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Postby Neilyman » 23 Nov 2004, 11:12

Please post your sightings here, we might be able to build up a picture of how many are still about.
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Postby Doive » 23 Nov 2004, 19:25

I occasionally see a gold over brown GL saloon on an 82 X plate punting around Edinburgh. I also see a blue Kadett most sundays.....oh, hang on.
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Postby iety2004 » 27 Nov 2004, 13:12

I've seen a 1979 Opel Kadett in the S.Wales area! alloys, buckets seats, harnesses, look's pretty tasty
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Postby shuvit-tim » 27 Nov 2004, 13:44

there's a blue chevette with a HS? HSR? kit, dont know if its just a kit or a real HS / HSR. Its got full cage, bickets and a big set of spots on the front. Lives in Aberystwyth

There's also a white HS in Penparcau near Aberystwyth
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Postby Doive » 19 Dec 2004, 00:11

Must add this one even though its strictly not a chevette. I used to work in Safeway in Omagh (although its now been corrupted by the Morrisons disaster) pushing trolleys around a freezing car park, when one saturday about five years ago I chanced upon a red Cavalier mk1 saloon. I always used to think of these as crappy 'old' cars, but I was staring at it with a sense of respect I couldn't explain. I liked it. Hmmmm.

Fast forward to yesterday (friday). Home for a few weeks from scotland, I decided to go for a bit of a drive around all the outlying villages around Omagh. Came round a corner in a wee place called Drumquin, and at the side of the road outside a garage parked with a row of anonymous blobs, was this distictive chiselled nose in red, S reg - the same cavalier as had started my classic car fix five years ago. Sadly the owner couldn't be found so I admired it and drove on. Its a 2000 GL for the record. As I say, it's not a chevette but without that saturday in safeway I might never have come to own a chevette either. Classic Vauxhalls, they're in the blood!
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Postby novadrive-motorsport » 19 Dec 2004, 11:56

Well i have just found this very un-loved little chevette cowering in my garage and asking me not to send her back to her evil owner. not really sure who she belongs to :wink: but she is missing her engine and box, and is half way through having some lovely strengthening work done to her!

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Postby shuvit-tim » 19 Dec 2004, 13:19

what have you done to my poor baby!? finish the work and give her back!! sob sob whimper whimper!!! :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
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Postby Shellysowner » 12 Jan 2005, 07:09

Took a wrong turn down here in Soton and found a Y reg red 2 door saloon parked outside a house. It's only a five minute walk from mine. Haven't knocked on the door of the house or anything, maybe I should....

"Hello?are you the owner of that red chevette?"
"Yes I am."
"I also own a chevette, it's that orange one over there. I only live round the corner."
"Really, well thats..... great. Good for you.......Bye."
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Postby Doive » 12 Jan 2005, 22:30

Don't be afraid, just do it!! I have found myself running across main roads in a kilt (it was my mate's wedding and I was an usher!) to speak to the bloke in the orange chevette hatch that had just pulled up at the traffic lights outside the church. To be fair he was indifferent to say the least. Have also found myself knocking on car windows in side streets to chat to an owner, only 200 yards from where mine was up on axle stands. Again, he was fairly indifferent. Unbelievable, some people still see the chevette as only a means to get from A to roughly B. They don't realise what a rare and special little car they have!

Incidentally, its quite worrying the sheer lack of chevettes we seem to be spotting out on the roads.
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Postby Shellysowner » 15 Jan 2005, 22:26

Just now, I saw the red chevette (it's a 4-door, not a 2 door) being driven in the opposite direction by an attractive young woman (about 20) no less. So there's hope for us all yet. Question - how do I get talking to someone who I've only even seen at 30mph, once, I know where they park their car but not where they live and the only link that there is between us is that we both drive a chevette? Oh, this woman does have her bad point btw despite her attractiveness and chevette owning - the car has black and white cow print fluffy seat covers and all the windows are covered in stickers.
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Postby Neilyman » 15 Jan 2005, 22:43

Stick a note on her windscreen with your `phone no. asking her to contact you!

