I have always loved cars and used to spend hours sitting by the roadside or at the window if it was raining, watching cars passing by and noting down their numbers.
Then I got more discerning and learned all the different models.
For some reason, the Morris 8 was my favourite,; maybe because it had a friendly face brought about by the design and positioning of radiator and headlamps.
What an array of classics passed me as I watched, with Austin, Morris,Lanchester, Singer, Morgan, MG, Daimler, Vauxhall and Jowett joining the parade. Perhaps the occasional Rolls Royce too; not many of those though in the working class North of the 1940s.
As an adult I got the chance to tour the Morgan factory and saw these beautiful cars still mainly being made by hand and with a reported 10 year waiting list.
Lord Ferrister has a collection of vintage cars, including a Maxwell as driven by Jack Benny on his famous radio programme and a Stanley Steamer – not too many of those left.
I recall a memorable line from Jack Benny when he was showing his Butler Rochester a picture of his Maxwell.
“Rochester, did you know that that’s the first car I ever owned,” said Jack.
“Boss,” replied Rochester, “that’s the first car anybody ever owned.”
Ah happy memories of those innocent radio days.
Anyway, we have @BasicsMatter Radio to look forward to now. Can’t wait!
..or hear me read a sample - Lord Ferrister Finds a Circus Chapter 1