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Yup - I've always had a thang for British roadsters - I have wanted one since I was 15. Austin-Healey 3000, Jag XK120/140/150 and XKE, Lotus Elan, Jensen-Healey, MGA, TR6, Morgan 4/4, Sunbeam Tiger - I love all of them! And yeah, I know that if I actually owned one I would regret it - but I don't care!

To be honest, it's not just the British roadsters - the Italian roadsters are also on my list - and I wouldn't kick a Porsche 550 Spyder out of my garage either! biggrin.gif

I like a flowing, artistic body and no roof!

I'm not one for drophead's, It usually looks like something went wrong with the design to me. No use for the dogfire yet the GT6 fascinates me. Same with the MGB vs BGT the roofline adds to the flow.

 

Truth be known. I really wouldn't have a clue what to buy now if I was in the market. Perhaps an MR2. I think reliability has really bitten into me .

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The 512 BBi really suits me more, I love that V12. It makes a great noise and the power is more linear and not as abrupt.
It's just a simple little Healey, not much really can go wrong with it. wink.gif I'd imagine the people up there just drive them the way they're driven in the UK, with a slicker, goggles, and galoshes. When you live with "weather" that long, you don't actually see it as an obstacle. That would be a perfect car in So Cal for the weekends.
True that, youngsters have no idea what to do with it.

I know a 30 year old who had no clue how to tell time with an analog clock. Way to go education system

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True that, youngsters have no idea what to do with it.

I wouldn't entirely exempt myself from that statement. redface.gif

 

I had a stick for a little while when I was younger (a beat-to-hell Grand Am with the Iron Duke under the hood rolleyes.gif ), but I never knew how to heel-and-toe, and I never once parallel-parked it.

Could I get in a car with a stick today and drive it around? Sure...be a little rough the first few starts from a dead stop, but once I got used to where the clutch started to grab and the throttle sensitivity I'd be fine. Could I really use it to maximum effect? Nope...never learned that. Nobody teaches you that here.

 

In fact, my parents both had automatics at the time, so I learned the basic theory of the manual shift from two classic machines....

 

 

http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=8072  and http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=9226

 

Click the links above for a description before you watch the videos for the full story.......

 

 

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To the younger readers....man, the graphics look primitive now, don't they? But you can't imagine at that time (1989 and 1990 were when the two games came out in the arcades) how incredibly awesome the feedback steering felt....especially given how over-boosted the power steering is in most cars.

 

The guy in the video on the right isn't doing too bad...but in my heyday, his game would have been just a warm-up for me.

 

I couldn't begin to guess how much money I sunk into those two games, at 75 cents per game. Keep in mind I was making around $6.00 an hour at my job at the time....lol. But I got real good eventually...to where a game typically lasted me anywhere from 45 minutes to nearly an hour. I'd have little groups of tourists huddled behind me watching all through the one summer (I worked in Lake George, NY one summer...was it '90 or '91? Not sure atm).....I'd be tired and sweaty after I got out of it, but what a blast.

 

If I was ever to hit a big lottery, or some such thing, I would look into getting one of each of these cabinets...lots of fun memories there that came rushing back watching the videos above.


Edited by Achmedisdead - 8/30/13 at 11:42pm
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In fact, my parents both had automatics at the time, so I learned the basic theory of the manual shift from two classic machines....

 

 

 

Same...... except I play gran turismo with a steering wheel and clutch....... But I think I will get a few manual lessons when I get my full license.......

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In my definition, you don't have to be able to shift like Juan Fangio to say you can drive a stick. Heck, just getting a car with a manual transmission to move down the road from a stop sign is more skilled than 95% of today's drivers.
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I just saw a preview for "Rush" - the new movie about Nikki Lauda & James Hunt coming out soon. It looked pretty good - although I suspect they are going to spend too much time on the personality & relationship drama and too little time on the racing!
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I just saw a preview for "Rush" - the new movie about Nikki Lauda & James Hunt coming out soon. It looked pretty good - although I suspect they are going to spend too much time on the personality & relationship drama and too little time on the racing!


I get suspicious when Ron Howard is at the helm. I do not think that he's able to comprehend that the relationship between Lauda and Hunt was on the track. Each race was a dialogue between the two and off track they rarely saw each other. And yes I am one of those who still maitains that Hunt the Shunt backed into that championship.

 

That said I will be interested to see how they treat Lauda's accident and recovery. I hear he had considerable input in the film.

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I am in absolute agreement with you on Lauda & Hunt. There's no question in my mind that if Lauda had been anywhere close to full-strength, he would have easily won the '76 championship. I think it's a freaking miracle that Lauda got back in the car *ever* let along actually finishing the season. Anyone who says he didn't want to win is completely wrong. If there was any way for him to finish those races, he would have.
Pretty good article here:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/10257073/Niki-Lauda-interview-I-did-a-little-bit-of-what-James-Hunt-did.html
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I am in absolute agreement with you on Lauda & Hunt. There's no question in my mind that if Lauda had been anywhere close to full-strength, he would have easily won the '76 championship. I think it's a freaking miracle that Lauda got back in the car *ever* let along actually finishing the season. Anyone who says he didn't want to win is completely wrong. If there was any way for him to finish those races, he would have.
Pretty good article here:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/10257073/Niki-Lauda-interview-I-did-a-little-bit-of-what-James-Hunt-did.html

Funny, I just read that very article. After reading all of Lauda's books I will be interested in seeing his portrayal on film. Although he has become controversial for his overreaching opinions of F1 of late, there is no denying he was one of the greatest technical drivers of all time. Mac moved mountains to get him when he suggested he was willing to come out of retirement(albeit to refinance his airline as the story goes) While Hunt announced he was willing to do the same, and we see how that went.

 

 That said I do miss Hunts commentaries during the races. You do not get "It's absolutely pissing with rain here" or "He's driving typically Italian " on tv anymore.biggrin.gif

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http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2012/11/top-gear-personality-quiz-are-you-jeremy-richard-or-james/

 

My results...

 

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Your result: Congratulations! You are Jeremy Clarkson. 
 
You know what you like and you like what you know and that is that. Everyone else is wrong. 
 
You rely on your ingenuity at all times and will always seek a short-cut if you can find one, then whizz off down it at high speed. 

 

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Thread Starter 
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Your result: Congratulations! You are Jeremy Clarkson.

You know what you like and you like what you know and that is that. Everyone else is wrong.

You rely on your ingenuity at all times and will always seek a short-cut if you can find one, then whizz off down it at high speed.

Same, no surprise there. cool.gif
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I got Jeremy too...... Damn thing must be busted biggrin.gif

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Weird, I got James May. biggrin.gif

 

Your result: Congratulations! You are James May. 
You know what you like, but you're willing to hear the other side out, particularly if their ideas are clever or new. 
You respect the traditional ways of doing things and like to get your hands dirty, and you don't like to break the speed limit.
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I just saw an episode of "Modern Marvels" that included this thing. Very cool!!

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I answered honestly, it was too easy to see which answer would lead to Jeremy & James.
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Your result: Congratulations! You are Richard Hammond.

You know what you like and if anyone deviates from this, they're an idiot.

You love massive slingshots and explosions and people falling off stuff, and you haven't had your teeth whitened.
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Magick, I'm liking your new profile photo!

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