After collecting the car, youthful bravado got the better of them, and they raced each other back to Liverpool - Beatle against Hurricane - along the A57 (Warrington Road / Liverpool Road).
Ringo recalled that day’s events during the filming of a scene for the Beatles Anthology where the Threetles were talking about their first cars:
Ringo: You had a green Anglia
Ringo: I took you to get that car.
George: Did you?
Ringo: Yes, to...
George: (remembering) Warrington?
Ringo: Yes, and as we were coming home, you may not remember...
George: (smiling) Oh yeah?
Ringo: You were speeding and I was speeding and we were both bumper to bumper and then you overtook this car in front, and I was ready to overtake, and just as I got right up his arse a dog ran out in front of him so he slammed on his brakes (BANG) I smashed right into him, wrote the f*ck out of my car but was lucky it was by a garage cos I drove it ....well pushed it into the garage... and I had no licence or insurance.
George: Did I stop or did I keep going?
Ringo: No you kept going
George: I didn’t see what happened?
Ringo: No, you just didn’t give a damn
George: Even to this day I never knew about that!
George went to Hamburg on 12 April, and wouldn’t see Ringo for another four months.
Bluebell Service Station, Liverpool Road today
Ringo’s radiator was kaput. He managed to push the car onto the forecourt of Bluebell Service Station on Liverpool Road, Huyton, approximately 8 miles from his home in Admiral Grove.
It would have to wait*. At the end of March Rory Storm and the Hurricanes left Liverpool for a tour of American military bases in France. On 30 March, three days after the crash, Ringo and Bobby Thompson boarded a train to London from where they took another to Dover before crossing over to Calais.
They expected the final leg of the journey - seven hours by train to Bordeaux to be hard going but it was worse than they could have imagined. Just prior to their arrival in France there had been terrorist attacks by far-right nationalists and the police were now on high alert. In Paris they were dragged off the train at gun point, the two terrified, non-French speaking Hurricanes trying hard to convince the gendermes that Ringo's drum cases did not contain explosive devices.
By the time they were released they'd missed the Bordeaux train and had to carry their gear around Paris looking for a room for the night. They finally arrived at the US Army base in Fontenet on 1 April where they met up with the other Hurricanes who'd made the journey by car. They were in Europe for most of the spring and early summer, moving on to a club in Marbella, Spain, and then another army base before returning to play the summer season at Butlin’s Holiday Camp, Skegness, on the east coast of England.
It was while Ringo was at Skegness that he received the offer to join the Beatles.
It appears from the date on the repair bill (14th September 1962) that Ringo’s Zodiac lay inactive for some time. The repairs cost around £1,240 in today's money.
Within months of buying the Anglia George had received two cautions for speeding.