LUCKY me. I spent a day at the Beaulieu Autojumble on Saturday, and although I didn’t get to see much of the show itself, it was good to be out and about, seeing classic cars in the flesh again. However, I hate to say it, but one thing really did grind my gears about the whole day happened right at the end… it made me wonder what was going on in the mind of the driver, and had me doubting his sanity…
What was it you’re wondering? Or maybe not, looking at the picture above. But, yes, a 1970s classic, four up, with mum and dad in the front, two kids in the back – and no seat belts for the rear seat passengers. Okay, the car in question wouldn’t have had these safety devices fitted as standard from new, but is it unreasonable to expect a responsible parent to retro-fit a pair in order to protect their children?
Volvo, after all, first fitted seat belts as standard equipment back in 1958 – extending the idea copyright-free to the rest of the world at the same time. Since then, countless lives have been saved by their use – although the UK was quite late in making the wearing of them obligatory (in the front) in 1983. So, why on earth the owner of any classic car would decide not to extend the same safety to his or her own kids is beyond me. Perhaps, in this instance, the chap reckoned that his kids’ safety was less important than maintaining his car’s original specification or was even just plain lazy.
Either way, it’s reprehensible. Let’s hope lady luck smiled on that family on the journey home…
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
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