I only ask the question because the other day I drove several hundred miles to look in the back garden of a very nice chap who had an astounding amount of automotive bits and bobs, and not just in his garage but outside too.

He is perfectly normal in most respects, with a proper job and a wife who admits that she switches off when the topic of cars comes up.

I also suspect that she has reined in his hobby a bit by insisting that at least part of the garden is less of a car park. Indeed, right outside the back door was a proper mid ‘60s Lambretta he restored a few years back. 

Yes, he’s got a good dozen restorations to his credit over the years, but it was the hulk in the back garden I’d really come to see. Now, I can’t reveal just now as to why this vehicle is so important, so I’ll just tease you with an interior picture. And what an interior it is. Choc full of bits for scooters, and motors and all sorts.

The engine wasn’t even under the bonnet, but swinging on a hoist that we had to move out of the way to get inside.

I wondered why this valuable old thing wasn’t in the garage. I discovered the reason was that the garage door was something of a challenge to open. Partly because it was broken, but mostly because it was absolutely stuffed with parts. Oh and a car.