14. Your Emails…

It’s still early days for this Online Museum, which has only recently made its debut in a very small corner of the infinite cosmos of cyberspace. I’ll add interesting communications here to keep the museum ‘live’ so if you have any reminiscences you’d like to add for public consumption, please do email me (my email address is inside the photo at the bottom of the page).


Just found your Warrick on-line museum. Excellent.

I remember the faded lettering high on the south facing gable end which proclaimed Monarch Cycle works and always wondered about it.

I used to take wheels in there for stove enamelling and parts to be chromed and also it was the only or first place in the area to undertake aluminium arc welding and the welder worked in a large Faraday cage, like something out of “The Time Machine”.

My father ran Bucklers at 67 Caversham Road where the first Buckler car was made in 1947 but like Warricks, few people appreciated the engineering which was taking place under their noses.

I enclose a photo from 1950 of Buckler sports cars at 67 Caversham Road. ERD 96 is now fully restored and appeared at the Goodwood Revival this September.

The company my father purchased from W.J. Barkus in 1939 was, I think, the “Barkus Light Engineering and Aircraft Company”. This then became simply Bucklers and later Bucklers of Reading.

There was only the cobblers shop and Brown Bros between us and Warricks.
So far the only company I can find trading at 67 Caversham Road in 1938 is “Brooklands Motor Agency (Reading) Ltd. Service Depot.”

Bucklers did not own that premises but rented it from Stevco Ltd., as did Mr Barkus who continued to trade next door.

sincere regards Malcolm Buckler

Fancy you saw the Buckler ( ERD) at Goodwood . Great.

It is owned by a Frenchman, Johan Letoquin and has been in his family since he was a child in the 1970’s. . He is not a professional but did the entire restoration DIY, learning as he went, including the auluminium body and got a tig welder for his birthday.

He spent the whole summer finishing it ready for Goodwood but was turned back at St Malo, passport expired, would you believe. His best friend was coming over as passenger so the father of his best friend came in his place. It is the father, Jean Autret, sitting behind the wheel, they are all old car enthusiasts, the father has a 1922 Matisse and the best friend a1920’s Citroen lorry plus various old French motorbikes, Terrot etc..

I have another photo of Bucklers at Caversham Road which I will attach. That has also been on the forum in the past and, as you can see is early 1960’s.

regards Malcolm.



Here’s a press-cutting from Simon’s excellent Buckler website (link above), with a period ad that shows the address of Bucklers at 67 Caversham Rd.

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When I met Greg Warrick at the Bristol Classic bike Show he told me that he’d recently been in touch with the Mathews family, and discovered that when the white Warrick ‘AC 4419’ was sold at auction, all the Warrick factory papaers owned by L. Mathews were sold with it.

We decided to do more research to see if we could locate those documents.

Two days later, however, I received the following email…

Dear Sir,
We found your Warrick website on the net and we are pleased that you made a website for the marque.
Some ten years ago we purchased the white 1914 Warrick ( as shown on your website Reg No AC4419 )
In the front seat there is Mr. L Mathews at the left and at the right is Mr. Warrick.
The shown Warrick is the same as Mr L. Mathews found in the field in 1950.
( 7. Mr. Mathews finds Warrick Carrier in a field in 1950 )
We purchased this Warrick at Bonhams Auctions at Beaulieu from the estate of Mr. L. Mathews.
We did not know at the time we purchased it, there was a pallet full of documents related to the Warrick company.
In fact it was the full Warrick factories written administration, accounting, archives, photographs and company records back to approx. 1879 !!!
Including many personal written artefacts and photographs of the Warrick family including Mr Warricks passport…..
As we thought this was an important piece of history, we offered ( in writing ) the complete pallet for free to the city of Reading however never received an answer…
As we felt this archive should stay together, we passed it on to the National Fiets Museum Velorama ( National Bicycle Museum ) in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
We are longtime friends with Gert-Jan Moedt, the owner of the Museum and we felt they are the right people to take care of the conservation of this important piece of history.
We thought we had to let you know, there is still some information available and conserved.
Yours sincerely,

Geert Versleyen
Yesterdays Antique Motorcycles
The Netherlands


Hi Colin,
Good to hear you are pleased to know of the whereabouts of the Warrick archives.
I am sure Gertjan will cooperate publishing more literature.
We think it would be a good thing to visit him at the museum and have a close look at the literature yourself. ( 3 hours from Calais )
We think that photocopy everything you need will be the best.
Give Gertjan a call or write him a letter, explaining the whole matter and mention us as a reference.
We think you will find him a great guy, but as he is a very busy man, don`t expect he will do the further research for you.!
The white Warrick resides in Spain, and is green now….
We told the owner about your website and he might send you some photographs.
We should have photographs also somewhere, however they are before the digital time and are laying around somewhere….
Please keep us posted about the progress with Gertjan and if we can be of further help, please let us know !
All the best,

Geert Versleyen / Thijs Lempens
Yesterdays Antique Motorcycles
The Netherlands



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