Dave Lee Travis, an Allegro and London traffic. It’s an unholy trinity, but back in 1980 when these pictures were taken for the now defunct Street Machine magazine, it wasn’t quite so unpalatable. DLT modified his secretary’s seven year old Allegro to withstand the rigours of London’s traffic as a publicity stunt. It had a gun turret on the roof and the yellow lines over the top allowed the poor driver to argue that it was parked under, not on, double yellows, and shouldn’t be ticketed. It was painted matt black like an early ratrod and christened ‘The London-proof car”. All very silly.


DLT was a bit of a petrolhead, actually. He is in the Drag racing hall of fame, for example, and once owned this car from an obscure sci-fi show broadcast in 1970. A car designed to withstand London’s traffic really isn’t a bad idea, but the rest of it? Unholy. BL went to the wall, DLT was given a suspended sentence for groping (a minor misdemeanor by the rotten standards of many Seventies’ DJs) and London’s traffic? It’s worse than ever.

You can buy the copy of Street Machine magazine here, which also features a 7 litre Honda Z.

About The Author

Rich Duisberg

Rich's drivel regularly appears in Practical Performance Car and GT Porsche magazines. He has also written for Classic & Sportscar, MogMag, Classic Performance and Retro, Banzai, Evo, and Modern Mini. He also did a book no-one bought. His hungover fizzog also often appears on CBS’s Carfection channel enthusing about historic motoring. Le Mans winner Derek Bell once refused to get in Rich's Morgan Three Wheeler with him at the wheel. Currently amongst the detritus in his garage is a 1972 Fiat 500 Abarth, a fat BMW and a Lotus Elise. Previous machinery includes a Porsche 968, an Alfa GTV V6 and a dreadful Sinclair C5. He also owns a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike.

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