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Twelfth Monkey
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2006 4:20 pm    Post subject: Today's Automotive Villain Is...  Reply with quote

A berk in an Escort (not you Blarno, wrong colour!); he pulled out to prevent me overtaking, then made decidedly heavy weather of overtaking. After this, he seemed to find the many opportunities to occupy the left-hand lane unappealing. When he finally did pull in, he gave it his accelerative all. This wasn't enough, and I confess to a wee glow of satisfaction when he'd clearly given up trying to impress his yobbo mates.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 25, 2006 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simon, I can tell that the wee glow of satisfaction is set to become a huge guffaw of elation some time early next year when you come into possession of a car that is not only capable of delivering imperative acceleration, but which will also knock slug-brained morons like this into the verge in its roaring wake!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Piers, I can hardly wait. I dreamt that I was collecting it last night, but that they'd got the colour wrong. I fear it's a form of illness! I'm sure we can engineer a quick meet when it's run in.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Illness? No, it sounds quite normal to me! A post-running-in meet would be most welcome, and I remain at your disposal...
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can see the headlines now!

Ex-Autocar Forum Group Test: Prop's mighty E46 M3 takes on Twelfth's ultimate saloon: the RS4.

In other news - Dan's Cupra vs. the Stilo vs. the 325ti vs. Andrew L's 225.

Of course the Stilo would whoop all of those. Trust me on this Piers, the noise of your magnificent Beemer is nothing compared to the fabulous, sonorous song of the off-beat five-cyl Fiat.

It'd be an honour to see Twelfth's RS4 though!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm up for that!!

Go easy on my Leon though, no chance it's gonna be able to keep up with you boys.

Not just those though, what about Stuntmans Cayman v. JohnC's 335?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That'd be a corking test to read!

kraftwerk's Avantime vs (insert witty comment here!)

Then we could do the classic bike vs. car test! Your bike against flash's 997TT!

Thinking about that it does seem a little biased!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now there's a thought....... first we have our own web site, then we start our own Group Tests......... next stop, our own magazine in which we could write up our tests ?!!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd be more than willing to bring my bike along to a meet, it might give the Cayman a run for it's money with any luck, but I think you'd need Kraft's to worry the 997TT
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone managed to let Flash know about this site? Or even the impending doom of the original forum?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I very much doubt it Dan, because he wasn't exactly the most frequent poster on there. I do hope he finds out - though how and when is what worries me.

kraftwerk seems to have drifted off aswell. No idea where HE (Spandex Slacks was the most recent name methinks) has gone though!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't I join the group test?!?

Worried the 5 pot warble won't be enough? LOL
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would be slightly concerned, yes.

Though the Stilo, judging by a colleague's 118d, would make mincemeat of the BMW inside.

I remember when there was a few more people than just me that had five-pots. peet had his, Piers and Andrew L had theirs....

They're all traitors...
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was some magnificent hijacking chaps!

I haven't got any villains to report, so...
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Piers and Andrew had 4 pots....... So just you and peet then!! edit: plus Tim R with his Coupe.

I'm sure my 1 series would do ok interior wise!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I could have sworn they had fives. IIRC peet has a Mondeo now?!

There isn't actually any car (other than ALF's Sportwagon) on here that you can compare the E280 to. Not many estate owners, are there?

I'm just waiting for the problems to crop up on your re-engined Passat!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that!!

My dad has an E280 Avantgarde Estate as well, but that wouldn't make for a very interesting group test!!! We could compare colour and trim and work out whether the 2 additional seats are worth loss of the underfloor storage area in the boot but that's about it!

He didn't want the 7 seat option btw, but it was the only unregistered car they could find with the right options (Avantgarde with full leather, heated seats & phone kit) in one of the colours he wanted.

Yes, peet has a Mondeo at the moment.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must admit I gave up halfway down the specs list on mine. It really is super-scamper-spec! This is what, a quarter of the spec on mine:

ASR
ESP
Front fogs
Space saver
Front and Rear Ambient Dimmable Interior Lighting
Heated front seats
Command Aps Navigation system
Telephone pre-wiring/hands free/roof aerial
6CD Changer in centre console
Heat insulated tinted glass

I haven't a hope in hell with the telephone system - I haven't dared touch it yet! Mine has the auto box (very good btw!) and the 'Sand' leather - which is a curious mix between luxurious calm tones of creamy brown and last week's dog puke! It's also a victim of BMW-isation (writing a different number of the bootlid to what it actually is) as the 280 should in fact be a 300.

