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Title: Cars
Post by: DaveR on November 01, 2010, 09:15:53 AM
I want one of these:

Mercedes-Benz.tv: G-Class spot 'Snow Flurry' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwhF2Q63mMU#ws)

 $thanx$
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on November 01, 2010, 10:20:03 AM
Wonder how many they went through filming that?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 01, 2010, 01:38:51 PM
and I'd like this car  D)

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f295/AustinRover/October%202010/DSCF0834-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 01, 2010, 05:12:13 PM
Lots of pics of this great car on the net!
(http://thumb9.webshots.net/t/36/37/9/87/54/2256987540057350289vinuTm_th.jpg) (http://rides.webshots.com/photo/2256987540057350289vinuTm)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on March 30, 2011, 01:12:46 PM
I have just received my copy of the RoSPA news sheet and there is some information that may be useful to car owners and drivers.

1)  Licence SCAM.  Watch out for e-mails claiming to be from the DVLA asking for verification of your driving licence details.  The DVLA have not sent any such communication.    Seems like just another way to try and obtain your personal information.

2)  As from this Spring (now) all vehicles will have to be insured unless they are the subject of a SWORN (Statutory Off Road Notification).   This will be administered by the DVLA with the MID (Motor Insurance Database).   It will no longer be necessary for the Police to see an uninsured vehicle on the road.
Comparison of the DVLA and MID databases will highlight any vehicle without insurance or a SWORN, and the owner will be sent an Insurance Advisory Letter to this effect requesting compliance.
Fines for non compliance can be a £100 fixed penalty, the vehicle being clamped, impounded or destroyed, or a prosecution with a maximum penalty of £1000.

Thanks to RoSPA ,CARE on the ROAD mag for the information.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on March 30, 2011, 04:10:25 PM
I am afraid that there are still drivers out there driving without insurance and it's not just people with old bangers, it's also people with high performance cars that can't afford to insure them.
What happens is that drivers obtain Insurance Certificates and after the certificate is received they then cancel the Direct Debits etc    Some Police cars are fitted with a device that identifies the cars and it will tell them whether the car is insured or not.
Unfortunately they haven't driven past that one in Conwy that has been parked there for 4 months or they would have found out that it wasn't insured, I found out and it took me less than 4 minutes.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: brumbob on March 30, 2011, 04:30:44 PM
Have you got ANPR fitted to your car Hugo  :o
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on March 30, 2011, 04:36:12 PM
You can check insurance compliance at

www.askmid.com (http://www.askmid.com)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on March 30, 2011, 07:58:24 PM
Just Ask Mid and that's how I knew.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 16, 2011, 03:02:11 PM
I'll soon be buying a 1967 Triumph Spitfire, we've been without a classic car for too long now  :(
We've seen it this morning and loved it  ^*^0
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on April 16, 2011, 03:14:03 PM
Looks great!   I suppose that, apart from round town, we'll see you in the Three Castles Rally.   I'm sure you will get a lot of pleasure from looking after it and also driving on the superb roads we have here in North Wales, including the highest navigable road starting near the Southern end of Bala Lake, Bwlch Y Groes, the Pass of the Cross.  Happy motoring!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Trojan on April 16, 2011, 04:22:41 PM
Is it a MK3 1296 cc with twin carbs?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 16, 2011, 04:56:09 PM
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Is it a MK3 1296 cc with twin carbs?

it's a mk 2 with 1147cc and twin carbs,the mk2 is the rarest Spitfire, the mk3 has higher bumpers. From 82 till 88 I had a mk1 Spitfire with8 a mk 3 1296 engine, fitted with a Vitesse close ratio gearbox with J type overdrive, grp bonnet and bootlid, modified suspension and done as a works rally car, by god that went well!  8)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on April 16, 2011, 06:32:46 PM
Spending the divi, eh?  8)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on April 16, 2011, 07:09:27 PM
Take a ride.

Crazy Triumph (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyf3DBBS-CM#)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 16, 2011, 08:09:31 PM
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Spending the divi, eh?  8)

Sort of, a few weeks early!  :laugh:
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Fester on April 16, 2011, 08:11:06 PM
You buying it then Andy?

I know b****r all about cars, but I like racing green ones!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 16, 2011, 08:13:56 PM
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Take a ride.

Crazy Triumph (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyf3DBBS-CM#)

very good (apart from the music!) that's a mk3
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 20, 2011, 10:17:09 PM
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You buying it then Andy?

I know b****r all about cars, but I like racing green ones!

Only just seen your reply!  yes, should be getting it this weekend, I've got it insured today, just under £100 for the year and it's tax exempt  :D D)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on April 27, 2011, 10:00:55 PM
Fester and I were just going into the Fat Cat this evening and saw this car parked outside.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on April 27, 2011, 10:07:06 PM
Chappie from the Risboro has one -- lovely noise it makes !!!! :-*

Nice Bentley Convertible in town earlier today!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Fester on April 27, 2011, 10:26:40 PM
It was a Ferrari Spider .... with cream leather trim ... approx £220,000,  and a 3 year waiting list.

Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on April 28, 2011, 08:36:37 AM
Calm down, man! It's actually a Ferrari F355 Berlinetta, dating from the late 1990s. You can get one for under £30k:

http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/2706097.htm (http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/2706097.htm)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Fester on April 28, 2011, 10:22:54 AM
It was a Spider, I saw the badge on the back.

Having said that, it means nothing ... I could put any badge on my car I suppose.

Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on April 28, 2011, 10:41:27 AM
You're quite right, the only difference between the 3 different F355 models is in the type of top they have. The Spider has the semi-automatic soft top.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: suepp on April 28, 2011, 09:19:13 PM
This was the first car I owned outright, I paid £150.00 for it in 1976. I had to part with it when the subframe went about two years later , I loved that car, can't find the original photo, my daughter borrowed it for an art project for her A levels, here's the finished painting, the one on the right is the correct colour.

(http://)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Fester on April 28, 2011, 10:10:04 PM
Hang that picture in The Tate Gallery, name it something to do with 'Retro' and it would comfortably make £5 million.

Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on April 28, 2011, 10:13:48 PM
My first car was a 1936ish Standard Flying 20 with a 2.6 litre, 6 cylinder, side valve engine.  A bit of a poor investment I soon discovered!     :rage:
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Fester on April 28, 2011, 10:17:05 PM
Now THAT'S a car !!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on April 29, 2011, 08:25:38 AM
This was my second a 1932 Austin Seven.  I was in the RAF and poor!   And we had petrol coupons!   _))*

Picture is not my car!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: suepp on April 29, 2011, 09:04:12 AM
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Hang that picture in The Tate Gallery, name it something to do with 'Retro' and it would comfortably make £5 million.



I wouldn't sell it - but should get it framed!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Micox on April 29, 2011, 07:42:19 PM
 $good$ "My first car was a 1936ish Standard Flying 20 with a 2.6 litre, 6 cylinder, side valve engine.  A bit of a poor investment I soon discovered!"

I wholeheartedly disagree. Had one the successors of those (1948 Standard 14 - same body, style and side valve engine) and it ticked over like a sewing machine and was brilliantly comfortable and reliable (providing you looked after it). Bought it for £10 from a car sharp in Newport Shropshire in 1964. Set about sanding it down to repaint it but soon discovered the original finish was like black stove enamel.

My first vehicle was a 1936 10 cwt Morris van. Bought, in 1959, for another £10 from a friend Ernie Pierce (stage name Prince Igor - rock group, The Overlanders) who worked in a small garage at the back of the Highbury Ground (then Arsenal). I had no licence then but taught myself to drive around the alleys at the back of Holloway Road. The problem here was that this van had the accelerator pedal in the middle and the brake pedal on the right. Could explain why I'm a danger to road users today!!!! L0L
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on April 29, 2011, 08:08:37 PM
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$good$ "My first car was a 1936ish Standard Flying 20 with a 2.6 litre, 6 cylinder, side valve engine.  A bit of a poor investment I soon discovered!"

I wholeheartedly disagree. Had one the successors of those (1948 Standard 14 - same body, style and side valve engine) and it ticked over like a sewing machine and was brilliantly comfortable and reliable (providing you looked after it). Bought it for £10 from a car sharp in Newport Shropshire in 1964. Set about sanding it down to repaint it but soon discovered the original finish was like black stove enamel.

My first vehicle was a 1936 10 cwt Morris van. Bought, in 1959, for another £10 from a friend Ernie Pierce (stage name Prince Igor - rock group, The Overlanders) who worked in a small garage at the back of the Highbury Ground (then Arsenal). I had no licence then but taught myself to drive around the alleys at the back of Holloway Road. The problem here was that this van had the accelerator pedal in the middle and the brake pedal on the right. Could explain why I'm a danger to road users today!!!! L0L

Ah!  You are entitled to disagree - but mine kept falling apart bearing in mind that it was old when I got it!  And with fuel just increased by a shilling a gallon due to the Suez crisis I was having financial difficulties!

As for the Morris, my Brother had the 8 Tourer with a central clutch pedal and it was on that I learnt to "heel and toe".  Often wish they still arranged the pedals that way!   _))*
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on April 29, 2011, 09:35:23 PM
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This was the first car I owned outright, I paid £150.00 for it in 1976. I had to part with it when the subframe went about two years later , I loved that car, can't find the original photo, my daughter borrowed it for an art project for her A levels, here's the finished painting, the one on the right is the correct colour.

(http://)

Teal Blue--we had the same car in 1965. It cost £1.00 and a halfpenny to fill it with petrol !
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on April 29, 2011, 09:42:32 PM
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As for the Morris, my Brother had the 8 Tourer with a central clutch pedal and it was on that I learnt to "heel and toe".  Often wish they still arranged the pedals that way!   _))*

Of course I should have said "central accelerator pedal"  Oops!   L0L
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on May 06, 2011, 03:23:54 PM
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I'll soon be buying a 1967 Triumph Spitfire, we've been without a classic car for too long now  :(
We've seen it this morning and loved it  ^*^0


Were you coming off the Orme yesterday at West Shore?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 06, 2011, 05:26:48 PM
I think it was Wednesday morning we went up the orme and back around marine Drive to warm the oil up to change it  8)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on May 07, 2011, 08:45:28 AM
Thought so !

You were following us !!!! ;D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 07, 2011, 08:54:04 AM
I'd have waved if I'd known  $walesflag$ 
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SDQ on July 29, 2011, 04:01:21 AM
A weird accident involving almost all the supercars you can think about happened at Café de Paris in Monaco, with damages rising easily to a six-figure price.

Usually car crashes these days involve average vehicles driven by average people, but what would happen if the incident would take place in the “rich-men paradise” Monaco? Well it will have at least a supercar with sever body damages, you would say. But this is not the case here and in fact no less than six supercars were involved in a weird crash.

The incident near the Café de Paris in Monaco involved a Ferrari F430 (220.000 US dollars), an Aston Martin Rapide (200.000 dollars), a Bentley Azure (360.000 dollars), a Rolls Royce Phantom (290.000 – 430.000 dollars), a Porsche 911 (70.000 dollars) and a Mercedes S-Class (160.000 dollars).

The “spectacle” attracted a large crowd armed with photo cameras and the incident quickly appeared on the internet thanks to Autogespot. One thing is for sure, besides the owners of the supercars, the insurance companies won’t be happy with the crash.

http://www.offlinesucks.com/news/expensive-car-crash-in-monaco.html (http://www.offlinesucks.com/news/expensive-car-crash-in-monaco.html)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on July 29, 2011, 08:19:43 AM
I looked at the photos and couldn't understand how the crash happened. Did a Google and the explanation is:

"...a woman driver caused a £700,000 five-car pile-up as her Bentley  collided with a Mercedes, Ferrari, Porsche and Aston Martin.
Disaster struck as the hapless blonde negotiated the traffic around the Place du Casino in her £250,000 Bentley Azure.
The driver of a white Mercedes S Class worth £75,000 was the first victim as the 2.7-ton Bentley scraped down the side of it before ploughing into a £143,000 black Ferrari F430.

An Aston Martin Rapide worth £150,000 and an £80,000 Porsche 911 also came a cropper. The driver and her two passengers then suffered the embarrassment of being surrounded by tourists as they were unable to open the doors of the convertible.
It is estimated the crash will cost more than £40,000 with the Ferrari, Porsche and Aston Martin requiring new front wings and bumpers. The Bentley will need the same repairs, plus a new door."

(http://www.offlinesucks.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Accident-in-Monaco_2.jpg)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on October 15, 2011, 07:53:03 PM
Recently the UK Honda S2000 Owners Club had their Annual Meet in North Wales.   Cars included wre mainly from the Uk but with some drivers travelling from Ireland and Holland to enjoy the week-end.  The Satrurday drive took in some of the best driving roads in North Wales and included the EVO Triangle, Bala, Lake Vrnwy and an assortment of other great roads.  One of the lads managed to shoot some video which I have put the link to.  It is 15 minutes long but worth a look by any driving enthusiasts.

S2KUK Owners Club MegaMeet 7 in North Wales (2011) (http://player.vimeo.com/video/30588149)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on February 25, 2012, 04:16:15 PM
Saw this car in Whitby last year but I don't know what make it is.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SDQ on February 25, 2012, 04:44:00 PM
It's a KTM X-Bow

The KTM X-Bow (pronounced "crossbow") is an ultra-light sports car for road and race use, produced by Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM. It is the first car in their product range. It was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 2008.

KTM developed the X-Bow in collaboration with Kiska Design, Audi, and Dallara. The X-Bow uses a four-cylinder 2.0 litre Audi engine that is turbocharged. The 2008 model produces 237 hp (177 kW; 240 PS) at 5500 rpm and 310 newton metres (230 lb·ft) of torque between 2000 and 5500 rpm.[1] and can accelerate from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds. [2] Its top speed is 217 km/h (134.9 mph). In the 2011 X-Bow R model the Audi engine is further tuned to produce 300 hp (224 kW; 304 PS) and 400 newton metres (300 lb·ft) of torque at 3300 rpm[3].

Originally, KTM planned a production of 500 units per year, however, the company increased production to 1,000 cars a year and built a new plant near Graz due to high demand.[4]
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on February 25, 2012, 06:21:48 PM
Thanks for that SDQ,  I've just been looking at the site for it and it seems a fantastic car.  Couldn't find the price for it but if you have to ask it usually means you can't afford it.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SDQ on February 25, 2012, 06:41:14 PM
What X-BOW models are available and how much do they cost?
There are 4 models, which are variously equipped as follows:

X-BOW “STREET”: a sports car with character in the basic version for €52,479 (excl. all taxes and national duties, transport and payment of customs duties)

X-BOW “CLUBSPORT”: with important features that are indispensable for the racetrack, for €62,979 (excl. all taxes and national duties, transport and payment of customs duties)

X-BOW “SUPERLIGHT”: equipped with lots of carbon parts, an eyecatcher on any race track – for €83,979 (excl. all taxes and national duties, transport and payment of customs duties)

X-BOW “GT4”: the ultimate racing X-BOW for the circuit, for €87,045 (excl. all taxes and national duties, transport and payment of customs duties)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on February 25, 2012, 07:37:27 PM
I saw a black Audi in Rhos today with the reg TW1GGY.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on February 25, 2012, 08:24:42 PM
Obviously not a legal number plate!    Got to warch the Bobbies in this area - I got nicked three times but fortunately let off each time!    ZXZ
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on February 25, 2012, 10:39:23 PM
Fester is going to buy me '7 DR'.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Fester on February 25, 2012, 11:39:16 PM
Fester and Merddin Emrys are going to club together to buy 7 DR (for £39,000) when our Betboo shares go above £10 a share.

This could take approximately 4 years.

Just enough time for you to pass your test Dave?  :laugh:

 ^*^0 ^*^0 ^*^0 ^*^0 ^*^0 ^*^0 ^*^0 ^*^0
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 26, 2012, 07:55:30 AM
I need the money for P16EON  ;D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on February 26, 2012, 08:24:15 AM
Nice RR Silver Ghost parked outside last night.Gone this morning, so it wasn't a belated birthday pressie ! :(
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on March 04, 2012, 03:23:12 PM
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It's a KTM X-Bow

The KTM X-Bow (pronounced "crossbow") is an ultra-light sports car for road and race use, produced by Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM. It is the first car in their product range. It was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 2008.


On Top Gear BBC 2 tonight they are featuring 3 cars.  The KTM X-Bow, a Morgan 3 wheeler and a Caterham R500 so I've taped the programme to see how the cars perform.
Title: Re: Cars - Honda S2000
Post by: Yorkie on March 04, 2012, 04:47:10 PM
Anyone with a Honda S2000 is invited to join the Club's North Wales Spring Meet which will be held on Saturday 31st. March and Sunday 1st. April.

We will be meeting up early on the Saturday for a drive of about 190 miles on some of North Wales' most interesting roads.  There will be an overnight stop in Bedgellert and a drive on the Sunday back to the starting point.   Special hotel rate has been negotiated.

Anyone interested PM me for details.    Z**

Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 13, 2012, 10:56:32 AM
Well, last week we bought a Jaguar again! a 94 Jaguar Sovereign with a 4 litre 6 cylinder engine, it's a low mileage car in lovely condition, very nice to drive and we never want to get out of it! Goes well with the 2 Triumphs as all three, like me, were born in Coventry!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 13, 2012, 10:58:08 AM
Another pic
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on April 13, 2012, 11:10:17 AM
Good Luck mate---- hope you have a long pocket !!! ;D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 13, 2012, 11:18:33 AM
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Good Luck mate---- hope you have a long pocket !!! ;D

long pockets but short arms  ;D  it 'should' be fine it's the X300 model driving it home from Hemel Hempstead it returned 30 mpg!  D)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on April 13, 2012, 03:29:38 PM
Wow, that's got to be expensive to run. How much to fill up the tank?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on April 13, 2012, 05:15:10 PM
It's not just the petrol Dave, it's everything else. Having had 5 different Jags and Daimlers in the past the running costs can be very high. An XJS we once had was doing 6mpg coming up a hill with 4 people in-- repairs-- the tills don't open till £500 goes in-- road tax-- I'll stick to out £20 little one and the ancient freebie !!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Quiggs on April 13, 2012, 05:32:37 PM
I had to let my Daimler 4 Ltr. go, as I was only getting 9 miles per Gal. around town, but it was lovely to drive, I still miss it.  :(
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 13, 2012, 05:41:44 PM
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Wow, that's got to be expensive to run. How much to fill up the tank?

Not that bad, much better than say, a Range Rover ;) these cars are much more fuel efficient than the old Jags.  I put about £65 worth in when we bought it to fill it up. the biggest cost of owning a car is depreciation, this car is safe from that now! 

Other costs, insurance £310 with agreed value, road tax is £220 for a year, no big deal there!  It's a car for pleasure, fun, we have a smaller car for everyday. Expensive things could happen, but might not if looked after, the risks of being a petrol head!  ^*^0
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on April 13, 2012, 06:09:59 PM
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I had to let my Daimler 4 Ltr. go, as I was only getting 9 miles per Gal. around town, but it was lovely to drive, I still miss it.  :(

Me too--I had one the same, used to have to find a parking place where I could stuff the bonnet under a bush in the old Asda car park, or someone would take a swipe at the boot ! Know what you mean about the driving Quiggs. (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-love013.gif) (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on April 13, 2012, 08:25:24 PM
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Wow, that's got to be expensive to run. How much to fill up the tank?

Not that bad, much better than say, a Range Rover ;)
I find that hard to believe.  :o  &shake&  A Range Rover Sport 3.0 does between 30-33mpg. I suspect you'd get between 20-25mpg at best out of the Jag, and that's with the wind behind you and Mrs ME pushing...  :laugh:
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 13, 2012, 09:02:33 PM
Nice reg plate! But that's an oil burner  ;D. I have already seen 30mpg, the original figures were
Urban 19.8 mpg, 56mph 36.7mpg, 75mph 29.1mpg (auto box)  :P  :laugh:
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on April 22, 2012, 07:47:10 PM
I saw a Maserati with a personalised DR plate driving up Kings Drive.  Is that yours too?      ^*^0


As I was driving along the Prom in Llandudno there was a rally of Porsche cars on the Promenade.  Very impressive they were and worth a bit of money too.   :)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Mikethewatch on April 22, 2012, 08:17:22 PM
Convert it to runs on LPG.
Not a difficult job on that engine.
Plenty of room in the boot for the tank too.
Then you can use it without worrying about the cost !
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: TheMedz on April 22, 2012, 10:09:43 PM
Spotted this picture in the range rover portal page.http://www.carautoportal.com/land-rover/range-rover-sport.php (http://www.carautoportal.com/land-rover/range-rover-sport.php)

Can't think where but I'm sure  I've seen the building in the background of the photograph on the right in another photograph I've seen recently!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on April 23, 2012, 07:12:21 AM
You didn't think that was really my car, did you?!  :laugh: The font on the number plate would be illegal, to start with.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Karen and Derek on April 23, 2012, 01:02:25 PM
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You didn't think that was really my car, did you?!  :laugh: The font on the number plate would be illegal, to start with.

What type of car do you drive Dave?  ^*^0

Karen.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: TheMedz on April 23, 2012, 05:28:07 PM
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You didn't think that was really my car, did you?!  :laugh: The font on the number plate would be illegal, to start with.

More of a car to be photographed in rather than photographed from :)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on April 24, 2012, 11:21:07 PM
Rally of the Porsche Owners Club on the Prom last Sunday morning:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7262/7110912951_638b3b8c54_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/7110912951/)
A Porsche Gathering (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/7110912951/#) by [davidrobertsphotography] (http://www.flickr.com/people/davellandudno/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Karen and Derek on April 28, 2012, 05:47:12 AM
Oh, you drive a Porsche then Dave?  ^*^0

Karen.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on April 28, 2012, 08:43:08 AM
Yes, the red one is mine.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on April 28, 2012, 11:12:53 AM
And the other red one is mine!    _))*
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on April 28, 2012, 01:24:19 PM
Mine's the yellow one, but I am thinking of getting rid of it as the yellow paint attracts flies something awful !!
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Title: Re: Cars
Post by: TheMedz on April 28, 2012, 05:19:14 PM
The Yellow one has the perfect number plate for Fester.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Fester on April 28, 2012, 08:23:49 PM
I was just thinking that Mr Medz.

However, at the time we bought my wife's private plate, I noticed 2 better ones.
F3STA   or  F35TER

They were both around £500,  but I didn't bother as I had always thought these things were a waste of money.

Now..... I'm not so sure..  ?{}?
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Post by: SDQ on May 10, 2012, 08:03:32 PM
I thought this was a classic bit of vigilanteism

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/05/10/car-in-tree-angry-neighbours-poland_n_1505349.html (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/05/10/car-in-tree-angry-neighbours-poland_n_1505349.html)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: snowcap on May 11, 2012, 12:20:41 AM
now that's what i call parking up the wrong tree
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 28, 2012, 06:24:23 PM
We had a nice day out yesterday at Capesthorne Hall classic car show, great weather and some very nice cars!

(http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i331/penrhynpigeons/DSCN1642.jpg)

Liberace's car, covered in real gold leaf!! dazzling  8)

(http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i331/penrhynpigeons/DSCN1670.jpg)

(http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i331/penrhynpigeons/DSCN1672.jpg)

(http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i331/penrhynpigeons/DSCN1686.jpg)

(http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i331/penrhynpigeons/DSCN1653.jpg)

an amazing homemade half scale Morris Minor!

(http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i331/penrhynpigeons/DSCN1691.jpg)





Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on March 10, 2013, 09:56:44 AM
http://www.silverstoneclassic.com/

Don't forget the Silverstone Classic
26 to 28 July 2013
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on April 13, 2013, 04:36:27 PM
I know ME likes his cars so I have enclosed a couple of photos of two we came across in Penmachno.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 13, 2013, 06:04:41 PM
Nice! I used to own a Series one Land Rover and a very early Range Rover! The Jaguar I have now 4 litre) uses a lot less fuel than the old Range Rover!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on April 13, 2013, 06:57:31 PM
The odd looking black Land Rover on the left in the first pic is a model known as the '101 Forward Control', originally developed for Army use.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Michael on April 13, 2013, 08:30:39 PM
  David --- I know you know an awful lot about a lot of things ---- but  --- how on earth did you know that?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 13, 2013, 08:36:53 PM
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The odd looking black Land Rover on the left in the first pic is a model known as the '101 Forward Control', originally developed for Army use.
Originally powered by the Rover 3 1/2 litre V8 engine!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on April 13, 2013, 08:37:48 PM
The 'forwArd control' land rover was widely deployed in the '70s for the fire service.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on May 10, 2013, 07:23:42 PM
It's JAPFEST time again.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 10, 2013, 08:39:39 PM
Banzai, the little trees, I have one of those!  ;D  hope you have a good time if you are going Yorkie!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on May 10, 2013, 08:54:45 PM
Bit too far to go to Wiltshire!  Will have to leave this one to the younger members of the family.  I miss the S2000, might have to get another just for playtime!   ^*^0
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 10, 2013, 09:57:11 PM
Go for it! We have 3 fun cars!  ^*^0 ^*^0 ^*^0
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on June 15, 2013, 09:16:55 PM
Any Honda S2000 Owners out there?
This years Annual Megameet will be held in the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors.
Details and Registration at:

http://www.s2ki.com/s2000/topic/1011855-megameet-9-27th-29th-maybe-30th-september-2013/ (http://www.s2ki.com/s2000/topic/1011855-megameet-9-27th-29th-maybe-30th-september-2013/)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Fester on June 17, 2013, 12:11:07 AM
nnn
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on June 17, 2013, 07:21:04 AM
I'm just bored with bores!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 17, 2013, 07:42:27 AM
Are those two watching football?  :laugh:
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on June 17, 2013, 07:59:43 AM
 _))* _))* _))*
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on June 17, 2013, 10:56:49 AM
Waiting with others for the Porth Eirias cafe to open!    Z**
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 17, 2013, 11:08:06 AM
 _))* it is open, just that there is nothing much in it!  &shake&
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on July 27, 2013, 10:49:12 AM
Couple of nice old models at the Silverstone Classic 2013, this week-end.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on July 27, 2013, 10:51:39 AM
And a couple of more modern Classics in the form of Honda S2000's on the Club Stand.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on July 27, 2013, 03:21:02 PM
This is still Honda but the NSX models.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on August 07, 2013, 06:40:29 PM
I came across these cars in a remote valley and they were parked or rather left by an empty cottage. Alloy wheels and the insides looked perfect.   Must have been there years judging by the tax disc.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on August 07, 2013, 06:41:42 PM
Don't tell ME or he'll be straight over.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 07, 2013, 09:21:09 PM
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Don't tell ME or he'll be straight over.

A shame to see them left like that, the XJS has a V12 engine and the saloon is a XJ8, 4 litre V8. Just had the big 60,000 mile service on my own Jaguar today, great job completed at XJR Ltd at Newcastle under Lyme.  ^*^0
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on August 07, 2013, 10:49:32 PM
You certainly know your Jags ME.   I'm open to bribes to  tell you where they are!      Z**    ;D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 07, 2013, 11:00:33 PM
Very happy with the Jaguar that we have Hugo, a 94 4litre 6 cylinder, Sovereign, X300, we totally love it!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on August 08, 2013, 07:44:19 AM
944 litres, eh? Bet that goes, then :-))))

 :D :D :D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 08, 2013, 08:27:18 AM
 :laugh: a 1994           4litre!  $good$  ;D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on August 08, 2013, 04:53:28 PM
Japanese Auto Extravaganza, 12, 13 & 14 September 2013
Details at.......

http://www.japcarclub.com/ (http://www.japcarclub.com/)   ^*^0 ^*^0
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on August 08, 2013, 05:57:14 PM
Saw this beauty today. I'm hoping someone will tell me what it is?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on August 08, 2013, 06:31:04 PM
Not an expert, but think its a RR Phantom Drophead Coupe.    ;D

Sometimes called a Roadster and probably from 1930's.   ZXZ
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 08, 2013, 06:57:50 PM
Not a Rolls Royce, looks American, could be a Lincoln? Do you know the reg plate at all?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on August 08, 2013, 07:12:46 PM
Looks like a Packard, possibly.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Tosh on August 08, 2013, 08:09:55 PM
How about Armstrong Siddeley.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on August 08, 2013, 11:36:51 PM
Sorry, can't really help but the number was 1076?
I've tried to enlarge the front  in this photo.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 09, 2013, 07:26:47 AM
I saw the 1076, but could not make out the letters. With a UK reg number I could identify it.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on August 09, 2013, 08:34:18 AM
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I saw the 1076, but could not make out the letters. With a UK reg number I could identify it.
I was thinking it was I0764?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 09, 2013, 08:57:25 AM
10764 comes up as a Ford Fiesta!? The car is right hand drive, but is it a UK reg plate? Where is it located?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on August 09, 2013, 09:09:33 AM
Looks like an I rather than a 1 to me?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on August 09, 2013, 09:31:54 AM
It has an AA or RAC Members Badge on bumper and the Number Plate is only held on with wing nuts, which makes me thing the number is only a temporary fitting.

Has the lines of an Alvis but some bits are not true to type.  Ah well! Soldier on!   :D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on August 09, 2013, 09:36:07 AM
MY OH who is a petrol head thinks it could be a modern hybrid-- as in the 'fake vintage' type of thing.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on August 09, 2013, 10:04:02 AM
We saw it at East Ruston gardens in Norfolk. Mr Hollins thought it might be the "fake" type. I thought the plate was all numbers but I'm not certain.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 09, 2013, 10:37:46 AM
It looks right to me and pre war, I thinking now it could be German possibly, shame you didn't take a picture of the blue badge on the radiator grill, tax discs can help too!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on August 09, 2013, 11:19:49 AM
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It looks right to me and pre war, I thinking now it could be German possibly, shame you didn't take a picture of the blue badge on the radiator grill, tax discs can help too!

