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Spot of the Day Part 3

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3 hours ago, rs2man said:

That should do the job . Presumably unarched if it's running a Baby Atlas . 

 

Yep - Unarched, not many Escorts without arches these days so I think we're limited to 7" rims and much narrower tyres than the opposition. Not that it matters because we do it for fun these days.

 

IanJ

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16 minutes ago, Bonhoff said:

 

Yep - Unarched, not many Escorts without arches these days so I think we're limited to 7" rims and much narrower tyres than the opposition. Not that it matters because we do it for fun these days.

 

IanJ

Yes , I think you're right - can't see you'll get more than 7's under it without arches . They look much better without arches though and they're much easier to get through narrow gaps .  

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1 hour ago, Bonhoff said:

limited to 7" rims

 

I'd need power steering to turn 6'' wheels these days...!

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3 hours ago, keefr22 said:

 

I'd need power steering to turn 6'' wheels these days...!

 

Got that as well - Corsa steering column with the electric assistance built into it.

 

IanJ

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9 hours ago, keefr22 said:

 

I'd need power steering to turn 6'' wheels these days...!

I know what you mean .  The RS2 is getting increasingly hard work to manoeuvre at low speeds .  Still , that's what you get with a 2.4 turn quick rack .

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8 hours ago, Bonhoff said:

Got that as well - Corsa steering column with the electric assistance built into it.

 

 

Think that would be essential with 7's on.

 

Back to the topic, a ratty old Moggy Minor Traveller out in the monsoon we had yesterday when picking grandaughter up from school - looked like a daily driver and that it had been all its life!

 

K

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Yesterday, a chap (and I can use no other word, for reasons which will become clear) seated upon and pedalling...

 

a...

 

penny farthing bicycle.

 

Upon the public road, no less. Dressed, not in period cyclists wear, but in lycra shorts and shirt, with the government-mandated safety headwear (ie a flipping bicycle helmet, upon which subject do not get me going) affixed jauntily to his bonce. Just going about his business, riding his velocipede in fine style and going wherever he was going. Not a terribly young chap, either.

 

One does wonder why he chose such an interesting mode of transport. Perhaps the Stanley Steamer was in the shop.

 

:)

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This morning on the M4, A 'blobby' Ford Scorpio saloon with French plates and R.H.D. Strange. I haven't seen one of these in years.

 

Cheers, Alan.

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9 minutes ago, Alan R said:

This morning on the M4, A 'blobby' Ford Scorpio saloon with French plates and R.H.D. Strange. I haven't seen one of these in years.

 

Cheers, Alan.

Right, you used to see quite a lot of those, but no more. Must be a reason for that 🙂 

 

Yesterday, I saw a little Porsche with "1600" on the back. After some searching my conclusion was that it is a version of the 356, so that's the second one of those I've seen in the last month or so. 

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1 minute ago, JeroenS said:

Right, you used to see quite a lot of those, but no more. Must be a reason for that 🙂 

Someone (on this thread?) came up with a plausible explanation for the extinction of ‘ordinary’ older cars, due to the government’s scrappage scheme of a few years ago. All your old Cortinas, Astras, Cavaliers etc simply went to the scrappy.

 

Trevor

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1 hour ago, Alan R said:

This morning on the M4, A 'blobby' Ford Scorpio saloon with French plates and R.H.D. Strange. I haven't seen one of these in years.

 

Cheers, Alan.

The seat belt anchorage points used to rust out, and they were major structural points. At that point they got binned - nothing else to do with them really.

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On reflection, here's another from Saturday (the Day of the Penny Farthing). At my destination, parked in a 'No Parking' zone (because 'I'm so special that I don't have to pay attention to restrictions', what a wally) was a current model Mustang GT in black, with Lamborghini-style upwards opening doors.

Like this one

 

 

and yes, it looked silly. As did the owner. I tried not to laugh scornfully as I went past, but... I failed. Oh well.

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3 hours ago, Rob G said:

I tried not to laugh scornfully as I went past

 

What a stupid thing to do to a Mustang, I congratulate you on the scornful laugh, it was well deserved!

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6 hours ago, Max Headroom said:

Someone (on this thread?) came up with a plausible explanation for the extinction of ‘ordinary’ older cars, due to the government’s scrappage scheme of a few years ago. All your old Cortinas, Astras, Cavaliers etc simply went to the scrappy.

 

Trevor

There used to be 'Clunker' laws in the US that did the same,the thought of all those lovely V8's going to the scrapper makes me wanna cry...

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12 minutes ago, Vince1159 said:

There used to be 'Clunker' laws in the US that did the same,the thought of all those lovely V8's going to the scrapper makes me wanna cry...

I think Japan has something similar. The older a car, the more expensive the insurance.

 

Trevor

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The Japanese have laws about the compulsory replacement of a number of components when the vehicle gets to 4 years old. That's the reason we used to get lots of imported used Japanese vehicles a few years ago. Nothing wrong with them, just to expensive to keep after 4 years.

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That’ll explain all the Nissan Elgrandes then!

 

Trevor

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Must be my lucky week... on my way home from picking up pizza, I just saw a Mazda MX-5 RF. If you haven't seen one, do your eyes a favour and look 'em up. Shades of the Cobra Daytona, 250 GTO and all those other swoopy fastback 60's coupes. It was in the red, and it looked smashing. I'd buy one tomorrow if I didn't have a need for a hatchback and its toolbox-swallowing capabilities.

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33 minutes ago, Rob G said:

Must be my lucky week... on my way home from picking up pizza, I just saw a Mazda MX-5 RF. If you haven't seen one, do your eyes a favour and look 'em up. Shades of the Cobra Daytona, 250 GTO and all those other swoopy fastback 60's coupes. It was in the red, and it looked smashing. I'd buy one tomorrow if I didn't have a need for a hatchback and its toolbox-swallowing capabilities.

Yes the RF is a lovely thing, I’ve owned my eye-searing orange one for two weeks now!  You probably overestimate the boot capacity, a pair of steel toe cap boots and a hard hat is my limit for site visits!

This was my view on the way to work this morning but the Mk.2 driver wasn’t as brave as me to have the roof open!

On the way to work

 

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Keith, as you asked so nicely...

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Transkits for the forged alloys and RF roof are on their way so I hope to create a 1/24 version too!

Edited by malpaso

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Ooooh, that's luvverly - colour and wheels are stunning!! I do like that!

 

Ta for posting the pics!

 

Keith

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3 hours ago, malpaso said:

Keith, as you asked so nicely...

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Transkits for the forged alloys and RF roof are on their way so I hope to create a 1/24 version too!

 

That's quite... bright. Not a colour that's available here, sadly. If all I needed was steel capped boots and a hard hat, I'd be a happy chap indeed. Sadly, my work kit is those, plus a large toolbag and cordless impact wrench and sometimes a 3 foot long steel toolbox as well, which is one reason that I keep my old WRX.

 

Also, the old girl's got about 80 more neddies under the right foot than the RF, so maybe I'll just be happy with what I've got. :)

 

The RF is still a nice looking car though.

 

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Yesterday in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, a mint condition Standard Vanguard from about 1957 in green and white.

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