• CM's lucky charm In 1968 West Countryman Jim Sibthorpe,
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then driving for Kraft Foods, was an LDoY finalist at Bramcote. A couple of weeks ago he lost the CM radiator plaque which signified his achievement. This was a sad blow, not only for sentimental, but also practical reasons. Over the past three years, while the badge adorned his vehicle, he had come to regard it as a talisman. Maybe it was imagination, but it seemed to have the magic power to ward off traffic wardens. One glimpse of it, and they put away their ticket books.
With ex-Navy resourcefulness, Jim called at Dorset House seeking a replacement and, lo and behold, a filing cabinet yielded up a duplicate!
Jim now drives a Ford Transit for a Bath-based company, Herman Miller UK, distributing office furniture imported from the USA. Recently he has delivered to the residences of King Hussein, in Kensington, and Ringo Starr, in Hampstead. In such distinguished locations as these his substitute badge should provide a double feeling of immunity!