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  1. Andy, what have I told you about parking too close to one of these?........
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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, on
  5. 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 an
  6. ........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
  7. 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, .
  8. 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 si
  9. 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.
  10. 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, .
  11. Exactly like this in fact........................
  12. Here you go :évora/
  13. 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!
  14. 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, .
  15. 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 universi
  16. 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, .
  17. Half the reason for extending the height of that section of fence was to keep their 3 spaniels from coming into our garden, leaving their deposits and generally winding-up our guys. The neighbours apparently hadn't been aware that this was happening and so readily agreed that I could put my panels up against their fence, in fact they suggested attaching them to the existing posts rather than me having to install new ones. Now those panels have gone along with their old fence, so a second fence will definitely be going in firmly on my side of the dividing line.
  18. Right now, I can't decide what's worse - neighbours or so-called tradespeople. Our next door neighbours are away on holiday this week and next. Turns out, they didn't bother to inform us that they had arranged to have their entire boundary fence replaced whilst they were away - well we wouldn't want them to suffer any noise or inconvenience would we? . I only found out a couple of hours ago when I was rudely awakened from my pre-nightshift slumbers by two of their fencing guys demolishing the fence about 15 feet from my bedroom window, one with a 2-stroke chainsaw and the other with
  19. I've just turned 72k with mine (40k by me in 4½ years) so it looks like I'll have to try a lot harder, .
  20. Yeah!!! Finally got some reliable Toyota power behind you. 😜
  21. And there was me worried about tackling the removal of the trim panels on the centre console so I can replace the handbrake and gearlever gaiters, .
  22. Technically this was yesterday, but as it was only a few minutes before midnight when I got home from my mission to deepest darkest Lancashire, I'll call it 'today'. Our house has been somewhat empty since the sudden passing of our 'boy' Shadow 2 months back. Not any more!!!! We have welcomed into our family, this big adolescent. She came up for adoption due to her owner's deteriorating health and we couldn't resist giving our old 'girl' Alaska a new (hopefully) best buddy. Say "Hi" to a total live-wire (for that read "complete nutter") - a 19 month old Utonagan called Macha (he
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