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and should still work in a powercut if the exchange batteries are in good nick!

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We grew our own fruit and vegetables and reared chickens. I still remember how to kill a chicken.

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A Vespa was an Italian make of a scooter, the classic ‘Mods’ type of scooter. Bubble cars were Messershmitt, and / or possibly Heinkel. Enough to strike fear into the hearts of Brits of a certain age I suspect.
Also presuming the Vespa had a side car, I think such things existed.
I was thinking that but Henry said 'all 4 of us would get a ride in it' which made me think it was a Bubble Car. You are probably right about the sidecar; I am sure I have seen Vespas with them fitted.

I can certainly remember Mods and Rockers, and the Teddy Boys before that!
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Panther 650? Wasn’t that a very long stroke single cylinder that if you messed up the kick start you were usually catapulted into low earth orbit??

Did the ‘handful’ involve increasing the revs from a leisurely tickover at 200 rpm to a shattering and no doubt shuddering 500 rpm??
Yep, all of the above! The Panther 650 was reputed to do one stroke every telegraph pole in top gear! They only produced 24 BHP which seems very little nowadays, but my dad would overtake cars on the way up Duncton Hill over the South Downs (near Petworth) whilst changing UP gear. Duncton Hill was something of a graveyard for cars on a hot Saturday morning so being overtaken by a motorbike and sidecar was probably something of an insult to many.
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Was that a 'Bubble Car'? I remember those.

They were very popular in the UK because being three wheeled they could be driven on a motorcycle licence.

When I was about four my father bought a Panther 650 motorbike and sidecar 'combination' as they were called in those days. My older brother or sister would ride in the sidecar with me whilst my mother rode pillion! That was around 1959 or 1960.

We lived in a rather snotty private road in Surrey and I don't think the neighbours were too impressed. Some were so posh they even had cars! My mother was rather conscious of this but I think it just encouraged my father to give the bike a 'handfull'.
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Wasn't it the Isetta that was faster in reverse than going forward?

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Oh yes, I had forgotten about that; but seriously, there was a Bubble Car made in Ireland I think that was faster in reverse than going forward.

They didn't have a reverse gear as such, but the two-stroke engine could be stopped and restarted backwards.
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Oh yes, I had forgotten about that; but seriously, there was a Bubble Car made in Ireland I think that was faster in reverse than going forward.

They didn't have a reverse gear as such, but the two-stroke engine could be stopped and restarted backwards.
The Messerschmidt was like that - I had one. IIRC it had a Sachs engine and your turned the ignition key the other way for reverse. It had a motorcycle type gearbox. The heating system was referred to as a 'mega-puffer' in the handbook!

(BTW - I think the thread would be better titled 'When I were a lad'!)

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Was that a 'Bubble Car'? I remember those.

They were very popular in the UK because being three wheeled they could be driven on a motorcycle licence.

When I was about four my father bought a Panther 650 motorbike and sidecar 'combination' as they were called in those days. My older brother or sister would ride in the sidecar with me whilst my mother rode pillion! That was around 1959 or 1960.

We lived in a rather snotty private road in Surrey and I don't think the neighbours were too impressed. Some were so posh they even had cars! My mother was rather conscious of this but I think it just encouraged my father to give the bike a 'handfull'.
Unfortunately it wasn't a bubble car. I stood in the front, my sis would be sandwich in between.
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