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Justin Case

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  1. Indeed it was, well spotted Almost every other car in Dulverton is a Subaru, so it is good to see an independent garage thriving.
  2. Good holiday the last couple of weeks 🙂 Highlight was visiting a delightful small town on the edge of Exmoor which boasted a proper traditional Subaru garage with not only an immaculate 55 reg Legacy for sale, which I was tempted by, but a matching pair of red Daihatsu Sirions as courtesy cars (one even had a private plate the other was about 10 reg) This must be unique, I only wish I had my camera with me. Any other courtesy cars to rival this?
  3. Is this designed for the fast loading of passengers by scooping up a complete bus queue in one pass?
  4. Well;well, reading that again after all these years Things have moved on and we now live somewhere with a drive big enough for four cars, but only have three between us, and Mrs C doesn't object to me keeping the Mazda just for tip duties as I can therefore 'get rid of'* all of the stuff clogging up the garage (allegedly) This leaves room for car number 4 which would be something built in the Black Country. Jensen Interceptor is too big for my tastes and A40 Sports too cramped and Swallow Doretti too expensive, which leaves this, the Frisky. Made in Wolverhampton by Meadows, famous builders of engines, but initially with a Villiers motorbike engine, with body designed by Michelotti but constructed by Guy Motors using the technology developed for their fibreglass lorry cabs. WCPGW. Well for a start only 75 of them still exist so unlikely to ever find one for sale :(
  5. Advice to those tempted to have ago themselves - it is a good idea to uprate the suspension, otherwise:
  6. I thought that I had set the bar high, but the fact that the Reliant van is available for FUNERALS raises it just above the Range Rover Sport
  7. On a cost:taste ratio it is hard to beat this for that special* occasion. Yes it is bigger than a castle, or more likely in this case a prison. So I lay down a challenge; can you hire anything worse than this :
  8. The way in which in a Volvo V40 you have to set the satnav by scrolling round a screen, one letter at a time. I just hope that I never have to find my way to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
  9. One thing about 1981 was PCP hadn't been invented (I think) and most cars were fairly mundane, eg a friend who was a junior rep had a thoroughly miserable basic Escort Mark 2, you had to be a manager to get a Cortina and only the top brass had a Zodiac. Fords were popular because they were so carefully stratified that a company could have a suitable Ford for everyone entitled to a company car. I had just bought my first Saab (a 96) and then it was looked on as something exotic, so most people would have been driving dull middle-aged British cars. HTH
  10. The best of those was the pairing of "Phil" and "Liz"
  11. I don't like numbers pretending to be letters, but I will make an exception for a large truck I was following a couple of days ago - GO08 EGG, (I wonder what it was carrying and what condition they were in ), especially as it slowed down and pulled to the side on a long straight so that everything behind could pass
  12. Interesting few days in the Welsh Marches. Beautiful scenery and good weather but more to the point here: well patinated Morris Minor that looked like a daily driver parked near Worcester Cathedral, Scruffy Kia Shuma parked in Ludlow (only 117 left on the road according to how Many Left, so rare spot ), and between Leominster and Rhayader on the A44 an L reg Subaru pick-up (first one I've seen in years ) and a T reg Mercedes Dortmunder (?) camper van. Mrs C for some reason was more taken with all the Jaguar sports which seemed to be on some event in the Elan Valley :), I just can't understand women
  13. Just for a laugh I checked the price of our house using the Zoopla website. I was delighted that our house is worth £80k more than next door's, especially as his has a large extension and the garden is about three times the size of ours ☺️
  14. Mazdashed passed its MOT today with no advisories. I am quite pleased delighted as it has been off the road for six months until today and there was a bit of rust on the discs, but it didn't seem to affect the brakes.
  15. I take back what I said about the first Hyundais earlier as I have just remembered FSO's direst efforts. The 125p was grim, even allowing for it being built for East European conditions. But worse was to come, it was rebodied in the late 70s as the Polonez , with the added grimness of being the only hatchback you could buy without a folding rear seat. However it had to sink even further in about 1991, the FSO Caro, a slightly uglier facelift with a Citroen N/A diesel from several generations back. I remember that when they finally died in about 1995 the list price was £5995 (not sure how that compared with a Fiesta) but even at that price they were so undesirable that the last few were knocked out BOGOF, yes a new 5 door hatchback for less than £3,000, and only 25 years ago 😮 I can remember this because I was working in Telford at the time and they were snapped up by local taxi operators as replacement taxis had to be less than three years old. I believe the policy was changed shortly after.
  16. No dishonourable mention for the Hyundai Pony yet? A mate inherited one when his old man died, I understand that he and his brother tossed a coin for it, and he lost It was one of the later ones and getting on a bit although it had only done a few miles, so goodness knows what the earlier ones were like, as it was an absolute POS with no redeeming features at all. In fact he was quite relieved when it shat its auto gearbox and he couldn't find another one, so was able to scrap it with a clean conscience
  17. Have you ever tried to sell a car and your wife was so ashamed of it that she hid in the back bedroom when anyone came to look at it.
  18. Last week the Mazda was in for a service and parked next to it was a 2CV van. I gather it was a conversion using a plastic body. I could easily put one of theses on my bucket list, so are they a realistic non DIY prospect (health rules out heavy lifting for the time being) or is it best to look for the real thing?
  19. If you must have a Morris camper van, then at least travel in style http://www.amrtm.org/collection/OB2138 The repaint is now nearly complete and hopefully it should be back on the road before long
  20. I hope that when you finally got to one of the more isolated part of North Africa you merely shovelled all of the money that you had raised on the way into the coffers of the local school or hospital, and drove back rather than donating it to a people who had already suffered so much.
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