Except it looks as though it is RH Drive.   ;D

Loads of makes come to mind, I can't find a match, but think it is British!    $uk
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Trojan on August 12, 2013, 05:38:39 AM
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Not an expert, but think its a RR Phantom Drophead Coupe.    ;D

Sometimes called a Roadster and probably from 1930's.   ZXZ

Not a Roller....no "Spirit of Ecstasy" on the hood...sorry, bonnet.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Trojan on August 12, 2013, 07:34:06 AM
This is a RR Phantom drophead Coupe Yorkie.

Looks totally different.  :D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Trojan on August 12, 2013, 08:30:47 AM
Looks like one of these, possibly.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Trojan on August 12, 2013, 08:38:22 AM
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How about Armstrong Siddeley.

Nah, don't think so.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on August 16, 2013, 08:50:03 PM
Saw this one today and thought it might be of interest to the car enthusiasts on here.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 16, 2013, 10:04:57 PM
A very nice Triumph TR4a!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on August 27, 2013, 08:25:38 AM
This is the car for Llandudno.  Only tales up half a normal parking space.   Seen at the Wings and Wheels Show.  A shrunk Mini.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 27, 2013, 11:37:46 AM
Hope you told the owner that his fly's undone!  :laugh:
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Tosh on August 27, 2013, 01:19:20 PM
It's only half the height as well.
Is it on skids?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on August 27, 2013, 02:42:42 PM
Imagine getting in and out of that ! I should be sitting on the road !
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on August 27, 2013, 05:09:33 PM
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It's only half the height as well.
Is it on skids?

Apparently, road legal and drivable!
 ^*^0! 
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on September 05, 2013, 06:21:03 PM
I saw these cars today when I had a walk in Aberffraw.    A Morgan,  Jaguar Estate and an old Daf
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 05, 2013, 07:40:52 PM
Isn't the Morgan the Plus 8?    $good$

V8 engine and all that jazz.   *&(
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 05, 2013, 08:50:42 PM
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Isn't the Morgan the Plus 8?    $good$

V8 engine and all that jazz.   *&(

Plus 4,

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Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 05, 2013, 09:20:54 PM
Ah well!  One can dream!   ^*^0 ^*^0
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on September 06, 2013, 11:15:11 PM
What about this Lotus Esprit 3 then Yorkie?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 07, 2013, 10:28:53 AM
Not for me.  I've never been a Lotus fan, although my first experience of a sports car was a Lotus Super Seven belonging to a friend who built it from bits and pieces.  At present I am happy not owning a Honda S2000 !   ^*^0
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 07, 2013, 10:54:02 AM
Lotus, Lots Of Trouble, Usually Serious!  ££$
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on September 07, 2013, 11:03:18 AM
You're correct of course ME but it is still a good looking motor.   It's mid engined and the mechanic would have to work on the engine while sitting in the boot!
The boot itself is just big enough for a small rucksack and a pair of my mountain walking boots so it wouldn't be practical for me and apart from that I had to have a hand to get out of the thing!      :-[
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 07, 2013, 12:12:04 PM
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............I had to have a hand to get out of the thing!      :-[

Which is one reason why I got rid of my S2000! :D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 07, 2013, 12:12:53 PM
The Lotus is a great car, good to see it, I'll stick with the Jaguar and the Spitfire for now.  ^*^0 ^*^0
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on September 07, 2013, 04:56:34 PM
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Lotus, Lots Of Trouble, Usually Serious!  ££$
FIAT - Found In A Tip.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 07, 2013, 05:20:35 PM
Fix It Again Tomorrow!  ;D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 07, 2013, 05:38:07 PM
I'm reminded of my first car which was a 1932 Austin Seven.  Advance and retard lever, and hand throttle on the steering wheel, three stud wheel fixing which could result in wheels suddenly coming off, and an engine you could service and de-coke in a little over an hour!   What fun....50 mph down hill with four up!   It was at the time of the Suez crisis and if you had held a provisional licence for a year you could drive by yourself.   And it pulled the birds!   :D   Happy Days!    ;D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Trojan on September 08, 2013, 05:15:48 AM
Was it known as a "Baby Austin?" My Grandfather had one.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Tosh on September 08, 2013, 08:26:56 AM
The baby Austin was the little round one.
The first model was the A30 with the small elliptical rear window and the last model was the A35 with the enlarged rear  window.
It had built in indicators and red leather seats.
They were usually in black but they came later in grey and white.
I saw one a few weeks ago in Leek Staffs which was sky blue and in mint condition.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 08, 2013, 09:03:28 AM
Tosh - you are a bit later than the old Austin Seven.  The A30 (small window) and A35 (large window) were around in the late 50's and I actually had an A35 as a company car!  Big deal!

The more "rounded" version of the Austin Seven was the Ruby model with a covered spare wheel on the Boot lid.  My (first) Mrs had one of these.

The Austin Seven was transformed into all different "specials" with the "boat" shaped model and others.   Even the engine was used in one of the first "build your own sports car" the Super Seven.  The Super Seven eventually became the Lotus and was variously fitted with the Ford 105 and 109 E engines with improvements made by Cosworth. 

The Austin was a good car to modify for hill climb events and probably there are still a few round today!   Have a look here to see a few interesting examples.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/austin7nut/sets/72157628638597329/detail/?page=21 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/austin7nut/sets/72157628638597329/detail/?page=21)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Tosh on September 08, 2013, 08:10:33 PM
Our A35 was reg VVT986 and the very first car was an Austin 8 reg HOB 68.

My sisters boyfriend had a 1948 Morris 8 reg MEH 480.

My first works van was an Austin A55, what a work horse, bench seat, column change, umbrella handle hand brake, dip switch on the floor, the apprentice took on a 90 mile run and drove it all the way back in third, mind you that was the gear he usually drove round in anyway.
He used to descend the hill and under the railway bridge, just before the bridge he turned off the ignition and turned it on again as he got midway through.
The resultant bang from the backfire was tremendous, he got away with it for a while 'til the exhaust almost blew off and he was reported by the residents.
One day when selecting reverse the centre of the stick came out and I hit my passenger in the you know whats with my fist.
Ah, those were the days.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 09, 2013, 07:13:45 AM
Talking about going down hills, I remember some of the vehicles I drove had a "free wheel" where you could disengage the drive and coast down hills to save fuel.   Why they did not just use the neutral slot I don't know!

There was also the "fluid flywheel" on such as the Daimler where you changed gear and then, when you felt like it, dipped the clutch to actually engage it!  Fun, fun, fun!    :D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on September 09, 2013, 11:18:03 AM
I remember my Dad 'coasting into the town from home during the Suez crisis to save fuel !

I also recollect a friend in the '60s had an Austin A40-- A Flying Meringue as it was called.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Tosh on September 09, 2013, 12:39:30 PM
I liked the last A40, two tone green with black roof, sort of an estate car.
Have a look at this, the Austin Metropolitan, super duper, sporty car.
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=austin+metropolitan&rlz=1T4ADFA_enGB451GB452&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=n7ItUtnKJOeN7QbYzYDwCg&ved=0CC8QsAQ&biw=1366&bih=507 (https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=austin+metropolitan&rlz=1T4ADFA_enGB451GB452&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=n7ItUtnKJOeN7QbYzYDwCg&ved=0CC8QsAQ&biw=1366&bih=507)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Trojan on September 09, 2013, 05:37:28 PM
I remember the Metropolitan. Sure is a classic.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 09, 2013, 07:00:30 PM
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I remember the Metropolitan. Sure is a classic.

I remember seeing the Metropolitan for the first time in Blackpool in 1955 when I was at RAF Trade Training at RAF Kirkham.  I didn't like its looks at the time, and it hasn't grown on me in the meantime.  Wish I had one now though!    ^*^0
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Gwynant on September 09, 2013, 07:15:30 PM
                 I can also remember another Sedan/Coupe of that era which was the Hillman Californian.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Tosh on September 09, 2013, 08:42:43 PM
Yup, I had completely forgotten about the Californian.
Nice motor but not as nice or as sexy as the Metropolitan.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=hillman+californian&rlz=1T4ADFA_enGB451GB452&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=syMuUqnPLeWA7QbwtYDgCQ&ved=0CC8QsAQ&biw=1366&bih=507 (https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=hillman+californian&rlz=1T4ADFA_enGB451GB452&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=syMuUqnPLeWA7QbwtYDgCQ&ved=0CC8QsAQ&biw=1366&bih=507)
Or, what about the Triumph Vitesse, ME knows a thing or two about Triumphs.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Tosh on September 09, 2013, 08:50:24 PM
and then I got to thinking about the Hillman Husky.
My cousin had one and he used to drive all the way from Cirencester to Staffordshire before the motorways, with his wife, 3 kids and their luggage on board.
In fact he drove us home after our wedding reception in it, wonderful memory, thanks for reminding me.
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=hillman+husky&rlz=1T4ADFA_enGB451GB452&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=TiUuUoeqC8Sr7AbmgYE4&ved=0CDgQsAQ&biw=1366&bih=507 (https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=hillman+husky&rlz=1T4ADFA_enGB451GB452&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=TiUuUoeqC8Sr7AbmgYE4&ved=0CDgQsAQ&biw=1366&bih=507)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Trojan on September 10, 2013, 01:50:33 AM
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In fact he drove us home after our wedding reception in it, wonderful memory, thanks for reminding me.

Did it have tinted windows in the back?  8)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Trojan on September 10, 2013, 07:50:58 AM
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In fact he drove us home after our wedding reception in it, wonderful memory, thanks for reminding me.

I expect you remember it fondle-ly.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Trojan on September 10, 2013, 08:05:19 AM
Who remembers the Wolsley Hornet and it's twin the Riley Elf?

The Riley Elf and Wolsley Hornet were upmarket versions of Sir Alexander Issigonis masterpiece, the Mini. The distinctive grille was the standout feature, while the tail received its own makeover, which included extending the length so that the car looked much more like a typical saloon.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Tosh on September 10, 2013, 09:14:06 AM
Didn't the little Wolsley badge on the radiator light up when the side lights came on?
I've always been a gadget man.   L0 ;D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Tosh on September 10, 2013, 09:17:05 AM
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In fact he drove us home after our wedding reception in it, wonderful memory, thanks for reminding me.

I expect you remember it fondle-ly.  :laugh:

Oh come on, not in the back of someones car when they were driving. _))* _))*
Can't remember now anyway, it's 45 years next month.  :o
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on September 10, 2013, 10:18:58 AM
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Who remembers the Wolsley Hornet and it's twin the Riley Elf?

The Riley Elf and Wolsley Hornet were upmarket versions of Sir Alexander Issigonis masterpiece, the Mini. The distinctive grille was the standout feature, while the tail received its own makeover, which included extending the length so that the car looked much more like a typical saloon.
Now you mention it, you can see the Mini resemblance very clearly.  $good$
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 10, 2013, 11:51:18 AM
Who remembers the Singer Le Mans?  Or the Berkley, or 3 wheel Morgan with the V Jap engine.  The Jaguar SS, the Hillman Imp and the Morris 8, and plenty of others still left to name?   ^*^0 ^*^0 ^*^0
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 10, 2013, 12:05:24 PM
I remember those and a lot more! I've owned probably in excess of 140 cars in 40 years of driving! We go to a lot of classic car shows so still see them.  D)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Tosh on September 10, 2013, 12:17:19 PM
Back in 1972 we had a Bedford Beagle van which was  Vauxhall Viva based.
It was the tinniest thing I have ever driven.
The clutch was worn out and if we wanted to go out of town up the hill we had to zig zag across the estates as it wouldn't go directly up the medium steep hill.
When we replaced it we had the newly issued Morris Marina 7 CWT, damn good workhorse that was too.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: snowcap on September 10, 2013, 04:56:41 PM
my brother had the Riley pathfinder what a car
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on September 10, 2013, 04:59:53 PM
It seems that the abandoned Bentley in the drive just above Llandrillo College has been moved !
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Quiggs on September 10, 2013, 05:06:04 PM
One of my favourites was a 'Bradford Jowett', which had been converted into 'Shooting Brake' by a previous owner, who used it to go fishing at the w/e. He used to sleep in the back, as the seats folded to make a bed. It even had curtains on the windows.    ^*^0
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 10, 2013, 06:26:32 PM
I'm sure lots of us remember the old Wolseley Police cars, with the very loud outside bell, and of course, the Citroen 2 CV!    :D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Trojan on September 10, 2013, 08:15:44 PM
Some classics here:

http://youtu.be/6aT09t5PeS8 (http://youtu.be/6aT09t5PeS8)

http://youtu.be/rq6XeXc2DX4 (http://youtu.be/rq6XeXc2DX4)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Trojan on September 10, 2013, 08:48:12 PM
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One of my favourites was a 'Bradford Jowett', which had been converted into 'Shooting Brake' by a previous owner, who used it to go fishing at the w/e. He used to sleep in the back, as the seats folded to make a bed. It even had curtains on the windows.    ^*^0

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jowett_Bradford (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jowett_Bradford)

How long ago was that?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Trojan on September 10, 2013, 08:51:07 PM
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my brother had the Riley pathfinder what a car

The Wolsley 6/80 was very similar.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Trojan on September 10, 2013, 08:53:29 PM
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Didn't the little Wolsley badge on the radiator light up when the side lights came on?
I've always been a gadget man.   L0 ;D

Yes it did. Noticeable in the night scenes in the old black & white films made at Pinewood Studios.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Trojan on September 10, 2013, 08:56:54 PM
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The Hillman Imp

I remember them in the Red Garages showroom on Conway Road.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 10, 2013, 09:00:27 PM
I noticed in the film clips the gaping holes where the starting handle went!  When did starting handles become extinct?

 ;D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Trojan on September 10, 2013, 09:03:09 PM
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I'm sure lots of us remember the old Wolseley Police cars, with the very loud outside bell, and of course, the Citroen 2 CV!    :D

I remember the police cars in the Dixon of Dock Green episodes.

The Citroen 2 CV?  ???

In 1981 a bright yellow 2CV was driven by James Bond in the film For Your Eyes Only, including an elaborate set piece car chase through a Spanish olive farm, in which Bond uses the unique abilities of the modestly powered 2CV to escape his pursuers in Peugeot 504 sedans. The car in the film was fitted with the flat-4 engine from a Citroën GS for slightly more power.[18] Citroën launched a special edition 2CV "007" to coincide with the 2CV product placement in the film, it was fitted with the standard flat-2 engine, painted in yellow with "007" on the front doors and fake bullet hole stickers. This car was also popular in miniature, from Corgi Toys.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Trojan on September 10, 2013, 09:08:50 PM
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I noticed in the film clips the gaping holes where the starting handle went!  When did starting handles become extinct?

 ;D

I'm not sure.  ?{}?

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/1f/Chry_1.5OSGR_Starter.ogg (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/1f/Chry_1.5OSGR_Starter.ogg)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 10, 2013, 09:39:21 PM
I had a 71 Range Rover 3.5 lt V8, with a starting handle, also a 79 Citroen 2CV with a handle! Plus many older ones!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on September 10, 2013, 09:40:31 PM
OMG the Citroen 2CV !! I had my beloved Dolly ( Green and White) for a number of years with it's funny gears and shovel handle handbrake. The roof rolled back and I had a friend who was petrified to ride in it as it rolled  on roundabouts. I have to admit I used to stick my foot down just to scare her !!
I had to teach my daughter how to drive it as the gears and handbrake were so different and vividly remember rolling back down a hill whilst she got to grips with a hill start.
If you can drive one of those-- you can drive anything !!

It had a place for a starting handle, but I didn't actually have the handle itself !
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 10, 2013, 09:44:58 PM
The handle was also the wheel brace and would undo the nuts holding the wings on! We thought it was a very clever car the 2CV!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Trojan on September 10, 2013, 09:50:28 PM
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I had a 71 Range Rover 3.5 lt V8, with a starting handle, also a 79 Citroen 2CV with a handle! Plus many older ones!

Must have been tough turning a V8 with a handle?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 11, 2013, 06:33:46 AM
Extremely! I remember trying to turn it over, but I never tried to start it! However once it would not start and I was away from home so called the AA out, looked like a faulty starter motor . The AA man did start it using the handle!  :o. After he had gone I remembered a previous owner had fitted a hidden security switch near the driver's feet, I must have accidentally switched it when getting out! It isolated the starter motor...... :laugh:
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Trojan on September 11, 2013, 06:37:13 AM
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Back in 1972 we had a Bedford Beagle van which was  Vauxhall Viva based.

My Grandad, who was a self employed builder/plasterer/carpenter had a red Bedford similar to this, which was also Vauxhall Viva based. He made a wooden bench seat in the back, where myself, sister and cousins used to sit on excursions around the locality on his days off.

I always seemed to get Portland Cement dust on my trousers whenever I sat there.

My Dad used to borrow it, and take me "logging" to Gwydyr Forest. It was amazing the amount of logs we fitted in the back and they supplemented the coal from Davy the coal-man just nicely. The only trouble with the logs is when they burned they tended to pop and explode on occasion sending glowing embers flying out onto the fireside rug, leaving black scorch marks.   

Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Trojan on September 11, 2013, 06:38:46 AM
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Extremely! I remember trying to turn it over, but I never tried to start it! However once it would not start and I was away from home so called the AA out, looked like a faulty starter motor . The AA man did start it using the handle!  :o. After he had gone I remembered a previous owner had fitted a hidden security switch near the driver's feet, I must have accidentally switched it when getting out! It isolated the starter motor...... :laugh:

 :-}}} :laugh:
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Tosh on September 11, 2013, 08:13:57 AM
The starting handles went when the transverse engine came in I think, you couldn't fit the handle through the nearside front wheel.
Duh.
My A55 van had a handle and on cold frosty mornings, 3 turns on the handle, turn the key, pull the starter and off she went.
I think we might like this, it is topical.
Five blokes in an Audi Quattro arrived at the ferry checkpoint in Harwich, Essex.

Tracey, in her brand new uniform, stops them and tells them: "I can't let you on the ferry. It is illegal to have 5 people in a Quattro. Quattro means four. One of you will have to get out and stay behind."

"Quattro is just the name of the car," the driver replies disbelievingly. "Look at the papers: this car is designed to carry five persons."

"You cannot pull that one on me. This is Tracey you're talking to here," she replies with a smile. "Quattro means four. You have five people in your car and you are therefore breaking the law. So I can't let you onto the ferry. It's more than my job's worth to let you all on."

The driver is now very cross and replies angrily, "I've had enough of you. Call your supervisor over. I want to speak to someone with more intelligence!"

"Sorry," responds Tracey, "but Sharon is busy dealing with the two blokes in the Fiat Uno".

 




Title: Re: Cars
Post by: mull on September 11, 2013, 11:33:14 AM
Used to have a 1951 Morris Minor with a starting handle. Great on a frosty morning 2/3 turns with the handle, jump in the car and started right away with the ignition key.
Only problem with the early Morris Minors was the ball joint on the front wheels would suddenly collapse usually on a busy road junction.
A good car ,many happy memories.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Gwynant on September 11, 2013, 01:19:00 PM
            When I worked in Red Garages as an apprentice in the 60's, I used to work on some wonderfully named vehicles, such as the Humber Hawk, Snipe and Super Snipe, Imperial and Sceptre, the Singer Gazelle and Chamois, the Hillman Minx, Husky, Super Minx, Avenger, Imp and Californian, Sunbeam Rapier and Alpine (and the Ford engined V8 Sunbeam Tiger), all of which were under the Rootes Group which later became Chrysler before being lost altogether. I remember going to Rootes Coventry Factory to pick up some spares and seeing the prototype Imp (which was code-named the "Rootes Baby") before it was released to the press. When my mates back at Red's asked what it looked like I said it had a rear-engine and gearbox unit with a Coventry Climax designed engine (which was positioned on its side and you could remove in half an hour!) and had a rear window like an Austin A40 Farina. They thought I was hallucinating but later apologised when it was released. My mother had a Super Imp for many years and had no trouble and my second car (after a 1946 Austin 10 which cost £5) was a Hillman Husky (circa 1957 with a side-valve engine) which was a great little motor at the time, and in later years a Minivan, a Cortina and an Avenger before settling on various Fords ever since.


 
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Tosh on September 11, 2013, 03:01:53 PM
Early 1960s, a little Daf which was belt driven.
The Messerschmidt and Heinkel Bubble cars.
The Simca which was very similar to the Hillman Imp.
It's all coming back to me now, unfortunately. ;D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Trojan on September 11, 2013, 07:24:45 PM
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"Sorry," responds Tracey, "but Sharon is busy dealing with the two blokes in the Fiat Uno".

 :laugh: Reminds me of the geezer pulled over on the M6 for driving an A55. Officer told him he should be in North Wales.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Trojan on September 11, 2013, 07:27:11 PM
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Heinkel Bubble cars.

 :)

I remember these also. Run into something at speed and you would break both your feet, and probably your legs too.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Tosh on September 11, 2013, 07:54:06 PM
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"Sorry," responds Tracey, "but Sharon is busy dealing with the two blokes in the Fiat Uno".

 :laugh: Reminds me of the geezer pulled over on the M6 for driving an A55. Officer told him he should be in North Wales.
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Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Tosh on September 11, 2013, 07:58:34 PM
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Heinkel Bubble cars.

 :)

I remember these also. Run into something at speed and you would break both your feet, and probably your legs too.

Was this better or worse than being in a bullet shaped side car with your head next to the bike's engine, over a distance of 15 miles  in bl**dy November 1962.
No wonder my hearings no good now, pardon I heard that.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 11, 2013, 08:03:24 PM
How about a bit of quality now?  Does anyone remember the Crossley?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Trojan on September 11, 2013, 08:08:43 PM
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How about a bit of quality now?  Does anyone remember the Crossley?

I don't remember them, but I am familiar with them. They were made in Manchester.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Trojan on September 11, 2013, 08:12:36 PM
While we're on the subject, I forget to mention I bumped into exiled forum member BrumBob outside a supermarket in Sparkhill, Birmingham last year.

He sent his best wishes, after chasing me around the store for twenty minutes chanting "Zulu, Zulu".
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: snowcap on September 11, 2013, 09:45:26 PM
I had a 1949 Morris 10, if you hit a pothole it was a matter of waiting to see what direction it was going to go,if you had a flat battery and you were on the bottom of a hill you could stick it in reverse gear and crank it up the hill with the starting handle. Then let it run down and jump start it. imagine  doing that on the orm.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Tosh on September 22, 2013, 11:24:37 AM
Over at Wilmslow yesterday, you couldn't move for Porsches, Mercs, Audis and a couple of brand new Rolls Royces.
There must be some money in this football business, think I might dust my boots off.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Tosh on September 24, 2013, 05:55:45 PM
ME, thought that this might tickle your fancy.
Just look, no drooling.  D) 



http://home.bt.com/lifestyle/motoring/motoringnews/1961-car-with-20-miles-on-clock-11363835509949 (http://home.bt.com/lifestyle/motoring/motoringnews/1961-car-with-20-miles-on-clock-11363835509949)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 24, 2013, 07:12:12 PM
It's a stunning Herald, can't be used though as the value would go! Anyway, I've just bought a Bugatti!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on September 24, 2013, 07:16:30 PM
 :o
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Fester on September 25, 2013, 12:44:26 AM
What?  Aren't they like Zillions of pounds or something?  :o
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on September 25, 2013, 08:36:19 AM
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What?  Aren't they like Zillions of pounds or something?  :o
GVC shall provide....
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 25, 2013, 09:34:30 AM
 $good$  ^*^0
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on September 25, 2013, 09:38:37 AM
Tell us more about the Bugatti, ME.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 25, 2013, 09:54:22 AM
The camera seems to be so close to the car and one would normally take a full three quarter view, so I'm just a little bit suspicious!    ;D

Also see my post on local businesses.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 25, 2013, 12:35:38 PM
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The camera seems to be so close to the car and one would normally take a full three quarter view, so I'm just a little bit suspicious!    ;D

Also see my post on local businesses.

I took the pics with the iPad, easier to get them on here!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 25, 2013, 12:39:46 PM
Well it looks very nice, and would look even better racing around Brooklands with a helmeted and goggled ME at the wheel.   The ME in this case referring to myself!   :D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 25, 2013, 02:18:09 PM
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Tell us more about the Bugatti, ME.

It's a 1924 model.  ^*^0
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on September 25, 2013, 02:32:00 PM
http://www.legacydiecast.com/1924-bugatti-t35 (http://www.legacydiecast.com/1924-bugatti-t35)  ;)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 25, 2013, 02:58:24 PM
Wow, cracking model of my car!  $good$

Yes it is a superb model, they had some at the latest Rogers Jones auction in Colwyn Bay yesterday, I bought it, mint and boxed for £120 including buyer's premium. Thought I'd have a bit of fun taking photos of it, trying to make it look real!  :laugh:
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Tosh on September 25, 2013, 03:52:08 PM
We weren't fooled for a minute, we saw through it straight away, we weren't in the least bit jealous.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on September 25, 2013, 04:04:22 PM
Well done ME! You had us speculating that you had won the lottery.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 25, 2013, 05:08:24 PM
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We weren't fooled for a minute, we saw through it straight away, we weren't in the least bit jealous.

Which is why I queried the photograph!   I did the same thing with a model S2000!   :D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Fester on September 26, 2013, 12:28:02 AM
You had me fooled, but that is no great achievement!  :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 29, 2013, 07:04:52 PM
A quick pic of the Annual Meet of the Honda S2000 Owners in North Yorkshire over this week-end.

Although I didn't get to the Meet, I did the drive and the notes a few weeks ago and it was a great run of about 200 miles in the North Yorks Moors. 
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: mull on October 07, 2013, 05:00:38 PM
Have a look on the " For Argyll " web.
Lots of nice cars at Inveraray yesterday.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on October 17, 2013, 01:33:41 PM
Here is a classic seen whilst in Portugal.  Sorry about the quality, it's these cheap mobile phones! :D

Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 17, 2013, 04:14:25 PM
A very nice Sunbeam Alpine!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on October 17, 2013, 04:23:17 PM
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A very nice Sunbeam Alpine!

Nearly bought it, but the rich Son of a rich local businessman wouldn't sell!   :(
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on October 20, 2013, 12:19:47 PM
There were a few nice cars on display at the Food Exhibition in Llangollen yesterday,
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on October 20, 2013, 12:21:06 PM
Cars in Llangollen yesterday
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on October 24, 2013, 10:13:46 AM
Seen in Germany on my last Rhine Cruise.   Anyone know what it is?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on November 08, 2013, 06:32:10 PM
The Honda S660 due to be unveiled next month at the Tokyo Motor Show.  This new small Sports Car is apparently to be powered by 660cc engine.  I'll have to put my name down!   :D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on November 10, 2013, 08:57:39 AM
Caption, "These b****y engines are getting smaller and smaller!"
Honda S800.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on November 23, 2013, 04:59:42 PM
Saw this Morris Traveller while on a walk but it needs a lot of TLC before it leaves the garage.      :(
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 23, 2013, 05:03:58 PM
A lot of work needed on that Traveller!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on November 23, 2013, 05:17:46 PM
I'd scrap the car and keep the number plate and then by a shed instead.      ;D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Mikethewatch on November 23, 2013, 09:33:21 PM
Liked the S800 although not seen one for years they were lovely little car
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on November 24, 2013, 08:59:00 AM
re the Moggie Minor-- bet the wood has fantastic worm ! ;D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on November 24, 2013, 09:46:43 AM
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Liked the S800 although not seen one for years they were lovely little car

There are a few for sale but commanding a decent price.   ZXZ
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on December 03, 2013, 02:04:22 PM
Triplets on the Cayley Promenade Rhos On Sea this morning.      :)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on December 03, 2013, 03:18:12 PM
The people have 5 of the same cars between them and they come on most days if it is fine. We often chat to the 3 owners who come from Abergele, but they haven't been as much just lately as the lady had a nasty fall resulting in stitches in her face.
They seem to have a collection of Yorkshire Terriers between them as well !
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on December 03, 2013, 05:41:00 PM
Those cars were immaculate and all seemed to have personalised registration numbers too.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on December 27, 2013, 08:59:52 PM
A Classic Honda S800 for restoration!   :D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 27, 2013, 10:00:31 PM
Great cars in good condition!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on December 29, 2013, 03:49:19 PM
The Honda S660 Concept, due for release 2015.

http://youtu.be/Nv5T00iUh1E (http://youtu.be/Nv5T00iUh1E)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Mikethewatch on December 29, 2013, 05:44:57 PM
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A Classic Honda S800 for restoration!   :D
Slight front end damage, most of which should polish out 
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on January 05, 2014, 09:21:21 PM
Saw this ancient Land Rover today, long abandoned in a field outside Ruthin. Reg was UDM 781G.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 05, 2014, 09:41:23 PM
Vehicle enquiry
The enquiry is complete.
The vehicle details for UDM 781G are:
Date of Liability   01 04 2001
Date of First Registration   01 10 1968
Year of Manufacture   1968
Cylinder Capacity (cc)   0cc
CO₂ Emissions   Not Available
Fuel Type   PETROL
Export Marker   N
Vehicle Status   Unlicensed
Vehicle Colour   GREEN
Vehicle Type Approval   Not Available

Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on January 06, 2014, 11:24:20 AM
Thanks, ME, looks like its been sitting in that field for about 13 years then. Wonder what it would take to get it running again?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 06, 2014, 11:46:23 AM
Would probably take a lot of welding! Or a new chassis, plus whatever caused it to go out of use in the first place. Bulkhead probably needs much repair too!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on January 06, 2014, 12:26:24 PM
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Would probably take a lot of welding! Or a new chassis, plus whatever caused it to go out of use in the first place. Bulkhead probably needs much repair too!

