I was told the windscreen one by an allegro driving colleague who
claimed it had happened to him, but the thin bodywork is something I
have personal experience of, having clipped a parked Allegro with my
Viva. I hardly felt it, and thought I'd driven over a bump or
something. I only stopped because I saw an irate man in the mirror.
The whole of his nearside rear wing was stoved in, and the car could not
be moved. I had a small half-snooker ball sized dent. Even the copper
who did me for due care and attention was astounded.
You hit a parked car and didn't know it? How come there are so many
driving that shouldn't be allowed to even push a pram around?
But if you hit a parked car it would be with the bumper, so hardly
surprising it does more damage to un unprotected panel.
Yes. I'm astounded by the numbers of drivers who shouldn't be driving too.
*I have never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back.
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW
My only experience of driving an Allegro was when I picked one up from
the company pool for a trip to Spain, back in the mid 1970s. I drove
it straight to Southampton, cruised to Balboa, then drove across
country to Valencia. Usually, half of the road was tarmac, but it
could be the left side, the right side, or the middle bit. Worked at
the new Ford Fiesta plant for a few months, then drove back to Balboa
overnight to meet the ferry leaving at 9 am, driving straight on board
without even turning off the engine. I was happy to return the Allegro
to its home. It had been reliable, though.
Only drivers who follow learner instruction slavishly, or who have
steering with no power assistance on a low ratio rack or box, 'feed the
wheel through their hands' . Its a technique designed so that stupid
noobs never let go of the wheel.
Racing drivers cross their arms over on tight corners.
New Socialism consists essentially in being seen to have your heart in
the right place whilst your head is in the clouds and your hand is in
On Sun, 23 Aug 2015 13:01:10 +0100, The Natural Philosopher
I got a severe admonishment from the expert accompanying me on a track
day for push-pull steering in a Lotus Elite. The main issue is that
you have a poor sense of what angle your wheels are at with that
Normally I keep my hands at around ten to two, making small adjustments with
push-pull (ie keep one hand on the wheel as I turn, the the wheel slide
through the other). For larger movements when manooevring, I may put one
hand at 12 oclock and bring it down to 6 oclock, then continue with the
other hand from 6 to 12 etc. But I very rarely let either hand cross 12
oclock because I find that leads to my arms in danger of getting tangled.
Sometimes (and you can only do this with power steering) I put one palm on
the wheel and crank the wheel round and round as if I was holding a knob on
the wheel - but only at very low speed when manoevring.
In other words, partly as I was taught fro the ordinary and advanced tests,
partly modified for expedience and the need to turn the wheel quickly when
manoevring or when turning out of a side road and need to straighten up
quickly after that.
I drive one handed!
Most field work the other hand is needed for some other task but it has
become a habit on the road. The spare hand is usually near the gear
lever or hand brake. I do worry that a severe pot hole might lead to an
You missed out the little fold down tables in the seat backs which
were probably not intended to hold a glass of ale to save downing it
quickly but did so quite nicely, or a bottle of brown.
That's what we used em for anyway when it was my mates turn to drive
us on the regular pub crawl around the county.His was actually a 1300
and he was a well off bugger compared to the rest of us 19 - 20 year
old Herberts who had Anglias ,Minis, Vivas etc. I think his Dad had
bought it for him.
It may be considered a joke car now but when rolling up in it at a
posh hostelry it was a bit of a Q car the landord and his clientele
not having time to prepare defences before we got to the bar.
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