Tell Them About It

THE Editorial Silver Shadow is usually seen at events such as Gingin with the engine lid open, and a placard in a side window. The placard is my info sheet, for the information not just of the public passing by, but other RROCWA members as well.

Below is the placard for my car. It is simply a basic fact sheet, whipped up on my Word Processor, printed out on ordinary A4 copy paper, and then laminated in plastic by my convenient corner stationery store.

As you can see, there's a little bit of history of the car, some specifications for the technically interested, and a set of performance figures (taken from a British magazine road test) for the "wot'll she do in the standing quarter?" brigade.

If my car had fancy coachwork, I would have expounded on that just a little, but it is a standard steel saloon, plain vanilla variety.

These placards are easy to knock up, and if you are technologically challenged any child over the age of 4 can undoubtedly do it for you.

As for putting it in the car on the day, I keep one rear window wound right up, and, inside the car, slide the sheet along the glass so that one edge slips into the front glass channel, and the top edge into the top channel, and there it stays, quite happily, all day long.

This will work fine on any car with winding windows, but is obviously going to be a problem for open vintage tourers and the like. In which case you lash out a dollar or two and buy a plastic menu or card display, made of acrylic, which you can stand on the front seat. Or the running board.

The example below is typical, just a sheet of stiff plastic folded to provide a slot and a foot. Available at your handy office supplies shack.


AFTER ALL, you know what your car is, but you'd be amazed (well, maybe not amazed) to know how many people can't tell a Rolls-Royce from a Holden, a Bentley from a Lightburn Zeta.

Just a thought, folks.