Which tends to explain why it has been abandoned for so many years!  :D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on January 12, 2014, 12:16:38 PM
I think we saw a Rolls Royce in Abergele this morning and in the third photo this is just one of many dozens of minis making their way down the A55 in your direction.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on January 12, 2014, 01:39:25 PM
138 went through the Great Orme toll gate !
Here are a few not very good pics taken at Rhos Prom this morning. The Minis will be on Llandudno prom this afternoon.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: rhuddlan on January 18, 2014, 04:41:07 PM
Here is an unusual car I saw in Abergele yesterday.It is aspiring to be a Mk2 Jag but was actually manufactured by Mitsuoka.
I've seen it around and about on several occasions but this is the first time it was parked.
It has the unusual name of Viewt and seems to be based on a Micra.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on January 18, 2014, 05:20:58 PM
Why is the car parked on its side Rhuddlan?        ;D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 18, 2014, 05:42:06 PM
It is based on a Nissan Micra, interesting but I'll stick with a real Jag!  D)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on January 18, 2014, 05:54:34 PM
I think I found the big brother of your other car ME!
 ;D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 18, 2014, 06:13:45 PM
Looks good! Badge a little large though!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on January 18, 2014, 06:44:19 PM
A very bad Ferrari parked on the pavement in Baden Baden!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on January 27, 2014, 12:58:56 PM
Could you do anything with this Jag, ME? Currently housed on Colwyn Bay Pier, property of the former owner. Photo courtesy Victoria Pier Pressure Group.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 27, 2014, 04:51:20 PM
I saw that on Facebook the other day with many other pics inside the pier! It's an XJR that as been off the road since 2008, sad to see it like that! None of my pigeons were guilty!  :laugh:
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on February 02, 2014, 04:14:48 PM
A very nice example of a VW Campervan parked on Deganwy Promenade tosay.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 02, 2014, 07:58:54 PM
Very nice, worth quite a lot too!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: snowcap on February 02, 2014, 08:54:52 PM
looks in great condition for it,s age
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on February 02, 2014, 10:25:10 PM
I wish now that I had taken a photo of the inside of the vehicle as it was immaculate and a bit special.  It certainly attracted the attention of every one that walked past it.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on February 07, 2014, 11:45:44 AM
Only in Dubai!

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/general/bugatti-veyron-added-to-dubai-police-fleet-1.1287569 (http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/general/bugatti-veyron-added-to-dubai-police-fleet-1.1287569)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on February 07, 2014, 12:34:50 PM
Wonder how many Dubai WPCs drive them?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 07, 2014, 04:19:04 PM
 _))* not many!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on February 07, 2014, 05:18:46 PM
There are some but  parking is still a problem!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 07, 2014, 05:33:24 PM
 :laugh:  L0L
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on February 17, 2014, 10:50:07 AM
There has been a few changes in Technology in the last few years!    :D


Compare 1998 to 2009!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on February 26, 2014, 06:14:33 PM
We have got a Subaru Outback but it doesn't look anything like this!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on March 23, 2014, 02:28:07 PM
Any preference? You can have red or red!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Bri Roberts on March 23, 2014, 04:36:05 PM
No thanks. I'll have this one instead.

Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on March 23, 2014, 04:48:20 PM
Too butch, this one is more feminine.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Bri Roberts on March 23, 2014, 04:58:07 PM
Did you watch 'Inside Rolls-Royce' on Channel 4 last Thursday evening?

If not, I recommend watching it on 4 ON DEMAND.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on March 23, 2014, 05:03:21 PM
Thanks. Was it about the Crewe factory pre Bentley days?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Bri Roberts on March 23, 2014, 06:13:48 PM
No, nor Derby.

I think it was more down south.

Anyway, it covers the quality and workmanship of the cars and also covers its sales operations in UAE.

Well worth watching., I can assure you.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SDQ on March 23, 2014, 11:31:42 PM
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No, nor Derby.

I think it was more down south.


They're manufactured in a purpose built factory at Goodwood nowadays.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on March 24, 2014, 10:04:19 AM
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Did you watch 'Inside Rolls-Royce' on Channel 4 last Thursday evening?

If not, I recommend watching it on 4 ON DEMAND.

Yes-- we watched it ! I actually thought that the one studded with diamonds was somewhat gross ! Prefer the old ones myself-- now they were elegant. :D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Blongb on March 24, 2014, 03:34:41 PM
Any one who worked there or at Derby would refer to it as Royce's because he was the Engineer. Poor old Rolls was just the salesman. ^*^0
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on May 17, 2014, 05:36:16 PM
Some of the Honda S2000 cars at the Annual Euromeet near Passo Rolle, Trentino, Italy.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on May 18, 2014, 11:12:52 AM
The leader of the UK contingent at Euromeet.   ^*^0
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on May 18, 2014, 12:06:17 PM
Lots of Porche cars on the prom this a.m. !
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on May 21, 2014, 07:58:25 PM
A couple of final pic of the Honda S2000 Euromeet - looks a bit more exciting than Llandudno!   :D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 21, 2014, 11:10:58 PM
We had a ride in this Triumph Spitfire on Sunday, owned by a friend of ours it is ADU7B a genuine works rally car! Very quick too!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on May 25, 2014, 07:49:43 PM
Latest News - From the UK S2000 Owners Club
Megameet 10 (MMX) - 19th to 22nd September 2014
Announcing our 10th "Megameet"


Megameet will be held in the beautiful location of Mid-Wales, home of many picturesque, exhilarating roads.

It is your opportunity to join other passionate S2000 owners to:

Drive some fantastic roads, in a number of groups on Saturday
Many chances for pictureqsue photographs
Competitions and prizes for S2000s and their owners
Saturday night S2000 Party - Charity dinner, FREE WINE, raffle prizes, auctions and entertainment
Sunday activities - On Sunday you can spend the day at your leisure. The area has many attractions; you could; explore Elan Valley or other beautiful landscapes of Mid-Wales, Visit Abbey-Cwm-Hir, Experience Talyllyb Railway - the world's first preserved railway, or simply rest and relax in the Hotel's luxury spa
 
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on June 03, 2014, 08:37:09 PM
Thought this might cheer you up, Mr and Mrs ME.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 03, 2014, 11:35:55 PM
Looks Smart! Needs mowing every couple of weeks though.  ;D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on June 06, 2014, 09:50:37 AM
Here are a few more that we saw in Mallorca recently. I hadn't seen the Twizy car before but it looked ideal for getting about the very narrow streets of the old town of Palma. We noticed that you could hire them from Hertz as well.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on June 10, 2014, 01:54:15 PM
Thought this was very clever.
https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/Dxy4n0UT82o?rel=0 (https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/Dxy4n0UT82o?rel=0)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 10, 2014, 04:46:36 PM
Very clever Honda advert Nemesis! Hollins love the cars!  D)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on June 21, 2014, 09:58:53 PM
 Earlier this year, I posted brief information about the Honda S2000 Euromeet.  The Meet was held in Italy and was a great success.  One of the members has written up details of the event which some enthusiasts may find of interest.  The link is here, if I have got it correct.   ZXZ   ^*^0

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10152532939672139&id=266253312138
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on June 26, 2014, 07:59:04 PM
Enjoy a lap round the Nurbergring in a Honda S2000.

http://www.s2ki.com/s2000/topic/1043238-track-build-s2000-a-lap-in-the-nurburgring/ (http://www.s2ki.com/s2000/topic/1043238-track-build-s2000-a-lap-in-the-nurburgring/)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on July 18, 2014, 10:01:00 AM
Nice car parked in Abbey Road yesterday.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on July 25, 2014, 07:42:31 PM
A few of the Honda S2000's lined up at The Silverstone Classic.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on August 05, 2014, 08:47:36 PM
It is strongly muted that the replacement for the Honda S2000 is to be a mid-engined hybrid, but still utilizing the rear wheel drive configuration.  Can't wait!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Mikethewatch on August 05, 2014, 08:54:28 PM
Not sure about hybrids- think the battery technology is still not good enough yet for these cars to be realistically priced.
Think I prefer the original petrol S2000
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SDQ on August 05, 2014, 09:22:09 PM
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It is strongly muted that the replacement for the Honda S2000 is to be a mid-engined hybrid, but still utilizing the rear wheel drive configuration.  Can't wait!


YAWN.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 05, 2014, 09:47:21 PM
Much better with the usual petrol engine and mechanical transmission. I expect that the manufactures  are trying to lower their emissions by bringing out these over complicated hybrids!
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Post by: Yorkie on August 06, 2014, 06:10:45 AM
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It is strongly muted that the replacement for the Honda S2000 is to be a mid-engined hybrid, but still utilizing the rear wheel drive configuration.  Can't wait!


YAWN.

Looks like you need an early night Mr Q, all this excitement is probably putting you a bit out of tune! 
 Z**
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on August 06, 2014, 06:40:37 AM
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Much better with the usual petrol engine and mechanical transmission. I expect that the manufacturers  are trying to lower their emissions by bringing out these over complicated hybrids!

One of ours is an 'over complicated hybrid' and although the purchase price is a bit much the delight is not having to pay annual road tax :-)))  More seriously, I suspect you're right about the overcomplicated bit. There's certainly a lot of things under the bonnet which I'd not seen before.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on August 06, 2014, 07:24:41 AM
On driving, this is interesting..


https://www.youtube.com/embed/JHixeIr_6BM?rel=0&autoplay=1&iv_load_policy= (https://www.youtube.com/embed/JHixeIr_6BM?rel=0&autoplay=1&iv_load_policy=)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on August 06, 2014, 10:20:04 AM
Very clever..... $thanx$
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: BrianP on August 06, 2014, 08:09:07 PM
This should be a public information broadcast
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on August 09, 2014, 02:21:36 PM
Thought it would be interesting to find out everyones car history, from first to present, anybody interested?

This thread or a new one?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on August 09, 2014, 02:50:09 PM
Oh dear I might bore you on that one ! We have had over 50 cars since we got married ! :o
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on August 09, 2014, 03:24:21 PM
I thought, Just a list, then we could pick out the more interesting, open to suggestions.....not that one  ;)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on August 09, 2014, 04:45:54 PM
I'm not really bothered about cars SteveH but your post did make me think about the various cars I have had. A trip down memory lane for me this afternoon and I think it has been nine different ones since my first Mini in 1976.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on August 09, 2014, 05:26:44 PM
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I thought, Just a list, then we could pick out the more interesting, open to suggestions.....not that one  ;)

Like Nem, my list is quite long stsrting with a 1932 Austin Seven (just the ordinary one), then a Standard Flying Twenty, previously mentioned on the Forum, followed by an assortment of marques and Makes.  If you want a list I'll have to dig deep into the old grey matter! 
 :D

Additional smileys don't seem to be working!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 09, 2014, 05:44:11 PM
My list would be enormous! I've been driving for over 40 years, well over 100 cars! We have 4 now!
From memory,  1 Ford Anglia, lots of Triumph Heralds, Triumph Vitesses, Triumph Spitfires, Triumph GT6s, Triumph 2.5 PI saloon, 3 Reliant 3 wheelers, Leyland Sherpa camper van, Bedford HA vans, Bedford CF van and camper van, Citroen 2CV and 2 Citroen BXs, lots of Morris Marinas, Jaguar 3.4 mk2, Jaguar XJ6, Jaguar Sovereign 4 litre (still got that!) Rover 600, (owned it twice and still have it! ) lots of Ford Fiestas, one Ford Escort RS2000, Rover 2000, Ford Transit van, Nissan Micra, must be moe that I can't think off at the moment! We still have a Triumph Spitfire and a Jaguar! Both of us are keen on cars!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Mikethewatch on August 09, 2014, 05:44:50 PM
Mine was a '57 split screen Moggy  Minor with severe accident damage and blown engine, bought for £15
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on August 09, 2014, 06:53:25 PM
Hi Merddin, We have been driving for the same time, but , I have only driven a quarter of what you have.
I'll have to go over it again, try and catch you up.

Hi Mike,  Mine was a split screen also , lacquer black red coach line, £17. bought from garage I worked in weekends,
I had a friend who worked in a chromium plating shop, near the garage who also worked weekends, if he had space and we could get it off the car, it was plated, it was very cool, for a young mans first car, maybe the first to be "PIMPED"... 8)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 09, 2014, 07:01:42 PM
A friend who does chrome plating! Always handy! We have also owned a Morris Minor, a Mini and a Metro Van Den Plas!  ^*^0 ^*^0 ^*^0 ^*^0
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on August 09, 2014, 07:33:10 PM
This is my list, Started with a Vespa 125 (lifesaver, saved me 6 bus trips a day),then the morris,...Mk.2 CortinaGT.
(that b..... nearly killed me).....Hillman Minx convertible......Mk.1Lotus Cortina with lots of rally gear......couple of Mk.3Cortinas.....Granada Ghia 3litre (fantastic car)......Nova.....Citroen......Bedford 3ton........Bedford7ton......
Subaru XT. (not many in the country, was told only 6? but another great car, push button 4WD. and height control)....Discovery (loved this one).....and at present...Fiesta....Korando3litreTDI jeep and my wee baby...1997 Mercedes SL500 V8, hard and soft top
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on August 09, 2014, 08:42:49 PM
 We still have a Triumph Spitfire and a Jaguar! Both of us are keen on cars!
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Love the main house, not sure about your garage facilities.   ;)   :D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 09, 2014, 09:05:56 PM
 :laugh: not my house! I live somewhere slightly smaller!  L0L love the Lotus Cortina!  $good$
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on August 10, 2014, 10:22:13 AM
Hi Merddin,  Like the picture of the spitfire, were was that taken? that garage, hard to believe still untouched.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 10, 2014, 10:58:47 AM
It is at Llanrug on the A4086, been like that for years, great location for pictures!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on August 11, 2014, 06:38:37 PM
Hi Merrdin , thought you would like this.

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Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on August 11, 2014, 06:45:01 PM
That's a great pic, Steve, so I've added it to our inline image store, which makes it display more nicely :-)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on August 11, 2014, 06:48:57 PM
 $thanx$    looks a lot better.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on August 11, 2014, 07:05:33 PM
I was looking for a photo of my first mini but I couldn't find one. However I did find a photo of my mum's first car which I see has a registration plate close to Ian's heart!    ;D
The second photo is me washing a later model of my mum's, a Mini Countryman.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on August 11, 2014, 07:11:22 PM
Hi Hollins  First one looks like a ford popular, my dad's first car, not sure
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on August 11, 2014, 07:16:36 PM
I've resharpened it:

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a registration plate close to Ian's heart!

How true!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on August 11, 2014, 07:18:09 PM
The Clubman was a nice little car. Mrs Ian's first was also a Mini.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 11, 2014, 07:21:58 PM
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Hi Merrdin , thought you would like this.


I can't see it!  :(  :(
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on August 11, 2014, 07:24:37 PM
My Fault - sorry.  Here it is:

Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 11, 2014, 10:28:17 PM
Thanks Ian, I can see that! Wonderful pic!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DVT on August 12, 2014, 01:09:03 PM
My first car was an Austin Mini Countryman - bought it a week before my 17th birthday.  Haven't seen a "woody" for years - would love to have it back now!!!

Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on August 12, 2014, 01:27:45 PM
I think my mum had three, a red, blue and green one. Here is one of them with its running in sticker. Sorry to longer members of the forum because I think I may have posted these before.
Nice memories for you DVT hopefully.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on August 12, 2014, 02:02:21 PM
Nice photos H.   and DVT I think we would all like some of our oldies back.   £££££££
While I'm on, just heard about a guy, doing car paint jobs, very cheap,  specialises in vintage cars, old spitfires,etc. (just in case Merddin has any problems) I have not seen his work myself, but will attach photo of his work, I'm sure Ian will move this to    "Recommended tradesman" section, later.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on August 12, 2014, 06:36:26 PM
Sorry forgot photo............... WWW............... _))*
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Mikethewatch on August 12, 2014, 06:44:50 PM
I think you will find that's a GT6 not a Spitfire
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on August 12, 2014, 07:07:55 PM
Standard Flying Twenty as I had in about 1955/56.  It boasted a Six Cylinder engine with a Seven Bearing Crankshaft.  New cost was about £299, but mine cost me the grand sum of £80 second hand.  It would do 75 mph and returned about 20 mpg, but at 1/6 a gallon I could just about able to take it out for the occasional spin.   A few months after I bought it, the Suez Crisis added another shilling to the price per gallon.   I was in the RAF so money was a bit tight and she had to go!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on August 12, 2014, 07:21:09 PM
What was said before about wishing you still had it, it looks great, reminded me, of a Riley, a friend had in the late 60s,     and the cost of petrol, those were the days.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 12, 2014, 07:58:09 PM
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Sorry forgot photo............... WWW............... _))*

Mk3 GT6, nice paint job!  :laugh:
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on August 13, 2014, 07:42:59 AM
Interesting, Y.  I didn't realise that petrol reached half-a-crown a gallon in the mid-'50s. Did it see much of a fall after the crisis was resolved?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DVT on August 13, 2014, 09:32:08 AM
I seem to remember that petrol was about 3/4p (17p in today's numbers) when I started driving in 1966 - it cost me £1 to fill the tank of my Mini Countryman every Friday at Black Cat, and it would last me the week of going to work plus a bit of running around at the weekend - probably about 150 miles in total.

It now costs me over £70 to fill the tank of my current car (SEAT Leon) at Black Cat - but that does give me 500 miles of motoring!!!

Black Cat has changed quite a bit - it was a small place and a man in white coat used to come out and put the fuel in - payment by cash only of course!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on August 13, 2014, 11:25:37 AM
In 1965 our Mini cost £1 and tuppence half-penny in old money to fill. Petrol was 2 shillings and a half-penny a gallon.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DVT on August 13, 2014, 01:20:21 PM
Seems we disagree on the price of petrol back in the good old days! ... and theaa.com website has it around the 60p mark!!!  There is a page that gives the price every year and you can see how it rockets!  Others websites seem to suggest 50p a gallon in 1966 - google "how much was a gallon petrol in 1966" (or ... 1965)!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on August 13, 2014, 02:50:52 PM
Suppose it can depend on where and what kind-- my Dad back in the 1950s always used to laugh about a garage on the East Lancs road which offered free eggs with petrol !
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on August 24, 2014, 05:19:44 PM
Found this to-day, an old one for M.E.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 24, 2014, 05:42:41 PM
Very good! The last version of the Spitfie car, the 1500.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on September 10, 2014, 03:54:17 PM
Any Classic Car meetings in the area in the near future ME?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 10, 2014, 04:18:41 PM
None that I know of now, the last good one was at Bodelwyddan in July!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on September 11, 2014, 08:51:54 AM
Thanks ME. My OH seems to remember an Autumn Rally, but can't remember where or when.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on September 11, 2014, 10:47:21 PM
On our way back from Switzerland we passed this car rally. Unfortunately the photos were taken through the car window with a phone but hopefully there may be something of interest.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 14, 2014, 09:27:42 PM
VIP Honda Hospitality at BTCC .  I'm rather tempted by this even though I don't have my S2000 anymore!

Our friends at Honda UK and Honda Yuasa Racing are offering all S2KUK members the chance to attend one of the last 2 weekends of the season as a VIP Guest.  Including breakfast & lunch, driver Q&A, garage tours!
The cost is £75 per person and includes entry to VIP Honda area on the Saturday and entry only ticket to Sunday raceday.

Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on September 15, 2014, 08:20:05 AM
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the photos were taken through the car window with a phone

Now there's a sentence that would have been utterly meaningless only ten years ago...  :)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on September 15, 2014, 08:46:20 AM
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the photos were taken through the car window with a phone

Now there's a sentence that would have been utterly meaningless only ten years ago...  :)
???  I am sure we had car windows, 10 years ago. ?                  ;D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on September 15, 2014, 08:48:17 AM
 _))* _))* _))*
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 16, 2014, 05:38:19 PM
Our Jaguar is 20 years old today! Still just under 65,000 miles on the clock!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on September 16, 2014, 06:02:37 PM
Happy Birthday, you don't look a mile over 30.000 :)   Nice paint job, who did that?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SDQ on September 16, 2014, 06:07:40 PM
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Our Jaguar is 20 years old today! Still just under 65,000 miles on the clock!


I think I passed you in Deganwy at two(ish) on a birthday drive.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 16, 2014, 06:18:51 PM
SDQ, that would have been us! Steve, mostly original paint, but some rectification work has been done by Richmond Garage in Colwyn Bay.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on September 16, 2014, 06:40:28 PM
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SDQ, that would have been us! Steve, mostly original paint, but some rectification work has been done by Richmond Garage in Colwyn Bay.
Sorry ME,   I meant the painting, the top photo, that is a painting?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on September 16, 2014, 07:49:50 PM
Happy Birthday to your Jaguar! Glad you are still enjoying it. It was a lovely day for a drive out in it today.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 16, 2014, 08:04:02 PM
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SDQ, that would have been us! Steve, mostly original paint, but some rectification work has been done by Richmond Garage in Colwyn Bay.
Sorry ME,   I meant the painting, the top photo, that is a painting?

Oh I see, just a little something I did! Here's another one!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 16, 2014, 08:05:57 PM
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Happy Birthday to your Jaguar! Glad you are still enjoying it. It was a lovely day for a drive out in it today.

Thanks Hollins, we do love it greatly!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on September 16, 2014, 08:20:01 PM
Thanks ME,     I do like them, very much, I can't even draw a straight line with a ruler.    $good$
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 16, 2014, 09:33:09 PM
Steve, I should confess that it is an app on the IPad, that will convert your image into a watercolour! , good fun!  :twoface:
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SDQ on September 17, 2014, 12:19:25 AM
Doesn't work quite as well with a white car.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 17, 2014, 07:15:25 AM
Looks good! Which app is that? I used Waterlogue.  $good$
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on September 17, 2014, 08:11:13 AM
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Steve, I should confess that it is an app on the IPad, that will convert your image into a watercolour! , good fun!  :twoface:
Very good ME/SDQ, I have a simple phone, can I get something similar for the laptop.

Signed.....S the technophobe.         ???     :roll:
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SDQ on September 17, 2014, 08:43:58 AM
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Looks good! Which app is that? I used Waterlogue.  $good$


Snap!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 17, 2014, 09:20:16 AM
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Steve, I should confess that it is an app on the IPad, that will convert your image into a watercolour! , good fun!  :twoface:
Very good ME/SDQ, I have a simple phone, can I get something similar for the laptop.

Signed.....S the technophobe.         ???     :roll:

To be honest I don't know? I also have just a rarely used simple phone, this app was £1.49 for an iPad.  ££$
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on September 18, 2014, 10:13:45 AM
Car tax bands explained

Car tax (commonly known as road tax) is a big running cost with cars. It can be anything from zero to £1,000 or more a year, depending on how environmentally-friendly the car is. Find out below how car tax is calculated, who’s exempt from it and how to work out the tax on any car using online tools.

https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/car-tax-bands-explained?utm_source=d-outb&utm_medium=disp& (https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/car-tax-bands-explained?utm_source=d-outb&utm_medium=disp&)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on September 18, 2014, 11:06:41 AM
Good pic of you and the missis on page 15 of Classic Car Weekly ( Sept 10th issue)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 18, 2014, 11:17:46 AM
Thanks, with our Rover, also our friend's blue MGB alongside!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on September 19, 2014, 08:44:48 AM
 ;D $good$
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 21, 2014, 01:46:33 PM
A few of the Honda S2000 cars at the Annual Meet, centred at the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells, and one shot of a section of the driving route through Mid-Wales, Elan Valley and Brecon Beacons.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on September 21, 2014, 01:52:36 PM
Looking good......can you get them to come to Llandudno?    8)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 21, 2014, 07:05:24 PM
I can put the suggestion forward but the club is more interested in driving the roads than any static displays.  For example Saturday's drive was over 180 miles with stops for photographs, loos and lunch, all rounded off with a Gala Dinner that, by way of a raffle and auction, raised over £5,000 for the Macmillan Appeal.
 ZXZ
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on September 21, 2014, 07:37:31 PM
Great idea, who else is up for it......... D) :)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 22, 2014, 05:22:21 PM
Update on the Honda S2000 meet - charity contribution now over £7,000.
Couple more photographs .  Not loading!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 22, 2014, 06:44:09 PM
Deleted, items not loading.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on September 23, 2014, 08:23:45 AM
xcxc
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on September 23, 2014, 08:24:36 AM
What message were you getting when the image refused to load, Yorkie?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 23, 2014, 12:57:21 PM
These are some more


Got new page with TIME OUT REQUEST
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on September 23, 2014, 01:02:16 PM
Works fine for me, might be a fault with your computer or the file sizes are massive, maybe?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 23, 2014, 04:38:14 PM
The others loaded OK, the iPad seems OK except that I have upgraded to iOS8.  I'll fiddle with the pics or put them on my PC and try again.   $good$
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 23, 2014, 05:01:30 PM
Try again
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 23, 2014, 07:46:07 PM
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The others loaded OK, the iPad seems OK except that I have upgraded to iOS8.  I'll fiddle with the pics or put them on my PC and try again.   $good$

I upgraded my iPad last week to iOS8, I would love to unupgrade it now, seems slower and generally not as good!  :rage:
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 23, 2014, 08:27:01 PM
I can only agree with you ME.  The only way I got to upload the last picture was by transfering it to my old notebook and then posting it again.  I couldn't be bothered to do the same with the other five.
 :rage:

It is certainly not good with the Forum, so maybe one or the other needs tweeking.   ZXZ
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on September 23, 2014, 08:36:55 PM
I like that last photo, looks like a trick shot. $good$
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 23, 2014, 08:47:40 PM
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I like that last photo, looks like a trick shot. $good$

Just a sideways tilt of the camera!   $thanx$

And a little video which I cant get linked.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SDQ on September 23, 2014, 09:00:19 PM
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The others loaded OK, the iPad seems OK except that I have upgraded to iOS8.  I'll fiddle with the pics or put them on my PC and try again.   $good$

I upgraded my iPad last week to iOS8, I would love to unupgrade it now, seems slower and generally not as good!  :rage:


I think the older the device the more trouble you may have with iOS8, especially iPad2 and iPhone4S as they are the most entry level models that will get the update. For a short time it is possible to downgrade back to iOS7.1.2 if you are serious about doing it.
http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/iOS+8/feature.asp?c=61651 (http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/iOS+8/feature.asp?c=61651)



Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 23, 2014, 09:09:30 PM
Think I'll go back to my 1980 Apple Euro Plus with its 16 k of memory, two floppy drives, and only available in Black and White.  Those were the days.
 ZXZ
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on September 24, 2014, 08:39:19 AM
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I upgraded my iPad last week to iOS8, I would love to unupgrade it now, seems slower and generally not as good! 

SDQ's right. We've just upgraded all our computers, phones and iPads and they're working more quickly - particularly Safari, which is now blazingly fast - but the iPad is not entirely free of problems.  But that's common with any new OS build, initially, at least.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 24, 2014, 09:32:29 AM
My iPad is about 2 1/2 years old, so will it improve? Or should I somehow revert to ios7?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on September 24, 2014, 10:11:21 AM
It won't improve, unless you change some things. 'Battery doctor' will speed it up, however, and eliminating stuff you don't need will have the same effect.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 24, 2014, 10:16:09 AM
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My iPad is about 2 1/2 years old, so will it improve? Or should I somehow revert to ios7?

A lot of apps have updated to iOS8, but my keyboard now says NOVI RED instead of return, so back to the drawing board! 
 ZXZ

Sorted!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SDQ on September 24, 2014, 11:51:00 AM
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It won't improve, unless you change some things. 'Battery doctor' will speed it up, however, and eliminating stuff you don't need will have the same effect.


If it's the processor struggling to run the new OS it may never improve unless Apple find a fix.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 24, 2014, 12:44:04 PM
Try the short video again, and it still does not work.   Wasn't very inteesting anyway!   :D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 24, 2014, 02:05:51 PM
So Apple have deliberately imposed a new operating system on me that is, it seems not fit for purpose, something seems very wrong with that! It was great before!  :rage:
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on September 24, 2014, 03:23:11 PM
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So Apple have deliberately imposed a new operating system on me that is, it seems not fit for purpose, something seems very wrong with that! It was great before!

It's the ongoing quandary all the big IT people find themselves in.  Technology is developing faster than just about anything, yet the problem is that new ideas generally require faster processors, so those with older machines are left out. You can always revert...
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SDQ on September 24, 2014, 03:30:13 PM
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So Apple have deliberately imposed a new operating system on me that is, it seems not fit for purpose, something seems very wrong with that! It was great before!  :rage:


There were quite a few websites warning people with iPad2 and iPhone4 not to upgrade to iOS8 immediately and wait for feedback from those that do just in case there were problems like this.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 24, 2014, 05:32:28 PM
Sadly I was unaware, it just popped up on the screen saying update available, the previous updates had been fine, I automatically assumed this would be too!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 24, 2014, 05:35:12 PM
I will contact Which magazine tomorrow to see what they think about it!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on September 24, 2014, 06:02:25 PM
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I will contact Which magazine tomorrow to see what they think about it!

