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Travelling with a camera: my photo scans from the early 90's

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A few more from Southampton and London.

 

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I first saw this Datsun about 6 years ago in the area - the doors are now rusting quite nicely.

 

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I think the middle car is a mk1 Granada, the car on the right is likely to be another Ford.

 

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Another Y reg Cortina. The crusader signifies a run out model.

 

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This was in front of the 3 tarped Fords.

 

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I've not seen a Riva with a later registration plate, so I guess this must be one of the last ones.

 

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Being the anorak I am, I'm sure that Mk3 Tina was on the cover of Prac Classik a few years back. I believe it belongs to a bloke in Southampton who runs a bodyshop and did some work on Will Holman's Capri.That Legend looks in good nick.

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Rear arches look non-standard too, suggesting previous rust issues (which I knew only too well with mine).

The car was up for sale when I first saw it, I can only assume it belongs to the same guy - he did want rather a lot for it at the time. It had been extensively restored, and he couldn't find any C210 rear arches, so he boshed some capri ones on there.

 

A few more spots seen today in glorious Didcot. I just can't help myself.

 

Mildly interesting....

 

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Worth turning your neck for....

 

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Ultra clean biege pensioner special. The Disabled sticker on the screen adds kudos. I bet its done next to nothing on the clock.

 

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Very very deeply cool....but this was my pick of the choices!

 

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I also spotted a 51 plated Mercedes W126 S class - basically a car which ended production in 1990. The plate looked very out of place and very dodgy. I was about to snap the car for your amusement, when 2 dodgy geezers stepped out of a house....naturally I put my foot down and got the hell out of there. Fortunately my car plates are filthy and they didn't follow me.

 

Basically a cautionary tale to be either very careful or vigilant when snapping old cars - autoshite aged cars are also choice motors for the 'laptop bag full of mineral water bottles' type criminals. I think I'm going to lie low now.

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Adorable!

 

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Awful!

 

I also spotted a 51 plated Mercedes W126 S class - basically a car which ended production in 1990. The plate looked very out of place and very dodgy.

Two or three years back while living in Edinburgh there was a 1986-1990 Honda Accord on a 51 mark, I couldn't suss this out either and concluded it was probably a result of some DVLA fuck-up following a plate transfer. Similarly I often saw a mk5 Escort on a G-reg, which is impossible on the basis that these things weren't put on sale until well into the H.

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Similarly I often saw a mk5 Escort on a G-reg, which is impossible on the basis that these things weren't put on sale until well into the H.

Its legal to put an older plate on a newer car, just not a newer plate on an older car

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100% correct!! I should have pointed out that this was a run of the mill plate in the local re-registration series, fitted to what was probably an imported car that had the wrong date first registered in country of origin quoted:The vehicle details for G383 JSG are: Date of Liability 03 09 2004 Date of First Registration 20 02 1995 Year of Manufacture 1990 Cylinder Capacity (cc) 1297CC CO2 Emissions Not Available Fuel Type Petrol Export Marker Not Applicable Vehicle Status Unlicensed Vehicle Colour BLUE

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That D reg Toyota Carina brings back happy memories of a 1987 1.6 Executive Carina I owned about 9 years ago. It would average about 37 mpg which was good for a hard driven automatic, was very roomy and comfortable and had a huge electric sunroof. I bought it at 120000 miles and it covered a further 30000 in a year without any expense but it then developed a problem of losing power (usually ok again after a rest for a few mins) when it felt like it a couple of times a week. With much of my commute being around the M25 the car had to be replaced. I even gave it the "mature" owner look by glueing beige floor lino over the rust holes behind the front mudflaps. :roll:

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Small update - consisting mostly of commercials.

 

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Sherpas seem to be in rude health up here - I've seen quite a few.

 

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I recall that yellow mute puppet having one of these. Sooty, thats the fella.

 

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Well....no need for any remarks. Except for its all been done before.

 

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Wierd.

 

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The Parisian Ambulance service used SWB versions when I was a nipper. Citroen also produced an identical model.

 

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I think these are french too.

 

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Wouldn't surprise me if this was an ex-post office van.

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Right. Some scrapyard find in this update from the North East and Oxfordshire - these have been seen over the last 2 months or so. The pickings are definately getting less interesting (to me anyway) as for the time being N reg Puntos and Peugeots don't motivate me much - but occasionally you find a few interesting cars.

