I was there…
Sploshing around in a damp Princess on the top of a Peterborough multi-storey car park for the benefit of the TV cameras. This is What (some) Brits Love, apparently. I have my own slightly bizarre connection to the Queensgate Centre car park, from which the main picture was taken. Back in 2011, I was approached by the makers of a TV series, What Brits Love, because they were looking for an enthusiast who appreciated more, ahem, challenging classics. When they found out I owned both a Sandglow beige Austin Allegro and a Leyland Princess in the same shade, they decided they need look no further. They’d found their eccentric English lunatic.
The filming took place on the top two levels of the Queensgate Centre, which were closed off on a rainy winter day… much to the chagrin of occasional shoppers who refused to believe we had permission to be there. They soon scarpered when a Princess and an Allegro came squealing around a corner towards them.
The idea behind the segment was to recreate a sort of Sweeney-style car chase, with me discussing with presenter Ben Lewis just why I liked these weird BL creations in between the action sequences.
Ben drove the Allegro, I drove the Wedge and it was great fun being given carte blanche to roar through the sodden concrete of a multi-storey, safe in the knowledge that we weren’t going to get ejected by security guards.
I believe the subsequent programme proved very popular in Germany, Hungary and Poland.