Just to throw another pebble into the pond...
In the very early 70s MRT was displayed at Stafford in a Volkswagen Convention. In those days we owned a 1968 Beetle, seeing MRT and talking to its than owner sparked an interest in early VWs. From there we found and bought TJJ 62 (1949 1-101991) and then promoted and began what in later days became the Historic Volkswagen Club.
MRT may or may not be the first.... but there is no doubt it has got a lot to answer for!
So I add my thanks to Maurice for that conversation in the early 70s.
Around the mid 1970's I was beginning to take an interest in early cars (that is 1940s-1950s vehicles). Although too young to drive, I hated the 60s-70s monocoque square tin and glass boxes that were everywhere. I'd always liked the Beetle's rounded shape, though thought that of the Morris Minor
to be unattractive. The Beetle had nicely 'penned' curves to my artistic eye.
I first saw a proper early Beetle in 1977 during the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations
in central London. It drove by just before the road was closed for the Queen to pass. It was a black split-window - I loved it and that was it for me, a must have. This car as it turned out was Tony Levy
around past the crowds waiting for the Queen. The reg number 10BXK was so easy to remember. So Rattletrap sowed the seed in my head, though I never thought I'd actually own it one day, Tony was clear he'd never sell it.MRT
was to become one of the cars to further turn the dream into reality, after some effort and persuation Maurice Goldsmith
sold me the car. By then I'd already acquired 349 GMO
which I still have, but getting a right-hooker! I believe that it was Rod
that mentioned this RHD split to me over the phone when I called him regarding my acquisition of GMO. I then drove over to Mutford
to see MRT.
So thanks to Tony and Rattletrap, thanks to Rod. I enjoyed MRT for 5 years and attended around 40 vintage and VW shows with it.:beer:
Rattletrap – the Volkswagen Beetle that has covered an incredible mileage equivalent to over 35 times around the planet :omg:
Running nifty since 1950… the King of Volkswagens:beer: Why not make friends with this famous little VW – he's on facebook!