COOL CLASSIC CAR SPOTTERS POST! (Vol 3)

COOL CLASSIC CAR SPOTTERS POST! (Vol 3)

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lukeharding

716 posts

36 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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DickyC said:
Off Topic - Because I'm old I'm allowed to tell the same story several times. I've told this before on PH.

The old racing driver and I had met several times but when he retired to an old folks home near work I saw him more often. Naturally, when I bought the XJS I took it to show him. "Tell you what, old boy, you let me drive it and you can tell prospective buyers in the future that a former Jaguar Works driver has driven it and pronounced it okay." I could so easily have refused. I drove it round the lanes to the dual carriageway and pulled into a layby to swap seats. He settled in, took out a pair of specs that looked like they'd come from a joke shop and looked down at the gear lever. "Ah, it's automatic." He took the stick in hand and went very quickly up and down through the gears - brrrp! brrp! - selected 1, glanced over his shoulder and stood on the accelerator. This should be interesting, I said to myself. We came howling out of the layby, got to sixty and the acceleration faltered. "Oh," he said, "I thought it would be faster." "You're still in first, Jack." "Am I, old boy?" We both looked down and, I swear this is true, neither of us looked up until it was all over. "So I am." He took the stick and went, one, two, drive, neutral, reverse. An inexplicable calmness descended over me. "You've put it in reverse, Jack." "Have I? So I have." I could feel the gearbox doing its best to cope but knew it would soon capitulate. At the same instant the back wheels locked he pulled it into neutral. There was just the shortest bark from the tyres. We looked up. Luckily it was a straight road. We coasted a bit and then he selected drive, went round a roundabout, stopped in another layby and handed the car back. I drove him to the old folks home and neither of us ever mentioned it. I drove home and the next day it drove okay and I thought I'd got away with it. The following morning it wouldn't move and was collected on a low-loader.

So many lessons learned that evening.
Ha, its an interesting story though! I'm not sure who I feel more sorry for... you, him or the car!

DickyC

34,745 posts

145 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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lukeharding said:
Ha, its an interesting story though! I'm not sure who I feel more sorry for... you, him or the car!
The car. It was entirely innocent and the only one not being stupid

psi310398

5,191 posts

150 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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DickyC said:
lukeharding said:
Ha, its an interesting story though! I'm not sure who I feel more sorry for... you, him or the car!
The car. It was entirely innocent and the only one not being stupid
No such thing as an innocent XJ-S, they're all malign, wallet-emptying evil basstids, I tell ye.

Dinlowgoon

637 posts

116 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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New one on me today,VW SP2 (made for Brazilian market thanks to Google). Fibreglass body although the owner went a bit OTT on the lowering ..











For sale as well for all you Veedub mentalists.

Doofus

10,201 posts

120 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Dinlowgoon said:
New one on me today,VW SP2 (made for Brazilian market thanks to Google).
I think it was Volkswagen's idea, not Google's.

Nerdherder

1,636 posts

44 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Dinlowgoon said:
New one on me today,VW SP2 (made for Brazilian market thanks to Google). Fibreglass body although the owner went a bit OTT on the lowering ..

For sale as well for all you Veedub mentalists.
Could you share where it's listed for sale please?

Dinlowgoon

637 posts

116 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Nerdherder said:
Could you share where it's listed for sale please?
He'd just put a sign on the dash. PM me as you've blocked incoming mails.

lukeharding

716 posts

36 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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psi310398 said:
No such thing as an innocent XJ-S, they're all malign, wallet-emptying evil basstids, I tell ye.
Are they? I'll have to go outside and tell mine its too well behaved and showing all the others up rofl

psi310398

5,191 posts

150 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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lukeharding said:
Are they? I'll have to go outside and tell mine its too well behaved and showing all the others up rofl
smile


dinkel

25,040 posts

205 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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A Dutch GRP artist does bodies of these as well as 356 Speedsters... Very nice design.

Nerdherder

1,636 posts

44 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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dinkel said:
A Dutch GRP artist does bodies of these as well as 356 Speedsters... Very nice design.
Who if I may ask Dinkel?

Isimmo

1,095 posts

118 months

Saturday 26th October
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Oddball line up in the station car park on Thursday.


1986 Audi GT
1993 S2
And the GiffGaff Chevrolet GMC Caprice Classic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mg3I1duwJug

Funny old world.

Edited by Isimmo on Saturday 26th October 22:23

Dapster

3,297 posts

127 months

Sunday 27th October
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Isimmo said:
Oddball line up in the station car park on Thursday.


1986 Audi GT
1993 S2
And the GiffGaff Chevrolet GMC Caprice Classic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mg3I1duwJug

Funny old world.

Edited by Isimmo on Saturday 26th October 22:23
That S2 is very rare - they only made the Avant in the post '93 facelift spec. They are rather overlooked due to the iconic Porsche pumped RS2 taking the halo limelight.

DickyC

34,745 posts

145 months

Sunday 27th October
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Dapster said:
That S2 is very rare - they only made the Avant in the post '93 facelift spec. They are rather overlooked due to the iconic Porsche pumped RS2 taking the halo limelight.
Are you sure? I would have had a modest wager the S2 Coupe had the facelift too.

vixen1700

11,479 posts

217 months

Sunday 27th October
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Nice old CX Pallas parked up in Wanstead today. smile

Dapster

3,297 posts

127 months

Sunday 27th October
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DickyC said:
Dapster said:
That S2 is very rare - they only made the Avant in the post '93 facelift spec. They are rather overlooked due to the iconic Porsche pumped RS2 taking the halo limelight.
Are you sure? I would have had a modest wager the S2 Coupe had the facelift too.
Sorry, my poor English. I meant that the Avant was only made after the facelift, not that only the Avant was made after the facelift!! Yes, the coupe was before and after the facelift, the Avant and ultra rare saloon, post facelift only.

droopsnoot

7,079 posts

189 months

Sunday 27th October
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finlo

1,669 posts

150 months

Sunday 27th October
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droopsnoot said:
Fred Dibnah's son Jack used to be my neighbour and he would occasionally ruck up home in a similar outfit!

TR4man

3,450 posts

121 months

Sunday 27th October
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vixen1700 said:




Nice old CX Pallas parked up in Wanstead today. smile
That Chimaera looks good too!

vixen1700

11,479 posts

217 months

Sunday 27th October
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TR4man said:
That Chimaera looks good too!
Thanks! smile