Mac rumours is better, and most sites on Mac are better than Which?...
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 24, 2014, 06:39:47 PM
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I will contact Which magazine tomorrow to see what they think about it!

I have an iPad 2, upgraded 48 hours ago, and after a few glitches and the apps upgrading to operate on iOS8, all seems to be running fine now.  The picture problem is only with the Forum, which presumably has not had any modifications.  I still have my notebok running XP so can use that if I need to.  I have some apps on that dating from Win95, so it is still earning its keep.
 ZXZ
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 24, 2014, 08:37:35 PM
Here are a group of the cars in the Metropole Car Park.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on September 25, 2014, 08:24:58 AM
A drive in the S2000 and passing others returning from the other direction.

http://youtu.be/TZxgceylHI4 (http://youtu.be/TZxgceylHI4)

It worked!  :D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on September 28, 2014, 08:58:55 AM
DC SHOES: KEN BLOCK'S GYMKHANA FIVE: ULTIMATE URBAN PLAYGROUND; SAN FRANCISCO (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuDN2bCIyus#ws)

Hope this chap doesn't try this with our tram !!!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on September 28, 2014, 09:58:10 AM
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DC SHOES: KEN BLOCK'S GYMKHANA FIVE: ULTIMATE URBAN PLAYGROUND; SAN FRANCISCO (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuDN2bCIyus#ws)

Hope this chap doesn't try this with our tram !!!
Apart from the driving...how much did that cost to set up... &shake&    and I did not see one other person, no spectators... ???
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on September 28, 2014, 01:55:09 PM
Hate to imagine !
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on October 01, 2014, 09:11:26 AM
A reminder that...you will no longer get a paper disc when you tax your car from today. The tax disc, which was introduced in 1921, is now no longer needed, with Police able to rely on automatic number plate recognition cameras to enforce.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DVT on October 01, 2014, 09:54:07 AM
Googled "how much did it cost to film the Ken Block Gymkana" and got this ...

http://www.quora.com/How-much-did-it-cost-to-film-Ken-Blocks-Gymkhana-in-San-Francisco (http://www.quora.com/How-much-did-it-cost-to-film-Ken-Blocks-Gymkhana-in-San-Francisco)

Seems it was worthwhile for the city.

Now, let's see about designing a course around Llandudno - there are quite a few local youngsters who (think they) can drive like that!!!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on October 01, 2014, 10:11:29 AM
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Googled "how much did it cost to film the Ken Block Gymkana" and got this ...
http://www.quora.com/How-much-did-it-cost-to-film-Ken-Blocks-Gymkhana-in-San-Francisco (http://www.quora.com/How-much-did-it-cost-to-film-Ken-Blocks-Gymkhana-in-San-Francisco)
Seems it was worthwhile for the city.
Now, let's see about designing a course around Llandudno - there are quite a few local youngsters who (think they) can drive like that!!!

Good find DVT,.... Must be some money in shoes, not the same in my day, black or white plimsolls from Woolworth's  ;)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on October 01, 2014, 12:45:54 PM
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A reminder that...you will no longer get a paper disc when you tax your car from today. The tax disc, which was introduced in 1921, is now no longer needed, with Police able to rely on automatic number plate recognition cameras to enforce.

I believe that not every Police car has these cameras fitted so it's only a percentage of the Car tax dodgers that will get caught.
If anyone wants to check if a vehicle is taxed or MOT'd put " Car tax checker" into Google and you can find out the answer for free.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on October 01, 2014, 12:56:41 PM
I saw this nice motor bike yesterday but didn't know where else to post the photo.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 01, 2014, 06:08:09 PM
Funny you should post that as I will soon be the proud owner of this Reliant 3 wheeler! 🚙🚘😎
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on October 01, 2014, 06:19:07 PM
Nice one ME.....Are you sticking with the blue, or a new paint job, .....yellow with some sign writing. ;) ;)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 01, 2014, 07:11:09 PM
I will keep it blue! Lots of yellow ones about!😃🚙🚘🚕
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on October 01, 2014, 07:41:05 PM
Someone I knew had a Reliant Robin van and used to drive around in it with his wife and five children.    His wife nagged him to have a vasectomy but he dithered over the decision and only went for the op when he found out that his wife was expecting number six!
From memory I think that he had to change the vehicle not long afterwards.       ;D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 01, 2014, 08:17:36 PM
Very good!  _))*
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on October 02, 2014, 08:28:14 AM
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Funny you should post that as I will soon be the proud owner of this Reliant 3 wheeler!

OMG M. E. That will look great parked next to the Jaguar ! :o
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 02, 2014, 09:01:29 AM
I know! Can't wait to see them together! 😎. Of cause there is a connection between Jaguar and Reliant, Johnathan Haynes a Jaguar man took over Reliant in 97!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on October 02, 2014, 05:45:56 PM
NOT LOCAL, BUT NASTY....    $angry$

WATCH: Shocking CCTV footage of a vandal attack on 40 cars at a Bangor garage

A man dressed in black can be seen walking around and scratching the cars in the College Motors forecourt

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/watch-shocking-cctv-footage-vandal-7871918 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/watch-shocking-cctv-footage-vandal-7871918)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on October 03, 2014, 11:53:29 AM
We saw this unusual bodywork on a jeep type vehicle in Llandudno last night.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on October 03, 2014, 11:58:22 AM
This one for M.E.....

Rusting classic Jaguar excites car owners

A rusting 50-year-old classic car, found in a garage in Conwy, has been sold for three times its estimate.

The car was sold with its original service manual and a letter to the owner from the manufacturer in Coventry, dated 6 February, 1963, indicating he was leaving the Jaguar while going to the Far East.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-29472298 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-29472298)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on October 03, 2014, 12:09:21 PM
OK so we do not now have to display a tax disc.

So a few (or many) more people will clone the plate of a car that is taxed and insured, or maybe own two identical cars which they can put the same plates on, one taxed one not. ;D

What about incorrectly spaced letters and numbers or non regulation type face?  The ANPR camera can't register  their offence. :D

Seems like a lot more work for the Bobby on the beat! ZXZ
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on October 03, 2014, 12:14:07 PM
Hi Hollins,    I like your Jeep photo,.... The name on the side "Realtree" refers to a company you probable will not like,...... I had an outdoor clothing firm many years ago, "wax jackets and green wellies" etc...... Realtree clothing, like the Jeep, is as the name suggests camouflaged used primarily for hunting.  sorry... :(
and bird watching..not so bad.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on October 03, 2014, 12:35:28 PM
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OK so we do not now have to display a tax disc.

So a few (or many) more people will clone the plate of a car that is taxed and insured, or maybe own two identical cars which they can put the same plates on, one taxed one not. ;D

What about incorrectly spaced letters and numbers or non regulation type face?  The ANPR camera can't register  their offence. :D

Seems like a lot more work for the Bobby on the beat! ZXZ

You're spot on Yorkie, it's a cost cutting exercise with a high level of risk and it'll be left to the Bobby to sort out.    I often see incorrectly spaced letters on number plates and have also seen the same reg number on two different vehicles owned by the same person.  Now that's not just an offence, it's illegal to do so.
Like I've said already,  if anyone wants to check if a car is taxed or MOT'D all you need to do is put "car tax checker" into Google and then follow the link
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on October 03, 2014, 12:42:49 PM
My Son actually has two cars, same make, same model, only a different colour which ANPR cannot tell.  He is honest!

Even before the latest news he had his number plate cloned by someone living London and received a multitude of PFN's for the Congestion Charge.  It took him ages to get them removed after having to provide detailed work schedules and overseas expense receipts.
 ZXZ
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on October 04, 2014, 01:48:05 PM
Top Gear crew 'chased by thousands and ordered out of country'

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has claimed he was thrown out of Argentina by state officials after being pelted with rocks.
He said in a tweet that "thousands" of locals rounded on the Top Gear team in apparent protest at a number plate which appeared to refer to the 1982 Falklands war.
"There were hundreds of them. They were hurling rocks and bricks at our cars. They were trying to attack us with pickaxe handles.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29488770 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29488770)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on October 06, 2014, 01:56:53 PM
Old story, but just a reminder in this new technological age..

Driving licence fines threaten two million drivers
"There are quite a few things that drivers can be innocently get caught up in. For example, they may have insured their car, but their details may not appear on the Motor Insurance Database,"
"These are usually valid for 10 years and there is a legal requirement for drivers to renew the photograph at the same time as they renew their licence."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20968886 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20968886)

Title: Re: Cars Formula 1 Russian GP.
Post by: SteveH on October 12, 2014, 06:48:41 PM
Britain's Lewis Hamilton dominated the Russian Grand Prix to take his ninth win of the year, his fourth in a row, and extend his championship lead.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/29542993 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/29542993)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on October 12, 2014, 07:36:02 PM
Yeh, I watched most of it, thrilling race and looks like a very testing circuit. 

^*^0 ^*^0 ^*^0
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: snowcap on October 12, 2014, 08:44:22 PM
is this not for the sport thread?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on October 13, 2014, 07:19:06 AM
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is this not for the sport thread?

NO!  Just acknowledging another Members post.

On its own my post would have not had any sensible meaning in the section you suggest, but as it was, it formed a useful adjunct to the post from SteveH.   N'est pas?   ZXZ
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on October 13, 2014, 08:33:31 AM
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is this not for the sport thread?

Threads occur within topics.  This is the Cars topic so it could be argued that it's fairly natural to have a sport associated thread within it.  I appreciate it's not that easy to fathom, but the setup of the forum itself is this:

Categories / boards / topics / threads

So we have the first category - Forum Central
In Forum Central we have the following boards: Welcome, The Three towns forum
In the Welcome Board we have the following topics:Welcome, FAQs, Please read this first
Within each topic there are multiple threads.

When we were first creating the forum we had to try to anticipate what people would want to discuss and debate. In theory, you could have just one topic to discuss everything, but navigation of the site would prove almost impossible, given the numbers of members and postings.

There's also the factor that we have to try to make it reasonably comprehensible for new members, so they can find what's happening fairly quickly and easily.  That's the main reason I 'housekeep' and merge topics. The only board on which I don't usually merge topics is Genealogy and Research , really because the topics in there are normally very specific.

It's also fairly normal for conversations to drift off subject, and it's only when the drift becomes almost a new topic that I will edit that topic and merge posts into another topic.

Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on October 13, 2014, 10:45:05 AM
I think I saw a Morgan like this in town yesterday, not sure if original, but looked and sounded great, anybody confirm.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: snowcap on October 13, 2014, 10:03:07 PM
Thanks for that Ian, I just put that in to wind Yorkie up but he,s to long in the tooth to take the bate.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on October 14, 2014, 07:03:37 AM
 WWW  I just enjoy the chance to tell people how the place is organised  WWW
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on October 15, 2014, 10:25:44 AM
FAULTY TOYOTAS: Toyota has recalled almost 10,000 Lexus vehicles across the UK to fix faulty fuel delivery pipes.
The car manufacturer said the problem caused a risk of fuel leaks and is part of a worldwide recall of 759,000 vehicles.
Some 9,637 UK-registered Lexus cars are affected, which were manufactured between January 2005 and September 2010.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on October 16, 2014, 10:37:26 AM
Citizens Advice warning over legal logbook loans
Under current laws a logbook loan is attached to the vehicle, not the person who has taken out the credit.
"I've gone and paid for a car and I'm now being told it's not mine."
The car wasn't his because the previous owner had taken out a logbook loan, which allows drivers to borrow money against the value of their vehicle.
There are different types of vehicle history checks you can make. Some are cheaper than others and don't always pick up on all types of finance.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/29638238 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/29638238)

Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on October 19, 2014, 07:57:01 AM
Saw this beauty in Germany recently. It was the most gorgeous pale blue colour that doesn't really show that well in my photos. It was in immaculate condition.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 19, 2014, 09:25:07 AM
Wow, very nice!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DVT on October 19, 2014, 09:34:50 AM
Just as a matter of interest - German plates that have a "H" at the end indicate it is registered as a "Historic" car ... just thought you might like to know that!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on October 19, 2014, 10:04:38 AM
Interesting.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on October 25, 2014, 06:09:30 PM
Found this but have not tried it yet.....

Find the lowest UK petrol price in your area!

http://www.petrolprices.com/ (http://www.petrolprices.com/)        ££$
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on November 30, 2014, 01:02:03 PM
What an ace idea ! Anna Davies Christmas window !
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on November 30, 2014, 01:52:55 PM
That looks fabulous. I love that colour. Is it in Betws-y-Coed?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on November 30, 2014, 04:40:03 PM
Yes, but they're only selling the window...
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on November 30, 2014, 05:47:32 PM
We were in Betws today, it was good to see all the businesses making an effort for Christmas.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on November 30, 2014, 05:57:19 PM
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That looks fabulous. I love that colour. Is it in Betws-y-Coed?

Yes and it is a complete restored 60s model. It has the engine in situ, but everything looked too clean for it to have been driven there. The assistant wasn't forthcoming, but we imagined that it must have been man-handled into place due to safety issues with the fuel. She did say that the window was worth seeing when it is dark.

The one thing which put me off were the grubby 'plastic bottle Christmas Trees' which seem to have re-appeared near the car park. I imagine that they might look better when lit. ;D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Mr Tunnock on December 29, 2014, 04:11:54 PM
Just seen a beige Fiat X19 , boy did I like those in their day, they never were big but look so small these days as cars have all increased in length and width.
It was in immaculate condition.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on January 09, 2015, 02:41:29 PM
Wirral to Llandudno Mini Run .
This Sunday Jan 11th
.
 The Minis leave the Wirral at 8.30am and stop in Rhos for a break sometime between 10am and 11am then drive in convoy to Llandudno and onto the Great Orme. They should be on the prom in the afternoon weather permitting.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on February 14, 2015, 02:16:00 PM
We were admiring this powerful looking beast in Newborough car park yesterday.   It's a Cosworth Range Rover with massive tyres.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on February 15, 2015, 07:22:31 PM
Let's think, which one shall I take for a spin today, the Roller, the Bentley or the Ferrari?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on February 16, 2015, 07:15:38 AM
The one real car missing is a Facel Vega.   What?  I hear you all say!  Maybe a bit far back to 1962 for many to remember the very short production.  Some ar still around and there is even a Facel Vega Car Club.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on February 16, 2015, 09:05:11 AM
Did you pass us on Rhos prom yesterday ME?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 16, 2015, 09:11:45 AM
No, not out at the moment as I have chickenpox, feel awful with it ! Erindoors had shingles on the face, so inspite of every precaution I caught the chickenpox! I do not recommend it! 😟
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on February 16, 2015, 10:18:28 AM
Sorry to hear that ME and I hope you both soon get over it.    My wife caught chickenpox in Lanzarote some years ago so I can imagine what it's like for you.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Mr Tunnock on February 16, 2015, 10:54:54 AM
Is that photo taken at the Royal Mirage Hollins?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on February 16, 2015, 11:03:14 AM
No, it is taken outside one of the private villas on the estate of houses that are behind the St Regis Saadiyat Island. I remember you were asking about this hotel. We spent last week there and I thought it was even better than last time. Good service and food. I persuaded Mr Hollins (action man) to come with me this time and much to my surprise he really enjoyed it. There is a fantastic gym there open 24/7 and we had fun playing tennis and table tennis.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on February 16, 2015, 11:47:52 AM
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No, not out at the moment as I have chickenpox, feel awful with it ! Erindoors had shingles on the face, so inspite of every precaution I caught the chickenpox! I do not recommend it! 😟

So sorry to hear that, hope you both are soon in 'full feather' again. My OH says ( he would) Hope that it isn't a reaction to the Nivea !  _))*
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Mr Tunnock on February 16, 2015, 12:17:27 PM
I love the idea of the hotel serviced residences and villas  that some of the decent chains have over there and in the States.
We had already booked our week over there but defiantly fancy the St Regis next time.
We have enjoyed the Fairmont over the years in fairness but it lacks a decent beach.
The new Ritz Carlton is too big in our view and you can't beat a nice beach can you?
Oman is still on our list to visit list, so many places but so little time to visit!
Back to the subject of cars it is like a huge motor show over there with some very special cars, we love seeing them rolling up at the hotels of an evening.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on February 16, 2015, 05:07:20 PM
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Back to the subject of cars it is like a huge motor show over there with some very special cars, we love seeing them rolling up at the hotels of an evening.

Yes, that is good sport. I am always amazed how the drivers seem totally happy just to get out of their hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of cars and let them be valet parked.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on February 16, 2015, 05:11:08 PM
Which one? You can have red or red!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SDQ on February 16, 2015, 07:02:35 PM
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Which one? You can have red or red!


The rear one, it looks like a Speciale.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: snowcap on February 17, 2015, 08:32:24 PM
sorry to here your both under the weather,( might it be pigeon pox?) hope you get well soon
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: snowcap on February 17, 2015, 08:34:07 PM
trust me wrong thread
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on February 17, 2015, 08:54:50 PM
No, Snowcap, not wrong thread, the subject jumped a few postings.

Poor ME and his Missis have had a lot to put up with without this. Let us all hope they both get well soon and are out and about in their 'famous' car :)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 18, 2015, 09:16:26 AM
 $thanx$ We took it out yesterday for a spin! We enjoyed it but I was very tired afterwards!



https://amp.twimg.com/v/35581253-d81e-465e-a74e-3dc5f87231fb
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on February 18, 2015, 10:30:09 AM
Take is easy, ME;  chicken pox in an adult is not to be taken lightly.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 18, 2015, 11:23:45 AM
Thanks Ian, I am resting a lot, but improving now, although slowly!  $good$
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on February 18, 2015, 12:17:21 PM
That's good to hear, ME.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on February 19, 2015, 04:19:51 PM
Hooray! Just seen your car on the tele for the first time ME. Looks fab!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on March 12, 2015, 05:00:49 PM
When did you last look UNDER your car?  Not suggesting you may find a bomb or incendary device, but there could be rubbish.  I followed a car today that looked as though it had half a tree and a few hundred yards of cable hanging from the underside.  It is not an unusual sight, along with the common hanging exhaust and plastic bags.

It is my habit of checking at least each week for any debris or signs of damage to brake lines, cables, inside edge of tyres, and the rest of the undercar impedimenta. Fortunately I have never yet found a dead cat or other animal! 
 ZXZ
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on March 17, 2015, 10:30:39 PM
Saw this old split screen Land Rover today when I was out walking
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on March 17, 2015, 10:54:15 PM
That is a very early 80" Land Rover, very  nice! 😎
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Yorkie on March 22, 2015, 08:08:30 PM
For anyone interested.......
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Post by: hollins on April 18, 2015, 09:18:17 AM
Mr Hollins saw this amusing reg no. in Austria last week.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on April 23, 2015, 09:02:26 AM
Any you fancy here ME?


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/picturegalleries/11555075/10-most-expensive-cars-sold-at-auction.html (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/picturegalleries/11555075/10-most-expensive-cars-sold-at-auction.html)
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 23, 2015, 10:10:58 AM
Yes! I fancy all ten of them! 😃 we just bought this Focus CC2 with electric / hydraulic folding roof, built by Pininfarina no less! Great to drive in the recent sunny weather!   :D
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Post by: DaveR on April 23, 2015, 10:20:21 AM
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Yes! I fancy all ten of them! 😃 we just bought this Focus CC2 with electric / hydraulic folding roof, built by Pininfarina no less! Great to drive in the recent sunny weather!   :D
How many cars have you got now, ME?!
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 23, 2015, 10:32:34 AM
Just the five Dave!   8)
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Post by: Nemesis on April 23, 2015, 07:52:36 PM
This Sunday is " Drive your Classic Day"
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/classiccars/10006456/Prepare-your-classic-car-for-Drive-It-Day.html (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/classiccars/10006456/Prepare-your-classic-car-for-Drive-It-Day.html)


Hope you have better luck with your roof ME. We had a brand new Mazda with one of those. It kept giving up the ghost half way up or down !
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on April 24, 2015, 08:18:42 AM
I must correct myself ! It was a Mitsubishi...not a Mazda !
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 24, 2015, 09:38:50 AM
You can get problems with these roofs, but we could be lucky! After the medical problems of the last 12 months we just think, go for it! 😎
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on April 24, 2015, 10:53:45 AM
Why not ME........you do right ! $good$
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Post by: Mikethewatch on April 25, 2015, 09:22:17 PM
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You can get problems with these roofs, but we could be lucky! After the medical problems of the last 12 months we just think, go for it! 😎

My brother has one of these cars and the only time he's had a problem with the roof was when his wife forgot the boot was full of shopping when opening it, £1500 to sort it out!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 25, 2015, 09:37:02 PM
Should be impossible to open the roof unless a screen in the boot is pulled across, it is on my Focus anyway.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Mikethewatch on April 25, 2015, 11:23:51 PM
Unless the micro switch is stuck on of course as his was !
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on April 26, 2015, 08:33:17 AM
Ours stuck half way up....................twice. It took over 2 hours for help to come and it was a bad day.Rather put us off !
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on April 29, 2015, 04:07:29 PM
Conwy three-wheeler stars with Liverpool FC stars in advert
13:08, 28 April 2015
By Mari Jones


A humble three-wheeler from North Wales has found fame by appearing alongside three football stars in a TV advert.

The Nivea advert, which took two days to film in a Liverpool multi-storey car park, stars footballers Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Simon Mignolet - and a Reliant Rialto from Rhos on Sea.

The Liverpool FC players are seen embarking on a dash to get to an awards show after failing to keep track of time.

They eventually track down a supporter who offers to help his heroes by giving them a lift in his three-wheel Reliant Rialto.

The blue Reliant, which is worth an estimated £3,000, is owned by classic car enthusiast Andy Jones.

He said: “There’s a Facebook page for Reliant owners and somebody had posted that they were looking for a blue Reliant Rialto for a TV advert.

“My car was put on the back of a truck and taken to the set in Liverpool. They filmed it in a multi-storey car park in the city at the end of January.

“My car was then taken to Nivea’s headquarters in Birmingham, and also had a day out to promote the campaign outside Anfield.

“The bloke who took my car said the players liked it, and I think they had a lot of fun filming it.

“I suppose they’ve also got Lamborghinis parked up at home.”

Andy admits he is not a football fan, and wouldn’t have recognised any of the players featured in the advert.

“To me, football is like watching paint dry,” he said.

“My wife and I are massively into old cars.

“But, when I got the car back, it was covered in LFC stickers and had mini models of the players in the ad. I’ve kept it all, so it should generate quite a bit of interest when we go to vintage car shows this summer.”

Two of the car’s past owners have now contacted Andy, desperately wanting to buy the car back.

He said: “I’m not selling it. We go out in it quite a lot and, even before the ad, people would bypass other posh cars to come and have a chat about ours.

“My friends tell me they’ve seen the ad on Sky and ITV, and the car is beginning to get recognised.

“A guy came to fix our conservatory roof and, when he spotted the Reliant, he got really excited. A bloke who was mowing the lawn next door said, ‘I recognise that car’.

“It’s a bit of fun, and perhaps the car is worth more than £3,000 now.”

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/conwy-three-wheeler-stars-liverpool-fc-9136424 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/conwy-three-wheeler-stars-liverpool-fc-9136424)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 29, 2015, 05:09:49 PM
I understand that the owner of the Reliant had a photographer from Liverpool arrive this morning taking lots of pics! Seems that the Reliant and the owner will appear in the national press!  8)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on April 29, 2015, 10:28:15 PM
ME,  I bet you wish that you had been a footballer!       ;D

http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCgQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tsmplay.com%2Ftop10%2Ffootball-players-most-expensive-cars%2F&ei=TkxBVZ_RL4PbaL2CgXA&usg=AFQjCNHfV5hDYyT9jjjrElSGKCUkZcA1bg (http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCgQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tsmplay.com%2Ftop10%2Ffootball-players-most-expensive-cars%2F&ei=TkxBVZ_RL4PbaL2CgXA&usg=AFQjCNHfV5hDYyT9jjjrElSGKCUkZcA1bg)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 29, 2015, 11:13:55 PM
For the money yes! Problem  is I have never had any interest in football! Liverpool fans seem to love a certain  blue three wheeler though!   D)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on April 30, 2015, 11:03:17 AM
It's made the front page of the NWWN today so I can see Andy's name now appearing in the "Celeb Spotting" section of the forum.       ;D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 30, 2015, 01:10:44 PM
If  I spot him anywhere I will let you know! 😎
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on April 30, 2015, 01:22:04 PM
I have met him a few times. I wish I had asked for his autograph now!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 30, 2015, 01:34:50 PM
We had a great day out on Sunday  when we took our classic Jaguar to Mike Brewer's garage in Sheffield, Mike was there with  Edd China, they both make the TV show Wheeler Dealers. It was a day when anyone could take their classic car along. It was a great day, both very chatty with some  great car stories!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 30, 2015, 01:36:05 PM
Big Edd!
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 30, 2015, 01:37:51 PM
Er indoors with Mike.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SDQ on April 30, 2015, 02:51:26 PM
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We had a great day out on Sunday  when we took our classic Jaguar to Mike Brewer's garage in Sheffield, Mike was there with  Edd China, they both make the TV show Wheeler Dealers. It was a day when anyone could take their classic car along. It was a great day, both very chatty with some  great car stories!


I love that show, even watch all the repeats on Discovery/Discovery Turbo.
They both seem genuinely nice guys & always willing to talk 'cars'.
Glad you had a great day & I'm very jealous!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 30, 2015, 05:31:17 PM
SDQ ,  they are great  guys, you can follow Mike on Facebook, which is how we knew the event  was  on.  D)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on April 30, 2015, 06:36:33 PM
Whoo. you jammy pair.......I'm jealous too !
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on May 13, 2015, 05:51:34 PM
Is there a classic car rally going on in North Wales today as I've seen loads of them going from Betws Y Coed in the direction of Capel Curig?
There were some nice E Type Jags amongst the other cars but I didn't notice the Blue Reliant on the road.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 13, 2015, 05:59:14 PM
The blue Reliant  was out and about yesterday Hugo!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on May 13, 2015, 10:01:00 PM
It's looking very smart indeed, I bet the car had many admiring glances yesterday.   
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 13, 2015, 10:44:54 PM
Yes, it does get a lot of attention! ☺
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on June 08, 2015, 12:51:36 PM
Paper driving licence counterparts scrapped by DVLA: What it means for you
The paper counterpart of your driving licence has been scrapped. It took effect as of midnight overnight on Sunday/Monday.
The counterpart shows a driver's record, including offences and endorsements. It is being replaced by an online service.
The move plans to save motorists millions of pounds and change the way they share their information with employers and car hire companies.
Last year, the DVLA had to replace around 445,000 counterparts because drivers had lost them, for which they were charged £20 each to cover the cost.
RELATED: The censored number plates the DVLA won't allow on roads
From now on, penalty points will only be recorded electronically, and will not be printed or written on either photocard licences or paper driving licences.
However, there are concerns about whether car hire firms abroad will still request to see them.

Offences will still be fined and if necessary, the photocard licence will still need to be submitted to a court.
The information about your endorsement status can be viewed online, by phone or post.
There are 46.4 million licence holders in Great Britain and 37.7 million of those have a photocard driving licence.

What does this mean for you
If you already hold a paper counterpart, after June 8 it will no longer have any legal status. You should destroy your paper counterpart after this date but you still need to keep your current photocard driving licence.

What do I do if have a paper driving licence?
Paper driving licences issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998 will remain valid and should not be destroyed.
If you need to update your name, address or renew your licence, you will be issued with a photocard only.

What if I have penalty points on my licence?
From June 8 new penalty points (endorsements) will only be recorded electronically, and will not be printed or written on either photocard licences or paper driving licences. From this date, if you commit an offence you will still have to pay any applicable fine and submit your licence to the court but the way the court deals with the paperwork will change.
For photocard licences, the court will retain the paper counterpart and only return the photocard to you.
For paper licences, the court will return it to you but they won’t have written or printed the offence details on it.

This means that from Monday neither the photocard driving licence nor the paper licence will provide an accurate account of any driving endorsements you may have. Instead, this information will be held on DVLA’s driver record, and can be viewed online, by phone or post.

How about the impact on theory tests?
You won’t need to take your paper counterpart with you when you go for your theory or driving test. You must still take your photocard, or your old-style paper licence - your test will be cancelled and you’ll have to pay again if you don’t.

I’m going for a job and need to confirm my driving record to my employer, what do I do?
If you drive for a living and you’re asked to provide evidence of your driving record (entitlements and/or penalty points), you can do this online for free by accessing the DVLA’s online Share Driving Licence service.

The service should be used by both paper and photocard driving licence holders. You can generate a ‘check code’ to pass to the person or organisation that needs to view your driving licence details.
Alternatively you can call DVLA on 0300 790 6801 and leave permission for your driving record to be checked verbally by a nominated person/organisation.

What do I need to know if I’m going to hire a vehicle?
Drivers needing to show their driving record to car hire companies will need to have viewed their licence information online and to have generated a check code so details can be shared with third parties.
The DVLA said car rental companies in the UK and abroad would be well aware of the changes.
You may wish to check with the hire company what they need to see when you hire a vehicle.

The code lasts for up to 72 hours and will allow the hire companies to make any necessary checks. You can also request a code by calling 0300 083 0013. This also applies if you have a paper licence that was issued before 1998.
Not all vehicle hire companies will ask for this information.


If you only decide to hire a car once abroad and the hire company asks to see your record you will need to either log on to GOV.UK to get it or call the DVLA on 0300 790 6801. You will need your national insurance number.
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/paper-driving-licence-counterparts-scrapped-9408091 (http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/paper-driving-licence-counterparts-scrapped-9408091)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on June 08, 2015, 03:23:29 PM
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You should destroy your paper counterpart after this date but you still need to keep your current photocard driving licence.

