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  1. Could I have one please if there are still any spares? I have not been paying attention and completely missed all this. I’ll be sad if I miss out on a calendar after so many years!
  2. The prospect of no AS calendar this year is MY concern! Possibly not enough of a concern to actually step up and do it though, I mustard mitt. Having said that, I have a lot of photos of shiter-owned rammle on the back of my trailer. Perhaps I could justify the effort to myself if I could introduce an element of flagrant self-promotion...
  3. Not quite the same thing but back when I had my first Sorento I came across it’s number-plate-next-door-neighbour at Asda. Some time later our broken yellow Mini Cooper was bought by a couple who already had a working yellow Mini Cooper.
  4. IN: 1 OUT: NIL Non Movers: 5 December 2021 - Working: 4; Broken: 1 December 2022 - Working: 4: Broken: 2 IN: 2011 Ford Ranger Thunder STATUS: Working The back end of ‘21 and the first half of this year were a good period for Walsgrave Transport and I began to have ideas about putting a second truck and trailer on the road. When @ruffgeezer put this Ranger up for sale my interest was piqued when I noticed it already had a tachograph fitted, which would save me a good few quid over getting one fitted. Over the following few weeks, and egged on by @Inspector Morose, I talked myself into it. At about the same time I won a ‘cherished’ plate in a roffle from @Cord Fourteener, so that went on it. All it needed was the tacho calibrating and it was ready to go. Unfortunately since the summer, costs have been higher and business less brisk, so my plans to have a second trailer roadworthy have faltered. Still, the Ranger is proving a useful backup truck for when the Isuzu is in for service or whatever, as evidenced by this pic Mr Morose took the other week whilst out in the snow. NON MOVER: 2017 Isuzu D-Max STATUS: Working The Isuzu continues to be a superb towing machine. Now on 170,000 miles, averaging around 2,000 miles a week. NON MOVER: 2000 Vauxhall Astra van STATUS: Broken With the Ranger providing runaround duties, I have less use for the old Astra. When the wiper motor packed up just before the mot expired, I parked it up and cancelled the insurance, as I just didn’t have time to do anything with it. Currently still sat around whilst I figure out what to do with it. NON MOVER: 2005 Honda Accord STATUS: Working Mrs WoC’s Honda is still here as it just keeps going. Needs a wheel bearing and a couple of tyres. And a rear bumper if I’m being picky, after someone drove into it in a supermarket car park. NON MOVER: 1980 VW Transporter Devon camper STATUS: Working Our camper continued to be reliable and fun through 2022, though as ever, we didn’t really use it as much as we’d like. Currently for sale as we’re likely to use it even less next year. Terrible time to be selling a camper though and we’ve had very little interest. NON MOVER: 1972 VW 1200 STATUS: Broken Still in the garage surrounded by junk. Third year running for this photo.
  5. Maybe she’s a dairy farmer. Or an agricultural veterinarian.
  6. X54 MOA was originally on a mk4 Golf. I kept the plate when we sold the car simply because 6-digit plates are getting uncommon now and I like the symmetry compared with 7-digit numbers. Also, I thought someone might offer me something for it one day as it could be spaced as X 54M OA or X 54MOA. Not that I condone such behaviour. Now on retention since the Sorento was scrapped and I didn’t have the chance to transfer to my Isuzu. This disaster of a Mini came with the plate. The car is long gone and I’m supposed to be selling the number as it’s technically my wife’s, but I’ve not made much effort in that regard. V33 DJF I won in a roffle on here. Think it’s been on a couple of shiter-owned cars but I don’t recall the history.
  7. Nobody has asked me what I would like for Christmas yet this year, but when (if) someone does, I shall definitely be looking to add to my collection* of Motorpunk SUPER books. *one volume and counting.
  8. Great* for starting out as an Evri contractor.
  9. Had an excuse a couple of weeks ago to have a brief poke around the Sennybridge Training Area, and a blezz around the military roads up on the Epynt Mountains, near Brecon.
  10. I don’t think it is the Woolwich Ferry but looking up old photos to compare turned up this. Source
  11. Came across this today. Sadly it looks like absolutely nothing has been done with it.
  12. Came across this today:
  13. As you can obseve, my daughter is now too old for a perambulator, and I am fortunately too young to require an invalid carriage. But we were heartened to find that those fiendish horseless carriages would not irk us whilst traversing this narrow thoroughfare in Sheringham, Norfolk.
  14. Could the ‘Hayburner’ business model work? Needs a lot of paying advertisers though presumably.
  15. Haha! I have many times. I guess I always assumed it was full-size, but it turns out it’s only really suitable for persons up to about 5’ tall. As my lad’s 14 and catching me up fast, I guess I should get him a new one.
  16. Sunrise pic to complement the earlier evening shot. Spent a very pleasant night overlooking a brooding North Sea, apart from being a bit too close to the main carriageway and accidentally taking a child’s sleeping bag.
  17. Heh. My Beetle used to have ‘Tigar’ tyres. Never seen them before or since…
  18. That Volvo F88 possibly for sale soon:
  19. Harrowing for me too, since if there's one thing that stresses me out more than having to do a thing, it's having to do a thing twice. Thanks for the heads up. Should be fixed now.
  20. September 2018. Another Monday morning and this time, a run down to St Albans for this behemoth of a Volvo. Recently purchased, it had developed some malady that required it to be returned under warranty, to the dealer. In Preston. A full day’s work there, but no dramas as it did, at least, run and drive. The following day was a ride around the Birmingham, area to relocate this Beetle. Something of a family heirloom as I recall, the chap was moving it from a late relative’s house closer to home, with the intention of putting it back on the road. Sadly, at the time of writing the DVLA still records it as untaxed since 1990. On the Friday I had a run down to Harefield to see the Lee, the machinery dealer whose acquaintance I’d made over the course of a couple of previous jobs. He had a towable winching machine that he’d sold to a company in South Wales. Although the route was a bit ‘out of my way’, it was actually quite handy that I’d be finishing up in that neck of the woods at the end of the week. My friend ‘Lightning’ and I had entered the HERO Challenge rally in her Austin Healey Sprite. As she lives near Neath it meant I was perfectly located for me to pick the car up to take to the rally base near Bicester. I remissively failed to take a photo of the winching machine in transit. A surprisingly substantial bit of kit, I do recall needing to engage low range to reverse up the buyer’s drive. Delivery achieved, I nipped into Neath to pick up ‘Suzy’ Sprite and by early evening was parked up somewhere in a field near Bicester. The following morning dawned full of promise but sadly, our dreams or classic rallying glory were dashed by lunchtime. A shattered clutch was our downfall. Regular readers may recall that I had transported the Sprite to have the clutch replaced only a few weeks prior. Make of that what you will. Fortunate really that I’d taken the Sprite up on the trailer. Ordinarily Lightning would have driven her to the event. The experts from Maulden Garage obligingly rolled around on the floor for a bit while I photographed their backsides, but declined to change the clutch at the side of the road. So I dropped the car to them first thing on Monday for further transmission fettling.
  21. The chronology of this thread is all over the place.
  22. September 2018. First thing Monday morning was a trip down to Reading for a broken mk5 Golf. I forget the cause of the breakdown, but the owner had been recovered to a nearby garage. The owner’s father – sounded like he would be footing the bill – wanted it taking to his preferred local garage to him, up in Warrington. As is often the case in these types of situation, the despatching garage were not very helpful, hence the extreme-jacknife attitude required for single-handed loading. Couple of days later I headed up to Lincolnshire to collect this old Shogun. Customer was a guy in Birmingham seemingly with a penchant for these things. The old Fens back roads have a distinct character. Flat and straight with visibility for miles encourage you to press on, but then all of a sudden a series of alarming undulations threaten to pitch you into the adjacent dyke. Leaving the Mitsubishi in Brum, I nipped down to Fenny Compton in Warwickshire to pick up this ratty Porsche 914. Destination was just a short drive to the unit of a guy I’ve known for many years who specialises in classic restorations, mainly of air-cooled VWs. The following day I had a run out to near Kidderminster to pick up this Alfa Spider. Collection address was a proper millionaire’s mansion. I could drive right up to the house and swing the trailer round on the drive no bother, it was that massive. Destination was the Warwickshire Event Centre where Classic Car Auctions used to have regular sales. The guy with the Range Rover and covered trailer was a London based chauffeur doing a bit of car transport on the side.
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