 

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I really like pov spec Porsches, particularly attractive in this shade of blue - look how solid it was too.

 

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I think this had just arrived.

 

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Hurrah! I have a real problem with these things.

 

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Stored away in the corner, close to the crushing machine......

 

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Quite a rarity in Y reg form these days. I've seen a lot of Maestros in yards over the last few years.

 

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Mascot car I reckon, most yards have something 'classic' as an attraction.

 

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Can't remember the last time I saw one of these on the roads. No plates, but I think this would be a later one as it had a Turbo.

 

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No doubt owned by an elderly owner, the interior was mint and had a quite a few cheap repairs - looks reasonably tidy but had enough rust holes. Still a shame to see it here though.

 

The rest of my scrapyard findings can be seen here:

 

http://www.reallyloud.co.uk/scrapyard/scrapyard12.htm

 

Cheers!

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Wow!! Didn't think anyone scrapped MGBs anymore! :shock:

Rubber bumpered ones still get scrapped, usually for one of three good reasons 1) a completely and utterly rotten shell 2) regarded as shite when new3) lack of tax exempt status and too much trouble to 'ring' with a tax exempt identity.I'm still waiting for an all MGB GT banger race - race promoters please take note!!!

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Just had a look at your own site. Excellent work! :D Interesting to see two Triumph TR7 convertibles - can' t help but wonder if the arrival of £2k Mazda Mx5s is starting to have an effect on all these 'marginal' classic sportcars - i.e. people not being bothered to patch up their doggy MGBs/TR7's/X-19s and buying some 'Japanese reliability' etc.Plus is Mouseflakes aware of the silver Renault 30 and its location?

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Plus is Mouseflakes aware of the silver Renault 30 and its location?

Indeed yes - I've taken all I can from it! Thanks again to Mr Cherry for putting me onto it.I was surprised by how much wanton vandalism had gone on in the yard between the two visits I paid to Wantage - the R30 and that R25 both had their screens smashed in the intervening week. It seems some folks just get what they need and trash anything else thay come across in a yard. Shame.

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Yeah I've noticed several TR7's recently - all cabrios - in scrapyards. In the one in Hexham there were 2 in there. Maybe Moss brothers have run out of bits? Shame really as of all the BL stuff, I'd be more likely to buy a Triumph I think. Well maybe not a TR7, but certainly a nice Toledo or 2000. In brown.

I was surprised by how much wanton vandalism had gone on in the yard between the two visits I paid to Wantage - the R30 and that R25 both had their screens smashed in the intervening week.

The yard is frequently occupied by local yobs and erm...lets just say those with limited brain cell capacity. As I was snapping these latest shots, I got some rather nasty personal abuse by 2 lads. All I was doing was photographing old cars ffs. I think I have seen photos of an MGB on a banger racer site somewhere - I can't imagine they're be that strong.

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Plus is Mouseflakes aware of the silver Renault 30 and its location?

Indeed yes - I've taken all I can from it! Thanks again to Mr Cherry for putting me onto it.I was surprised by how much wanton vandalism had gone on in the yard between the two visits I paid to Wantage - the R30 and that R25 both had their screens smashed in the intervening week. It seems some folks just get what they need and trash anything else thay come across in a yard. Shame.
Yes, as yards have presumably less staff actually wondering around the site these days it seems to be on the up. You can see why the ones specialising in newer cars increasingly ban the public from wondering around.I remember a few years at Bridges nr Crawley (a massive yard) a pair of teenagers going along a row of 2dr Polo mk 3's and breaking all the rear windows with a screwdriver, seemingly because their first experiment had suceeded, so they felt the need to prove the results beyond scientific doubt!

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There have certainly been several MGB’s raced at Arena Essex, think there’s someone who brings them out for the non-Ford limited capacity meets. Seem to recall one was fairly old with wire wheels.About the damage in yards, sometimes they use a forklift to move cars about with the forks through the window openings, and often it doesn’t seem to matter if the glass is still in place. I imagine now they make so much out of the scrap metal price rather than selling parts their worry about damage is even less than it was.I remember visiting a yard and it was almost their policy to kill off every GM engine that came in to the yard (FWD Cavalier/Astra type, Family II was it?), just because they could. They’d rev them until they died, which never took very long.

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