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  1. The name reflects the route I took after test driving a couple of 4Cs. I've always had at least one Alfa of some description on my driveway for the past 30+ years. Sadly, the 4C was not be one of them - I just couldn't live with the wayward handling and ponderous gearbox, not to mention the irritating engine/exhaust noise. Yes, I know, do some research and throw some cash at these problems and you can make at least some of them go away, but I'm at that time of life where I want something to perform 'straight out of the box' rather than me having to spend time and money finishing off the development work that should have been completed before it left the factory.
  2. Snap, well almost. Has to be done, doesn't it?
  3. I'm running the PSS front / PS4S rear combination and loving it. So much quieter and stickier than the Pirellis. The rears are coming up on 10k miles and still have loads of life left in them - the Pirellis on the other hand, at that mileage, would have had about as much tread as a billiard ball, .
  4. Sorry to hear about the MiL - glad to hear she's on the road to recovery, albeit most likely a long one with some steep hills in it along the way. I'm working nightshift this weekend but if I get finished at a reasonable time Sunday morning then I'll pop along before heading for bed.
  5. If you find yourself south of Andorra and in need of an overnight stop, this place is great for petrolheads (and guitar nuts). A good few 'interesting' roads in the neighbourhood too, .
  6. The Jade Green was fine Gavin, it was ordering a Boxster that was the moment of madness, .
  7. Last night, I pulled into Tebay Services on the M6 southbound and noticed across the other side of the relatively deserted car park, a Land Rover Freelander with a trailer carrying another car. "So what - nothing out of the ordinary there!" I hear you all say. Well, upon looking a bit closer I noticed that there were 2 large Snap-On tool chests sitting next to it, along with a collection of various automotive bits and pieces, and that the front of the Freelander was up on axle stands. As I walked past on my way to the facilities, the guy working on it slithered underneath, to re-emerge a few seconds later dragging a gearbox with him, . Now, in my time, I've changed the odd bulb, fanbelt, wheel, or even a thermostat mid-journey but I think this guy was in a whole different league. Anybody else done a major repair at the roadside? Apologies for the poor quality pics - I didn't think he'd appreciate being snapped close-up so these were taken from a 'safe' distance away.
  8. Andy, what have I told you about parking too close to one of these?........
  9. Red Esprit (reg SIJ****) parked in the centre of Moffat, Dumfries-shire, yesterday afternoon and still in the same spot when I passed on my return journey in the early hours of this morning.
  10. I don't know what the answer is to the lacquer-peel on the headlights. Mine got really bad about 3 years back.......... and I went the sand-back, polish and re-lacquer route which looked spot-on when it was newly done............... That 'repair' lasted about 2 years until they were almost as bad again. This time after the old lacquer was sanded-back and buffed, I had protective film applied instead of the lacquer layer. Unfortunately, that idea doesn't seem to have worked either as the edges of the film are already (barely 12 months later) starting to lift from the surface, allowing water to penetrate underneath, .............
  11. Well, it just gets better and better! About a month back, for several days it seemed like they were filming a remake of Hitchcock's 'The Birds' in our immediate vicinity as the sky was thick with gulls, magpies, and such like wheeling around and screaming the place down. All our cars very quickly looked like they'd been parked next to a whitewash factory when it exploded, resulting in us having to leave their covers on when not in use and still having to wash them every time we went out as they inevitably took several hits as soon as exposed. This avian assault gradually subsided, only to be replaced in the days that followed by a virtual plague of bluebottles. Open a window for a few seconds and you'd have upwards of a dozen of the blighters immediately invading the house. Even today, they are still in evidence, albeit in diminishing numbers. All the while that we were trying to fend-off these attacks by nature, we were aware of a pungent, almost rancid, smell hanging in the air - not very strong but definitely there and a recent occurrence. A couple of hours ago, I decided to take the opportunity between rain showers to pop up a ladder and give our gutters a quick clear out of some of the detritus that had collected - I know, I get all the glamorous jobs, . From my new vantage point, I had an unobstructed view of the roof of next door's garage, one of the walls of which forms part of the boundary between our two properties and comes to within 5 feet of the window in our utility room. The cause of all the bird and insect activity was instantly revealed. Next door's eldest son (he's 21/22ish) is training to be a gamekeeper and it would appear that he decided at some point to bring his work home with him - this is the sight that greeted me from the top of the ladder.................................. WTAF?!?!? That needs cordoning-off as a bio-hazard area! The whole family next door are of course currently in residence at their holiday home on the coast (wouldn't want them to have to live amongst the noise and mess of their refurbishment works now would we?) and so can't be contacted prior to my inevitable phone call to Environmental Health.
