Here I am looking down at the entrance to Enginuity, an interactive science museum where one can try to generate electricity from flowing water, or with some ingenuity tow a locomotive and lots of other hands on scientific experimentation. A happy hour or two can be spent here whether a child or adult although not everything was working when we were there. Tucked away in a corner was something that attracted my attention which was a car.
An icon from the 1960s, whether it was racing the Monte Carlo rally, driving down the Turin pedestrian steps in the heist caper film The Italian Job, or just tootling down a London high street. A classic Mini cut in half to show its side mounted space saving front wheel drive engine which meant packing in more interior room for the size of car.
Or should I say it was cut in 'arf as its number plate says- 1 ARF. I wonder where the other 'arf is?
Morris Mini interior 1959" by DeFacto - Licensed CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons
This is how I remember sitting in those basic early minis, lots of metal with seats and although it can't be seen in this photo to open the door you had to grab hold of a piece of wire and pull, then there were the windows that slid rather than wind up. People loved to drive them, especially the Mini Cooper which of course was a lot speedier than this one. Today by any comparison the BMW built minis are luxurious, but those early minis, designed by Issigonis, still retain their cult status.
An entry to ABC Wednesday, a drive through the alphabet, this week sojourning at E here