FIRE VICTIM 'OVERWHELMED' BY CCW READERS' SUPPORT
Classic fans rally to help victim of fire that wrecked wedding car fleet and destroyed family home
A wedding car business owner whose fleet of cars was destroyed in a fire has been left overwhelmed by the generosity of CCW readers offering support.
Melvin Dolby had his entire collection of wedding cars wiped out after a fire broke out at his home in Cambridgeshire on 8 February. Having lost 12 cars in the fire, including a 1937 Studebaker President and several Rolls-Royces and Bentleys worth a total of close to £500,000, Melvin was looking to get his business back on its feet, but struggled to find good wedding cars.
But after an appeal was put out to CCW and classiccarsforsale.co.uk readers, Melvin has been inundated with responses, and has even received a cheque for £100.
Melvin says: ‘I’m overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone – it’s been unbelievable how many people want to help me get back on my feet. I’ve finally managed to buy something – a 1929 Pierce Arrow. That’s really going to set me apart from the completion.
‘I even had a gentleman phone me up from Ireland and offer me his Studebaker Dictator. He didn’t want to get rid of it, but after he’d seen the state of mine from pictures in CCW he offered to sell me his, which is incredibly kind. I’m still on the look out for Bentleys though!’
Thanks to the appeal, Melvin has also been offered a fully restored 1937 Ford Series 78 Flathead, three mid-1980s Daimler DS420s, one Austin Sheerline, and one Wolseley 25 limousine.
Roger Hornett has offered Melvin a 1984 Mercedes-Benz 123 Limousine with an interesting history. He says: ‘It’s thought to be the London car of the Sultan of Oman and has covered just 62,000 miles in its 32 year history. I originally bought it to ferry around the equine glitterati where my restaurant is based, in Newmarket, but it turns out there’s no real need for it! So it’s got to go. It drives beautifully and I think Melvin would like it.’
Melvin Dolby next to his beloved Studebaker President. Since the fire, he has been offered a Studebaker Dictator by a reader in Ireland.