AT this month’s meeting we heard about forthcoming trips, including visits to the Watermill Theatre in Newbury and Hever Castle in Kent.
Our guest speaker was Bob MacFarlane, who spent his working life in the motor industry, starting with an apprenticeship in 1956.
The focus of his talk was the resurrection of the Volkswagen company after the Second World War.
Bob detailed how Germany was able to concentrate on manufacturing, helped by Marshall Aid, which enabled the purchase of American-made machine tools.
The factory was, and probably still is, one of the largest in the world, being two miles long from the foundry at one end to the offices at the other.
The factory was built next to a canal, enabling the raw materials to be brought in, and had its own railhead to take the finished products to the market.
The question and answer session was a lively affair with members trying to outdo each other with tales of their first car.
The consensus was we all started with an Austin 7, none of which appeared to have any brakes and would only go uphill in reverse.
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