Harsh realities

So I went to the Glasgow Transport Museum (it’s actually called the Riverside Museum, but that’s a useless name as it gives you no clue as to what I was looking at) and had a life-changing moment inspired by one of the exhibits.

Someone at the Museum really doesn’t like bikers. There are many splendid carriages and conveyances, hanging on the walls, dangling from the ceiling, threatening to impale an impala….and one Triumph Thunderbird, on its side labelled “motorbike crash.”

People die in cars, they maim themselves in planes, they scar their chins falling off push-bikes – why am I singled out for a memento mori? It wasn’t even a crash that could teach an important lesson, like “always wear your back protector.” The guy got rammed by a car driver. In the panel beside the bike, he says “the only way I could have avoided the crash was not to be there.”

What an incredidbly crass and revolting exhibit.

But that wasn’t the one which inspired me to change my life.

It was this one.


Yes. That’s a full-sized 2CV hanging on the wall of a museum.

It’s a C-reg. It’s two years younger than Hortense, who drove me up to Glasgow.

My car is a museum piece. 

In covering thousands of miles up and down the UK, perhaps I am being unreasonable in my expectations of her.

I don’t think she would like to be hung on a wall like an ornament. But maybe she would like a quieter life.

She has developed a bad case of wheel-wobble. New bearings haven’t fixed it. So she is at the Northern Rest Home for Distressed Machinery, waiting to get new kingpins fitted. And I bought a proper car for 1500 quid to drive home in. It has a cup holder. There’s flash.

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3 responses to “Harsh realities

  1. HL:

    I wished I had a Hortense. I didn't always like them but I have changed my mind. I have never driven a museum piece before. I'd imagine you get a lot of envious stares.

    I am also fond of Topolinos even though they are not reliable. I like the shifter coming out of the dash.

    and what's not to like about a cup holder that can take you to far away places

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast

  2. Anonymous

    Hope you are still alive and well.
    Chewy

  3. Anonymous

    A CAR THAT HS NO DESIGNED IN OBSOLESENCE…. AND A LIFETIME As LONG AS IT CAN BE SERVICED AND REPAIRED…. YOU CAN'T GET MUCH GREENER REALLY!

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