Make sure you get a good photo of said attractive young lady for the Pinup Gallery.
I`ve got some calender pics of AJ, alias Chevette Girl btw, just need djm to stick them in a directory so I can post them.
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Postby Doive » 15 Jan 2005, 22:53

And while your at it, get a good photo of the car too!
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Postby Shellysowner » 15 Jan 2005, 23:01

calendar pics? Are you planning an 'attractive women and their chevettes' calendar then? Tell DJM to stick pics of shelly in the galleries as well. I could tell him myself but since I'm already typing this post I'll do it here instead.
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Postby Shellysowner » 15 Jan 2005, 23:08

Do you not think it's a bit wierd to just stick a piece of paper under the wiper with 'ring me cos I've got a chevette on it'. I myself would be ecstatic to recieve such a note but you've got to remember that most people just wouldn't understand.
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Postby Doive » 15 Jan 2005, 23:13

Very true, but the fact of the matter is this. My father has told me stories of years ago when you could happily walk up to a person in the street and have a conversation, having never met them before. I still do. And I care not a jot what people think. Edinburgh is one of the most impersonal places I have ever been where nobody ever speaks to anybody. As you say if I found such a note on my car I would be thrilled, but then she isn't me. However, she doesn't know you so what does it matter if she thinks you're a moron - all you are to her is a number on a piece of paper. Better than that, leave an email address - its less personal. Not that I've ever done anything like this before :wink:
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Postby Shellysowner » 15 Jan 2005, 23:21

Very true and I'll wager that I'm extremely unlikely to bump into her at uni (not many girls do electronics). But think about it from her point of view. She's only seen me once - I on the other hand have seen her car loads of times before. It might look a bit like I followed her home, or I searched southampton for her car or I dunno, I'm sure you could add 2 and 2 and make me a psychopath.
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Postby shuvit-tim » 16 Jan 2005, 00:16

on the note put the address to chevettes.com on there and get her to get her bottom to the forum to introduce herself!
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Postby Shellysowner » 16 Jan 2005, 00:20

So we've decided that I'm leaving a note have we?
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Postby shuvit-tim » 16 Jan 2005, 00:36

yup!
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Postby Neilyman » 16 Jan 2005, 00:37

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Postby Shellysowner » 16 Jan 2005, 00:43

Well, allright then. I'll do it on monday, but I might leave out the bit about chevettes.com, so as not to scare her too much to start with. Will she phone/e-mail me? Can you still talk to random strangers these days without people thinking you are a nutter? Only time will tell. Btw, saw an x-reg blackwatch with blue decals in safeway's car park yesterday in a disabled space, rusty in usual places, just shy of 88K, picture on the disabled ticket on the windscreen of an old man, bout 70-ish. Pictures to follow - they're on my mate's phone (his takes better pics than mine) and will be uploaded as soon as he gets his dongle working again!
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Postby shuvit-tim » 16 Jan 2005, 01:54

give her number and email address and ask her top give you a text call or an email. that way it leaves the options with her.

Are you saying that we scare people !!???!??!?? :twisted:

I can think what you mean! (one day maybe kitti and AJ might come back!) :lol:
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Postby Doive » 16 Jan 2005, 05:35

Yeah, just tell her about the forum and give the reason you're leaving the note - to bring her into the big comfortable world that is owning a chevette. I bet she has no idea that such a world exists for her little car. Perhaps the note could go a little something like this (obviously with your own flair):

"Hi, my name is insert name and I have noticed your car parked here recently. I too drive a chevette and live just round the corner. There is a forum full of people at www.chevettes.com who would love to speak to you! They too are all chevette owners - come join the fun! If you want to get in touch with me my mobile number is insert number, or my email is [email protected]. Don't be afraid I'm not a lunatic, just someone who loves to see a chevette used as it should be.

Love and kisses*,
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So there you go, if that doesn't work then nothing will.

*This line is optional and chevettes.com accepts no responsibility for any police action that may result from its inclusion.
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Postby shuvit-tim » 16 Jan 2005, 09:22

genius.

Two of my mates met by doing the notes on windows of similar cars things.


6 years have passed and they are still the bestest of buddies. They've even lived together and now co-own a nova sport rally car, one being th edriver the other being the co-driver.

see, this does happen elsewhere and it does work!
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Postby Neilyman » 16 Jan 2005, 15:49

A pal of mine leaves notes on `old cars`, that are parked up, but never used, asking if they are for sale to get in touch. He`s had quite a few cars given that way, or pays next to nowt for them. his last one was a Mk4 Cortina with a few holes in the boot floor & a leaky sunroof, now sorted & on the road for a purchase price of 30 quid!
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