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Raymond Way Ford Car Sales / Dealer.Another interesting pair of curious scanned and sent over by Les, this time found in a folder containing miscellaneous motoring items from the 1960s. They were used at the Raymond Way Ltd car dealership, advertising a 1960 Anglia on sale in the showroom.
|These unusual items are just the kind of thing that get thrown away, and therefore don't survive for long. Perhaps both screen displays were used in the same car - before and after a price change? maybe they came with a car that the purchaser bought, and these had been left in the window. The car was a 105E Anglia de-luxe saloon, from 1960.|
|Searching around online brings up some references to a motor dealer of this name, based in Kilburn, London. He was the first person in the UK to place adverts on commercial television it seems. A Thames lorry of the early 1950s, in the livery of Raymond Way, can be seen on this page.|
Raymond Way employees get in touch.Brian Davies dropped me a line early in 2010, he was an employee at Raymond Way at the time of these screen displays:
"Browsing through the web today, I came upon a couple of on-screen For Sale notices for a 1960 Ford Anglia which had been posted
by a chap called Les. He had come across these old handwritten notices in a folder containing various motoring docs. My name is
Brian Davies, I worked at Raymond Ways at this time as a salesman, and knew very well the chap who wrote out these sale notices,
his surname was the same as mine, so I went under the name of Bryan. I would love to hear from anyone who can remember anything
pertaining to any staff member of that era, or anything to do with Raymond Way Motors. At my time there we also supplied the cars
for the television series Z Cars, had an aviation dept, and even had a Piper aeroplane in our showroom in Kilburn high street. There
was a motorcycle dept (where I first worked), and a three wheeler dept to boot.|
Hoping to hear from someone, I am expectantly, Brian Davies.
PS, To hear from Frederick Way ( junior!! ) would be absolutely fantastic."
|Brian then adds:|
"I was flabbergasted to get such a quick reply to my request, and thanks so much. I have many stories I could relate whilst
working for - what was - the hardest, but best school of salesmanship available at the time. Herewith but a couple:- |
Quite an elegant lady, well dressed, complete with umbrella and picture hat, entered the showroom in Canterbury Road (before we were installed in our posh new showroom ) and proceeded along the aisle between the rows of cars. She was not (seemingly) considered to be a potential buyer, and so was allowed to proceed unmolested. However at a certain point she lost her footing and fell to the floor. A salesman rushed to her assistance, put his arms beneath her shoulders and began to lift her up on her feet again, but at this point she unfortunately audibly broke wind, without further ado, the salesman dropped her like a sack of potatoes, and cried out "FILTHY B*TCH". Just picture the scene, elegant lady, hat askew in a crumpled heap."
|"Another time in our little rest room in the Kilburn High Road showroom, I happened to be inbetween one of our salesmen named Ray St Bernard (who had been a very well known wrestler) and a friend of his who was also very famous, a wrestler named QUANGO. Quango had a fantastic body, but was not a pretty boy to look at, anyway Ray saw fit to shout out loud "what do you mean he's the ugliest man you've ever seen". Imagine how I wished to be swallowed up in a hole. I would like to add that Raymond Way was a most impressive man, who commanded attention wherever he went, and had - what I have always called - "presence", a truly remarkable man."|
|"We had a general helper who went under the name of Paddy O'Connor, he would fetch and carry, and do all sorts of helpful things, anyway would you believe he bought himself a Packard straight eight convertible, which was - apart from a dent in the front offside wing - quite beautiful, but was unable to afford to run it. Now comes the crunch - he offered it to anyone of us for £25, but no-one took it up, so this beautiful machine went to a breakers yard. I have a black and white photo of this beauty should you evoke any interest, also in my posession I have photos of the Rolls-Royce used in the film "The Millionairess" which was owned by Raymond Way. Incidently I took, developed, and printed, all the handout photos of the cars we hired out for the "Z Cars" series."|
|To add to this collection of memories regarding Raymond Way, Roger Davies dropped me a line early in 2012, with his own information regarding this motor emporium:|
|"I have a bit of additional information. My Dad was Bert Davies who I am sure worked with Bryan Davies in the early to mid sixties. Bert (Herbert) was Sales Manager at Raymond Ways and had an office at the rear of the front showroom which, if my memory is accurate, was where new cars were displayed. His main responsibility was second-hand cars which were shown in a huge showroom at the bottom of a slope behind the new car frontage on Kilburn High Road. The showroom appeared to be twice as big as it really was as the end wall was covered in mirrors."|
|"Bryan was quite right that the firm rented cars out for TV and film work including "Z cars" and "Our Man at St Marks". Although still at school I spent many a happy Saturday morning with Dad just being around the cars. In addition to the Ford Anglias that the windscreen stickers refer to, I recall E-types, Metropolitans (with their awful Pye radios), an Austin Atlantic and a Volvo P1800 from the very large stock that they carried. After I passed the test at 17 I drove a variety of cars to film sets and TV locations, including Donald Sinden's A35 for "Our Man at St Marks". I have very little recollection of other people who worked there apart from "Mr Frederick" (Raymond Way's son), Brian (or Bryan) Davies and various traders, including Stan Bates who I believe had also been sales manager before Dad. I have very fond memories of Raymond Way's although I see from Google maps that the premises have now been redeveloped for housing and the Rifle Volunteer on the corner of Brondesbury Villas and Kilburn High Road has become a gastro pub. I came across Bert's business card the other day - funny the things you hold on to. Maybe this email will revive a few more memories for Bryan."|
|My thanks to Roger for sending over his recollections of this once well-known firm.|
|If anyone else worked for this motor retailer, and has memories of working there, please get in touch and I'll add them in here. In later years the company would be taken over by King's of Oxford as part of their business expansion.|
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