Tulip Rally 1966
I’ve seen them mentioned on motorsport forums, those bright orange spotlight covers. This photograph was taken on the 18th International Tulip Rally in 1966 which Eric Jackson did with Ken Deacon as his navigator. We used to call them the ‘what’s new pussycat?’ covers – after the film of the same name, filmed in 1965. There was a song of that name too – by Tom Jones.
Although you can’t tell from the black and white photograph, the flash down the side of the Cortina, and its roof, were also bright orange.
I’ve been asked about those covers – where did they come from? Now the exotic truth can be revealed. They were made by my mum with some offcuts of fur fabric she’d bought at Barnsley market! The eyes, mouths and ears were made from felt offcuts and the whiskers were pipe cleaners. Posh, eh?