Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Find The Fault No 36

This one could run and run. The car is definitely from the Unmitigated Garage, looking as it does like an Austin Somerset on steroids. How good was that, Austin naming their cars after English counties. The Devon, the Hereford, the Hampshire. Imagine doing that now, having a Susuki Shropshire, a Nissan Norfolk, a Lexus Leicestershire...(that's enough made-up car names. Ed.).
Anyway, good luck, I'm off to get the washing out.

16 comments:

Philip Wilkinson said...

Well, I was going to say that the woman should be in the driving seat... But isn't it something to do with the crank arms on the bicycle pedals not being correctly aligned?

Peter Ashley said...

Well done Philip! The card says "The pedals on the bicycle are not opposite each other".

Jon Dudley said...

The man on the pavement is levitating whilst propositioning the flower seller for some sort of menage a trois. Might this be the correct answer particularly if the trade bike had a fixed wheel?

Peter Ashley said...

I was wondering who would be the first to comment on the worrying scene on the pavement. Standing far too close to each other, with the wife in the car thinking "I knew it, I knew it". I also like the fact that the Flower Man's jacket matches his saddle. As it were.

office pest said...

Hmm, notwithstanding the loose cotterpin action, the pedal resting on the pavement is positioned forward of the vertical axis of the crank spindle.

It should of course be set behind, to enable the tension between the chainwheel, chain and rear wheel to hold the bicycle still and not fall over.

Some nice rod brakes in evidence though.

Peter Ashley said...

Blimey Office Pest, you know your Sturmey Archers from your Britaxs don't you? Rod brakes for me, every time.

office pest said...

I wonder if it is a Pashley?

Have a look at this Peter, if you have a mo'

http://www.pashley.co.uk/products/roadster-sovereign.html

Peter Ashley said...

Office Pest: Thankyou, that Roadster looked just the thing for riding around Unmitigated England, until I saw the Guv'nor at £795. Time to sell the children.

Diplomate said...

Right then - sorry i'm late, drug dealer's loose cotter pin and reverse pedaling cycle are of course (as you'd expect) mere distractions from the real problem. It seems to me that the nearside front tyre of this aweful cobbled up motor is kissing the kerb with a very slight lhd bias. Given the radius of the kerb at this point in the street, the smaller tracking radius of the rear axle would have caused the nsr tyre to be up on the pavement, looking at the passengers demeanour and unruffled hair I would suggest this is not the case. Always happy to stand corrected, I have considered the possibility of a narrower rear track, a la Citroen DS or many ealier diff-less chain drive Nashes, or indeed four wheel steering, but have rejected both these explanations on the grounds that such an aesthetically discordent car could not possibly be so equipped. Fault is therefore "NSF wheel is far too close to the kerb given the attitude of the parked car"

Peter Ashley said...

Ah Diplo. We have all waited with baited breath, and we have not been disappointed.

Philip Wilkinson said...

I always enjoy Diplo's enlightening comments. The idea of four-wheel steering on this Austin Yorkshire (or whatever it is) is making my mind boggle more than somewhat.

ChrisP said...

And the flower seller's basket is too big to fit in the front carrier on her bike.

Phil said...

Is the artist making a joke with the A70 Hereford's registration, BRM123 ? BRM were lucky if they finished a race at the time.

Peter Ashley said...

I was once in Bourne with a motor racing afficianado, and he insisted we call in at the police station in order to ascertain where the BRM factory used to be. The desk sergeant looked at us both very suspiciously and rattled the cell keys.

Thud said...

Diplo worries me.

Diplomate said...

how do you think I feel ?