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  1. There's been lots of recent activity in my town for the 75th, as you would expect. There's a real buzz about the place with plenty of visitors by land, sea and air but also plenty of movement restrictions and new (manned with guns) road barriers popping up and many more police launches chugging about. Today (Weds) sees the huge commemorative event on the common with gun salutes, mock landings and a lunchtime fly-past of all kinds of historic and modern planes before the Red Arrows do their bit in the afternoon. MV Boudicca leaves port in the evening carrying around 300 veterans on their poignant trip back to Normandy escorted and saluted by the Royal Navy. It's quite an emotional week for the city.
  2. Daughter had a Nissan Juke as a courtesy car while her Audi A1 was being fiddled with a month or two back. She absolutely loved it and said of the experience: "Really enjoyed driving that, I felt like a queen!". This was all down to the elevated driving position, good visibility and ease of use. Not once did she comment on the driving dynamics or the vehicle's prowess save to say that she felt it had a "bit of grunt". You or I would most likely turn our respective noses up at such a thing being a prospective purchase, but she is already planting the seeds in her CEO's headspace that she should be allowed to chose one of Audi's soft roaders when her company car is due for replacement in a couple of years. Just because they can't tow 5 tonnes up Mont Blanc doesn't mean their other attributes aren't valued by consumers. It's just that many consumers have different priorities and find different things attractive to them when considering a purchase when compared with the requirements of the owners of daft sports cars.
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    Gin

    Me too. It's just that I have no cherries. Or gin.
  4. That fibreglass seems to have gone rusty.
  5. If you're potentially looking at a V12 Vantage then have a drive of the new shape V8 twin turbo Vantage. It's so much better.
  6. That Dragon is an easy extra 30bhp.
  7. It looks a little different from the back these days...
  8. Just going to quickly chuck this one on here from today's event at Castle Combe. A previous Esprit of mine, the first car I'd ever bought new and my second V8 Esprit. Good to see it still looking striking in the sunshine and a real surprise as it was the first time I've seen it since I sold it almost twenty years ago. Centre exit exhaust is new, but the rest of it is pretty much as how I remember and from my understanding it's still the only Chrome Orange V8 GT in the UK (unless someone knows different?).
  9. No, they didn't need to go racing to raise their profile, they achieved notoriety from day one. Being the fastest production four door saloon for many years helped, but their infamy was gained by being a supercar quick car in the shape of something more commonly seen schlepping up and down the M1 being sold by a conventional manufacturer. This clash of cultures was unheard of back then and caused a furore throughout the motoring press, the mainstream press and even provoked questions in Parliament. Whether this particular example is worth the asking price will be decided by the market.
  10. Funerals are funny things sometimes. You spend an hour listening to someone you don't know reading out a description that doesn't tally with your experience at all, then there's an afternoon making small talk with family and other people you haven't seen for over thirty years and are expected to know who they are. Oh well. Anyway, bye Dad.
  11. Yeah, I've had a sort of greeny brown (browny green?) car.
  12. You'd have to really want one in your collection to pay that.
  13. We had this yet? Leno and Carr trundle around in a 400.
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    Gin

    I picked up a couple of the last of this year's batch of these the other day. Winchester Gin Spring Meadow The distillery itself is looking forward to expanding and has launched a crowdfunding appeal for small investors to drop in. I've bought into a tiny part of that just to show some support to a local industry, but it seems a fellow investor has a lot of faith in the business as shown by their £125k injection!
  15. Bibbo and Sparkles sober, yesterday:
  16. As Bibbo says, no it wasn't. However, we delivered one or two that were supplied with a spare after the PDI was completed. The spare and jack etc were purchased via the Parts Department and fitted to the car before the customer took delivery. One or two owners also retrofitted a spare during their ownership. So the default is no, don't expect to see one there when you open the front boot. But also, don't be surprised if one is there when you have a look. Clear as mud.
  17. Lotus to hire 200 extra engineers* for both Hethel and Warwickshire sites. https://europe.autonews.com/automakers/lotus-will-hire-200-engineers-expansion-paper-says *Not sure if that's the proper meaning of the term, or the more generic slang that's in everyday use.
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