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Old 6 Mar 2017, 11:47 (Ref:3716843)   #781
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I have always maintained that I could have won a race in the 60s with most modern standard road cars !!!
Youre probably right, Gordon. Had a bad experience with a 911 GTS 11 challenged by a 206 fitted with slicks and good suspensions at Magny.
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Old 6 Mar 2017, 13:25 (Ref:3716863)   #782
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Since it seems to be nostalgia day & we are harking back to 40 years ago, can you believe that it was 40 years ago today that the Schlumpf Collection was seized (if that's right word) by the workers?

How time flies, & I still haven't been to visit. Mind you, I drove past the Duxford Museum on a regular basis, each time thinking I must visit. When I finally did so, I was astounded to find it had been open for 25 years! We then went twice in a fortnight...
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Old 6 Mar 2017, 14:11 (Ref:3716866)   #783
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You can visit Mulhouse Cité de l'automobile any time till French people will seize it because it belongs to … French state! So, you, me and "some" others paying taxes! They told me they planed to exhibit some cars at Magny during historic GP. If you were thinking about den Hartogh (biggest private Ford Cars collection in the world), its too late!
How was Anvers and who won the concours d'élégance?
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Old 6 Mar 2017, 14:21 (Ref:3716867)   #784
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You can visit Mulhouse Cité de l'automobile any time till French people will seize it because it belongs to … French state! So, you, me and "some" others paying taxes! They told me they planed to exhibit some cars at Magny during historic GP. If you were thinking about den Hartogh (biggest private Ford Cars collection in the world), its too late!
How was Anvers and who won the concours d'élégance?
Anvers was very enjoyable. A lot of nice cars but we struggled a bit to find anything really stand out as 'Best in Show' but we eventually chose a rather lovely green Mercedes 300 Cabriolet - even though it was a rental car! If I tell you we gave the Youngtimer class to a Volvo... It was a 240 Turbo that had been superbly restored by a private owner rather than a restoration business & we felt he deserved some sort of recognition for the 40,000 euros he had spent!
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Old 6 Mar 2017, 14:23 (Ref:3716868)   #785
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Youre probably right, Gordon. Had a bad experience with a 911 GTS 11 challenged by a 206 fitted with slicks and good suspensions at Magny.
Handling and brakes are a major contribution to driving faster without going over the "edge", leaf spring suspension and 1 inch wide drum brakes that were the norm didn't exactly fill you with confidence.
I had to MOT an Austin 7 and had a drive up the road to remind me what they were like, they used to steer all over the place and the brakes would just "slow you down" when applied and you had to anticipate where it would stop when pulling up to road junctions !
That said there is no way you could "doze off" behind the wheel unlike todays luxury vehicles fitted with things like heaters
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Old 6 Mar 2017, 17:22 (Ref:3716896)   #786
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If you like watching card tricks, then you will probably enjoy this: https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/ ... RWX4?rel=0
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Old 7 Mar 2017, 17:51 (Ref:3717099)   #787
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Old 7 Mar 2017, 20:04 (Ref:3717118)   #788
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Robert, dunno if this can be amusing to you but at least I try. Do you know why our great champion Maurice Trintignant was nicknamed Petoulet? It refers to petoule which means "bunny poop" in a patois of south France.
By the way, are you sure that London is the center of univers? We've been told by a Catalan it is located right in the middle… of Perpignan train station!
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Old 7 Mar 2017, 20:28 (Ref:3717121)   #789
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Robert, dunno if this can be amusing to you but at least I try. Do you know why our great champion Maurice Trintignant was nicknamed Petoulet? It refers to petoule which means "bunny poop" in a patois of south France.
By the way, are you sure that London is the center of univers? We've been told by a Catalan it is located right in the middle… of Perpignan train station!
You're both wrong - Norfolk is irrefutably the centre of the universe, there is even a race team called 'Hub of the Universe Racing' to prove it!

Gerard, you may be amused by a postcard I bought here. It is titled 'The French view of the world' - it has a picture of the globe with only France showing on it.
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Old 7 Mar 2017, 20:36 (Ref:3717123)   #790
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I thought the centre of the UK was the Triumph Motorcycle factory in Meriden ?
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Old 7 Mar 2017, 20:44 (Ref:3717127)   #791
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I thought the centre of the UK was the Triumph Motorcycle factory in Meriden ?

Of course, just for the UK that may well be true, but for the entire universe...
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Old 7 Mar 2017, 21:11 (Ref:3717140)   #792
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I thought the centre of the UK was the Triumph Motorcycle factory in Meriden ?
It depends on what the measurement is I think.

Furthest point in England from the sea (in any direction iirc) is, if memory serves, Ashby-de-la-Zouch or somewhere very close by.

With a name like that it may well be up for something related to recognition in France as well.
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Old 8 Mar 2017, 05:30 (Ref:3717182)   #793
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You're both wrong - Norfolk is irrefutably the centre of the universe, there is even a race team called 'Hub of the Universe Racing' to prove it!
While John is correct......

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....the centre of the UK for Ducati owners is Bologna!
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Old 8 Mar 2017, 05:34 (Ref:3717184)   #794
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Anyway, you - again - prove that the center of universal sens of humor is British. Whether you're travelling or not its stronger than you! Something even the Chinese won't copy!!
Yes grant, I saw this name when searching something. In France when we refer to "right in the middle of nowhere" we invent towns with funny names like Pétahouschnock or Tafraoute les Roubloutes!
John, from your explanation I … got the picture!
C'on robert, at some time there had a close relationship between Amédée Gordini, Jean Behra, Maurice Trintignant and Juan Manuel Fangio.
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Old 8 Mar 2017, 06:04 (Ref:3717189)   #795
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Mike, how do you know that? Are you a biker too? Yep there's nothing like a Ducati engine. There is something magical in their engines which is directly related to your brain. At the very moment you turn the key, you're done! Well, when the thing deigns to start !!!
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