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    91 Peugeot 205GTi
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    TV cars

    Just read the thread - reminds me, always loved the red short-bed pickup that Ryan O'Neal drove in 'The Driver'. Watched it again a few weeks ago (on Talking pictures channel I think). The only odd thing is they couldn't seem to decide if it was a manual or an auto if you watch and listen carefully!
  2. Ha, reminds me of a story a mate of mine told me a while ago. He's a prison officer and he was exchanging amusing tales of the 'industry' with a couple of the other chaps when one of them came up with this one. He was working at an open prison (don't recall which one) and was with a couple of other PO's processing the latest 'customers'. The memorable one was a quite well off chap who'd been convicted of fraud or somesuch white collar-type crime. They went through the usual admission procedures and all was well, then the main man asked the new con: "OK, all clear? Do you have any questions?" "Oh yes, erm, where can I park my car?" <Silence, cue PO's looking at each other, mystified> "Sorry? Come again?" (ie: are you taking the piss?) <Sighs> "Where do I park my car? Are there spaces inside of do I just leave it in the car park outside?" To cut a long story short, the guy was totally serious, turns out he thought an open prison meant he only had to be there at night and weekends, he's be free to come and go during the day to continue his business activities! Yes, really. He really blew up shouting for his lawyer when he was calmly informed that it doesn't work like that. He had a rude awakening that day and his entitled attitude apparently didn't do him too many favours inside either. Doubt those he cheated would be sad to see this!
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    Crazy Trannies*

    As I understand it, the Suzuki (plus I think Honda &/or Yamaha did similar) needed that many gears as the powerband itself was so sharp (all or nothing) and less that 500rpm wide!!!! Wonderful insanity.
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    TV cars

    I'm guessing not but that yellow faux-Edwardian car in Dr.Who - was it the same one used in the studio shots in several episodes of UFO? They look very similar if I recall. BTW: Dukes of Hazzard Chargers - most of the ones 'jumped' were just shells with basic axles etc weighted down with concrete that had been bought from scrapyards, straigtened out a bit and painted up in Gen Lee colours. They had guys to look after the actual on-camera cars (the ones that they shot, that ran and drove and were tidy/pretty) and also a couple of guys that went out with a truck and trailer to buy up & prep scrapped Chargers for tidying up and jumping. Don't forget, this was all pre-HD TV so no-one noticed! Repeatedly buying up good cars to jump and trash would have been too costly for the TV company even in the 70's when they weren't expensive as they only lasted one jump before they were bent to buggery and useless.
  5. Funny you say that, until a couple of months ago, there was one up the road from me almost buried in a hedge that the house owner clearly used as a shed! Used to be white but turned a subtle shade of rust and algae.
  6. About 250 miles round trip to see a 'Fully restored' MG Midget. Yes the bodywork was good, as was the paint, shame nothing else had been done properly so still required a couple of grand spending on it. They seemed totally dismayed when I walked away! These days I tend to buy locally - as in, within a 30 mile radius or so (I'd make an exception if I was really sure and really wanted the car though but that hasn't happened for ages). People bullshit even more than ever they did in pre-interweb days IMO. I blame all the 'car-flipping'-type shows on TV. I just can't be arsed travelling across several counties only to be disappointed any more.
  7. Comma is very good stuff IMO, have used their products for years, have friends who've used it in track/race machinery too. Based in Kent I believe (or they were).
  8. That's pretty much what I was going to say, I've used them in the past with no problems at all (as everyone's said, you buy a used car/bike etc - it has used tyres on it already and people don't baulk at that). But these days the price difference doesn't make it worth it, plus you get whatever they've got and I'm a bit anti-mixing-of-brands if I'm honest, modern-ish cars don't really like it. For example, the other year, I enquired about P/W's for the 214, was quoted around £25-30 each plus fitting but got a set (4) of brand new quality Falkens from a local tyre outfit for £45 per corner - the saving just wasn't worth it for me but it depends on your POV & how flush you are.
  9. GSF: Bought 2x 5l of Comma 10/40 Semi-syth (Eurolite) today, with discount code GSF58 - it came out to £35.65, that's less than £17.40 each. (Did click-&-collect).
  10. Have to say that Jetta was very nice though (the ATS wheels were just right for it), look good with two doors, don't understand why they were never sold in the UK with that option.
  11. Yes, isn't it! It seems to be getting fashionable with many programmes now, it originates from TV in the USA where they feel the need to pander to those who clearly have a very short attention span.
  12. That split rear bumper looks more like a RWA (1972-74) Midget one (with square no. plate). Not seen that on any B's over here. Plus those side markers fitted for the US market look awful. (On any small car not just MG's).
  13. Not too bad, lacks the usual fake drama which I hate. I was racking my brains for the buyer of the Carina for several minutes until I sussed the wonderfully certifiable YouTuber Colin Furze. Liked the Kadett but those stupid wide 'Retro-Car mag' wheels with even dumber stretched tyres need to be binned. And agree that the voiceover Doris is extremely annoying and clearly someone's told her she's funny (they are wrong).
  14. No pics but there used to be a red Jag Mk2 pick-up around the Maidstone area about 25+ years ago. Thought it looked terrible even back then. Never got up close enough to see if it was well/badly done or not. Overall, much as I like pick-ups/Utes, from a practical POV, I struggle to see the point of the vast majority of these conversions as they lack one rather essential feature - a tailgate!
  15. Agreed, the MGC I tried (two actually) never did anything for me either, a nice enough cruiser, just kept thinking 'Why bother, just stick to a 'B or a B V8' - much better all round. Guess that's why they only lasted about three years. Agree totally with the Integrale - I was lucky enough to own an identical F-reg 8-Valve version of this car 1997-99 as my daily driver (the 8V & early 16V's were subtle with no silly crap spoilers and huge arches that came later) and thought 'Fuck no' when they started with that vinyl wrap/rally bullshit. While it didn't look totally terrible, I also can't really stand that road/race reps either, they'd have been better off respraying it in original red and sticking with the OE wheels, it would have made more money IMO.
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