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  1. They studied a few different concepts leading up to the MGF. That was one of them, I believe codenamed "F-16". AROnline has the story here: https://www.aronline.co.uk/cars/mg-cars/mgftf/pr3-development-story/
  2. I stumbled across an Enfield 8000 in the Lisbon Tejo power station museum last year, which I wasn't expecting.. Jonny Smith (him off Fifth Gear) also bought one recently and turned it into some crazy electric dragster - it's got its own website here. I recommend reading the blog he wrote about it from the start if you have some time to kill.
  3. Having read various accounts of the 924's history, my impression now is that it may never have been set in stone what badge it would wear before VW pulled the plug, but the photos of styling proposals that have appeared with VW nose badges and wheel centre caps suggest that the intention was that it was going to be a VW at least at one point. Remember the Polo started off as the Audi 50, so swapping badges around (even after launch) doesn't seem to have been a big deal to them.
  4. But what non-Audi VW engines were around in the early 70s that would give 125 bhp? 924 as a successor to the 100 Coupe is interesting, but didn't the latter have back seats you could actually sit in?
  5. No, the "Maestro 4x4" was a mule for running gear testing on public roads, hence the disguise. The picture above looks like a styling buck (note the dummy lights and opaque windscreen) - something intended for internal consumption only, so no point disguising it really. The 924 project had mules for drivetrain testing too. They were disguised as Opel Mantas and a BMW 2002, because that's actually what they were before Porsche got a hold of them.
  6. According to HML, there are 7 taxed Bagheeras left and 12 SORN'd as of 2019Q1. So pretty rare then.
  7. Venturi Automobiles - built some GTs in Monaco in the 80s and 90s that looked like this. Never heard of them until saw a mention on Twitter today. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venturi_Automobiles
  8. I suppose a Q might look like a G to someone who wasn't familiar with your handwriting...
  9. I dutifully emailed my constituency MSP, and he got back to me with an update today. The relevant committee debated the bill last Wednesday but Mr Fraser was persuaded that due to the committee not having had a chance to consider evidence etc. that his amendments should be deferred to stage 3 of the bill. I don't know when that's likely to happen. The full gory details of the meeting can be found here:
  10. Have the still got that slightly odd Gordon-Keeble that has matt black trim instead of chrome?
  11. I think MSPs from other parties are still allowed to propose amendments to bills though 😉
  12. Coincidentally, Edinburgh Council this week launched an online consultation thing regarding their LEZ proposals: https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/edinburghlez/ An inner and outer zone are proposed; only buses and HGVs will be affected in the outer zone.
  13. It’s not every day you stumble across the Belgian Borgward club on tour... but today was that day.
  14. Coincidentally, I noticed while perusing the magazine racks at Tescos that the June issue of Car Mechanics has an article on "budget paint jobs": Plastidip etc.
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