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    Why we drive on the side of the road that we do

    http://www.i18nguy.com/driver-side.html

    Australian historian M. G. Lay traced the first regulation of one-side-or-the-other to the Chinese bureaucracy of 1100 B.C. The Book of Rites stated: "The right side of the road is for men, the left side for women and the center for carriages." This Western Zhou dynasty rule applied only to the dynasty's wide official roads and was "more concerned with protocol than avoiding head-on collisions."

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    Re: Why we drive on the side of the road that we do

    Quote Originally Posted by chiph
    http://www.i18nguy.com/driver-side.html

    Australian historian M. G. Lay traced the first regulation of one-side-or-the-other to the Chinese bureaucracy of 1100 B.C. The Book of Rites stated: "The right side of the road is for men, the left side for women and the center for carriages." This Western Zhou dynasty rule applied only to the dynasty's wide official roads and was "more concerned with protocol than avoiding head-on collisions."
    That's a nice piece of work.

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    Re: Why we drive on the side of the road that we do

    Quote Originally Posted by chiph
    "The right side of the road is for men, the left side for women and the center for carriages."
    True, but McGavin isn't going to like it.

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    Re: Why we drive on the side of the road that we do

    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel
    Quote Originally Posted by chiph
    "The right side of the road is for men, the left side for women and the center for carriages."
    True, but McGavin isn't going to like it.
    There is very little that our Rob likes unless it it thoroughly obsolete and useless.

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    Re: Why we drive on the side of the road that we do

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    There is very little that our Rob likes unless it it thoroughly obsolete and useless.
    Like a 1967 XK 3.8 Jag Saloon.

    useless.



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    Re: Why we drive on the side of the road that we do

    Quote Originally Posted by robmcg
    Quote Originally Posted by jdm

    There is very little that our Rob likes unless it it thoroughly obsolete and useless.
    Like a 1967 XK 3.8 Jag Saloon.

    useless.


    Too bad the comelies aren't standard equipment.

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    Re: Why we drive on the side of the road that we do

    That's my wife [left] at my house... in 1978 when I think about it. The Landrover was a tradesman doing the bathroom. I wonder why the girls undressed?

    The car is a 3.8 auto with a Borg Warner 35 auto and could make about 120 genuine mph after I set the Lucas wizards to rights and set the HS6 carbs a tad rich. We took it to an indicated 108mph that day and picnic with the four of us involved wine and sun and swimming. Both of us males were paralysed T5-T8 area. Ross bought a V12 E-type as well as keeping the MkII for shopping.

    Then they had kids.... Jo and I divorced in 1983.

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    Re: Why we drive on the side of the road that we do

    Quote Originally Posted by robmcg
    That's my wife [left] at my house... in 1978 when I think about it. The Landrover was a tradesman doing the bathroom. I wonder why the girls undressed?

    The car is a 3.8 auto with a Borg Warner 35 auto and could make about 120 genuine mph after I set the Lucas wizards to rights and set the HS6 carbs a tad rich. We took it to an indicated 108mph that day and picnic with the four of us involved wine and sun and swimming. Both of us males were paralysed T5-T8 area. Ross bought a V12 E-type as well as keeping the MkII for shopping.

    Then they had kids.... Jo and I divorced in 1983.
    Old Jag-you-ares are righteous!

    I had a friend who restored a drophead coupe; glorious car... .

    And when I was a kid, a friend's dad had a V-12 E-type that we all thought was just smoking - even though it was inoperative and merely sat happily under cover in the garage....!

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    Re: Why we drive on the side of the road that we do

    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel
    Quote Originally Posted by chiph
    "The right side of the road is for men, the left side for women and the center for carriages."
    True, but McGavin isn't going to like it.
    Should I go public with that information here in Australia......them Holden lads will hate to learn they are on the girly side. ;D
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    Re: Why we drive on the side of the road that we do

    Quote Originally Posted by robmcg
    Quote Originally Posted by jdm

    There is very little that our Rob likes unless it it thoroughly obsolete and useless.
    Like a 1967 XK 3.8 Jag Saloon.

    useless.
    OK for striking a pose, then. Jaguar body work could easily be used as an illustration of entropy.

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