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    brownnova reacted to eifion in Festival of the Unexceptional 2019 - free camping and free breakfast available!   
    If today has taught me anything it's that a 200+ mile drive in a Peugeot 205 van with a loose windscreen wiper in the (mostly) pissing rain isn't that much fun, especially on schools-break-up-for-summer day. Still, we're about 10 miles from FOTU now and ready for tomorrow. And we got to meet @Pillock on the way down.
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    brownnova reacted to quicksilver in Festival of the Unexceptional 2019 - free camping and free breakfast available!   
    Everyone please be aware - Hagerty have just posted that you need to use the South Gate, which is on Orchard Way between Botolph Claydon and Calvert, not the North Gate on Queen Catherine Road. Hope to see everyone tomorrow, either there or at the FOD.
     

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    brownnova reacted to davidfowler2000 in Collection Review: SVM Industries moves in to the green era with a new* eco* friendly* staff car (Pics heavy)   
    Time for the writeup then. Most of you reading this will no doubt have noticed the live collection the other day of the latest SVM staff car, a Volvo V70 SE Lux T6 AWD. I'll tell the story, document the collection then post the specs at the end.
    I've been hankering after a powerful modern-ish Volvo for a few years now. Early S80s were the original target as you could pick up a T6 for under a grand. Problem is I never got on with the interior on those. A couple of years ago I even looked at various websites disposing of ex Police cars but was never brave enough to take the plunge. Anyways the desire went away until recently when I was thinking that the modern diesel Golf wouldn't be compliant with the impending Glasgow ultra low emission zone (ULEZ - min Euro 4 petrol or Euro 6 diesel) that will kick off for cars in 2022. In fairness the amount of times I drive into what will become the ULEZ is negligible so paying the charge every now and then wouldn't hurt as much as even buying a £1000 car that would be complaint. The other thing playing on my mind was the fact that the Golf was 10 years old. Now I know a Golf will hold decent resale value but not forever. If I wait another 2 and a bit years to sell then I'm going to lose 2 years of value plus another whack on top of that being non-ULEZ. Browsing eBay one night I put "Volvo T6" in to the search box expecting to find a ragged out old S80. The usual suspects appeared mostly in the form of XC90s and some reasonably modern ex-police interceptors. However one stuck out. It wasn't a cop car, it was very high spec, it had added options on top of that and it had the latest Euro 5 spec engine. It was more powerful than the older one and 20 quid a year less road tax. I hummed and hawed for a couple of weeks over it while I tried to justify it. Then the thought hit me - I don't NEED to justify anything. I don't need a diesel 'cos I do bugger all miles these days so I might as well get the car I want rather than the car I need. I drove down to Halesworth in the Golf and back in one day to view it. Deposit paid now all I had to do was wait for collection day. It needed a new O/S cargo bay window, a new front grille badge, a fresh MoT and a T6 badge. I was offered £2000 part-ex on the Golf so ideally I'd need to sell that first privately. I advertised it for £3000 on autotrader, Facebook and Gumtree. I got the usual messages - "SWOP FOR AUDI M8?", "£1500" etc. One guy arranged to see it but cancelled. Another guy arranged to see it, came round, liked it, paid £500 deposit then came back the next day and gave me a further £2300. All in £2800 in the bag - BOOM!
    So that's the back story. Now, in my usual style, the collection:
    13/07/2019, 1030, Glasgow Central Station
    The way this was going to work was by train. The car was in Halesworth, East Anglia which is served by rail by Greater Anglia which is operated, as is ScotRail, by Abellio so the hope was that I could somehow exploit this as part of the journey to keep travel costs minimal. The main hope being that I could get a space on the Caledonian Sleeper. ScotRail and the Sleeper were both run by First Group but when Abellio won the ScotRail tender, the sleeper went to Serco however an agreement was kept that ScotRail staff could still use the sleeper for free. Yes you get a cabin with a bed and now that the new coaches are coming online, all cabins including those on the old coaches are solo occupancy. Previously you could get lumped with someone you don't know.
    I went up to the booking office and asked if there was space on the 16th on the Glasgow - London portion. There was none. The man asked if I wanted to try the Edinburgh portion. I said I couldn't get to Edinburgh after finishing work in time but I could meet it at Carstairs. The Glasgow and Edinburgh portions are referred to the Lowlander Sleeper and meet and join up at Carstairs, running to Euston as one train. Still no space on the Lowlander. So I said I could get to Dalmuir and get on the portion coming from Fort William. Space available. GET IN!!!



