When you 'cock a snook' (the spread hand with thumb on the nose. It is called 'Five fingered-salute' in the USA. ) at somebody, you make fun of the person or you take a piss out of him. It is said that the history of this phrase can be back to somewhere in the nineteenth century when it became widely known in the UK.
This 'R' was inspired from the British hallmarks, stamped on products made from precious metals, the history of the stamping office can be dated back to 14th century. And the stamps tell you where and when the products were made and what the material is.
This mascot was originally designed for an Italian luxury car maker in around 1930 by the renowned French mascot artist and it is believed that the reproduction ones were produced as one of ordinary motoring accessories later in the UK and this winged man is known as "Spirit of Triumph".
Support "The Impossible Team", next summer at the Bonneville Speedweek. this 100% cotton T shirt designed by Maxwell Paternoster (The Corpses from Hell) is perfect either for riding your bike or party tonight.