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Guiness

Cars

We all talk about our bikes and our pets. What about our cars? Anyone have a collection of these? Does your car reflect your personality or is it a means of functional transport for family?

We've got a Land Rover Discovery 3. Living in Kent you need a 4x4! Chosen for the space we need when carrying the family and bikes (but also, cough, cough, must admit I love the dominance it portrays). Always wanted one of these though:  

(1962 MGA 1600 Mk 2 )

http://www.gbclassiccars.co.uk/photos/gallery.php

or one of these:

(#14. Austin-Healey Sprite)

http://www.breakdowncover.org/blog/greatest-british-cars-ever-built

Mrs G has a VW Beetle. It's the smiley face.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31766...lt-personality-cars/#.TlLI664r-sM
Slapshot 3

Just a couple of crappy Mondeos just now, both knackered!!

I built my first car, MK2 flatnose Escort, 2.2 Pinto engine, twin side draught Weber 45 carbs, salisbury axle, Bilstein road shocks......went like stink till i wrapped it round a tree.

Had an Alfa 75 for a while in Germany. Black, 3.0L V6 dino engine (the one with the sexy polished inlets......was great till it threw a timing belt and caused DM11,000 worth of damage!!

I dream of an Alfa GT or a Brera these days, it'll probably stay dreams Crying or Very sad
Guiness

You have a way with causing damage to your poor cars Slapshot! I'm glad you don't do that to your bikes too! Wink

An Alfa Romeo GT. Nice. Very nice. Sexy and Italian, beautiful and characterful. Like it a lot.
Fontfroide

I have a twelve year old Renault Megane with new shock absorbers and CV joints or bits.  Only 125,000k.  The varnish or lacquer on the paint job is coming off, so it looks like bacteria have got loose.  Drives well and starts every time.  Green.  No CD player, but air conditioning.
Guiness

Only 125,000k! Wow. For a 12 year old car that's bloody good. And it starts every time. Amazing. If it ain't broke don't fix it as they say...
Fontfroide

the real question is that you need to figure out when it is not worth it, like when you need huge repairs or replacements.  I just dropped 500 euros on it, but that's not too bad as the last two years have been nearly without repairs.  Next "car" might be one of those little vans with windows and back seats.
Guiness

Something new like a Fiat Qubo http://www.fiat.co.uk/showroom/?id=16145#showroom/qubo or an oldie like a VW campervan?
Bartali

Re: Cars

Guiness wrote:
We all talk about our bikes and our pets. What about our cars? Anyone have a collection of these? Does your car reflect your personality or is it a means of functional transport for family?


Umm ... so what does mine say about me?

Mrs John Murphy

Re: Cars

Bartali wrote:
Guiness wrote:
We all talk about our bikes and our pets. What about our cars? Anyone have a collection of these? Does your car reflect your personality or is it a means of functional transport for family?


Umm ... so what does mine say about me?



That you have too much money Wink
Slapshot 3

Re: Cars

Mrs John Murphy wrote:
Bartali wrote:
Guiness wrote:
We all talk about our bikes and our pets. What about our cars? Anyone have a collection of these? Does your car reflect your personality or is it a means of functional transport for family?


Umm ... so what does mine say about me?



That you have way, way, too much money Wink


Fixed that for you MJM.... Wink

Bart is that what keeps the porker company in the Garage mate??
Boogerd_Fan

2 wheels are better than 4!

Is a saying I roll out, whenever asked about cars. Damn straight too.
Slapshot 3

Re: Cars

Bartali wrote:
Guiness wrote:
We all talk about our bikes and our pets. What about our cars? Anyone have a collection of these? Does your car reflect your personality or is it a means of functional transport for family?


Umm ... so what does mine say about me?



Right, the car geek in me is coming out....need the full skinny Bart!
Boogerd_Fan

yeah, and there is Bart's castle in the background Very Happy
Guiness

Boogerd_Fan wrote:
yeah, and there is Bart's castle in the background Very Happy


Very Happy

Nice car Bart. Very nice. Is this your only car? I really can't believe you'd use this beauty every day??!!
Bartali

It's my Dad's castle Wink

Something small and German for everyday use I'm afraid.  The Ace only comes out on high days and holidays these days ...
Slapshot 3

Bartali wrote:
It's my Dad's castle Wink

Something small and German for everyday use I'm afraid.


Small and German.......Volkswagen Polo then Bart.....Rolling Eyes

Quote:
 The Ace only comes out on high days and holidays these days ...


So original or replica...engine size...refurbed....come on more details
Fontfroide

Guiness wrote:
Something new like a Fiat Qubo http://www.fiat.co.uk/showroom/?id=16145#showroom/qubo or an oldie like a VW campervan?


