Having such a distinguished classic car on display encourages people to come on to the stand where they get a glass of wine or cup of coffee. I also did magic tricks to keep the public amused.
"A fine time was had by all."
I had plenty of time to look around the show which was a great bonus, seeing all the mad cars and chatting to their equally crazy owners.
One of my loves has always been Model T Ford cars, mainly I suspect because my all-time favourites, Laurel and Hardy, used - and indeed destroyed - them in various of their sublime films.
So many of these vehicles were made that you can still pick one up for around £12,000, which is incredible really and I've always slightly hankered after one. The downside is that they are pretty tricky to drive, with a very different clutch and gear system to the one we are now used to. But I'd love to just turn up at the pub in one.
"But yesterday my eye was taken by a new form of transport: A sofa."
Yes, that's right, a sofa. The ever ingenious Edd China who has a track record of eccentric vehicles, was there with some of his creations. Now I've heard of Edd as he is well known and holds the world record for the fastest mobile bed, which is some record to hold in my opinion. (69 MPH if you're interested), but I'd never seen any of his creations live. He holds other records too and is most certainly worth looking up if you, like me, are slightly theatrical.
My eye has now, for the time being at least, been drawn away from the Model T Ford and towards the mobile sofa. It's difficult to explain, so here is a short clip of Edd on his sofa:
He's a really nice chap as well, but I fear that it would cost somewhat more than a Model T Ford to ask Edd to build me one, so I guess I'll just have to gaze in wonder.
We're still working out how to get disabled and older people down to the Arches Theatre at Clifton Reynes (See my previous blog posts about that) and wouldn't it be marvellous to bring them down to the venue on a sofa? Plus, I could take my daughter to school on it.
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions who provides entertainment for theatre and corporate events. This ties in very well with The Arches Theatre, an outside venue that David owns underneath a disused railway line, equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. This was one of the few venues that could operate with social distancing in place during the summer of 2020 and where they ran everything from Shakespeare to Richard Digance through the summer months.
David has been involved in light entertainment for many years, even going back as far as working on a production with Norman Wisdom in London. He has a knack of keeping in touch with everyone he's worked with and would bring such people as Chas and Dave, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk round to play locally when the chance arose.
His company also represent the stage rights for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour. He has recently negotiated permission with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to produce Porridge on stage although this is all hampered by the current situation and the availability of theatres.
Next year, at the Arches Theatre, he will produce Ripping Yarns, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. This will be an interesting production as not only does one episode involve playing a football match, but also with the agreement of Michael Palin and the wife of the late Terry Jones, it has been decided that all the profits on this production will go to a dementia charity as Terry Jones died as a result of dementia, as did David's father and uncle.
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