Care Home Resident, 99, Relives Passion For Fast Cars

A 99-year old, Chichester care home resident, who once drove his car across the Alps, has been reunited with his favourite motor cars.

Richard Garrard, a resident at Colten Care’s Wellington Grange was visited by six, local, MG owners and their pristine vehicles.

Richard has owned three MGs during his life – a VS 180, an MG GT and an MG PC7.

He even drove his MGB GT across the Italian Alps and remains a member of the MG Owners’ Club to this day.

Emily Hudson, Companionship Team Leader at Wellington Grange, said: “When we asked Richard to name his dearest wish he immediately said he wanted to touch and hear an MG again. So when he saw all the cars lined up in the car park he was absolutely ecstatic.”

MG began in 1924 when Cecil Kimber, a former William Morris employee, started fitting coach-built tourer bodies to the Morris Cowley chassis, creating cars known as the Morris Garage Chummys.

A few years later, in 1924, he designed the 14/28 Super Sports model, the first true MG and a British icon was born.

Richard enjoyed inspecting each model of MG brought along to Wellington Grange and discussed his own car collection with their owners.

Other residents from the home also admired the cars and a few even sat inside them and turned on their ignitions.

Some of the owners then presented Richard with a framed sketch of his own MG GT.

Richard said: “This was one of the best days of my life – a really marvellous afternoon. Thank you to everyone.”

Emily added: “Here at Wellington Grange we celebrate all our residents’ passions and we like nothing more than to grant their wishes when we can.

“We are hugely grateful to the local owners who brought their cars in and helped make Richard’s wish come true.”

 

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