Shed­ding light on a snowy mys­tery

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

STAN Rooney of Burbage has writ­ten in about our past times ar­ti­cle last week.

It shows a car crash in the snow out­side a petrol sta­tion. We asked read­ers if they could pro­vide any more de­tail - who was the driver, where did the ac­ci­dent take place?

Stan wrote and said: “Thank you for in­clud­ing pic­tures of the se­ri­ously dam­aged E Type Jaguar Coupe, taken in 1963.

“The pic­ture is fas­ci­nat­ing, in terms of the car and its lo­ca­tion.

“I sus­pect the petrol sta­tion is the pre­de­ces­sor to the Tex­aco garage next to The Har­vester on the A5, es­pe­cially as there is an elec­tric­ity py­lon across the road.

“The car is a very early ex­am­ple, pos­si­bly 1961/62 with a rare hard top.

“The reg­is­tra­tion con­firms it is from Le­ices­ter and most prob­a­bly supplied by Sturgess’s.

“Un­for­tu­nately, the first let­ter of the num­ber plate is in­vis­i­ble but hav­ing checked ev­ery pos­si­ble com­bi­na­tion, it ap­pears it no longer ex­ists on that plate.

“It is likely to have been scrapped in any case at that time, due to the sub­stan­tial dam­age.

“I won­der if one of the two men stand­ing in the door­way is the driver?

“If he had a pas­sen­ger, I would imag­ine he would have been quite shaken up. Stan Rooney, Burbage” Mean­while on Face­book oth­ers had dif­fer­ent the­o­ries about where this snowy smash had taken place, point­ing the finger to­wards Le­ices­ter Road.

Jeanette Smith said: “I think it was the petrol sta­tion on Le­ices­ter Road at the bot­tom of Shilton hill.

“They had a sep­a­rate build­ing like that next to the house.”

While Lynn Vick­ers said: “It looks like the one on the A46 near the Sap­cote turn.”

Oth­ers agreed with Adam Ran­dles say­ing: “Is that the petrol sta­tion that used to be at the bot­tom of Shilton Hill?”

And Si­mon Gear re­spond­ing: “The last 2 let­ters of Le­ices­ter on the sign so its Le­ices­ter road, tha’s the road at the bot­tom of Shilton Hill.”

David Ni­cholls was more con­cerned about the garage’s paint job.

He said: “Looks like the painters and dec­o­ra­tors have only done half a job so must have been Fri­day af­ter­noon.”

you know who the driver was or what hap­pened to the Jaguar? Email hinck­ley­times@trin­i­tymir­

The Pic­ture from last week’s Hinck­ley Times Past Times show­ing a car crash in the snow in 1963. Other than the year and what can be seen in the pho­to­graph, we know noth­ing else about the in­ci­dent.

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