We MotorPunks love a cool old garage. This is the business of Charles Humphreys & Co in Newtown, on the River Severn, Wales. I believe it was founded as Cookson’s Garage sometime just over a century ago. I don’t know much about Cookson, but one of his early mechanics after the First World War was his brother-in-law, Richard Cross, who was a war hero. Cross went from being an injured soldier to a captain in the Royal Flying Corps (forerunner to the RAF) in under a year. He flew R.E.8s, which were pretty horrible at the best of times, let alone when being shot at by German pilots who called him ‘The Red Devil’ on account of his red hair. He survived the war, and later working at the garage, and lived to be 88. His son was also a red-haired mechanic, working in the town.

The Art-Deco façade is listed. The pedestals where the pumps once stood remain, but there hasn’t been fuel sold here for a while. Tracing the history, it seems that a number of car marques were sold here, new, over the years. The Morris and Wolseley company names are cast into the concrete and still visible today, and, before that, they sold Humber, Daimler and Austin. None of these companies make cars any more, and the Daimler name is sort of dormant under Indian owners Tata. The building still shows Anglo fuels signs and Bibendum bowling a Michelin tyre along. What a cool spot!

More like this in SUPER: Old, odd, interesting, obscure and abandoned filling stations. Wales edition, by Rich Duisberg and Dicky Cutler. Available on Amazon here

Words; Rich Duisberg, pics; Dicky Cutler, Wiki (cc), unknown.

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Rich Duisberg

Rich Duisberg* has had work published in Classic & Sportscar, Practical Performance Car, Modern Mini, Banzai, MogMag, Evo, GT Porsche, Complete Kit Car, Absolute Lotus, Alternative Cars, Classic Retro Modern, and elsewhere. Rich often appears on CBS’s XCAR and Carfection channels, and Motors TV, plus JayEmm on Cars, enthusing about historic motoring. His latest book (find his work on Amazon) was described by SniffPetrol as "hilarious", although he was also threatened with legal action by elderly DJ Tim Westwood. In his Midlands man cave is a 1972 Fiat 500, a Lotus Elise, a BMW barge and a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike. Previous machines of interest include an Mk1 MX5 (owned for 14 years!), an Alfa GTV6, a Porsche 968 and a Sinclair C5. The Metro (right) was bought for an experiment, and abandoned in Africa. "I am not getting in a car with him" -  said Le Mans winner, Derek Bell. *A nom-de-plume inspired by the BBC's League of Gentlemen.

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