Saturday, 24 September 2011

Harper’s Yard

It was some while later that Bill & Jimmy had moved their photographic business to a shop, which included a flat upstairs, in South Street, Old Isleworth, adjacent to famous Clock Tower. The shop and flat were located on the corner of the building overlooking and was actually was part of Harper’s Yard, which was the new car storage and preparation facility for the recently formed Porsche Cars Great Britain, the brainchild of John Aldington. John had offered Bill a sub-lease on the shop, which offered them some additional security on the yard as Bill’s work took him in and out at all hours of the day and night throughout the week.
I did not know it at that time, but John Aldington was to become a key person in my later Porsche career in two very different ways.
John Aldington had formed Porsche Cars Great Britain in the late 1960’s. As Porsche Cars Great Britain did not have it’s own purpose built premises in those early days, initially they shared the limited space at AFN with everyone falling over each other. It was soon apparent that this could not go on, so they leased two separate premises in the local area, near to AFN, which were Harper’s Yard for new car storage/preparation and the main part of the old Isleworth film studios at Worton Hall for the balance of operations of spare parts and administration.
Worton Hall was quite famous as Isleworth film Studios and the last film made there was The African Queen film starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn. A number of other smaller businesses were also located there at this time, but Porsche was by far the largest.
It was at this time Porsche Cars Great Britain actually was and appeared to be separate from AFN for the first time.

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