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Re: What's made you smile today? (Part II)

Caused me to smile but also despair somewhat at the state of humanity when I witnessed yesterday two "gentlemen" almost coming to blows out side our local big Morrisons supermarket over who was going to have the last two 70 litre bags of multipurpose compost! They could have just been nice and taken one each, but no, they were each convinced that they were entitled to both bags!

They were gone when I came out and the pallet was bare. I'm now consumed with curiosity wondering what the outcome was?
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Track day at Llandow today.

Not only did I drive my Schumacher (very effectively, I may add!) and give passenger rides in it to members of our armed forces with PTSD, I also invited one of my customers, who brought along his Austin Allegro Vanden Plas and a Jensen Healey Mk1.

All 3 cars were a hit with our passengers and I hope we have aided their PTSD recovery by giving them a fun day out.
You should come along to our charity track days at Blyton. #FCTDC
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No pics Im afraid

But saw a Regata Weekend

In a VERY tidy white scheme

It was on 'the Amalfi coast'

But was exceptionally tidy.. as Uk models finished 30 years ago..

Not sure if production continued elsewhere?
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Good neighbours and kind friends made me smile today.
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I use Tesco Momentum at about 5p more per litre (about 4%). Both cars feel so much better it's worth the cost, but I actually get more than 4% mpg so its cost neutral if not cost negative.

The air cooled bike was noticeably rough on 95 RON with exhaust headers absolutely stinking hot. Which is to be expected as retarding the spark timing puts more heat down the exhaust - less heat is taken by the piston.
I've actually managed to beat the official mpg figure in my car a few times on v-power. Its meant to get 44 it's been over 45 a few times..and at one point going one way to York managed 49mpg (average speed road works about 50% of the way so cruise set at 50).

Never cost neutral in a million years though as it costs as much as diesel, having said that several people report getting an average of mid to low 30s out of the same engine and car configuration and my worst ever was on supermarket 95 and got 36mpg but that was dead of winter with stinking traffic.

Usage and driving style matter more than petrol quality though, it just gives that last few percent. I'm not a slow driver but I've always believed in smoothness, reading the road and only putting on speed that you know you won't immediately be taking off. As well as being good for economy it means the brakes and tyres last well, as if all the inputs you put in gently load them up you don't take big bites out of them. I can fully imagine the guys getting low 30s have a driving style of "fire everything!, brake, Fire everything!, brake rather than Fire what is required..cruise at a sensible speed (not necessarily a slow speed) for the road conditions. They also seem to be the people who can toast a set of tyres in sub 10k miles..
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Driving a low powered car or bike quickly can be very satisfying. Its all about conservation of momentum, letting the vehicle flow through bends and not being scared to snick down a gear to keep the engine on song. Coming up behind Mr "Never more than 40 or 10mph below the speed limit" is frustrating as you'll almost never get past them.

Saying that, I really P'ed off a Golf GTI driver who was rammed up the back of a Mr Slow. I was in the Seichento 900 and timed it just right to whizz past them both. It was miles before he got close to me and was right royally pissed off that something with a fraction of his power could cover ground so quickly. I let him go by (never holding him up) but wasn't about to ease off so he could get in my way as most point and squirt drivers will do.
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Driving a low powered car or bike quickly can be very satisfying. Its all about conservation of momentum, letting the vehicle flow through bends and not being scared to snick down a gear to keep the engine on song. Coming up behind Mr "Never more than 40 or 10mph below the speed limit" is frustrating as you'll almost never get past them.
I'm not quite in the Seicento speed league these days, I do have enough power to deal with the 40 everywhere.. but I learned the skills in an Uno 45s and Punto 55s I've just kept applying them. It's a bit unnecessary in the current car given it's running brakes a similar size to uno wheels, 205 section W rated sports tyres, sports suspension and has all the expected modern driving aids. But I just find it a relaxing way to travel. Keeps the vehicle settled, doesn't make your passengers sick and you can still cover ground at a decent pace.
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Picking up my touch up paint which was a free gift from Fiat for suggesting improvements to the web information. A really kind and pleasant gesture from a very helpful lady in Italy. Thankyou!
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Phone call about my new job today. Both yesterday and today they have been calling, emailing and sending smoke signals to my previous employer for a simple reference.

Passed around from phone to phone, dead end to dead end, put on hold and giving up after forty minutes.

Sure I no longer work for these people and they have washed their rhetorical hands of me but this ineptitude has helped me no end demonstrate the sort of company it is and how professional they are. So without a reference from a company who if they issued one now would not be considered credible I'll be back to work as soon as possible.

In the mean time due to some local issues representatives of the same company have been stuck in my village and I personally made sure they have been fed, watered (tea'd) and have had access the downstairs facilities at my home. Also where one had to stand around outside all day I took one of the folding sun loungers for them to use.

It may turn out this whole getting sacked for the first time ever has been a very, very, very well disguised blessing.
I am sure that you are right about it being a good thing. After many years working fro a lot of employers its clear that some are good and some bad. Few if any actually bother to find out anything about the people they employ and few know how to treat people decently either. A change is as good as a rest, and a rest is good for the soul! Thank heavens there are still some decent people like you to help others when things go pear shaped. I am certain your ex colleagues know the score.
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Saw a nice yellow Astra GTC for sale. Quite a cool car, even though itís a Vauxhall
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Saw a nice yellow Astra GTC for sale. Quite a cool car, even though it’s a Vauxhall
Astra GTC... every single one I've encountered, without fail, has been driven by an utter cocktard.

Usually a 'roid headed male or an orange female.
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Astra GTC... every single one I've encountered, without fail, has been driven by an utter cocktard.

Usually a 'roid headed male or an orange female.


Thatís how I see Audiís and VWís in my area!

Still, can see it in the GTC too lol
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Of all the Vauxhalls they've built over the last 20 its probably one of the best ones. Got significantly more engineering in it than the Scirocco, uses suspension from the Insignia vxr, different track and wheel base only common components with a standard Astra is the aerial and door handles externally.

Tbf show me a 2 door coupe that doesn't have an image problem..or any car in fact there's always a derogatory comment somewhere or other.
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Of all the Vauxhalls they've built over the last 20 its probably one of the best ones.
But that's like being given the choice of electrodes attached to your testicles or puling your teeth out without an anaesthetic.

Some cars have more of an image problem than others - if you're being followed at 6 inches through urban streets by someone making aggressive inputs to the steering wheel and ducking around behind you, you can guarantee it's a Vectra or Astra on its way back to the local sink estate.
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