Mick Haven is a member of SHMAC and contributor to MAR Online. Here are his thoughts after hearing that Robin Allen of the SHMAC club passed away on Saturday 23rd June.
It isn’t often I’m lost for a word or two, but in such circumstances it really is difficult and I know that other members of SHMAC will echo my feelings. Having only been a club member since 2005, it was a while before I knew of Robin’s standing and history with the club. Consequently, members of longer standing are better placed to write about him from that perspective.
Life can throw up some funny strange quirks, and it did so in my early acquaintance with him. At the time I joined, he wasn’t a regular attendee at our Monthly club night, so I didn’t get to know him that well at first. In 2009 I had started to work for the local car dealership which still gives me work. Unbeknown to me Robin worked as a vehicle inspector at what was then Portsmouth D.V.L.A. where he stayed until its closure in 2013. One of the tasks that I undertook was to go to the D.V.L.A. for vehicle licencing matters. It was during one of these visits that I noticed a person at the back of the office who looked familiar. It was Robin. Unfortunately due to where he stood, behind a security window, I couldn’t attract his attention.
Subsequent visits would prove more fruitful and I would see him more often. If I’m honest, I never shared his passion for his 1 to 1 scale collection and I never saw his model collection which I believe was extensive to put it mildly. That doesn’t detract from the fact that both were absolutely amazing. At club nights, there was no telling what he would arrive in, it could be a Mercedes-Benz, or a D.K.W,, or a Beetle, including the one modelled by Corgi. All were immaculate.
As for his submissions at club nights where we take along monthly themed models for members to vote on, there was no telling what he would bring. Many were rarities, and he was a mine of information about all of them. His knowledge of his collection was top drawer.
His passing is a sad loss not only for his fellow club members but for the collecting fraternity as a whole, in which he had many friends.
R.I.P. Rob, it was good to know you.