A Dog’s Life
Dear Uncle Jenks,
My name is Sam and I am an Old English Sheepdog. I am a very keen car passenger, and am usually to be seen in the back of my owner’s Spitfire, or if it is a special day, in their Humber 12 or Sunbeam MK 111S, which is great because then I can growl at people and stop them touching the paintwork. But now disaster is afoot!
My daddy has been “bouncing” for Rob Moor in his Alvis TA14 special on the Exeter and Land’s End trials, most recently last weekend (6/7th January). Now he wants a go himself and finally mummy has agreed to let him build a Gould glass fibre “Ulster” bodied special on a shortened Ruby chassis. This is awful, because I notice from the pictures that there will be no room for me! I am really depressed because I so enjoy our outings. But there might be some
hope, daddy has joined the 750 Club and mummy says that you wrote about an Old English Sheepdog called Woogy who used to ride in the tail of a real Ulster. Daddy says this isn’t possible, for a start, where will the spare wheel go? I know that he reads MOTOR SPORT, and usually takes notice of what you say, so perhaps if you tell him how it was done, I might be saved!
As a present, 1 have enclosed a picture of myself in our Sunbeam. Don’t I look good? Lots of licks, SAM,
Laxey, Isle of Man. The Holly Birkett Ulster had the spare wheel slot in the tail enlarged to take Woogy (or Jenks later on!) and the spare wheel was mounted on the side of the scuttle and held in place by leather straps. The derelict remains of that Ulster body still exist within the 750 Club.—DSJ
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