An unknown Wickford Service Station.

Where was it?

A Ford Model 51 1936, Service Car (break Down) belonging to Wickford Service Station.

Does anyone remember where Wickford Service Station was located?

The photograph is of a Model 51 V8 Service Car (break down truck). These were not manufactured in the UK, they were imported from the USA. The service cars were supplied without a crane, the American service cars were supplied to dealers in America with a Weaver Crane fitted.
The right hand drive service cars imported into the UK were fitted with a UK manufactured Harvey Frost crane at the Ford manufacturing Plant at Dagenham, Essex.
If anyone has any further information about the company or the Ford Model 51 Service Car and maybe its current location, it would be of interest to me.

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  • I think this was the garage run by the Woods family in the Woolshots area of London Road. This is an area which had its own football team in the 1950/60’s and was east of Castledon Road/Belmont Avenue. As I have not lived in Wickford for many years I have no idea whether the name has been lost with the passage of time. I note what was the ‘Woods Garage’ was and is still called ‘Wickford Service Station’ this can be seen on https://www.instantstreetview.com/.

    In the early sixties the garage was very basic and the family also had at some stage had a second garage on the left, part way up Brock Hill. It was run by Dad and three sons Cliff and two older brothers, one was Cyril but I cannot recall the name of the other brother. The family were very good motor engineers. This photo I think was taken in the early 1950’s. Wickford had only three digit telephone numbers in the early 1950’s but as the population grew more telephone numbers were needed, so numbers had to became four digit. My opinion is that this vehicle was from the Woods Garage around 1956.

    The attached image from Instant Street View is of the garage as it now is for location purposes.

    In the 1960’s Cliff, aged about 19, built a Rochdale Olympic kit car which appeared slightly to copy the styling of an E-Type Jaguar. The car looked like the one in the photo. If my memory is correct Clifford bought a fibre glass shell from Rochdale and used mainly reconditioned donated parts from scrap cars. Although the car was small Cliff managed to cram five lads into it on occasions. In the 1960’s this was the only way youngsters could get a flash looking car!
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    By John Fuller (08/01/2021)

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