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ANOTHER NEW MEMBER

Postby SGTBILKO » Wed Sep 22, 2010 2:14 pm

Having followed this forum for some weeks now and thought it only polite to introduce myself. I am 58 of british nationality and have been living in France since 1988 but am planning a comeback to the UK in the near future. My Minor is a Trafalger Blue 4 door model from 1970. By the way Trafalger is a naughty word to the French! The car seems to excite curiosity in France. They sometimes mistake it for a Renault 4cv which looks rather similar in some respects. When you tell them it is a Morris they will reply "Ah it is an Austin then" (!) Someone even confused Morris with a well known brand of cigarettes beginning with Philippe. Most people I speak to seem to like the car over here and I understand that there are few Minors in France but high purchase tax on imported cars meant that only a few of them were sold new here.

I don't really know what made me decide to get a Minor only that I woke up one morning and said to my wife I must have a Morris! My first choice was a Traveller but 'er indoors doesn't like the looks of them, a pity as they are quite a practical option. My parents owned two Travellers a Clarendon Grey example, bought second hand, in the late 50's and a new Almond Green model with Duotone interior from 1962 which I am pretty sure had the 1098 engine. So when I'm pootling along listening to that rasping exhaust noise I am transported back in time.

My dream would be to have the time and the space to restore a Traveller. My carpentry skills are above average but not much welding experience. I once worked in a machine shop and was a lorry fitter for a time so car mechanics are not a mystery to me. I do my own servicing by the way.

Anyway just to say how much I enjoy the forum. That way I don't feel so out on a limb in the wilds of France. I look forward to meeting some of you when I get back to the UK, I shall be moving to the Lincoln area by the way.

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Re: ANOTHER NEW MEMBER

Postby chickenjohn » Wed Sep 22, 2010 2:45 pm

Welcome to the forum St Bilko!
Cheers John - all comments IMHO
- Come to this years Kent branches Hop rally! http://www.kenthop.co.uk
(check out the East Kent branch website http://www.ekmm.co.uk )
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Re: ANOTHER NEW MEMBER

Postby bmcecosse » Wed Sep 22, 2010 5:57 pm

Sacre bleu!! Restez en France!!!!
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Re: ANOTHER NEW MEMBER

Postby beero » Wed Sep 22, 2010 6:07 pm

Welcome Sarg, how about a piccy of your minor?


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Re: ANOTHER NEW MEMBER

Postby SGTBILKO » Wed Sep 22, 2010 7:50 pm

For a picture look under the heading "Pictures of you and your car....rather than just the car". You get to see the owner as well! SGTBILKO

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Re: ANOTHER NEW MEMBER

Postby SGTBILKO » Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:00 pm

bmcecosse wrote:Sacre bleu!! Restez en France!!!!
Iknow what you mean. You've got the Terrible Twins but we've got Sarko! I miss beer, fish and chips and driving on the left.

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Re: ANOTHER NEW MEMBER

Postby britany » Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:03 pm

Bonjour SGT.
No need come back to the UK to meet Morris Minor Owner :P
where do you live in France ?

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Re: ANOTHER NEW MEMBER

Postby SGTBILKO » Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:08 pm

britany wrote:Bonjour SGT.
No need come back to the UK to meet Morris Minor Owner :P
where do you live in France ?
Near Gisors dans l'Eure et vous? I would be delighted to meet other Minor owners in France.

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Re: ANOTHER NEW MEMBER

Postby SGTBILKO » Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:16 pm

Here's the piccy![frame]Image[/frame]

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Re: ANOTHER NEW MEMBER

Postby britany » Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:48 pm

South coast Brittany (Morbihan)
Good address: AMMF Amicale Morris Minor France ( woodiesenfrance in the forum)
PM sent

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Re: ANOTHER NEW MEMBER

Postby SGTBILKO » Wed Sep 22, 2010 9:07 pm

Merci![frame]Image[/frame]

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Re: ANOTHER NEW MEMBER

Postby joeone62 » Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:19 pm

well I too am in France, and if your in Paris or close by maybe we could meet with our babies to have a drink


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Re: ANOTHER NEW MEMBER

Postby britany » Thu Sep 23, 2010 7:55 am

Excellent !!!
so far away for me (500 km) to have a drink :oops: same for an English beer :P
But It will be fine to know how much forum MM owners live in France?

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Re: ANOTHER NEW MEMBER

Postby SGTBILKO » Thu Sep 23, 2010 8:22 am

joeone62 wrote:well I too am in France, and if your in Paris or close by maybe we could meet with our babies to have a drink
Yes. The car is about 70 kms from Paris. I have driven it to Paris twice but not keen on the dodgem-car style of parking there! Do you have yours in Paris?

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Re: ANOTHER NEW MEMBER

Postby joeone62 » Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:04 am

well yes, lets say that I am lucky, I live and work in the center and have private space to park, whereabouts r u


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Re: ANOTHER NEW MEMBER

Postby stevey » Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:39 am

hello there

nice motor and welcome!!


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Re: ANOTHER NEW MEMBER

Postby SGTBILKO » Thu Sep 23, 2010 12:01 pm

Near Gisors but in Paris often.

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Re: ANOTHER NEW MEMBER

Postby joeone62 » Thu Sep 23, 2010 12:38 pm

well next time just let me know so we can take a drink


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Re: ANOTHER NEW MEMBER

Postby SGTBILKO » Thu Sep 23, 2010 5:46 pm

joeone62 wrote:well next time just let me know so we can take a drink
Thanks, I will! Very nice tourer, must be unique in Paris! I sent you a PM.

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Re: ANOTHER NEW MEMBER

Postby SGTBILKO » Thu Sep 23, 2010 5:47 pm

stevey wrote:hello there

nice motor and welcome!!
Thanks and so is yours!


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