Sandy 4 St Albans

Sandy Walkington campaigns with the Liberal Democrats across St Albans

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When cars were names not numbers

February 27th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Sandy's blog

We are all supposed to remember the registration number of our first car – mine was PWN 20R, a mottled brown saloon (mottled because of various amateur resprays even before it acquired a massive dent smack in the middle of the boot under my ownership when I reversed into a tree in Granville Road during some long passed local election campaign).

Francesca nicknamed it “the flying turd” and it sat outside our home in Pageant Road until my graduation to a company car allowed its mercy killing in the old car breakers’ yard at Redbourn.

It was the car name that resonated.  CHRYSLER AVENGER.

We used to laugh and make up other ludicrously bloodthirsty family saloon names which never made it to the showroom floor:  Morris Murderer, Vauxhall Vigilante, Austin Assassin (it almost certainly would have been to those inside), Reliant Revolver, Hillman Hangman.

These thoughts came back into mind on reading a line in Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending: “Humber Super Snipe… words that eased off the tongue as smoothly as ‘the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost’.”

My current car is a Peugeot 206.  Fail.

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  • Linda Bateman

    Mine was a Riley Elf – 2939 PK – bought by my parents so I could drive me and my 7 year old brother Simon to and from school – and save them the journey up and down rural country lanes – or spare us a half hour walk to a station, a train then a bus then a further walk, to get us to our schools.

  • Dave Parry

    Does my Ford FOCUS suggest suggest Lib-dem leaflet deliverer?

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