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Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Ref­er­ence the 1966 photo of the Hill­man Minx (CCW, 8 March), I too re­mem­ber Church Street and L&P Mo­tors in Burn Road, be­cause my dad used the cash ‘n’ carry be­hind it.

My gran­dad bought a green Hill­man Minx in 1966, so my dad also bought a Su­per Minx in Novem­ber ’66 (Alabaster Grey with a green stripe) from a Sun­der­land garage.

He kept the car un­til 1974, and part ex­changed it for an Es­cort. My gran­dad swapped his Minx for an Imp in 1969.

My mate’s dad bought a black Ma­rina on a ‘K’ plate from L&P (even though it was an Austin dealer), and oddly my Yamaha bike key fit­ted in the ig­ni­tion! Mum was man­ager at the Odeon cinema and we lived in Black­hall. I still re­mem­ber the Cor­po­ra­tion bus with Santa on top ev­ery Christ­mas! I’ve had a Hunter and a cou­ple of Avengers, main­tain­ing the fam­ily Hill­man link. Good luck to Nick with the Minx, ace mo­tors. Chris Gray, Smart Al­loy York­shire

A 1960 Hill­man Minx PR shot – not nec­es­sar­ily taken in West Hartle­pool.

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