Adventure on the road
We were on our way to a gig in a place called Kershopefoot in the Scottish borders. Having had our share of riding about in clapped out old vans, we bought a Mark I Cortina Estate and a large camping trailer, which we had converted so we could lock up our gear.
This was our first gig with the Cortina Estate & trailer, and we were all enjoying the warmth of having a car with a heater. I was driving that night along the old A74 feeling like 'this is great'. Next minute, something overtook me, and suddenly I realised it was the trailer. It crashed into the ditch and being made from chipboard, the trailer disintegrated :-(. I was laughing my head off, but poor Syd was frantic about our gear.
We had to scramble down into the ditch, and believe it or not, despite there being little left of the trailer, except the chassis, all our gear was fine, including my Hagstrom 12 string, and Syd's acoustic Gibson, both in soft cases. Of course we never made the gig, but did receive more bookings.
Turned out the guy who had fitted the tow hitch to the trailer had used mild steel bolts, instead of high tensile one's and they'd just sheared off. !!!