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General Car Chat / Re: LPG at Shell Forecourts (Autogas)
« on: 24 November 2020, 18:33:21 »
LPG is still an actual fuel, so should remain reasonably available if you can store it.


For example...
Most people can't though.  The rules for tanks are quite strict, hence many people in built up areas without access to gas have to heat by electric or oil.

.. and those who don't want to be rodgered by Calor for the rest of their days too... ;)

General Discussion Area / Re: Oxford COV19 Vaccination and Brexit Tax
« on: 23 November 2020, 21:16:51 »
It reportedly requires two doses to reach 90% effectivity.

Personally I would prefer to pay slightly more, once, for a higher protection rate.  :-\

I believe all of the vaccines tested were based on 2 doses.

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 19 November 2020, 22:33:43 »
Picked up the milk float  :y
Which model Mark?

Jaguar I-Pace HSE in blue with black pack, glass roof and two tone alloys. 21MY so newer infotainment and electrical architecture

That said, I have not really driven it yet, cant get the wife away from it  ;D

This is a fine motor car. Blue is certainly preferable to the taxi white or wedding car white of the model I had on loan for the day. :y

It looks a bit like a Vauxhall Astra;D

I quite like the look of it even if it does appear quite generic.

A good petrol V8 would make it better but perhaps I'm missing the point. :)

It seems that we're dinosaurs.

..and speaking of dinosaurs, I suppose, rather than burning them in engines, the millennials would rather have us apologising profusely for their extinction due to climate change. ::)

General Car Chat / Re: I'm sure there is a back story...
« on: 19 November 2020, 20:18:59 »
<Wonders if there's a transit tipper on the road with Tax, MOT and insurance...>

General Car Chat / Re: I'm sure there is a back story...
« on: 18 November 2020, 17:53:43 »
It looked to be a genuinely rare one... With the same lump as the higher output 1.8T Audi TT.

I wouldn't voluntarily buy a Beetle, but with a gun to my head it would be that model...

Ahh, the least inspiring "sports" car I've ever driven.

But regardless of what's under the bonnet, a horribly compromised Golf for fashion victims, sporting a built-in flower vase, has sub-zero desirability IMHO.

General Discussion Area / Re: Do politicians live on Mars?
« on: 18 November 2020, 17:42:53 »
We are getting to the point where controlling this pandemic by autocratic means won't wash any more. The Government really needed a better plan by now, because the default will be that people just fall back to their own common sense, and we know that's in rather short supply.

General Car Chat / Re: I'm sure there is a back story...
« on: 18 November 2020, 17:38:12 »
Loads of cars getting nicked with spec lifts round that London ways, grab it and off with a minute

Pikeys or Romanians

Even Pikeys wouldn't stoop low enough to be interested in one of those nasty modern beetle things, surely? ;)

General Car Chat / Re: Project anyone?
« on: 17 November 2020, 23:42:01 »
2003 Holden HSV 3.8

Headline says V8 but it'll be a V6. And hasn't run for some time...

.. and having driven a car with one of those V6s across Canada, I can confirm that they are second only to the PRV V6 (and maybe the Ford Essex / Cologne) when it comes to failing to pull the skin off a wet rice pudding yet guzzling loads of fuel and making lots of noise and vibration. ;)

General Car Chat / Re: Project anyone?
« on: 15 November 2020, 08:43:10 »
Well, I've had a few beers, nothing smoked however  ;D.
That's what I was worried about. ;)
What I was thinking about was something along similar lines to this lada...

Plus, I am a sucker for a a wagon.

That is cool, but then its ancestor the Fiat 124 was a cool car, for the few hours they survived in the UK before rusting away or catching fire due to Italian+leccy.

The Marina has its ancestry in the BL beancounting department, however. (no offence!)

I'm not sure some of its flaws are easily fixable. The woeful front suspension, for a start. I'm not sure there was anything strong enough around the front inner wing to take a strut, and the torsion bar setup was beyond dire (although I think later Itals got a Mcpherson strut, so maybe...

Should you need more inspiration in your quest, both of your current subjects of interest and many other candidates are here...  ;)

FSO Polonez, anyone? :D

General Discussion Area / Re: Tom Kerridge's Pubs!
« on: 14 November 2020, 19:01:14 »
I think the days when pubs are a viable business proposition as "boozers" alone are well and truly over, and COVID will only hasten their demise.

Better get used to the remaining ones primarily being restaurants, I think.

I recall from reading his book that he used to drink in the days when he was 30+ stone but got a bit of a shot across his bows on the health front. Fair play to him, he grasped that nettle, drink was one of the things he had to sacrifice and he looks a lot better for it these days. As TV chefs go he strikes me as a no BS kind of guy who has got where he has primarily through hard graft so fair play to him.

General Car Chat / Re: Project anyone?
« on: 14 November 2020, 17:51:51 »
Nice estate!  8)  :y

With different engine, running gear and a body kit, that could be a very cool little thing.  :y

Can't be many of them left now?

<Wonders what he's been smoking ^>  ;)

General Car Chat / Re: 6 Crashes in 1 Minute
« on: 13 November 2020, 23:10:05 »
Reminds me of the liability who did for our local chip shop a few years back. ::)

They walk among us.

Interesting; ours had a similar incident, although the 'driver' also managed to get the car up the triple kerb that is outside.

That one got through a row of wooden bollards about the same diameter as a telephone pole. :o
The parking area is about 3 car lengths wide, so there wasn't much room for a decent run at it either. Got to admire the dedication. ;D

General Discussion Area / Re: Boris adviser clearout
« on: 13 November 2020, 20:11:26 »
Cummings gone...

He Looked forlorn and lost, as though he was on his way to the local food bank.

.. as opposed to just dressing as if he was on his way to the local food bank.

General Car Chat / Re: 6 Crashes in 1 Minute
« on: 13 November 2020, 20:09:46 »
Reminds me of the liability who did for our local chip shop a few years back. ::)

They walk among us.

General Car Chat / Re: Invitation
« on: 12 November 2020, 20:21:33 »
Have you guys seen the TFL (non) of the defender?

Purchased a brand new defender, took it on a rough track/light offroading, CEL comes on, off it goes to the dealer. Dealer 'fixes' the CEL but also does a software update that bricks a module that controls the cameras, new module required.

They ask for it back to shoot some footage with the car without the onboard cameras while they wait for the module. CEL reappears at the dealer on collection. Dealer can't fix, LR bring in a specialist to address the issue, that can't fix it. Car goes to a 'technical centre', they can't yet fix it and the ECU is keeping schtum about the actual cause of the fault. Total time owned, 24 days. Total time at the dealer 21 days.

I'm glad to see that JLR are really capturing the essence of the brand in the new defender and giving purchasers that authentic LR ownership experience  ;D

Still, at least he didn't end up stinking of EP90. ;D

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