One of the nicest people I have met through this hobby of ours passed away yesterday. Robin Allen, lover of old German cars, model collector, and founder member of the South Hants Model Auto Club lost his battle against cancer.
Robin supported Model Auto Review from its earliest days with his articles and comments. These were frequently on the subject of Volkswagens, which he was an authority on, both modelled and real. Readers may remember that Corgi modelled one of his Volkswagen’s last year and Robin shared the design cell and the story of the model creation with us.
I met Robin just once when I gave a talk at SHMAC last year and he treated me to a tour of his model collection and capped it all by taking me for a ride in his beautiful 1957 Mercedes-Benz. His enthusiasm and willingness to share his knowledge and love of collecting was infectious.
I hope that at some point in the future one of his friends from SHMAC will contribute a fuller tribute. My commiserations to his friends and family for their great loss.