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Silly green RAV4: track day shenanigans (22/4)


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#1 OFFLINE   Angry Sheep

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Posted 06 March 2016 - 06:27 AM

I needed a car this weekend, so I went out yesterday with the intention of buying an old Rover because it's an itch I needed to scratch. I looked at a couple and decided they weren't my thing as they're mainly all utterly shagged and, not expecting to win phil_lihp's raffle, went and placed a deposit on something completely different.

 

While I enjoyed a celebratory drink last night and looked forward to collecting my new motor, the good people at the Lotto went and drew my lucky number and I won a sodding Rover.

 

And that, ladies and gents, explains why I'm up at stupid o'clock on a Sunday morning to use our delightful public transport system to collect a car I no longer need. Updates to follow...


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Posted 06 March 2016 - 06:40 AM

Using pubic transport on a sunday?! That is brave. My hat is doffed to you!


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Posted 06 March 2016 - 06:56 AM

Using pubic transport on a sunday?! That is brave. My hat is doffed to you!

 

The car is 29 miles away by road. Thanks to the unique nature of our public transport system (spoiler alert!), it's a 5.5-mile walk, short train journey and replacement bus service away. If it all goes to plan.


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Posted 06 March 2016 - 07:19 AM

9/10 for getting a collection thread up so quick. 29 miles is nothing, WCPGW?

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Posted 06 March 2016 - 07:21 AM

It's not the Rover I'm collecting today. That's 221 miles away and requires more planning.


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Posted 06 March 2016 - 08:08 AM

First leg done... Modern car abandoned at Hatfield station (I'll walk to collect it later). Train due at 8.27.

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Posted 06 March 2016 - 08:14 AM

I honestly have no idea what that modern is, can you please enlighten me.


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Posted 06 March 2016 - 08:21 AM

I honestly have no idea what that modern is, can you please enlighten me.


A Zook Vitara. I quite like it.

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Posted 06 March 2016 - 08:32 AM

Train delayed. Hopefully the bus will be delayed too.

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Posted 06 March 2016 - 08:46 AM

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Posted 06 March 2016 - 09:03 AM

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Posted 06 March 2016 - 09:09 AM

Are you collecting a Skoda by any chance ?


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Posted 06 March 2016 - 10:14 AM

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Posted 06 March 2016 - 12:06 PM

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That looks like an EOS 90. They are the tits.
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Posted 06 March 2016 - 12:21 PM

That Rav4 is so 1990's.


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Posted 06 March 2016 - 01:25 PM

Yeah, with Raptor wheels, straight from Jurassic Park.
 

Modern car abandoned at Hatfield station (I'll never collect it again)


FTFY


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Posted 06 March 2016 - 01:45 PM

Fap.

 

13 and 57 please.


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Posted 06 March 2016 - 01:55 PM

16 and 59 :)


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Posted 06 March 2016 - 08:38 PM

I bloody love this thing. Old bloke's had it for years... used it as a workhorse but looked after it, serviced regularly etc.

 

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Can't quite explain what it is I enjoy about driving it so much. The 2.0-litre petrol engine is pretty eager, and its handling amuses me. I'd love to see it from outside when it's cornering fairly hard. It's just a 'feel good' car, I think - its bright colour, and (working) sunroof letting in lots of light.

 

To-do list? It sticks of pooch, so I'm gonna stock up on retro air fresheners. There's a tiny rust blister I ought to do something about. I might remove the bull bar but I don't find it that offensive so not sure it's worth the effort.

 

I spunked £600 on it, which seems fair to me.


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Posted 06 March 2016 - 08:42 PM

Yep. Catch that rear arch and you'll never lose money on it.

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Posted 22 April 2016 - 07:54 PM

I've been neglecting Autoshite lately and for that, I apologise. Yesterday, however, I was cruising along sedately on the M4 when I was overtaken by a mk3 Golf with an AS sticker, which reminded me I should probably stick my head in.

 

Why was I cruising along the M4 in my silly green RAV? Because I was going all the way to deep, dark Wiltshire for a track day at Castle Combe. Natch.

 

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The old thing (now sporting 160k on the clock) drove me there in comfort, around the track more times than was probably sensible (at speeds that probably weren't sensible) and back home again. I even managed some overtakes in it - although not Nick Mason in his LaFerrari, who was on track at the same time. Nutter.

 

Here's a vid from a mate's MX-5 following me around:

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And a clip from said mate having a little drive:

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Cheapo unsuitable track toys are the best. Oh, in other news, this weekend I'll be tyre shopping...


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Posted 22 April 2016 - 08:15 PM

Brilliant!

We have a slightly earlier green RAV4 here with THOSE wheels, and a slighty later blue MX5 too!

 

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These SWB RAVs are a real hoot in the twisties, with proper double wishbones at the back and AWD. I love 'em!


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Posted 22 April 2016 - 09:34 PM

That's epic! I thought I was mad doing a track day once in a 405 diesel!!
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Posted 22 April 2016 - 09:42 PM

Spot the Autoshiter really is quite easy isn't it? Brilliant. Is this in a calendar thread yet?

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Posted 22 April 2016 - 09:47 PM

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When you mentioned 'track day' and 'RAV4' I assumed you'd gone green laning.

It's very rare I laugh at a photo out loud but you managed it with your Combe cornering shot.

I'm hoping to go back there in my diesel 605 (or in the knob van).

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Posted 22 April 2016 - 10:37 PM

Mk3 Golf? 

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Posted 22 April 2016 - 10:43 PM

Perhaps we need an actual Autoshite track day. Where's cheapest?
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Posted 23 April 2016 - 07:02 AM

Perhaps we need an actual Autoshite track day. Where's cheapest?

 

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Posted 23 April 2016 - 08:01 AM

I like that idea (at a risk of derailing Mr_Sheep's thread).

I could bring the Pleasure Wagon for lolz, but it'd be rude not to bring the MX5.

 

We have thought about doing one before...

http://autoshite.com...hite-track-day/

...and...

http://autoshite.com...-day-next-year/

 

We could start a new thread if there's seriously a possibility of it actually happening. :)


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Posted 23 April 2016 - 08:43 AM

I did enquire at Blyton a year or so back and they said around £3k for a day of sole use ... which I make 30 cars £100 each. I'm not sure of the max number of cars at Blyton.

That would be a weekday when theres nothing else on. Prices might have one up since then though.


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