LOSE YOURSELF IN 1976
THE TRAIN ARRIVNG… The InterCity 125 was a rail travel revolution, being the brand name of British Rail’s dieselpowered High Speed Train (HST). With a Class 43 power car at either end of a set of MkIII coaches, the HST could do 125mph, and 148mph at a push! Because of the twin power cars, HSTs made many loco-hauled trains redundant. Great for travellers, bad for trainspotters! NEC REALLY NECESSARY Love it or loathe it – what would we do in November without the NEC? Her majesty the Queen opened the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham in February 1976. Well positioned for Birmingham Airport, Birmingham International railway station and the M42, with 20 halls in a 611-acre site, the NEC is the largest exhibition centre in the UK and the seventh largest in Europe. Anyone who has visited the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show will vouch for its size after wandering around all those displays and trade stands over a weekend. THAT FEELGOOD FACTOR In a year when Brotherhood of Man won the Eurovision Song Contest for Britain with
Save Your Kisses For Me, thank goodness for some simple British rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm ‘n’ blues courtesy of Canvey Island pub rockers, Dr Feelgood. The Feelgoods were always at their best live, so an album that combined their popular repertoire with rock classics recorded ‘live’ represented them at their sweaty supreme. Their
Stupidity album topped the
UK album charts for just one week in October 1976, only to be deposed by ABBA’s Greatest
Hits package the next.