A couple of photos from the Hazard archives.
Our speed ramps in Geneva and Carolynne at a trade show in UAE…
Seems like yesterday!
One of the smaller problems we solved was for the BBC. John Sullivan the writer had an idea for a visual joke in the Christmas special but there was a problem with the location in Bristol.
John’s joke was that Rodney’s new job found by Del was chief mourner and he was very angry. When Del and Trigger started shouting at him Rodney forgot what he was doing and led the funeral cars the wrong way up a one-way street…
The BBC film crew knew there was no-one way signage at the location, how to put two 3 metre steel posts with large No Entry signs on the pavement for just a couple of hours for the filming.
Film the scene on ‘bin’ day.
We made two large and very heavy steel bases with a spigot that the 3 metre traffic posts sat on and then because it was ‘bin day’ with piles of black bags waiting to be collected from the pavement put some of black rubbish bags at the base of our posts covering the steel bases…
Back in March 1935 drivers noticed new 30 MPH speed limit traffic signs appearing: it did not go well. A few days later a young lad was fishing in the village pond in Swanwick, Hants and ‘caught’ eight of these new signs. It seems that drivers have always resented being told they must slow down and obey the speed limit.
Back in 1972 lots of people asked me why have you made your speed bump in rubber? Maybe I was worried drivers might them in ponds or canals at least rubber speed bumps would float…
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A few days ago a visitor told me he had been driving past our site for years and this was the first time he managed to pop in. I know we have for over 40 years and I told him the date we moved is still listed on Google. I explained, Google the day Elvis died (Tuesday 16th August 1977) that’s when we moved here!
I didn’t finish the story. I remember arrivingvery early that day, keen to get started on our new site.Before I started work I popped round next door to introduce myself and met a very nice lady called Pat. She looked upset, so I asked if she was feeling ok?Turned out she was feeling sad because Elvis was dead, I asked had she had Elvis a long time?
Pat clearly thought I was mad, she was a huge Elvis fan and he had died suddenly overnight, I had not heard any news that morning and thought she was talking about her cat…