I would strongly advise against that course of action. Horror stories are starting to emerge of people having to retake tests because the bureaucracy has fouled up.  Keep the paper copy and make copies of it.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 08, 2015, 04:54:20 PM
I remember stories on BBC Watchdog a couple of years ago, people would send off the old driving licence for change of address etc, then when the new licence arrived they found that they were no longer entitled to drive a car or motorcycle! So for some years I have photocopied everything I send to DVLA and send everything to them  by recorded delivery.

Just today I had a letter about retaxing a car that I sold about 6 weeks ago! Luckily I had kept the note from DVLA thanking me for telling them that I had sold it! Plonkers!  &shake&
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on June 09, 2015, 09:47:15 AM
DVLA apologises after drivers left frustrated by glitches on new website's first day

The DVLA has been forced to apologise after many motorists trying to access information online to be able to hire a car found the website had crashed.

The Swansea-based Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency implemented a series of changes which came into force on Monday.

Driving licences’ paper counterparts have been abolished, meaning all penalty points will now be recorded electronically.
Drivers looking to hire a vehicle have to visit the Government’s gov.uk website to show hire companies what penalty points they have and which vehicles they are permitted to drive.

But many vented their frustration on Twitter after being unable to access the website on Monday.
John Spence added: “It’s only Monday but I can’t see anyone beating the DVLA to this week’s prize for incompetence.”
Edmund King, president of the AA, said the new system had got off to a shaky start.

“There have been problems for some of our members,” he added. “We have heard that a number have found the DVLA website very slow.”

He also said many drivers had been left stumped after being asked for their national insurance number as part of the new means of hiring a vehicle.
Oliver Morley, the DVLA’s chief executive, has apologised to motorists who have experienced problems with the new system but said many others had been able to access the site.
He said: “We are currently experiencing exceptionally high demand for this service. We are aware some customers are experiencing issues with the website and we are working very hard to resolve this as quickly as possible. We are sorry for any inconvenience.”
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Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 09, 2015, 10:58:36 AM
I do not know why they need a national Insurance number? I never have a clue what it is?
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Post by: DaveR on June 09, 2015, 12:30:47 PM
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I do not know why they need a national Insurance number? I never have a clue what it is?
I assume its so they can tie all the various Govt records together.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on June 10, 2015, 08:20:59 AM
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I do not know why they need a national Insurance number? I never have a clue what it is?
I assume its so they can tie all the various Govt records together.

It is indeed, and its a worrying part of their drive to monitor the activities of everyone. A couple of days ago it was revealed health records - which are highly confidential - are being passed around between government organisations and that includes those who've opted out of this arrangement.

The problem is that government agencies have a deplorable record with regard to security and care of records, so it will only be a matter of time before your innermost secrets are laid bare to all and sundry because your sexual health history, your mental health history, your spent convictions, your school behaviour and a lot more become available for anyone to read in the SUN because some careless employee has left their laptop on the tube. It was bad enough when they were all on disc, with DHSS employees losing them, or sending them to newspapers 'in error'.  Fun times ahead...
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Bosun on June 10, 2015, 11:05:26 AM
Getting back to the subject of cars, Mrs B and I are trying to decide on a new car and trawling various dealerships - with hilarious results (if it wasn't so sad) and comments of the so-called 'car salesmen'.

The salesman at the VW dealers at the Junction didn't know what a Passatt looked like and showed us a Golf full of fish and chip papers. The child at the Audi garage couldn't walk upright and speak at the same time, whilst the chap at the Volvo garage in Lancashire told us that the XC70 was much better off-road than a Discovery.  The Jaguar salesman in Bolton did not know how to open the boot and wandered off; I had to get him back from his coffee to assist us.

That's just a brief selection, some of the utter and complete bolxxxxs they talked was unbelievable. It would make a good TV show with a 'secret shopper' with a camera and mike....

I'm fortunate in having some motoring knowledge and experience, but it must be a minefield for some.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on June 10, 2015, 11:49:01 AM
Always best to try and do your own research. Fortunately, we have the Internet these days to assist us!
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Post by: DVT on June 10, 2015, 01:09:59 PM
Having spent a load of money replacing things on my last car (of Spanish manufacturer but from the VAG stable) I decided to spend on a new car instead.  Decided what I wanted and asked a number of owners what they thought - even it meant approaching someone completely unknown to me - not one bad word about the make/model I had my eyes on.

There is a local dealer, so I paid them a visit earlier this year.  Treated extremely well, got the price I wanted on part-exchange, tried out both diesel and petrol versions, and made my decision.  Took a few days to find the exact spec I was after, car was handed over with 9 miles on the clock and a full tank of fuel.  I don't suppose I'm allowed to say which dealer but the car is built in the UK and the dealer is in Llandudno.

Best advice I can give is to draw up a short list and speak to owners!  Don't go on reviews - Jermy Clarkson is quite scathing about the car I've bought, yet they were raced successfully in the British Championship last year!!!
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Post by: SDQ on June 10, 2015, 02:05:51 PM
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Having spent a load of money replacing things on my last car (of Spanish manufacturer but from the VAG stable) I decided to spend on a new car instead.  Decided what I wanted and asked a number of owners what they thought - even it meant approaching someone completely unknown to me - not one bad word about the make/model I had my eyes on.

There is a local dealer, so I paid them a visit earlier this year.  Treated extremely well, got the price I wanted on part-exchange, tried out both diesel and petrol versions, and made my decision.  Took a few days to find the exact spec I was after, car was handed over with 9 miles on the clock and a full tank of fuel.  I don't suppose I'm allowed to say which dealer but the car is built in the UK and the dealer is in Llandudno.

Best advice I can give is to draw up a short list and speak to owners!  Don't go on reviews - Jermy Clarkson is quite scathing about the car I've bought, yet they were raced successfully in the British Championship last year!!!


You've named the ones that didn't impress you, I see no reason not to name the one that did.
Are they still a Honda dealer? They also used to be a VW certified service centre so I had a service carried out there and they gave me a loan of a Civic. The dash was like the starship enterprise and the rear had a ruddy great big spoiler across the rear window blocking most of the view! You had to rag it a bit to get the best of the V-tech engine, completely alien to me after years of driving Passat diesels!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on June 10, 2015, 04:22:07 PM
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I don't suppose I'm allowed to say which dealer but the car is built in the UK and the dealer is in Llandudno.

You certainly are allowed to heap praise on local dealers.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Bosun on June 10, 2015, 05:10:05 PM
Best advice I can give is to draw up a short list and speak to owners!  Don't go on reviews .....

No, really? Isn't that a bit boring when you could purchase at random?

And of course, anyone who has spent their hard earned cash on a car is obviously going to admit that they have brought a 'pup' and car reviews and test reports by professionals are rubbish and should be avoided............. never read What-Car or Which what ever you do.

Yea... right. 
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 10, 2015, 07:34:11 PM
I look at reviews be for buying a car, or other items, then look at the customers feedback, but in the end make my own mind up. I have found that when you look at reviews nothing is perfect!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DVT on June 10, 2015, 07:40:12 PM
Yes, I bought a Honda from North Wales Honda, 10/10 for them.

... yes, they are still a VW certified service centre.  My SEAT Leon was in there early last year and they lent me a 1.6 diesel Civic saloon.  Like SDQ I didn't like the rear spoiler but it had the rear camera to overcome reversing difficulties.  Last summer I had the use of the 1.8 petrol Tourer, covered 600 miles in it.  Later in the year I had the use of the 1.6 diesel Tourer which impressed me more than the petrol version.  So I have bought a 1.6 diesel Tourer - no rear spoiler to block your rear vision, dashboard is a bit like a spaceship, has a rear camera and parking sensors and does 60mpg, and no road tax!

My previous car, 2-litre diesel SEAT Leon had a little more power, but not much, but over 18 months cost me in excess of £4000 - dual mass flywheel, fuel injectors, rear hub bearings, brake discs and pads, cambelt (precautionary change) and the attitude of SEAT customer care was enough to put anyone off.  That work was done by SEAT Menai Bridge, the cambelt by the new SEAT garage in the Junction (same group). Flywheel and injectors were the subject of VW recalls or free replacement a few years ago - SEAT contributed a bit towards the flywheel but reckoned that the injector issue was only on VW 140TDi engines, not on the SEAT ones, despite the fact that the engine in my car clearly stated Volkswagen across the top of it!

... surely if you're buying a new car (and my latest purchase is my first brand new car) then you (should) have an idea of what spec you want, so a short list drawn up and find out what other owners think of them seems a logical thing to do!  My requirements were reliability, cost effectiveness (both on fuel and maintenance), comfort, a bit sporty and slightly out of the ordinary.  What I bought fits the bill, the other two on my shortlist were Hyundai i40 and the KIA C'eed, didn't drive either but the latter failed on having a stupid name!!!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on June 11, 2015, 07:08:43 AM
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never read What-Car or Which what ever you do.

I find reviews in both magazines to be less than reliable overall. The commercial What-Car is bound to be influenced by its need to remain in business, while the quality of Which? reports is not what it once was, I'm sad to say. Which?'s strength, however, is that their annual car report is compiled largely from stats garnered from their subscribers, and the questionnaire they issue has been largely unchanged for years.

I suspect there are only two things most owners want to know: how much will the car cost to run, which includes its purchase price, insurance group, deterioration potential and fuel consumption. and the second is how nice it is to drive.  The first you can get from any car magazine within reason, and the second has to be personal experience.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on June 13, 2015, 11:37:23 AM
Going through old photos I found this picture of a 1909 Siddley outside the The Bala Moter Co. Garage...
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on June 21, 2015, 02:28:38 PM
Just been talking to some people on The prom near the Cayley in Rhos who are trying to start a meeting on the 3rd Sunday in every month for car enthusiasts, there, on the prom.,  10am till whenever. All welcome.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Bosun on June 22, 2015, 04:38:37 PM
Now, some, if slight, progress. Mrs B and I have test driven the Jaguar XF and are most impressed, but this starts the dilemma: do we wait for the new one in September, because the current one is certainly very acceptable and there will obviously be 'end of line' deals to be had - or do we wait for the new model...... and the new price, to keep up to date with technology...?

It's a fact that people spend more time deciding on their next car purchase than on their next house purchase.

The joy of being a petrolhead....

Anyone got an XF?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Bosun on July 02, 2015, 11:30:02 AM
To confuse matters, have seen the new Jaguar XE in the showroom that seems rather superb in all respects; styling, quality and 'feel', that indefinable thing that makes you like (or dislike) something. Must arrange a test drive......
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Bosun on July 30, 2015, 08:57:14 AM
Well, have now test driven the XE, excellent car, very well put together and delightful to drive if slightly smaller than the XF. As the new XF is due out in September it's sensible to wait to see what that's like....

The only frightening thing is the cost.... four times the cost of the first property I brought....
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on July 30, 2015, 09:11:17 AM
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The only frightening thing is the cost.... four times the cost of the first property I brought....
You know you want one!  :D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on July 30, 2015, 05:15:48 PM
I thought this one might be of interest. A brave owner parking it in an Asda car park. It was in immaculate condition.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Bosun on July 30, 2015, 05:31:15 PM
Austin (Nash) Metropolitan 1953 - 1961. Lovely. 
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on August 12, 2015, 06:23:08 PM
Came across this old Audi in Deganwy today.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: snowcap on August 12, 2015, 08:54:32 PM
A reg. is that 1963?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on August 12, 2015, 09:23:17 PM
It must be as the owner said that it was over 50 years old.   I've seen it before around town but didn't realise that it was an Audi.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: snowcap on August 12, 2015, 10:06:11 PM
I think that was the year they introduced the A reg
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DVT on August 13, 2015, 08:56:04 AM
Is it an Audi or an Auto Union?  (Same difference, I know!) - I think it was the German equivalent fo the Jeep.

1963 was the year that A reg was introduced as a suffix.

However, Caernarvonshire County Council - (Caernarvonshire had CC and JC, Denbighshire had CA and UN, Anglesey EY, Flintshire DM and Meirionethshire FF for the north Walian ones) - did not start using the suffix until the following year - so there were no ACC ***A registrations issued for "new" cars - they started with ACC ***B the following year.

Not many authorities actually used the A suffix registrations - my first car was a 1963 Mini but it did not have a suffix letter - PCM 642 registered in Birkenhead (that reg'n would be worth a bit now!)

I think that vehicle is possibly from the 1940's but was registered when brought into this country and given that plate as the actual production date may have been unknown or questionable.  Later, when the letter was a prefix, any "dubious" registrations were given Q registrations.

Think that's right, but will stand corrected!
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Post by: Hugo on August 13, 2015, 10:05:54 AM
You could well be correct DVT.    the owner spoke to my friend and told him the story about it and I think that he said that it was either built in Holland or a Dutch guy owned it previously.
It's a left hand drive vehicle so it may have been bought  in Holland and given the  A plates when it came over to the UK.
It looked in good nick and has been done up a bit because when I last saw it in Llandudno there was a lot of rust showing on the vehicle.
Whether or not it was an Audi or an Auto Union I don't know the answer to that.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 13, 2015, 10:09:52 AM
1964 Autounion.....
Registration number: ACC 766A
✔ Taxed
Tax due: 01 June 2016
✔ MOT
Expires: 15 June 2016
New keepers must get tax before using the vehicle.
If you have taxed, made a SORN or had a MOT it can take up to 5 days for these details to be shown above.

Vehicle details
Vehicle make AUTOUNION Date of first registration 14 March 1980 Year of manufacture 1964 Cylinder capacity (cc) 1000cc CO₂Emissions Not available Fuel type PETROL Vehicle status Tax not due Vehicle colour GREEN Vehicle type approval Not available Wheelplan 2 AXLE RIGID BODY Revenue weight 3499kg
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Post by: DVT on August 13, 2015, 06:55:59 PM
That makes sense now ... seems it was first registered in the UK in 1980 but could not be given a registration that would make it appear newer than it was - so it had an "A" reg (1963) as it could not be given a "V" reg (March 1980) - must have been registered in Bangor (Caernarvonshire) to get ACC even though they did not use the "A" reg back in 1963.

I was a bit surprised by the small engine size, but in the late 1950's and early 1960's there was an Auto Union 1000 small saloon (also went under the DKW name) so suspect it must have shared a lot of the mechanicals with that production vehicle.
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Post by: Nemesis on August 16, 2015, 03:37:15 PM
Not many here-----------------Hope for more next time.

For some reason my picture 'cannot be displayed'.... back to facebook !
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Post by: Hugo on August 19, 2015, 01:51:44 PM
Came across this Morris Minor in Porthmadog
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Post by: Hugo on September 20, 2015, 05:50:58 PM
A nice Alpha Romeo in Barmouth yesterday
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Post by: Ian on October 07, 2015, 02:41:29 PM
Which? asked car manufacturers if they'd ever used devices or software to manipulate emissions data:

"BMW

‘The BMW Group does not manipulate or rig any emissions tests. We observe the legal requirements in each country and fulfill all local testing requirements.

‘We support the swift introduction of new regulations in Europe and beyond to ensure clarity, not only for consumers but also for the automotive industry.’
Daimler (Mercedes-Benz)

‘We categorically deny the accusation of manipulating emission tests regarding our vehicles. A defeat device, a function which illegitimately reduces emissions during testing, has never been and will never be used at Daimler.’

‘Mercedes-Benz emphatically supports the introduction of the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure).  This procedure is designed to supersede the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), with the goal of bringing standardised and real-world consumption closer together.’
Ford

‘All Ford vehicles meet all applicable emissions requirements and do not have a so-called “defeat device”.

‘All our vehicles in Europe undergo emissions tests witnessed by the Type approval authorities and their technical services. We conduct all emission tests fully in line with regulations.’
Honda

‘Honda conducts business with a spirit, belief and commitment to abide by all laws and regulations without exception. Honda does not use any illegal software or defeat device.

‘A number of European authorities have recently proposed additional testing as a means to check for defeat devices, including potential on-road, real world testing. Honda supports this additional testing in order to help strengthen regulatory and consumer confidence.’
Hyundai

‘We confirm that none of our vehicles are fitted with any type of software intended to manipulate regulatory emissions tests results.

‘Hyundai Motor abides by the testing regulations and methods of each region where it sells cars including Europe.’
Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover does not use any emissions “defeat” devices or software.’
Kia Motors

Kia Motors confirm that none of its vehicles are fitted any type of software intended to manipulate regulatory emissions tests results. Kia Motors abides by the testing regulations and methods of each region where it sells cars - including Europe.’
Mazda

‘In compliance with the law, Mazda works hard to ensure that every petrol and diesel engine it makes fully complies with the regulations of the countries in which they are sold. Mazda never uses illegal software or defeat devices. Customers can rest assured that their car is fully compliant with all regulations.’
Mitsubishi

‘Every gasoline and diesel engine that Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) manufactures fully complies with the regulations of the country in which it is sold.

MMC has never used software or other methods to illegitimately reduce emissions during testing in the gasoline engines, diesel engines, or plug-in hybrid systems which it develops. Our customers can rest assured that their vehicles fully comply with all applicable regulations.’
Nissan

‘We can state unequivocally that we are committed to upholding the law and meeting regulations in all markets where we do business worldwide.

‘We can also confirm that Nissan does not employ ‘defeat devices’ in our products and complies with homologation procedures in all countries where it operates.’
PSA Peugeot Citroën

‘We respect the test procedures in place in all countries where we operate and our vehicles have never been fitted with software or systems to switch engines to a cleaner mode during emissions testing than in real driving conditions.’
Renault

‘Renault complies with all regulations and legislation for the markets in which it operates.

‘Our vehicles are not equipped with ‘defeat devices’ designed to alter the results of regulatory emissions tests.

‘Renault Group supports the implementation of European homologation tests representative of real conditions (Real Driving Emissions) which will better reflect laboratory test cycles.’
Suzuki

‘Suzuki Motor Corporation would like to confirm that none of its vehicles are fitted with any type of software or ‘defeat devices’ to manipulate regulatory emissions testing results.

‘Suzuki Motor Corporation abides with the correct procedures and testing regulations relating to emissions and Suzuki GB PLC would like to firmly reassure its customers and dealers of this.’
Toyota

‘We confirm that no Toyota or Lexus models employ any kind of “defeat device” or “defeat strategy” intended to reduce the effectiveness of the emission control equipment.

‘We can also confirm that our emission control devices and strategies operate in exactly the same manner, regardless of whether our vehicles are being tested on a chassis dynamometer or driven on the road.’
Vauxhall

‘General Motors designed software has no features that detect that a vehicle is undergoing emission test cycles. GM of course includes Opel and Vauxhall.

‘We would emphasise that GM has processes in place to proactively ensure robust emission compliance.

‘We know that there is a lot of discussion about moving from the current emissions testing to new, more stringent consumption tests (World Light Vehicle Test Procedure) and exhaust measurements on the roads (Real-world Driving Emissions regulation) to reduce the differences between the test bench and the roads in the future. We are an active participant here on all discussion levels and once the new regulations are in place, we will of course comply.’
Volvo

‘Volvo Cars never has and never will fit any device to its cars that manipulates emission test results. Volvo engines have the same settings no matter whether they are being tested or in everyday use.

‘Volvo Cars believes the current testing regime for emission by diesel cars provides an industry standard that allows comparisons to be made between cars. That said, in partnership with the rest of the automotive industry, Volvo is working towards the design and implementation of new emission tests that better reflect everyday driving conditions.’"
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Post by: Bosun on October 08, 2015, 02:40:39 PM
Ian, that's very useful and most interesting, and you can call me pedantic if you wish, but if I remember correctly, you are not enamoured by Which?.......
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Post by: SDQ on October 08, 2015, 05:40:30 PM
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Ian, that's very useful and most interesting, and you can call me pedantic if you wish, but if I remember correctly, you are not enamoured by Which?.......


I'm sure if you'd asked VW the same question a few months ago they would have denied it too!
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Post by: Bosun on October 08, 2015, 07:31:38 PM
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Ian, that's very useful and most interesting, and you can call me pedantic if you wish, but if I remember correctly, you are not enamoured by Which?.......


I'm sure if you'd asked VW the same question a few months ago they would have denied it too!

A very astute observation with which I categorically agree, especially as the VW hierarchy are now desperately trying to distance themselves from the debacle. However, each car manufacturer knows exactly to the last micron what the others manufactures are developing and producing and I have no doubt whatsoever that this defeat device has been known about in the car manufacturing industry since inception.

Time 'will out'......
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Post by: Ian on October 08, 2015, 09:15:49 PM
And you're spot on. I have distinct misgivings about Which? and its current methodologies and tactics.
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Post by: DaveR on October 09, 2015, 10:18:05 AM
It's a DKW Munga, I think?? Built by Auto Union between 1956 and 1968.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DKW_Munga


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Came across this old Audi in Deganwy today.
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Post by: SDQ on October 16, 2015, 05:30:01 PM
http://cars.aol.co.uk/2015/10/12/four-more-carmakers-found-to-make-diesel-cars-that-exceed-emissi/ (http://cars.aol.co.uk/2015/10/12/four-more-carmakers-found-to-make-diesel-cars-that-exceed-emissi/)
I notice these were all in Ian's list claiming innocence, so how do they explain the difference in their figures?
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Post by: Ian on October 16, 2015, 05:41:01 PM
Indeed.
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Post by: hollins on October 26, 2015, 11:01:42 AM
Lamborghini posing noisily in Spiez yesterday!
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 26, 2015, 11:35:58 AM
My Spitfire has been away having lots done to it, should be coming home soon! Mine is the one without the red nose , that one is a works Le Mans Spitfire that belongs to my friend.
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Post by: rhuddlan on October 26, 2015, 05:10:06 PM
Lovely to see the Spitfires. We got married over 40 yrs ago and we went off on honeymoon in one!
I have found a couple of old pics,which I will try to attach.
The wire wheels set it off well, but I never was too happy cornering in it!
I had forgotten it had a (then) fashionable tank aerial. I kept that and it went on a variety  of
later cars. One year a mk4 Cortina I had was buried in a snowdrift near Bodrhyddan. Had it not been for the
aerial the snow plough would have driven straight into the back of the car. I have never seen snow like it
I would love to see a pic! Typically I didn't have a camera with me!
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 26, 2015, 06:28:01 PM
Nice! Yours was a mk3 Spitfire, you are right about the wire wheels, not very strong at all, mine had them when I bought it but I removed them!
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Post by: hollins on December 15, 2015, 12:37:34 PM
Xmas gift idea?
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Post by: hollins on December 20, 2015, 07:32:37 PM
Lego to the real thing!
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Post by: Nemesis on December 26, 2015, 04:21:50 PM
Wirral to Llandudno Mini Run. Jan 10th 2016. ^*^0
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Post by: squiggle on December 26, 2015, 05:49:03 PM
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Lego to the real thing!

Thinking toys/models, I bought a couple of my brothers models that run on salt water for Christmas. This type of thing:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/4x4-Salt-Water-Engine-Car/dp/B008TMW7HU/ref=zg_bs_364199031_1 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/4x4-Salt-Water-Engine-Car/dp/B008TMW7HU/ref=zg_bs_364199031_1)

Here's a link to a real one. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quant_E (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quant_E)
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Post by: Hugo on December 29, 2015, 10:17:16 PM
Very nice motor, fingers crossed that my Euro lottery numbers will come up tonight.       ;D
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Post by: Bosun on January 09, 2016, 10:30:38 PM
The search for a new car for Mrs B still continues, but we are in no real hurry. We test drove the Jaguar XF, a big disappointment in all senses of the word. Although we booked a test drive weeks in advance, categorically stating that we did NOT want to test the R Sport, yes, when we did arrive for the test drive, they only had an R Sport; the salesman on his day off had taken the other demonstrator that we wanted to test! We did however take the R Sport out and were decidedly unimpressed; we understood why the salesman had taken the Portfolio version, the wind and road noise on the R Sport was excessive, the ride uncomfortable and bits of the interior decidedly 'low rent', as was the Jaguar dealer experience, which puts us off the forth-coming F-Pace. We test drove a Lexus RX200 hybrid, a space age machine, heated and cooled seats, every conceivable extra. 50 mpg plus around town on mainly the electric motor, but then on the motorway, down to 20 - 30 something mpg and a dreadfully sluggish uptake, like driving through treacle, but the worst thing was the solid unforgiving hardness of the ride, drive over a 10p piece and you could tell if it was heads or tails. Mrs B was unimpressed by the Mercs, she previously had Merc coupe which she loved but she found the present crop uninspiring. The most impressive car so far? The VW Touareg, nicely built, luxury, good driving position and excellent ride, and she can get her golfist bats in the boot. But, - hold the front page - there's a new, bigger Tiguan coming, with modern technology and 217bhp. Now, that might be worth waiting for.   
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Post by: Nemesis on January 10, 2016, 01:27:16 PM
Minis... as far as the eye can see.
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Post by: Nemesis on January 10, 2016, 01:29:25 PM
A couple of the more unusual ones !
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Post by: Hugo on January 11, 2016, 11:54:11 AM
Nice photos Nemesis, hope that everyone enjoyed the rally.    I had a flame coloured Clubman and enjoyed driving it, until it finally gave up the ghost at 142K  miles and went to the scrapheap
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Post by: Hugo on February 27, 2016, 09:26:29 AM
I saw the car in Criccieth and the old tractor at the end of our walk in Llanystumdwy
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Post by: hollins on March 02, 2016, 12:51:37 PM
Was it Bosun that was interested in a new Jaguar? I am passing through Geneva airport and there are lots of fancy cars on show ahead of the Geneva motor show starting tomorrow.
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Post by: hollins on March 02, 2016, 12:54:24 PM
Second pic.
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Post by: DaveR on March 03, 2016, 09:25:14 AM
I was reading about the new Jag F-Pace in Autocar recently; looks like it may be a real winner. Shame about the name though!
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Post by: SDQ on March 03, 2016, 10:09:43 AM
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Shame about the name though!


I prefer it to the Bentley Bentayga!
What were they thinking when they came up with that???
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Post by: DaveR on March 03, 2016, 10:26:35 AM
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I prefer it to the Bentley Bentayga!
What were they thinking when they came up with that???
It is pretty silly! I assume it's pronounced ben - tay - gah?
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Post by: Lyndylou on March 10, 2016, 10:47:04 AM
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/watch-moment-daily-post-reunites-11017235 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/watch-moment-daily-post-reunites-11017235)

Lost car keys could have cost up to 3,000 to replace.
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Post by: SteveH on April 05, 2016, 04:06:53 PM
Petrol prices are set to rise but there are still ways to cut costs at the forecourt

Motorists have been warned that the period of lower fuel prices is over after the cost of petrol rose last month for the first time since July 2015.
Experts said the 3.4p per litre (ppl) rise in average pump prices to 105p was a result of oil reaching 40 US dollars a barrel for the first time since early December.

The report by the RAC found that around £1.84 was added to the cost of filling up an average 55-litre car with unleaded.
Diesel forecourt prices increased by 3.7ppl to 105p despite the wholesale price only rising by 1.5p, according to the motoring organisation's analysis.
The RAC claimed this indicates that retailers are either using the lower diesel wholesale cost to subsidise the price of petrol or using it as a means of increasing their profit margin.
MORE   http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/petrol-prices-set-rise-still-11138924 (http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/petrol-prices-set-rise-still-11138924)
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Post by: SteveH on April 06, 2016, 12:25:23 PM
I was not going to bother posting this article, but then noticed in this breakdown, that Conwy has the cheapest fuel in Wales.

Motorists have been warned that the period of lower fuel prices is over after the cost of petrol rose last month for the first time since July 2015.

Experts said the 3.4p per litre (ppl) rise in average pump prices to 105p was a result of oil reaching 40 US dollars a barrel for the first time since early December.
WalesOnline has researched petrol pricing figures collated by database website PetrolPrices.com , revealing the cheapest price of petrol per litre in each county in Wales.

PetrolPrices say they have petrol prices for more than 10,000 stations and receive around 8,000 daily updates to ensure their data is accurate.
Figures for the different petrol stations have been updated at various times over the past week, with the below prices being what was stated on the website on Tuesday evening.
The cheapest petrol per litre in Conwy can be found at Asda Llandudno Automat, at 99.7p.

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/here-cheapest-places-petrol-wales-11143261 (http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/here-cheapest-places-petrol-wales-11143261)
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Post by: Hugo on April 06, 2016, 07:11:17 PM
Tellytubby saw this Land Rover which looked in really good condition so he took the photo of it today.    We also came across this sporty looking Honda
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Post by: SteveH on April 14, 2016, 01:22:16 PM
Watch North Wales' worst driving .... caught on camera
You've seen North Wales' worst parking, but the region's roads are no strangers to some horrendous driving.
From dodgy overtakes on country lanes, people reading maps while motoring along, to cars driving the wrong way down the A55 - all of them have been caught on camera.
With the increase in the number of people fitting their cars with dashcams, more incidents of terrible driving are being recorded than ever before.

