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All posts for the year 2008

The latest from Tomicas awesome Limited Vintage range is a really welcome addition to my collection, as not only is it one of my favourite cars, the 710 model Nissan Violet, but it’s also a four door. Most models and kits, whether small scale or large, tend to only cover coupes or performance versions so it’s a real treat to get a model of an honest ordinary four door for a change. What’s more, the miniature is a stunning model. Even though it’s small in 1/64 scale, the detail is quite amazing right down to the emblems and the two tone interior. I’ve only picked up half a dozen or so of this series so far but this latest effort makes me think I should acquire a few more of this excellent range. If you are not familiar with the Tomica Limited Vintage and Neo ranges, you can have a look at the other offerings in the series HERE.

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When times are hard it’s sometimes necessary to repair what you would otherwise replace. Times are indeed hard for everyone at present but that’s not the reason for attempting this ridiculous repair on a recent acquisition, a 1989 Hyundai Pony pickup. I could have stretched to a new wing for it but, you know… it’s just not worth spending £166.85 on! The truck is rotten everywhere and I’ve yet to decide if I’ll repair it come MOT time or not so I’d rather not spend any more money on it than I have to. My time …well that’s a different story. I’m happy to spend time chopping and welding so with a fresh sheet of steel and a welder I set about repairing it. Those keen on performing desperate repairs on worthless cars read on…

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Overhaulin’ the yard that is. All projects and car work were put on hold back in August when an unexpected phobne call provided the opportunity to buy 50 tonnes of road planings, albeit at somewhat short notice. Road planing are the crushed up scrapings of tarmac removed from a road before resurfacing it. It is loose but packs down into a pretty hard surface with use. The day after I received the call, three huge 8 wheel tipper trucks arrived carrying my planings and dumped them in a heap next to my workshop. I had long wanted to resurface my yard and increase the parking but up to this point I’d not actually made any plans on how to go about it but it seemed the time to do it had been thrust upon me. Fortunately my neighbour owns all manner of machinery and kindly lent me a big, all wheel drive teleporter and a tracked 3 tonne mini-digger with which to shift the materials about. I literally had to cease work on anything else to get this job done as it was a pretty big undertaking.

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What can I say… I had a long holiday? I’d be lying. Truth is I took too long a break from posting and just got out of the habit but I now repent! I shall mend my ways and get back to work on this site! Lots has happened in the last four months so I kind of have a lot to write about. What initially took me away from the Internet was working on my yard. My yard has been a muddy mess every winter and this year I was determined it wasn’t going to be, so I borrowed some plant equipment and set about shifting several tonnes of earth, moving fences, laying concrete and road planings to provide a better parking surface. After lots of hours each day I honestly couldn’t be bothered to sit and write stuff for this site and so slowly I let it slide into it’s current neglected state. But I’m back and there’s changes a-coming…

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Another Newark Autojumble and another gathering of old car owners who, all credit to them, braved a pretty cold day. The Autojumble itself isn’t much good for hunting parts these days unless you are into bikes. All I ever seem to come away with is old magazines and toy cars! As always, attendance in a pre-1980 car gives the owner a small discount on entry plus a shorter walk to the stalls so there was small but interesting turn out of old motors on the show field. Highlight for me was the early Renault 5 which was just gorgeous! More pictures after the jump…

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I’ll admit, this is not the sort of event I usually attend but as I was heading to Lincoln anyway I thought I’d take a look. LVVS stands for Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society, a group dedicated to the preservation of vintage vehicles, particularly old buses. Despite the weather being pretty foul, I was astounded to find the place absolutely packed with people with hundreds more milling about outside! The LVVS museum itself was mostly full of trade stalls with most of the exhibits outside or in use ferrying passengers around the local area. The beauty of this open day is that once you have paid you entrance fee, you can ride on any of the old buses, all day long. While this might not sound that exiting, it’s a real experience riding on some of the old buses. I only took a couple of rides, one on a Plaxton bodied, 1930 Leyland Badger and again on a 1945 Leyland Tiger. If public transport consisted of buses like this I’d be more inclined to use it! There was a decent display of old cars there too with a few pretty unusual ones in the mix. Full photo gallery after the jump…

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In June 1973, British motor magazine ‘Autocar’ covered the arrival of the first model of Skyline to be sold on the British market, the GC110 or Datsun 240K-GT as it was known with a pretty comprehensive article describing the car and giving  a few driving impressions. As we have come to expect, they found very little to complain about…

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