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I HAVE BEGUN DECLUTTERING the garage. No mean feat, this, what with 33+ years of R&T memorabilia and even more years of other stuff, plus 150 boxes of books accumulated back when a retirement secondhand bookshop was envisioned.
The bookshop idea got scrapped when a nice lady owning a bookshop advised it’s a fine way of screwing up retirement. Instead, I started SimanaitisSays and let the books and other stuff remain in the garage.
Now, though, I’m uncovering things that ask, “Why ever did I save this?” Here are tidbits about not just having tossed them out. By the way, if I mention something you simply cannot live without, please let me know. Likely we can strike a deal beneficial to you—and to my garage.
John Player Specials. As Blake Z. Rong wrote at the Hagerty website, August 22, 2018, “Everything John Player Touches Turns to Black Gold.”
John Player was innovative in the 1870s in popularizing pre-rolled cigarettes. And nearly a century later, it and Lotus introduced another innovation: In 1968, the team swapped Formula One’s traditional national livery (British Racing Green, Italian Red, French Blue, etc.) in favor of sponsorship colors, namely those of John Player’s up-market Gold Leaf cigarettes.
In 1972, John Player’s parent company Imperial Tobacco went one step further: It came up with a brand specifically promoting Lotus: John Player Special cigarettes.
This sponsorship proved beneficial indeed to John Player, what with countries banning tobacco advertising in print and on the telly. Lotus continued to carry John Player Special livery until 1986. Then the team switched to Camels and a fat lot of good it did them.
My John Player Special Memorabilia. I’ve forgotten whether I bought this canister with 50 Filters or empty; I stopped smoking in 1984. The lighter and helmet with its compass were part of the deal; neither function at the moment.
Seoul Olympics 1988. This commemoratory key fob has never held a key and is still in its original packaging. I have no idea why I bought it, but suspect kimchi, bulgogi, and OB Golden Lager were involved.
Morgan 75th. This one has a clear provenance. It was part of the marque’s 1984 celebration in England. It’s not for sale because I wouldn’t want to be a fence for possibly stolen goods. (It fell off a tree after the celebratory rally was concluded.)
R&T 1981. This poster was part of an exhibit R&T set somewhere or other. At Long Beach, back when it was a real Grand Prix? Indianapolis at its 2000 Inaugural Grand Prix?
I kept this one because it combines two of my favorite subjects, Innes Ireland and Bugatti automobiles.
Semaine des Armes de Combat, 1912. This poster was being discarded during office renovations. I love its blue; and isn’t the dog precious?
Programs Galore. I’ve been blessed attending scads of automotive events, and typically return with commemorative programs. Most of them in one of the garage’s boxes date from the 1990s and then jump to a few from 2006 and 2007. At this time I do not know where the rest of them are.
That’s part of the fun of decluttering. You never know what shows up next. ds
© Dennis Simanaitis, SimanaitisSays.com, 2022