Can you help?
A Plea for Information:
I am trying trace an NG-TA built by my Granddad and any information about this car no matter how small or
insignificant would be much appreciated.
The car was built by my Granddad, Richard (Dick) Larkman, and my Uncle around 20 years ago. I was very close to my
granddad and used to go to his house at the weekends and help/watch them building the car. I have some very fond
memories of this time and the car. We lost my granddad some years ago and I still miss him dearly. I’ve thought
about his car a lot and recently I have developed a real yearning to find out what happened to it.
My Granddad was a very skilled panel beater and fabricator and my uncle was very good with mechanics, so as you can
see the car has many unique features including the grill and engine covers and the section in front and below the
grill. It was finished to a very high standard and I remember lots to nice comments from members of the NG Owners
Club at a show at Castle Combe in the early-to-mid 90’s.
The car is an NG-TA , based on a Marina 1800 TC (Reg JEL379N) - although when the kit was brought the company was
called Pastiche. It was built in the early 90’s in Southampton and remained there until it was sold to a dealer
(Meon Valley car sales), I’m told it took a long while for the dealer to make a sale. Recently, through the club
with Bob Morrison's help, I have found that the last know member-owner was a Mr Allen Venn of Bracknell.
Unfortunately his membership lapse in 2001 and I don’t think the car has been Taxed or MOT’d since then.
I have contacted the DVLA but they won't release any details of a current owner - as they say my need is not of
sufficient importance. I have written to DVLA in the hope that they may forward my details to the current owner -
and I live in hope. I have also written to Mr Venn at his last known address and hope for a reply.
So if anyone knows anything about the whereabouts of my Grandad's TA, or of Mr Venn, or has any memories about my
Grandad then please, please contact me.
Also if the owner is out there I have some photos and details of the original build which will be of interest to
Thank you - Edd Catell (Sevenoaks)