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All posts for the month June, 2010

Yeah, I know it was over a week ago… I’ve been busy okay? Hot Rod Holiday was a pretty cool show and the standard of ride in attendance was generally quite high. Nice to see the legendary Henry Hirise in the flesh after it’s recent restoration and the rodded Standard Flying 12 was just breathtaking. Is that a Volvo 5 pot in there? Plenty of clean American cars, although I can’t say I’m a fan of the current trend of fitting absolutely vast wheels with rubber band tyres to older cars. That ratty looking Mk5 Escort with the twin turbo V8 under the bonnet… seriously WTF!?

Oh, and an old friend turned up, now resplendent in red. Check out the pics after the jump…

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My Laurel needed a tow bar. Okay, it didn’t need one but I figure being a decent sized motor with enough pulling power, it’d be handy for hauling other cars about when the occasion arises. But as tow bars are pig ugly things, it had to be built so it was out of sight when not in use. Easy enough… just tuck it up behind the rear valance and make the neck detachable right? Easy in theory so I set to work….

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I trundled down to a local car boot sale in the Acty this morning and amongst the unwanted crap and assorted household detritus on sale, I found this beautiful Nardi wood rim steering wheel. No idea what the mounting boss is for but I’d guess it’d be something British like an MG or Austin Healey. A quick polish and this thing will be mint! These seem to go for pretty strong money on eBay, so at a paltry £10 it was an awesome deal!

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I rarely buy current car magazines. Instead, I tend to go for period magazines, mainly those published between the early 1950’s and the mid 1990’s. Old car maintenance mags like ‘Practical Motorist’ and ‘Car Mechanics’ complete with their tips and hints, their letters pages and the myriad of adverts, paint a real world picture of what motoring was really like for the average Joe at the time, in a way any modern magazine dealing with old car could never do. But probably my favourite publications of all are those for car customising, such as the sadly now defunct ‘Street Machine’ and ‘Hot Car’ as well as ‘Custom Car’ which is still currently in print. These kind of mags really accurately portray what the trends of time were, both good and bad, without adding the rose tinted gloss of distant nostalgia.

Probably my favourite of these was ‘Hot Car’ which ran from 1968 through to 1983. Hot Car spanned an era that went from the oddball buggy, kit car and special era, right up to the turbocharged, body kitted 80’s and dipped into rods, custom vans, stock cars, drag racing and just about everything else in between along the way. 183 editions of Hot Car were published and I’ve yet to acquire a full set but there was that other great custom mag of that era of which I do own every issue…

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I’ve spent the last two days sat staring at this screen, supping coffee and eating junk whilst I fumble my way through computer geek stuff, which I really don’t entirely understand. The upshot if this is the site now has a new look and slightly better functionality I hope. I was having problems before with image and text alignment, the collapsing menus, as well as a few other minor niggles but a change to a new customizable theme has now changed all that. The new theme is good and pretty flexible, but still didn’t look how I wanted nor did it display posts exactly as I’d like, so I had to delve into CSS, PHP, OMG and WTF to figure out how to make it do what I wanted. I guess I must be learning some of that geek stuff as it’s getting easier to figure out what I need to do as time goes on. I’m not sure whether this is a good thing or bad. Anyways, hope the site look right and works okay for you. It’s been a long two days of dullness.

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AKA DubMania. Two shows in one. Bargain! Lots of rare and interesting machinery to be seen both modern and old. The attention to detail on some of the VW’s was unreal. We tagged along with the old Honda fans in our Honda TN Acty, which got us there and back without any hassle and on a pitifully small amount of fuel too. It was pretty leisurely though at about 60mph max! I think I’m going to have to tweak that little two pot a bit. Great fun though and it brought a smile to a few faces at the event. Huge thanks to first gen Civic nut Jay (that’s his Civic above) for organising our pitch, feeding the hungry with a winning BBQ and for generally being a top geezer all round. Full gallery of the show after the jump…

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Here’s my 510 peeping out from it’s storage. Hard to believe it’s been five years since it was last out and about! I’ve got an Sr20DET sat waiting to go in… I’ve got a rear disc brake conversion and an LSD for it… I’ve got new wings, new door skins and new sills. It’s all there waiting. I’ve just not got the time to do it. Yet. Damn, I miss this car.

Some pics from back when it was seeing action on the track after the jump…

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Some more rims for the collection. Some teeny little FWD offset 12″ Watanabes on the left to go on a Daihatsu and some tasty 14″ Dunlop LM-24’s on the right. Those Dunlops are even nicer in person han they looked in the auction pic. I think they might have to go on my 510…

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