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She was dirty, really dirty. Just the way I like ‘em. And she was mine!

My friends took the piss out of me, told me she needed a good scrubbing down.... even offered to do it for me. Well they would, wouldn’t they? But no-one else was getting their hands on my Betty, just me.

My parents were horrified when I brought Betty home. “I’m not having you going out with that” said my mother, but I was at the rebellious stage. Betty was good for me, good for my street cred. My 1964 Hillman Minx, dirt and all.

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    Neville Hunt 4 months ago

    Fiction this time. None of my cars were Hillmans, but they were often equally dirty. 😏

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    Neville Hunt 4 months ago

    Not quite a Pontiac Torpedo..

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    Drew Martyn 4 months ago

    Loved the look of an Imp, though, definitely stood out from the crowd.

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    Neville Hunt 4 months ago

    Thanks Drew. I did have a Hillman Imp and loved it. In fact, it was the subject of an important invention of mine, the 1001st use of a J-Cloth cloth. It was dramatic, it was nail-biting... and it may have been the subject of a drabble of mine some time back. I will check, and if not, it soon will be. I was sad to let the aluminium-engined little beauty go. (Not as sad as the demise of my Triumph TR2 though, the photograph of which I have framed in my study....) 🏎

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    Neville Hunt 4 months ago

    ...thinking about it, the TR2 may have been the only reason Mrs H took a shine to me, but no, she always complained about the fact that it was draughty when I had the roof down, which was, of course, almost always! 🏎

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    Steve McBrevity 4 months ago

    My grandpa had a Hillman Minx but it was always immaculate, washed of all its sins every Sunday morning and as a Presbyterian who worked for the Prudential I very much doubt that the back seat and springs were ever properly tested. A perfect second hand example for you I would wager.

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    Neville Hunt 4 months ago

    You know me too well, Steve. It’s true that I used to do quite a bit of empirical work testing the rear seat springs in cars. Trouble was I never found that there was much give in them. More boing than bonk. 🚙

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    Christopher 4 months ago

    I looked it up. It's a nice little car. But, yeah, it's no Pontiac Torpedo!

    (Again, picked as Jake's vehicle for the sole reason that I liked the name!)

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    Christopher 4 months ago

    Oh, and nice drabble. Sometimes we get to commenting and forget why we're here!

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