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The grand old cars of my youth; Dad's old cars.

THESE marvellous photographs of classic cars from 40 and 50 years ago have been submitted by Abdul Islam, of West Middlesbrough, who says they are sure to jog a few memories.

In the 1970s Abdul was an apprentice motor engineer at the small garage of his father, who worked full-time as a mechanical engineer at Dorman Long in the late 1905s, Head Wrightson and British Steel Cargo Fleet in the 1960s and 1970s.

Abdul writes: In the driveway of our then house stood his Humber Super Snipe Estate, having completed a 14,000-mile journey overland to Pakistan and back. To the right is a car which he bought for pounds 30 and which required a complete engine rebuild, a Mark I Ford Cortina (which, with the Marks II, III, IV and V Cortinas are among the most popular cars sold in the British Isles). It was a joy to dismantle and rebuild this 1300cc overhead valve engine. An engineering masterpiece from Ford.

The car parked on the road some readers will recognise as a Morris Oxford, a motoring classic, and very popular around the world. The earlier version was still produced in India, not as popular as the Morris Minor, and was a common family mode of transport in the late sixties and early seventies. The small car to the left was a Morgan-three wheeler, which belonged at the time to our immediate neighbour, the late Creighton Carvello, world famous memory man. His father, Uncle Ralph as we called him, worked in Forbes Bakery on Linthorpe Road in the 1950s.

Today my late father, whose story was one of riches to rags to back to riches, would be proud of all his grand children who are graduate from various English universities. My forthcoming book, Three Continents To Home, which is shortly to be published, will tell our story.

. Abdul, you have not included a return address for your photographs.. In February last year Middesbrough memory master Creighton Carvello, who was also a wedding photographer, cheated death by surviving four days without food or water after suffering a stroke. However, after a long period of ill-health he died in the November, aged 64.


STANDING PROUD: This May, 1957, picture was taken in the coal-mining village of Brampton, near Chesterfield, at the edge of the Derbyshire Peak District. Abdul''s father poses proudly beside his new Ford Zodiac Mark II, which was delivered after a six-month wait. The car had many optional extras such as a radio, chrome fitments, spot and fog lights and town and country tyres fitted to the rear axle. When the mine closed, due to economic viability, the family moved to Middlesbrough a four-cylinder engine, with a column change and three speed gearbox. TWO CARS: A young Abdul is seen alongside a 1959 model of the Zodiac. This one had a new-look dashboard and more chrome. Both cars had a unique colour, specifically ordered - red roof, black body and red bottom panels, the whitewalled tyres giving the American look of the era. Above right - the classic Morris Oxford
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Sep 19, 2009
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