I was thinking of something more prosaic, like the Renault or Peugeot versions, Kangoo and Partner
http://www.renault.co.uk/cars/model/new-[url]kangoo/product.aspxhttp://www.peugeot.fr/produits/Partner/Tepee/[/url]

And Citroen make one too.  But the Fiat is also the same kind of thing, although a bit prettier.
Guiness

Fontfroide wrote:


I was thinking of something more prosaic, like the Renault or Peugeot versions, Kangoo and Partner
http://www.renault.co.uk/cars/model/new-[url]kangoo/product.aspxhttp://www.peugeot.fr/produits/Partner/Tepee/[/url]



The Peugeot is very smart!
Fontfroide

As for Bartali, I guess the car matches the bikes in some ways.  Not really what I thought an accountant would drive, as I recollect you are one.  I also figure you have a two car garage.  Or perhaps you leave the VW out on the street?  Also that you do have a fair bit of money, but I already knew that from all the cycling trips you make.

I am afraid I have no idea what kind of car that is, even though I was born in Detroit and at the age of five I could identify all models of all USA cars.  Now I can't.  Lost a bit of interest, although I did enjoy having a DS 19 as the family car in the sixties, in Detroit.  My dad was a car freak, engineer, invented the hemi.
Fontfroide

Guiness wrote:


The Peugeot is very smart!


Apparently they drive really well at motorway speeds too, and it is easy to put a bike or two in the back.
Fontfroide

As for Bartali, I guess the car matches the bikes in some ways.  Not really what I thought an accountant would drive, as I recollect you are one.  I also figure you have a two car garage.  Or perhaps you leave the VW out on the street?  Also that you do have a fair bit of money, but I already knew that from all the cycling trips you make.

I am afraid I have no idea what kind of car that is, even though I was born in Detroit and at the age of five I could identify all models of all USA cars.  Now I can't.  Lost a bit of interest, although I did enjoy having a DS 19 as the family car in the sixties, in Detroit.  My dad was a car freak, engineer, invented the hemi.
Fontfroide

Guiness wrote:
Something new like a Fiat Qubo http://www.fiat.co.uk/showroom/?id=16145#showroom/qubo or an oldie like a VW campervan?


I was thinking of something more prosaic, like the Renault or Peugeot versions, Kangoo and Partner
http://www.renault.co.uk/cars/model/new-kangoo/product.aspx
http://www.peugeot.fr/produits/Partner/Tepee/

And Citroen make one too.  But the Fiat is also the same kind of thing, although a bit prettier.
Guiness

Bartali wrote:
Something small and German for everyday use I'm afraid.
 

Given Slapshot's reaction, it is not a VW Polo is it? Wink Must be that Porsche he keeps going on about. Go on... show us a pic. What is it? A Boxster? Silver?

Only two cars Bartali?? No space for a third or a fourth in Dad's Castle?

 
Bartali wrote:
The Ace only comes out on high days and holidays these days ...
 

Some detail please. Year? Original?

What are high days?
Guiness

Fontfroide wrote:
Guiness wrote:


The Peugeot is very smart!


Apparently they drive really well at motorway speeds too, and it is easy to put a bike or two in the back.


Cool and practical. I like very much!
Guiness

Guiness wrote:

What are high days?


Reason I ask (it is not that I am thick) is that I've only heard "high days" still being used by the Jewish community to describe their High Holidays, or Judaism's High Holy Days. Nowadays in the christian world there is no real religious resonance to the idiom.
Fontfroide

I would love to have a little convertible like Bartali's or similar about ten days of the year.  A tuned up, fully functional Citroen SM for about two weeks, maybe three, and one of those little car/vans for the rest.  All with excellent sound systems and a GPS, plus whatever other gadgets I didn't know I wanted.  Can't see how one car could possibly meet my needs.

My current ride below, behind the Millau Viaduct, in my neighbourhood.




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Bartali

Yup ... its not a VW Polo. It's poorly at the mo so has gone back to the 'pig sty' for repairs.  So much for German workmanship!

On the other hand, the convertable, 'Archie', is still going strong after more than half a century.  He's a 1957 AC ACE with the original 100HP 2 litre AC straight six, not the more refined (and expensive) Bristol unit or the big Ford Zephyr engine they shoe-horned under the bonnet just before mutating a thing of beauty into the beast that was the AC Cobra!

Archie's old enough to remember 'high days' ... he's a bit oldfashioned that way.  Still fast enough to break the speed limit on the motorway, although drum breaks all round is sufficient encouragement to drive sensibly.
Guiness

Bartali wrote:
Yup ... its not a VW Polo. It's poorly at the mo so has gone back to the 'pig sty' for repairs.  So much for German workmanship!


