As Pete says, we drive on the left so the right hand is free to use the sword on someone coming the other way. Unfortunately Napoleon was left handed, and didn't much care for us Brits, so he insisted that the French drove their horses on the right. Rather than keep swapping from one side of the road to the other when you crossed the border into another country, the rest had to follow France. Quite how the US ended up having the wrong hand free is anybody's guess.
This does beg another question though. What side does the groom stand on at a wedding in the US? Here, the bride will always be on her father's left arm as they walk down the aisle and she stands on the groom's left so in both cases the father and groom have their right arm free to use their sword to protect the bride. Is it the same in the US or has that been reversed too? (What makes you think I used to do wedding photography?)
Now back to the original question but the purge valve opening and flooding the manifold with petrol vapour does sound like a good possibility. If loosening the fuel filler cap doesn't cure it, try unplugging the electrical connection to the purge valve so it doesn't open and see if that makes a difference.
- '93 Range Rover Classic 4.2 LSE, sold
- '97 Range Rover 4.0SE, in Oxford Blue with a sort of grey/blue leather interior sold as two is plenty.....
- '98 Ex-Greater Manchester Police motorway patrol car, Range Rover P38 4.0, in white with a not very recently cleaned cloth interior
- '96 4.6HSE Ascot because you never know when you might need a spare
- All running perfectly on LPG
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