"It's a bit of an unusual query relating to the village history and I will
explain briefly. In 1990 I purchased a car from a chap who lived in Gretton,
Winchcombe, only 10 miles from Shurdington. It had been standing in a barn
for about 12 years unloved and I recovered it to my home in West Yorks -
where the car was originally manufactured in Bradford. I then spent
many years restoring the car - picture attached. The car is a very rare
Jowett Jupiter sports car built in 1952 and sold by Steeles of Cirencester
in August of 1952 (now Gardiners Household Store, Dyer Street), and went to
its new home in Chalford about 25 miles from Shurdington .
The car spent all its early life in and around the Gloucestershire
area and in about 1978 was owned by a chap called Bob Sinclair of
Shurdington and that is only contact details I have for the then owner. I
have only recently established this, via the world marques expert on this
model of car, who found out that Bob had the car for sale at that time. As a
hobby and pastime, I have spent the last 20 plus years on and off trying to
trace its history and have had some success. Even finding its very
wealthy original owner. Lots of local people have been kind enough to assist
and I spent a week in the area tracking contacts down. Plus, I also had an
article reported in the Wilts & Gloucestershire Herald, in their 'The way we
However, I have a big gap around the time Mr Bob Sinclair owned the car and
the only other vague detail I know is that he may have been keen on motor
sport, as I know the car was bought from the car park of the famous Prescott
hill climb run by the Bugatti Owners Club around the time Bob owned it..
I hoped, given your obvious
significant involvement in village activities, if you knew of any remaining
members of Bob Sinclair's family locally? I have found that people are very
interested to hear of what has become of this special car and it brings back
many happy memories of outings and even the coming of a first child in one
instance - the car had to be sold for a family car to accommodate the baby!
I am really looking to establish contact with anyone who may be able to help
me or family relating to Mr Bob Sinclair of Shurdington. I suspect that as
the car was a classic car in 1978, he may have been of an age where he is
probably sadly no longer with us.
Any details no matter how small seem always turn
out to be relevant. In a Pub near Chalford, the locals were very interested
and welcoming, resulting in an old chap telling me he remembered the car
being driven around the area and I finally tracked down its first owner
living in Wales."