Scottburgh Car Show a Classic

Scottburgh Car Show a Classic
Keanu Roomer, Nikita Stopforth and Nicole Stopforth with one of the exhibited Fords at the Scottburgh Classic Car Show.

The 2017 Scottburgh Classic Car Show was an incredibly successful event, held on the grounds of Scottburgh High School this past Sunday. The vendors and members of the Scottburgh Classic Car Club were hard at work in pre-dawn darkness.

The air was decidedly cool and most were well-dressed to keep the chill at bay, although a few hardy souls pitched up in shorts! The weather forecast for the day turned out to be perfectly correct – a cool, overcast day for the morning, warming up towards noon and then the wind gathered strength and by mid-afternoon it was pushing strongly from the west.

Fortunately, by then, the show was over and many members of the public started scurrying home, probably not only because of the weather, but because of the Wimbledon’s Men’s Final. At the show, the sight of so many grand old motor cars, certainly took us, older types, down a nostalgic trip. It was a bit humbling for me, personally, to see three cars that were similar to ones I had once owned, would now be considered classics, that is pre-1975.

Gives my age away! Despite my accumulated years, I was determined that this year, I would remember to find out why the scoring in tennis is so strange. After all, how did something like 40 – Love, come about? So, I looked it up on … yes, Google. For those who have not yet discovered the history of how the scoring in tennis developed, I include, for your information, an excerpt from a website.

“The origins are not fully known, but one common explanation was that when the game was first being played back in medieval times, a clock face was used on court. The clock hand would move a quarter for each point. When the hand moved to sixty, the game was over. Therefore, the scoring would be love, 15, 30, 45, and 60 instead of the traditional 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Whoever scored 60 (4 points) first would win the game. However, instead of using “zero” the word “love” was used. Since, the word “love” comes from the French word l’oeuf, meaning egg, which symbolizes nothing, it is assumed that “love” was used because it represents zero. Another explanation for the use of the word “love” is because the egg looks like a zero.

Eventually, the 45 was shortened to 40, and people quit saying 60 altogether. Interestingly, while the English mispronounced l’oeuf as love, the French eventually changed back to using zero, while the English kept “love”.

The term “love” also implies that someone who plays and scores zero points must truly love the game.” A simple answer to a question that has intrigued me, and I am certain, many others, for a considerable time!

Henry Parsons

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