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  1. Not sure about the guys in the video, but synthetic electrofuels are indeed a current area of research. Making them in industrial-scale volumes at an economic cost is the challenge though. https://www.bath.ac.uk/announcements/synthetic-fuels-could-help-shrink-transport-sectors-carbon-footprint/ https://lcjf.hw.ac.uk
  2. Another thumbs up for the 924OC here. I've never been a member of any other owners' clubs, but this one seems like a good bunch. Just a shame there aren't more members in my neck of the woods. Here's mine with some bridges.
  3. Nice rolling resto project there. Great colour for a 924 too, IMHO. Real Porsches are the ones that use Beetle parts 👍
  4. Alusilber

    Shitely music

    I've currently got HMHB's last album (No-one Cares About Your Creative Hub So Get Your Fuckin' Hedge Cut) in the CD player in the Golf. One of their best, IMHO. Every Time A Bell Rings is a cracker for playing in the car.
  5. Think you got a bargain there... I'd be asking more than the previous owner was for that car 😉. Mine is very comfy to sit in (if you don't mind basically sitting on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you), but it does have the extra-bolstered sports seats, I imagine the standard seats are pretty good too. The backs seats on the other hand are really only suitable for medium-sized teddy bears.
  6. I went to see this a couple of weeks ago. Pretty good exhibition, with the theme of how cars have changed the world, both good and bad. The video presentation near the end about various kinds of car nutters around the world was good. They've got Prince Harry's electric E-Type in the foyer, and a small but very varied collection of cars in the exhibition (including the Tatra T77, which is a monster!). They've also got a special car-themed gift shop outside the exhibition if you're still feeling flush after buying your ticket.
  7. The way to Woollard without damaging the paintwork is to rest your foot on top of one of the wheels. I believe the man himself used to do so on occasion. If you can get your foot between the wheel and the wheelarch, that is, of course.
  8. Yesterday morning, I spotted an old boy driving a green Lancia Beta HPE into Edinburgh. I wasn't expecting that.
  9. Just noticed this the other day when looking up some of my dad's old cars which are still in the system many years after their demise. Two of them seem to have had V5s issued only a couple of months before their final road tax expired!
  10. Sorry, don't have any more pics of the car myself, other than what's on the Gumtree ad. Probably best to get in touch direct through Gumtree if you're interested.
  11. Purple Mk3 Golf Driver 1.8 for sale in Edinburgh for a monkey, which seems quite reasonable for one of these. Full disclosure: actually belongs to a mate of mine who's been keeping it on the road for a good few years now. https://www.gumtree.com/p/volkswagen/mark-3-driver-vw-golf-1.8-litre-engine-5-door-digital-radio-mot-may-2020-full-service-history/1357323780
  12. So I finally got round to doing an overdue oil change on my 924 today (taking the afternoon off was the only way it was going to get done, realistically). The oil filter on these couldn't be in a more inaccessible place - you can't see it at all from under the bonnet, and even when you get it up on ramps and take the under tray off, you can't even see it from underneath either. It's cunningly hidden behind the crossmember, with the exhaust manifold and alternator providing further obstruction. I gather on RHD 924s they had to put in a right-angled adaptor to stop it fouling the steering column, but I doubt the original arrangement would have been any easier. Since I couldn't see what I was doing, my strap wrench wasn't much good, so I had to resort to unscrewing it by hand with a bit of sandpaper to give me some grip. Luckily it didn't put up too much of a fight. Quite pleased with my new ramps though. Sealey CAR3000C plastic ones - a bit pricey and maybe not very high, but nice and wide with a shallow slope for easy ascents.
  13. Just a quick update on this; after the Stage 3 debate on this on 9th October, it looks like an exemption for historic vehicles could be on the cards after Michael Matheson told Murdo Fraser he was "strongly minded to include such exemptions". Interestingly, Murdo's amendment used the FIVA definition of "historic" (ie. at least 30 years old) rather than the DVLA one. The debate can be found here (pages 51/52) : :
  14. Not a fan either, unless they have a silver rim (like a black Fuchs wheel on a classic 911) so you can see where the wheel ends and the tyre begins, in which case they can sometimes look quite smart.
  15. Aren't ALL cars nowadays either white, black or grey?
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