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Obituary of Alan Withey

By Peter Lockley 


I am sad to report the death in hospital on 12th March of Alan Withey, a former vice-chairman and honorary member of the Standard Motor Club. He was also a stalwart member and Group Leader of the West Midlands Group for many years until ill health prevented him from carrying out that role.

I first encountered Alan soon after I joined the Club when I bought my 1957 8 in 1991. After discovering I was a solicitor he proposed me for a committee post and I became chairman the following year, so he has a lot to answer for.

He was an ever present at West Midlands Group meetings and organised many events such as the annual West Midlands Rally along with Club stands at shows in the area.

He had inherited his 1955 Basic 8 from his father and, towing his tiny Eriba caravan, it was a familiar sight at shows with Alan and his wife May always there directing people to their pitch and offering a welcoming smile to everyone.

Alan was also a great source of help and advice to all Standard owners in technical matters, particularly for owners of 8s and 10s. 

Outside the Club Alan had a long and varied working life ranging from the Merchant Navy to being involved in the building of the class 323 trains which are still a familiar sight on the Birmingham Cross City line.

Happily Alan's 8 is now with the third generation of his family in the safe hands of his daughter Janine. 

Alan made a great contribution to the Club during his lifetime and will be long remembered.

Our condolences go to his widow May and to Janine. 

I have attached two photos of Alan and his car courtesy of Steve O'Hara.