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Thursday 24 December 2015
Bureau of Visual Records
Why is it that the Girl wears a crash helmet, but Mr. X does not? Is it that he’s afraid of nothing, or is it that he simply likes to feel the wind in his hair? Maybe the Girl was just being careful, after all her E-type Jaguar has no roll bar. If either car was to crash and roll over the consequences would be near fatal, if not actually fatal. Of course this is before the wearing of crash helmets became compulsory in Britain, to be worn my motor cyclists in 1973, but not car drivers.
The Girl drove the Jaguar expertly, good enough for a racing driver. As did Mr. X. Mind you it got a bit hairy when the Girl pointed her finger, and he and his Lotus Elan began to spin this way and that, then right around. He did well to keep the car on the road at that point in the chase around Borehamwood.
I wonder why Patrick McGoohan gave himself the Lotus Elan in the story? After all it was the car offered to him by Lotus for the Prisoner’s car, which McGoohan rejected. So really, to make it right, Mr. X should have been driving KAR 120C seeing as he’s the Prisoner!
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