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This distinctive Art Deco-style building, in Victoria Road, was built, in 1933, as a car showroom for the Fairman family. There was also a large garage next door, which has since been demolished. The Fairmans had another garage, and an engineering works, in Station Road East.
Fairman dovetailed running the business with Formula One grand prix racing, taking part in 12 races. His best season was in 1956, when he finished fourth in the British Grand Prix in a works Connaught. Jack Fairman died in 2002, aged 88, at a motor sport retirement home.
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