Having lights-on and trafficator
indicators on the cowling of the instrument cluster must have seemed a good idea.
How I long for the return of the "trafficator
" - those little arms that popped out from the side of cars.
Although steering on its own could keep me busy, I also have to adjust the mixture for cold start then running, find the trafficators
, double de-clutch (press the left-hand pedal twice, match speed to revs and feel the gear lever into the next gear), adjust the free-wheeling hubs (early form of fuel-saving device) and judge braking and changing down to ensure I don't over overshoot a junction or crash into the car in front.
My grandfather owned a 1960 Morris Minor with stick-out trafficators
(indicators if you're under 40) and as soon I showed an interest, at the age of six, I was under the bonnet.
The A35 featured a larger front grille with painted slats instead of chrome, a larger rear window, remote control gear-change and also flashing turn signal indicators to replace the semaphore trafficators
used on the A30.
I'm talking bumpers, indicators (trafficators
, as the large-bottomed cousins insist on calling them) lamp levels and that sort of thing.
Then there's YZ chewing gum, Jaffa oranges, trafficators
on cars, and Jumping Jacks - wiggly, leaping fireworks that looked like exploding intes-tines and chased unlucky onlookers all round the bonfire, turning Guy Fawkes into Burns Night.
Raymond Dawes, 48, event organiser at the club, said: "Our club has been going for more than 30 years and our members have a wide variety of vehicles including 1950s saloon cars with split windscreens and others which have trafficators
(semaphore signals which pop up at the side of the car) as indicators.
For this you got trafficators
, running boards, a rear bumper and the unashamed luxury of two windscreen wipers.
THE car signals by old trafficators
that spring out from the pillars to the rear of the front doors .
He said: "Our club has been going for more than 30 years and our members have a wide variety of vehicles, including 1950s saloon cars with split windscreens and others which have trafficators
(semaphore signals which pop up at the side of the car) as indicators."