Rhodesia: Whites on Wheels

It hardly handled like the R.A.F. Spitfire he'd flown in World War II, but Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith was willing to give it a go-around anyway—"to epitomize the spirit of the moment." Back and forth along a Salisbury thoroughfare he pedaled and puffed on his new bicycle. Then, with a wrenching left turn that resembled a sideways Immelmann, he braked to a halt. "My cook-boy has a better bike than this," guffawed Ian. "Good old Smithy!" laughed the office workers who were watching.

Smith's performance last week was in aid of gas rationing, which Britain's oil embargo had...

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