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Chrome vs. rust [Mar. 30th, 2015|12:11 am]
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Not for the first time, I've been to Birmingham to look at cars.

These were two of them.

The great thing about the Practical Classics Restoration Show is that it features a fine selection of clapped-out old rust buckets, which makes me feel better about my own clapped-out old rust buckets. Compared to this one (which is a Riley RME - just about) mine are in fine fettle...

You know when it all went wrong for the British motor industry? When they stopped putting bearded blokes in winged helmets on the front of the cars, that's when.

This is a Rover P3, showing all those Scandinavian metal bands how it's done...

More chrome (and rust) beyond the cut...

Which car had an art deco knuckleduster as a bonnet badge? Slightly amazingly, this emblem was on a 1959 Reliant Regal three-wheeler.

Austin's famous flying A. But with only one wing, surely it would have gone round in circles (like the British motor industry of the time, some might say)...

That's more like it. Wolseley's bi-winged flying W. That's how the logo designers earned their money in those days: take the initial letter of the name, stick wings on it. Job done!

A 1920s Standard, with a veritable tower of chrome up front. I have no idea what this is supposed to represent. I think the Roman legions carried this symbol into war, didn't they?

Here's one from a 1950s Standard Vanguard. By this time, Standard had come up with a new emblem that symbolised the space age. It's either that, or a nuclear missile. It's a brave new world out there, anyway.

Ah, they don't make 'em like that any more, etc, etc.