Though I have no need for seven seats, I quite applaud Merc for the thought of it. Sure, they'll be uncomfortable but it's just such a good idea in my mind.

(I don't have the extra two though!)
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first 5 items on your list are standard, as is Metallic, Xenons and a whole load of other things that BMW and Audi would charge extra for.

The 2 rear seats have been surprisingly useful. They are only small children sized, but we have 2 of those and for short journeys with my parents it's nice not to have to take 2 cars.

The telephone system is great (providing you have the adaptor), my dad had it in his old E270 as well.

One thing I don't like is the perforated leather that Mercedes use.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Talking of leather, I'm certainly glad I didn't get the Abarth with it.

Cloth is, IMO, a much better seat material for a non-luxury car, and as an added bonus it doesn't freeze your backside off like most cars with leather seats do. The seats are a much better shape for me in the Merc than in the Abarth aswell. That's probably why I was tempted to get something smooth and very wafty.

I'm doing a pre-spring clean today (wife keeps pestering - why would I voluntarily do that?) so it means seats down, tarpaulin out and carpet mat over the exposed bit of bumper. Only trouble is my dog loves being in the car, and it is a little difficult when you've got a bloody Labrador in the way!

I might, just might, clean the Merc today. Though probably headlights/windows/number plates!

I should imagine you'd do fine business hiring out your expert cleaning services!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whoever it was whilst we were parked that managed to dent the front wing we had fixed just 3-weeks ago; it must have been a 4x4 or MPV, because the height of the dent is too high for a car bumper. Absolutely sickening.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We should really go back on topic.....

My Passat hire car is so filfthy the in laws thought we were out when they arrived yesterday! They didn't think such a dirty car would belong to me.....
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a five too. Passat V5, 2001-2004. Fine engine.

I was looking that the total of 29 posts, and thinking 'wow, if I add to that my venerable post will have reached 510. Only bettered by 'Today I saw..' and 'Snow Mode..', I'd guess. Pity that there's little villainy on display of late!

So I'll re-nominate the git in the X5 who tried to run me of the road!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can definitively confirm that I have never owned a five-pot car - the 225 made excellent use of its four cylinders! As for peet, wasn't he buying an E28 5-series?

As for villains, one was encountered last night on the way back from Boxing Day dinner with my cousins, courtesy of a moronic chav in one of those Nissan Sunny GTI-R / Pulsars. I had seen it parked in the driveway of a house that I have mentioned before, which is situated right alongside the main road betwixt Stratford and Banbury, and which is evidently the home of a load of mouth-breathers. There is often a chavved-up Cavalier or Calibra parked outside, and their numbskull mates often scatter their slammed Astras and Vectras in nearby gateways when visiting.

These imbeciles seem to think that, because their house is next to the road, it gives them the right to treat it like their own private test track, and therefore they are frequently to be seen travelling at three-figure speeds or viciously tailgating some hapless soul who dares to have spoilt their latest time trial attempt. Always with fog lights blazing, naturally.

Anyway, Mr Dickhead in the Nissan came flying up behind the Audi, in which we were travelling, and hovered around on the rear corner before sqwawking past in a cacophony of baked bean tin exhaust racket, looking for one appalling moment as though he was going to have an almightly accident with a taxi that was very obviously coming the other way.

Rather than waste time on cretinous schemes like making it a serious criminal offence to talk to your passenger, let's get degenerates like this off the road.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've only driven 6 miles since Friday, and they were at 7am this morning when it was very quiet (only 11 minutes into work, it normally takes 20-25), so I've not managed to spot any bad driving.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry Twelfth!

Surprising you managed to put 'that' instead of 'at' - you've always had exemplary grammar in my experience! It'll be Swi's.s next.

The last villain I encuntered (thank you CSL!) was indeed the BMW-driving twonk who scraped my otherwise very pristine Merc. I haven't seen a single one since then, suffice to say that's because I've got a nasty habit of aiming 1.5 tonnes of German build quality at them.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I could bring the Shogun, Fiat & the Alfa so I'd be able to compete in the 4, 5 & 6 cylinder tests.
I bet my Coupe sounds better than E's Stilo due to the Scorpion cat-back exhaust (with chav-sized outlet) and the suspicion that there is a slight blow further forward in the system.
The Alfa sounds great from inside the car but is surprisingly muted at full throttle through a tunnel with the window down. I must acquire a slightly louder system for it next year.

No motoring villians to report except the legions of ditherers on the road yesterday.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The silly cow in the white Astra on the Magic Roundabout in Colchester.

