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Thursday, September 02, 2010
my love affair with the car
The south of France, 1987.
South Downs 1983, but the national plates on the front give you an idea of how well travelled this Austin Morris JU250 was!
Yesterday, Plymouth, almost giving me second thoughts!
I had an annoying number of anti-car rants submitted as comments a couple of days ago, none of which I allowed through.
No matter what agenda some of you may want to push, this site will NEVER be anti car. Go to some environmentalist or cycling sites if you want to sound off. YOU ARE TOTALLY MISSING THE POINT.
Like most transport enthusiasts I actually love the car. I've owned many, including more than a couple of sports convertibles! Within a few months of passing my test in 1980 I drove all over Europe and loved every second of it. Just a few years ago I took a D reg Escort convertible all the way down to southern Hungary, via Poland and Slovakia. I spent four years as a lorry driver. We still use a car, when absolutely essential!
We've no agenda to 'kill off' the car. The car is dying through the soon to be obvious end of cheap oil. There's nothing we can do to stop it, but hopefully we can make the conversion process as comfortable as possible. The New S&D is very much part of this process, replacing the congested and seriously inefficient road system that has never adequately replaced the old S&D with a modern, community owned, fast and clean railway, taking passengers and freight off the roads and ensuring that once the oil does finally go (probably somewhere between 2025 and 2035, although I'm very optimistic - it could be a lot sooner!) we can not only still get around but do so in a manner that only the railways can manage - quick, clean, sustainable, relaxed.
I think for a few years, as the freight moves rapidly to rail and fewer and fewer people can afford to run a car, there will be a second golden age of the car, with empty (if decaying) roads. I think that those of us that can afford to still be personally mobile should make the most of it - we'll never see the likes again.