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#1 archigator

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 22:23

I recently purchased this small Steering Wheel Club plate on eBay and I'm curious about its symbolism. It's different than any Steering Wheel Club dish that I've ever seen. All other dishes I've seen have the official Steering Wheel logo on them. This one does not, but the reverse confirms that this plate was indeed made for the Steering Wheel Club.

Does anyone know the meaning of this "coat of arms"? Also the signature appears to say "Frank," although I could be wrong. The bartender at the Wheel was named Frank. Could that be his signature?

I'd appreciate any help that anyone could give to shed a little light on this mystery!


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Gary
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#2 David McKinney

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 05:14

Perhaps a different Steering Wheel Club, this one run by the FOBMC?

The elephant invites an Asian location - there was a Forces Motor(ing) Club in Malaya or Singapore in the 1950s - was there also a Forces Overseas Boating and Motoring Club?

#3 HiRich

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 13:15

David, I think that the elephant being pink might be more significant. My first reaction was that, with the (like a) fish, it's a joke about a driver's or group's other social interests.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 13:16

Perhaps a different Steering Wheel Club, this one run by the FOBMC?

The elephant invites an Asian location - there was a Forces Motor(ing) Club in Malaya or Singapore in the 1950s - was there also a Forces Overseas Boating and Motoring Club?


I figured something along the lines of "Friends of British Motor Cars." The Malaysian connection certainly seems worth pursuing though, however, I know for sure that the Steering Wheel Club in London had their commemorative plates and small dishes, such as this one, made by Stavangerflint in Norway also.

Thanks for the suggestion David! I'll check to see if I can find something related to the Malaysian theme and report back.

Gary
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Posted 14 August 2012 - 13:22

David, I think that the elephant being pink might be more significant. My first reaction was that, with the (like a) fish, it's a joke about a driver's or group's other social interests.


Now that pink elephant is a distict possibility! Especially with the bartender's name being "Frank." ... and the "drink like a fish" symbolism.

Gary
Miami, Florida

Edited by archigator, 14 August 2012 - 16:14.


#6 Sharman

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 13:22

May even be related to the O.O.B.M.C. :smoking:

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 01:03

May even be related to the O.O.B.M.C. :smoking:


I give. What's the O.O.B.M.C.? :cool:

Gary
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:06

I give. What's the O.O.B.M.C.? :cool:

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OUR OWN BLOODY MOTOR CLUB

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 13:10

OUR OWN BLOODY MOTOR CLUB


How about "FRANK'S OWN BLOODY MOTOR CLUB"? I'll bet that's it! :lol:
("O.O.B.M.C." doesn't show up in a Google search...)

Gary
Miami, Florida

Edited by archigator, 07 September 2012 - 13:12.