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19 minutes ago, JeeExEll said:

Shit quality zoom-in but WTF is it??  I don't know, looks a bit like a Mk1 Scirocco panelled as a van.

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Looks too upright to be a Scirocco to me. I reckon a kit car, but no idea what.

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38 minutes ago, somewhatfoolish said:

The first and last time cutting edge transport technology was developed in Maryhill.

You have to hand it to George Bennie for following his dream and actually getting the thing built.

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More stuff from the Soviet Union -

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Ambulance crew, Omsk, 1975. Photo by Anatoly Yakovlev.

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Tanks at Tbilisi Embankment, Georgian SSR, 1989. Photo by Vladimir Valishvili and Ivan Shlamov (seems it took two of them).

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Soz not B&W but I couldn't resist - 'The Country is Building a Car' illustration from 'Za Rulem' ('Behind the Steering Wheel') Soviet magazine, 1972.

And their fate ...

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Fish canning factory, Murmansk, USSR, 1972

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6 minutes ago, Andrew353w said:

I worked on Fore Street,  Edmonton in the 1980s, but I don't recognise that view at all..... That said, I recently drove back around where I worked (first time I'd been back in about 30+ years) and I don't recognise it now either!

I did too, at Halfords when I was at school, then at Ripspeed (on the right in that pic) later on!

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24 minutes ago, Andrew353w said:

I worked on Fore Street,  Edmonton in the 1980s, but I don't recognise that view at all..... That said, I recently drove back around where I worked (first time I'd been back in about 30+ years) and I don't recognise it now either!

There you go, its roughly there, on the border with Tottenham, looking north.

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On 02/02/2021 at 13:28, leafsprung said:

 Commander Oliver Locker-Lampson who founded the 'Blue Shirts' an anti-fascist organisation, and who sheltered Albert Einstein in a hut near his Estate in North Norfolk with his game keeper and two heavily armed young female assistants. medium_1983_5236_C04177.jpg.c34e40a7d85f2dfa29f52a08cbc2b5b2.jpg

Factoids! 

Locker-Lampson commanded a Royal Navy Air Service armoured car unit in the First World War. They weren't really needed by the Navy so were loaned to the Czar to aid the Russian fight against Germany and the Austro-Hungarian empire in the Eastern front. From Archangel at the start of 1916 to the Balkans via the Russian revolution!

 Mrs Asimo's Grandfather fought in this bizarre unit, getting home, gassed,  in 1919.

Their armoured cars were pretty basic, these are Lanchesters, they had a few Fords also.

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1 minute ago, Andrew353w said:

Ah ha, I worked north of the North Circular, in Fore Street, and the postcode was N9, the northern part of Edmonton, not N18, the southern part. 

I see. So you remember Blatter Oakthorpe when it was Ford then, opposite the old nick.

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35 minutes ago, uk_senator said:

I see. So you remember Blatter Oakthorpe when it was Ford then, opposite the old nick.

ABSOLUTELY 100%  They sold B.P. petrol, if memory serves.... I worked almost next door to them, opposite the old nick, over an undertakers (sorry about the pun!) We frequently viewed bodies in metal coffins being unloaded from their "collections" van, but we had been warned about this when we worked there. A minicab firm also operated from the same building and their drivers used a load of 1980s chod, including 2 guys (Father & son) who both used new Ladas as minicabs, reckoning they were sooo cheap it didn't matter if they fell to bits after a few years. They didn't.......

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59 minutes ago, Andrew353w said:

ABSOLUTELY 100%  They sold B.P. petrol, if memory serves.... I worked almost next door to them, opposite the old nick, over an undertakers (sorry about the pun!) We frequently viewed bodies in metal coffins being unloaded from their "collections" van, but we had been warned about this when we worked there. A minicab firm also operated from the same building and their drivers used a load of 1980s chod, including 2 guys (Father & son) who both used new Ladas as minicabs, reckoning they were sooo cheap it didn't matter if they fell to bits after a few years. They didn't.......

Pretty sure theres still a funeral directors there now! I`m assuming they got their Lada`s from BMG at Bruce Grove, I nearly got a new Riva SLX (with the performance package upgrade) there once, at 0%, with a £1500 minimum trade in.. I didn't in the end, I stuck with my assorted shite, & nothings changed! (they also sold Fiats at BMG, & they had an unregistered X1/9 Gran Finale in the showroom for several years after production ended, till they left circa 1992-ish).

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7 minutes ago, uk_senator said:

I`m assuming they got their Ladas from BMG at Bruce Grove.....

If memory serves (35+ years have gone under the bridge....) they both bought them from dealer in Westpole Avenue, Oakwood. I've been through a few jobs since then.....

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3 hours ago, uk_senator said:


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That is a sharp-dressed man with a sharp-dressed motor; Armstrong Siddeley Special I think.

1 hour ago, Asimo said:

Locker-Lampson commanded a Royal Navy Air Service armoured car unit in the First World War. They weren't really needed by the Navy so were loaned to the Czar to aid the Russian fight against Germany and the Austro-Hungarian empire in the Eastern front. From Archangel at the start of 1916 to the Balkans via the Russian revolution!

 Mrs Asimo's Grandfather fought in this bizarre unit, getting home, gassed,  in 1919.

Their armoured cars were pretty basic, these are Lanchesters, they had a few Fords also.

I think I've read about this; did they do most of that distance on their own wheels and the CO was somewhat buccaneering?

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