    15/07/2019, 1430, The Flat
    Time to leave. I got a shift swap from one of the guys that finished at 2230 rather than the 2334 finish I had which was cutting it a bit fine. So I took a change of clothes to work and set about winding you lot up as I personally class a collection commencing from the moment you leave the house. Seeing as I was going straight from work on to the Sleeper, I figure the collection was starting. So time to finish off a brew, catch up on some Deboss Garage and head off to work.
     
    15/07/2019, 1500, Glasgow Central Station (Again)
    The best collections are the most convoluted ones and seeing as, in my mind, I had already started the collection well that must mean the trains I'm driving today are part of the journey. Namely they will be the 1520 Newton via Queens Park, the 1635 Neilston, the 1750 Cathcart Circle and the 2015 Ardrossan Harbour.


    Some folk started to get suspicious when I posted the pics at Ardrossan with folk wondering why it had taken me the best part of 7 hours to get to Ardrossan Harbour - a 50 minute journey from The Central. Anyways I finished that particular shift at 2230, got changed, had some chat in the bothy and headed to Queen Street to get the train to Dalmuir.
    15/07/2019, 2334, Dalmuir Station
    So after nearly 9 hours after leaving the flat, I'm now at the point furthest away from the car that I will be. The train is due at 2353 and will stop at Queen Street (had I remebered this I would have just booked it from there), Edinburgh (only to join up with the Aberdeen and Inverness portions of the Highlander), Preston and Crewe.

    Once on board the man showed me to my cabin and took my complimentary breakfast drink order - tea of course. I could have ordered breakfast but I knew I was going to have some hang-about-time at station in London so I figured I'd just get brekkie there. The rooms are very bijou but comfortable with it.

    I'm not going to sleep straight away so off to the lounge car for a refreshment. The lounge car gets taken off at Edinburgh so I had to go to bed then but that was my plan anyways. I wanted to witness the train going through the east end suburbs of Glasgow (Bellgrove, Carntyne, Shettleston, Easterhouse etc) non stop.

    So off to bed about 0100. I've never done the sleeper train before. It's quite odd lying in your bed while the train gets shunted about with carriages taken off and two whole other portions being put on and finally the locomotive. I wake up at about 0640 and do my usual routine of getting out of bed immediately. Which is of course complete lies. I lie about until about 7, go to the toilet and return to a cup of tea in my cabin. The roller on the roller blind is fucked so I managed to jam it on to the luggage rack to get an outside view.

    16/07/2019, 0745, Euston Station
    Arrival. Next phase is to get to Liverpool Street station so that means navigating the Tube. It was fairly easy. One tube to Moorgate then another to Liverpool Street.

    Luckily the Tube at Euston arrived about 2 minutes after I got to the station and similarly at Moorgate, it was only about 30 seconds.
    16/07/2019, 0805, Liverpool Street Station
    It's only about 2 miles from Euston to Liverpool Street so it didn't take long. My route from here will be a Greater Anglia Intercity service to Ipswich then a Greater Anglia local service to Halesworth. First though, my phone said there was a Wetherspoons in the station so at least it's somewhere that definitely serves breakfast. Found it in the corner and proceeded to watch the world go by for a little while.

    16/07/2019, 0845, Liverpool Street Station
    Breakfast completed it's time to find a train. After wandering about the station doing some train twitching, it appears platform 9 is the order of business so let's head that way. As expected it's one of the Intercity sets. A Class 90 electric locomotive with 9 Mk3 coaches and a DVT. The first leg of the journey is about an hour.