For those of you that have the good fortune not to know this incredible piece of bad planning, it consists of five mini-roundabouts ringing one large one, with each to be treated as a separate roundabout (hope that makes sense...)

Anyway, two roundabouts down, I had right of way at the third and was accelerating to cross as she decided to pull out straight into my path. This, despite the headlights I had on as light levels not great (about 2.45pm). Then, when I slammed the brakes on and leaned on the horn, just looked at me with a completely blank expression!

Oh, how I love driving during the holidays.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had an insight into roundabout blindness syndrome a few years ago when one of my mum's friends, a little, white-haired, middle-aged woman who is on her second MINI Cooper S, having endured an interlude with a Z4 3.0 in between, which was too much for her to handle, when she vouchsafed that she was flummoxed by the roundabout at the local Tesco, which really is simplicity itself. Her tactic, by her own admission, was to 'close her eyes and go for it'. Yes, very laudable...

Going back to the sounds of our cars, I don't mind admitting that my 325ti sound pretty horny from outside. Obviously I tend to hear it from within, but on a previous visit to the BMW dealer the car was manoevured round in front of me by the technical manager, and the bassy, barrel-chested rumble from its exhaust was quite impressive, if I do say so myself.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2006 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chap in a Hyundai Santa Claus.
Fiesta in front of me, nobody behind me and the Santa Fe pulls out in front of the Fiesta. we were doing about 30 and the Fiesta had to brake. Santa Fe then takes the next left turn without indicating, accelerates up the hill and stands on the horn when a Micra tried to cross the road in front of him.
Terrible driving.

It's easy to forget how good your car sounds until you hear someone else drive it. I was only thinking this today when I was followed by a Toyota Pious. They may have better economy, less CO2 emissions and a greener conscience, but my car sounds Soooo much better. (Its faster and nicer to drive too but I don't want to rub it in!)
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2006 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The guy from EWS (English Welsh & Scottish Railway) that took us down a rutted muddy track in his rented Vectra on the lookout for a disused railway track (it's a long story!!).

I was convinced that we were going to get stuck and had told him a couple of times that I wouldn't go any further, but he just plowed on. I was impressed and more than a little relieved that the car made it out in one piece, although the power steering did fail when we cam to a stop (It was OK when he turned the engine off and on).

The last time I'd seen lanes like that I was on a Land Rover Experience Day....
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2006 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got stuck going up a very rutted lane once, I absolutely shit myself at the thought of buggering something up!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2006 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

e280torque wrote:
I can see the headlines now!

Ex-Autocar Forum Group Test: Prop's mighty E46 M3 takes on Twelfth's ultimate saloon: the RS4.



Of course, later in the year, I could field an even stronger contender ...

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2006 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We'd need to locate Flash for that twin test!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2006 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That would be an interesting one!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2006 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Back on topic just for a second - can I nominate for myself for the heinous crime of not using my car today!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2006 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The biggest 'Automotive Villain' I saw today was the guy in the '56' reg Silver Cayman S, who took it through the car wash at Sainsburys in Swindon!

I do hope he wasn't from the dealership that is just around the corner.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like for like, Mr Way. Like for like!

I sense that a GT3 would comfortably best an RS4 at the 'hard stuff'. But them you haven't got two school-age sprogs.

Yet...

You were kind enough to ask about my wee purchase, though I confess that yours had passed me by. In order to avoid villainy confusion, could I ask you to post a thread entitled 'My GT3 spec'? I'd genuinely like to know what you've plumped for!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Martin wrote:
The biggest 'Automotive Villain' I saw today was the guy in the '56' reg Silver Cayman S, who took it through the car wash at Sainsburys in Swindon!

I do hope he wasn't from the dealership that is just around the corner.


What's wrong with using a carwash?



*said the voice of lazy youth*
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 12:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing if it's someone elses car, a lot if it's a brand new Porsche!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 6:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday actually. Not quite a villian as well.

You know when you walk towards someone and want to step to the side to avoid him, but he steps to the same direction as well, blocking your way. Well, I experienced the automotive equivalant yesterday.

There was this Zafira in front of me, and I signalled to pull out and overtake. Somehow, he wanted to overtake the car in front at exactly the same time I wanted to pull out, so we both pulled out. He then saw me behind, and filtered back back to his lane. But somehow I had the same idea at exactly the same time, and filtered back as well, wanting to let him go first. Eventually though, I made the move, but I think the Zafira driver wasn't very amused by my antics. All I thought of then was 'Ooh, er, sorry.'
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Next time that happens you should ask them if their left handed or right handed if you yourself are left handed. Im a lefty and apparently the reason I always go the same way as others is because my left side is dominant over the right and so I instinctively move this way when faced with an obstacle as I can deal with it better using my left hand. Consequently, because most people are right handers, I tend to make a habbit of bumping into them when we meet!

