Home  
Site Partners: SpotterGuides Veloce Books  
Related Sites: Classic Cars Monthly Your Link Here  

Go Back   TenTenths Motorsport Forum > Historic Racing & Motorsport History > Historic Racing Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 26 Sep 2022, 15:41 (Ref:4127538)   #1366
Peter Mallett
The Honourable Mallett
20KPINAL
 
Peter Mallett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 1999
England
Here and there
Posts: 36,375
Peter Mallett is the undisputed Champion of the World!Peter Mallett is the undisputed Champion of the World!Peter Mallett is the undisputed Champion of the World!Peter Mallett is the undisputed Champion of the World!Peter Mallett is the undisputed Champion of the World!Peter Mallett is the undisputed Champion of the World!Peter Mallett is the undisputed Champion of the World!Peter Mallett is the undisputed Champion of the World!Peter Mallett is the undisputed Champion of the World!Peter Mallett is the undisputed Champion of the World!Peter Mallett is the undisputed Champion of the World!
Well that is a popular colour scheme and there was certainly a large number of cars there. I did speak to someone who's wife told me that her husband spends hours cleaning the wire wheels and as I understood it, they live in, or visit France quite frequently.
Peter Mallett is offline  
Quote
Old 26 Sep 2022, 15:56 (Ref:4127540)   #1367
The Fat Clerk
Veteran
 
The Fat Clerk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Northern Ireland
Bishopscourt
Posts: 3,613
The Fat Clerk should be qualifying in the top 10 on the gridThe Fat Clerk should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
Quote:
Originally Posted by crmalcolm View Post
I used to drive one for work a few years ago. From what I remember, the engine had plenty of torque and it got up to speed quickly, but the gearing meant that the top speed was 72mph. You could get on the motorway and just leave your right foot planted to the floor. (and yes, it wasn't limited, that's just how fast it would go).

Great little load-lugger though, if a little unrefined.
I spent the whole of my working life with BT, and once had the misfortune to have a Bedford HA van written off by an Army personnel carrier, to be replaced with a brand new Maestro van. Not much fun when I spent most of the day on the M3/M4 & M25, getting overtaken by everything. A couple of months after getting it, I got promoted and had the choice of a red, white or blue Astra Estate, they were the days.
The Fat Clerk is offline  
__________________
Comments made are personal and don't reflect any club or Motorsport UK policy.
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." - Albert Einstein
Quote
Old 26 Sep 2022, 15:57 (Ref:4127541)   #1368
John Elwin
Veteran
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
France
Pas de Calais
Posts: 2,599
John Elwin should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridJohn Elwin should be qualifying in the top 5 on the grid
Quote:
Originally Posted by Peter Mallett View Post
Well that is a popular colour scheme and there was certainly a large number of cars there. I did speak to someone who's wife told me that her husband spends hours cleaning the wire wheels and as I understood it, they live in, or visit France quite frequently.
It's also a lovely colour scheme - in fact I came to know him as I admired the car in a local supermarket car park. I can't remember the full registration but it was a personal plate & the letters were 'AUK'. They live in Peterboro' now.
John Elwin is offline  
Quote
Old 26 Sep 2022, 18:43 (Ref:4127558)   #1369
midgetman
Veteran
 
midgetman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
England
Rural Wiltshire
Posts: 6,543
midgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famemidgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famemidgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famemidgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famemidgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famemidgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famemidgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famemidgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Fame
I had a Maestro van. The only one that's come near it for performance and economy is my present 56 plate Citroen Dispatch. 2.0l HDI turbo engine, goes like hell and does 40mpg fully laden

Sent from my AC2003 using Tapatalk
midgetman is offline  
__________________
Midgetman - known as Max Tyler to the world. MaxAttaq!
Quote
Old 26 Sep 2022, 19:32 (Ref:4127568)   #1370
Gerard C
Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2013
French Polynesia
My place
Posts: 7,369
Gerard C should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridGerard C should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridGerard C should be qualifying in the top 5 on the grid
Your Dispatch is badged Jumpy here, fruit of a jointventure between PSA group and Fiat. Guess what, Toyota found this van interesting badging it as ProAce. At least our know how is recognized wordlwide. Not for cars…

Moons ago, we could improvize races of tow cars on the highway heading for a race. My favourite tow car has always been the Pug 504 Wagon (fuel not diesel).
Gerard C is offline  
Quote
Old 26 Sep 2022, 19:46 (Ref:4127569)   #1371
Lancsbreaker
Veteran
 
Lancsbreaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
England
Padiham, Lancashire
Posts: 3,774
Lancsbreaker has a real shot at the podium!Lancsbreaker has a real shot at the podium!Lancsbreaker has a real shot at the podium!Lancsbreaker has a real shot at the podium!
Quote:
Originally Posted by midgetman View Post
I had a Maestro van. The only one that's come near it for performance and economy is my present 56 plate Citroen Dispatch. 2.0l HDI turbo engine, goes like hell and does 40mpg fully laden

Sent from my AC2003 using Tapatalk


I had a Vauxhall/Bedford Combi a while back - Corsa based one with a 1.7 Isuzu diesel engine - pulled very well and was very economical, even towed quite well
Lancsbreaker is offline  
__________________
Richard Murtha:Race partner retiring.......what to do in 2022? You don't stop racing because you are too old, you get old when you stop racing!
Quote
Old 26 Sep 2022, 19:52 (Ref:4127570)   #1372
John Elwin
Veteran
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
France
Pas de Calais
Posts: 2,599
John Elwin should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridJohn Elwin should be qualifying in the top 5 on the grid
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gerard C View Post
Your Dispatch is badged Jumpy here, fruit of a jointventure between PSA group and Fiat. Guess what, Toyota found this van interesting badging it as ProAce. At least our know how is recognized wordlwide. Not for cars…

Moons ago, we could improvize races of tow cars on the highway heading for a race. My favourite tow car has always been the Pug 504 Wagon (fuel not diesel).
I once drove a 504 Estate with a Judd 3.5-litre F1 engine in it. It was very quick...
John Elwin is offline  
Quote
Old 26 Sep 2022, 19:59 (Ref:4127571)   #1373
Gerard C
Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2013
French Polynesia
My place
Posts: 7,369
Gerard C should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridGerard C should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridGerard C should be qualifying in the top 5 on the grid
Quote:
Originally Posted by John Elwin View Post
I once drove a 504 Estate with a Judd 3.5-litre F1 engine in it. It was very quick...
Gerard C is offline  
Quote
Old 26 Sep 2022, 21:13 (Ref:4127580)   #1374
GORDON STREETER
Veteran
 
GORDON STREETER's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Spain
Kent+Mojacar Spain, but not always ?
Posts: 9,102
GORDON STREETER is going for a new world record!GORDON STREETER is going for a new world record!GORDON STREETER is going for a new world record!GORDON STREETER is going for a new world record!GORDON STREETER is going for a new world record!GORDON STREETER is going for a new world record!GORDON STREETER is going for a new world record!
Quote:
Originally Posted by midgetman View Post
I had a Maestro van. The only one that's come near it for performance and economy is my present 56 plate Citroen Dispatch. 2.0l HDI turbo engine, goes like hell and does 40mpg fully laden

Sent from my AC2003 using Tapatalk
That's what I remember, the one I used for a while was brilliant and could certainly go faster than 70mph.
I know that BL (or what ever they were called at the time) used to supply BT/GPO with vans that were governed for economy and had a lousy top speed. One of my mates bought an ex GPO post van and asked me to look at it as it had rubbish power and speed, it was a petrol van and after looking at it I threw the carburettor to manifold mounting block away and fitted one with a decent sized hole in it !
It would appear that they were supplied new from BL like that
GORDON STREETER is offline  
__________________
Balls of steel (knob of butter) They're Asking For Larkins. ( Proper beer) not you're Eurofizz crap. Hace más calor en España. Me han conocido a hablar un montón cojones! Send any cheques and cash to PO box 1 Lagos Nigeria Africa !
Quote
Old 27 Sep 2022, 06:45 (Ref:4127620)   #1375
midgetman
Veteran
 
midgetman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
England
Rural Wiltshire
Posts: 6,543
midgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famemidgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famemidgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famemidgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famemidgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famemidgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famemidgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famemidgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Fame
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lancsbreaker View Post
I had a Vauxhall/Bedford Combi a while back - Corsa based one with a 1.7 Isuzu diesel engine - pulled very well and was very economical, even towed quite well
The Citroen tows well too.

Well, of sorts. I bought four supposedly decent tyres for it and the grip is terrible. With a race car on the back you have to set it up for a wet roundabout some way beforehand and you can steer it on the throttle - don't accelerate too soon or you end up taking the wrong road!

