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39 minutes ago, rml2345 said:

Incedentally, spotting a Ssangyong Rodius makes you 28% more likely to fit your house with a dormer window. 

Rodius is South Korean slang for a sexual practice performed in the presence of Kim Jong-un

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The New Avengers tv programme from 1976 was the inspiration for Chrysler to revamp and rebadge their compact Hillman saloon. Initial celebrations for the facelift included a special edition with a vinyl roof that looked like Purdey's bowl cut, a bowler hat gear knob, "John Steed's suit" seat covers, and a signed photo of Mike Gambit for the first 1000 cars sold. The idea was dropped when Mark-1 television decided to renew their car pool contract with British Leyland.

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On 8/13/2019 at 10:13 AM, rml2345 said:

Incedentally, spotting a Ssangyong Rodius makes you 28% more likely to fit your house with a dormer window. 

Untrue I already had two dormer windows before I ever saw one

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3 hours ago, brownnova said:

A SaangYong Rodius is also more effective than the condom as a form of contraception. 

That must surely be the remit of the Smart car .  try getting your end in one of those !

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A certain O.500 powered bus was named so because it was designed to run only on National Benzole fuel. Powering the headless Leyland engine on any other brand is what made them loud, clattery and smokey.

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Pedantic point, they were 0.510 engines, but I thought that they were designed by the then Labour government to run on the by-products of coal, to keep miners, steel workers, British Leyland employees and, these days, environmentalists employed for ever.

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Legend has it that Lord Austin lived in the Lickey hills on the south side of Longbridge, and his requirement for the Austin seven was that it could get up Rose Hill forward and on its decent could stop before reaching the bottom. 

Legend has it that he got the design team to come to his house every morning and had thier drawing boards installed in his billiard room. 

first of all they designed the Austin Severn,  but it was a bit shit.  So he had all of them apply for jobs at Morris or Ford, where they spent supposed to spend hours taking photos of plans of cars that were great. Unfortunately for him, they all went native, and never returned. so the Seven was built anyway. 

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Derek “Red Robbo” Robinson, legendary BL shop steward used to be responsible for naming the colours of the cars.  

“Blaze” was originally named Red Robbo after him, but this was overruled by Michael Edwardes, BL chief who was a notorious arsonist

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On Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 8:18 PM, New POD said:

Legend has it that Lord Austin lived in the Lickey hills on the south side of Longbridge, and his requirement for the Austin seven was that it could get up Rose Hill forward and on its decent could stop before reaching the bottom. 

Legend has it that he got the design team to come to his house every morning and had thier drawing boards installed in his billiard room. 

first of all they designed the Austin Severn,  but it was a bit shit.  So he had all of them apply for jobs at Morris or Ford, where they spent supposed to spend hours taking photos of plans of cars that were great. Unfortunately for him, they all went native, and never returned. so the Seven was built anyway. 

The Austin Seven was not only designed  on his billiard table but the prototype was actually constructed on it which accounts for its compact dimensions.

His successor Leonard Lord was similarly honoured and as Lord Lord had a long and successful second career as a gospel singer 

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William Woollard developed a new type of hard wearing wool but was unable to call it “Wool-hard” owing to consumer confusion between TV presenters and yarn

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5 hours ago, vulgalour said:

Seal's very popular 1990s song, Kiss From a Rose, which was used in the Batman film, was actually about a car park bump involving a special edition Mini.  Not a lot of people know that.

No. It was originally called ‘Kiss From a Seat Arose’. And the kiss involved was at 35mph, to Seal’s face.

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1 hour ago, MikeR said:

the Moose test was introduced to make topgear more interesting  .....

Unfortunately Richard, James and the dickhead didn't die.  Disappointed. 

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Under the right atmospheric conditions a G-whizz will put accelerate a Lamborghini Huracan from 0-30. 
 

Directly on the equator the atmospheric pressure is such that theoretically the batteries on a G-whizz perform so well that 0-30 is achieved in 0.62 seconds. Sadly the heat is so hot at the equator that no G-whizz bodywork survives so the theory is untested 

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