Reader's Letters March 2017
LETTER FROM WIGAN
An interesting read in this month’s mag, as usual.
Spannerman’s notes on fuel interested me, mentioning fuel leaks, pumps, filters, etc. It reminded me of a friend of mine who thought he had travelled from near London to Wigan on a gallon of petrol!
Until he looked in the boot and found the fuel tank crushed inwards by the pump, because the air vent in the fuel cap was blocked!
Do they still have these things now?
Can it still happen?
All the best,
Hindley Green, Wigan
I couldn’t live here in the ghastly human termite hill that London has become, without the monthly graceful infusion of sanity and English eccentricity represented by CMM and other such publications!
Keep up the good work – you’re saving me a fortune of ‘wonga’ on visits to the psychotherapist!
All the best,
Further to the ‘Fordies Favourites’ article in the January issue of CMM, I thought you may be interested in the enclosed brochure of that time (pictured).
*Yes, thanks Mr Boyden - very interesting!
ABBOTTS OF FARNHAM
I have just read Magpie's feature on 1/43rd scale model cars in December's 'Classic Motor'. Oh, how I wish that he had added that the original Ford MKIII Zephyr 6 Estate was by 'Abbotts of Farnham'…
Len C Huff RD
Director, E.D. Abbott Limited
WALL OF DEATH
I saw Michael Ware's item on the BSA three wheeler on the Wall of Death (Wareabouts, CMM February, Issue 335) and had to respond.
I remember seeing pictures of the stripped out Austin Sevens in a book when I was a boy back in the 1950s. I spoke to one of the people operating a wall of death at a Steam Rally at Detling Showground here in Kent (I was exhibiting my Scammell Mechanical Horse) some time ago (2005 I think) about the use of cars and especially BSAs on the wall. Think his name was Ken. He knew about the Austins but not the BSA. He told me that there was a showman called 'Tornado Smith' who travelled a Wall. He had a Lion which he took for rides. He was, apparently, friendly with the directors of BSA.
Sometime in the 1960s a man called John Brice bought a BSA three wheeler as a box of bits, restored it to running condition before putting into a shed when he managed to acquire a steam roller. The BSA survived several house moves over the years till I bought it from him in early 2004. He was moving away from the area.
At a car rally in Tunbridge Wells which was attended by the BSA Front Drive Club they examined my car and concluded that it was an early chassis (1930) with a very early version of the four cylinder engine. Some bits of a BSA body remain on the car but a lot are newly built (some by John). The chassis had been shortened, believed by the factory.
Was the car a prototype or might it have been used on the Wall of Death?
Tornado Smith's Wall of Death ended up at Dreamland on Margate seafront. John bought the BSA from a junk shop in Margate. Could it have been part of the stock to do with the Wall? It's a possibility but who knows.
I am reducing my collection of cars and, now he has passed on responsibility for the steam roller to his daughter, is having the BSA back. Hope the above is of some interest, pic is (below) attached to email.
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