I WAS pleased to spot a survey which revealed that the ‘naff’ cars from my past are now thought to be ‘cool’. Young drivers under the age of 40 are apparently snapping up previously unfashionable motors, particularly those from the 70s and 80s – along with vintage clothes of the era.
I have some lovely photos of a bell-bottomed Mr F (his trousers were shaped like that, not his rear) with our much-loved Ford Capri which was thought then to be rather sporty and swanky.
After the model featured in The Professionals on TV with Bodie (Lewis Collins) and Doyle (Martin Shaw), its image dipped and it became the chariot of choice for boy-racers.
Our Capri was stolen twice, both times from station car parks – Hayes and Harlington and Feltham.
On the second occasion I was home (with a young baby) when police phoned to ask me for a description of the Capri’s owner.
I duly described Mr F – he had jet black hair in those days – before belatedly and with rising panic asking: “Why, what’s happened to him?”
It turned out that police had been chasing our car at high speed, but luckily it was being driven by a blond thief. Mr F was off the hook.
I am so pleased to hear it is King of the Road again after breakdown company Britannia Rescue’s survey.
It revealed that around 20 per cent of the 18 to 39-year-olds interviews thought older motors, including the Capri – hurrah – are more stylish than modern vehicles.
TASTES in music, dramas and books also swing in and out of fashion and what better example of this than a journalist whose 200th birthday was yesterday (Tuesday).
His editor asked him to write sketches of London life that eventually resulted in his wonderful books.
They were the first soap operas: serialised and full of angst with larger than life characters.
How Charles John Huffam Dickens, the master of cliff-hangers, would have loved EastEnders and Coronation Street if he were alive today.
But what would he have made of reality TV and fly on the wall documentaries, I wonder…