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    Formula Autos got a reaction from loserone in What should be the next 'retro' car?   
    Starting with the Nissan Figaro, through the New Beetle and MINI, and onto the recent crop of retro muscle cars in the US, it seems that retro sells.
     
    What though should be the next car revived for the modern age?
     
    My idle thought on the subject would be for Skoda to produce a new Rapid coupe - perhaps Octavia based. I know the Rapid was rear engined and all that, but it didn't bother VAG in the past - witness the FWD new Beetle.
     
    Shonky MS Paint images to back up ideas are most welcome.
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    Formula Autos reacted to Parky in Automotive bull5hit facts thread   
    James Hunt was the most boring man in the world and all the stories of his drinking and sexual conquests were made up by Marlboro And Texaco in order to make fags and 20/50 Multigrade sexy.  
     
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    Formula Autos got a reaction from egg in Autoshite lexicon   
    Sherpa Cabrio/Coupe - MGB Roadster/GT
     
    Cavalier in a shell suit - Vauxhall Calibra
     
    Mondeo in a party frock - Ford Cougar
     
    Pez - petrol
     
    Dizzler - diesel
     
    Dr. Diesel's evil invention - a compression ignition engine running on heavy fuel oil. A dizzler.
     
    J-tin - A vehicle of Japanese origin.
     
    Fugly - Worse than ugly. See also: gopping.
     
    Moto-Scat - A breakaway movement from Autoshite, after a bit of a falling out. Aims to be more serious than AS. It's leader, Leonard Hatred (AKA Milford Cubicle/Marcello Gandini/Lacquer Peel/FOAD/plain old Len) can usually still be found on Autoshite though, as can some of the members of Moto-Scat - so it hasn't broken too far away.
     
    OSF - Old Sporty Ford. Usualy subject to swingeing Scene Tax (see also). Most highly valuable OSFs can no longer be left parked on the roadside, as they would be taken, post-haste, by theiving scrotes (NB: not to be confused with a Scrote, which is a Ford Escort).
     
    Gallic Quality Control - At its most rigorous this can include both a cursory glance AND a shrug of the shoulders.
     
    Spaghetti Marelli - An italian automotive electronics firm. The world's leading purveyors of spaghetti electrics.
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    Formula Autos got a reaction from somewhatfoolish in The Autoshite Racing Car   
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    Formula Autos reacted to Datsuncog in Cars you didn't know existed until very recently.   
    Heh, they're that memorable, clearly!
    Funnily enough, I noticed another Beyon last night, a dark blue one, parked in the drive of a house right beside the local Tesco.
    I must have driven past it dozens of times - but it's never even registered with me before.
    It's weird, I always thought of myself as someone who was 'really into cars' but to be honest I don't recognise half the stuff on the road these days.
    I guess when I was younger I had:
    rather more time doing very little; access to Auto Express every week;  terrestrial TV showing me car ads on the regular - not so much a thing with Netflix, YouTube etc; lots of local car dealerships who would launch new models with big graphics in the windows and balloons and stuff to entice you in for a look; a brain that was apparently receptive to noticing very small details about cars, but that now just doesn't seem to. I don't quite agree with the line that "all cars look the same these days, dunnit?" - there's still plenty of variation in shape and detailing, but I just can't summon the mental energy to distinguish between them.
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    Formula Autos got a reaction from Skut in The Autoshite Racing Car   
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    Formula Autos got a reaction from Datsuncog in The Autoshite Racing Car   
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    Formula Autos got a reaction from mk2_craig in The Autoshite Racing Car   
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    Formula Autos reacted to wesacosa in The Autoshite Racing Car   
    I suspect the publicity was a big part of it given it was the learning year but TWR insisted there was an aerodynamic advantage of the estate, and that if the rules hadn't changed to allow full on rear wings for 1995 they would have kept with the Estate 
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    Formula Autos reacted to eddyramrod in BBC program "The Gold". Car based.   
    I'm glad someone else noticed those two Fords!  This site really needs to be marketed as a consultancy for period cars, we would easily eliminate these millennial errors!
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    Formula Autos got a reaction from Parky in Automotive bull5hit facts thread   
    Cars and sportswear firms: 
     
    The Jaguar and Lonsdale sportswear/accessories brands are “lifestyle” offshoots of the respective car companies. 
     
    Italian sportswear company Kappa was started by a Milanese car dealer to promote the Lancia model of the same name.

    After some intense competition, Fila were responsible for a special edition of the Lancia/Autobianchi Y10. Le Coq Sportif were livid at being beaten to this by Fila, and so changed all their logos in their advertising to a White Hen.
     
    Reebok lent their name to Toyota for a special edition Rav 4. Nissan later copied the idea, launching the Juke Nismo - a tie-in deal with the Dutch clog manufacturer.
     
    The logo of Sergio Tacchini’s eponymous sportswear brand inspired the Talbot logo. Before the last minute change of designation to Peugeot 309, the top of the range Talbot Arizona was to be known as the ST, with a tie-in offer of a free tracksuit, sports hold-all, and baseball cap for every buyer. Thus providing a deal that acknowledged the logo similarity and provided Tacchini with a revenue stream. Eventually this resulted in PSA having to come up with a compromise deal; Tacchini making team apparel for the Peugeot-Talbot rally team, and the seat covers for the last remaining Talbot - the Express van - until the deal came to an end in the mid ‘90s. After that, PSA were clear to drop the Talbot brand completely.
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