Thursday, 24 June 2021

Rare Squire cars reunited

FOUR classic cars which were built near Henley in the Thirties were reunited for the first time in the town

FOUR classic cars which were built near Henley in the Thirties were reunited for the first time in the town.

The vintage vehicles were made by Squire, a high-end manufacturer that was set up in a single garage at Remenham Hill in 1931. Only seven were ever made and just six are still in existence.

The quartet were displayed in one of the club?s function rooms at Phyllis Court Club as part of a commemorative lunch organised by its motoring group.

More than 100 members viewed them and took photographs before enjoying a three-course meal and a series of talks on the company?s history.

The first car, made in 1935, spent decades in South Africa but was purchased last year by Richard Wilson, from Harpsden.

It was originally built for the 6th Baron Camoys of Stonor Park.

The other three cars were assembled in 1936 and have changed hands many times.

One was previously based in Holland and another in America but their current owners are all British.

The Hon Georgina Stonor, daughter of the late Baron Camoys, was at the function together with Mr Wilson?s wife Anna. Mrs Wilson said: ?I?m not much of a motoring enthusiast and wasn?t sure what to expect but I found the afternoon absolutely fascinating.

?It?s incredible how the club managed to bring together so many people who were involved with Squire cars.

?We already knew the history of our car and were originally attracted to it because of the local connection but this event really brought it to life.?

The cars, which are in full working order, were equipped with a supercharged 1.5-litre engine that could help reach speeds of 100mph. They would have cost £1,200 each when they were made ? about £76,600 in today?s money.

Squire was founded by engineer Adrian Squire, who grew up in Berkshire and had previously worked at MG?s Abingdon plant, which closed years ago.

His son Anthony, 81, and daughter Caroline Lye, 79, who live in Wallingford, attended the lunch and gave a short presentation about his life.

Click here to see more photographs of the cars and the event.

Motoring historian Jonathan Wood, who helped the motoring group track down the owners, then gave a talk on his new biography of Mr Squire. Piers Flashman, the group?s president, said: ?There is a strong relationship between this manufacturer and the local area. It is Henley?s car in every way.

?As well as having a local base, Mr Squire would doubtless have sat here at Phyllis Court discussing his designs with supporters before bringing them to life.

?The word ?unique? is sometimes overused but this truly is a unique occasion. We?ve got four cars in this room today that could well have been conceived here.

?We feel these cars belong in Henley even though they?ve been all over the world.?

More News:

POLL: Have your say