Munn & Underwood – Exmouth Road, Southsea

Standard Triumph Review 1959. AS part of their expansion programme, Messrs. Munn & Underwood Ltd., Standard Triumph Distributors of Portsmouth and Southsea, recently acquired King’s Garage, Exmouth Road, Southsea, which they have modernised and adapted […]


Totland Service Station Pt 2

From 1961, our car was regularly serviced at Totland Service Station. The garage was a few hundred yards from Sungarth on Colwell Road. The company was incorporated 21 Mar 1947, with ‘The Broadway’ (seen here) being […]


The Isle of Wight

During a recent trip to the Isle of Wight we were able to visit the site of the Ryde Garage, Downing and Donovan and take a trip to the Records Office at Newport. We found new […]


Ferry good! Pt1

It seemed our car VDL634 would have travelled a fair distance to the initial dealer. Leaving Canley in August for Munns and Underwood in Southsea/Portsmouth. Catching the Portsmouth to Fishguard (car) ferry then, we assume, […]


Downing and Donovan today

The actual road – Victoria Street, in Ryde has changed very little since the 60’s as we can see in modern and period photos. The garage and showrooms for Downing and Donovan – Ryde Garage […]


Downing and Donovan Names Pt2

This remarkable photograph may feature our car. It was taken by Garry Stretch’s father in Ryde between September and October 1960. The original post was on Facebook so here are some of the 101 comments […]