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  1. I was in Yorkshire back in the 70's somewhere round Halifax, I think, and I was on a double decker and we came down a hill where, at the bottom, was a cross road with traffic lights and we hit it on the red. Off up the other side and it stopped about half way up and lots of people got off. I'm upstairs and thinking, 'fuck me that's a busy bus stop'. Then the ticket bloke came up and, basically, asked me to join the rest walking up the hill while the bus ground it's way up where we all got back on. Seems that if you get a green at the bottom it can make it if not it's walkies time. Yorkshire eh!
  2. By this time next year you could be a millionaire.
  3. A damn fine looking chariot there @trigger.
  4. The last refuge for my 305 was in the Highlands.
  5. M25 yesterday and I saw AB16VAN spaced as A B16 VAN on a LWB Sprinter. No pic, driving.
  6. Anyone seen an Ora Funky Cat? Saw one on the M25 yesterday. Had to look it up. Chinese, of course, a Great Wall Motor and supposed to be a luxury* electric car. Couldn't get a pic. Driving and stuff.
  7. Some years ago I had a Merc 609 ex Isle of shite shuttle with the blind still in it. I converted the bus into a camper and every time I moved I used to put a different IoW destination up. Dunno what the Spanish and Portuguese thought about it.
  8. ^^^^ I like that but would prefer the 505 version.
  9. If you, or anyone, comes to a show if you pm me before I may be able to give a bit of a tour.
  10. I looked that up as well to see what it was on now. Slightly surprised it's not. Although back in the 60's there was a Mk 2 Cortina locally with DAV 1 D, which I thought was kinda cool, but it's also not on DVLA. Worth shit loads these days.
  11. The full itinerary isn't up yet. If you go to the Circus Vegas website you will know as much as I do. The first 4/5 are on there and will be added to as they are confirmed.
  12. I still have Big. The Voveco is for moving the shop from site to site.
  13. The fake Volvo, or is it a Fake Iveco? Story is it was something a Volvo dealer had and the trailer was used for promoting Volvo stuff. As to driving it its shit. It's ferkin gutless and you have to wring its neck to get anywhere. Hills on the motorway sees it down to under 40mph and getting back up to 55 takes about a bloody week. The back wheels of the Iveco/Volvo bounce on the slightest bump and bangs you back against the seat, which after about half an hour is enough. Ergonomic my arse. I don't know how heavy the shop trailer is but its got to be 4 ton or so. So I am with @Cavcraft. Ivecos are shit and it looks like I will be driving it all season. What fuckin joy*.
  14. That will go for ever. I drove a few of the later Fordson Majors and Super majors from the late 50's early 60's. Good reliable machines.
  15. I have a friend who bought an Evoque about 9 years ago and has traded it in for a new Defenceless. Depreciation on said Evoque was 4 grand per year. I could have at least a different car every year, if not more, with that.
  16. Thread resurrection. As I haven't seen anybody from the circus since last October there was many hugs from every body saying they had missed me, when I met them at Haydock Race course to move everything to Norwich Showground. I've never had that much of a reaction before. They are a good bunch of people and there is rarely any problems between anybody. Going to be here for about 3 weeks and I have got a fair bit of work to do that would have been done if I had been there in Holland, 4 weeks Xmas New Year, Glasgow, 2 weeks, Haydock, 1 week so a fair bit of stuff to sort. Starting with 2 bunk wagons that have leaks when it rains. What joy, chasing leaks. The water system I had has been somewhat wrecked by those that didn't have much of a clue so there's a few days to get that back to how I like it. I knew that would happen but I've said that I need to show somebody how it's done when I'm not there. Which at my age could be at any moment, or if my ankle gets any worse then I'm going to have to give it up. There's been a few minor changes. A few different trucks, different performers, but not all, some new showgirls, etc. I shall leave you with 2 pic of my new circus 'rig'. One of where we are and a dizzel shot. If anyone wants to know what its like let me know. I'm sure you will notice a slight anomaly.
  17. The whole season hasn't been confirmed. So far it's Grays, 2 weeks, Swansea, 2 weeks, Sandown Race course, 1 week and Stevenage for a week.
  18. I'm in Norwich parked up on the show ground. Another season of circus shite coming up. Not doing any shows here but going to have everything parked up here until the end of March when we start in Grays in Essex so I have about 4 weeks of mending stuff. Moving everything tomorrow night from Haydock. Yay, circus life. Got to get the Mot on the Mazda before the 12th March. I am fairly sure it's good but you never know. If anyone from around here could recommend an Mot garage it would be appreciated. @wuvvum is from these parts I believe. Not sure who else. Insurance for the Maz has come down this year which I wasn't expecting. Only by about 6 quid but, hey, less is less innit like.
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