As probably most of you are now aware it is with a heavy heart that I have the sad news the legend that was Pete Buckles passed away on Christmas Day.
I have known Pete for almost 50 years, our first meeting was circa 1975 when I was sent to Clapham (it might have been Putney) to collect 50 x TR6 steel wheels from a guy called Pete Buckles. I entered the shop and Pete ‘appeared’ out of the floor, he was in the cellar bringing the wheels up ready for me.
From that day on I stayed in touch with him through Cox & Buckles, CB Exports and Moss. He rented a warehouse from my future Father-in-law in High Wycombe too. In the last 3 years we have enjoyed very much working together at British Motor Heritage where he was my boss (along with Neil Aldred), confidante, encourager, listener and mentor but most of all…a dear friend.
The day before he went into hospital we went to a supplier meeting together in Coventry and Pete was still able to quote Triumph part numbers at random.
His brain was as sharp as ever, unfortunately his body had had enough. Despite his persona, particularly on first meeting, Pete was a very kind and generous individual.
I will always cherish my time with him and regret the moments we won’t have together. This is such a great loss to me personally and a tremendous loss to the classic car world. Without Pete’s input over the last 60 years or so the market would be devoid of many, many part numbers.
My sincerest heartfelt condolences go out to Irene and his daughters Sam & Kaz.
BMH Managing Director
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