It's quite short and high so the handling is eccentric, but laden with a kart, awning and spares it eats up motorway miles well above the limit (should you wish to do that which I don't) and is doing nigh on 50mpg.

We all love and hate it in equal measure It is - of course - team orange. I was going to change it for a later model but can't find a 2.0 at a sensible price.



Sent from my AC2003 using Tapatalk
midgetman is offline  
__________________
Midgetman - known as Max Tyler to the world. MaxAttaq!
Quote
Old 27 Sep 2022, 07:08 (Ref:4127621)   #1376
VIVA GT
Subscriber
Veteran
 
VIVA GT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
England
Leicestershire
Posts: 5,371
VIVA GT is going for a new world record!VIVA GT is going for a new world record!VIVA GT is going for a new world record!VIVA GT is going for a new world record!VIVA GT is going for a new world record!VIVA GT is going for a new world record!VIVA GT is going for a new world record!
Quote:
Originally Posted by GORDON STREETER View Post
That's what I remember, the one I used for a while was brilliant and could certainly go faster than 70mph.
I know that BL (or what ever they were called at the time) used to supply BT/GPO with vans that were governed for economy and had a lousy top speed. One of my mates bought an ex GPO post van and asked me to look at it as it had rubbish power and speed, it was a petrol van and after looking at it I threw the carburettor to manifold mounting block away and fitted one with a decent sized hole in it !
It would appear that they were supplied new from BL like that
I seem to remember that the Morris 1000 Post Office vans had a simple plate between the carb & the manifold with just a ¾" hole in it. Removing that helped the performance no end!
VIVA GT is offline  
__________________
Incognito: An Italian phrase meaning Nice Gearchange!
Quote
Old 27 Sep 2022, 07:30 (Ref:4127632)   #1377
midgetman
Veteran
 
midgetman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
England
Rural Wiltshire
Posts: 6,543
midgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famemidgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famemidgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famemidgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famemidgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famemidgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famemidgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famemidgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Fame
But they never went *that* well, they had the very low diff much sought after by triallists in MG Midgets or anything with that rear axle. 5.3:1? MGD will know better than me it's a long term me since I was involved in that scene.

Sent from my AC2003 using Tapatalk
midgetman is offline  
__________________
Midgetman - known as Max Tyler to the world. MaxAttaq!
Quote
Old 27 Sep 2022, 09:19 (Ref:4127640)   #1378
VIVA GT
Subscriber
Veteran
 
VIVA GT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
England
Leicestershire
Posts: 5,371
VIVA GT is going for a new world record!VIVA GT is going for a new world record!VIVA GT is going for a new world record!VIVA GT is going for a new world record!VIVA GT is going for a new world record!VIVA GT is going for a new world record!VIVA GT is going for a new world record!
No ignition key either, just a simple pull switch in the centre of the dash marked with an 'I'.
(Why does my brain retain all of this useless information, and very little information that would have been some use?)
VIVA GT is offline  
__________________
Incognito: An Italian phrase meaning Nice Gearchange!
Quote
Old 27 Sep 2022, 10:53 (Ref:4127648)   #1379
Gerard C
Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2013
French Polynesia
My place
Posts: 7,369
Gerard C should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridGerard C should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridGerard C should be qualifying in the top 5 on the grid
Quote:
Originally Posted by VIVA GT View Post
Why does my brain retain all of this useless information, and very little information that would have been some use?
Well, after 15 years or so of marriage no one can tell…
Gerard C is offline  
Quote
Old 28 Sep 2022, 09:26 (Ref:4127727)   #1380
midgetman
Veteran
 
midgetman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
England
Rural Wiltshire
Posts: 6,543
midgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famemidgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famemidgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famemidgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famemidgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famemidgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famemidgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famemidgetman will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Fame
Whilst we're talking about high performance Morris 1000s....
Attached Thumbnails
Minor.jpg  
midgetman is offline  
__________________
Midgetman - known as Max Tyler to the world. MaxAttaq!
Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bell's Banter 2021 Peter Mallett Historic Racing Today 3359 31 Dec 2021 21:19
banter - better on vbulletin Bodysnatcher Marshals Forum 1 11 Feb 2002 12:32


All times are GMT. The time now is 12:41.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Original Website Copyright © 1998-2003 Craig Antil. All Rights Reserved.
Ten-Tenths Motorsport Forums Copyright © 2004-2021 Royalridge Computing. All Rights Reserved.
Ten-Tenths Motorsport Forums Copyright © 2021-2022 Grant MacDonald. All Rights Reserved.