R. J. W.Wilkinson was a curious kind of scrapyard. It was a proper old school vehicle dismantler and repair shop. A place where old cars went to be broken down into their component parts, which would subsequently be labeled and stored away to give life to other old cars in need. Engine re-bores and rebuilds were also offered along with numerous other services. But what makes the place special is it’s period of operation. It’s hard to say for sure when it started but as about a third of the stock seems to have been from pre-war, it must have been pretty early. Right through until the seventies, parts were meticulously stashed away with the business ceasing full time operation the following decade. Since then not much has changed but finally, having apparently reached his 90’s the old man passed on and so an era came to end, which brings me to the purpose of this post.

A while ago, I was told about the impending clearance of this yard. For just one week, the yard would be having a sale, after which the remaining parts will be disposed. That means scrap! That week is now! I had never been to this place before and was utterly astonished at what I say. The words “gold mine” simply don’t cover what we have here. I don’t think I have ever seen such a hoard of obscure and pre-war parts before. Some amazing cars have passed though this yard over the years, as evidenced by the rudimentary card file system tucked away in a drawer in the workshop, listing cars such as a ‘34 Citroen, a ‘28 Buick, a ‘51 Cadillac and even such oddities as Chrysler Airflow and a Trojan.

The vintage 1940’s boring machine and surface grinder still reside in the workshop, alongside ancient welding plant and hundreds of hand tools. Paperwork and magazines dating back to the 1940’s are there too along with parts catalogues and service manuals. It’s very sad that it’s all got to go but that’s the way of the world. If you have an interest in pre-war cars, or cars of the 50’s and ’60’s and you’re withing striking distance of Lincoln, then you should get yourself there for a look. You have until the end of Friday, after which this stuff will be gone for good. The place you’re looking for is at 7 water Lane, North Hykeham, Lincoln, LN6 9QT.

3 Responses to “R. J. W. Wilkinson”

  1. caddy_carazy says:

    Anyone know what the opening times are for this yard during this one week sale? or even a phone number?

  2. RatDat says:

    9am to 5pm but be quick… only open tomorrow and Friday!. Haven’t got a phone number for them, sorry!

  3. cbxade says:

    Just wanted to add that this guy really was the last of the great collectors. Being from Lincoln originally, i met him a few times and he was always very helpful. He seemed very reserved in his approach to people and respect had to be earnt.
    He also had a large yard full of ‘wrecks’ next to the railway line on station road,north hykeham right up until the mid 1990’s. I had the pleasure of wondering around there on numerous occasions,loved it. It was mostly full of 50/60’s saloons of Ford, Vauxhall, Jaguar etc varieties. Also a couple of early 70’s Fords.
    He also had a ‘visitors book’ that was full of signatures from around the world.
    His presence will be greatly missed and its sad to know that everything has gone.
    Thank you Mr. Wilkinson,you are forever engraved in my memory.

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