This was, of course at the height of the Great War, but how much real risk ‘not obscuring headlights’ caused is a matter of speculation !
Percy and his family seem to have managed to have some leisure time during the war.
This experience was, at least partly, the reason behind both my brother David and myself being entirely state educated.
Here she is with Vic and their mother around 1925 at Torquay, when Jeanne was seven and Vic twelve.
The business had been established in 1905, by Percy and Roland, his younger brother, in Ladypool Road, Moseley and moved to new premises in Bearwood around 1912.
Pictured here with Marion in the garden of Pargeter Road, as the horror that became the First World War began in the summer of 1914.
He was the first child of Percy Walter Winchurch, an established garage proprietor and Marion (nee Brown), who had owned her own millinery business in Birmingham.
In October 1938 Vic left Smethwick to work in Northallerton as an Additional Inspector of Weights and measures for North Riding of Yorkshire Council.
He was there when war broke out in September 1939, but left in December 1940 to move back to his parents’ home.
This had a rather chequered life in terms of reliability, but played no small part in my own future interest in sound reproduction and electronics, not to mention music and opera.