I dont know how true all that is but its an interesting theory.
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The Accused

Driver of MOT failure Ford Escort

The Crime

Whilst driving the smart through Ickleford, Hertfordshire, at the 30mph limit I was overtaken by the above junk-heap, across double white lines and just before a narrow railway bridge which precedes a sharp bend. As far as locations to be overtaken at, this one just about breaks every motoring law and sensibility. Within 100 feet there is a national speed limit and clear overtaking opportunity to overtake a dawdling car, should that car be dawdling...

The Verdict

Guilty

The Punishment

To have the police undertake a PNC check on your car. The results are likely to show up a blank on MOT, Tax and Insurance. Accordingly, your car will be crushed whilst you are still sat at the wheel.

Mitigation?

None. You then proceeded to dawdle along the 60mph road that followed at roughly 45mph. To then add insult, after only 2 miles you had to wait to turn right, holding up traffic.
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Nomination is:

All bloody VW Golfs in St Albans for the week of Xmas. Have all the 318/316i drivers migrated to these things?

Crime 1, Dec 23rd: The miserable old bugger in the blue Mk 4 who flicked me the Vs when I tooted him for bombing thru road calming at c. 45 mph, where I had right of way, getting me to give it the full abs. My 8 year old son was fascinated by this cretin. "perhaps he was american and didn't understand." "No he's a grumpy old twat on his way to Morrisons who hates his wife, son."

Crime 2, Dec 26th
: The anonymous twat in the Mk 5 who gave me full beam xenons and pulled out from behind parked car cos they had had to wait 5 seconds too long for us oncoming cars to give them a break (ok I was a bit cheeky...but honestly). Anonymous cos I still has after-images in the retinas.

Crime 3, Dec 30th: The noob in the Mk 3 who drove a full mile poised 2" off my rear bumper cos I had the nerve to do 30 in a 30 limit. To be fair, I think this was poor driving, not aggression. noob.


Anyone else noticed Mk 5 2.0 TDi's being driven the classic 3 series fashion? Total lack of consideration, lane 3 24x7 etc? Or is it just me...
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My mum has a Mk 5 2.0 TDi................so you're probably right about the driving!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spotters alert!

Whilst assuming my normal position in the outside lane of a 3 lane carraigeway the other day, I was motoring along at just over the speed limit (About 63 in a 60) courtesy of the cruise control, maintaining my pace using the buttons.
I kept a watchful eye on my rear view mirror and noticed a fellow BMW driver catching me. As it approached, I saw the grill glistening in the sunlight, so I thought to myself 'There's a proper BMW, not one of those 4 pot jobbies'.

I indicated and moved over to the middle lane.

I almost let out a roar when I noticed the Shiny grilled E46 with body kit was actually a 316i.
Now I don't know if it is sold in the UK, but the 316i is the base model over here and is a total abomination and quite rare- people didn't buy it, tending to go for the 318i instead.

The owner should be publicly flogged for imitating a BMW driver.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 1:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They sell them here too, although the E36 is quite common in 1.6 guise, the E46 is normally debadged this far down the pecking order.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the 316 is a 1.8. Typical BMW badging/engine size confusion. :?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2007 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw the second most dangerous overtaking manoeuvre I've ever witnessed today, courtesy of a complete and utter twat in a Renault Trafic.

I first caught sight of him ahead of me, monstering the back of an Octavia that was observing a 40mph limit and clearly itching to get past, but he was denied as the Skoda turned off. He then set about hunting down the Transit that had by now joined the NSL section, with me following (well, me in the passenger seat of my MD's MINI).

Soon enough he was sitting right on the back door of the Transit, and as we entered a short down-and-up swooping section that is only a realistic overtaking opportunity for a powerful car to leapfrog a slow-moving one, Trafic man pulled out for a pass. Despite the fact that there was a stream of traffic coming the other way. He chugged past laboriously, and I was convinced that I was about to see another head-on. The bloke driving the Almera coming the other way must have shat himself, or at least he might have done if he hadn't been too busy standing on the brakes and flashing his lights. Van man literally only just made it - there must have been a matter of inches to spare.

What a complete and utter tosser - I only regret that I didn't manage to catch the came of the company written on the van.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2007 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Piers wrote:
The bloke driving the Almera coming the other way must have shat himself.....


Well, given the average Almera driver's age it's quite possible.


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