    16/07/2019, 1006, Ipswich Station
    Time to change. Not much time to go exploring, sadly but needs must. The last leg of the journey will be in a Class 153 multiple unit. Again about an hour. The class 153s are a 155 that has been split in to two single cars. The 155 being the Leyland built units for the Super Sprinter program whereas the 156s were built by Metro-Cammell to a different spec.

    16/07/2019, 1110, Halesworth
    That's the public transport done. Time to go get the car. It was paid via bank transfer as soon as the Golf was sold so all I had to do was sign the paperwork, tax it and pay for the new plates for my cherished reg that I has asked them to make up.
    Thumbs up to the various guys at M R King and Sons. So much nicer working with a dealer that isn't part of the Arnold Clark group. The man I dealt with, Adam, knew the answer to every question I asked about the car and was generally all round a good egg. Not dead pushy and genuinely helpful if I asked to get something done. He was also genuinely pleased at the fact I'd said (two days previous) that the train gets in about 1110 so I'll be there at 1115. He told me of numerous times they had folk coming from nearby Lowestoft who still managed to be hours late.

    16/07/2019, 1145, M R King & Sons (Halesworth)
    Everything's done to set off. skattrd of this parish had said to pop by if I was in the area so that was my first target. There was about 3/4 of a tank of fuel in the car when I got it so I knew it would get a decent way. Cue 2 hours of swerving all over the road while I figured out what all the buttons do. I arrive at skattrd_acres about 2 hours later and proceed to have tea, chat and a tuna sandwich. Thanks skattrd. Thattrd!

    ---This is where the pictures stop so I shall just summarise the journey---

    16/07/2019, 1600, skattrd_acres
    Time for the off as it's about 6 hours home from skattrd's place. First target was a petrol station, preferrably Shell so I could use my loyalty card. Markham Moor was the chosen candidate so I filled up and headed north. I did consider bombing as much of the journey as possible but the radio kept mentioning an accident on the A1(M) northbound somewhere in Yorkshire so I gave in and stopped for dinner. Car going very very well.
    16/07/2019, 1800, Ferrybridge Services
    I had stopped here on the day round trip to see the car in the first place. It's quiet so I knew I'd get peace to have a humble Burger King dinner. I check on Google maps for traffic problems but there didn't seem to be any. Traffic must have cleared. So I scoffed my dinner and headed about 1830. Not a single hold up was encountered on the way home. I stopped at Gretna services for a pee and leg stretch before making the final push home.
    16/07/2019, 2200, Shell Fullarton Petrol station
    Seeing as Markham Moor was just off the A1(M) and Shell Fullarton is just off the M74 I thought I'd see what the fuel economy was like. I had the cruise control pegged at 70mph all the way up the road and correctly followed the various 60, 50 and 40mph limits on the A66 using sensible acceleration between those - not flooring it but not driving like a sedated nun. Going by the numbers I averaged 34mpg on the nose over the journey. About what I had hoped for in such a car.

    Conclusion
    The car is everything I'd hoped it would be. A proper mile muncher and motorway cruiser while at the same time turning in to a ballistic weapon when you stamp on it. It's going to cost a fortune to run but I don't do many miles any more and with potentially 3 pay rises this year, I can easily offset it. I'll miss the Golf - I had it 7 years - but I think the time was right for it to go to someone else who will appreciate it for being a well maintained, economical cruiser that's still as tight as it came out of the factory. Like I said at the start, my current car owning situation means I can have the car I want rather than the car I need. The Golf was bought at a time when it was my only car and I was doing 32 miles daily round trip to work along with any of the big motorway journeys I ever did back then.
    Specs:
    Model : Volvo V70 Mk3 T6 AWD
    Trim : SE Lux
    Engine : Volvo B6304T4, Inline 6, 2953cc, turbocharged. Petrol. Peak power 304ps (299bhp) at 5400rpm, peak torque 440nm from 2100 - 4200rpm
    Gearbox : Aisin Warner TF80-SC, 6 speed fully automatic with sports program and manual mode. 5th and 6th gear are overdrive (0.85 and 0.65) giving you 2000rpm at an indicated 70mph which is between 68 - 69mph on the GPS.
    Transmission : Electronic All Wheel Drive. Norm 95% front, 5% rear
    Added extras as specified from new : Electric adjust passenger seat, heated and ventialled front seats, DAB radio, 6 CD autochanger, USB and AUX inputs, BLIS (Blindspot presence detection), front and rear parking sensors, foldaway dog guard, tilt and slide sunroof, twin sided cargo bay floor mat, retractable load cover, spare wheel, detachable tow bar, electric tailgate, auto tilt door mirrors, and built in sat nav.
    Score - 112%/10 would buy again
    I'll get some more detailed pictures when I get home from Festival of The Unexceptional this weekend.
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    brownnova got a reaction from michael t in Late registration madness   
    W reg Maestro van!! 

