….. let alone one without an ignition key! It had a disc to put in a slot on the dashboard – then you put your foot on the clutch and pressed a button -and it started! When you stopped at traffic lights the engine stopped too! PANIC! I soon found out that by pressing down on the clutch -the engine started! WOW!
So what was I doing on Election Day May 2nd with this super car? Well; for a candidate, Election day is quite frantic -involving visits to the six polling stations, the committee room, plus last-minute canvassing. I decided that my old blue Jaguar XK8 convertible, apart from being utterly unsuitable for use on election day, (the engine tends to flood if you stop-start), might send out the wrong message to those who thought it was worth a lot of money. (Sadly some voters seem to despise success -even though ‘success; creates jobs, wealth etc. for others). In any event the old car had been stuck in the garage for much of the winter and needed a service. So I booked it in with my friend from Camberley, Dave Cutler, the owner of the excellent Yateley MOT Centre, and asked for the loan of a courtesy car. A few months earlier I’d had occasion to borrow one of Dave’s courtesy cars -Carol and I re-titled it a ‘discourtesy car’! I was glad to take it back. I was hoping to be using Dave’s best car -his old faithful Ka – roomy, nippy, economical, easy to park – all just the job for Election Day.
Imagine my surprise when I arrived at Yateley MOT Centre on Wednesday and found this Mini waiting for me! It was basically Red – Rodney Bates would have fancied this I’m sure! The wing-mirrors had Union Flags on them which would have please the UKIP candidate. The only hint of Tory Blue on the car was the Aldershot Football Team Logo – and -guess what -they went into Administration on May 1st – a really good omen!
Miraculously I got the Mini back to Dave in one piece. Secretly I’m hoping the 0ld Jag. breaks down soon so I can have another go