Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Green Car


I couldn't think why  # 1 son sent me this photograph and he reminded me of the green Ford Prefect
I used to drive
Pat: "Yes I do remember but can't place the timing.  Obviously before the Spitfire.  Can you remember   how old you were?"
# 1 Son: "You ran us to Bidborough ( Village school) in it I think.
You certainly took a door off it reversing out of the garage."

I didn't remind him of how we found a new door from a reclamation yard and I bought paint to make it green like the car.  I was told not to paint it in the rain ( it rained a lot in those days) but I thought as long as I did it in the garage all would be well.  The garage was really an old stable - fairly open to the elements -  as a result the colour dripped like a waterfall and when it dried it looked so very sixties I left it.  Memories eh?
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26 comments:

rashbre said...

It looks like the sort of car that will have recognisable components under the bonnet.

Guyana-Gyal said...

Hahaha, you could've mixed some other colours in and you would've gotten a psychedelic door.

One of my brothers' friends hand-painted his car sky blue. This thing looked hilarious!

The Unbearable Banishment said...

Yet another suppressed memory. It's a defense mechanism. I hope my daughters recall all of my forgotten tomfoolery when they get older.

rosneath said...

Bugger! I wrote a lovely message here and then got bumped out of Blogspot. If you got it, Pat when I went back in, just delete this one.

The gist was that my first father's car was a Ford Prefect ... PRX 196.

AndrewM said...

Tiny engine, massive steering wheel - scroll down to see...

http://www.classicandsportscar.ltd.uk/photos/Ford-Prefect-100E/5253

Pat said...

Rashbre: yes they did tend to back then:)

GG: that is exactly the word I was looking for - all the different shades of green and the waterfall gave that effect.

UB: have no fear - they will and delight you in your dotage:)

Rosneath: what a shame. How great you still remember the number. More than I ever could

Pat said...

Andrew M: and it's green. Can you remember the registratiion no?

OldLady Of The Hills said...

A GREAT Fun memory, Pat....lol!

angryparsnip said...

Love, Love, Love, this story !
Especially the backing out the garage and ripping off the door !
Quite perfect !

cheers, parsnip

GYPSYWOMAN said...

what a wonderful story - i had an immediate visual image of your car sitting with the paint rolling down! thanks so much for sharing -

oh, and i once put together the accelerator arm on my '65 mustang with a paper clip and bobby pin - drove it that way till i sold it! ;)

Kim Ayres said...

Whenever someone says Ford Prefect, all I can think of is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Although come to think of it, when I was a kid my dad had a Ford Galaxy for a couple of years...

Pat said...

Naomi and Parsnip: I thought both of you would enjoy this tit-bit:)

Gypsy: it's amazing what one could get away with:)

Kim: I never read that book but all the men I knew did:)

About Last Weekend said...

What a snazzy car to run around the village in - what an Emma Peel Mum!

lom said...

Well there wouldn't have been another car like it around.

Pat said...

ALW: more like Calamity Jane:)

LON: very true.

Granny Annie said...

A very timely post since my sister and I were reminiscing yesterday about all our old family cars and wondering what happened to some of the favorites. We had some doozies but no hippie cars.

Pat said...

Granny Annie: mine was perfectly respectable to start with. Just a series of accidents made it less Ford Perfect.

Chef Files said...

Great wee post hen, made even more pleasurable by my own memories of the women in our family and their mishaps with cars.

Pat said...

Chef: do tell.

Chef Files said...

My dear lady, we would be here hours.

Gadjo Dilo said...

Ah, cars were so much better looking in those days! And you could crash the gears, double-declutch, put 7 kids on the back seat and paint the replacement parts in the wrong paint, and all without hearing Jeremy Clarkson's dismissive voice somewhere in your head.

Pat said...

Chef: and they'd probably kill you. Still next time you are casting around for a post:)

Gadjo: and women would drive with their left arm extended to catch the toddler when she braked hard. Those were the days - we thought they'd never end.

LL Cool Joe said...

Ah yes what good memories too. I have this great image of your car with the paint rolling down the metal. Very 60's indeed.

And what do mean it rained a lot in THOSE days! Some things never change!

Oh and I agree with you about the silver chain and the silver buckle. It's a bit of an overkill. :D

Pat said...

Joey: you're right about the weather - talk about 50 shades of grey.
The buckle just looks a bit naughty - it's the prude in me.

Vagabonde said...

I like that car and in green it would look smashing. When I met my husband he was driving a green car, British racing green that is. It was British too (the car) – an MGTF.

Pat said...

Vagabonde: racing green is the business. This was more a leaf green.