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Discussion in 'The Golden Era' started by crazylegsmurphy, May 6, 2006.
Nice photo...what you have on looks
Thanks for the compliment. Click on the picture again, enlarge the photo and look closely at the shirt button. It's an MG octagon. I don't have much time at the moment, but hopefully, tomorrow, I can show you more photos and tell you the story behind the shirt that is the envy of the MG set.
My wife, Tina, has a gift for finding the most appropriate things that match to the person she's shopping for. One day whilst rummaging through her favourite fabric store she came across some material printed with classic MG cars. She bought three yards, brought the fabric home and made a shirt for me. During construction she came up with the idea of unique buttons. She bought lapel pins, snipped the pin off the back all but one eighth of an inch, pressed the buttons through the fabric, crimped a retainer at the back of the button, she used a similar retainer to the ones that fit behind her pierced ear when she's wearing ear rings. Then she sewed around the crimp and, hey presto, MG buttons. I was absolutely delighted, but there was more. The buttons had given her an idea, she bought two MG badges and took them along to the local jeweller, he soldered a pair of cuff links to the badges, then polished them and put them in a presentation box.
⇧ she's a keeper. Kidding aside, she's impressive - that's cool work and cool ideas.
We enjoyed a wonderful lunch today with some friends at a thatched pub in The New Forest. A couple that we have known a good many years came along in their Morris Traveller. There's a great story behind the traveller. It's designer Alec Issigonis, he who went on to design the iconic Mini, was influenced by the styling of Packard & Buick. One look at those models and you can see his inspiration. The Buicks grille and headlamps are easily identifiable in the Morris, but his love of the bulbous wings (fenders) on the Packard are the Morris' striking feature. Here's Issigonis' inspiration along with our friend's Traveller.
^ That Morris Traveller is beautiful. My dad had an estate car (we call them "station wagons" here in the U.S.) when I was very young, so I've liked them for as long as I can remember.
The name, estate car, superceded that of the shooting brake. The Shooting Brake was a horse drawn vehicle of the late 19th century, that carried the guns and equipment for a shooting party, in the UK that would be game birds. Early, large horseless carriages continued the expression, shooting brake. The term Estate Car, on this side of the pond, was dreamed up by the marketing men to imply that your home was your estate. The very wealthy and titled had such estates, a mansion surrounded by vast acres of manicured gardens. Nowadays SUV has become the parlance for a come all, come everything vehicle.
TheThe Pinkham - Wright Ford agency in Hillsdale, MI, in about 1918:
The same dealership in it's previous location. Note the 1915 Ford being in crated and assembled on the street:
They did something similar with the youth at one of national conventions I went to. They got all of the pieces of a Model A coupe together and let the kids put it together just like the picture. I think it took them a couple of hours and they started it up and drove around I think. they had a blast doing it too!
My Godson text me this picture of his neighbour's Model A. It's right hand drive, I texted back. He told me that they were made here in the UK. Looking it up, he was right, they were made in Argentina, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom.
You live and learn. A lovely car too, so evocative of the era.
The Model A is the car that superseded the very famous Model T.
And of course adventurers like Bagnold and Almasy used A-Fords to drive around Sahara...
Folks in the Model T Ford Club of America have organized teams which compete to see which can assemble a Flivver most quickly
I believe that the currentcurrent is just under five minutes.
5 Minutes?. I would like to see the rules and how they figure out what is pre made vs. made on the spot.
It's the Rouge Plant challenge. You get iron ore, a pile of sand, and some natural latex and you have to turn out a complete Model A under the time limit!
Piece o' cake!
One of the most iconic vehicles used in desert warfare was that of the Chevvy as used by The Brits.
Frame, Front axle assembly, rear axle assembly, engine/transmission ( they form a single unit on the Ford car) steering gear, body assembly, top, fenders, running boards, and splash aprons, wheels,. Bolt it together, start it, and drive off!
Where do they site the onboard computer?
The only one required was behind the wheel.