Cold Start: Dad Will Never Notice

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One nice thing about Alec Issigonis’ incredible design for the Mini, seen here in Wolseley Hornet form, with a grafted-on trunk, was the massive door pockets the cars had. This was partially because the early Minis and derivative cars didn’t have roll-down windows, but have sliding ones instead, meaning that the door never needed to house a lowered window glass, freeing up space. Space that can be used for, as we see here, a nice bottle of bourbon, which the child in the ad is clandestinely borrowing to fill his little bottle there in his hand, in order to make the tedious journey to grandma’s slip by in a glorious, brown-liquor haze.

I’m kidding of course – I’m sure that bottle is filled with some other delicious brown fluid, like molasses or mushroom tea or RC cola or gravy. There is a bit of truth behind my little imagined narrative, though: it’s said that Alec Issigonis sized the door pockets to hold a bottle of Gordon’s Gin and a bottle of vermouth so you could have all your martini ingredients right there, ready to go.

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  2. I think the kid is stocking the car with booze per his parents’ instructions. These cars hit the market at a time when it was perfectly acceptable to put your children in charge of preparing and serving alcoholic beverages. The kid will probably be making screwdrivers and martinis when the family reaches their destination.

    1. “These cars hit the market at a time when it was perfectly acceptable to put your children in charge of preparing and serving alcoholic beverages.”

      Is … that no longer acceptable?
      My friends have their kids mix the drinks all the time….
      Kids think it’s great fun.

      1. I think it’s frowned upon now, and if your kids are too good at mixing cocktails one of your guests might call CPS. So play it safe and don’t let people outside the family know that your kid has made so many martinis that even James Bond would be impressed with their handiwork.

  3. You had me at RC Cola. All that’s needed now is a couple of Moon pies. Not only is that a good lunch or dinner, especially here in the Deep South, that combo has enough sugar to put you out of your misery for a few hours or so.


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