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Postby hsr2.6 » 14 Apr 2005, 22:04

me :)
rally drivers do it sideways.............well the quick ones do....................
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Postby Shellysowner » 14 Apr 2005, 22:05

Count me in Jock, stout plan, I'd definitely subscribe to such a mag. :D
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Postby shuvit-tim » 15 Apr 2005, 00:21

count me in
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Postby Doive » 15 Apr 2005, 11:09

JOCK wrote:I read Practical Classics/Classics/Pratical Perfomance Car/Retro

Exactly my reading list. Only last night I walked five miles to buy Practical Classics and Retro cars. Disappointed with PC's list of 25 great classic buys - reads like a list of the 25 most generic classic cars. MGB, Spitfire, mk2 Jag, Capri, XJS. Yeah, a mk2 Jag can be bought for five grand, but it's an ornament unless you have the other ten grand to make it roadworthy. What happened to the Practical Classics? Chevette would be top of my list, mk2 Escort, mk1 Sierra, mk1 Cavalier and Astra, Matra Bagheera, Allegro series 2, Princess, SD1 series 1 2600 or 3500, Jag XJ40, BMW E30, E28, E23, Fiesta mk1, HB/HC Viva, Manta B, Avenger mk1, and so the list would go on. ALl these cars can be picked up in good to excellent condition for under a grand, and wielding the spanners yourself means they could be run on a small budget. Think I may drop the editor an email.

JOCK wrote:Bet Doive beats me though.

What makes you say that??! To be fair I do have every copy of PC and Classics for the last three years but that isn't much of an achievement - I know of people who have every issue for the last twenty years! I only spend about an hour each night sitting up in bed drooling over the various cars my hard earned could buy me, try to plan where to put them then realise that I don't even have space for my current fleet never mind any additions. Oh well.
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Postby Shellysowner » 15 Apr 2005, 11:59

Hmmm, not sure I agree with all your practical classics there Doive (although obviously I agree with Chevette), some of them are still 80's junk. And what about anglia, 100e, mk1 cortina, corsair, morris minor, mini, riley elf, wolseley hornet, volvo amazon, austin a55, a35, a30, a40, a40 farina, vauxhall wyvern, standard 8, 10, vanguard, triumph herald and vitesse... the list could run and run but surely that lot and other similar vehicles are the proper practical classics?!?
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Postby Doive » 15 Apr 2005, 12:02

They are all practical classics mate, you can't just ignore the early eighties stuff as this is what the majority of the classic world is doing at the moment. None of the cars are being saved, so in twenty years time there will be a ten year gap at every classic show where the early eighties stuff should be. So is my 525e not a classic in the accepted sense of the word?
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Postby shuvit-tim » 15 Apr 2005, 12:04

trabant. discuss :lol:
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Postby Shellysowner » 15 Apr 2005, 12:08

Well officially a classic is any car over the age of 14 years old so yet it is!!!! Trabant... err, I think I'll just leave that one if you don't mind!
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Postby Doive » 15 Apr 2005, 16:08

Oh yes, Trabbies are quality! A two stroke engine and bodies made from resin impregnated cardboard. They wouldn't get away with that here! There are a couple phutting around edinburgh, one of which is a rare estate version. But nothing compares to setting a few satchel charges under one when playing Operation Flashpoint.
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Postby shuvit-tim » 15 Apr 2005, 23:33

one ran in the welsh endurance rally in the first year it ran. it won 'spirit of the rally' :lol:
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Postby Shellysowner » 16 Apr 2005, 01:53

Back to magazines, today I went to buy Custom Car and Retro Cars. When I found CC but not retro cars I found myself feeling disappointed - I was actually looking forward to reading Retro Cars more than CC! What's happening to me? I blame you lot... although in fairness lately CC is filled with US 'cheque book rods' that I don't really want to read about so maybe that's got something to do with it.

Since Astra GTEs were mentioned further up in this thread I've been looking at a few on ebay and I've discovered that I REALLY don't want one. They're horrid, I'm definitely being a Doive about this one - give me a 1600L 4-Door or estate any day. MK1s that is btw - mk2's.....nah
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Postby Shellysowner » 19 Apr 2005, 16:48

Since posting this I've now managed to source said issue of retro cars and what an issue!!! Not only is there that article about the astra and the Kadett but also a feature on a yellow Manta A that I saw in readers cars a couple of months back. I remember thinking to myself - if I ever own a manta it's going to look like that one. I also notice that the Scottish guy with the metallic orangey kadett had sent in a pic to readers cars. Is that the first Chevettes.com member in print or are you all ex-magazine feature car builders?
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Postby Doive » 19 Apr 2005, 22:48

Its a good magazine isn't it? One small minor niggle I have is some of the recommendations they give in the problems page. Guy with a Vauxhall Victor estate, very rare car. Vauxhall Royale/Senator, very rare car. Take engine from Royale/Senator and drop into Victor. Result? A modded Victor and one less big Vauxhall on the road. Shame.
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Postby Mike D » 20 Jul 2005, 13:04

Sports Hatch you say? :D

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Postby Shellysowner » 20 Jul 2005, 14:44

Everyone is welcome here Mike, but owning a 70's/early 80's Vauxhall certainly helps! :lol:
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Postby Doive » 21 Jul 2005, 23:32

Mike D wrote:Sports Hatch you say? :D

are they welcome here?

Drool!

That is very tasty mate, I'm falling over my tongue looking at it. Lucky swine!

Incidentally, welcome to the forum. It may say chevettes forum on the tin, but really we discuss all sorts of old GM bits and bobs on here. So glad to see a sports hatch still on the road, please keep her that way (i.e. don't let the rally slags near it).
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