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Went to the Retro Rides gathering today. Never been before, but the stars aligned and we happened to find ourselves in Worcestershire on the right weekend! Turns out it’s a really fun show, and I didn’t even have to lower the van to get in! 

Heres a few photos from the show! 

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I’m not gonna lie, this had me in rather a lather...

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As did this... 

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The hill climb was fun to watch:

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Being retro rides there was some of this:7EAB8646-D974-40FC-A982-087C460CBD62.jpeg

And some of this...

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And of course this little one was there too! 

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All in all a superb day out and chatting with Dollywobbler and Mr&Mrs Pillock was the icing on the cake! 

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It was the big Stonham barns car show today which was pretty good, over 900 cars on display, I was asked to judge the post 1976 category which means basically pick my favourite car new than 1976, that's not as easy as you'd think, a Cordoba beige Mk5 Cortina 1.6 GL was getting me excited with only 11000 miles the clock (coincidentally he sold it during the day for £7500 and was paid there and then! It wasn't even for sale!) But I ended up picking this immaculate unrestored Orion 1.6i Ghia with 32000 miles.

 

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To be honest I wasn't really after a Ford but I'm happy with what I picked and the owner was a lovely chap who was over the moon so all was good!

 

 

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23 hours ago, hairnet said:

@eddyramrod just find a 300 quid relay and do that :D

 

HAHA... not bloody likely, it's a right abortion with a tiny fraction of the charm of a £300 Relay, never mind a CF.  No, I'll wait until I get a suitable buyer for Huggy, whenever that might be.

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7 hours ago, richardmorris said:

My elder cousin’s son( is that second cousin or 1st once removed?)  Harri, is off to North Carolina University this week. I’m not entirely sure what he’s studying, but as long as he plays football for them it’s all expenses paid. I mean all- university course fees, living expenses, halls of residence, flights there and home. He has a Welsh under 18 cap I think ( as does his sister, who is the better player I hear) and was in the Shrewsbury( I think )squad but not taken on this year. Honestly it’s the best thing he can do for his future. Even if he doesn’t make it professionally it’s a free degree.

My parents have just been to his farewell party. My aunt, his nan, wasn’t there - she doesn’t want him to go.

What's her malfunction then? There are direct flights from the UK to NC, it's a nice place to visit.

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My Toyota Granvia is now smoking quite badly when starting. The wife suggested I take action.

Did I...

1. Get new glow plugs ready for fitting this evening?

2. Read up on Diesel injectors last night?

3. Buy this sticker...

 

“Fixed it, love...”

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3 hours ago, egg said:

Mazda diagnosis, it's now running just a really weak spark, which he has said is that cheap dizzy cap I put on, so get a new cap he says...£20 for the advice.

Been out for a quick run, it's not entirely happy, but starting ok. Looking at Nipparts, Herth+Buss, intermotor, Bosch caps - anyone got any preference/advice?

Oh, and @LightBulbFun can say I told you so 😂

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Car wise things are 50% not good.

Just when I have decided to take the plunge and have the valve stem seals on the Mini sorted, the Clio suspension started making a creaking sound yesterday when manoevering. Today the noises got progressively more unpleasant until tonight when I went over the last speedbump before my drive and I heard a crack from the front. No idea what it was, I couldn't see anything obvious. The car still moves about ok. To add to that it needs bottom arms, inner track rods and tyres. The Mrs was supposed to be using it for a few weeks while the Mini was getting sorted, looks like the Audi for her and the Corsa for me :(

Unsure how to proceed, may sell.

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Oops!


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Going round a sharp corner on the Bristol to Bath cycle/shared path. I slow down a lot for it. Child on his own turning around on the corner. I swerved to avoid but swerved too far and hit the dirt. As I was going quite slow, I didn't have the balance to catch it from falling. Fell right, over compensated, fell left and scraped down the tarmac, smacking my head on the floor in the process.

I only bought my helmet last month and it has a nice dent in it too. I guess hundred quid well spent as I'm typing this now and not in the back of an ambulance...
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Beginning to hurt now the adrenaline is wearing off and a nice big bruise is forming on my leg. No car fettling for a while. :(

No broken bones that I'm aware of though!

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Glad you’re ok, That’s about the only accident that helmets are designed for. Straight fall from stationary hitting the ground. All those sold here just have one standard so £10 or £300 the extra money just goes to design and ventilation not protection. 

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7 minutes ago, richardmorris said:

Glad you’re ok, That’s about the only accident that helmets are designed for. Straight fall from stationary hitting the ground. All those sold here just have one standard so £10 or £300 the extra money just goes to design and ventilation not protection. 

Not entirely true. You have to spend a bit more to get a MIPS equipped helmet. Also the more expensive helmets tend to be a lighter design, so reduces the weight on your neck too in an impact. Paying over around 60 quid or so doesn't get you much more though admittedly. I paid extra for the MIPS and it was more comfortable than some of the cheaper helmets. 

The impact on my helmet was me coming off sideways and smacking it clean on the ground as I slid along. Going on the grazing on my arm, it would have been quite a mess on my head. Plus a fair old whack to the side of my head. 

My dad came off his bike after hitting a drain cover at 20mph. Force split the helmet in half. 

Best mate is a medical doctor. He worked in various A&Es in London while he was training. Apparently those cyclists that didn't wear a helmet generally ended up as vegetables or weeks of recovery from the head injury. Those that did had broken bones. More serious accidents he didn't really see, as they usually go straight to the morgue...

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Yep, you just had your money’s worth.

glad you’re still with us.

eta

im aware of someone who no longer is from almost the same thing. Young family, wife, the whole 9 yards you try not to think about.

so, yes, very glad you are still here.

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yesterday we took the Minis, Cocopop and rodney mini to thwaites mill, on the outskirts of the city. it was their classic car and bus day. the cars were o  show in the paddock at the rear of the mill, while a number of old busses were running through Leeds, either into the city centre and back, or from thwaites mill, to armley mills industrial museum and to the middleton railway.

we saw these cars there, including our two

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the other cars on show frankly put our little cars to shame. they were mint, something our cars aren't!

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we rode on these busses

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the Alisia had a pretty impressive turn of speed, plus we also saw these other busses

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its come to something wen a Dessin Dart and some poxy Optare thing have also been preserved, i rode them when  new and didn't think much of them then! but i also remember riding Bristol VR;s and RE's as well as Leyland Olympians and Nationals as a kid, all in United red.... i am getting old it seems!"

sadly numbers both of cars and busses were down on last year, i am hoping that it was just the week of crappy weather beforehand which had put visitors and exhibitors off going. cos it's a great show, one of my favorite ones anyway.

 

 

 

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Hmm. Maybe I didn't slow down as much as I thought I did.
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Turns out that having an accident and thus giving me a shot of Adrenaline speeds me up!
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Thankfully I was a bit tired from work and wasn't really going for it...

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22 hours ago, dollywobbler said:

RRG was awesome. Thanks for tea Brownovas!

My pics. TWC and her bubbly friend.

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That awful Iveco with the lovely CF grill and stuff, in my view, is quite awful and it's not taxed either.

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22 hours ago, trigger said:

It was the big Stonham barns car show today.......................

Wish I'd been able to go - last show I attended there was 20+ years ago! Saw one or two things on their way down there.

Thinking I might go along to the rod/custom show there next Sunday.

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