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clayts450 last won the day on January 13 2019

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  1. I think you'll find One out will undoubtedly be followed by One in. Give it a day or two, am sure Alex will come good...
  2. Pleased to say the 420 made it onto the MoT testing bay today after disgracing itself last week, and then single-handedly brought down the DVLA online MoT testing service, thus causing a 90 minute delay on all ensuing MoTs at my local F1. Anyway, eventually it passed. Recurring trailing arm bushes advisory is standard but disappeared this year, replaced by TREs. Scott the tester recommended they get done this year. 337 miles in a year, must do better.
  3. We have two - Match of the Day theme tune (at max dB) or Whistle While You Work. Sadly, neither are operated by this dude...
  4. 420 disgraced itself at today's MOT. Running perfectly, ragged the arse off it to heat the cat up, dropped it off. Phone call 10 mins later - battery completely dead. OK, price me up a replacement. Rings back - suppliers wanted to check the battery type, tester opens bonnet, tries car, starts first time. MOT slot missed, now rebooked for Tuesday. PITA, as had taken day off today. Old cars - love 'em
  5. Nice motor. Looks like Solar Red (colour code CMU). My Streetwise has the same colour. And similar lacquer peel.
  6. If I ever get the flashing headlights, I take it as a compliment on a fine overtake and always give a double hazard flash to say thank you. But yes, no doubt I'll be on some YouTube DCW compilation - never watch them. I will always accommodate an overtake by lifting off, or in some cases even encouraging an overtake by pulling left and indicating left (and obviously doing the following driver's observations for them too to make sure no junction/hazards/oncoming traffic) - usually get a double hazard flash from those that take the opportunity. The perils of being limited to 50* on fast moving single carriageways (I'm looking at you in particular, A17). Mind you, I'm more often than not the overtaker rather than the overtakee on the A17 and, indeed, the A16.
  7. Michelin Cross Climates have turned me into a driving God. Went over the A623 this morning and it was snowing heavily but had been gritted. Cue a long queue of weekend bimblers doing 20mph. Clear sight lines, straight road way into the distance, fuck this, overtook about five or six in one go at about 40mph. Then another two. Then another one. My best ever series of overtakes and not even at nun/children/fluffy kitten killing speed.
  8. You may remember I scrapped this ungrateful bastard last November Anyway, the previous owner got in touch....to tell me he'd saved it from the bean tin machine - genuinely delighted for him. The classified ad on eBay is total bollox of course.....estate clearance my arse, unless somehow the car was sold immediately to someone who then died. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rover-214SLi-16v-practical-classic-car-Long-mot-drive-away-cheap-runner-vgc-/203833567500?hash=item2f756d690c%3Ag%3AKwgAAOSw1bBiDBbh&mkcid=1&mkrid=710-53481-19255-0&siteid=3&campid=5338788797&customid=&toolid=10001&fbclid=IwAR3aMJWhZ2QuADhriaASL_j92wgdWixXZpd6ee4fRrDvVOSp-8XndtjATiY&nma=true&si=erOGpsH%2FQeGtSd76y8Wcs6qTTWA%3D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
  9. Early photo of the revamped Fiat Fiorino mini-van for 2022 : Is it just me who thinks, er....this, shurely ?
  10. Squeaked over Snake Pass before they shut it at 1pm this afternoon for safety reasons. Gawd bless Michelin Cross Climates. Enabled me to overtake 6 strugglers whose wheels were spinning like crazy up the last big hill before the downhill section to Glossop. TBF, I really was chancing my arm. Pissing with rain in Sheffield and I reckoned it could turn to snow over the Pass. It did....and then some. Other motorists felt the best thing to do was drive slowly at 10mph - up a hill. Fuck that, I wasn't gonna get stuck behind them when they inevitably failed to reach the summit. [clarkson mode]POWER[/clarkson]. Coasted up the hill at 30mph leaving a quickly disappearing trail of slow moving ve-hickles behind me. No skids, no loss of traction, no skid marks in the undercrackers. Win. https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/live-updates-heavy-snow-closes-6308962
  11. Turns out it was actually this https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/local-news/more-disruption-expected-update-issued-6268786
  12. Long overdue purchase of a replacement battery for the van, as the original one is deffo on its last legs (keeps chucking up stop-start unavailable, even though I have it permanently switched off). Love how all the retailers say 'you must purchase a stop/start battery or kittens will die'. What complete bollox. Just turn the stop-start off, and a normal battery is golden. Ordered up an Exide Premium with OMG Maximum CCA (640 vs the 450 currently under the hood), but as I cannot fuck around waiting in during the week, I had to visit Euro Car Parts (sorry Tayna - deffo my goto battery supplier, but no good when you need one now). Anyway, could I get anywhere near the Lenton branch of ECP ? Could I fuck - doing some critical roadworks with every single access road to the site coned off. Had to park miles away then lug a heavy battery back to the Streetwise. BTW Lenton ECP are really good - never had a bad part from them, unlike the one literally five minutes drive from my house - I have an attic full of Hyundai oil filters from when I had the Honda. Got home and then it started snowing heavily. Not fucking about in that to change a battery, so my need for a battery now clearly wasn't as critical as I thought. Ah well, tis only money.
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