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Chewing Grass

Old Car Spotting

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5 hours ago, TheNickos said:

Need to get myself a dash cam. Spotted a L plate Corrado yesterday on the M3.

 

I'm sick of the sight of the fuckers round here.

 

November 15th 2019, Chevron Garage, Peterlee...

 

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27th August 2019, Wingate, Co Durham...

 

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XYY

Edited by The XYY Man

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Good evening spotters.

 

Went out yesterday to see if i could keep Saturday's run of form going, but all I could find was these two minis - minus a few wheels and other important parts -  in the compound of the local garage that picks up stolen cars that have been wrecked. The red one adorned by a pair of matching overalls is a 1986 Austin Mini ''City E 1000''. Currently on a SORN, and its last MoT ran out in 2015.

The other is also on a SORN, and its last valid MoT ran out in 2018. Described on the MoT website as a 1988 Austin Mini ''Jet Black'', it features some very special wires holding the bumper on.

 

Presumably it's some sort of surreal ''Italian Job'' tribute the owner is constructing...

 

 

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Till the next time folks - and keep on spotting...!

XYY

Edited by The XYY Man

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58 minutes ago, The XYY Man said:

 

I'm sick of the sight of the fuckers round here.

 

November 15th 2019, Chevron Garage, Peterlee...

 

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27th August 2019, Wingate, Co Durham...

 

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XYY

Such a lovely car, but that gurning front end always ranked with me. 

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39 minutes ago, The XYY Man said:

The red one adorned by a pair of matching overalls is a 1986 Austin Mini ''City E 1000''. 

The other is also on a SORN, and its last valid MoT ran out in 2018. 

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Two Minis should be the same size.

One appears bigger than the other. 

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Hiya spotters. Another poor week for spots up here in the North-East - here's the best of a bad bunch.

First up, this filthy 1999 Subaru Forrester spotted in Shotton Colliery. Taxed, but its MoT ran out a fortnight ago. Parked on a drive, so no harm done there.

 

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And then this afternoon I spotted this mystery vehicle inside the compound of the Chevron Garage - the location of a number of my better spots.

It's covered with a green sheet, and only the wheels are visible.

 

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But then I noticed the reg plate was also peeping out from under the blanket.

 

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And a quick DVLA check reveals it as a 1994 Volkswagen LT 2.4 Diesel, that is road legal.

And under the tarpaulin, it might look something like this...

 

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Until the next time spotters...

 

 

XYY

 

Edited by The XYY Man

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Followed this clapped-out 1996 pikey-wagon into Peterlee this afternoon - amazingly it's taxed and tested...

 

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And next up was this road-legal 1998 Subaru...

 

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And then, as I cruised around Horden, I spotted this road-legal 20 year old Audi A3

 

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And just after that one, I spotted this lovely road-legal 1994 Audi 80 estate...

 

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And parked in the same street was this slightly scruffy 1995 road-legal 2 litre Cavalier

 

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And a few streets away was this 1992 Sierra GLX 2.0i - looking a bit sad and on a SORN.

 

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And on the way back to pick Mrs XYY up at work, I spotted this road-legal 1994 3 litre Mitsubishi that has recently failed its MoT, but its current one is valid until February 12th - so I'm guessing it was getting the work done today for its re-test...

 

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Until the next time spotters...

 

XYY

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On ‎19‎/‎01‎/‎2020 at 20:05, The XYY Man said:

Canny spotting trip in Easington early yesterday afternoon spotters.

First up is this 1990  Golf Cabriolet. It's on a SORN, so not road-legal.

 

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A workmate had a mk1 Golf cabriolet for a while. Before he bought it, he used to tease me incessantly for owning a mk2 Golf GTi, saying I was too safe with my German cars and that I should be buying an Alpha or Fiat.

One spring morning he rolled up at work in a F-reg white Golf Cabriolet, with dinky little white alloy wheels and a dirty white fabric roof! fell about laughing.

As it happened I had a nice set of silver alloys/tyres for sale from a Polo I used to own. We did a deal and then drove to his house where I gave him a lift fitting the new alloys. Looked like a different car. I hopped in the passenger side so we could drive round the bank, but the car was stuck solid!  wouldn't budge a millimetre. Turned out that the front brake carriers were catching on the inside of my alloy wheels. So off came the wheels and we had to file  some extra clearance on the carriers.O.o

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2 minutes ago, Long time lurking said:

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There`s an even better spot just up the road from this daily driver 

Everyone loves a HILLMAN HUNTER. The best car ever made, and at one time popular in Iran.

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The first Iranian-made car produced by the Iran Khodro company was called the Paykan (Arrow, in English). It was a Hillman Hunter, built under licence. Still lots of these around in Iran.

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On 12/02/2020 at 21:39, Bedrag Justesen said:

Survey of insects hitting older car windscreens compared to modern more aerodynamic cars.

1955 MG Magnette.

 

I met the designer of the MG Magnette once. Gerald Palmer also designed the Jowett Javelin.

The Magnette and it's badge-engineered siblings used to be a common sight until the 1980's. Good cars, and solidly built.

