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My dad is definitely where it comes from, he is the kinda guy that would buy cheap cars on their last legs, and run them until their MOT's ran out. This often meant some of the cars were so bad they wouldn't even make it that long and he'd change cars every couple of months so I got to experience lots of older cars. Many many mini's my favourite being a matt black one with bright green wheel arches, countless mk1 and mk2 fiestas. An escort mk2 with a black vinyl roof (you wouldn't get one that cheap these days!!!) a Renault Savanna where many trips were spent squashed into the very back seats for fun instead of sitting in the normal back seats (retro coolness nowadays but probably seen as mega uncool in the day). He had a Kit car called a Spartan which I remember the roof collapsing whilst we were out driving in the rain. A Saab 900 which he had wanted for ages and the engine blew up within a week of owning it. Funny thing is his backup car was a mk2 nova saloon that always worked when he needed it too, so I don't know why he didn't just use it all the time. It rubbed off on me and now I seem to only own cars that are 20 years old or more although I don't really buy dogs which is something I learned from his mistakes.
1 week, 5 days ago on Garage Life: Meet Japan’s Coolest Dad
Boy oh boy do I wish that engine was sitting in my car.
1 week, 5 days ago on Heart & Soul:</br> An SR20-Swapped KE70 Corolla
@Steve you need help.
1 week, 6 days ago on Heart & Soul:</br> An SR20-Swapped KE70 Corolla
@BrockHarvison My screen wash bottle looks like that, although not as nice.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on This Is Caffeine & Octane
I do the same thing in scrapyards, I don't go to get spare parts, I just go to sit in a car that I've always wanted without a salesman breathing down my throat.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Project Hunting The Southwest Stash
I love project hunting, did so just yesterday with my older brother, we found a garden with an assortment of 80's fords, around the corner a 72 Nissan patrol. I've seen plenty on my travels that haven't moved for years and are still there now, a beetle, two triumph spitfires, a vw type 3 fastback. When I was younger the guy who lived behind us had about 4 lancia deltas, one of which the paintwork was graffiti. I wonder if he still has them now.
I'll keep it warm for you. Just have to transport it to the UK haha!
1 month ago on Drive Your Dream
its about time someone did this!
1 month ago on Keep It Simple: A VIP XJR
And to think all they make now are punto's and 500's...
1 month ago on Merely A Glimpse – The 1969 Fiat Abarth 2000 Scorpione Concept
I think they should have gone down the weight saving route and made it a true homage. No passenger seat, half bubble windscreen and left that spoiler off in favour of a ducktail sort of thing.
1 month ago on Look What The Big Cat Dragged In
However, tasteful and "individual" are two completely different camps.
1 month ago on What Does It Mean To Be An Automotive Enthusiast?
I'd daily that! Perhaps take a tennis ball with me to stop water getting in the exhaust when I leave it on wetter days. I agree completely about builds, yes I have seen many "rat" style cars but I have never seen two exactly the same each have their own charms much the same with all builds. But it's often the rat ones that show the character of the owner best.
Why did you not drive your GTR? As you say, money doesn't bring taste.
1 month ago on The Night Starts Here: Tatsumi PA
Same style different car. I'd be more impressed if this were factory fresh.
1 month ago on A Skyline GT-R. Bagged. On Dubs.
That panel flex is what you should expect from a korean car.
1 month ago on Wild In The Streets:</br> Rhys Millen Cuts Loose In The Capital
Simply put... How do thy work?
1 month, 1 week ago on Boost Control: We Want Your Questions!
I've just come out of a trance of awesomeness only to click next chapter and be right back in! I think I've lost days of my life doing this, but it's addictive.
1 month, 1 week ago on Track Dazed At Gatebil Mantorp
@KKL R30 without question. You'll have all the attention you'll ever need providing you can find an r30 for sale.
1 month, 1 week ago on The Best Cars & Coffee Ever?
I spy a schrick manifold on that harlequin golf.
@Mike Garrett @JakWhite Wish it wasn't the otherside of the world =(
That Alfa superflow. Just wow.
Where can i buy one of the artists drawings?
I see nothing wrong with them moving to le mans. F1 isnt what it used to be.
1 month, 1 week ago on Ferrari: Goodbye F1, Hello Le Mans?
I love how subtle some of the modifications are, superb.
1 month, 1 week ago on Devil’s Lettuce: Want a Bite?
