We, that's Paul Rose and myself Ashley Dunn, (Paul was my co-driver) both of us travelling a Trotters Independent Trading look alike van, stopped in one of the sevices on the M6 - it doesn't really matter which one. There were around about 10 others that stopped for a rest as well.
When we were
ready to leave Paul and myself were walking back to our van and passed a top of the range Mercedes with the owner trying to start the car.
Guess what! he had a flat battery, (just up my street). Calmly a said to the man: "Would you like some help?",
he replied, "Yes please", - and no I didn't say, 'then join the AA`, -Turning to Paul I said, giving him a wink of the eye
"GET THE VAN".
I asked the man with the merc to lift his bonnet up, which he did, saying to
him: "We`ll give you a jump start"
"Thank you very much", he said, -
he never had a clue what was in store.
By the time Paul arrived with the van a nice little crowd was gathering looking at this Merc with its bonnet open.
Trotters Independent Trading to the rescue,
`Struth` - if you could have seen the blokes face, he didn`t' know where to look or what to say.
Now there were on lookers, loads of them, and Paul trying to position the van so the
jump leads would reach, me shouting, people laughing and it was a boiling hot day.
Several times the van was moved to get in the right place to snap the jump leads on, at last, on they went.
Turning to my co-driver, smiling in the baking hot van with the sweat running down his back, I said in a whisper: "Keep the bloodly thing revving - I don`t know if we can start this".
The owner of the Merc jumped into his car, - - and Bingo it fired up the very first
With that he leapt out and tried to take the jump leads off and close the bonnet as quick as possible.
"Hang on" I said, and moving at the speed of light out with my camera, 'click', - got it one of the most famous shots of all time.
The Great and the Small.
If you could have seen that mans face which lots of us did, what a picture.
Don`t you just love....... the Reliant Owners Club, best £8 I ever spent