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Paul Wilkinson
webmaster
Friday, September 4, 2020 16:45
The pre-war Allard car owned by RM Bateman of Royd Hill in the 1940s

Message from Des Sowerby:

I'm writing a history of a series of old cars, the 12 pre-war Allards. RM Bateman, who lived at Royd Hill, Sutton in Craven in the 1940s and 1950s is the last known owner of one of these cars, registration ELL300, a black sports car. He advertised it for sale in 1948 and 1949, and that is the last that was heard of it.

I'm hoping to find out if anyone remembers what happened to the car. Mr Bateman was clearly a motor sport enthusiast entering a number of "sporting trials" in the 1940s and being on the Competitions Committee of the RAC in the 1950s. If anyone has any recollections of Mr Bateman or particularly of this car and what happened to it, I'd be very grateful to hear from them. Thanks

Des Sowerby

des.sowerby@gmail.com

020 8926 7250

ELL300

Terry Longbottom
Valley
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 11:19
The car that I saw CM Bateman hauling around on a trailer at the weekends was about the same shape as the one in the picture but was clad in aluminium. It looked more of a working machine than the Allard in the photo.
Terry Longbottom
Valley
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 11:21
The car that I saw CM Bateman hauling around on a trailer at the weekends was about the same shape as the one in the picture but was clad in aluminium. It looked more of a working machine than the Allard in the photo.
Alan Smith
Sutton
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:30
Like Terry I remember this car,Bairstows built a garage in the Sand Park a car if I remember correctly was kept here it was aluminium and green with what I was told was a very powerful engine,this was built to compete in what was Malcolm Batemans hobby hill climbing.l was told that the weight of this engine made the power to weight ratio of this vehicle wrong for hill climbing as it turned out.
Talking of Malcolm Bateman being a keen cyclist I remember calling in a pub on the road to Sedbergh from Kirkby Lonsdale and being served a pint by him,a person who in Sutton was known as the MD of Bairstows was behind the bar.
Alan Smith
Sutton
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:33
Like Terry I remember this car,Bairstows built a garage in the Sand Park a car if I remember correctly was kept here it was aluminium and green with what I was told was a very powerful engine,this was built to compete in what was Malcolm Batemans hobby hill climbing.l was told that the weight of this engine made the power to weight ratio of this vehicle wrong for hill climbing as it turned out.
Talking of Malcolm Bateman being a keen cyclist I remember calling in a pub on the road to Sedbergh from Kirkby Lonsdale and being served a pint by him,a person who in Sutton was known as the MD of Bairstows was behind the bar.



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