Fond memories of long distance discomfort


Posted on July 31st, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. Comments Off on Fond memories of long distance discomfort

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

The Ford Anglia, the earliest models of which were built in 1939, was a great car for a small family; perfect for trundling down to visit old Uncle Frank in his care home in Margate. With a couple of suitcases fixed to the roof with long leather straps going through the tops of the windows, you could even bump down to Cornwall in it for your annual holiday.

But for all its retro lines and sturdy construction, I don’t think I’d want to drive a Ford Anglia today; not much in the way of suspension, rattled to blazes at anything over 50, the non-powered oversteering raised the hairs on the back of your hands and I’m not sure if you can still get the tyres.

While you still see enthusiasts trundling about in them on sunny weekends, a Ford Anglia isn’t something you’d want to rely on in these days of longer journeys, faster speeds, and busier roads. It was a great car for its time but it’s nearly eighty years since the first Ford Anglia rolled out of the factory gates at Dagenham and I do sometimes wonder if our obstinate clinging to the designs of yesteryear is altogether sane – take the NHS for instance.

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