Here is a round up of some of the worst    http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/watch-north-wales-worst-driving-11172720 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/watch-north-wales-worst-driving-11172720)
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 14, 2016, 10:12:39 PM
At certain times some tourist visitors are bad, but all year long the worst drivers I see are taxi drivers.  &shake&
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Post by: SteveH on April 28, 2016, 12:40:11 PM
Rallying cost talks stall with Natural Resources Wales.
Concerns have been raised about rallying in Wales' forests as the sport's governing body said new costs sought by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) would be "unworkable".
The Motor Sports Association (MSA) has agreed deals in England and Scotland but talks are continuing in Wales.
NRW said it had to recover its costs.
Former British rallying champion Gwyndaf Evans said he was concerned racing could become "prohibitively expensive" in Wales.
"If these increases happen... there's a danger that rallying may have to stop in Wales," he said.
"And that would be a tragic loss to all the competitors but also all the suppliers throughout the sport and to tourism in Wales."
MORE   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-36157246 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-36157246)
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Post by: Bosun on April 28, 2016, 02:11:19 PM
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I was reading about the new Jag F-Pace in Autocar recently; looks like it may be a real winner. Shame about the name though!

Had a test drive, it's far and away the best car I've ever driven. And that includes the new Discovery Sport, Evoque, Touareg, Lexus etc. It's absolutely brilliant with a superb interior. As a result, the order is in and delivery scheduled for September.

Thanks for the photographs hollins, it really is as good as it looks.

Apparently, there have been 2,000 pre-ordered in the UK, 10,000 world-wide. We were very lucky and just fortunate to be in the right place at the right time to get a test drive. There were people waiting for a test drive, some of whom had ordered one before having a test drive! Not something that I'd be prepared to do. The dealer had test drives arranged every 30 minutes for the next 10 days.....!
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Post by: hollins on May 02, 2016, 04:31:04 PM
I have been going through some of my late father's old slides and it is interesting to try and date the ones with cars in them.
He loved his Mini Countryman's, he had three of them and I would be interested to know if anyone can recognise the place in the first photo?
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Post by: SteveH on May 02, 2016, 05:05:48 PM
I had a look through some classical architecture, without luck, but I enlarged the photo and noticed it is a domed building?     perhaps like our quizzes we are looking at the rear view........ good luck.
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Post by: Hugo on May 02, 2016, 05:17:57 PM
Is it the original Tate Gallery in London now named  Tate Britain?
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Post by: hollins on May 02, 2016, 05:24:43 PM
Oh, well done Hugo. It most certainly looks like it. Mum will be so pleased, she couldn't remember where it was so I said my forum friends will know!
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Post by: Gwynant on May 02, 2016, 06:52:45 PM
                      I didn't recognise the first one Hollins but I'm fairly sure the third one is taken in Dunster, near Minehead in Somerset.
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Post by: Hugo on May 02, 2016, 07:18:41 PM
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Oh, well done Hugo. It most certainly looks like it. Mum will be so pleased, she couldn't remember where it was so I said my forum friends will know!

If you look at it on Google earth you can see the Dome structure that Steve was talking about.    Don't forget to give your Mum a belated birthday greeting from all of us.
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Post by: hollins on May 02, 2016, 07:30:21 PM
Thanks Gwynant. Yes, that one is the Yarn Market at Dunster.
Thanks for the birthday wishes for my mum Hugo. We had a great party!

It has been fun trying to find out where all the places are on my dad's photos.
He wrote an index for the slides but they are all out of order. Some say Portmadoc Harbour. Do you all think these maybe there?
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Post by: hollins on May 02, 2016, 07:32:55 PM
Sorry, the other one didn't appear. Try again.
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Post by: snowcap on May 02, 2016, 09:28:47 PM
the second one looks like the pub in Goathead across from the garage, where they filmed heart beat ,
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Post by: SteveH on May 03, 2016, 02:48:52 PM
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I was reading about the new Jag F-Pace in Autocar recently; looks like it may be a real winner. Shame about the name though!

Had a test drive, it's far and away the best car I've ever driven. And that includes the new Discovery Sport, Evoque, Touareg, Lexus etc. It's absolutely brilliant with a superb interior. As a result, the order is in and delivery scheduled for September.

Hi Bosun, Congrats on your new car,..... I thought of you when I read this article today....... &shake&

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/north-wales-worst-parking-fail-11275593 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/north-wales-worst-parking-fail-11275593)
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Post by: Bosun on May 04, 2016, 08:29:12 AM
Thanks SteveH, that's all you need!

Sadly, for some people, it's nothing out of the norm and they fail to see that they've done anything wrong. I bet the driver said 'It's not my fault...!'

Is it me, or are there a larger proportion than the national average of imbecilic parkers in North Wales?   
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Post by: Ian on May 04, 2016, 08:47:16 AM
I'm not sure.  Driving standards are abysmal, but that might be for a number of reasons, such as we tend to notice poor driving more than good driving, or because in season we have a large number of first-time visitors on the roads, or because many enjoy looking at the scenery when they should be watching the road.

But driving elsewhere doesn't seem much better. In Manchester and Liverpool, for instance, it's far more aggressive and impatient but I doubt it's any better. And driving the A5 towards the Midlands is Bad Driving 101.  But I do wonder if folk ever bother practising reversing. Not only on Mostyn Street, where some people driving Minis can't reverse into bus-sized spaces but in smaller car parks where they seem incapable of reversing into a space - and some even driving forwards into one.
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Post by: Bosun on May 04, 2016, 10:39:55 AM
Ian, I wholly agree that driving in the cities is more aggressive and impatient, but as regards parking, this area does seem worse than the cities where I suspect that people are used to squeezing into parking spaces. I am regularly in the cities, (Liverpool today for example) and I don't see the comedy moments of parking that can be seen on an hourly basis in Llandudno.

Maybe it's a form of entertainment secretly laid on to amuse us?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on May 19, 2016, 01:48:33 PM
Is your Vauxhall Zafira on recall list after cars burst into flames?

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/your-vauxhall-zafira-recall-list-11356089 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/your-vauxhall-zafira-recall-list-11356089)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on May 19, 2016, 01:58:21 PM
'Cars on the Prom' at Rhos this next Sunday morning.
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Post by: Gavel on May 19, 2016, 03:31:32 PM
And Coffee, don't forget.
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Post by: Nemesis on May 19, 2016, 03:42:35 PM
Sorry........................and coffee.........................and chat !
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Post by: SteveH on May 21, 2016, 11:18:58 AM
Two car events this weekend, but close together....'Cars on the Prom' at Rhos  and...........

Porsche on the Prom event to take place in Llandudno this weekend
Hundreds of Porsche owners will descend on Llandudno this weekend when the town becomes a showground for the iconic cars.

Porsche owners from all over the country will attend the Porches on the Prom event which takes place on Sunday, May 22, from 10am to 3pm on Llandudno Promenade, where fellow owners and observers alike can see the vehicles lined up Le Mans style.

Porsche Club members are invited to arrive from 10am. There is no need to pre-register and participation is free.

A spokesman for the Porsche Club said: "The North Wales Region has been working hard to create another fantastic day with hundreds of Porsches expected to line the promenade in a spectacular display.

"Porsche Centre Chester will be supporting the day by sending a selection of cars which will be parked outside the hotel for viewing. Members of the Porsche teamwill be on hand to talk about the driving experience at the off-road circuit in Wrexham."  ref Pioneer
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Post by: SteveH on May 23, 2016, 06:38:03 PM
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Rallying cost talks stall with Natural Resources Wales.
Concerns have been raised about rallying in Wales' forests as the sport's governing body said new costs sought by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) would be "unworkable".
The Motor Sports Association (MSA) has agreed deals in England and Scotland but talks are continuing in Wales.
NRW said it had to recover its costs.
Former British rallying champion Gwyndaf Evans said he was concerned racing could become "prohibitively expensive" in Wales.
"If these increases happen... there's a danger that rallying may have to stop in Wales," he said.
"And that would be a tragic loss to all the competitors but also all the suppliers throughout the sport and to tourism in Wales."
MORE   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-36157246 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-36157246)

Plan to almost DOUBLE cost of rallying through Welsh forests is challenged
A campaign group called #Rally4Wales has been set up to combat the price change, which would take effect from June 2016 onwards

MORE  Plus PHOTOS......Gt Orme VIDEOS......http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/plan-double-cost-rallying-through-11374306 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/plan-double-cost-rallying-through-11374306)
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Post by: DVT on May 24, 2016, 09:05:03 AM
Thanks for highlighting that Steve.  The proposal, if carried through, will make the cost of entering forest rallies such as the local Cambrian Rally, prohibitive and result it its demise.  The Cambrian, along with the Wales Rally GB, bring in a lot of revenue to the locality - two years ago a survey was conducted on the Cambrian and it was estimated that the event is worth over £300,000 to the Conwy County area.  It is therefore important that support is given to sort out this issue - it is only the Welsh Forestry (Natural Resource Wales) that have put forward this 100% increase in fees, the English and Scottish forestry have agreed with a 0.7% increase.

To give you some idea of the costs involved in hiring the forests the Cambrian Rally pays about £25,000 for about 25 miles of forestry roads used.  This has to be accounted for in the event entry fees.  100% increase would push the event entry fee up by about £200 and with the majority of the competitors funding out of their own pockets then the number of entries will drop to a point where the whole event becomes financially unstable.

Your support in signing the petition would be much appreciated.  The matter is an item on the agenda for the Welsh Assembly when they first meet, and there has been a lot of support from the AM's, for which the motorsport community is extremely grateful.

Thank you.

https://www.assembly.wales/en/gethome/e-petitions/Pages/petitiondetail.aspx?PetitionID=943 (https://www.assembly.wales/en/gethome/e-petitions/Pages/petitiondetail.aspx?PetitionID=943)
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Post by: SteveH on May 24, 2016, 11:10:27 AM
Signed.......... $good$

"Your support in signing the petition would be much appreciated.  The matter is an item on the agenda for the Welsh Assembly when they first meet, and there has been a lot of support from the AM's, for which the motorsport community is extremely grateful."   refDVT

For more info on the above petition  search Google ........."A Fair Deal for Forest Rallying in Wales"       $walesflag$
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on June 17, 2016, 05:26:42 PM
Quiz: Can you pass the driving licence theory test?

Changes to the driving theory test in recent years led to pass rates falling dramatically.
In 2008, seven out of 10 tests were passed. But a number of changes made by the government in subsequent years saw the pass rate fall.
In 2014, just five out of 10 people passed.

The theory test was introduced in 1996, and replaced questions about the Highway Code during the practical test.

You might be an experienced driver, but can you pass the driving theory test?

QUIZ..... http://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/fun-stuff/driving-licence-theory-test-quiz-11485991 (http://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/fun-stuff/driving-licence-theory-test-quiz-11485991)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 17, 2016, 05:40:03 PM
I got 14 / 16,  going for a motorcycle cbt soon, hoping to pass a motorcycle test at some point, means I will have to do a theory test at some point!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on June 17, 2016, 05:40:17 PM
15/16 - wasn't sure about minimum tyre tread depth.
Title: Re: Cars QUIZ
Post by: SteveH on June 17, 2016, 05:51:40 PM
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I got 14 / 16,  going for a motorcycle cbt soon, hoping to pass a motorcycle test at some point, means I will have to do a theory test at some point!

Same here Ian, I put 1mm depth instead of 1.6mm.

M.E. Good luck with the motorbike, you made me think ,....and after checking my licence,... I am still able to ride a motorbike after passing my test in 1966 and have not ridden one since 1969 ?..... Maybe as they say.... Its like riding a bike !    $00$
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on June 17, 2016, 06:25:40 PM
15/16   I failed on the colour of the reflective lights when leaving a motorway.     
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: mull on June 18, 2016, 09:40:20 AM
16/16. Must be driving on the Isle of Mull which is now manic.
So many visitors this year due to RET( Road Equivalent Tariff ) fares on Calmac ferry, car return fare now reduced from £74 to £26.
Trouble is most roads are single track and visitors especialy the hire car drivers have not got a clue. Seem to think the car will become thinner so they can pass without using the passing places .Local garages doing well towing them out of ditches etc.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on June 18, 2016, 10:00:14 AM
Yes, theory is one thing but actual driving is another.     The shop near me has a parking area for about 12 cars and has recently been resurfaced and the white lines painted in.
The other day there were only three cars parked there and not one had parked between the lines.     As for reversing that's even worse.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: mull on June 18, 2016, 10:30:59 AM
When you come face to face with them and they unclip the seatbelt to reverse you know this will take a while.
Just what you need when trying to make an appointment at the doctors/vet/dentist or check in for a ferry.
Be nice when winter comes.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on June 20, 2016, 01:40:48 PM
Electric cars are the way forward!


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0KtnWtajUVwcEtabVZlaDhTMW8/view
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Post by: SteveH on June 20, 2016, 01:48:34 PM
Brilliant .......... $lol$
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Post by: SteveH on July 06, 2016, 05:14:15 PM
2,000,000m. Land Rover rolls off the line.

Watch classic Land Rover being restored...in a minute.

A new headquarters is being developed to restore classic Land Rover vehicles - which were first dreamt up on an Anglesey beach.
Back in 1947, engineering director Maurice Wilks sketched the shape for the original Land Rover on Red Wharf Bay.
He proposed the idea to his brother Spencer, who was the company’s managing director, and an icon was born.

Now Jaguar Land Rover Classic is being set up to bring some of the Series One vehicles and other older Land Rover classics back to life..
More and two part video.....
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/watch-classic-land-rover-being-11572538 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/watch-classic-land-rover-being-11572538)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Bosun on July 16, 2016, 06:55:00 PM
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I was reading about the new Jag F-Pace in Autocar recently; looks like it may be a real winner. Shame about

Had a test drive, it's far and away the best car I've ever driven. And that includes the new Discovery Sport, Evoque, Touareg, Lexus etc. It's absolutely brilliant with a superb interior. As a result, the order is in and delivery scheduled for September.

Thanks for the photographs hollins, it really is as good as it looks.

Apparently, there have been 2,000 pre-ordered in the UK, 10,000 world-wide. We were very lucky and just fortunate to be in the right place at the right time to get a test drive. There were people waiting for a test drive, some of whom had ordered one before having a test drive! Not something that I'd be prepared to do. The dealer had test drives arranged every 30 minutes for the next 10 days.....!

It arrives on Monday....
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on July 24, 2016, 05:13:37 PM
Saw this fabulous old Lagonda parked outside the restaurant today.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on August 25, 2016, 10:07:54 AM
We saw this Lotus 7 parked in Porthmadog High Street yesterday.  It looked in immaculate condition
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Post by: SDQ on August 25, 2016, 02:23:27 PM
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We saw this Lotus 7 parked in Porthmadog High Street yesterday.  It looked in immaculate condition


It should do, it's brand new!
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Post by: Hugo on August 25, 2016, 03:34:20 PM
So it is.  In fact it's so new it's not on the DVLA database.    In all honesty I didn't take too much notice of the number plate as I was more interested in getting an ice cream
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Gavel on August 25, 2016, 04:02:49 PM
See more like it and lots of other swish classics at Cars & Coffee on the Prom at Rhos on Sea on Sunday September 18 - the last event of its kind this year.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Michael on August 25, 2016, 08:10:51 PM
The first three letters of the plate LJI. I don't think my old boss has gone mad and bought this, but he has a few LJI plates on his Llew Jones International coaches.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DVT on August 26, 2016, 09:31:51 AM
LJI plates would be followed by 4 numbers - they're originally from Northern Ireland and as you say Llew Jones coaches have quite a few of them! ... this car is a 16-plate vehicle, would be a London registration, but not sure what the make is - Westfield, Caterham, Locost, there are many variations of what was once a Lotus 7.
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Post by: SDQ on August 26, 2016, 11:32:31 AM
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LJI plates would be followed by 4 numbers - they're originally from Northern Ireland and as you say Llew Jones coaches have quite a few of them! ... this car is a 16-plate vehicle, would be a London registration, but not sure what the make is - Westfield, Caterham, Locost, there are many variations of what was once a Lotus 7.


Looks like a Caterham Seven Superlight 20.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on August 26, 2016, 04:18:30 PM
The badge on the front said Lotus 7,  wish that I had taken more photos of it when I had the chance but the Parisella's ice cream was more appealing in the heat at Porthmadog
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on November 01, 2016, 04:33:28 PM
I saw this very tidy little car in Church Walks.  It's like the one Andrew Marr drives on TV but I don't know the make as the only badges on it said Figaro and turbo
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on November 01, 2016, 05:02:20 PM
Hugo, Its a retro Nissan about 1991.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on November 01, 2016, 05:09:26 PM
Thanks Steve     $good$
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Post by: Nemesis on November 01, 2016, 06:32:14 PM
The owner has had a couple of these.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on November 27, 2016, 03:37:01 PM
I am in the process of selling an old classic SL500 Mercedes in tip top condition, and was very surprised when it was pointed out to me, that the tyres were out of date, ( 6 year life span ?  )considering they only had approx 1000 miles since fitted at a cost of 1000 pounds ......... this was not a ploy to reduce the price, as his mechanic had done the inspection and all was agreed.

A section from a Kwik fit article I found interesting, especially as this car was mostly under cover.......

Tyre ageing is commonly identified by small cracks, known as crazing, which appear in the tyre sidewall. This is brought about when UV light oxidises the rubber causing it to dry out. While tyres contain anti-oxidising chemicals which significantly slow down the rate of ageing, this wax-like substance is only released when the tyre is in motion. Therefore, if the tyre is not used frequently or is stored away ineffectively, they will age more quickly rendering them unroadworthy when returned to use. Low mileage, older cars tend to be most at risk from premature ageing - as drivers assume the tyres are still in good condition if they have plenty of tread.

More info on dating your tyres etc.

https://www.kwik-fit.com/tyres/information/tyre-age (https://www.kwik-fit.com/tyres/information/tyre-age)


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on November 27, 2016, 04:38:53 PM
Sounds like an expensive con Steve,  the tyres just don't last anymore.   I had a Ford Capri in the early 1970's and did 70,000 miles in it before selling it with the original tyres still in good condition.
I did rotate the tyres on a regular basis but they still had a good tread on them when I sold the car.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on November 27, 2016, 04:43:46 PM
You should have bought one of these cars Steve, only three tyres to worry about.

I just about managed to get a photo of it when it trundled past when I was watching the Conwy Half marathon
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on November 27, 2016, 05:46:53 PM
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Sounds like an expensive con Steve,  the tyres just don't last anymore.   I had a Ford Capri in the early 1970's and did 70,000 miles in it before selling it with the original tyres still in good condition.
I did rotate the tyres on a regular basis but they still had a good tread on them when I sold the car.
I dont think its a total con , the mechanic mentioned above has worked for Mercedes for over 20 years and was quite adamant about his advjce , ........although it might be different if you were on the Autoban.

Anybody else had or know of this situation.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on November 27, 2016, 06:03:07 PM
My OH ( an avid petrolhead) says that tyres are now dated.  ^*^0
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Bellringer on November 27, 2016, 07:30:44 PM
I know this is about car tyres but I received advice that I should check caravan tyres very carefully for 'cracking' and probably change them every 5 years, regardless of wear.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Blongb on November 28, 2016, 08:00:25 PM
We had the same thing with aircraft tyres, not a problem on fast jets as they would be changed on condition or number of landings, but on wheeled helicopters where there wasn't the same landing speeds or stresses always changed by date.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DVT on November 28, 2016, 09:54:40 PM
This may help ...

https://www.kwik-fit.com/tyres/information/tyre-age (https://www.kwik-fit.com/tyres/information/tyre-age)

... other tyre supplies are available!

Note ... if you know you are going to need new tyres it is worthwhile buying them online - even though you will probably have to go to one of the national tyre suppliers locally to have them fitted - huge savings can be made if you know which brand/type of tyres you want, but you may have to wait for a few days before you can get them fitted.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 29, 2016, 08:16:12 AM
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I am in the process of selling an old classic SL500 Mercedes in tip top condition, and was very surprised when it was pointed out to me, that the tyres were out of date, ( 6 year life span ?  )considering they only had approx 1000 miles since fitted at a cost of 1000 pounds ......... this was not a ploy to reduce the price, as his mechanic had done the inspection and all was agreed.


Nice car! Any pics?

All true about the tyres, I have several classic cars, I go for tyres that grip very well, no point in long lasting tyres on these cars as they will perish and age long before the tread wears out! With age the rubber gets harder so the grip is not as good as new rubber. DVT''s advice about buying tyres online is spot on!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on November 29, 2016, 09:25:04 AM
Good to hear from ME,  yes this was my favourite car,  a dream to drive, but sadly it disappeared down the road yesterday, it had to go, it was not getting used just sitting in the garage   :(

At the moment regarding pics look at page 21 this thread  reply #309  9/8/2014  there is a small photo there, when I can I will post better pictures
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 29, 2016, 09:46:42 AM
Just seen it, very nice, I have 2 Mercedes cars at the moment, great cars, will put pics up later.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on November 29, 2016, 10:08:04 AM
Good to hear from you ME.
I was worrying about you and Mrs ME.
Hope all is well.
Two Mercedes now...... :o
Is this in addition to the others?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 29, 2016, 10:59:40 AM
Hi Hollings,  all fine here thanks, sold some cars bought some others, 6 cars at the moment  lol!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on January 04, 2017, 05:01:58 PM
We saw this immaculate little Morris Minor on the West Shore today
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on January 04, 2017, 05:51:07 PM
Nice photos H.  It looks a bit unusual, is it because of the 4 doors, I always think of them as 2door cars, maybe M E can clarify.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Bellringer on January 04, 2017, 06:01:23 PM
No Steve. I had a 1957 Minor 1000 with four doors, and a good little motor it was too.
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Post by: SteveH on January 04, 2017, 08:55:18 PM
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No Steve. I had a 1957 Minor 1000 with four doors, and a good little motor it was too.
Thanks B.  Looking at it again, it seems normal now, probably a senior moment on my part, it was my first car,  the split windscreen version, I also seem to remember it was older than me........ &shake&
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: snowcap on January 04, 2017, 11:27:45 PM
my grandson has £250 that was given to him for his birthday at the weekend, i was only telling him today that was what i paid for my first car after i got married, yes it was a black morris 1000. Can,t believe you have posted a photo of the same car. it was in 1964. Good motor in its day.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: mull on January 05, 2017, 03:51:15 AM
My first car as well.  1951 ,Black, Split windscreen, 2 door. Great little car.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on January 05, 2017, 09:41:40 AM
Fame at last !! That's Archie, my OH 's pride and joy. He has had him for about 4 years and .is seen around the area, but only on fine days. Apparently he was talking to some gentlemen yesterday  who translated Morris Minor into Welsh for him. Hugo--- if it was you, can you spell it for him please?
Just for the record he ( Archie) is a 1969 model thus is 48.

I learned to drive in a black model in 1966 !
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 05, 2017, 11:18:03 AM
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Nice photos H.  It looks a bit unusual, is it because of the 4 doors, I always think of them as 2door cars, maybe M E can clarify.

Very nice car! Available as 2 door, 4 door, van, pick up, Traveller (with the lovely woodwork) and a convertible version too!
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Post by: SteveH on January 05, 2017, 11:34:19 AM
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Nice photos H.  It looks a bit unusual, is it because of the 4 doors, I always think of them as 2door cars, maybe M E can clarify.

Very nice car! Available as 2 door, 4 door, van, pick up, Traveller (with the lovely woodwork) and a convertible version too!
Thanks M E,  I also remember the flip up indicators , and hand signals, and an engine I could service myself, I think I have had bigger lawn mower engines since,     ah the good old days
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 05, 2017, 02:18:18 PM
The Morris Marina took over from the Morris Minor, it retained the same tortious bar front suspension as the Minor and also a 1275cc A series engine (1.8 B series engine also an option). I had several Marinas years ago, much better than their reputation really!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on January 05, 2017, 04:12:19 PM
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Fame at last !! That's Archie, my OH 's pride and joy. He has had him for about 4 years and .is seen around the area, but only on fine days. Apparently he was talking to some gentlemen yesterday  who translated Morris Minor into Welsh for him. Hugo--- if it was you, can you spell it for him please?
Just for the record he ( Archie) is a 1969 model thus is 48.

I learned to drive in a black model in 1966 !

We did see your OH park the car but didn't get a chance to talk to him.  The car is a credit to him and I wish that I had taken a photo of the rear of the car because that chrome exhaust pipe looked very impressive.
Tell him not to park the car on the West Shore on a windy day as the car would get sandblasted and would spoil that perfect paintwork.

The literal translation into Welsh would be:-
Morris  Llai  (smaller) or Morris Lleiaf (smallest)  but if I see your OH in that car again I'll test him on his pronunciation     ;D

If it was my car though,  it would be affectionately called Morris Bach
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on January 05, 2017, 06:10:33 PM
I read your comments out to him Hugo and Morris Bach really amused him !

You are welcome to visit him :roll: he seems to get many admirers.

We shall hopefully be attending the Wirral to Llandudno Mini run on Sunday at about 11am on the prom at Rhos, depending on the weather, so I shall be keeping Frizzy company whilst OH discusses cars !
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on January 08, 2017, 01:28:57 PM
Archie stayed in the garage as the weather wasn't good, but we went. I have never seen as bigger turn out of Minis in all the years that we have been attending. The yellow Minions one caught my eye !
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DaveR on January 16, 2017, 02:09:06 PM
When I was in London recently, I was interested to see a number of electric cars plugged into charging points at the pavement. With the advances in battery technology lately, I believe we will start to see a gradual switch to electric cars within as little as the next 5 years.

I fancy the Jaguar E-Pace myself...
http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/jaguar-e-pace-compact-suv-will-be-jaguars-first-ev (http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/jaguar-e-pace-compact-suv-will-be-jaguars-first-ev)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on January 16, 2017, 02:46:02 PM
The electric car market is really taking off. Although it will be great for anyone who drives fewer than 80 miles per day, for those living further away battery technology still lags behind.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Bosun on January 16, 2017, 05:58:40 PM
I really like the I-Pace, (as opposed to the E-Pace) and await the detail of the technical specification with interest.

However, having brought an F-Pace last year, which I am delighted with, it's a brilliant vehicle, unlike the three Jaguar dealers we visited, who are a bunch of clowns. We brought the vehicle in spite of the dealers, not because we were 'sold' the vehicle.

Luckily, both the Service and Sales Managers at JLR in the junction are highly professional and able to provide after market support and servicing to the level one would expect of JLR and if I hadn't got the faith in them to do so, it's doubtful if I would have brought the vehicle. 
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on January 17, 2017, 11:52:51 AM
The ultimate electric car:

http://sundown.me.uk/technology/mercedes-aa-class.mp4 (http://sundown.me.uk/technology/mercedes-aa-class.mp4)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on January 18, 2017, 03:41:02 PM
Just wondering if  anyone's viewed the above link? It's really amusing...
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 18, 2017, 03:53:04 PM
 L0L L0L L0L I'll stick with the petrol engines in my Mercs!   :D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on January 18, 2017, 04:19:44 PM
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Just wondering if  anyone's viewed the above link? It's really amusing...
Its a great video Ian, ...............But Hugo posted in June. :twoface:
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on January 18, 2017, 04:43:29 PM
He did? Apologies, Hugo; we have an issue with cookies, which don't always shown when someone's posted.
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Post by: Hugo on January 18, 2017, 07:23:55 PM
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He did? Apologies, Hugo; we have an issue with cookies, which don't always shown when someone's posted.


No problem Ian, but it's a good advert.    $good$
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on January 27, 2017, 02:35:40 PM
I came across this converted Citroen van on the West Shore today and as it was so cold there I was glad to be able to buy a hot coffee from the very pleasant owner.
It was so cold on the front there that I had to go in to my car to drink the coffee .
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on January 27, 2017, 06:37:30 PM
Must have missed that as I drove past. Lovely idea for all the frozen walkers !
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on January 29, 2017, 09:15:54 AM
Looks like mobile 'phones aren't the only major distractions for some drivers...

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/01/28/surrey_cops_stop_van_man/ (https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/01/28/surrey_cops_stop_van_man/)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on March 09, 2017, 12:37:00 PM
My OH has just asked me which company makes the dog friendly car, with shower and dryer and a lot of other gadgets,
I said its probably some farmer gerry rigged a contraption, she insisted it was a big company, I said dont be daft...... :-[

Nissan unveils new SUV that comes with a shower and dryer so pampered pooches can travel in comfort
X-Trail 4Dogs concept also contains treat dispenser for on-the-go snacking.

Video....
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2975791/nissan-suv-shower-dryer-for-dogs/ (https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2975791/nissan-suv-shower-dryer-for-dogs/)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on March 09, 2017, 02:36:24 PM
Imagine the stares you would get from non-dog lovers !
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on March 13, 2017, 06:13:04 PM
Tesco, Asda and Morrisons will cut fuel prices by up to 2p a litre across the country tomorrow.

Supermarket giant Asda said it will bring unleaded fuel to a new national price cap of 114.7p per litre (ppl) at its 301 filling stations, while diesel will cost consumers a maximum of 116.7ppl.ref DP
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SDQ on March 23, 2017, 12:27:59 PM
One for ME and anyone else who is interested.
Car S.O.S. tonight on the Nat Geo channel features a Jaguar Mk.2 and the advert clearly shows it passing The Washington on a tow truck so it must have been filmed locally.
Worth a watch.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on March 24, 2017, 04:31:16 PM
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Tesco, Asda and Morrisons will cut fuel prices by up to 2p a litre across the country tomorrow.

Supermarket giant Asda said it will bring unleaded fuel to a new national price cap of 114.7p per litre (ppl) at its 301 filling stations, while diesel will cost consumers a maximum of 116.7ppl.ref DP
Fuel prices at supermarkets to be slashed for second time this month
Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury's are all set to cut the price of petrol and diesel.

From tomorrow at Asda, motorists will pay no more than £1.13 per litre for petrol and £1.15 for diesel.

RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: "We were at the point where motorists should have been starting to feel aggrieved that pump prices were higher than they ought to be.
BYTOM DAVIDSON
16:03, 24 MAR 2017   
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/fuel-prices-supermarkets-slashed-second-12794157 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/fuel-prices-supermarkets-slashed-second-12794157)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on March 31, 2017, 03:17:46 PM
What are North Wales' motorsport events worth to us?
This weekend's Rally North Wales spectacle will be analysed as part of an economic study.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/what-north-wales-motorsport-events-12825252 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/what-north-wales-motorsport-events-12825252)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on April 26, 2017, 07:57:51 PM
Aston Martin unleash £65m worth of cars to make this incredible video in Wales
Vehicles from across the 104 year history of the brand are raced around new hangers
7 minute video.....
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/aston-martin-unleash-65m-worth-12948098 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/aston-martin-unleash-65m-worth-12948098)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on May 05, 2017, 05:52:15 PM
Morrisons, Asda and Sainsbury's cut fuel prices - AGAIN
Drivers have seen further reductions on garage forecourts across North Wales
The supermarket capped unleaded at 112.9p and diesel at 113.9p
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/morrisons-asda-sainsburys-cut-fuel-12993212 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/morrisons-asda-sainsburys-cut-fuel-12993212)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on May 22, 2017, 01:44:34 PM
Had a walk down the Prom yesterday, it was Porsche day, hundreds of cars, but disappointingly not many owners about for a chat, two cars stood out...... a Porsche 1600 Super, not sure of the year....... and a Porsche Speedster S with an unusual rear section, presumably to store the roof.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Gavel on May 22, 2017, 08:35:51 PM
Come to Cars & Coffee on the Prom at Rhos next time . We were all there and happy to talk to all the passers by. We were even offering children the chance to sit in the drivers' seats. There's even inexpensive food and drinks from the Cayley tea hut. The next one is on June 18.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Michael on May 23, 2017, 09:13:38 PM
Maybe of interest
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DVT on July 24, 2017, 03:05:20 PM
Interesting oldie spotted by my dashcam in the Junction this morning.  Really old one as it has the split rear screen, the bodywork was, shall we say, rustic!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on July 24, 2017, 04:18:31 PM
Saw this car parked in Menai Bridge and that was rustic too, it must have been in the hedge for years.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on July 24, 2017, 05:31:35 PM
A Rover 600, mot ran out on 16th October 2009.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on July 24, 2017, 06:05:42 PM
It's bin around for a while the ME.     ;D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DVT on July 24, 2017, 07:24:15 PM
The Beetle was still going - when I passed again about 10 minutes later it had gone!

Amazing how some "luxury" cars end up in the state of that Rover.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on July 24, 2017, 11:03:48 PM
It does seem such a waste when you see cars in that state but what about these cars I saw in Cwm Ystradlyn about 4 years ago.  The interior of both cars looked in very good condition though.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DVT on July 25, 2017, 09:05:06 AM
It's the same with farms ... always amazes me just how much once-expensive machinery is left to rot away, presumably having been replaced by more-expensive machinery.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Neil on July 28, 2017, 01:45:52 PM
Warning to people who might feel inclined to buy a brown coloured car, that seem to be becoming popular at the moment. I bought a brown car in the 70s, after a few weeks I realised I had purchased a turd on wheels, a very unpleasant feeling!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on July 28, 2017, 01:51:53 PM
Neil it could have been worse......


A driver in South Yorkshire has written off a £200,000 Ferrari he had owned for just an hour.
The Ferrari 430 Scuderia veered off the M1 motorway near junction 37, careered 50 metres down a bank and burst into flames on Thursday afternoon.
Police said the driver escaped with only minor cuts and bruises, and “officers do not believe excess speed was a contributory factor in this collision”
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jul/28/ive-only-just-got-it-200000-ferrari-wrecked-in-m1-crash (https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jul/28/ive-only-just-got-it-200000-ferrari-wrecked-in-m1-crash)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on July 28, 2017, 02:34:37 PM
Might not have been speed per se but I'll bet it was the acceleration.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Quiggs on July 28, 2017, 03:22:40 PM
OUCH !    &shake&
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on July 28, 2017, 03:53:25 PM
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Warning to people who might feel inclined to buy a brown coloured car, that seem to be becoming popular at the moment. I bought a brown car in the 70s, after a few weeks I realised I had purchased a turd on wheels, a very unpleasant feeling!

Oh no Neil!
Mr H bought this recently and the colour is the only thing I like about it!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Neil on July 28, 2017, 04:38:19 PM
It looks more towards the Bronze end of the Brown spectrum to me.
At least I had an excuse for buying a brown car, all the other colours had been sold, and I would have had to wait months for another shipload to arrive from Japan.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on August 15, 2017, 12:22:15 PM
How many of these driving fails are you guilty of committing?
Insurance comparison website names the top 10 errors drivers make that could invalidate your insurance.
Wearing high heels or flip flops while driving - 25% of drivers
Leaving car unlocked - 24%
Putting off car maintenance when required - 21%     worn tyres etc
Forgetting to renew their car MOT on time - 16%
Letting pet(s) roam free in the car - 15%
Lent car to a friend or family member - 14%
Not updated details after changing jobs - 9%
Attached fluffy dice, or another object, to rear-view mirror - 9%
Forgetting to renew car tax - 9%
Underestimated mileage travelled everyday - 8%
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/motoring/how-many-driving-fails-you-13478418 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/motoring/how-many-driving-fails-you-13478418)


This article shows that private "Warden" companies need to be reined in...
Parking firms buy details of 19,000 drivers' addresses a day from DVLA
Record numbers of tickets are being issued MPs are told as fears that unscrupulous firms are using the information to hound innocent motorists.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/motoring/dvla-parking-tickets-fines-wales-13386541 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/motoring/dvla-parking-tickets-fines-wales-13386541)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on August 29, 2017, 10:54:05 AM
Rise in victims of uninsured drivers.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41071484 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41071484)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on August 30, 2017, 04:54:25 PM
I was on the prom in Rhos today and saw this old Humber car parked there
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DVT on August 30, 2017, 05:03:06 PM
That Humber was built in 1927 and was in Bodnant last Thursday - I told them to park near the car park entrance where it got a lot of admiring looks.  The couple had travelled from Sussex and it took two days to get here, avoiding motorways!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Fester on September 18, 2017, 10:31:19 PM
A thread I've never posted on before, not a car buff personally.. but I thought those of you who are might like these pics of this classic Triumph parked outside The Irish Bar , Llandudno tonight.
Title: Re: Car insurance
Post by: SteveH on September 23, 2017, 02:02:29 PM
Drivers in North Wales have seen some of the biggest price rises in the UK for their car insurance policy, new research has found.
Data has shown that average premiums rose across the UK by 14.6% in the past year - five time the rate of inflation at 2.9%.
But the national figure is dwarfed by the increase in Wales, which rose by an eye-watering 16.5%.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/motoring/car-insurance-increase-2017-wales-13655276 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/motoring/car-insurance-increase-2017-wales-13655276)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on September 24, 2017, 10:11:13 AM
Tellytubby sent me these photos from Madeira and said that it's his hire car for the week.     &shake&


I suppose when you can afford to buy a car like that parking between the lines isn't important for the owner.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on September 24, 2017, 02:38:31 PM
Amazing car!
Not cars but trailers. Never ceases to amaze us how many Ifor Williams trailers we see abroad.
They must have an excellent export business.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on October 15, 2017, 03:21:57 PM
I saw this beast of a car in Conwy this week.  I'd never seen an Overfinch car before it must have cost a packet as it was a beautiful looking motor.
Shame about the colour and it could have done with a good clean
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DVT on October 15, 2017, 04:51:16 PM
£205k according to this ... http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/land-rover/range-rover/89496/overfinch-range-rover-tops-200000 (http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/land-rover/range-rover/89496/overfinch-range-rover-tops-200000)

... at least the owner isn't afraid of getting it dirty, which is what a Land-Rover should be!!!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on October 15, 2017, 06:37:49 PM
Very nice car at a very nice price too,  I think that I'll go out and order two and surprise Mrs H        &shake&
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on October 15, 2017, 07:08:51 PM
I had to chuckle when I read the £205k doesn't cover the optional extras...
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: snowcap on October 15, 2017, 10:20:20 PM
they,v not got a sticker to go over the new bridge (must be rich)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: squigglev2 on November 01, 2017, 11:16:56 AM
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Amazing car!
Not cars but trailers. Never ceases to amaze us how many Ifor Williams trailers we see abroad.
They must have an excellent export business.

Nowhere as exotic, just North Norfolk but 2 of them in the (shared) drive at the moment. One is a neighbour's and the other the plumber's. I'd not understand such things but they do seem a popular choice amongst those needing  a "work trailer".
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on January 14, 2018, 05:09:59 PM
Nissan Micra seen on Llanddulas Beach on Saturday,  I wonder if Boris Johnson would be interested in buying it?      &shake&
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on February 26, 2018, 12:44:52 PM
The new laws for drivers coming in 2018 that you need to know about
A raft of new legislation comes into force this year, effecting everything from MOTs to the use of baby seats.

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/motoring/new-laws-drivers-coming-2018-14337749 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/motoring/new-laws-drivers-coming-2018-14337749)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: snowcap on February 27, 2018, 08:34:59 PM
some of these have been in for years , i was fined ten shillings in 1965 for parking on the wrong side of the road after night fall.sounding your horn after 11pm  has been in for ever and a day unless im much mistaken parking on the pavement been done for that,
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on March 24, 2018, 11:12:57 AM
I have been affected by modern headlights, but thought it was just me getting old, it would appear I am not the only one.....

Drivers are being temporarily blinded by modern vehicle headlights, according to an RAC survey.
Two-thirds of drivers say they are "regularly dazzled" by oncoming headlights even though they are dipped, the survey of 2,061 motorists suggests.

One in 10 of those drivers said that it was five to 10 seconds before their eyesight then adjusted and they could see clearly again.
The RAC said advances in headlight technology were causing the problem.

About 15% of those drivers polled said they had nearly suffered a collision as a result of being dazzled by other drivers using full-beam headlights.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43525525 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43525525)


Why are modern car headlights so bright? How to prevent dazzle.

What’s the problem?
It’s a fact that car headlights are getting brighter. The motor industry is continually boasting about how it has improved lighting performance, to keep drivers safe. Meanwhile, eye specialists say the downside is that this actually impairs the vision of increasing numbers of drivers in oncoming traffic.

At the same time, as drivers age the eye’s lens and cornea effectively become misty, and as bright light in shone through them, drivers suffer something called ‘disability glare’. Studies have shown it can take up to 10 seconds to recover from the phenomenon.

According to police data, accident investigators report ‘dazzling headlamps’ as an influence in 10 fatal crashes, nearly 70 serious accidents and more than 250 other accidents.

http://blog.greenflag.com/2017/why-are-modern-cars-headlights-so-bright-we-explain-whats-causing-more-drivers-to-be-dazzled-at-night-and-how-to-prevent-it/ (http://blog.greenflag.com/2017/why-are-modern-cars-headlights-so-bright-we-explain-whats-causing-more-drivers-to-be-dazzled-at-night-and-how-to-prevent-it/)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on April 16, 2018, 11:31:34 AM
Motorists will feel the sting at the pumps over coming weeks as the price of fuel is set to hike again.
This weekend, drivers across the UK were hit by a 2p per litre hike at the forecourts.

And as tensions over the Middle East continue to escalate, experts say there could be further increases of up to 5.5p a litre to come.

The price of petrol has been rising steadily since last summer, but the recent military action against Syria has driven wholesale oil prices up even further.

Some industry experts think that a sustained price jump could see prices similar to that of late 2014, around 123 pence per litre for unleaded and 127 pence per litre for diesel, which spells bad news for drivers.

Wholesale prices have sky rocketed by 4p a litre in under four weeks, triggering fears that car owners could see fuel bills spiral.

MORE   https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/motoring/motoring-news/fuel-petrol-price-hike-april-14528251 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/motoring/motoring-news/fuel-petrol-price-hike-april-14528251)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on May 24, 2018, 09:20:50 PM
Just back from a trip to Harrogate where we saw these 3 Jaguars and an AC.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: squigglev2 on June 02, 2018, 10:08:37 AM
Mum’s getting a “new” car on Monday.  She’s  wanted something a bit smaller and a bit easier to get in/out of that the Xsara for a while.  Nice chap (who’s been good with us for years) at local garage found her a Suzuki Wagon for the amazing price of £500. Thing is, it looks exactly what’s required. A nice clean runaround seemingly built more with practicality/utility in mind.

Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on June 02, 2018, 10:55:58 PM
  A nice clean runaround seemingly built more with practicality/utility in mind Squiggle but it's still an ugly looking motor      ;D


http://www.uglycars.co.uk/node/81 (http://www.uglycars.co.uk/node/81)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: squigglev2 on June 02, 2018, 11:31:09 PM
I'd better not tell her that, Hugo. At the moment, the only thing she doesn't like about it is that it's blue, and an even worse shade of blue that her current car...

I don't mind the looks of them but, sure, I gather they are not everyone's cup of tea...
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on June 03, 2018, 09:16:55 AM
Years ago blue cars cost more to insure;  no idea if that's still the same. Red used to be the cheapest.  Oh - and Which? discovered that using a hotmail address if you're buying online can raise the cost of car insurance.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DVT on June 05, 2018, 09:12:36 AM
The Three Castles Classic Rally is in town today and will be here for the next few days.  Today is signing-on at the Imperial and scrutineering on the Prom.  Things get under way at 0800 tomorrow morning for a run towards the Lleyn, Thursday is down towards Lake Vyrnwy and Friday starts with the Great Orme tests first thing, before a run around the Clocaenog area.  Over 70 classic cars - I am out marshallign every day, including having to be on the Orme at 0600 hours on Friday!!!  More info on www.three-castles.co.uk (http://www.three-castles.co.uk)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on June 05, 2018, 02:04:41 PM
I had a stroll on the promenade after a coffee morning at the Queens today and there were some great motors on display.    It's well worth having a look especially when the weather was so good.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on June 05, 2018, 02:11:32 PM
Three Castles Classic rally on Llandudno Promenade today
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DVT on June 05, 2018, 07:50:57 PM
Here's an interesting entry - when was the last time you saw an Austin Maxi ? !!!

This one completed the London to Mexico Rally in 1970, driven by the same lady, Bronwyn Burrell, that is driving it on this week's Three Castles.  Note the spare wheel on the roof, fixed to a pole that runs from the roof to the floor pan.  It also has the Londo0n to Mexico rally stickers on it (Car 20).
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on June 06, 2018, 07:54:09 PM
We saw these two old cars on our walk in Porthmadog today
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on June 28, 2018, 12:16:45 PM
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The electric car market is really taking off. Although it will be great for anyone who drives fewer than 80 miles per day, for those living further away battery technology still lags behind.

Oil giant BP is buying the UK's largest electric charging network, Chargemaster, for £130m.

BP runs 1,200 petrol forecourts, but said earlier this year it expected renewable energy to be the fastest-growing fuel source.
It said the number of electric vehicles in the UK is set to grow from 135,000 at present to 12 million by 2040.

The move echoes one made last year by rival Shell, which bought car charging company NewMotion.
All leading car manufacturers are moving into electric vehicle production. Volkswagen, the world's biggest carmaker, has said it will offer an electric version of all its 300 models by 2030.

"It said one of its goals was to speed up charging capability to enable chargers capable of delivering 100 miles of range in within 10 minutes.""

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44640647 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44640647)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: mull on June 28, 2018, 06:03:34 PM
So does this mean if I pull up behind an Electric car in the filling station I have to wait 10 minutes before I can get to the pump ?

Think it will be a while before this all takes off. Even with an electric car 10 minutes to charge up for 100 miles is a long time.

Imagine the q .
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DVT on June 28, 2018, 09:07:37 PM
It will be a very long time before electric cars take over - the infrastructure required is just too great.

I live in a road (cuk de sac) of 16 houses, yet there are over 30 vehicles.  Electric cables trailling everywhere.  People livign in terrace houses or in town centres with on-street parking have no chance.

I was talking to a chap last year who had a Vauxhall Ampera - nice car and quick, but a range of only about 50 miles on the electric.  He travelled 40 miles to work, plugged in the car, drove 40 miles home, plugged in the car at home.  Fine, but I wonder what happens if his workmates also bought similar cars - road rage at the electric socket? !!!!

True we need a replacement for fossil fuel, but there's a lot of work needed first, and I have no faith in those that are dictating the end of petrol and diesel engines.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: snowcap on June 28, 2018, 11:06:32 PM
what about solar panel charging how long before someone invents it, maybe not in my life time
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on June 29, 2018, 08:56:21 AM
In Oz you can but the kit - panel inverter and charger controller.  A complete panel on its own can be had for around £60.

We're talking a great deal about EVs at the moment, and ownership is rising very rapidly. Slaters' demise ma have slowed the uptake of the Nissan Leaf, but BMW and Ford have both produces pretty effective EVs.

What will hasten the change will be big tax increases for diesel car owners, followed by similar ones for petrol. And chargers are starting to appear everywhere.  There's a pair of points in the Bodnant food centre, for example the George, the Imperial and I suspect the Surf centre will install them shortly.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: squigglev2 on June 29, 2018, 03:06:49 PM
I can't imagine a £60 solar panel doing much more than trickle charge a std lead acid car battery.

I'd have thought you would be looking at this type of  thing for an electric vehicle.

https://www.bimblesolar.com/solar-electric-vehicles/solar-ev-charging-kits (https://www.bimblesolar.com/solar-electric-vehicles/solar-ev-charging-kits)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DVT on June 29, 2018, 04:59:22 PM
Going by the website below there are only three hotels in Llandudno (St George, Imperial and the Links) have charging points but I wouldn't think they would be happy if non-guests plugged in, even if they could find a parking space.

https://www.zap-map.com/live/ (https://www.zap-map.com/live/)

... and there very few others locally as you will see.

I suspect the number of electric cars on the road will soon (if not already) exceed the number of available charging points - so the AA and RAC (other recovery companies are available) could be busy as cars run out of juice!

This all seems, to me, a case of the greens and their like pressing for something without really considering how it will work.

Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on June 29, 2018, 05:22:30 PM
The Imp's charge points are - apparently - public, because of the way they were financed, but the Goerge's isn't. The WA has a couple of million for those councils who wish to claim it, and that would install a fair few points, but it seems take up by Welsh councils is very poor.

I think you're right about the number of EVs exceeding the charge capacity, but now BP has bought into the game things might start to change. And EVs can also be charged from a household socket as a last resort.

I'm not sure it was the Greens as such who created the demand; air quality - or lack of it in cities - has become the biggest driver of change, now.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on June 29, 2018, 05:29:21 PM
Two things are happening simultaneously: Solar panel efficiency is rising and battery price is failing. Here's what Toyota offer with the Prius:

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but the best solar panels deliver a lot more than they did only last year.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: mull on June 29, 2018, 06:14:30 PM
How is this being Green when the biggest power station in the UK is fuelled by Wood Chips with all the pollution they give off.

The lunatics are taking over.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on June 29, 2018, 07:33:37 PM
It's true that some electricity is produced by less desirable means but they're capturing a lot of the pollutants, now, and the fossil-fuel stations are steadily declining in use.

This is a useful real-time readout of how the Grid is producing electricity:

http://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/ (http://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: hollins on July 07, 2018, 12:54:50 PM
First one not technically a car I don't think but these vehicles maybe of interest. Seen recently in Switzerland.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on August 01, 2018, 02:19:26 PM
Rally car drivers may be used to seeing their vehicles fly into the air as they race through hilly terrain.

But even the most experienced of racers would have been gobsmacked at seeing one of their vehicles hurtling down a zip wire at the Llechwedd Slate Caverns in Blaenau Ffestiniog .
The stunt, carried out to promote the upcoming Wales Rally GB , comes ahead of speed testing being carried out at the adventure attraction by racers taking part in the annual international event.
https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/incredible-moment-rally-car-sent-14977341 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/incredible-moment-rally-car-sent-14977341)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on August 01, 2018, 05:41:41 PM
Those cables must have incredible safety margins on their weight bearing.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on August 01, 2018, 06:32:59 PM
They did say it was a stunt to advertise the GB Rally, I did think it may have been a stripped out car.   ?   ?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DVT on August 02, 2018, 10:18:18 PM
It definitely was a shell with the wheels tied on, no engine or mechanicals and no-one in it.  The car being driven afterwards was genuine but with a bit of trickery to make it appear it drove straight off the end of the zip wire.  A complete car would have been too heavy!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on August 30, 2018, 10:35:09 PM
I saw these two vehicles in Beaumaris yesterday
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DVT on September 27, 2018, 08:47:18 AM
This appeared in Bodnant Garden car park yesterday - it's a 1934 Packard 8 ... 5.7-litre straight-8 cylinder.  Restored in USA and imported with no additional work carried out here.  I didn ;t meet the owner but general opinion amongst us was that it was certainly different, but would not be very economical!!!
 
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on October 08, 2018, 04:13:35 PM
Nice camper van parked on the West Shore today.   If it was mine I'd move it quickly before it gets sand blasted
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on October 10, 2018, 11:21:32 AM
Why you have (probably) already bought your last car.

I'm guessing you are scoffing in disbelief at the very suggestion of this article, but bear with me.

A growing number of tech analysts are predicting that in less than 20 years we'll all have stopped owning cars, and, what's more, the internal combustion engine will have been consigned to the dustbin of history.

Yes, it's a big claim and you are right to be sceptical, but the argument that a unique convergence of new technology is poised to revolutionise personal transportation is more persuasive than you might think.

The central idea is pretty simple: Self-driving electric vehicles organised into an Uber-style network will be able to offer such cheap transport that you'll very quickly - we're talking perhaps a decade - decide you don't need a car any more.

Continue.......  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-45786690 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-45786690)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DVT on October 10, 2018, 12:35:18 PM
May well be OK in cities but will it work in North Wales?  How many could afford (or want) to scrap their cars ... and has anyone worked out the amount of pollution that scrapping everything will cause?  I suspect NO is the answer to both those questions!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: squigglev2 on October 11, 2018, 11:34:53 PM
Following on from DVT’s 

Quote
“When I started work (1965) and not old enough to drive I cycled from my home (Conway Cottage, next to the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre entrance) UP Bodnant Hill to Ffrith-y-Foel, where I got a lift to Colwyn Bay with the daughter of the family who lived there ... I cannot remember her name now, but the car was an Austin A35!”
but figuring if it has a place, it’s probably better in cars than in an ancestry thread...

OT but I’d not have thought the A35 that unusual then? Mum (who passed her test in a Triumph Herald in N Wales in the 60s) had an A30 followed by an A35 in that era. The first one had the indicators that popped out of the sides. Kept her going until the Comma van (campervan conversion) came along.  Dad was “posher” with Abbey National Company cars which would take me to the Austin 1100/1300 series in our say mid 60s/early 70s Pydew period.

A30 pretty much met it’s end around Bodnant, coming back from Llanwrst (dad used to play cricket there and the rest would sometimes make their own way there/back). It limped all the way back to Pydew but had started making a racket and a chap in that off the main road garage said the big end had gone.

There again, memory associations can be like that. The only thing I could tell you about the kindly villager (Condover, Shropshire then – pre N Wales) that took me to hospital for stitches after a bicycle accident was that he had a Ford Consul Corsair and he can only have lived 3 or 4 doors away from us.

Coming back to the A30/35. I think mum used to do a shopping run in one or both of these. I think it was her, Alice and Menna (neither of whom drove or had cars) to Deganwy Kwiks.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: squigglev2 on October 11, 2018, 11:37:51 PM
(just checked. It was the Comma van period when the shopping run happened)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on October 12, 2018, 08:30:23 AM
I Daren't actually say how many cars we have had, but after over 50 years of marriage, it is well over that number. I too learned to drive in the '60s, in various cars. We had a Triumph Herald, Dad had a Corsair and a friend had a Moggie Minor ! The instructor I had had an NSU Prince, now that was a weird beast ! Out of all these I had great fun in a Citroen 2 CV and also a Smart Car. !
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Post by: DVT on October 12, 2018, 08:32:08 AM
I think you mean Commer !!!

Thinking back about Dad''s vehicles when I was a child ... Dad worked for Bodnant (electrician/plumber, not a gardener!) all his working life so had use of the maintenance crew's van.  But first it was an ex-army motor bike with a box sidecar attached ... reg'n FCA 596 I think ... Mum was on the pillion and my sister and myself in the box that normally carried the tools, ladders and suchlike!

In the late 1950's the bike was replaced by a Ford Transit Van (NCA 982) ... Dad had to pass his driving test (took two goes) before he could drive it, but the van was then used for family days out to places like Black Rock Sands.  Being a van there was no back seat, so the Bodnant joiners made a wooden bench for my sister and I to sit in the back, no seat belts or anything like that, of course!  When it rained and we went up hills the wipers would stop!!!

The Transit was replaced by a Bedford (9815 UN), then later a newer Transit (cannot remember the reg'n, think it was M reg!).  When Dad retired in 1985 on his 65th birthday he bought his first-ever car ... a brand new red Talbot Samba from Red Garages (C614 PJC) - you don't see many of those nowadays!


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 12, 2018, 01:49:59 PM
DVT, Transit in the Fifties? Do you mean Thames van? Great story nonetheless!  :)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DVT on October 12, 2018, 08:10:56 PM
Sorry, yes it would have been a Thames - having picked on squigglev2 over Comma / Commer I shouldn't have made that error!  Apologies to both of you.

Unfortunately, when my parents moved form Bodnant to live in one of oldies flats at Conwy Station (1997) Dad threw away loads of photos before my sister an I had realised, so very little was rescued.  I know there were some photos of the Thames at Black Rock Sands - in fact, that was the first vehicle I ever drove, I'd have been about 12 and got to drive it along the sands, despite Mum's protests!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on October 12, 2018, 08:14:57 PM
I did the same in an Austin of my Dad's at Ainsdale beach.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 12, 2018, 08:49:58 PM
No need for apologies,  I loved the story!
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Post by: SteveH on November 15, 2018, 04:36:38 PM
First ever Aston Martin SUV has its maiden road test in stunning North Wales
The Aston Martin DBX - with a hefty six-figure price tag - came to the region on its first outing.

It was in the hands of the company’s chief engineer Matt Becker when it tackled a stage used recently in the rally.
Among the stage locations this year were Clocaenog Forest, Brenig, Gwydir Forest and land around Penmachno and Dolgellau and sharp eyed readers may be able to work out the route from the video and images.

A spokesman said: "This first test for DBX signifies the start of an extensive testing programme.

"Though simulation is an essential part of DBX’s early development phase, this first prototype drive in Wales signifies the start of ‘real world’ testing, in which the SUV will be subjected to a punishing regime that will ultimately see development prototypes of the all-new machine tackle some of the world’s harshest environments, from the frozen Arctic and scorching deserts of the Middle East to high Alpine passes and the high-speed demands of the German autobahnen and Nürburgring Nordschleife."

New Aston Martin and potential James Bond supercar throws spotlight on Snowdonia
Speaking of his drive in the DBX development prototype Aston Martin chief engineer Matt Becker, said: "It’s always a big day when you get to put the first actual miles on an early prototype and I’m delighted with the near perfect correlation between the simulator and this prototype.

"As an engineer, it’s genuinely exciting to get a feel for the car you’re working to create. DBX is a very different kind of Aston Martin, but we will be testing it in all conditions and across all terrains to ensure it delivers a driving experience worthy of the wings badge."
DBX is scheduled to be unveiled in the last quarter of 2019 and will be built at Aston Martin Lagonda’s St Athan facility in South Wales. It is expected to cost around £140,000.  ref DP   https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/first-ever-aston-martin-suv-15419789 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/first-ever-aston-martin-suv-15419789)

Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on November 28, 2018, 11:35:19 AM
M.E.  You mentioned yesterday that you have an SL320 in your collection, is that a new addition ?  I think you already know the SL is my favorite car, and that I had to sell mine last year.   :'(  ...what year ? and any chance of a picture.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 28, 2018, 07:31:48 PM
Hi Steve, we bought the SL a couple of months ago, been in talks with the owner for a year! He's owned it for 9 years and it still has full Mercedes-Benz service history. It's a 2000 320 V6, it is an 'Edition' in mystic blue with a panoramic hardtop.

Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 28, 2018, 07:49:23 PM
We also have 2 other classic Mercedes-Benz cars, one is a w124 230E saloon, really well built car.
Then there is the big CL55 AMG, basically an S class coupe, 5.4 litre V8 petrol engine with 360 bhp, only 59k miles from new, has the ABC suspension (active body control) it corners whilst staying flat on the road uncanny really!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on November 29, 2018, 03:03:17 PM
Thanks for that M.E., I think you need a bigger garage  ;)   I thought you were a Jag. man ?    I do like your SL and the CL55 , if you ever decide to go into the hire car business, first dib's on the SL  8)
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 29, 2018, 03:16:45 PM
We sold the Jag over 2 years ago, bought an old W123 Mercedes-Benz,  loved it and ended up with the current cars, wont be hiring them out, but you are welcome to see them anytime, SL and Cl are in a big garage!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on November 29, 2018, 03:47:03 PM
What's happened to that famous Robin Reliant of yours ME?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 29, 2018, 04:56:08 PM
Hugo, sold that over 18 months ago, had lots of odd
problems with it! 
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: A.Muse on December 28, 2018, 08:53:26 PM
In response to Steve H following, my post on the 'Genealogy and Research' pages: -

My profile picture is our 1958 MGA 1500 Coupe which we built up from boxes of bits and has now been on the road for 15 years.

