The Brits talk funny. It wasn't much of a car but I did like the Triumph
Spitfire. The whole bonnet/wings assembly swung up so you could sit on a
front tire and drink a beer while contemplating the hamster wheel that
powered it. Much nicer than the old Jags.
I loved my old used Spitfire. That is, until I saw it up on a service
bay hoist (muffler). The main frame was like two Y's connected
together at the bottom leg. The two compartments --the passenger
compartments-- hung on both sides of that long middle leg. looked
exactly like two coffins. I soon sold my Spitfire for something safer
....a 500cc Matchless single m/c. ;)
Good move. After dipping into various sports cars I too regained my
sanity and went back to bikes. A car is something you drive in the
winter or when you have to haul more crap than you can bungee on the bike.
In our family we've had a Bedford doormobile, a Vauxhaul Victor
Special, a Viva HA, a Viva HC (Firenza) 2300SL, a Rover 2000TC, a Mark
1 Mini, and a Sunbeam Arrow. I also babysat and drove a Sunbeam Alpine
Mk2, helped restore a '53 MGTD, and currently helping restore a
british Isetta .
I was also reponsible for looking after an old Rover 3500 and a Mini
Moke for aver a year, and serviced a Mk2 E type Jag for a good
customer for about 8 years.
The Mini was my first car. It was a 1961, and had intermittent wipers
LONG before they became standard or even optional equipment on
American iron. Weren't designed that way - they just happened!!
On 8/6/2015 10:21 PM, email@example.com wrote:
ohhh, another car I've been thinking about if a Mini Cooper. I guess I
kind of like the idea of the smaller car, but I haven't driven one, yet.
I can't decide which model if I can even get around to test driving one.
Mini is rated about 1 notch above the Fiat. Cute car, but expensive.
Never drove one so I don't know if they are worth the money. Not hard to
hit $28k to $30k for the bas model with some decent accessories.
On 08/06/2015 09:21 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Learn something every day -- I always thought BMW was the ones who
picked up the Isetta from Italy. I guess in the land of the Morgan
tricycle anything to cheat the taxman was good.
I used to get a kick out of watching the Minis at the SCCA races at
Limerock. The big Vettes could run but they couldn't hide for long.
On 08/07/2015 06:21 AM, email@example.com wrote:
That's why I was at Lime Rock -- pit crew for a guy running a Seven S2
:) If I ever get to the point where I can't keep a bike upright there
may be a Caterham in my future rather than messing around with a trike
like the Can-Am Spyder. Luckily this state isn't very fussy about what
you put on the road as long as you buy the tags.
A good friend of mine has built/rebuilt the majority of the sevens
running vintage racing in the eastern half of North America, and quite
a few that are driven on the road as well. He has a chassis standing
in the hangar that I'd love to make into a car if it wasn't so
terribly hard to licence and insure one here in Ontario
On 08/07/2015 10:46 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I don't know what my insurance man would do but this state is very
casual. Even a quad with rudimentary lights is street legal. One of the
oddities is there is a street license and an off road license and they
don't overlap. For example my dual sport bike is street legal but in
theory isn't legal for off road. If I wanted to ride trails I'd have to
pony up for the off road sticker too, not that anybody runs around in
the woods checking too often.
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