Get well soon wishes to the Porka then. You've run it down with taking all those ladies out for a spin?  Wink Are you going to keep teasing us by not showing us a picture? Go on!

Bartali wrote:

On the other hand, the convertable, 'Archie', is still going strong after more than half a century.  He's a 1957 AC ACE with the original 100HP 2 litre AC straight six, not the more refined (and expensive) Bristol unit or the big Ford Zephyr engine they shoe-horned under the bonnet just before mutating a thing of beauty into the beast that was the AC Cobra!


One of the best sports cars of the 1950s, mate. The Bristol is smart too - esp with those fat 5.50x16 Dunlop racing tyres.  A car that still runs on lead. Brilliant. What's the interior like?

Bartali wrote:


Archie's old enough to remember 'high days' ... he's a bit oldfashioned that way.  Still fast enough to break the speed limit on the motorway, although drum breaks all round is sufficient encouragement to drive sensibly.


Archie? Porka called Ferdy?  Smile
Guiness

Fontfroide wrote:
I would love to have a little convertible like Bartali's or similar about ten days of the year.  A tuned up, fully functional Citroen SM for about two weeks, maybe three, and one of those little car/vans for the rest.  All with excellent sound systems and a GPS, plus whatever other gadgets I didn't know I wanted.  Can't see how one car could possibly meet my needs.


Yes a car for each occasion or even each day of the week or each month of the year would be very nice. A smart convertible for the great outdoors to head for a pub lunch with my Good Lady; a 4x4 to pack everyone and everything in to head up North to see the relatives; a small van to put the bikes in and head to France (boy do we need it); a Jaguar for nights out; and a mini to remind me of my lost youth...
Fontfroide

4 x 4?   Twisted Evil

Never.  One has to stay loyal to seriously worked out prejudices.
Bartali

Fontfroide wrote:
4 x 4?   Twisted Evil

Never.  One has to stay loyal to seriously worked out prejudices.


It depends how muddy ones country estate gets! Wink
Bartali

Guiness wrote:
Archie? Porka called Ferdy?  Smile
Porka's called Mac ... as in Macbook etc ...

Guiness

White?  Shocked Different. Didn't think that be your choice of colour for the Mac. At least there is a bike stuck on top of it. That's definitely Bart's car.  Wink Second hand or brand new? What year?
Guiness

Fontfroide wrote:

My current ride below, behind the Millau Viaduct, in my neighbourhood.


Tallest bridge in the world. I think there was quite a bit of opposition to it ?
Fontfroide

The French, bless em, are still capable of opposition to nearly anything.  And sometimes they succeed.  Not this time.  Some of the opposition came from some Millau businesses, who thought they would lose business as the old road went through town, causing huge traffic jams.  Turns out that lots of people stop to look at the bridge from below and the town has not died after all.  Millau and the nearby Causse de Larzac plateau have been the centre of oppositional movements for decades.  And the result on the Larzac is very intriguing, a dense social network of fascinating people who even control the land the military (early successful opposition) didn't expand into.  As I recall, you can't ride a bike across it.
Guiness

Interesting facts. Didn't some NGOs (WWF?) also oppose it?
cadence

6 speed 2006 325i with sport suspension...best car I've ever owned...

Guiness

BMW ? (Can't see pic if posted).

We have some really sporty car types on here. Bart with the Porsche. Cadence with his BMW. If only I was a single man with no kids...  Mr. Green
cadence

Rental car in southwest France...... Embarassed

Fontfroide

Must have cost you a bit.

Often, as reported by many people, rental cars with 75, 78, 91-95 are cut off, or keyed or the occupants otherwise annoyed when they find themselves outside Paris.  Those are Paris area numbers.  In the provinces, there is still a great prejudice or dislike for Parisians.
cadence

Fontfroide wrote:
Must have cost you a bit.

Often, as reported by many people, rental cars with 75, 78, 91-95 are cut off, or keyed or the occupants otherwise annoyed when they find themselves outside Paris.  Those are Paris area numbers.  In the provinces, there is still a great prejudice or dislike for Parisians.


500 euros with the insurance...wish I could blame it on vandals...I learned the hard way smaller is better in Europe when it comes to cars.   I hit this stone pillar while pulling out of a Gite.

Guiness

cadence wrote:
Rental car in southwest France...... Embarassed



OUCH. Sad
Guiness

How beautiful is this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


MAILLOT JAUNE

Not as beautiful as this.....the apple of my eye, apart from the fact that the starter motor is kaput and the wheels have seized! But I still love it.

Guiness

Reminds me of my youth. Very nice. Racy red.

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