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In almost sixty years of driving this was probably the best car I have ever owned, and certainly the only one I ever sold for a lot more than I bought it for



2005 Range Rover Sport used in the 2006 G4 Challenge fully equipped with winch, special roofrack with rear ladder, additional lights with guards, snorkel, Xcountry tyres and full heavy duty bash plates. V8 4.4 diesel. 12mpg!

and this was taken on the day I bought it, when the UK G4 owners club members turned up to welcome me into their fold and gave me pole position in the group photograph.



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Bonneville,
Wonderful vehicle, just curious how you utilized it. What was the main purpose of having such a vehicle?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 February 2022 at 12:52
Thanks Joseph. I suppose it was an opportunity I couldn't resist to own the ultimate "go virtually anywhere" Land Rover. My association with Land Rovers goes back a very long way, indeed the first Land Rover to break cover was at the Amsterdam Motor Show on the day of my birth; 2nd April 1948.

My 27 years in the Royal Corps of Transport meant that the Land Rover, in its many military configurations, was a daily part of my life all over the world and I can honestly say that I never failed to complete a journey in any of them. Yes they would break down but were easily modified to get you going again.

This was my final Defender along with a nod to my Dyxum name.


Sadly the reputation for the Jaguar Land Rover brand is at rock bottom as the quality and reliability of the cars is at an all time low, not to mention their prices at an all time high!

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Reliability is overrated. The Jaguar E-pace and the new Land Rover Defender are beautiful!
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As I prefer 2 wheels over 4 wheels for any journey, I'll have to say the colour combi white-orane on the Bonneville is lovely .

BTW Surely those exausts must sound awesome   
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 February 2022 at 13:57
Originally posted by onsplekkie onsplekkie wrote:

BTW Surely those exausts must sound awesome   

Yes they did.

Sadly I no longer own any motorbikes. When I was 69 I tripped over on the golf course and broke my shoulder in three places. My wife said if I can do that much damage by falling over on grass at walking pace what will happen if I get tipped off the bike. And after a wonderful lifetime of riding every sort of motorcycle, whilst I still have all my arms and legs, I decided on my 70th birthday it was time to hang up the helmet. Our roads are far more congested now than ever before and frustrated drivers lane change without warning and it would only be a matter of time before my luck would run out.

I wish all riders well but for me, I've made the right decision.


 



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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Reliability is overrated. The Jaguar E-pace and the new Land Rover Defender are beautiful!

No argument with that. I'm still building my Christmas present



It's probably the closest I shall come to owning one, but who knows?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 February 2022 at 14:01

Apologies everone. I seem to have taken over this thread. I'll shut up now about cars and bikes

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As long as it is about anything automotive, it fits here.

This is a small automotive vehicle:

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Originally posted by bonneville bonneville wrote:


Apologies everone. I seem to have taken over this thread. I'll shut up now about cars and bikes


No problem with that! I love both. I ran a BSA Bantam and then '68 Tiger 90 during the seventies and a 78 Bonneville in the early 80's, before I switched to Hondas (put 100k miles on one bike alone, riding it through every winter and rebuilding the brakes in the spring).
I have an electric bike at the moment, but I do have another Triumph - a 1970 Triumph Vitesse (car).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 February 2022 at 19:59
Here's the old Triumph (1970 Vitesse, 1950's design), recently hand-painted by me. I reckon if they are old, they should *look* old.
Here it is with the sunroof/hardtop removed... (Nex-6, 16-50PZ)






I-spy period features like quarter lights and actual wing mirrors. Not to mention tail fins and bendy steering wheels!

I'd like to say it's original, but it isn't. Original Vitesse body, TR5 engine, Modified 2500TC carb set, uprated Dolomite 1850 gearbox, Spitfire 1500 differential & steering rack, some Herald bits, TR7 seats, Jaguar XJ6 electric fuel pump and and possibly an E-type steering wheel. All roughly period, except the wheels which are a tiny bit later. Most of the mods were carried out soon after I bought the car in 1983, plus a whole load you can't see over the last 40 years or so. It's a bit of a 'sleeper' which is a good deal faster than most people expect, though not as much as the V8 herald I saw at the Weston Sprint one year.

Edited by Miranda F - 07 February 2022 at 08:45
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 February 2022 at 10:58
That's a great looking car Anthony, must be a pleasure to drive on a nice day through British country roads! My grandmother's last car was a Triumph 13/60, also a fine running little automobile, unfortunately I was too young and didn't have a drivers license when she died and the car was given to a niece of mine who drove it for a couple more years after which it had to be shredded since the whole bottom was rusted through.


Here's a fishy look at a Deux-Chevaux, normally both headlights point straight forward


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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

As long as it is about anything automotive, it fits here.

This is a small automotive vehicle:


Wow! this is really small.
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Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:



Here's a fishy look at a Deux-Chevaux, normally both headlights point straight forward


That one needs some TLC

Ours is doing better...


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