Cyril Harvey: September 21, 1929 – July 25, 2019
Cyril Harvey passed away Thursday, July 25, 2019 at the age of 89 years. He was born in Essex in September 1929. He left school at age 14 and tried his hand at various jobs until called up for National Service in 1947 when he joined the RAF. After he finished his National Service he was employed by the Radiological Protection Service. In 1964 Cyril first met Ella when she worked at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Surrey and they subsequently married in 1965.
Cyril bought his Swallow Doretti, VEH 266, (Chassis No.1146) from his cousin, David Sharp in 1963. Over the years Cyril restored the Doretti to a brand new condition and derived much pleasure in attending rallies and events where he would meet other Doretti owners and became friends with Frank Rainbow the Doretti’s designer. He also persuaded his work colleague David Bartlett to buy a Doretti, UVT 429 (Chassis No.1153) which David still owns and drives on a regular basis. Cyril’s Doretti achieved national fame in 1987 when it appeared in the men’s magazine, Mayfair, Volume 22, No 8. Over the years, Cyril Harvey's service as the Swallow Doretti Registrar for the TR Register were an essential contribution in preserving the marque Swallow Doretti.
Cyril retired at age 60 in December 1989 and enjoyed a retirement of almost 30 years when Ella and Cyril enjoyed the company of many friends. When Cyril’s sports car days were approaching their end, he gave his Doretti to his second cousin David Scholes who he knew would continue to give it the love and care that it deserved.