James Wal­she won’t stop driv­ing. Ever!

Practical Classics (UK) - - CLASSIC WORLD -

As you’ll have gath­ered from edi­tor Hop­kins in his wel­com­ing ad­dress (p3), we’re all keen win­ter clas­sic users around here. To me, the thrill of skip­ping across a rain-soaked moor with the heater ablaze is as good as feel­ing a warm breeze, win­dows down, amid the blur of sun-baked dry­s­tone walls.

I lav­ish cor­ro­sion pre­ven­tion treat­ment on all of my fleet and they get a good hos­ing-down af­ter a win­ter drive. Last Jan­uary, hav­ing driven my Citroën DS to De­von, a cranky-faced gent in a Pas­sat am­bled over to me in a layby and blasted me as ir­re­spon­si­ble. ‘You shouldn’t drive a clas­sic car on such a win­try day. The road is full of salt!’ he bel­lowed. ‘Nice to meet you, too’ I replied with a smile. He wasn’t de­terred and car­ried on. ‘It should be un­der cover! I own a Tri­umph Stag and it doesn’t leave my garage be­tween Septem­ber and April!’

Nu­mer­ous cruel re­torts sprung to mind but I re­mained po­lite and ex­plained that I will, in ap­prox­i­mately 50 years’ time, mostly likely be dead.

Given the brief time we have on the planet, I reckon it’s mad­ness not to in­dulge your pas­sion at all times; and re­gard­less of what any­one says, come rain or shine, I won’t be stopped.

No sun­shine… no prob­lem!

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