It sounds like amazing fun, but I'm sure fruitless, imagine trying to keep up with Loeb, don't get me wrong I'd try but I'd end up becoming one with some bark.
1 month, 1 week ago on Gatebil Like You’ve Never Seen It Before
I like it because its quirky. But a completely different body style as a replacement. That doesn't make sense. Has to stay a proper booted coupe to keep the name.
1 month, 1 week ago on Return Of The SVX?
Boy oh boy! This post has cheered me up big time from a stressful day at work. I don't own a Nissan and haven't as of yet, but this post sure as hell makes me want one.
1 month, 1 week ago on A Nissan SoCal Summer Sunday
I'm not so sure the 90's corollas will get the same attention.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Remember When Corollas Were Cool?
+1 on the vintage badge my Triumph toledo would love one, I have the original magazine that scalextric mini clubman was featured in and nearly bought it when it was for sale year before last, can you tell that us brits love Minilites?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Sun, South London & Every Car Show Ever.</br> In One Place
What's up with the crazy ute's in the past year. The brown caddy, this caddy and the complete custom Toyota. This is NOT a complaint!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The VW Caddy From Hell
There is not a car in this post I would not own! That Volvo lol!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Malaysia: A Modifying Melting Pot
Drifting is not racing, it's judged by opinion. Where as racing is about who finishes first. "Ask any racer, any real racer. It doesn't matter if you win by an inch or a mile; winning's winning" defined by distance not points.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Is Drifting Racing?
@matttdrewww I've seen it being broadcast on the ITV 4 before, but it was only motorsport highlights, which was a shame.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on A Vicious Battleground
Thanks for the tips larry^^
1 month, 3 weeks ago on How To Shoot Cars:</br> Run & Gun Style Feature Photography
I'd prefer it without the scoop.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Embracing The American Way
Car of the month, hands down.
2 months ago on Carve The Canyons, Stir The Soul: <br />The Perfect Miata
Some might not like this model lexus, I do however. A 2 door of this would be killer.
2 months ago on A Touch Of Individuality, Lexon Style
@Abdulb bank holiday bro.
2 months ago on A Car Party Not For The Faint-Hearted
I quite enjoyed the post, because with these beautiful cars comes the lifestyles, I love to know what fuels people to go to these events and makes them want to build another car to take back there. Its like going to the Nurburgring 24hour and not experiencing the ear-shattering bass in the campsites from all the crazy partying that goes on all night long, its things like this that as you say make it so much more memorable.
Odd wheel colours are setting off my OCD.
2 months, 1 week ago on Porsche Hunting In A Honda
Great cars, only 50 extra horse power on that GT-86? That's a big spend for such little gain ($5200 not including fitting), I'd have expected at least double that from a turbo addition.
2 months, 1 week ago on Inspiration Comes From The East
Love it^ I'd be really proud to own that.
2 months, 1 week ago on Nothing Short of Perfect – Paul Holst’s 1965 Volkswagen Type 3 Notchback
@speedhunters_dino @JakWhite Thanks, it really is a sweet little car, I don't see too many here either as it was the more base spec car compared to the dolomite so everyone bought that. In fact I've only seen one other at all the classic car meets I've been to. It's a blast to drive with dual wishbone front suspension and a live axle at the back, if a little slow on the straight aways. British cars don't really have much of a following for modification, more-so restoration, which in some ways is good, but it would be nice to see a really well engineered s2000 engined spitfire or sprite once in a while.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Introducing The Wekfest Five
@KeithCharvonia me too^
2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Porsche From The Winter Of ’53
I think its just a threebox really low with a centre exit exhaust hanging low, always reminds me of my dads old mini's, when ever he got a new one he'd always transfer his centre exit onto the new car. Kinda rubbed off onto my choice of car, here is someone's photo-shopped lowering of my car.
Really glad you highlighted that 2002. There are so many "rat" style cars, but there's something about that one I really like only I'm not sure what it is yet.
And there is the reason I WILL own a zn6 one day
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Style From The North
My first memories begin here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASUCj2Uyats
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Need For Speed Turns 20
@JapCarVideos Add in gran theft auto sized maps to drive in including race circuits.
@Auschwitz @JakWhite@Noah_Lines Perhaps because that is what is in fashion right now across the world?
2 months, 3 weeks ago on For The Rekord : Grandad’s Right