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by Blaketon
Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Great bit of footage
Replies: 1
Views: 77

Great bit of footage

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDLuA0fQ1Mw Short but sweet. Depailler was one of not too many, non Lotus drivers, to win a Grand Prix that year (Monaco), who sadly lost his life, at Hockenheim, in 1980. Proper gear changing and the sound of the DFV is very atmospheric. It takes me back to hillclimb...
by Blaketon
Tue Jan 21, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Euphemisms
Replies: 54
Views: 891

Re: Euphemisms

I should add that the last time I drove abroad, I had a big red arrow on the dash, pointing right as I left Caen, which I reversed when I got back to Portsmouth a week later!!
by Blaketon
Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Euphemisms
Replies: 54
Views: 891

Re: Euphemisms

I've only driven abroad twice and the occasions were 15 years apart. The first time was with a left hand drive hired car (VW Polo) and the last time was in one of my own cars. The worst things I found, the first time (Aside from once getting into the passenger side :roll: ), were roundabouts (Just s...
by Blaketon
Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Contentment
Replies: 6
Views: 157

Re: Contentment

PoolGuy wrote:
Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:20 pm
Don't knock it too much Blaketon, surely there's a good makeup on a 6.5kg Di2 bike :D
Not when such things are cut to shreads (You can also waste a lot of time at that end of the market) and we don't get involved with Di2 anyway. However a good example.
by Blaketon
Sun Jan 19, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Contentment
Replies: 6
Views: 157

Re: Contentment

Vanity is the world's most popular hobby (At least that part of it which I know) and this manifests itself in many ways. I run a bike shop and can see that cycling is one such outlet; you see quite a lot who like to brag about how light their bike is or how much it cost, yet they themselves could lo...
by Blaketon
Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Electronic Ignition
Replies: 33
Views: 5213

Re: Electronic Ignition

My mother has had an Aldon set of electronic points on her MGB GT for years and it works well. You simply replace the points with the Aldon bits. I have just fitted a set to my father's Midget, which has a 25 D distributor (The distributor of the 1275 Midget is a little fiddly to get at for doing po...
by Blaketon
Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Speedo vs Diff query
Replies: 9
Views: 185

Re: Speedo vs Diff query

It will depend on what tyres you fit to the wheels; somewhere I have a forty year old Dunlop catalogue, that gives the rolling circumference of various sizes of tyre. I'll have a look for it.

These people are good - https://www.caigauge.com/ .
by Blaketon
Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Blimey
Replies: 6
Views: 249

Re: Blimey

I think "Sympathetic refurbishment" could figure in my post on Euphemisms.
by Blaketon
Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The original Blaketon has died
Replies: 5
Views: 167

Re: The original Blaketon has died

Is Basil named after Basil Brush?
by Blaketon
Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The original Blaketon has died
Replies: 5
Views: 167

The original Blaketon has died

Rumours of my death or more particularly my car aren't true but sad to hear that their inspiration has died - https://uk.yahoo.com/news/derek-fowlds-dies-at-82-111225138.html . Not sure whether this counts as off topic but since Blaketon drive a Minor Traveller, I think we can say it's Minor related...
by Blaketon
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Final plea.....
Replies: 6
Views: 420

Re: Final plea.....

My Traveller was built at Adderley Park and according to BMH, no records now exist. Does that apply to LCVs of the same period or is there hope that I could find out when my car was built?
by Blaketon
Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Euphemisms
Replies: 54
Views: 891

Re: Euphemisms

All these automatic devices are OK until they fail (You could say the same of people). The more there is, on a car, the more to go wrong. Electrics and water don't mix well and since most cars spend all the time outside, in our damp climate, things will go wrong. I had occasion to drive a 19 plate c...
by Blaketon
Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Disgusting behavour by Jeremy Clarkson
Replies: 23
Views: 602

Re: Disgusting behavour by Jeremy Clarkson

I hate .......cyclists on the pavements, but I would not mention that on here. Oops, just did! They aren't cyclists, they're seated pedestrians :wink: . There are some pavements, that are designated as cyclepaths and most cyclepaths double up as footpaths. That's because the people, who design them...
by Blaketon
Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Has Rob Thomasson gone from MMOC?
Replies: 6
Views: 431

Re: Has Rob Thomasson gone from MMOC?

I noticed that the regular tech pages was missing. Clearly putting all that together is a lot of work but I hope they will reappear. In the interim, why not simply reprint some tech pages from way back?
by Blaketon
Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Euphemisms
Replies: 54
Views: 891

Re: Euphemisms

Generally, the bigger the company,the worst the customer service. Small businesses value and care for their customers. When I sold my business to a big FTSE 100 company, I was appalled by their customer service and their care towards our staff. Couldn’t understand why they paid good money to buy a ...
by Blaketon
Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Euphemisms
Replies: 54
Views: 891

Re: Euphemisms

Good to see another euphemism :wink: . I am sure that many large organisations don't know their corporate posteriors, from their corporate elbows, whether they be British Gas, British Wallycom, banks or even so called regulators. We seem to live in the age of the flow chart, the jobsworth and the ri...
by Blaketon
Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Euphemisms
Replies: 54
Views: 891

Re: Euphemisms

I'm not aware of any of the casualties, on so called "Smart" motorways, being drivers of historic vehicles. I would also add that my three cars are all over forty years old and they are all reliable. I don't subscribe to the assumption that modern cars are reliable and old ones unreliable. I had thr...
by Blaketon
Mon Jan 06, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Euphemisms
Replies: 54
Views: 891

Re: Euphemisms

What price safety or someone's life?
by Blaketon
Mon Jan 06, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Has Rob Thomasson gone from MMOC?
Replies: 6
Views: 431

Re: Has Rob Thomasson gone from MMOC?

According to the last issue, he's not been well.
by Blaketon
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Euphemisms
Replies: 54
Views: 891

Euphemisms

Things sometimes seem to be given silly names, presumably designed to take attention away from their deficiencies. As an example, the Smart motorway. What is smart about having nowhere to attend to a broken down vehicle, fix a puncture or even to where the results of an accident can be moved? In thi...