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Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

At a lo­cal flea­mar­ket I re­cently picked up a gem of a book pub­lished in 1917 by the Tem­ple Press, ti­tled How to drive a Mo­tor

Car, one of its War Ser­vice Man­u­als. The book con­tains many pe­riod ad­ver­tise­ments for both cars and ac­ces­sories (though no cars were avail­able for sale to the pub­lic at this time) and the Ed­war­dian prose makes fascinating reading. For ex­am­ple, the fol­low­ing ad­vice on night driv­ing when en­coun­ter­ing on­com­ing head­lights:

‘A cap has re­cently been brought out pro­vided with a se­condary brim of coloured ma­te­rial which, when one de­flects the head so as to in­ter­pose it be­tween the lamp glare and the eyes, very con­sid­er­ably min­imises the glare and en­ables one to see fairly well.’

Makes you re­alise how far we’ve come when you don’t even have to touch a switch on many cars of to­day to ei­ther switch on or dip head­lights. Steve Warfield, Ebbw Vale, South Wales

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