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Ymmv, but when I wore this get up on a late night train one Sunday morning in London and extinguished the flames that a bunch of drunks had just elaborately lit in newspaper all over a comatose drunk, instead of kicking the crap out of me one of them remarked "Holy shit it's Red Adair" and gave me total respect. Until I got off. At which point they probably laughed and lit unconscious guy again.

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At the same time as the above anecdote... I was doing my PhD in London and my everyday clothes were a pair of army surplus black combat trousers and a bright red padded ski jacket my mum had given me. Those with the right memory will understand that that outfit, combined with my intimidating physical presence, meant I got routinely mistaken for someone much harder and handier and nobody gave me any shit on the tubes and night buses. In fact, ordinary people seemed to strive to sit near me.

Different world... I’d probably get knifed every five minutes in today’s London.

 

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Just now, Carl Fimble said:

Integrale, surely?

Dino is cooler, Tony Curtis in The Persuaders (except mine was blu chiaro)

19 minutes ago, Melchett said:

Ymmv, but when I wore this get up on a late night train one Sunday morning in London and extinguished the flames that a bunch of drunks had just elaborately lit in newspaper all over a comatose drunk, instead of kicking the crap out of me one of them remarked "Holy shit it's Red Adair" and gave me total respect. Until I got off. At which point they probably laughed and lit unconscious guy again.

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Burt, they told me you'd died.

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23 minutes ago, Melchett said:

Ymmv, but when I wore this get up on a late night train one Sunday morning in London and extinguished the flames that a bunch of drunks had just elaborately lit in newspaper all over a comatose drunk, instead of kicking the crap out of me one of them remarked "Holy shit it's Red Adair" and gave me total respect. Until I got off. At which point they probably laughed and lit unconscious guy again.

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Village People?

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The only cool things I've owned were procured slightly after they were cool (and were, thus, uncool) or disposed of slightly before they became cool (and were thus uncool).

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1 minute ago, Carl Fimble said:

Googled, holy shit! Pretty, and pricey!!

I still prefer the Integrale though.

Wasn't pricey in 1976 needing an engine rebuild (wasn't actually that difficult, just daunting)

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Bck in the early 90s, I had one of these for about 3 weeks. Only car ive made money on. The suspension was notorious on Triumphs.

I turned in to a filling station just up from Tufnell Park tube, and the wheels locked at 45 degrees under the arches.

Made about 300 quid on it though.

Itch scratched.

I had to have a Sweeney car at some point in my life and i couldn't afford a Daimler coupe.

Its  Triumph 2500s in shit brown. Twin Webers. About 15mpg in the cold.

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1 hour ago, Melchett said:

At the same time as the above anecdote... I was doing my PhD in London and my everyday clothes were a pair of army surplus black combat trousers and a bright red padded ski jacket my mum had given me. Those with the right memory will understand that that outfit, combined with my intimidating physical presence, meant I got routinely mistaken for someone much harder and handier and nobody gave me any shit on the tubes and night buses. In fact, ordinary people seemed to strive to sit near me.

Different world... I’d probably get knifed every five minutes in today’s London.

 

wasn't your mum's ski jacket a bit tight on you or was she in possession of an intimidating physical presence as well ? 

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6 minutes ago, ashestoashes said:

wasn't your mum's ski jacket a bit tight on you or was she in possession of an intimidating physical presence as well ? 

Mine is in height and face. She's just Big all over. Plus ski jackets back then we're baggy as fuck.

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