I noticed some correspondence in the Sept. and Oct. issues concerning M. G. Magnette Na. BHX 238, and can add a little information which might prove of interest. This car was owned from new by avert, dear friend of mine, Freddie Thatcher, who raced it quite frequently at Brooklands. At that tirne I shared a shed at the Track and carried out a certain amount of work to BHX 238. Thatcher at the time was a representative for the Chrysler Motor Co., and lived with his wife, Emma, at East Sheen. They later took over The Marquis of Granby pub at Esher which became a for all of an associated with racing.
In 1945 just after I was de-mobbed I was offered BHX 238 which was for sale somewhere in the Gloucester area. The car was in excellent shape and completely original. Pale blue I seem to recall, whh a yellow line around the body. I drove it down from Gloucester and it performed perfectly. I used the car regularly for about a year and then advertised it for sale, price £285.00. A prospective purchaser called at my premises, had a trial run, and left a phone number asking me to call him the next day. When I called the number a gruff voice said -This is Brixton l’rison — who do you want?” I hung up and tried again. It transpired that the purchaser teas the prison Governor.
Thatcher and his wife emigrated to Swaziland and I lost touch. But I came across him a few years ago when he was working for Boon eit Porter at Castelnau. Barnes. If anyone knows of his present whereabouts I should be delighted to renew acquaintanceship. Ferring-by-Sea, Sussex BRIAN FINGLASS
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