I am going up to Arch Motors soon to gather some information for an article in 'Historic Lotus ' the HLR quarterly magazine.
Have any of you got any stories/pictures/anecdotes/ adverts /etc about them we can use ?
Repint Kayemod reply from the Specialised Mouldings thread ( Thank you Rob ) : -
Not a great deal I'm sorry to have to tell you Richard, except, and you're probably ahead of me here, my late Dad was Arch Motor's friendly bank manager. To avoid having to repeat this ad infinitum, as well as having the accounts of Arch and Specialised Mouldings, you can add to the list, Lola Cars, Charles Lucas, later Titan Cars as well, Bob King's Royale (I think), Richardson Racing Engines, and one or two others whose names escape me at the moment, as well as a great many of their employees. There was a simple reason for this, he was the manager when Natwest opened a new branch in Huntingdon, and trying to establish themselves in the area, they probably offered better terms than some of the others banks. The companies I've mentioned moved into the area around the same time, and he ended up with all of them. On Arch themselves, there's not a great deal I can tell you, ruddy-faced Bob Robinson founded and ran the company, and I think he was universally liked and respected, doesn't Bob's son still run Arch from the same premises today? As they were next door to SM, there was a lot of co-operation between the two, we were always doing odd-jobs for each other, though with all the welding and grinding, we thought it was a filthy place, and I'm sure that Arch thought much the same about us messy fibreglass people. Customers like Frank Williams would drive up in his van, the most immaculate Ford Escort you've ever seen, flawless midnight blue with that cute little white tab in the centre of the bonnet at the front just like the Brabham he ran back then, and creditworthiness permitting of course, collect items from both Specialised Mouldings and Arch Motors in the same trip. More may come back to me, but you should start an Arch thread if there isn't one already, I'm sure some will remember a lot more than I can.
Edited by RTH, 13 August 2009 - 10:37.