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Post by runkthepunk » Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:56 am

Hey Guys

I’m new to the forum and just wanted to introduce myself with a long and rambling first post with bad grammar and spelling mistakes.

I’m Rob I live in Bournemouth but am originally from Macclesfield in Cheshire I’m 36 years young and have generally liked cars, usually older ones, since I was a boy. As a youngster I used to draw MGB GTs and always wanted one but having known a couple of owners in the past I have been scared away from them a little :shock:

Rusty bodywork is my sworn enemy! :x

I am not new to owning old cars though and some of them have actually been called classics! I have owned several old Minis and a GTM Coupe so I have owned a car with space age fibreglass bodywork!

I have always had a soft spot for the Scimitar and Reliant in general and recently got the urge to finally try and buy one.

A friends neighbour used to have one in the late 80s early 90s and when compared to the other vehicles on the street (Mini Clubman, Allegro, Ford Escort and a Honda Cub 90) it seemed so glamorous and exotic to my young eyes!
I can’t recall which type it was but I kind of remember it being a mustardy/beigey/yellowey kind of colour (like a BL Harvest Gold)

I also remember watching a show many years ago on BBC 2 I think, it was about the Reliant cars factory who had a new boss who wanted to re-launch the Bond Bug, a car I was fascinated by. It was a series about businesses that was different each week. I watched weird stuff as a kid :?
Out of interest does anyone know what the show was?

I have a plastic car at the moment in the shape of a Smart Roadster Coupe Brabus I know it’s a 'marmite' car but personally I really like it. Until very recently I had a second car, a Renault 19 Chamade which I loved but had to let go to someone else to be given a second chance. I had it for 13 years and now want to add a ‘classic’ car back into my life.

I am not adverse to getting my hands dirty, cleaning and refurbing parts where possible and replacing others. I am generally okay at fault finding and getting things done but I’m always better at it one problem at a time rather than a whole raft of them at once!

I would love a car that starts and drives with an MOT so I can start enjoying it straight away but the prices for running SE5A seem quite strong at the minute so I started looking at potential project cars but that’s a mistake. I know from my previous experience with my GTM Coupe that I am not skilled or diligent enough to get a project turned around. I am definitely more of a tinkerer/fixer on the hoof rather than a restorer so really I need to buy a running car.

I’m heading up to the midlands tonight to visit my girlfriends parents who live 20 minutes away from Tamworth so I’m hoping to see millions of Reliants when I get there (I haven’t during the past 15 years but you never know I might get lucky)

Anyway I have been enjoying reading lots of threads on the forum and elsewhere online although with Photobucket screwing everyone over it’s a shame so many photos are now missing but that’s the same everywhere.

Hopefully I’ll get a car at some point, add my own pictures and be able to plead for assistance elsewhere on the forum!

Cheers

Rob



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Post by greeny » Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:07 am

Hello and welcome.
I am sure you will come across the right car as there are a few about.
If you end upon the area around the weekend of the 19th of augaust it's curbourough/scimitarfest where loads of us gather at the sprint track for the weekend and have a jolly scimi time. (Not just scimitars mind! On track there will be Ferraris and other cars as well as scimitars).
Alternatively find out where your nearest noggin (rssoc scimitar nut local meeting)

Good luck with your search.


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Post by philhoward » Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:22 am

Welcome :D

As greeny says, see if you can get to Scimfest on the 3rd weekend of August - plenty of cars to see and maybe a few for sale too ;)

You've got the right idea though - get a runner that you can improve and buy the best you can afford unless you actually want a project (unless you strike lucky..).


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Post by ronnie » Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:58 am

Great 1st post

Location
An interest in cars
Previous classic car owner
And now on the lookout for a Scimitar

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Post by Gillsfan » Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:02 am

Welcome to the forum and good luck finding the right car. Plenty of advice on here for when you do.


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Post by runkthepunk » Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:28 pm

Hi Guys

Thanks for nice comments and the warm welcome :)

The Scimfest seems like a good oppourtunity to get up close and personal with some cars even if there don't happen to be any for sale.

Lichfield isn't too far from Macclesfield so maybe I could visit my mum and make a bit more of a trip of it.

I'll continue searching the usual places for cars (another project popped up this morning quite close to me) and hopefully I'll land myself a fairly decent one at some point.

Cheers



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Post by Old and Slow » Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:35 pm

Hi Rob,
Welcome to the Forum.
Sounds to me like the TV series was Sir John Harvey-Jones's "Troubleshooters", but if I remember correctly the only factory he visited was Morgan Cars.
Others might remember better, though.
Good luck with the search, lots of good advice available from members here, I find.
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Post by runkthepunk » Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:43 pm

Hi Old and Slow

It actually took me all of 20 minutes to find the show since I mentioned it I started looking.

It was called Trouble at the Top. It's from 1996 which is later than I thought but still 21 years ago :o

It's on youtube! it's not the greatest quality but I'm going to watch it anyway.

Part One
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqR3u5L6GGs

Part Two
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCIy2jgS2q4



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Post by Old and Slow » Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:47 pm

Hi Rob,
Here's your first "Thanks"; thanks.
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Post by scimjim » Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:16 pm

welcome :-)


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