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A FAMILY mourning the sudden loss of a father and husband will showcase his pride and joy at a prestigious car show at Windsor Castle.
Dr Arthur Holmes Pickering, from Datchet, passed away in his sleep, aged 77, on Sunday, May 6, but he had already entered his silver blue 1935 AC 16/90 into the Windsor Castle Concours Of Elegance next month.
Mr Pickering's three children will display the car within the castle grounds alongside high-profile automobiles including Prince Charles's 1969 Aston Martin Volante DB6 MKII - a gift from The Queen on his 21st birthday. His daughter Jeni Kelly, who lives in Dedworth, said: "It is such a wonderful thing that we are able to enter the car even though he is not here.
"We feel so honoured and privileged that we are able to do this in place of my dad."
Dr Pickering bought the car for £15 from a scrapyard in St Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings, in the 1960s, but he did not fully restore the car until the 1990s.
He was a doctor of occupational medicine and despite his age was working one day a week up until last year. He was in the process of applying for another job when he died.
Mrs Kelly added: "He was so passionate about old cars and old motorbikes. He was a larger than life character who did so much for so many people, but so very quietly."
Windsor Castle Concours Of Elegance is being held at Windsor Castle from Friday to Sunday, September 7-9. For tickets, costing £25-£35 for adults and £12.50-£17.50 for children, or more information, visit www.concoursofelegance.co.uk
This article appeared in Royal Borough Observer 23 Aug 12