Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Raleigh Safety Seven on a family holiday

Not the finest quality picture but worth showing. This is how family holidays used to be in the thirties, that is if you were lucky enough to get that much time off and luckier still, you were the proud owner of a Raleigh Safety Seven. The trailer is a nice touch, presumably a necessity if you wanted to go on a camping holiday with a Safety Seven and family. It's a fairly professional looking job. The wheels even seem to match the Raleigh's.

I remember living in Earlsfield, South London, fifteen or so years back in a thirties build ex-council maisonette. The couple downstairs had lived in there since the building was new. They let me park my Bantam in their front garden rather than see me leaving it out on the street. The chap would regale me with tales of family holidays in the fifties with him and his wife plus three children travelling down to Dorset on their Panther combo. The jouney would take them something like nine hours! Easy to forget that motoring from town to town was once an adventure and far from the norm.

Raleigh Safety Seven on holiday.

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