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A 40's Revival 2/7

Taken at a 40's event at our local Shepshed Watermill a few weeks back.  I guess a few of us a bit senior in years will easily remember seeing these old Riley police cars tearing about.  The mans uniform is a bit tame compared with those the police wear today.

A 40's Revival 2/7

Taken at a 40's event at our local Shepshed Watermill a few weeks back.  I guess a few of us a bit senior in years will easily remember seeing these old Riley police cars tearing about.  The mans uniform is a bit tame compared with those the police wear today.

comments (20)

  • Beth
  • United States
  • 7 Aug 2012, 01:19
great shot - so, honestly, was this taken about 60 years ago!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Beth. I'm glad it does look as though it might be 60 years old.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 7 Aug 2012, 01:26
Great shot, Brian.

I suppose the bobby would have to fold back the cloth roof of the Riley before getting in, or his helmet might cause some grief...
Brian Walbey: He definitely wouldn't get in with that helmet on.
I like the Bobby looking quite spiffy...Brian... but that car is just WOW!!!!...petersmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Peter.
That vehicle is a beauty!! Is there a pigeon on the back of it?
Brian Walbey: Indeed it is Elizabeth. I've only just noticed that Pigeon now you've pointed it out.
These were great cars, My parents had a Riley pre war with a pre-select gearbox. My mother had to drive home once in second gear when the gear lever came off in her hand. She didn't dare touch the clutch as it would have changed up!
Brian Walbey: What a dilemma for your Mum, I used to like these old Rileys, very smart for their time.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 7 Aug 2012, 08:09
Can't say I remember these, Brian!
Brian Walbey: I guess your either too young Lisl or of an age when little girls didn't take much notice of cars.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 7 Aug 2012, 08:17
How times change! If you go to London, for instance, today you will find the police with semi-automatic machine guns and body armour. This picture hails from the time of Miss Marple
Brian Walbey: Yes I know what you mean about modern police Chris, but this definitely is of the Miss Marple era.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 7 Aug 2012, 09:31
I like the boy scouts belt buckle the copper is wearing Brian.
Brian Walbey: I never noticed that Chad, well done.
hey.. this is gorgeous Brian, love the car and the uniform.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Juan, they were like this when I was growing up.
But every town,city and village had one Brian not like nowadays.
Superb capture of a time gone by.
Brian Walbey: Indeed they did, thanks for your comment.
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Aug 2012, 10:16
FAB indeed
Brian Walbey: Thanks Paul.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Aug 2012, 10:35
Yes the introduction of Panda Cars in the 1960's was when it all started to go wrong. Bring back Dixon of Dock Green.
Brian Walbey: They are certainly a different breed these days Mike, sad that they have to be, must say something about society in general.
I love the license plate, FAB(ulous)
Brian Walbey: Yes I wonder if they arranged to have that specially.
Great capture of a magnificent looking car Brian.
Brian Walbey: Nice old motors weren't they, a friend of mine had one during the early 60's and loved it.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Aug 2012, 12:09
"Evening all"! Riley's always seemed to be a cut above other cars in terms of luxury. Not a video camera to be seen lurking in this.
Brian Walbey: A friend of mine had one of these in the early 60's and loved it.
That's a cool shot.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Jacquelyn.
I always remember the old Wolsely as the police car - and the Humber, but perhaps the different Forces had different models?
Brian Walbey: They certainly had these round my way Tom which was North Hertfordshire at the time.
Wow Brian. The Bobby and the car look FABulous!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, I hadn't noticed the registration number of the car.
Interestng, Brian. At Duxford on Sunday they were showing vintage cars. A bloke had a 1939 police/security service Wolesley, with only 3-4 owners.
Brian Walbey: I guess there are still a lot of these old cars about in peoples collections.
Grand 'proper' Car
Brian Walbey: Indeed John, they were very popular, a friend of mine had one for quite a while in the 60's.

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