What happened to this G4 in the end?

What happened to this G4 in the end?

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330p4

668 posts

190 months

Thursday 3rd February 2011
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Geoff that is my old car before a respray by Tony Heare now owned by clive hutchinson with Gerry's car John there was another car in red Q359 owned by someone in birmingham i think which was the car Harvey Lowson bought which is now in France. As far as i know these were the only 3 cars to have this style bonnet. Until seeing Geoff's photo i had Q731 as the birmingham car.
Ian

Edited by 330p4 on Thursday 3rd February 17:22

Comadis

1,723 posts

183 months

Thursday 3rd February 2011
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which bonnet you are mentioning?


the flip headlamps?

the pictured headlamp style is normal on a G4/S4.

h4887

277 posts

200 months

Thursday 3rd February 2011
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I didn't realise that was Clive's car. Q359UOC was owned by Michael Carr in Birmingham.

Geoff

dandarez

11,692 posts

243 months

Friday 4th February 2011
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h4887 said:
This is Jerry Gatrell sprinting at Snetterton in 1985


And hiding behind me, next to Bob Cook and Dennis Downey


And at Stoneleigh


Not quite right with the number, John! How do you get on with the Lottery?

Geoff
Must find my Gatrell pics. I was partly right though, Geoff... I got the Q. biggrin

As for how do I do on the Lottery, what do you think?
A life-changing tenner every now and then.

For what it's worth here are my numbers for this week.
1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 17


How spooky is that! All the numbers appear in the reg plates.
Can you afford not to copy my no's this week?

Edited by dandarez on Friday 4th February 00:37

330p4

668 posts

190 months

Friday 4th February 2011
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Comadis the G4S4 demo car was produced with this flip light bonnet but they had problems with raising the lights on the move & the switches burning out due to the back emf so for the production cars they did that horrible fixed headlight bonnet(In my opinion) just fitting circular pods on to where the flip lights used to be with a large bonnet bulge to accomodate carbs on X/Flow & Pinto due to them being on opposite sides. I hated it & bought the flip bonnet after. Come on Geoff you must have a picture
Ian

Husker

24 posts

157 months

Friday 4th February 2011
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Yep, Q359 UOC now in France, and it is mine ;-)



Bulge + fixed lamp, like this one ?

Comadis

1,723 posts

183 months

Friday 4th February 2011
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i still dont understand:

the red one of the french owner has exactly the headlamps which i remember from all G4/S4 models i have seen personally, also the one i owned.

the bonnet of the yellow one, with the fixed frog-style 5-3/4" headlamps was not used very often.i once had such a bonnet in my hand...it was a new old stock item, the quality of the fibreglass was horrible!!

i also know from some G27 models which used a fixed 5-3/4" headlamp bonnet, but the lamps sat lower therefore the bonnet looked more smooth and not like the yellow frog.



Edited by Comadis on Friday 4th February 19:25

330p4

668 posts

190 months

Saturday 5th February 2011
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THe yellow car with the fixed 5&3/4 inch lights was std for the G4S4 the flip headlamps were fitted by a few owners who went their own way due to the looks & sorted the flip headlamps themseves
Ian

Comadis

1,723 posts

183 months

Sunday 6th February 2011
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nope...the flip headlamps had been standard on G4/S4...and many onwers converted them to "something-else" as the flip ones had been totally un-reliable..later on some bonnets appeared with fixed headlamps.

h4887

277 posts

200 months

Sunday 6th February 2011
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The original G4S4 had the fixed 'frogeye' headlights

330p4

668 posts

190 months

Sunday 6th February 2011
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No the fixed frogeye lights were supplied by Ginetta as they could not get the flip ups to work i had to buy a seperate flip light bonnet after the kit arrived i was a bit miffed as they never told me they had changed to this bonnet hence having to purchase the extra flip up bonnet
Ian

h4887

277 posts

200 months

Sunday 6th February 2011
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I stand corrected! I only remember WHJ232W having the fixed lights, but there is a picture in John's book of the car 'on the day it was unveiled' with the pop ups.
I did quite a few miles in that car - it had a nasty habit of failing to start when the engine was hot. The starter just would not turn it until it had cooled a bit, which caused some embarrassment on more than one occasion! I also remember the top of the bonnet became a slightly darker shade of yellow when it was hot...

Edited by h4887 on Sunday 6th February 11:51


Edited by h4887 on Sunday 6th February 11:52

330p4

668 posts

190 months

Sunday 6th February 2011
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The demo car had the flip lamps i was looking for an Elan Sprnt & saw it on the front cover of alternative cars & really liked it. i arranged a test drive & when i got there they had buggered of to the racing car show. As you correctly say Geoff as per the pic of WHJ 232W above before production commenced they changed to the frogeye bonnet.
Ian

dandarez

11,692 posts

243 months

Sunday 6th February 2011
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Alternative Cars April/May 1981 issue.

One of my favourite mag covers of all time.
Filby knew just what he was doing with that Mag.
It just soooo stood out on the shelves, had immediate impact
(spoilt only by that silly Dutton competition box ruining the sky background).

Probably looks quite ordinary now but in early 80's Alternative Cars was the magazine!




Edited by dandarez on Sunday 6th February 23:33

330p4

668 posts

190 months

Monday 7th February 2011
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John thats the one still have the mag not sure i could find it as quick as you though
Ian

h4887

277 posts

200 months

Monday 7th February 2011
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Just to prove how fallible the memory is, here is a pic I took of the brand new G4S4 doing a demo run at Snetterton, with, I think, Trevers and Mark on board:


And here it is a bit later, can't remember the occasion:



Pity that geezer got in the way

g15wiz

57 posts

121 months

Tuesday 8th February 2011
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huh!! ? that jeremy clarkson gets everywhere....

burtonv8

15 posts

143 months

Wednesday 9th February 2011
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Memory not so good these days but thats Goodwood - Jeremy C.

h4887

277 posts

200 months

Wednesday 9th February 2011
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Must have been the only passenger we took round

Jack D

109 posts

172 months

Wednesday 9th February 2011
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I thought it was you bortonv8 and h4887 with a wig