It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of a long term MG Y Type owner Alan Chick on Wednesday 27th April 2016 after a short illness. He was 88.
Alan was a well loved character from Penarth, South Wales. An accountant by profession he worked for Cardiff City Council. He acquired his YB (Chassis No YB 1274) on 29th February 1959 for £460.
(That’s around £9700 in 2016.) However in 1953 the YB was marketed at £990 (£25,000 in 2016) a drop of £11k in today’s prices!
This was Alan’s every day car for many years but he eventually bought a more modern vehicle for daily use but kept the YB. He retired around 1983 and had the car restored in 1997.
As far as I can gather he attended every Spring Run from the inception in 1997, most Y Tours in France, Belgium and the UK many of which were attended with his long term friend Mary Jackson, who is quite understandably very upset to hear of Alan’s passing.
Some of the comments that we have received from his Y Type friends are worth noting. Here are just a few,
Arlene and I have great memories of Alan (and Mary!) from the many runs/weekends and breakdowns we shared! He was not only good company during an event; he also wrote and sent very personal notes of thanks to organisers – and stayed in touch at Christmas or other significant times. (Andrew and Arlene Coulson)
Both Jack and I are very sorry to hear the news about our good friend Alan. We have known him and Mary for a very long time and were very fond of them both. He had a great warmth and ability to make friends and was always a great asset to any event that he attended. The older he got the more of a lovable man he became and his love of his Y was very endearing. We were always amazed about his enthusiasm in attending so many events and his pleasure in renewing old acquaintances, making you feel as if it were only yesterday that you last met. It is good to know that Alan Junior will be carrying on the tradition and keeping his memory alive for everyone.
(Jack and Mollie Murray)
Very sad indeed. My earliest memory of Alan is of problems with his carburettor float on the first Brittany run organised by Denis D. While the float was being soldered at a wonderful French garage, the proprietress (who we nicknamed Miss France 1920) regaled us with amusing stories of the WW2 occupation and provided us with a superb buffet lunch. Thank you Alan for that & many other happy memories of a great guy who will be greatly missed.
(David and Barbara Hague)
Oh that is sad news; I was looking forward to seeing him again in Gloucestershire and in Wales. Gillie and I will miss him and our thoughts are with his family. (Peter Sharp)
Such sad news. I seem to recall Alan telling me, or someone else, that a few years ago he drove his YB to somewhere in Turkey and back which is a remarkable achievement both as a testament to him and also to his car. (Francis & Jan Smith)
and Chairman Peter Vielvoye who noted: –
A lovely man who I got to know well on our Y trips, he was joy to have a bit of banter with. I shall miss him.
As Mollie Murray noted Alan has bequeathed his lovely car to his nephew, also called Alan, who has driven his Uncle’s car on a number of occasions as Alan senior found it difficult to travel long distances to events. So we will be fortunate to have Alan Junior carrying on the tradition and keeping the memory of his uncle’s memory alive for everyone.
A very, very sad loss of a true gentleman and hugely committed supporter of the Y Type. We will be raising our glasses to him both on our Spring Run, at Silverstone and also at Llanerchindda Farm where hopefully we will be meeting up with the car and Alan Junior in early July.
We will all miss you very much Alan.