It’s difficult to decide whether you should laugh or cry watching this video of Telly Savalas’ ‘visit’ to Birmingham.
On one hand, his hammy commentary and wonderful backing music are pure comedic genius, but on the other, the modernistic vision of Birmingham circa 1980 is put into sharp relief by how it looks today – and the town planners’ intent to undo all that Brutalist architecture so optimistically erected during the 1960s and ’70s.
For a car-spotter, this is a wonderful little vignette of life in Birmingham at the turn of the ’80s, too. The roads (or should we say multi-lane motorways) are chock-full of delightful home-made metal – and if you like your Allegros, Escorts and Minis, this is the video for you. Those with more refined tastes will probably love the appearance of the Rover SD1 police car door-handling out of Brum ‘nick’. A joy, a real joy.
We’re tempted to revisit this video 2012-style, just to see how it would look now. However, just enjoy this masterpiece…
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.