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    brownnova reacted to purplebargeken in Festival of the Unexceptional 2019 - free camping and free breakfast available!   
    May I be included please? The plan is to trundle down in the Toledo, hopefully if I can get the tracking done on Weds or Friday and a bit more paint possibly* Not too bothered about the paint in all honesty.  This will be the longest trip in the Toledo for many years. I might be a little scared. 
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    brownnova got a reaction from Flat4 in Live Collection featuring The Scotoshite Volvo MASSIV (SVM) sponsored by John Candy Promotions   
    Morning! And good luck with the collection!! May all the traffic lights be green and the queues be short! 
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    brownnova reacted to lanciamatt in Festival of the Unexceptional 2019 - free camping and free breakfast available!   
    I've booked a ticket, so the thema will be coming down
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    brownnova got a reaction from davidfowler2000 in Live Collection featuring The Scotoshite Volvo MASSIV (SVM) sponsored by John Candy Promotions   
    Morning! And good luck with the collection!! May all the traffic lights be green and the queues be short! 
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    brownnova got a reaction from mrbenn in The new adventures of brownnova: I did a buy... but it’s not a car.   
    New house has been purchased. Said new house seems to have a lot of crap in its outside space. Now some people would have just got a skip... but why, when for the same amount of shekels you can has... 

    Yeah!!! Shonky trailer... that isn’t actually that shonky. Faceache marketplace came up trumps for once!
    Currently the van is the only tow-able vehicle. But it is quite long so it doesn’t look too ridiculous... 

    However I think the van will
    a) have trouble getting into the tip
    b ) burn its clutch if it tows anything heavy... 
    So I now NEED to get project Saab back on the road as it has a tow hitch! 
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    brownnova got a reaction from mrbenn in The new adventures of brownnova: I did a buy... but it’s not a car.   
    So, Saab progress: 
    Job #1 Tyres
    The tyres were badly perished and would only stay inflated about a week. So a quick de-wheel before work this morning 

    And a trip to Andy’s tyres

    Three part worms for £25 a pop. The fourth tyre seems fine and holds pressure. 
    I’ll refit after I’ve been under yo check the brake pipes. 
    Saab specialist (brakes) and MoT man booked for next Monday.
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    brownnova got a reaction from mrbenn in Invacar Model 70 Acquired! and general ramble thread, index on page 1, Multi person Multi day Multi Invacar Multi collection caper :)   
    I’m delighted for you that after all this time and effort you got hold of one!! It’s a wonderful feeling getting your dream car. I look forward to tales of recommissioning and then you getting out on the road with it! 
    Will it be making an appearance at the FoD on FOTU weekend!? 
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    brownnova got a reaction from LightBulbFun in The new adventures of brownnova: I did a buy... but it’s not a car.   
    So, Saab progress: 
    Job #1 Tyres
    The tyres were badly perished and would only stay inflated about a week. So a quick de-wheel before work this morning 

    And a trip to Andy’s tyres

    Three part worms for £25 a pop. The fourth tyre seems fine and holds pressure. 
    I’ll refit after I’ve been under yo check the brake pipes. 
    Saab specialist (brakes) and MoT man booked for next Monday.
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    brownnova got a reaction from bunglebus in Great number plates - got any?   
    I’m sure this one has been posted before.... but genuinely how did they let that out! 

