From flying car to Camper Van

23. May 2011

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - Photography by Paul SladeChildhood memories came flooding back to me this week, memories of The Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, voted the “scariest villain” in children's books by CBBC Newsround in 2005. Specifically, a scene where, as the children in the film version of the book are hiding from The Child Catcher, he suddenly appears at the window looking in. It was the unusual angle that he appeared at that scared me most – plus the fact that he could “smell children” - how could you hide..?

But it was a series of coincidently related events in the car & literary world that opened the door on that particular memory..

I guess it was with a mixture of curiosity and a deep desire to watch the film again that I heard that everyone's favourite classic car sold for £500,000 at auction in America last week. It had lovingly been looked after by Pierre Picton for 35 years, but at 76, Pierre said he was starting to feel his age and decided to sell. More...