4 comments for “The automobile

  1. microdave
    August 20, 2019 at 15:42

    Was it really that far back when Grocer Heath lied to us about joining the EU? I learned to drive in a Mk1 Mini, so most of the first clip is familiar – “SU” carbs, for instance. I was surprised at the near total absence of seat belts, as our Mini had them in ’68. And I don’t remember seeing any radial tyres – the thought of powerful cars like the E-Type on cross plies fills me with dread… Goodness knows what the average millennial would make of all those “Wimmin” in skimpy clothing!

    In this crappy world it’s good that there are people like Jay Leno who put their wealth to good use, and are happy to share the results with those who helped them acquire it in the first place. Even better is that he drives all these cars on the roads, rather than putting them in a museum.

    And on the subject of “Automobiles”, I’ve just seen one of these as I was walking back from Sainsbury’s:


    • Mudplugger
      August 20, 2019 at 15:59

      At that time, Grocer Heath was making his early attempts to get us into that corrupt club – fortunately De Gaulle was having none of it, about the only good thing that perfidious Frog ever did.

      Seat belts were compulsory fitments since 1965, but usage was only mandatory from 1983. Radial tyres were very rare then – retreads and remoulds of cross-plys were more common amongst the poorer drivers then, even riskier.

      • microdave
        August 20, 2019 at 18:11

        “Seat belts were compulsory fitments since 1965”

        Thanks, that would explain my observations.

    • August 20, 2019 at 17:56


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