View Full Version : It's Coming 'Round Again!

06-08-2009, 05:42 PM
In the 1920s, an American company called Bosco, based in Akron, Ohio, the home of the Goodyear Rubber Company, offered its "lifelike and terrifying" answer to a spate of car thefts in the shape of its Collapsible Rubber Driver. For just $18 - about 4 at the going rate of exchange - the Collapsible Rubber Driver was, allegedly, indistinguishable from a real driver from just one foot away, although his lack of movement as the car thief tried to jimmy his lock might just perhaps have given the game away.

The Bosco dummy driver was probably the inspiration for the Pneu Passengers cartoon by Autocar's gifted artist Frederick Gordon Crosby, published in May 1926, which illustrated several variations on the theme, including the weight-saving "Grand Prix or Brooklands" riding mechanic for racing drivers. It seems that the benefits of the scheme, which was hardly inflation-proof, were blown up out of all proportion and the concept of the inflatable rubber passenger simply perished. But it does prove the old adage that there is absolutely nothing pneu under the sun.

Here's the latest permutation - or mutation - whatever! (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/safety/2743131/My-inflatable-friend.html)

06-08-2009, 06:03 PM
:lol: That picture reminds me of the Inflatable Pilot (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/250px-Airplane_screenshot_Haggerty_Nielsen.jpg) in the Comedy "Airplane" movie :p

06-08-2009, 09:40 PM
Sorry SJ cant resist this, that inflatable friend has nothing on this guy ;) - couple more from the Movie :D Cockpit (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/Cockpit1249548300.png) & Ending (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/End.png)

06-08-2009, 11:51 PM
Bosco and Tim are both in politics now, they have raised the average IQ quite a few points up the scale.

07-08-2009, 05:17 AM
I just don't want to sit on anybody's lap.

That may be a little over-the-top to many here; I'll let it stand though.