Welcome to AROnline‘s newest blogger – a motoring rotter who wants to tell it like it is. He’s the Strand Cigarette Man…
This week, he turns his keyboard angrily in the direction of the banger racers…
“what a bunch of absolute tossers i had to email the geezer who runs the forum and tell him that i just love to wreck old tin and that im gonna burn all my intirior parts and stuff not needed in bangers from now on instead of offering up free spares to these anorach do gooders”.
This is one of the more articulate entries to be found on ovalbangerchat.co.uk, one of the most hilarious sites on the entire Internet. It is as though a random assortment of train spotters with sociopathic tendencies and a strange BDSM-like passion for Austin A99 Westminster wrecking. Their mortal foes – anyone with a reasoned argument against their favourite quasi-sexual habits in involving dead Humber Hawks and an IQ in three figures.
Chaps such as the great writer Nick Larkin for example:
“and hes a bus nerd/freak,says it all dont it?and my poor boys car spread over the mag too,thats cool”
Yes, the oval bangers defend their sport with wit and verve, so raising the standard of debate is a considerable challenge but one I feel sure that we are all capable of. The first reader of this blog who manages to sustain a discussion on oval banger chat concerning the relationship between Wolseley 6/110 destruction and Hegelian dialectics for more than one page &/or the heads of the forum ‘grand member’s’ exploding with the infernal logic of it wins a ¼lb of Trebor pear drops!
And for any oval banger forum members who are having this blog read to them – it is little more advanced than The Beano after all – well, I feel certain that you’ll see the funny side. After all, you do state that you are such salt of the earth types with a jovial sense of humour. Repeatedly…
Until next time,
The Strand Cigarette Man
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.