Any Motorsports/Motorized Vehicles Fans!

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lol, beated me to it @Peppe

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My first car. Can you tell I am from Essex?


I did it up from a dull grey one as a 17 year old working in my dads workshop
1500 cross-flow engine, with large Weber, ford Consul (IIRC) front suspension for camber, 4-2-1 branch exhaust manifold, Rover 3500 tube custom straight exhaust (only silencer was a small cherry bomb - sounded like a spitfire :smiley: ) Daytona Yellow, etc. I thought it was so fast :joy: It has original gearbox so quite nippy but maxed out at 100 mph

Vivienne copied me! (I’m Ginger too!)
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Cortina estate we sprayed and then left in West Berlin after droving through the DDR to catch the Trans-Mongolian Train:

My first camper - swapped for a levellers ticket with no engine - I put a Volkswagen Porsche 914 (twin carbs only) in it. brakes a bit dodgy :joy:

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Oh, a car guy !

Nice Cortina & other rides !

My father had one if I remember well back in the years as well as a Ford Consul, maybe not that same model year but they were pretty rare here in Canada as most had big engine rides then !

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Not so much now, but I will always be a mechanic’s son

I had various Beetles too - even did a complete rebuild of the engine on one - was amazing to do (once) and broke down into so many small pieces
This book is the best for those old air cooled buses etc
Even worth buying just to read!

How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step by Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot by John Muir

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I have an old LR Freelander I (The original ‘Hippo’ one) now (of course I only put the propshaft back on for MOT’s (Inspections) once a year as the viscous coupling is buggered so its only front wheel drive)
Rear windows, sunroof and central locking dont work either etc etc - de-rigor
But it gets me from A to B :smiley:

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I would love to think that we get better with age, but I have too many modified parts now.

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Sure is!
It is the dog’s in terms of technical info too - which is amazing given the basic level it starts from (like which way to tighten a nut)
I just found out that he was a structural Engineer at NACA (the ‘predecessor’ of NASA) before dropping out - so that explains a lot!

Tells you how to go back to seeing the world with kid’s eyes too - so cool

Wasnt he from down your way, @anon99136783?

Names of models were different in UK, not sure if a cortina was a cortina in Canada

My dad had an MkII escort 1600E and a black special edition Capri too :smiley:

Mum had a renault gordini that even had a crank to start it (which was helpful as as a kid I would nick her car battery to do electrolysis experiments in her kitchen - once a geek …)

I had an obscure name drop vehicle too:
My PK 50 Vespa (That I souped-up to 80 :smiley: ) given to me by Simon le Bon’s brother :joy:

After putting in the new cylinder, there was no speedo and I asked my mate to follow me in his VW camper to see how ‘fast’ it was. When I stopped at a roundabout he was looking down at his speedo and so crashed into my back sending me sprawling across the roundabout. A bloke passing by started having a go at him and so I said that it was OK as he was my mate. ‘Some F*#cking mate’, he said :joy:

My mate in the Algarve has that now - I sold it to him after getting him (and me) drunk on bagaço in the early hours in the Bairro Alto. I thought I had done a great sneaky deal, but now they are worth a bomb and he wont sell it back to me :grin:

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What a fantastic car!

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Yep, weirdly anough they were called Cortina here also, wonder how the hell he got it or wanted one! lol

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Yep, a fast grocery getter for sure !

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The only car I really drool over

(my other dream ‘car’ was always a VW camper and I alredy managed that :grin: )

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Oh, those were so gorgeous & still are !

It s no wonder that Enzo Ferrari called them the prettiest cars in the world then !

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Dreamed about owning one when younger, even in top range kit form to no avail ! lol

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This one’s for you @leigh ! A couple of quid and you’re good to go!

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Shelby and the whole effing story behind it is everything that keeps us OFC’s off the statins and into this world of valves, bhp’s, powertrains, Jayne Mansfield and having fags and whiskeys when we goddammit want to!

EDIT: straight bourbon shots, a cold beer on the side and Gauloises or Bastos cigarettes!

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