Edited by Happy Renting

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Evening spotters.

Bit of a mixed-bag this weekend, with a couple of cars pretending to be a bit older than they actually are. But on the plus side, my oldest road-legal spot happened on Saturday - and also my most bizarre spot ever. And both spots were in the same place....!

More of that later, but first up is this road-legal 1999 Jaguar XJ8 pretending to be a 1991/2 model. I pulled up behind it at the A19 roundabout in Peterlee on my way home on Friday, and followed it for a mile or so. Notice the cunning - and illegal - use of the Jock flag in the vanity plate...

 

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Next up is another one pretending to be a bit older than it is, and also fitted with illegal plates. Spotted at an MoT station in Peterlee on Saturday, this 1987 Golf ran out of MoT in January, but is still taxed. Those type of plates should not be fitted to a 32 year old car, nor the 1983/84 model it's pretending to be. Hopefully it passed its MoT yesterday, and will be back on the road.

 

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Next up is another Jag - this 1995 XJ6 rotting away in a back garden in Horden. On a SORN, and its last MoT ran out in 2012.

 

 

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I'll leave my final Saturday "multi-spot" until the end as it's the dog's bollocks. So onto today, and first up is yet another Jag - this road legal (apart from the missing rear number plate) 1997 XJ6 spotted in Peterlee this afternoon.

 

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And another spot in Peterlee was this road-legal 1989 Citroen BX Diesel. She'll be 31 years old in March, and had 205,080 miles on the clock at her last MoT.

 

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Next up is a road-legal 1999 Ford Puma, spotted in Peterlee this afternoon.

 

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And the final spot in Peterlee this afternoon was this 1970 Land Rover 88. Currently on a SORN and parked on private land - last Mot ran out in 2016.

 

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And my last spot of the day was close to home in Shotton Colliery - this road-legal 1997 2.3 litre Volvo 940. She's well looked after - with 178,479 miles on her clock at her last MoT.

 

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And finally, a most bizarre set of spots in Horden - in a compound surrounding a house built by some scrap metal gadgie, on land he bought where the pit used to be.

I have driven past this place regularly, but for some reason it never caught my eye. Until Saturday that is. As I drove past it, something clicked in my brain, and I turned round to get a closer look.

I drove up to the open gate on the rear of the property - and this was my view of the place...

 

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To the left of my view was this Leyland DAF T244 Army truck. The DVLA doesn't recognise military plates, but a bit of googling suggested that truck was delivered to the Army sometime between 1990 and 1995.

 

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And the more observant of you may be thinking that's a tank parked to the right of it. Well you're wrong - there are TWO FUCKING TANKS parked in this pikey's back yard. And one of them has a civilian registration number painted on the front...

 

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And guess what...? A DVLA check confirms it as a 1973 vehicle made by tank manufacturer Alvis. And it's fucking taxed - so completely road-legal...!!! How much does it cost to tax a friggin' tank...? A bit of googling strongly suggests it's an FV107 Scimitar. I couldn't see the one behind it from my vantage point, so I returned this morning after studying the plot of land via google earth and realising I might get photos from a different angle. And here is a pic I took this morning of the Scimitar, and its mate with a military plate that would appear to be an Alvis FV101 Scorpion.

 

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Now just how bizarre is finding two tanks in Horden...? Just waiting for @Bedrag Justesen to tell me they've got the wrong wheels on them...! ;)

 

And finally, in the same pikey compound, the oldest road-legal vehicle I've ever posted on here other than stuff I photographed in a museum - this 1943 Bedford MWD.

 

 

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Until the next time spotters...

 

XYY

 

Edited by The XYY Man

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On 13/02/2020 at 16:20, Long time lurking said:

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There`s an even better spot just up the road from this daily driver 

Was sifting through a box of transparencies (slides) bought at auction, for youngsters these are the analogue version of mobile phone pictures and came across this which ties in I think with the above but must be a posh version as it has 4 headlights.

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Edited by Chewing Grass

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@The XYY Man

Practical Classics does a "Spotted" section each month; you have plenty enough to get your own two page spread.

They don't pay anything but it's a minor bit of fame and I'd buy it.

Though I may disappoint you here in that they will print your name and location but won't print a picture of you and your luxuriant barnet.

https://www.practicalclassics.co.uk/

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8 hours ago, Happy Renting said:

The FV101 Scorpion is a British armoured reconnaissance vehicle.

Not a tank.

You cunt.

 

Well you'd be no good as a tank commander with all those negative waves...

 

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XYY

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3 hours ago, The XYY Man said:

Well you'd be no good as a tank commander with all those negative waves...

XYY

Actually, it is a tank really. I just wanted another opportunity to call you a cunt.

I am amending my previous post accordingly.
 

12 hours ago, Happy Renting said:

The FV101 Scorpion is a British armoured reconnaissance vehicle.

Not a tank.

You cunt.

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On ‎12‎/‎02‎/‎2020 at 18:29, Happy Renting said:

Why can't you just do upskirts, like normal people?

' cor, check out the gash in that subframe '

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