You wonder how heavy the panniers were with all the tools they needed. Not very nice for the guys when the weather was bad. Can you find an AA Box to complete the picture? Does anybody still have their key?
The AA was formed early in 1900 to defend motorists who were being persecuted by the police acting on the instructions of mostly horsey local authorities. With an overall speed limit of 20mph in force, police set up traps by hiding in hedges and timing motorists over a measured distance with a stop watch.
No, but I have my father's AA bumper badge somewhere in a box. AA men used to look for the badge and salute the driver as he or she drove past. If there was a police car lurking around the next bend, AA men weren't allowed to warn drivers in any active way — so they simply failed to salute. Members then noted that the AA man hadn't saluted them and took the hint.
I remember all of that. I don't have an AA key but I do have an RAC key which fits both boxes (if there are still any left).
I have never used my key because mobile phones have become the way to go.
As for the "no salute" means problems, I tend to use the French method of warning.
Flash your headlights 3 times in quick succession, which means there is some sort of problem ahead for them. You will get a "thank you" response from them and you can watch their brake lights come on in your rear view mirror.
I have tried it in Norwich when there is a mobile speed camera around. Seems to work.
Aye, I give the same warning with my lights. But be careful, pj123. If you were to be seen doing that by a particularly snotty copper I *think* you could be prosecuted for 'obstructing the police in the execution of their duties.'
According to my father that's why the old-time AA men simply failed to salute — they couldn't be prosecuted for just standing at the roadside watching the cars go by.