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  1. I think a lot of driving abuse is acceptable, just pretend you are in France or Italy or somewhere. Gesticulating, shouting, beeping or flashing lights is just something people do to pass the time, imagine Jose Mourinho driving a minicab in heavy traffic. It probably allows people to vent annoyance, so it doesn't develop into much more dangerous behaviour like seething for ages, then ramming someone the road and beating them to death with their own steering wheel. The thing is not to take it personally. I had a bloke in a Punto flashing his headlights at me for ages last year on my way to a job in Walsall. Couldn't think what his problem was. I just ignored him. When I arrived at my destination I realised my numberplate had come adrift and was hanging by the last remaining screw...
  2. I remember getting on a bus in NW Bristol with mrs warch and a yoof got up and offered us his seat. We were in our mid-30s at the time.
  3. That is absolutely brilliant, and makes the already palatial* (dare I say sumptious*) interior of the MK4 even more welcoming as a place to spend those long hours on the road.
  4. To paraphrase Alan Partridge it’s basically the Japanese MGF…
  5. As advertised the cow one at one and a half minutes in made me rofl
  6. Makes nicking the wheels trickier too.
  7. My vote is for that height adjustable suspension beloved of the lowrider fraternity, and frequently seen featuring in gangsta (sic) rap videos. Simply leave it at maximum height, tempt a grinder wielding scumbag under it then gently* lower it on them trapping them until the pleece arrive.
  8. It'd be a novel way of failing your next MoT certainly...
  9. That Roadblasters thing is awesome, ten year me would have loved that in 1987 (although tbh 45 year me still quite likes it in 2022). Hadn't realised it was a computer game tie in, Mad Max was hugely influential back in the 80s, so I assumed it was intended to cash in on that.
  10. Picture from an advert for a reasonably priced old 110 on the 'Trader. It does rather sum up the diesel Landrover experience, where every day is like an old Hammer Horror film set.
  11. warch


    What's that everybody? You want 3 and a half hours continuous Russian tractor racing (with some racing trucks thrown in)? The action* starts about twenty minutes in...
  12. Saloon versions of popular hatchbacks were still being sold into the late 90s-early 00s for the three people a year who were still buying them. Small saloons are quite popular in Ireland and the EU, the UK is unusual as we prefer hatchbacks apparently. See also the contemporary Focus and Astra
  13. is it Japanese cats that are particularly at risk? I only ever see things like Honda CRVs with missing cats, presumably because they are easier to get at being 4x4 and ting.
  14. warch


    Sorry if someone has already posted this, but it's such a good video. It's also a relic of the days when tractors were relatively inexpensive and farms employed quite large numbers of (often mixed ability) drivers. Most modern farms are run by a skeleton staff or even a single individual and tractors now cost as much as a house.
  15. It had occurred to me recently whilst watching prescient dystopian documentary Mad Max that, even in George Millers hellish imagining of the future they do at least have actual pleece. Toecutter and the lads could spend days fucking about in my endz before the police would turn up, so I imagine car thieves would have a field day.
  16. I had a Vauxhall Nova Merit, possibly the most bullheadedly doggedly reliable car ever, it went over the bridge with 225k on the clock and a broken rear axle. It was also luxuriously equipped with the mighty 67hp TD engine, rev counter, err radio cassette and beaded seat covers. I was once pulled over whilst driving this automotive dreamboat by South Wales plod who wanted to check it wasn't nicked. I became slightly affronted at this accusation and said that if I was going to steal a car I'd pinch something a lot better than a rusty old diesel Nova. I'm a great believer in driving shit old cars or bikes because they simply don't appeal to organised crime gangs.
  17. That looks brilliant Datsun, especially with the working play feature. Got to be honest though, if I was getting charged at by a rhinoceros I'd hope I was in something a bit quicker and more substantial than a 1200cc Beetle. O/T I went with my dad and the kids to the safari park a few weeks ago, and my dad mentioned a trip he'd done in the 70s with some kids from the children's home he used to work at. Apparently they took a Land Rover which was (and still is) a commonly used safari park vehicle. They spent the whole circuit being trailed by hungry African beasts expecting food. Pretty much the last place I'd want to be when surrounded by lions or hippos is in a 20mph aluminium shed with dodgy door locks and a reputation for suddenly breaking down.
  18. The trick is to string them along and start wasting their time.
  19. Trucks off an arable or sheep farm won't be as rusty as a dairy farm runaround, plus they won't have been towing a great big heavy cattle trailer either so the engine and drive train will have had an easier life. They do tend to rack up huge mileages (a bloke in my cricket team uses 600 quid of diesel a month on local journeys sheep farming and rough terrain does take its toll especially on suspension and steering components. The rust that kills most modern Defenders is caused by road salt, they don't really apply any protection to the metalwork from new and once corrosion has worked its way into the chassis and bulkhead they're living on borrowed time. We changed a bulkhead on a TD5 last winter, I was shocked how light weight it is compared to an old one, it was pushing the metal in fitting the plastic trim clips. My perception is that Td5s and later are much more rust prone than earlier versions of the 90/110/Defender but then they are also older and have had more exposure to salt.
  20. Anything a farm has decided they can't get any more use out of it is usually well and truly bolloxed. Farm dispersal sale stuff (where a farm is sold following the owner's death or retirement) is often ok though. There used to be a Hi Cap near me that literally looked like swiss cheese at the rear end, god help them if they'd ever attached a trailer, slurry is horrible corrosive stuff.
  21. Alan Bennett made his name by writing in a realistic style which recognises the idiosyncratic way people talk. If one of your characters is quite spoddy then yes let them go into ludicrous detail about their car. Otherwise it may come across as unnecessary detail. Roald Dahl does this sort of thing very well check out The Hitch Hiker for a really good layman’s description of vehicles within a short story. His narrative style is brilliant full stop, the Mildenhall Treasure from the same anthology is probably my favourite short story, it’s so engaging and atmospheric, painting a picture with words.
  22. I’ve had my Triumph 955 since 2019, and have never really been completely happy with it, it felt ponderous and nowhere near as nimble as my old CBR. It actually felt unstable at heavy lean angles, I could easily get my knee down on my old bike so it wasn’t necessarily down to lack of ability on my point. Anyway I thought I’d narrowed it down to the stem bearings so I gave it the once over. The top bearing was fine, the bottom one was ok but pretty dry. A bloody good grease and an tweak on the adjuster nut and it’s been transformed. Should have done the fork seals too but they are easily removed once I’ve bought the seals and the oil.
  23. I’ve seen at least one classic car ad that utilised that exact tactic, it was like reading a novel detailing the picaresque exploits of an old Bristol or something. Nowhere near as good as The Little Red Metro
  24. I’d be happy with quite a scruffy one, it sort of suits the sort of vehicle it is (notwithstanding that most real recovery trucks are immaculately kept). I like the little boiler suit clad mechanics who came with it too.
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