Name That Part: Queen of England Edition

The Queen of England, by way of New Zealand. Details, details.
The Queen of England, by way of New Zealand. Details, details.

After a string of Name That Part episodes were solved quite easily — and I really must give you guys credit, your ability to identify random car bits almost borders on creepy, and I mean that in a good way — I decided to try a bit more randomness yesterday. I picked a part from an automaker notorious for sharing freely with anyone who smiled in its general direction. Little did I know that my randomness would be defeated by even more randomness.
The victory was claimed decisively by a legend in his own time, none other than Charles_Barrett, six-time runner-up on American Adult Idol, and 73rd-in-line to the Throne of England (“Knighthoods Done While You Wait!”). He (kind of) picked the correct answer, the windshield-wiper motor for a Land Rover Discovery, using a system of logic that would require a team of scientists from CERN to explain it. So I won’t even try.
On to today’s Name That Part!
Comedian Eddie Izzard is famous for his astonishing leaps of logic, much like the one utilized yesterday to solve the riddle. He once explained his belief that the Big Bang was actually an accident, caused by the God of Chaos attempting to light his gas-stove to cook a flan. While I’m not entirely certain what a flan is, I am starting to believe in his theory.
He also expounded his belief that the Queen of England, when she took to the throne, was actually kind of sexy… “in a not-very-sexy-at-all kind of way”. But, he supposed, if you had squinted your eyes, and tilted your head the right sort of way, you could possibly convince yourself that maybe, just maybe… well, no, maybe not.
As such, perhaps she’s not the best representative of her nation. We’ve seen the girls in the audience at Top Gear tapings; clearly, there is a great deal of beauty in England. The trade-off is that the English do have something of a reputation for being sticklers for details. As such, in the spirit of Jolly Old, I too am being a stickler with today’s Name That Part. Specificity is key.
With that generous helping of hints, I’m sure today’s Name That Part should be no challenge at all. Just channel (get it?) a bit of Winston Churchill, and Never Surrender!
Mystery Part 7


    1. “and I really must give you guys credit, your ability to identify random car bits almost borders on creepy, and I mean that in a good way”
      This is why.

    2. I’ll bet that it’s a Lockheed, and uses unobtanium-based fluid, like my old Norton. If I remember correctly, it was whale oil or castor bean oil or something equally as exotic. I was warned not to use regular brake fluid, or it would rot the seals and cause me to plow into something hard and unyielding.

  1. That’s Dame Edna, not the Queen or Eddie Izzard, and he/she’s from Australia, not New Zealand.
    If the picture were any indication, I’d say it’s a booster/master cylinder from a newish BMW 5-series since they also look like Dame Edna. But the answer has been revealed.

  2. waoh, woah, your telling me brakes have fluid. next your going to tell me some car has a blinker fluid tank.
    …and here i thought you guys knew what you were talking about.

  3. I’m not sure about the part but flan is the French word for pudding, usually vanilla flavored. And there I was, thinking all Canadians spoke Québécois French 😉

  4. So is today’s NTP the “Queen of England Edition” due to Dame Edna/Barry Humphries, Eddie Izzard (who cross-dresses but is heterosexual), Eddie’s joke about QEII’s do-ability, the purported Jaguar host car, or due to ME getting NTP yesterday…?

    1. I plead the fifth.
      Actually, it started out with Izzard’s rant about the Queen in the ’60s, in a short skirt and an E-type Jag “You were speeding!” “Fuck off, I’m the fucking queen!”
      And it all kinda spiralled out of control from there. No shots at you intended! (Well, other than the ones I put in there nice and obvious!)

    2. I really ought to have ended my question above with ;). I was just being my usual egotistical attention-whoring self. It’s all good…!

  5. It’s a good British dual-channel brake master cylinder, made by the talented folks at Girling. Vacuum-assisted. But I don’t know what it’s from; the Girling MC in my British car is a single-channel manual item.
    If I may steal a line from Satch Carlson, who said that “Smiths is where British electrical engineers get jobs when Lucas fires them,” Girling is where British hydraulic engineers get jobs when EVERYBODY else has fired them.

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