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    brownnova got a reaction from trigger in Road trip to Wales for the Marina Nationals   
    Can’t believe there were this many Marinas close by to me and it was the weekend I was away with the 2CVers! Looks like an awesome weekend! 
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    brownnova reacted to trigger in Road trip to Wales for the Marina Nationals   
    Not at all, everyone's car was perfect on there, to be honest it wasn't anywhere as bad as i remember it being, i think i may have been getting confused with somewhere in Yorkshire?.
    The following day we had our show and shine event at Caerwys so we headed off to that, now it's at this point i admit that i forget to take many photos of the club stand but the important bit is that i won best Mk2! 😂


    I did managed to take a few photos of the other cars at the show though.


    I loved this Mk2 1300 Sport, just nicely done with no  attached bullshit.
    Apparently the plate on this belonged to the owners granddads first car back in the early 1900's.






    The owner of this Acclaim said he's owned it 17 years and it's never been painted, just polished a lot, it's done 80000 miles.

    This J4 was amazing, never restored and under 20000 miles, the patina was perfect.
















    A reg Cortina 2.3 Ghia S!




    The only photos i took of the marinas, i fail.



    Then yesterday morning we all headed home again!

     

    All those miles and not one car had a FTP, mine was the only one to have issues and that was my points closing on the pass and the oil well in my rocker shaft has blocked making my tappets a tad noisy, I'm happy with that!
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    brownnova reacted to trigger in Road trip to Wales for the Marina Nationals   
    Whilst there we also visited Llangollen Motor Museum, home of Shitefest 2015.


    I only took these two rubbish photos.


    Leaving there we drove over Dee Bridge which was pack and had everyone out watching us, unfortunately at this point i lost the car in front and ended up being the leading car with around 10 others following behind me and i managed to take the wrong turn forcing everyone to do a 3 point turn in the road to get back on route again! 😳 
    We then went up and over the Horseshoe pass again and headed into Mold for a few photos, here though we stopped at Harleys garage, it's a ex BL garage which closed down around 2006 after the woner died all it still has all the parts locked inside as well as three cars!















     
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    brownnova got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Invacar Model 70 Acquired! and general ramble thread, index on page 1, Multi person Multi day Multi Invacar Multi collection caper :)   
    I’m delighted for you that after all this time and effort you got hold of one!! It’s a wonderful feeling getting your dream car. I look forward to tales of recommissioning and then you getting out on the road with it! 
    Will it be making an appearance at the FoD on FOTU weekend!? 
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    brownnova reacted to Six-cylinder in Festival of the Unexceptional 2019 - free camping and free breakfast available!   
    Field of dreams for camping, this last weekend the Prep team worked hard to get the grass cut, the place tidy and erect the HQ tent. What you get is a flat paddock with orchards alongside, mains water and a composting toilet.  
    Open Fri/Sat/Sun and other times by request.
    Preshow and post show day visitor also welcome, just pop in for an hour if you like or stay the weekend.
    The cost is free to Shiters!
    PM me for questions/address

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    brownnova reacted to clayts450 in The new news 24 thread   
    Two of Team Clayts wearing their new decals with pride


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    brownnova got a reaction from LightBulbFun in The new adventures of brownnova: I did a buy... but it’s not a car.   
    New house has been purchased. Said new house seems to have a lot of crap in its outside space. Now some people would have just got a skip... but why, when for the same amount of shekels you can has... 

    Yeah!!! Shonky trailer... that isn’t actually that shonky. Faceache marketplace came up trumps for once!
    Currently the van is the only tow-able vehicle. But it is quite long so it doesn’t look too ridiculous... 

    However I think the van will
    a) have trouble getting into the tip
    b ) burn its clutch if it tows anything heavy... 
    So I now NEED to get project Saab back on the road as it has a tow hitch! 
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    brownnova got a reaction from vulgalour in Calendar - July 2020   
    Shameless self promotion... 
    I just like this pic! 
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