On Sat, 13 Jan 1996, A A Ransome wrote:
> last January and I absolutely love it. I have had it garaged up for
> the last 2 months as the weather in the UK has been pretty bad. Im a
> great follower of the "as long as it isn't raining the hoods down"
> brigade and today was the first clear day this year so down came the
> hood and out I went into the country - only 32oF as well - so you can
> imagine some of the "look at that fool' looks I got as all the sad
> people in their nice warm modern cars went by.
This reminds me of a wonderful sight from a visit to the UK I made. My
high school's senior class trip was to London for a week bracketing New
Years (got to watch Big Ben ring in '92). One day our tour bus was in
the middle of a pretty darn big roundabout when I heard a rippling
exhaust note through the (closed) window. Suddenly, like something out
of a dream, a perfect (Perfect!) BRG XK120 went whizzing by, top down,
gent in the driver's seat looking something like a time warp in tweed
cap, stringback gloves, and old-style racing goggles. I am not making
this up. That particular day it was about 35degF and drizzling; I doubt
I'll ever forget it. Really neat.