The Woolwich Auto Stacker was built at a cost of £100,000 – it was an automated car park, opened by Princess Margaret in May 1961. It had eight floors with a total of 256 parking spaces. It had four lifts and convoluted conveyors to transport your car to a designated spot, leaving you with a designated key issued by the operator sat in a booth. It was designed to have a shop beneath, a filling station and was opened to much fanfare. The first car loaded in got stuck, and the whole project was deemed a white elephant – it was demolished just a year later.

Here’s a lovely old clip (with thanks to Aunty Beeb) of the thing in action; – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01bnyf4

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Rich Duisberg

Rich's drivel regularly appears in Practical Performance Car and GT Porsche magazines. He has also written for Classic & Sportscar, MogMag, Classic Performance and Retro, Banzai, Evo, and Modern Mini. He also did a book no-one bought. His hungover fizzog also often appears on CBS’s Carfection channel enthusing about historic motoring. Le Mans winner Derek Bell once refused to get in Rich's Morgan Three Wheeler with him at the wheel. Currently amongst the detritus in his garage is a 1972 Fiat 500 Abarth, a fat BMW and a Lotus Elise. Previous machinery includes a Porsche 968, an Alfa GTV V6 and a dreadful Sinclair C5. He also owns a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike.

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