Taking my cue from Hirst, I have started searching on Flickr for old street scenes and there really are some gems on there that people have taken over the years. By a stroke of amazing fortune, someone took a load of photos of my home town of Beverley during the 1980s which was a period of great change in the town and has captured views that are familiar to me as I saw them every day as a child, but are scenes I thought I would never get to see again. The ones here are of interest for the OJC content. Anyone got more?
This is Toll Gavel, the main shopping street before pedestrianisation. With the amount of people in the town now this scene would be unthinkable today
Wow, Celeste Probably from Hull Mitsubishi or even Chequered Flag at Beeford, B310 Sunny is ace in beige with brown vinyl roof combo!
Tidy Civic in nice setting in the posh part of town!
Some good'uns here in the car park next to the library. This was built on a couple of years ago and forms part of the new court and archives building; the cottages and buildings behind have gone. Spot the Colt hatchback and a Mazda 818 and an N10 Cherry. Could this be a Cordia on the left next to the white Dolomite??
I recorded Jackie Chan's Police Story and watched it at the weekend! It's really naff but there are some good Hong Kong scenes in there. It was made in 1985 and I think Mitsubishi must have supplied the cars.
Best one is a bright yellow Colt Turbo but they also destroy a red Cordia and blue Galant.
Jackie Chan films tend to have an incredibly blatant amount of Mitsubishi product placement, there was one called Thunderbolt in the mid 90s which was just ludicrous - in it he was a mechanic for Mitsubishi and the intro had a load of stock footage of Space Wagons being put together and a Fuso bus hurtling around a high-speed test track. There's also a chase with an FTO and he ends up driving a GTO touring car in a race. The intro is on Youtube somewhere.
Although my vote for best Jackie Chan Mitsubishi placement goes to Wheels on Meals, in which (off the top of my head) a Starion inexplicably does a huge jump, stops and an old woman driver gets out (with the front of the Starion taking up most of the screen), goes "Good thing I had such a great car!", gets back in, does a reverse 180 and wheelspins away, never to be seen again. Utterly inexplicable.
I don't ever remember seeing a 4WD estate in the UK. Perhaps we did get them, but if so they must have been very rare. Of all the Lancers of this shape, the estate like this one is the most likely one to see nowadays. Thats because it was sold until 1992, even though the saloons and the Colt hatchback of this range was discontinued in 1988. Of course from 1986/87 onwards the long side indicators were replaced with ordinary looking ones behind the arches, and the completely flat bonnet gained a couple of ridges in it.
Nobody would have bought sich a Lancer Estate without 4WD here. This car was very popular, many medical doctors, veterinarians, farmer, hunter and fisherman had one of those. After the rust was so bad they did´nt pass the annual inspection anymore (~ 8 years), most farmers used it to drive around in the woods without registration. Now, even those "wood-cars" (mostly Corolla RV-Wagon 4WD, Subaru Leone and Lancer 4x4) are gone.