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Year Four in the Life of a Car Spotter: June 2020 Pt.1

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Always a pleasure to see a 4

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Attention to detail is important. This is an early "new" Beetle which came with the LHD fitted as standard.

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344cc of Italian joy

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Beige

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Hey, it's another Toyota xAce of some sort. This time it's a MasterAce Surf Super Touring.

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Another contender for Spot of the Year. A family trip was momentarily interrupted because how could I simply drive on by a Vauxhall Viscount? Funnily enough, from this point onward my missus has started calling out old cars she sees when we are out and about. Coincidence?

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OMG it's only a blummen' DACIA 1310! "How is this even possible?" was my second thought.

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Yeah, that's a Rickman Ranger there I somehow forgot to photograph. I got a bit distracted by what was parked adjacent to this Dacia...

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... why yes, it's another 1310. Officially now my joint winners of Spot Of The Year... FACT (or possibly, FACT*).

I managed to regain some composure in order to record a couple of Allegros. Completely ignored the several Spartan kit cars tho.

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Rounding up the final spots of August; an unmolested Beetle

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An early E38, imported in 2016

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My God but aren't these truly gorgeous.

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Haven't seen an XG30 since..... well, a long time. This one has about 20k on the clock. WANTS

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A local car that I finally had the chance to point and shoot at. Elderly owner not pictured.

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September 1st: Walton Bridge Breakfast Club. Oooh, it's like the one that @PhilA is currently restoring, only with less doors.

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Haven't seen a 100 saloon in a very long while.

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Acclaim..

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Premium Plus was a dealer special from what I can gather.

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Waftability.

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Crusader...

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A bit handbag but 2.8 pre-facelift desirability.

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What an unassuming beauty this is, what with it's 200ci motor and everything else about it.

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Brooklands American Day: I saw this, thought of @Junkman and then felt a bit wistful.

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Brooklands Capri Day: When your Rover V8 isn't enough, simply* pile a couple of superchargers on top of it.

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I did wonder WTF was going on here; turns out it's a sub-5000 miler. That's some evangelical stonechip protection going on tho.

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1.6 L...

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Meanwhile, outside in the visitor parking areas... the rear ends of two FWD hot Escorts.

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Another arse end. Very clean it was.

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Justy....

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A major highlight of the year for me; Taunus 20M RS.

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Historics auction: Previously seen in the Lazy Spotter's thread but needs to be seen again, such is it's gloriousness.

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I believe a load of pissed-up Hooray Henries decided to recreate The Italian Job. Fair play to 'em.

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Lovely XJ with less than 12k on the clock.

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Corona coupe imported from SA.

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As a child in the early '70s, I was the proud owner of a Triang Gadabout pedal car which looked a bit like a mid-60s Ford Falcon IIRC. Had I been blessed with one of these, I may have grown up to become a pissed-up Hooray Henry.

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A bunch of in-the-wild spots to conclude the month of September.

Bertone X1/9

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Sub-30,000 miler Alto

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Move. Great name for a car 'cos that's what they are designed to do.

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Ooof.

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Another local car that has been very evasive for some years.

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Lomax 223 with Guzzi power.

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Getting very thin on the ground nowadays.

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Well this is just lovely.

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On 10/11/2019 at 7:13 PM, davocano said:

 

Acclaim..

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That car's reg looks vaguely familiar, I wonder if I have seen it in the past? :?  I had to check my flickr photos but haven't snapped any Acclaims in this colour. DPW is a Norfolk reg.

A former neighbour once had one in the late 80s or early 90s like this but that reg started 'A999...'

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Time to update for the fairly lean month that was October, will only get leaner with the shortening daylights.

This lovely '59 Parisienne with RHD and inline-six has been in the UK from new.

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Another lifelong UK-based six.

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Looks alright, dunnit.

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Getting very rare nowadays. Were they ever that common?

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Twenty valves motor.

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A few weeks ago, I saw a patina'd and pineappled Beetle with a "GL" plate and was most concerned that it might be this (re-spotted) very original looking one. Well, here's the proof that it thankfully wasn't.

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Not the sort of thing that's often parked on the streets.

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Polo with a big boot.

