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Posted: 21/03/2009 23:41:40
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I missed this when it was broadcast but have just watched it on iplayer. There is an segment with Robin Morgan and underground scenes in his Freemine, one of only four remaining mines in the forest. Worth a look if you haven't already seen it. (The mine scenes are about 22 mins in). The car starring in this episode is a good one too, it's a 1958 Austin Cambridge in an unfortunate but original shade of green.

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Posted: 22/03/2009 08:35:48
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Just caught up with the series, very interesting, showing Botallack and Dinorwig too. IP: 86.162.150.223
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Posted: 22/03/2009 13:06:36
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Yes, it is an interesting series. I have watched all of them, should have put them on a DVD! Although I believe a DVD will be released (as well as a book to accompany the series).

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Posted: 22/03/2009 17:04:22
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Brilliant series of programes, I really enjoyed seing all the classic cars.
Here is an 1958 Austin A55 mk1 that we had untill about 3 years ago. Quite a bit different to the car in the programe as ours had an MGB 1.8 engine and an overdrive gearbox as well as a few other modifications. It would leave many modern cars behind on a steep hill as long as it did not have too many bends.



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IP: 195.93.21.33 Edited: 23/03/2009 06:49:52 by hymac580c
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Posted: 22/03/2009 20:57:06
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all this talk about old motors brings back joyful and not so joyful days of the 50s&60s. my first car was a 1932 lanchester, preselect gearbox, what a love machine !! next was a black mk11 zodiac I though it was the dogs dangly bits, bench seat no seat belts spent more time and money on that than my girl at the time. memories !!!

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Posted: 23/03/2009 21:44:26
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Missed the one showing Dinorwic - is it on iPlayer do you know? IP: 83.148.135.213
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Posted: 23/03/2009 22:21:10
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Nice wheels.
Don’t get me going on cars though.
Many years ago I was full of enthusiasm but short on bread and bought a Sunbeam Talbot 90, this has an engine just over 2 litre and was the same lump as used in the Humber hawk.
I got hold of a twin choke carb that had just come out for the new Rapier, a mate at work who could weld aluminium made me an adaptor to mount it on the manifold. I rebuilt the engine with a skimmed head and polished ports. I took out the old column change, turned the gearbox upright on the bell housing, and fitted Minx remote control.
I took my girlfriend for cruise down the M1 to the karate championships at Crystal Palace, I was actually fighting but that is a different story.
Anyway, a Jag came past me and that was it. Foot down. The speedo went up to 120 and the needle was nearly bending when I noticed that oil pressure was down.
I stopped at the next services and checked the oil which was not even on the dipstick.
While I was pondering the condition of my carefully rebuilt engine a green Ford Zephyr with twin aerials, whitewall tyres, and all the goodies that were considered cool in those days, pulled up nearby.
An Asian chap jumped out and excitedly pointed to me.
“That’s him, that’s him” he shouted.
I was doing 80 miles an hour and you shot past me and my windscreen went black.
James Bond’s oil thrower had nothing on my old Talbot. I think it was something to do with crankcase compression.
By the way, the engine was totally knackered.

Later in life I made some money and bought an Iso, that was more like it.



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Posted: 23/03/2009 22:56:52
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simonrl wrote:

Missed the one showing Dinorwic - is it on iPlayer do you know?


All of the series to date is on iplayer Simon.
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