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    I was talking to Australia's leading Marxist historian, Humphrey McQueen, the other day about cars. And inevitably Toad's fascination with cars came up.

    Humphrey explained to me that Toad represented the old landed English aristocracy, and the car represented the industrial revolution, and naturally there was a collision between the car and the aristocracy leaving poor Mr Toad, Squire Toad, in a hideous English jail.

    It came as a great shock to me to hear this Marxist interpretation of, Wind in the Willows, and worse to find my sympathies lay with the aristocratic Toad, rather than the revolutionary Weasels, Stoats, and Ferrets.

    I felt my world was turned upside down, all by the motor car.

    far behind them they heard a faint warning hum, like the drone of a distant bee. Glancing back, they saw a small cloud of dust, with a dark centre of energy, advancing on them at incredible speed, while from out the dust a faint ‘Pooppoop!’ wailed like an uneasy animal in pain. Hardly regarding it, they turned to resume their conversation, when in an instant (as it seemed) the peaceful scene was changed, and with a blast of wind and a whirl of sound that made them jump for the nearest ditch, It was on them! The ‘Poop-poop’ rang with a brazen shout in their ears, they had a moment’s glimpse of an interior of glittering plate-glass and rich morocco and the magnificent motor-car, immense, breath-snatching, passionate, with its pilot tense and hugging his wheel, possessed all earth and air for the fraction of a second, flung an enveloping cloud of dust that blinded and enwrapped them utterly, and then dwindled to a speck in the far distance, changed back into a droning bee once more. The old grey horse, dreaming, as he plodded along, of his quiet paddock, in a new raw situation such as this simply abandoned himself to his natural emotions.
    Rearing, plunging, backing steadily, in spite of all the Mole’s efforts at his head, and all the Mole’s lively language directed at his better feelings, he drove the cart backwards towards the deep ditch at the side of the road. It wavered an instant then there was a heartrending crash- and the canary-coloured cart, their pride and their joy, lay on its side in the ditch, an irredeemable wreck.
    The Rat danced up and down in the road, simply transported with passion. ‘You villains!’ he shouted, shaking both fists, ‘You scoundrels, you highwaymen, youyou- road-hogs!- I’ll have the law on you! I’ll report you! I’ll take you through all the Courts!’ His home-sickness had quite slipped away from him, and for the moment he was the skipper of the canary-coloured vessel driven on a shoal by the reckless jockeying of rival mariners, and he was trying to recollect all the fine and biting things he used to say to masters of steam-launches when their wash, as they drove too near the bank, used to flood his parlour-carpet at home.
    Toad sat straight down in the middle of the dusty road, his legs stretched out before him, and stared fixedly in the direction of the disappearing motor-car. He breathed short, his face wore a placid satisfied expression, and at intervals he faintly murmured ‘Poop-poop!’

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    far behind them they heard a faint warning hum, like the drone of a distant bee. Glancing back, they saw a small cloud of dust, with a dark centre of energy, advancing on them at incredible speed, while from out the dust a faint ‘Pooppoop!’ wailed like an uneasy animal in pain.
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    Finally purchased an e36 M3 (1995 Manual 5 spd) a couple of weeks ago.

    The guy who sold it to me has a garage and race shop and was going to build it into his personal race car until his nephew dinged the front end ripping doughnuts in the parking lot.

    All the issues are in front of the front strut towers and we're getting a guy he knows to straighten it out for cheap. I managed to snag the car for just $3000!!!

    What a steal. He's including a $1000+ carbon fiber hood and all the panels (except for the front left quarter panel). The drive train has pretty much every turner motorsport part available, except cams.

    Hopefully I can get the car straightened and put back together soon. I'm really itching to drive it soon. Gotta put the interior back in it, or as much of an interior as a race car needs (not much).

    I'll probably sell most of the interior to buy a set of race seats. First thing I'll do though is get it up on some jack stands and replace all the suspension bushings and any typical wear items in the steering rack. I'll probably also rent a pressure washer and hit it with that to clean the underside and engine bay.

    I feel like I waited so long to get the right car, and now I'm having to wait even longer! Oh well it will be back on the streets soon enough.

    I'll have some more pics once I've done more work on it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 93JC View Post


    I had one of those cars for 7 years. Same exact color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highlander View Post
    I had one of those cars for 7 years. Same exact color.
    How often did you put your luggage in the back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 93JC View Post
    How often did you put your luggage in the back?
    Not often since that's where the engine is . There was a decent size compartment in the front and the back seat though useless for carrying people was practical for storing things at times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highlander View Post
    Not often since that's where the engine is .
    I know that, and you know that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 93JC View Post
    I know that, and you know that...
    Yep.

    The Panamera Turbo is a much more exciting car.

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    Default Summernats and Street Machines

    I was talking to Toad the other day and he confided in me that he was planning to go to Summernats 2015, with millions of dollars of street machines, 100,000 Australian petrol heads, all in the beautiful Capital of Australia, Canberra.

    I tried to dissuade Toad from going to salivate over these muscle cars, these street machines. But you know Toad, he is headstrong in his enthusiasms, and is not for turning.

    I even went so far as to say that empathy was not really the watchword of these petrol heads, and sometimes they even get a bit rowdy. But Toad said, pfft, who cares about empathy in a magnificent street machine?

    Toad opened the Canberra Times and pointed at an article and said here, read all about Summernats on Summernats preview - hot cars, millions of dollars and well-behaved crowds

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