One July Sunday, in between the rain showers LAM member Bob Maurer hosted a visit to his outstanding collection of cars and bikes. Bob did his IAM motorcycle test with LAM in the nineties and has kept up his membership ever since as he wants to continue to support the organisation’s objectives. He originally joined IAM by passing his car test in 1973.
His current collection occupies an industrial unit in Surrey. It comprises:
But that’s enough of the cars. Bob also has:
Bob’s fingernails are clean: he believes in buying classic vehicles with the work already done as far as possible. Some of his acquisitions have come with eye-watering bills from previous owners and he has good relationships with a network of marque specialists.
Although the condition of all these vehicles is outstanding they are by no means museum pieces, they’re all regularly used by Bob and his wife – and all the cars have to be able to accommodate his dog. He drives defensively and doesn’t worry about the odd stone chip.
Bob said: ‘My wife and I have always enjoyed bikes and cars; mostly by looking at other people’s treasures. In later life we’ve been lucky to be able to indulge our passion and now it’s a pleasure to share our collection – especially for charity. We belong to ‘Sporting Bears’, a charity that offers dream rides at many events around UK in return for a donation. Drivers pay all their expenses and a subscription which covers the administration costs of the charity so every penny raised goes to the designated charity. So far funds raised exceed £2 million. Some of the car clubs we have joined have designated charities and it has been a pleasure to be a tiny part of supporting Shooting Star Children’s Hospices through one of them.’
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