the cars were advertised as “a car made by ladies for others of their sex”. The factory had originally been built as a wartime aero engine plant and T C Pullinger, the manager of Arrol-Johnston, was persuaded by his daughter, Dorothée Pullinger, to keep the factory open to provide local employment. She was made a director of the new enterprise and set up training courses and apprenticeships specifically for local women. The apprenticeships were to last for three rather than the usual five years as the girls were thought to be better at attending and quicker learners than boys.
The factory was near the River Dee and a dam was built fitted with water turbines to provide power, supplemented by a steam engine. It also had two tennis courts on the roof. The cars were sturdy and straight forward and a one model policy was pursued with, at first, the 10/20, which was heavily influenced by the Fiat 501. It was not, however, a good time to launch a new car and only a few hundred were made before the Tongland factory was forced to close in 1923 and production moved to the parent works at Heathall which had plenty of spare capacity. A second, larger, Galloway model, the 12, essentially an Arrol-Johnston, replaced the 10/20 in 1925 and remained in production until Arrol-Johnston itself closed in 1928 and Galloway Motors was formally wound up. Dorothée went on to run a laundry in Croydon. Source: full article at Wikipedia.
I’m not sure if this is the 2 seater tourer Galloway, but it’s a fine looking motor! And I’m not sure about this one either, so if anyone knows, please drop me a line!
Additional info from Rick Jones at Old Classic Car “I think the first three all show the Galloway (note the distinctive 3-piece windscreen), 4 and 5 are a Morris, the final one looks very much like a Standard going by the shape of the radiator top.” Thanks Rick!
And no one, but NO ONE, would ever have got away with this disgraceful behaviour in our more recent family – Granny you should be ashamed!
And here’s the photo I promised of my baby – the most temperamental, unreliable, expensive-to-run car I have ever had, or am likely to have. Also the cutest and the most fun, and made in Britain!
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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants.