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  1. Today I saw yet another prefacelift MKII Granada on a recovery flatbed, and yet again it appeared to be rotten and missing a few parts. Shame, but not really a surprise.
  2. I have 28 issues of Street Machine just begging to be scanned in, the readers rides section was always a laugh. MKII Granada rear lights were often put onto cars just for the heck of it, even a Simca of some sort wasn't safe. Anyway, heres some I scanned in a while back. 1965 THAMES SIX WHEELER 1.7-Street Machine February 1982 by bramm77, on Flickr This tasteful pickup (six wheels was awesome back then) lasted a mere 9 months after this was published. 1968 VAUXHALL VIVA HB 4.7-Street Machine April 1982 by bramm77, on Flickr Seems to have been painted with the then BP Livery in mind, dead by 1984. Heres two classic Kustoms I have seen recently. 1957 Ford Popular 103E 3.0 Custom Car. by bramm77, on Flickr 1953 Ford Prefect E493A 3.5 V8 Hotrod. by bramm77, on Flickr
  3. My Secondary School had a 400 series Minbus for ages, and it was the butt of many jokes with students and teachers alike. Apparently it didn't like going onto any grassy surfaces, and required a push start on more than the odd occassion. I can remember going to other schools when in the hockey team in it, and thinking they must have thought we were right cheapskates when it parked up next to their brand new Transits.
  4. brammy777

    Top Gear - now.

    I'll check it out later, although JC destoyed a Yugo way back in 1996 when he did his first video release, which was shot with a tank and subsequently run over with said tank. This being the same video when he nearly awarded the MKIV Fiesta Ghia with the worlds best car status.
  5. Turns out that she got her first Tattoos in the same Dunstable parlour I did, although the bloke running it has aged a bit since then.
  6. 1994 Ford Escort 1.8 Ghia Si Saloon. by bramm77, on Flickr Here's another car which is dwindling in numbers, but that has got me thinking, I can't remember the last time I saw an Orion badged MKV Escort Saloon. Again, these things were easy targets for the scrappage scheme, so it's no surprise really.
  7. Ultimately it all depends where you live. There is a H reg Primera and a Phase one Safrane right on my doorstep, but they are the most interesting cars on my street now. Sierras are thinning out pretty rapidly, quite a few of the local ones I knew of were scrapped last year, and the prefacelift revised models are now very uncommon to see out and about. Same goes for the MKIII Granada, and sadly the one I used to see all the time (and is on streetview parked outside) is now likely consigned to the scrapheap as the owner recently died. Weirdly I seem to see more N13 Sunnys than the one which replaced it now, and more late Cavaliers than early Vectras, but I think that's fairly self explanatory. One car which has virtually disappeared around here bar a few lucky examples is the first generation Kia Mentor, although I doubt they were ever THAT common to begin with: 1997 Kia Mentor 1.5 GLX Hatchback. by bramm77, on Flickr And there does appear to be loads of post MPI Protons still about, the one based on the 90s Lancer? They outnumber the Mitsubishis they were based on by quite a substantial margain.
  8. There is a hell of a lot of car recovery 'specialists' around here, all driving dubious looking Transits. I saw a french registered BX estate on one the other week, although that could have been going to an enthusiast, and a prefacelift MKII Granada last year. That one had clearly been sitting for a decade or so though, and it was rotten.
  9. That must be one of the best brochures ever made, it's like they made with the future in mind. In a bizzare moment of WTF, a couple of weeks ago I spotted a 1977ish Sherpa pickup with a 'safe' looking homemade winch on the back, travelling through Blackwater.
  10. What a hectic few weeks. Apologies to all those who PM'd me in that time, I haven't had the time to come on here, and sort of forgot about it. Anyway, to cut a long story short, I am pretty much out of work and I have been making many trips to the job centre and sorting out JSA, which is a right pain. So many forms to fill out, and my last payslip was backdated to the middle of January, meaning it was way above what I had declared what I was earning, which got me a few sour comments at the job centre. And apparently I have to send them off yet again, despite me receiving a letter stating I had been approved for JSA now. It doesn't feel good getting this money, and I have been applying for every job I could do. Annoyingly, there is alot of people doing exactly the same as me, even getting a reply for the email I sent off is something nowadays. Tell you what though, some of the attitudes of people who go to the job centre make me fume, how someone who makes no effort whatsoever into looking for full time work can sit back and complain about not getting any dole money is beyond me. But enough of that ranting, it's good to be back. I see I have alot to catch up on... Don't worry, I won't drag up dead threads.
  11. Well seeing as I haven't got a full driving licence just yet, I suppose I'll have to share my experiences of other people putting the pedal to the metal. I was once in a 1.1 2002 Saxo (they are shit, don't care what anyone says), and it was doing an indicated 109mph. All the way from London to Basingstoke. Not good. I think that might be the fastest I have ever been, my Mum once 'accidently' got up to 96 in her C3. Oh, and my ex went 118 in a 1996 Ka. I think the speedo may have been slightly out. Certainly felt pretty shaky...
  12. Good god, that is terrible news. Just a thought though, clearly someone knew you weren't around when this happened, you haven't had anyone approach you recently and mention the car have you? I'm not trying to point a finger, but you never know sadly. I'll keep an eye out too, I'm not that far away.
  13. Seriously well done, I bet it feels like such a weight off your shoulders now. And three minors! That is some good going! Should be proud of yourself. I have had 30 lessons now, so my test will be booked sometime soon, the sheer cost of it these days is utterly ridiculous though. I remember looking at quotes for myself a few years back, the lowest was something like £512 on a Metro, but that was on my Mums name and I lied about it being garaged.... I always get the feeling I have left it pretty late to do the test, but saying that, my older brother is 30 and hasn't even attempted to learn.
  14. 1982 Volvo 760 GLE Saloon. by bramm77, on Flickr Great articles Trigger, it must get so boring scanning them all at times, so well done with the commitment. I should really start putting my 25 odd issues of Street Machine on flickr one day.
  15. Having a quick catch up on my spots, to bring my Flickr uploads sort of up to date on here now. If you've seen them before, sorry! 1990 Ford Mustang 5.0 GT Cabriolet. by bramm77, on Flickr 1985 Honda CRX 1.5 Coupe. by bramm77, on Flickr I think there is a reason why a fair few cars in London need VIC checks you know. 1988 Austin Maestro 1.3 City X Hatchback. by bramm77, on Flickr Take that Scrappage Scheme. 1986 Nissan Bluebird T12 1.8 SLX Hatchback. by bramm77, on Flickr And again. 1983 MG Metro 1.3 Hatchback. by bramm77, on Flickr What a survivor, hopefully no one has tried to break into this one. 1981 Ford Cortina MKV 2.0 GL Estate. by bramm77, on Flickr Mmmmm, what nice alloys you have. 1980 Opel Manta B 2.0 SRB SH Coupe. by bramm77, on Flickr HOLD ON, WHAT DO WE HAVE HERE 1981 Ford Mustang Ghia 3.3 Coupe. by bramm77, on Flickr 1981 Ford Mustang Ghia 3.3 Coupe. by bramm77, on Flickr A massive tribute to the 80s in car form, that's what. 1989 Renault 19 1.4 GTS Hatchback. by bramm77, on Flickr They are very uncommon now, OAP owned, obvs. 1994 Ford Escort 1.8 Ghia Si Saloon. by bramm77, on Flickr Not really shite, but just look at it. That has had some serious love. 1982 Triumph Acclaim 1.3 HLS Trio Automatic Saloon. by bramm77, on Flickr 1981 Austin Maxi 2 1750 L Hatchback. by bramm77, on Flickr Spotted this duo in the same town on the same day. What the hell was going on? 1986 Honda Accord 2.0i EX Saloon. by bramm77, on Flickr 1990 Citroen AX 11TGE 'Chicago' Hatchback. by bramm77, on Flickr 1989 Ford Fiesta Popular Plus Hatchback. by bramm77, on Flickr Mega early MKIII, bet it sounds fabulous. 1992 Ford Transit 120D 2.5 Diesel SWB Van. by bramm77, on Flickr RAEP. 1982 Volkswagen Scirocco 1.8 GL Coupe. by bramm77, on Flickr This lovely thing has recently appeared near where we go food shopping, tasty. 1987 Suzuki SJ413 1.3 4x4. by bramm77, on Flickr I am guessing this has never even seen dirt. 1985 Peugeot 305 1.8 GLD Diesel Saloon. by bramm77, on Flickr 1984 MG Maestro 1600 Hatchback. by bramm77, on Flickr GR8 4 BEIN LANDY109....oh wait. 1981 Opel Monza 3.0 S Coupe. by bramm77, on Flickr 1988 Austin Maestro 500 City Van. by bramm77, on Flickr Mystery Machine. For sale? by bramm77, on Flickr And this wouldn't have been laughed at on the internet had it not been for you meddling kids. 1978 Morris Marina 1.8 GT Coupe. by bramm77, on Flickr 1990 Vauxhall Carlton 3.0 GSi 24v Saloon. by bramm77, on Flickr 1991 Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth. by bramm77, on Flickr 1986 Ford Capri 2.8 Injection Coupe. by bramm77, on Flickr So, er, thoughts? 1964 Rover P5 MKII 3.0 Coupe. by bramm77, on Flickr 1991 Ford Escort CLX. by bramm77, on Flickr 1988 Austin Maestro 1.6 Vanden Plas Hatchback. by bramm77, on Flickr 1989 Zastava Yugo 45 Hatchback. by bramm77, on Flickr Says it all really.
  16. My iPhone alarm worked fine yesterday, but my normal alarm clock has been a right **** lately, pressing the snooze button has made it go off a little later than the normal 9 minutes. A whole hour later.
  17. ^ So it's basically an upside down boat with holes in it.
  18. Ooh forgot about this one, on 155v6s manor. 1986 BMW 325i E30 2.5 SALOON by bramm77, on Flickr Name the Red Saloon! Non-Autoshite members only please! by bramm77, on Flickr 1983 DATSUN STANZA T11 GL 1.6 SALOON by bramm77, on Flickr 1985 VAUXHALL NOVA 1.2 L HATCHBACK by bramm77, on Flickr There is also another MKIV Escort Estate opposite the Beemer.
  19. Choosing not to party last night was a good idea as I decided to go to the Brooklands New Year show, and it was incredible! Heres a taster: 1977 Ford Cortina MKIV 1600 GL. by bramm77, on Flickr
  20. My god, but this must be one of the best first pages on a spotting thread I have ever seen?! Great work, you really are doing well.
  21. Woah. Cheers for the picture Lobster, that detailing is superb. Of all the post Hornby Corgi Vanguards, I have only bought the Nova, which was good, but not great. But that looks brilliant, better than the MKIII Cortina one. Chaseracer, they do have a Hillman Avenger but not in that colour.
  22. Blimey, that is some top notch work there, well done! That Astra estate is utterly superb, as is the Civic. Also, welcome aboard.
  23. I think it's a Y reg, it possibly sat in a dealer showroom? Unless it's on the logbook and VIN of a MK3 Escort.... My guess is that the Mk3 estate was a bit late arriving so the Mk2 soldiered on alongside the newfangled FWD hatchbacks I dunno, my mum had a W plate MKIII Estate. With a Vinyl roof. And a 1.1 engine.
  24. Haha, I agree Station, the handling is like a trolley travelling through an aisle of treacle. The cars themselves look alright still, but the buildings look terrible. I rate the first one more, the second one just didnt gel with me. GT5 is terrific. I have been buying shite all the time, won one championship with a 1990 RX-7 with over 350 bhp on tap.... handling was interesting though. I also like how the loopholes are still there, for example: There is an 80s Japanese Challenge, any car from the 80s is allowed to enter. So having won a mid eighties Honda Civc Mugen race car earlier on, I used that. Winning by a minute in a 5 lap race is pretty cool.
  25. Passing my driving test and getting a car, hopefully before March 12th. And then coming to wherever the shite meet will be this year!
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