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    I found this on You Tube a few weeks ago, and it's fascinating stuff. A short film of a journey in a Jaguar Mk2 with Mr G. Eyles of the Institute of Advanced Motoring from Castrol House, London to Bath:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE82FZpq0qM

    Despite the bad snow they had during the winter back then, how I wish it was 1963 now instead of 2013.

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    And pretty good going if he managed to get from London to Bath in 9 minutes and 52 seconds.

    Nick
    Last edited by Nick Dando; 18-01-13 at 07:26 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Dando View Post
    And pretty good going if he managed to get from London to Bath in 9 minutes and 52 seconds.

    Nick
    But the roads were much quieter then, and in that sleek-looking Jag he only had to flash his headlights and sound his horn and people just got out of his way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sam kydd View Post
    But the roads were much quieter then, and in that sleek-looking Jag he only had to flash his headlights and sound his horn and people just got out of his way.
    Though they may have informed him of their political allegiances as they did so :-)

    It's interesting to see how the rules of the road have changed: at the roundabout in Newbury Mr Eyles gives way to traffic coming up the high street (from his left) even though it's a roundabout - maybe the "priority to traffic coming from your right or which is already on the roundabout" rule wasn't as universal back then.

    And as he is leaving Marlborough market place and heading towards the School, there is some doubt as to whether he or the car joining from a side road should have priority.

    Also on the M4 near J8/9 (where the M4 was rerouted after it was extended westwards) there is a white-on-orange countdown sign which is neither standard motorway colours (white on blue), primary road colours (white on green) or other road colours (black on white). I wonder what the significance of white on orange was.

    Weird to see the conductor of the bus near Theale lean out of the back of his bus to give a repeater "turning right" signal. When did flashing indicators become compulsory? I know my mum's 1960 Morris Minor had trafficators but they had been disabled and replaced by flashing indicators front and back by the time she bought it in 1966 or 1967.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sam kydd View Post
    But the roads were much quieter then, and in that sleek-looking Jag he only had to flash his headlights and sound his horn and people just got out of his way.
    Eventually. And that's someone from the IAM? Terrible road manners and discipline

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Crook View Post
    Eventually. And that's someone from the IAM? Terrible road manners and discipline

    Steve
    Yes, and believe it or not the Jaguar driver, Mr George Eyles was chief examiner with the IAM:

    "1956
    The IAM is officially launched on 12 June 1956. The first 20 membership numbers are reserved for the Council, with
    Lord Semphill being Member No.1. The first Advanced Driving Test is carried out on June 25. Chief Examiner George Eyles tests and passes popular
    rally driver Sheila Van Damm, who subsequently becomes member 31."

    "1984
    George Eyles, the IAM's Chief Examiner since its formation in 1956, retires after 28 years’ service."

    If he's still around, I bet he drives a Honda Jazz.
    Last edited by sam kydd; 20-01-13 at 01:29 PM.

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