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21 February 2015 No Comment

Call me sentimental, call me an old fool, but by the end of this article I think a vote will be called for.
February is, I think in all and sundries’ minds as the month of romance, ie: Valentine.
Now, I could carry on and on regarding the history of Valentine’s, with little cupids and their little upper lip shaped bows and arrows, shooting unsuspecting people to make them involuntarily fall madly in love.
Would that not make this column such a sad place for of the normal people out there who would rather fall in love with their mode of transport?
I do believe that I may have made a smattering of enemies with this remark. But wait!
In a survey taken in of all the places in the world, the US of A, you would not believe what the Yanks perceive as the most romantic cars to represent Valentine’s Day. This is their vehicle list in order from number ten to number one.
To me there were only three possibilities numbers 10, 5 and 1.
And then my choice at the end….filled with red roses, chocolates and a couple of ice cold bottles of bubbly.
For those of you who are not up to scratch with the legend of St Valentine, allow me to update you…the romantic car’s version!
One of the local legends of St Vauxhall was that he was persecuted as a car and interrogated by the then great emperor Chevrolet, Chevrolet tried to convert him to Opalism which he refused and was sentenced to be removed from the South African market, much in the same way as his cousin, Elder Holden.
This then came about due to his refusal and he attempted to leave a legacy behind for future automobiles to love.
This he did by bringing a new look to the world, which on the evening before his demise he sent a card of best wishes to his British girlfriend “Be my Vauxhall.”
Little knowing that this would be carried forth forever-more by all those who now drive Opels.
Till next month, take care!
John Lemmon
info@thecenturion.co.za

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