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Rare Motoring Event

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Rare Motoring Event

A lot of years ago an ex foreman of mine told me that as a young man he was the first person on his road to buy a car.

Neighbours would come out to see it as he went to work in it.

At the weekend his family would often go to the seaside, a journey of about 75 miles.

When they passed another car coming the other way the drivers would wave at each other as it was a rare event.

Not so these days of course.

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Drivers still give hand signals these days but not usually of the friendly kind.

I recall driving in Europe in my younger days and it was ot uncommon to get a friendly wave from cars displaying UK number plates.

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Digging deep into the memory cells, back to the mid fifties.  My Dad had a Standard 12, a six seater complete with running boards and a Union Flag flying on the top of one of the wings.  My responsibility was the Hurricane Lamp. In those days there were very strict rules about parking on the streets overnight.  Cars had to park on the left side of the road facing oncoming traffic and display a rear light, just in case the other car on the Estate came along. My job was to fill the lamp with paraffin, set fire to it and place at the rear offside corner. 

We had many days out in this car but always had at least one puncture, the record being 7 one day on a trip to Clumber Park, overheating was another regular problem.

Waving desperately for help at the AA man on his Motorbike would generate a Salute an a smile as he drove by.

 

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Strat wrote:

When they passed another car coming the other way the drivers would wave at each other as it was a rare event.

Not so these days of course.


I completely disagree.

If you drive a rare enough car that is admired in its little group you still get the friendly wave.

We have a 19 year old renault outside, it's the first of 3 with the other two having since been dismantled however whenever driving one of them on the road if i see another person driving one there is always a wave and a smile. I was once followed on a main A road at 2am by another vehicle. I was starting to get a bit concerned but thought i was being paranoid.. until he decided to overtake and then held level with me - front window to front window. I thought i was gonna get shot! Then he's floored it, pulled in front of me and then i realised why... he was driving an identical car and wanted to get my attention!

The trouble these days is that everyone is either too busy for anyone else or they're part of the throwaway society that still doesn't value items or people. It's a mindset. People who drive cars like ours do appreciate things and other people (it's been referred to as a "James May" car by a few lol) and so the niceness for us still exists.

When driving the Astra I'm still the same person but other astra drivers (and motorists in general) just don't seem to give a damn as its "just a car that goes A to B". With that said I do know one Astra driver who's a lovely bloke and he loves his to bits. He's had it from new and says its the best he's ever had and very protective of it.

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@7up

Fair enough about keeping an old car on the road but you need a garage for both old spare parts and room to work on the car.

Having gone down that path myself I found it necessary to buy a few specialist tools which I rarely used again , ie Hub Puller, compression tester and the like.

If you get pleasure as I did from doing those things then you find the time but these days most people just want to get in a car and go, how it works is irrelevant to them, if it breaks then it's up to the garage to fix it.

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In 1975 there were 15 million licensed vehicles. In Jan 2017 there were 37 Million vehicles licensed.  Small wonder that our roads are bit congested. The UK population was 56 million and 63.8 million respectively.

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gleneagles wrote:

@7up

Fair enough about keeping an old car on the road but you need a garage for both old spare parts and room to work on the car.

Having gone down that path myself I found it necessary to buy a few specialist tools which I rarely used again , ie Hub Puller, compression tester and the like.

If you get pleasure as I did from doing those things then you find the time but these days most people just want to get in a car and go, how it works is irrelevant to them, if it breaks then it's up to the garage to fix it.


I can't say i get pleasure from any of it to be honest but yes I do have a small horde of spares and tools. Typically I deal with my partners maintenance gremlins when they come along too unless its something serious like a blown engine. Despite having an engine crane i seriously dislike doing lifting engines and will only do so on the renault.

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