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Author Topic: Beachcomber's Tales from the day  (Read 174974 times)

Offline Erskine

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Re: Beachcomber's Tales from the day
« Reply #20 on: Nov 20, 2010, 14:09:35 »
I vote for no 1 please.
I was round a friends today getting some valves reground and he had a daimler dart V8 engine on a stand next to the bench.
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Offline Ringo

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Re: Beachcomber's Tales from the day
« Reply #21 on: Nov 20, 2010, 15:28:34 »
Put me in for #1.
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Re: Beachcomber's Tales from the day
« Reply #22 on: Nov 21, 2010, 09:38:59 »
I was just doing the rose tinted specs bit with myself and a bottle of Brandy last night -
"Dangerous Roy and the Manx engine" - will definitely be on the list !
"if at first you don't succeed, you've already been a failure once"

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Offline Rocan

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Re: Beachcomber's Tales from the day
« Reply #23 on: Nov 21, 2010, 11:09:41 »
theres a couple roundabouts here in the states; not common though.

i love them! every time i go back to malta i have a blast racing around them; their a great way to find out well your car can hold a turn! haha


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« Last Edit: Nov 21, 2010, 11:11:26 by Rocan »
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Offline crazypj

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Re: Beachcomber's Tales from the day
« Reply #24 on: Nov 21, 2010, 12:42:36 »
There are  quite a few roundabouts in Massachusetts, around Springfield area (haven't been around much  of the state.)
 Was really surprised to find some in Florida, they are tiny ones though in housing developments  to save space (as in Britain) or as speed calming devices, only about 20~30 ft diameter.
 Still 'interesting' though.
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Offline Garage Rat

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Re: Beachcomber's Tales from the day
« Reply #25 on: Nov 21, 2010, 17:18:39 »
Brandon Manitoba has two "Traffic Circles", Small one laned ones. I loved to race around them in 10 laps or so before cutting out again.  


For those of you who watch Top Gear, on the Cool Wall there is in fact a "Beachcomber" category. The problem is, Nothings cool enough to get placed there so they never talk mention it.


BTW, I vote for #3
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Re: Beachcomber's Tales from the day
« Reply #26 on: Nov 21, 2010, 19:07:08 »
Came across this little gem - this was the police issue Daimler dart - complete with bell on the front grill [ before sirens !! ].

The plod on the left could have been the brother of the one from my previous story - plus moustache of course !

Hardly Crockett and Tubbs eh?

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Offline cowboysculptor

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Re: Beachcomber's Tales from the day
« Reply #27 on: Nov 21, 2010, 21:11:39 »
I can think of a couple roundabouts in Philadelphia. As for the lay-bye, I've heard them referred to as breakdown lanes.

But we seriously digress; I don't think any of us checked out this thread to compare notes on road terms. Go ahead with story three, since that's how we're leaning!
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Re: Beachcomber's Tales from the day
« Reply #28 on: Nov 21, 2010, 23:47:19 »
Getcher finger out BC.   Otherwise I'll have to drag out my old BS stories.
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Offline beachcomber

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Re: Beachcomber's Tales from the day
« Reply #29 on: Nov 22, 2010, 05:51:10 »
Hoof - I'd be counting on a story or 10 from your past !!!!!! That's the whole point of opening up this thread - to get as many of those stories out there.

Roundabouts ??? Like all good "conversations" there's a little digression now and then - this time relevant'ish to the upcoming plot. No point me banging on about roundabouts [ central to the story ] if nobody on your side of the pond knew what the hell I was talking about! MOST of the roundabouts involved in my stories were at least 30 - 50 yds across - those pissy little "traffic calmers" are fairly modern [ last 20 years ] and generally get driven straight over............then there was the time Rocket George tried to ride across the GBFO one at Gallows Corner near Romford.

The stories are inbedded inside my head - so drafting them up is not a problem, I just want to make them readable. Also remember - most of the events happened at least 45 years ago - need to get the memory banks firing accurately to do justice to my mates who were there at the time. Remember, you WILL hear the skinny - no BS.

I was going to do something like one a month, so as not to hog the thread - however, story #1 - "The Vanishing Motorcyclist" will be coming up in the next 7 days - roundabout and all !!!
"if at first you don't succeed, you've already been a failure once"

" we're not going back to the sixties - we never left "

"yep, nostalgia ain't what it used to be"

"I used to be indecisive - now I'm not so sure"