  12. I'm the same as @PaulCP - every road trip for the past 20+ years, in a variety of different cars, has seen me carrying the same bulb kit, originally bought for an Alfa 155 back in 1995. I've been asked to produce it on a handful of occasions during routine roadside checks and it was accepted each time without question - just as well on my trip last year, as I've converted the rear indicators to LED so not one of the bulbs will now fit it, . Oh, and I didn't bother with beam deflectors on the headlights either and nothing was said at the check, nor was there any adverse reaction at any time from oncoming drivers.
  13. ........and from the day before, a nice professional shot taken in the Lammermuir hills south of Edinburgh during the Jim Clark Road Run to the new museum in Duns. Mind you, had the photographer been stationed a mile or so back he'd have got a real action shot, when I discovered too late that the last in a series of crests in the road was in fact a 1:1 scale replica of Beachy Head. Arriving at what could be best described as 'making determined progress' , I did take a fair bit of air and judging by the furrows in the road surface in the landing area I certainly wasn't the first. Wonder if I can have the Evora added as a type rating on my PPL?
  14. Taken yesterday at the car show linked to the Bo'ness Hillclimb Revival event (thanks to @The Lotus Position for the photo), she scrubs up quite well for almost 9 years old and 73k miles on the clock, .
  15. I've been allocated a new Scania R630 demonstrator that's on trial at the moment - 16 litre V8 should about do it. They moved in about 18 years ago and things have been 'neighbourly' up until 3 months ago when he retired (at 52 - the benefits of working for the prison service, ) and now seems to have adopted alienating everybody nearby as his new pastime. Oh they still work. Big suckers they are too - think they came off a ship! Yes, got to leave it on a fast idle (about 1500rpm) for a good couple of minutes to get the tanks up to the full 12 bar after it's been sitting for a while. Or, there's always the this, .
  16. More than 3 weeks having passed since the fence demolition saga and with no sign of the new fence being erected despite their contractor saying it was going up during week commencing 5th August, I decided enough was enough. Our dogs have been 'banned' from our front garden unless on their leads for all of this time meanwhile next door's mutts have had free-range of the entire neighbourhood, leaving their little calling cards all over our garden and beyond. On Saturday, I acquired some fencing materials of my own and erected a suitably-high fence just my side of the property dividing line. On Sunday, I had a visit from the neighbour 'complaining' that I'd jumped the gun as now his contractor would find it more difficult to erect their fence which was "happening any day now", . Maybe I didn't help the situation by adopting what was basically a "tough sh1t" attitude, but today they retaliated. Knowing full well that despite it being a Bank Holiday I was still going out on a nightshift tonight (I dropped that nugget of information into our conversation which covered the noise disturbance I'd already experienced), they had a skip delivered to their driveway about 3 hours ago and have proceeded to spend the afternoon filling it with the contents of their old kitchen which would now appear to be next on their home improvement list. I had intended to sleep from midday until about 6pm prior to my shift start at 7.30, driving a 44 tonne wagon on a 400 mile round trip to Manchester. I have managed a couple more hours through in one of the spare bedrooms at the back of the house but it has been somewhat sporadic as our dogs are upset by all the crashing and banging coming from next door. Thanks a bunch for your contribution to road safety, .
  17. I wouldn't say 'quite' well, @rallyesax , I'd say the PS4S/PSS combo is brilliant! My car corners so well now I'm sure it could distort space and time, .
  18. Exactly like this in fact........................
  19. Here you go :évora/
  20. Those are on the wrong side of the car - they're going 'backwards'. I was offered a set at a knock-down price by the dealer when I bought my NA, but turned them down as I'm not a huge fan of them, - too much metal for my liking. Sorry!
  21. I'll need to be careful that I book a course at the correct 'Lotus Academy' - would be bitterly disappointing to find myself drifting a ball, rather than an Exige, through a line of cones, .
  22. That poll, with fewer than 1100 respondents, of course being totally representative in her eyes of the feelings of the entire Scottish population, . Roll on the next election when we'll have the mandate to hand her her P45! Only if you're one of the lucky 'select' few however. The number of 'free' places is capped to keep it affordable. The universities are also being encouraged to accept more people from disadvantaged backgrounds so these 'free' places are prioritised for them. This leaves a lot of disappointed Scottish applicants failing to gain a place at their chosen universities. My cousin's two children being a case in point - both had 7 A-grade passes but were turned down. My cousin asked about paying for their courses like everybody else from the rest of the UK would have to do but was told that the legislation passed down from Holyrood prohibited this. End result, one has gone to Oxford and the other to Bristol and they have both indicated that upon graduation they will most likely now seek employment outwith Scotland.
  23. I discovered that only once I'd already fitted some to the rears. On the advice of 'our' resident expert in all things Michelin (Baptiste - @rallyesax ) I fitted PSS on the front and I find the combination excellent, .
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