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    Quote Originally Posted by Stigmata View Post



    You are going to atheist hell for wanting a car. *wags moralistic finger*

    Don't you realize that you killed 50 polar bears for even thinking of having that car? Pretty soon, Coke will be out of cute ferocious arctic predators to use in holiday marketing materials.

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    This is not going to go the way you think....

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    #entersandman

    Eating up the road and shredding the surf, the Holden Sandman has become an Aussie icon in the 40 years since the original legend made its debut in 1974. Now it’s back, with a modern twist and nose for performance.

    The 2015 Sandman Special Edition is derived from the award winning VF Commodore SV6 and the sporty SS-V, and is available as a ute and or sleek Sportwagon. Whilst the Sandman is much more advanced than its predecessor it still retains the instantly recognisable surf livery and the groovy, orange shagpile floor rug as an additional accessory.

    ...

    Sandman was originally launched on the HQ Holden in 1974 as a panel van and ute in a bid to increase Holden’s presence and appeal in the expanding recreational market. What ensued was a car that captured the imagination of a generation, and continued to be offered on the HJ Holden (1974-76), HX Holden (1976-77) and HZ Holden (1977).

    After over twenty years in the darkness, Sandman was finally revived as a concept car at the Sydney International Motor Show, 2000. Based on VU Commodore, this Sandman was a Holden built, Mambo designed project that won wide acclaim.

    The Sandman will go on sale in June, however people are advised to contact dealers early to avoid disappointment.
    The original Sandman:


    The new one:




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    Default The Beast of Turin

    In 1909 French racecar driver Victor Hémery set a new "official" land speed record of 202.7 km/h driving a 200 hp Blitzen Benz, built by Benz & Company. In 1910 Fiat set out to beat the record with "The Beast of Turin": the S76.

    Its 28.5 L (yes, really: twenty-eight-and-a-half litres) four-cylinder engine producing 300 horsepower pushed it to over 217 km/h over a one kilometre run in 1911, but the rules of the official record were that it had to be set by making a run in the opposite direction within an hour, to negate the effects of a tailwind if any. The Fiat couldn't be prepared quickly enough, and its record was merely unofficial. (In 1924 Fiat smashed the record with a car called Mephistopheles anyway.)



    Two S76s were built: one was sold prior to the First World War and the other was disassembled by the factory to prevent the armed forces of another country from capturing it. About ten years ago the one that was sold before the war was purchased by a British collector who had the car restored to its original condition, using the engine from the car that was disassembled as a donor. Last year they got it running again, for the first time in 100 years.



    It made a "static" appearance at least year's Goodwood Festival. This year they got it moving under its own power.

    https://grrc.goodwood.com/festival-o...UCVu8cDiH0Y.97

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    Big car update. Got to work on my E36 M3 last weekend. Got the wheels off and got it on jack stands. Disassembled some of the front clip to get a handle on how well done the frame straitening was. Turns out it wasn't done perfectly... The panels and frame had to be massaged (aka banged) with a dead blow hammer for about 45 mins before we could get the mounting bracket for the left headlight to line up. Luckily its a go car not a show car, and none of the issues affect the suspension geometry. The rear brakes were spent so I'm ordering some stoptech rotors and ceramic pads. The shop has a fabbed cold air intake with heat shield that we're going to throw on, and we're getting some cheap used tires for me to thrash on. The entire interior has been taken out of the car except the dash. The carpets are coming out now. The only thing I'm going to put back in is are the seats which I will eventually either reupholster or sell for some race seats (maybe some Sparco's):



    Before I worry about the seats though, I'll be painting the car black with a buddy of mine using some single stage paint that can be had on the cheap. Should be able to paint it for under $300 all in. And as you will see the car desperately needs it. Also need to sort out a door handle issue on the drivers side, but its not that big of a deal.





    This was us mocking things up a couple of weeks ago, not how she sits now. I may be driving her by this weekend, I'm not sure yet.

    Anyway her are a few pics from the Porsche driving experience I went to with my Dad, and some photos of the Amelia Concours d' Elegance and the Austin Healey we purchased at the auction (for considerably less that it was supposed to go for)!!!









    My car is the black audi on the right in the above pic.











    Gotta love that hounds tooth interior on a classic bimmer!



    The Austin right after we won it at auction!



    Arriving at the house.



    Getting her off the trailer.



    In the garage.
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    And one more for good measure.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SD45T-2 View Post
    It's too bad the Mark IV Golf/Jetta don't seem to hold up all that well; at the time, when new, they were a clear step in refinement and initial, apparent quality above the plebeian compact cars other carmakers were selling.

    The ads for the cars were also great. I think they were some of the best pieces of VW advertising since "Think Small".

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    Okay seriously. WTF is up with all the new cars having the equivalent of sideways castle-style arrow slits for windows? The more transparency the better for me..



    Vs back in the day



    Windows do not have to be that boxy, but jeeze I got into my sisters car (not this style, a different car entirely) and it felt like I was driving a dark brick through some diving goggles because I had more blind spots than an old lady with glaucoma. Like, yeah, who cares if you can't see, at least the exterior looks a little more smooth I guess?
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    i like cars that look old. sports cars - except for a very few - turn my head. most of the vintage cars that were shared in the OP i liked very much.
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