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Trigger's Broom

PostPost by: elanman999 » Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:58 am

Saw this nice Elan at Cadwell last weekend. The caption on the bumper made me chuckle.
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:56 am

I’m guessing some folk in other countries might be scratching their heads about this? In an attempt at enlightenment: Trigger was a comic if somewhat obtuse character in the iconic series Only Fools and Horses. He’d need a road sweeper for many years and claimed he’d had the same broom for the whole time ... it had only had 4 new heads and 2 handles in all that time.

I’d guess many cars could wear that logo. Amusing though!
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PostPost by: Andy8421 » Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:30 am

The question of what constitutes an original pre-dates Only Fools and Horses, and even the controversy around Bentley 'old number one', and goes back to 'The ship of Theseus' - approx 500BC.

Nothing new under the sun, as they say.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:00 am

The trouble is some have replaced the head on the broom. Then fitted a new handle to the old head and called it a 26R.
So we end up with more today than were made
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PostPost by: Elan Peter » Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:35 am

I would like to point out, on the 26R front of the "trigger's broom" front, to avoid any confusion; I do own one of these cars that is being built into a 26R style car. We want to make it known that it is not a genuine car however are building the car to exacting specifications. (Do not want to cause controversy)
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PostPost by: Grizzly » Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:20 am

I assume it's the car the damaged body that has been floating around Ebay for a while (in the same colours) came from?
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PostPost by: pharriso » Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:28 am

Andy8421 wrote:The question of what constitutes an original pre-dates Only Fools and Horses, and even the controversy around Bentley 'old number one', and goes back to 'The ship of Theseus' - approx 500BC.

Nothing new under the sun, as they say.


Or in America George Washington's Axe...
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PostPost by: trw99 » Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:40 am

[quote="Elan Peter"]I would like to point out, on the 26R front of the "trigger's broom" front, to avoid any confusion; I do own one of these cars that is being built into a 26R style car. We want to make it known that it is not a genuine car however are building the car to exacting specifications. (Do not want to cause controversy)
Best regards, P[/quote]

In which case, the completed car can be called an Elan GTS, as has become the norm for such cars.

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PostPost by: Elan Peter » Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:48 am

Ah, thanks, I did not know that that is what they called them now.
Thank you.
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PostPost by: webrest7 » Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:14 pm

pharriso wrote:
Andy8421 wrote:The question of what constitutes an original pre-dates Only Fools and Horses, and even the controversy around Bentley 'old number one', and goes back to 'The ship of Theseus' - approx 500BC.

Nothing new under the sun, as they say.


Or in America George Washington's Axe...

Yeah, sure, but "Trigger's Broom" is a way cooler name than "Washington's Axe"
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PostPost by: Thornts » Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:21 am

Hi John
We saw that too - made me chuckle and can't fault the honesty. Without wishing to pry, are you the beyond perfect S3 FHC in the display area? I think I've seen it at Cadwell many times and also at Donny at the Historic Festival a few months ago. As my S3 is not quite (as in nearly) ready I had to beg the loan of my wife's big black Beatle (993 Porker) parked top left corner next to the GT40 - yes I was there silly early. My mate had to put his new 'PJS' Elise in with the great unwashed though but we did have an awesome run up in it on the Saturday.
If the S3 is you, I need one of those IWR stickers in my life!
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PostPost by: elanman999 » Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:00 pm

Hi Rob,
No, I think the "beyond perfect S3" belongs to one of the Lincs people.

I did not go in my car, but my Elan is in need of a "Trigger's Broom" sticker as thats what it is.
Yes it was a good days racing with all 15 to 20 min races. Just the rain caused a bit of caos!
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PostPost by: Thornts » Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:04 pm

Yes, hoping for another (class) win for that very nice 22 but rain and the contents of someone's sump put paid to that...
Bring on the VSCC meeting.
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PostPost by: denicholls2 » Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:00 pm

Andy8421 wrote:The question of what constitutes an original pre-dates Only Fools and Horses, and even the controversy around Bentley 'old number one', and goes back to 'The ship of Theseus' - approx 500BC.

Nothing new under the sun, as they say.


Apparently, not even "Trigger." Trigger was Rex Trailer's horse in the childrens' TV show "Boomtown" in the 1960's, a contemporary of Bozo the Clown. One of my claims to fame was that his daughter Jill was in my sixth grade class.
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PostPost by: jimj » Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:14 pm

Trigger was the name of Roy Roger`s horse in the 1950s, plus, they would have been fitted to trebuchets from 1199, Google says. Not that I`m pedantic.
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