For decades Lenny Medler operated a vast scrapyard in the wilds of Norfolk. Lenny was something of an eccentric by all accounts. He wouldn’t spend money on proper buildings or fences and didn’t trust banks, preferring to hide away his cash himself, apparently in a home made safe. Certainly when I visited, I was amazed to see that the entire perimeter “wall” around the original yard was simply made from squashed cars stacked on top of each other. After he passed away in 1989, his wife took over running the business, but it slowly wound down, and with environmental rules beginning to put pressure on the old style scrapyard, allied to the rising price of scrap metal, the main yard was cleared at the end of the nineties.
I did get to see the main yard before it was cleared and it was truly vast, but even after the main part was cleared, there were still hundreds of cars out in the woods surrounding the place and buried in the undergrowth. This collection of pictures here were shot recently and show these remnants, some of which must have been there for half a century or more. Thanks to the presence of USAF bases in Norfolk, there were also a disproportionately large number of American cars to be found. There are some amazingly rare cars and trucks remaining at Medler’s, but most are already well beyond saving and with the tree-hugger’s ever growing pressure, I’m sure it won’t be long before everything is gone….