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All your Ka vans are were belong to BT

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Oooh, a 3-door ZX. This one is Furio spec

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Another re-spot but this time with proper in-the-wild circs. Possibly unique in that it's brown, manual boxed and 2.8 litred.

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Very rare in the UK wearing plates of any nationality; Chrysler 200 Lancia Flavia Cabriolet

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There's still loads of these around, yeah? Not in my areas they aren't.

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It's got a petrol engine. RARES

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Making the most of the AS roll I'm currently enjoying, here's the first installment for November.

Not just any Mk3 Cortina 2-door; a (period) Super Speed conversion in the same vein as the Savage. This one has 3100cc. Also, a Spot of the Year contender as I think this is one of only two survivors.

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It has some decaying Land Rovers for company. Cool.

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The nearest I'll ever get to being a not-Lazy Spotter; an update that includes some photos taken as recently as today.

Cheating a bit here 'cos it's parked in an Aston Martin dealer's holding area.

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F-150 Harley Edition; commemorating 100 years of Harley Davidson.

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A nice photo, I thoughts.

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Side pipes, slot mags, bonnet scoop and (according to DVLA) Rover V8. I feel a re-photo is necessary when the inconveniently parked modern (not pictured) is out of the way.

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Austin 8cwt still working for a living. DVLA states 2000cc so.... Rover M-series?

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DVLA states 1275cc. Would very much consider one as a My First Classic Car.

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Germanic waftage (3199cc)

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A futureshite fantasy of mine involves hiding one of these away and fitting it with an electric drivetrain in the year 2050. When I'll be 86 years old. Sigh.

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Always nice to see this kind of thing in the wild.

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The month of November concludes with 66% Citroën hydraulique content.

But first, a Volvo with them white wheels.

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Ooh, a ZX with appropriate plate.

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Historics auction highlights: a looong Merc

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Yet another Safari went through. Niiice

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Exhaust sounded like it was in need of attention but it did look cool on a winter's morn.

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A randomly parked early Xantia prior to the auction.

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The month of December commences with yet more Citroën hydraulique content.

A re-spot from this time last year; it's had some attention since then.

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Walton Bridge Breakfast Club: I've attended nearly all of them since it started in 2015 and December 1 2019 was a particularly good day. AS highlights were...

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Blazer

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2.0 LX

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Commer Cob with some Old Skool Rootes mods

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Blimey, a diesel Bedford Astra.

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The meet is held in a public car park and the genpop sometimes turn up in something unusual.

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As recently as yesterday, something to gladden the heart on a winter's afternoon.

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"And now, the end is near" as sung by various artistes over the years.

Still a fair few Rover MG's out there?

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1.4 Match which suggests bASe-ish dealer specialler to me.

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Oooh, nice. An '86 XR3i ragtop.

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While I was framing up a shot of ^, an A-plate MG Metro drove on through but I didn't catch it. GUTTEDFACE

Driven by "a woman of a certain age" and not a yoot. No SCENEYO stickers anywhere, just the yoot-ish alloys.

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A lovely sight on the last day of the year and decade. The owner turned up at just the right time to turn the lights on for me*.

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Here we go then! New Year's Day Gathering at Brooklands kicks off the new year as usual.

A full-fat Mondeo (I consider the ST to be full-phat).

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A pride of Prides.

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A summat (summit?) of Metros.

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A car that evolved...

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A Plah that the OAPs probably wouldn't like.

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Some DVLA confusions abound. Rover or Austin? Who cares, it's a van.

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My old man had a '66 1200 deluxe back in the day and I'm fairly* certain it also had that whitewall tyres thing going on. Deffo had those wheel trims.

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The nearest thing you'll see to mid-'80s council estate chod in 2020.

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Oooh, it's one of them fancy Sports Hatch Vivas. I would have moved the sign to make the better photos but it looked a bit flimsy.

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Registered as a 408 but I've managed to convince myself that it is in fact a Bulgarian-built 1360.

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@Junkman would have loved this I believe; I certainly did. AMERICAN VASTNESS

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Yes, it was making RUMRUMRUMRUM noises in the bassy ends of the ranges.

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Blimey, a beige Opel Rekord that's been UK registered from new.

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