Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Find The Fault No 46

I wonder what it would be like to live in Find The Fault Land? Permanently committing gross errors and never having to worry about having any rearlights. Still, here we are, out for yet another run in the pastel-coloured countryside. Perhaps it's Buckinghamshire with that pale yellow road surface. I always remember the colour changing quite dramatically when entering from surrounding counties in the 1950s and early 60s, as evidenced by numerous films shot on the roads during this period. James Robertson Justice hooting along in a Rolls-Royce, Stanley Baxter falling off his bike under Chiltern beech ridges. Carry on.

28 comments:

Diplomate said...

very quick glance - side car outfit is wrong handed

Diplomate said...

oh yes - also - as that is obviously a public house up ahead, the motorcyclist should be indicating furiously his intent to pull in for a swift one

Peter Ashley said...

Blimey Diplo, that was quick. I haven't had time to make my first coffee of the day. And you are absolutely right, the sidecar is on the wrong side. I wonder if that's Kathleen Harrison sitting in it?

Philip Wilkinson said...

Gosh, yes, I see - it's a left-hand-drive outfit. Meaning one's lady gets splashed with mud as smooth characters in Wolseleys slosh by on the other side. Although not on a sunny day like this one.

Peter Ashley said...

I thought Wolseley, until I saw there was no illuminated badge on the radiator grille. But then this is FTF Land, so it's obviously a 1951 James Villiers.

expat said...

Glad I don't have to mention lights!

Could the car be an Armstrong Siddeley?

http://www.armstrongsiddeleybooks.com/starsapphirelimousine1960l.jpg

accountant said...

The motorcycle and sidecar outfit could be foreign. Is the car a Triump Renown?

Peter Ashley said...

It's all foreign in FTF Land Accountant. But Armstrong Siddeley (Diddly Easys as they used to call them)or a Triumph Renown is probably as near as we're going to get.

Bucks Retronaut said...

As Reg Dwight from Pinner decided his future lay beyond The Yellow Brick Road,I really will have to get out more.(No double entendres ,please ! ).

Philip Wilkinson said...

A man went into a bar and asked for a double entendre. And the barman gave him one.

DC said...

The roads in County Durham - or maybe it was just the City area - were red as recently as the 1970s.

Thud said...

Reading this several thousand miles away from my usual perch makes me realise even more what a strange,wonderful and varied bunch congregate here....makes me homesick though.

Peter Ashley said...

Never mind Thud. What colour's the road where you are?

Sue said...

"A man went into a bar and asked for a double entendre. And the barman gave him one."

Brilliant - had a good old titter at that one!

Toby Savage said...

I'm 14 hours too late, but I spotted the sidecar fault instantly - I'm just not very quick at looking at the moment. I'll speed up!

Martin H. said...

I'm even later, Toby! I'm rarely up early enough to join in the fault-finding. Triumph Renown (or 1800) seems very likely - the artist must have been having a brainstorm as it actually really looks like one! Mind you, it also looks a bit like a late forties Sunbeam Talbot 2 litre.....

Anyway, the main fault is obviously that the French combi rider is not displaying a national letter plate.

Jon Dudley said...

Ah, the motorbike and sidecar - an unmitigated mode of transportation if ever there was one. I maintain one of these combinations in the motor home for days when I feel like cheering myself up...the concept always brings a smile to the face as ones passenger rises into the air along with the sidecar wheel when left hand bends are taken too fast. Or right hand bends in the case of this outfit. Am I mistaken or is the nearside frame tubing on the 'bike missing? only a detail I know but it would impede progress somewhat.

Peter Ashley said...

I've started to worry more about the 'pub'. Could it be a cafe with that sign saying 'Teas With Hovis'?

Ron Combo said...

The motor car has no rear view mirror nor any wing mirrors. Honestly! We should lock these sort of drivers up and throw away the key (to the cell, not to the car obviously. Always fancied driving a Wolseley again).

Thud said...

Peter...road is a shiny black as a bunch of rather industrious mexican chaps give it a vigourous going over most mornings.

Diplomate said...

Ah Thud - the shiney blacktop you encounter is a result of the numerous visits by parole officers and the fbi to discuss life with Ms Duggard's kidnapper - we are told today that they even spoke to her as a twleve year old girl and forgot to put 2 and 2 together.

Thud said...

The Duggard incident you mention took place on the other side of the aptly name MT Diablo from where family OTW are presently ensconced.

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