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GET­TING be­hind the wheel to drive Nutcracker in­volves climb­ing through a cam­ou­flaged rear ‘‘door’’. It has an un­cov­ered, 920cc old Mor­ris four-cylin­der en­gine, a sin­gle seat and a dash­board with an on-off ig­ni­tion knob (no key), a choke knob and a pull­starter. It still has the orig­i­nal skinny wheels and tyre size (wider tyres driven at low speeds would need power steer­ing). Se­lect first gear on the long floor­shift, feed out the tiny clutch pedal and we’re off. Slowly. The steer­ing is heavy­ish and the turn­ing cir­cle wide. The float is very wide, with a Christ­mas tree as a hood or­na­ment. We ease over speed bumps be­cause the sus­pen­sion is, well, crook. We care­fully slot it past parked cars on a ser­vice road for this thing is wider than any car I’ve driven - and I can’t see its sides. In to­day’s pageant the driver has earplugs to off­set the blar­ing mu­sic speak­ers on board.

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