Recent content by Chris Green

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    What irks you the most

    Brill idea. I previously has a car with a pair of hi-intensity rear lights. I found that flicking them on whilst also flooring the go-pedal put about a 100 yards between us. Wouldn't you just love some kind of heat-seeking missile or just one of those electro-magnetic thingies they used in...
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    What irks you the most

    Quite agree mate. I'm a cycling instructor for my day job and I always tell the kids that there's only one 'go' and even that means 'go if it's safe to do so'. The rest are stop, as in 'stop if you can', 'DEFINITELY stop' and 'STAY stopped but get ready to go' (we have a red+amber phase here -...
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    What irks you the most

    It's easy enough to add to the list, middle-aged men in trilby hats, what-have-you, but I guess it all comes down to a common irk or even hatred of anyone who isn't prepared to take driving seriously as a job worth doing in it's own right, without distraction and without being just an annexe to...
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    No of accidents

    Driving since 1971. Only had one minor 'at-fault' shunt in the first year - rear-ended a Mini with my Herald - bought the guy a new boot lid. All the rest have been rear-enders happening to me, the worst, 10 years ago when my Primera GT (not a lucky car for me, rear-ended twice in 6 months) was...
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    All the new things they can fine you for.

    In the aftermath of the latest set of new driving 'crimes' to be announced, I don't suppose many people would mind if they stepped up the penalty for hand-held phone users or tail-gaters. They both want shooting as far as I'm concerned. However, it's this 'hogging the middle lane' thing that...
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    Rear Wheel Noise - SEAT Leon

    Started getting a drumming from the rear when running on smooth surfaces (OK, yeah, how many of those are there?), which the pessimist in me assumed was a premature (26K) bearing failure. However, no wear was detectable when jacked up and the 'note' didn't changed when cornering either direction...
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    2012 Leon Fr.

    I took a Leon FR TDi for a test drive a while back, but after an exhaustive run on 'the lot', motorways, speed ramps, what-have-you, I concluded that I couldn't live with the suspension set up, which to my mind was way to firm for the level of power. Still got a 2.0 TDi though, but not an FR. It...
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    Putting cars to bed

    Never done it, but what are the precautions? I gather it's not a good idea to leave it parked with the same bit of tyre at the bottom all the time, so jacking it up seems to be what most people do. Likewise, when resurrecting it I've heard it's a good idea to turn the engine over by hand as this...
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    How many car makers can we name

    Gilbern, Facel-Vega, and what about MINI now that it's a brand in its own right, or is that a bit close to the 'Corvette' debate?
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    How many car makers can we name

    I suppose if we're going to allow 'heavy rebuilders' of cars, i.e. RUF, which seem to be re-engineered Porsches, then we ought to allow Brabus too. Coming back to proper makes, there's De Soto, Rambler, Studebaker, Plymouth, Fraser-Nash. I remember the first four from my collection of...
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    How many car makers can we name

    Oh yes, and Auto Union, Monteverdi, Bond, Cord, Auburn
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    How many car makers can we name

    Wolseley, Sunbeam, Hillman, Smart, Daewoo
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    Do you treat cars like your women?

    Yes, I turn her over and warm her up occasionally even if I'm not wanting a ride. Waxing her and watching beads of moisture run off her is quite amusing too. Sadly the days of nipples needing regular lubrication are over, although running my hands over her bumpers is fair compensation. There's...
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    How many car makers can we name

    Bloody hell, this is scraping the barrel! Panhard, Hispano-Suiza, Lagonda, Wartburg, Zil
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    Are you a dangerous driver

    I've let The Guinness Book of Records know - they'll be in touch just as soon as they can add in a Bovine Excrement section. :blink1: