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Golden Trojan Times
Enthusiasts, residents and former employees from the Croydon-based Trojan car manufacturers have been flooding The Guardian newsroom with pictures and memories following our appeal to help establish a museum dedicated to the vehicles.
Responses from as far a field as Canada have reached the Purley offices of The Guardian, from people who read the May 1st story on the Trojan Museum Trust's appeal for artefacts, photographs and memories of the car company during its heyday.
Bill Dyer, who now lives on Purley Way opposite the Trojan factory during the 1930s, when he first became interested in the Croydon vehicles. Former employee and Brighton Road resident Mr. L Hurford, who also now lives in Canada, started work at the Trojan factory at the tender age of 17 years. He got a job assisting on the two cycle engines for the Brook Bond Tea vans. His experience at Trojan led to a job as a mechanic for the RAF but he returned to Trojan around five years later to continue his career.
Trojan enthusiast Lily Andy, from Brighton in West Sussex, donated these photographs to the Trust including a snapshot of the company's stand at the London, Earls Court show.
If you have any photographs or memories of Trojan in its heyday, please send them to:
Trojan Appeal, Croydon Guardian, Heritage, 3rd Floor,
854 Brighton Road, Purley, Surrey CR8 2UX, UK.