The car that prompted my post is a 1926 Bullnose Morris Oxford 'MG Super Sports' That was first owned by Harry Scribbans.

I'm trying to find out more about Harry Scribbans and the car when in his ownership. I have details of his family history and know that he commissioned the building of Villa Marina.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on December 29, 2018, 12:22:41 PM
Thank you AM, that sounds like a lot of hard work, but what a result, excellent.




Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on January 06, 2019, 02:31:41 PM
Have seen a lot of classic Mini's heading from Westshore to town, at least 50, quick search reveals...........

Wirral Mini Club's annual run from Bromborough to Llandudno. Open to both Classic and Modern minis. The event raises money for Claire House Children's Hospice on the Wirral.

After a short break at Rhos-On-Sea the run then heads along the coast road and up the Great Orme in Llandudno. The toll road (£3 payable on the day) up the Orme is a great road for minis and the views from the top across Snowdonia are amazing whatever the weather. After a short stop the run heads down the Orme and it ends on the promenade. Cars park on the prom for a few hours allowing plenty ...
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Post by: Hugo on January 06, 2019, 02:43:20 PM
Thanks for posting that photo Steve,  Tellytubby saw them driving in a convoy up Penrhyn Hill earlier today.      I did 143,000 miles in my Mini Clubman before it went to the scrapyard.
I've driven a few minis over the years like the mini van and mini moke but never got to drive the Mini Cooper S which I wanted to own at one time.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on January 06, 2019, 03:25:29 PM
I always fancied a Cooper S, but being 6.4 tall  :'(,   the above photo is from the "Wirral Mini's"  web page, from last year, there were 100 cars today, which is the clubs maximum number to fit on the Orme .....posting another, not sure how it will turn out.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on January 06, 2019, 04:04:59 PM
Over 275 rally plates had been sold the organiser said, but they weren't expecting them all turning up, but she reckoned over 200! It is a yearly event which we nearly always attend, but this year was different as they could not have their usual toilet/refreshment stop at Rhos 3 of them had a slight shunt on the zebra in Rhos which caused mayhem and a tailback for a short while . There is a good picture from the summit on FB.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on January 19, 2019, 11:30:29 PM
Tellytubby sent me an e-mail that showed a picture of this car on facebook with these comments  "Re: Old car on Wonder if this is now a local footpath.  Oops...a car accident on the mountain road to Nant Gwrtheyrn, Wales. That's a bit steep, probably his bill was too! "
If anyone has walked down to Nant Gwrtheyrn in the early 70's or prior then they will have remembered what a bad track it was.   It was just an uneven  dirt track that zig zagged it's way down the steep slope to the abandoned village at the bottom.    We did the walk on the hottest day of the year and it was horrendous, it wasn't fit for walking on let alone driving down
I think that Nemesis may have walked there around about that time too.
The track is now a tarmac road but if we ever have a walk in the area we always leave a car in the village as that hill is so steep so we opt for the easier option of a ride up the hill
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on January 20, 2019, 09:09:29 AM
Yes Hugo, we did walk down and back up.....never again. ! The mark 8 Jaguar was a heavy old beast and would take some shifting ! We went back many years later, after the new road had been 'built', but it was a dreadful day, siling it down with rain, so my OH decided that it would be foolhardy to attempt the road, given the volume of mud. The fact that we had just got a brand new car must have also been a factor ! Tell Tellytubby that we thought that his picture was great.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on January 30, 2019, 11:12:09 AM
Jaguar take F-TYPE sports car on road trip of North Wales - see where they visited...... Gt. Orme
The car giant is the latest brand to use the region to showcase a new vehicle.
https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/jaguar-take-f-type-sports-15750270 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/jaguar-take-f-type-sports-15750270)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on March 27, 2019, 10:07:55 AM
Speed limiting technology looks set to become mandatory for all vehicles sold in Europe from 2022, after new rules were provisionally agreed by the EU.
The Department for Transport said the system would also apply in the UK, despite Brexit.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47715415 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47715415)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: snowcap on March 27, 2019, 11:16:39 PM
not before time if you ask me
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: A.Muse on March 28, 2019, 08:58:46 AM
Fine, good idea but.... the technology isn't good enough and probably won't be in time for implementation.

If the proposed technology relies on recognising signs, one kid with a paint brush could create havoc.  If it is GPS based, our satnav shows speed limits and is usually accurate, but sometimes throws a wobbly as it passes under bridges or goes along side a minor road on a motorway. (this of course relies on Mr Trump not turing off or 'fuzzing', the GPS signals as they have been known to do in times of national emergency.   

Imagine 1: doing 70 and passing under a 30 mph road.... car slams on the the brakes to stay legal, and a multiple pile up ensues.

Imagine 2: 3 lane motorway with artic in lane 1 doing 55.5mph, 3 artics in lane 2 doing 56mph and little you in lane 3 doing 70 mph, no acceleration available to get past quickly to clear the lane for the blue flashing lights behind you. 

Feel free to let your imagination add further scenarios.

As the limiter will be computer controlled there will be an industry in hacking to remove the limiter.  Recent air crashes seem to show that computer control isn't all it should be.

 
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on March 28, 2019, 09:54:30 AM
I have a limiter on one of our cars but I've never engaged it. I do use adaptive cruise control quite a bit, but not so sure abou-t using a limiter.  A lot will depend on the implementation, as you say.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DownUnder on March 28, 2019, 10:38:41 AM
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Fine, good idea but.... the technology isn't good enough and probably won't be in time for implementation.

If the proposed technology relies on recognising signs, one kid with a paint brush could create havoc.  If it is GPS based, our satnav shows speed limits and is usually accurate, but sometimes throws a wobbly as it passes under bridges or goes along side a minor road on a motorway. (this of course relies on Mr Trump not turing off or 'fuzzing', the GPS signals as they have been known to do in times of national emergency.   

Imagine 1: doing 70 and passing under a 30 mph road.... car slams on the the brakes to stay legal, and a multiple pile up ensues.

Imagine 2: 3 lane motorway with artic in lane 1 doing 55.5mph, 3 artics in lane 2 doing 56mph and little you in lane 3 doing 70 mph, no acceleration available to get past quickly to clear the lane for the blue flashing lights behind you. 

Feel free to let your imagination add further scenarios.

As the limiter will be computer controlled there will be an industry in hacking to remove the limiter.  Recent air crashes seem to show that computer control isn't all it should be.

 

Very apt scenario to the aviation industry's reliance on computerisation. Working within the IT industry as an auditor has demonstrated to me that implementation of a computerised solution as specified by the scheduled implementation date and to budget is priority one.  Risks are often minimised in order to achieve that implementation date. Exotic "work arounds" are often used as solutions to Risk Management issues to support achieving the implementation date. Despite audit findings, Management can accept the level of risk expressed by auditors and continue on with an implementation schedule which gives them some measure of isolation from responsibility.

When it comes down to computer vs human, humans have an innate ability to take all environmental conditions into consideration but they may not necessarily take the most appropriate action. Perhaps the only satisfactory human vs computer combination is that  computerisation feedback from various input sensory detectors installed on a vehicle are presented to the driver both audibly and visually (such as reversing/proximity cameras/proximity sensors). For example, humans and perhaps computers can work in parallel to establish a safe environment, but what happens when a siren is heard whilst driving? Is it an ambulance, fire brigade or other emergency service? Does your vehicle's computer suggest you navigate to the left or navigate to the right or does it leave it to the driver's decision?

Collision avoidance generally involves leaving a sufficient distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you based on road conditions, weather conditions and the proximity of vehicles immediately behind you. This means that you may think the driver of the vehicle behind you also has the skills to follow you with a similar road skill.

Regards Hugh
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DVT on March 28, 2019, 04:40:27 PM
Totally stupid and dangerous suggestion, as per the scenarios posed by A.Muse above.

All cars already have a speed limiter ... it's called the driver's right foot.

My car has a claimed top speed of 169mph (and it's a family saloon) - I doubt I will ever get anywhere near that, but linked to that is the accelaration so that if I do wish/need to overtake something I can do it in the shortest/safest time/distance possible.

There is one scenario that would benefit the whole country if this happened - it will soon become manadatory to employ a person off the dole to walk in front of the car carrying a red flag.  So, no-one on the dole, all that money can go into the country's economy to pay for inflated salaries for even more people with stupid ideas.

As the manufacturers who "rule" the industries are also the manufacturers of the high powered cars will this suggestion ever come in - imagine Porsche/Mercedes/Ferrari/Bentley selling their latest model but it won't go over 70mph.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on March 28, 2019, 06:15:10 PM
The current design of the EU directive will make it optional and easy to disable. Of course, that might change, but it's very hard to rid oneself of the idea that this is merely tiptoeing around the real issue: driver competence. Many drivers are good, but the small minority that are both selfish and thoughtless with a large helping of incompetence are those who threaten the rest of us. A typical example of this is the idiot driver who pulls out onto a 60 mph road and accelerates away from following traffic at 40.  Happened to us this afternoon on the 470 as we drove past the Welsh Food centre.

This is more than simply misjudging the speed of approaching vehicles; the driver was happy to know we'd have to brake fairly hard to avoid hitting him when he could easily have waited until; the road was clear.

One solution is to make the training in and passing of the IAM advanced driving test compulsory within a year of passing the normal test. I did that, many years ago, and it made a difference - significantly lower insurance premiums being one.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Quiggs on March 28, 2019, 08:18:14 PM
I cannot for The life of me understand why manufacturers are making cars with such high speed capabilities,when the maximum road speed is 70 mph, it might make more sense to improve mpg capability with a max mph around 80 / 90 mph to allow extra speed to g et out of some situations
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DVT on March 28, 2019, 09:23:37 PM
The problem is not the speed ... it's the driver using it in the wrong places.

As an example ... drive down Mostyn Street on a Saturday afternoon at 29mph and you will be driving within the speed limit ... but I wouldn't mind betting you will have/cause an accident.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on April 14, 2019, 02:54:52 PM
Yesterday on a walk in the Dyserth area we passed a very large and beautiful stone building that had an enormous open garage underneath part of the building.
It was so big I bet it could have garaged all of ME's collection of motors.     ;D
One car took our fancy and it was a very old Porsche, there was a Lotus behind that car but the other 5 or 6 cars there were more modern and nothing special
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: A.Muse on April 14, 2019, 03:20:00 PM
Oh!  For all that space!  Room to work and store all my spares.  On the down side it looks as if it would be very cold to work in, but I think I could pur up with that.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on April 14, 2019, 03:29:14 PM
I regret not taking a photo of the building as it was a beautiful old stone building and there must have been at least 5 bays like that.   You wouldn't be working in it today A Muse as it's bitterly cold.
Where my brother lives it's 41C today so I don't know what would be worse, the heat or the cold
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on April 19, 2019, 09:38:27 AM
Cars and Coffee on the Prom.
1st meeting of this year,  this Sunday morning, by the Cayley Prom café.
Shall we see you there? clappinghappy
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: A.Muse on April 19, 2019, 10:14:11 AM
Is there a meet next month? We will be in N. Wales from our home in the Eastern flatlands, and would love to have a look even if we are not in one of our old MG's   
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on April 19, 2019, 11:51:04 AM
Yes--- there is a meeting on the 3rd Sunday of every month, same place, all summer There are a variety of vehicles there, some old, like our 50 year old Moggie Minor , some newer and some quite 'hairy beasts ' ! $cofffee$ Good coffee and snacks at the kiosk nearest to Rhos.
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Post by: Gavel on April 19, 2019, 12:14:05 PM
Thanks for the mention Nemesis. The May event is on the 19th. You should mark your calendar for June 16 too - Father's Day, It promises to be a really special one, but I can't give any more information just yet.  +}}{-- I always advertise CCOTP on this forum's events pages. See you on Sunday!
Regards
Gavel
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on April 19, 2019, 02:47:14 PM
Sounds interesting ! Hope to be there on Sunday. *cycle*
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on June 04, 2019, 02:35:31 PM
After having a coffee morning in the Queens Hotel today I popped out to have a look at the cars in the Three Castles Trial that were parked on the promenade near to the hotel
There were a lot of very nice vehicles there, shame about the weather but the cars still attracted many admirers

Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on June 04, 2019, 02:42:36 PM
  $cool$            I'll let you have first pick, 8)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on June 04, 2019, 06:11:54 PM
I would be quite happy with any of them Steve.     It was a great turnout and I wish that I could have spent more time just looking at them.       
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on June 05, 2019, 12:21:31 PM
Talk of a petrol price war, Asda  reducing price by 3p from tomorrow, others will follow, if you can wait a few days before filling.....  :D
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on June 06, 2019, 10:41:44 AM
Attention all getaway drivers, worried about those stingers ?    ........    :o

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UPTIS’s airless technology makes its impervious to flats and blowouts.

Uptis is an assembled airless wheel structure technology made accessible to passenger vehicles, which offers many advantages.
http://public.adyoulike.com.s3.amazonaws.com/michelin_beta/prototype/michelin/index.html (http://public.adyoulike.com.s3.amazonaws.com/michelin_beta/prototype/michelin/index.html)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DVT on June 06, 2019, 07:06:57 PM
This seems an obvious way to go as more and more new cars do not have spare tyre - I dread getting a puncture in mine - the foam may well; work for a small hole (e.g. a nail) bit won;t cope with a tear, so that would mean I am stuck (often in the middle of nowehere and no phone signal!).  Hopefully the wear rate will be reasonable, although I suspect price might not be!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on June 07, 2019, 08:09:09 AM
I remember the Dunlop Denovo in the '70s being touted as the answer to punctures but it never really took off, since run-flat tyres can't (or couldn't) cope with side-wall punctures. Wonder if this one can?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on June 08, 2019, 02:41:36 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Dbiq2rD7I8 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Dbiq2rD7I8)                       ))*              $booboo$                                   
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on June 10, 2019, 06:50:57 PM
A couple of beautiful vintage cars passed the house today , I just managed a glimpse, and thought some of the Three Castle competitors had stayed on for a few extra days ,  Mrs H just spotted on FB's Llandudno page, (photos) that the Vintage Lagonda car club were on the prom and the top of the great Orme this afternoon, along with other models, sorry I missed them, anyone manage to see the display ?
 Photo by John Hume snr. FB
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on June 14, 2019, 01:41:05 PM
Asda and Sainsbury's have cut petrol and diesel prices for the second time in just over a week .
Asda took the lead by trimming diesel by 4p a litre and petrol by 3p.
From today customers filling up at any of Asda's 322 UK fuel stations will pay no more than 124.7p for a litre of diesel and 123.7p for unleaded petrol.
Sainsbury's is cutting diesel by up to 4p a litre and unleaded by up to 3p a litre. These reductions will come into force from Saturday.
Ref DP
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on June 16, 2019, 03:52:21 PM
I popped down to Rhos Promenade this morning for the Cars and Coffee meeting and it really was worth going to see.     The weather was good for starters but the place was very busy and there was an excellent display of vehicles there ranging from the very old to the modern day.
There was a yellow Noble car there and it's the first one I had ever seen one, but I doubt if I could get in one let alone get out of it but still nice to look at
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on June 16, 2019, 03:58:09 PM
Cars and Coffee on Rhos Prom
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DVT on June 16, 2019, 07:48:30 PM
A few more from today - can you work out which car is mine?!!!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on June 16, 2019, 10:31:40 PM
I hope that it wasn't the brown American car in your 3rd photo DVT     
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on June 16, 2019, 10:45:52 PM
There were lots of nice, well looked after cars on show today and here are a few more
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DVT on June 17, 2019, 09:00:17 AM
Quote - Hugo ... "I hope that it wasn't the brown American car in your 3rd photo DVT"

Definitely not that one, but I suspect the owner loves it!  You may need to zoom in on one of my pics to find my car - it's a white one!

Definitely a huge variety of interesting cars attended - I think if I have chosen one to take home it would have been the McLaren which didn't stay long so you might not have seen it.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on June 17, 2019, 11:36:55 AM
i can't tell which one is yours DVT  but the second one from the right must belong to a boy racer

I didn't see the McLaren unfortunately,  but I did like the Noble car though.   It was a really good turn out on the day
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DVT on June 17, 2019, 03:19:19 PM
Ha! Ha! Mine is the next white one - the reg'n gives it away.  The Mitsubishi is Dave Paveley's rally car, definitely a boy racer!  The black Subaru is his daughter Jade's (she is current Welsh Junior Rally Champion).  The "mallard green" Escort Cosworth is for sale if you have some spare cash!

I was told by more than one person that the Noble is based on a Ford Mondeo - the rear lights are from a Mondeo!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Quiggs on June 17, 2019, 03:34:53 PM
How do the “Hot Rods getaway with no mudguards ? “
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SDQ on June 17, 2019, 05:13:27 PM
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Ha! Ha! Mine is the next white one - the reg'n gives it away.  The Mitsubishi is Dave Paveley's rally car, definitely a boy racer!  The black Subaru is his daughter Jade's (she is current Welsh Junior Rally Champion).  The "mallard green" Escort Cosworth is for sale if you have some spare cash!

I was told by more than one person that the Noble is based on a Ford Mondeo - the rear lights are from a Mondeo!


The early Noble cars were powered by Ford Duratec engines, probably as a way to save money as they tried to establish the brand. I think they later moved to Judd V8 engines.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 21, 2019, 04:33:40 PM
Around 100 cars from the he Mercedes-Benz  Club will be on Llandudno prom  on Sunday 23rd, we will have two of ours there.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on June 21, 2019, 04:53:44 PM
I will do my best to get there,  and I am assuming that one of the cars will be the SL    $good$
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 21, 2019, 05:18:04 PM
Yes, we are taking our SL320 Edition and our CL55AMG, hopefully no rain until the evening.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on June 23, 2019, 04:40:54 PM
I managed a short visit to the display today, and met Mr and Mrs Merddin Emrys, and their fabulous cars, nice to finally meet up, it was good to see a lot of the owners by their cars, ready to answer questions, similar to the Three Castles prom display, some shows are just glorified car parks, this was very enjoyable, and no rain, lucky for the open topped owners.

Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 23, 2019, 09:23:02 PM
Good to meet you Steve, glad you enjoyed it, we had a lovely day, luckily the rain held off till 4.15pm!
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on June 24, 2019, 11:03:57 AM
I think I posted last year, that I had noticed an increase in the number of oncoming vehicles that were causing problems, headlight dazzle, I thought between new modern lighting technology and my driving less at night might be the problem, so I found this RAC survey interesting.

Drivers complain that dangerous headlight glare is getting worse, RAC study finds
Problem experience by staggering 16.1m motorists.


Half of drivers on UK roads say they are suffering more from the effect of dazzling headlights than they were just 12 months ago, research  has found.
The poll, commissioned by the RAC, claims ‘some’ or ‘most’ car headlights are too bright and 54 per cent of these saying they are dazzled more regularly now than a year ago.

Six-in-10 of those affected said they regularly get dazzled by oncoming headlights with 45 per cent complaining they get dazzled by headlights in their rear-view mirror.

A huge 70 per cent believe some lights are so bright they represent an accident risk. In fact official government data shows there are around 300 collisions every year where dazzling headlights are a factor.

Drivers were less clear on the likely causes of glare. Half blamed vehicles that sit higher on the road, such as increasingly popular sports utility vehicles (SUVs). Newer xenon 'blue' lamps were also blamed by some motorists.

The research also found that in some cases drivers themselves might be inadvertently causing glare – either by not adjusting their lights correctly, or by having badly-aligned lights.

RAC spokesperson Rod Dennis said: “The dazzling effect of another driver’s headlights isn’t just uncomfortable – in some cases it can be nothing short of dangerous, making us lose sight of the road for a short time.
"So it’s concerning to see that a greater proportion of drivers have reported problems with glare this year than last year.
“In reality, the issue of glare is a complex one and it’s not as straightforward as saying one type of lightbulb causes more of a dazzling effect than another.

"There are a range of reasons why a driver might be dazzled, from a slight misalignment of a headlight, the difference in ride height of different vehicles and even individual people’s vision. That explains why not every car headlight appears to be dazzling, with eight-in-10 drivers saying only some cause glare.

“Nonetheless, all headlights have to meet specific international standards, which motorists might be surprised to discover haven’t been updated since the 1960s and so do not take specific account of newer technologies like xenon and LED.

"And an overwhelmingly proportion of drivers – 84 per cent – now want the UK Government to act to ensure the regulations are updated to remove the possibility of glare being a result of modern technology.”    ref DP

RAC report 2018         https://media.rac.co.uk/pressreleases/motorists-claim-to-being-regularly-left-dazzled-by-modern-vehicle-headlights-2458363

Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on June 26, 2019, 03:54:13 PM
THE second edition of ‘Mercedes on the Prom’ raised more than £1000 for the Welsh Air Ambulance charity.

The charity relies on donations from members of the public to help keep its helicopters flying - with each mission costing £1500 on average.

The Mercedes Benz club gathering on Llandudno Promenade on June 23 proved to be a success once more, with the number of cars on show up from 80 to more than 100.

Full article and photos    https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/17731640.llandudnos-mercedes-on-the-prom-event-raises-more-than-1000-for-welsh-air-ambulance/ (https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/17731640.llandudnos-mercedes-on-the-prom-event-raises-more-than-1000-for-welsh-air-ambulance/)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on June 28, 2019, 06:46:06 PM
Last night I was driving to Deganwy and in my rear view mirror I saw one of the nicest cars I have ever seen.   It was a few cars behind me and looked like a McLaren and was red ( I think ) with two bold white stripes going down the bonnet and top
When I turned off the road it continued on Glan Y Mor Road towards Deganwy
Did anyone else see the car and recognise the make as I'm just curious to know what it was.       Even if I won the lottery and was able to buy it,  I wouldn't be able to get in or out of it with my bad back, but one can still dream         
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on June 28, 2019, 06:59:45 PM
When you said "two bold white stripes" I immediately thought of this car, any help.     Ford GT 40    as for getting in and out Clarkson from Top Gear had one, if you can find the clip https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=jeremy+clarkson+gt40+top+gear+ (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=jeremy+clarkson+gt40+top+gear+)  I remember it being quite funny, especially when he bought one, a full tank took him 75 miles, but he lived 80 miles from the studio, stuff like that.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on June 28, 2019, 07:40:03 PM
Thanks for posting that link and info about the Ford GT 40,  I remember seeing one in Southport many years ago.      40 inches from the floor to the top of the roof, hence its name, only suitable for the very agile or competent limbo dancers.

I don't know if it was the Ford GT 40 or not, but what impressed me was the side of it and the cockpit.   It had a very low ground clearance and actually looked like a formula one car.    My brother saw it as he was walking to the club but didn't know what make it was.  If I find out then I'll post it on here
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DVT on June 28, 2019, 08:41:46 PM
I have recently seen a Ford Mustang around here in those colours - possible?

Completely different but when my wife and I went round the Orme last Saturday we saw two Austin 7's.  We were at Brenig today and there were three of them, and not the same two we saw before, although the driver of oen did say they;d been roudn the Orme last weekend.  The ones today had Hereford Austin 7 Club badges on them.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on June 28, 2019, 10:26:05 PM
Definitely not a Mustang DVT,    you would need a lot more money to buy the beast I saw last night but thanks very much for the suggestion


I've just looked at the Formula 1 cars again and it wasn't like those cars but more like the cars driven in the Le Mans Race.    Perhaps I'll never find out what it was but it was one super motor       $good$
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Nemesis on June 29, 2019, 09:06:53 AM
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I have recently seen a Ford Mustang around here in those colours - possible?

Completely different but when my wife and I went round the Orme last Saturday we saw two Austin 7's.  We were at Brenig today and there were three of them, and not the same two we saw before, although the driver of oen did say they;d been roudn the Orme last weekend.  The ones today had Hereford Austin 7 Club badges on them.

There appears to be a Mustang parked at the roadside in Craig-y-Don, near the park, which I see when going to the park with the dog.

I saw a row of classics parked up on the prom as I was driving along, but they had gone when I returned, so didn't get a chance to look more closely.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on June 29, 2019, 09:46:14 AM
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I've just looked at the Formula 1 cars again and it wasn't like those cars but more like the cars driven in the Le Mans Race.    Perhaps I'll never find out what it was but it was one super motor       

When you mentioned Le Mans, I remember Lola cars, from my youth, who used to team up with various partners, for the race, they had some great looking cars, 

https://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en-GB&biw=1366&bih=625&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=_iIXXbjPAozFgQaW3oeoCg&q=lola+cars&oq=lola+cars&gs_l=img.1.0.0l2j0i8i30l4j0i24l4.32830.46505..50135...0.0..2.102.1624.28j1......0....1..gws-wiz-img.....0..35i39j0i67.EPbW2jkkmCA#imgrc=_ (https://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en-GB&biw=1366&bih=625&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=_iIXXbjPAozFgQaW3oeoCg&q=lola+cars&oq=lola+cars&gs_l=img.1.0.0l2j0i8i30l4j0i24l4.32830.46505..50135...0.0..2.102.1624.28j1......0....1..gws-wiz-img.....0..35i39j0i67.EPbW2jkkmCA#imgrc=_)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on June 29, 2019, 09:53:03 AM
They are really great cars      $good$

Thanks for posting the link Steve
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ian on June 29, 2019, 10:00:22 AM
I always think there's a certain irony with these top sports car manufacturers.  By the time most folk have enough money to buy and run one, they often can't get into it.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on June 29, 2019, 10:48:19 AM
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I always think there's a certain irony with these top sports car manufacturers.  By the time most folk have enough money to buy and run one, they often can't get into it.

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Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on July 05, 2019, 06:38:27 PM
The staggering sum North Wales councils have raked in from fining motorists
The cash was raised for fining people for everything from parking on double yellows, overstaying in car parks and misusing box junctions.

Councils across North Wales have pocketed more than £1.5 million in penalty charge notices over the space of two years, Figures for Conwy were reportedly unavailable.

Figures released today show that the local authorities in Anglesey , Denbighshire , Flintshire , Gwynedd and Wrexham have made £1,641,522.91 during 2017 and 2018 through giving 50,546 penalty charge notices (PCN) to motorists.   Cont.  https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/staggering-sum-north-wales-councils-16535985 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/staggering-sum-north-wales-councils-16535985)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DVT on July 05, 2019, 07:04:46 PM
Should be enough money in the coffers to get all the potholes filled in then.

Although the way the local highways people work it will probably be spent on putting down more speed bumps or red lines on A-class roads.
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on July 10, 2019, 10:09:11 AM
DVLA are starting to crack down on untaxed vehicles by clamping cars
Scores of motors in Prestatyn and Rhyl were seen with wheel clamps and windscreen stickers following a visit from the DVLA ANPR vans.

The DVLA have been operating a country-wide vehicle tax evasion operation throughout 2019, warning motorists to "tax it or we'll clamp it!"

Since circular tax discs were scrapped, the motoring body now uses automatic number plate readers (ANPR) to  to scan registrations and check them against information stored in the DVLA’s database.

Enforcement action against untaxed vehicles can include financial penalties, court action, clamping and, in some cases, the loss of the car.
Vehicles can be clamped or instantly impounded if found to be untaxed on a public road - even if you had a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN).

Anyone who finds their car clamped will need to pay a £100 fee to have it removed and will only be released once the vehicle has been taxed.  The DVLA also claim any unpaid vehicle tax arrears from the date it was last taxed or move to prosecute - with fines up to £1,000.
The number of untaxed vehicles has trebled since paper tax discs were scrapped in 2014, according to data from the Department for Transport.

DVLA enforcement spokeswoman Beth Beasley said: “While over 98% of vehicles on the road are taxed correctly, it is right that we take action against those who don’t tax their vehicles and then drive them -  otherwise it wouldn’t be fair to those who do the right thing.

“We don’t need to spot a vehicle on the road to take enforcement action but if we do, wheel clamping is an effective way to make sure that an untaxed vehicle is not driven on the road.

“It’s never been easier to tax your car – it’s just a few clicks to do it online and you can do it 24 hours a day, you can also spread payments across the year by Direct Debit so there really is no excuse.  Having your vehicle clamped is expensive and inconvenient. Don’t take the risk – tax it or lose it.”   ref DP

ALSO.......
New noise cameras will fine drivers whose cars are too loud
Loud exhausts will be targeted by the acoustic sensitive devices.
https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/new-noise-cameras-fine-drivers-16414760 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/new-noise-cameras-fine-drivers-16414760)
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Hugo on July 10, 2019, 01:20:30 PM
I've been a critic of the DVLA  for some time as I believe that they are more bluff than substance,  A bit like Boris Johnson perhaps.      A few months ago I asked the DVLA for info under the FOI  Act  but they declined to give me the specific info I requested and said that they had previously  replied to a similar request from me before and in actual fact said that they would refuse to reply to any more FOI requests from me in future

That info would have given me some idea of roughly how much money they hadn't collected which the RAC has estimated to be over £100 million.      Are ANPR cameras any good if the car is parked in the garden or garage even, because I see someone daily who hasn't taxed his last 4 or 5 cars and has travelled  daily in them.

I really hope that I am proved wrong because the UK could do with the money and apart from that it is unfair to the honest motorist who pays on time

On another thread this week,  motorists in London are getting away with not paying for parking fines.     Some are well over the 100 mark so how come?      Couldn't the next traffic Warden arrange for the clamping or removal of that vehicle and that's the end of that but will common sense prevail?
Title: Re: Cars
Post by: SteveH on July 13, 2019, 02:18:42 PM
Three old classic cars have just gone past, anyone know what's on ?