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No worries about all the posts @Sweets. It's good to see all these, and read about your own cars 😊. I was wondering though ... Does leaving the wipers up mean something? Perhaps it's a code for "a pee fan lives here" 🙂

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Definitely a car enthusiast,  Over the years once debts/mortgage were paid off I started going for hot hatches and remaps to keep finding more bhp...it gets addictive 😁. I live in the mountains so I shifted to 4wd cars that, with winter tyres, would still get me about, sort of decided that I would keep going for more power as long as I could afford it with a view to going more conservative after work. Had a couple of Subaru STi, Forester and WRX and finally peaked with my pride and joy below.  Have now gone back to something much more sensible but have no regrets in the money spent on cars over the years, gave me so much pleasure.

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1 minute ago, mickymoist said:

Definitely a car enthusiast,  Over the years once debts/mortgage were paid off I started going for hot hatches and remaps to keep finding more bhp...it gets addictive 😁. I live in the mountains so I shifted to 4wd cars that, with winter tyres, would still get me about, sort of decided that I would keep going for more power as long as I could afford it with a view to going more conservative after work. Had a couple of Subaru STi, Forester and WRX and finally peaked with my pride and joy below.  Have now gone back to something much more sensible but have no regrets in the money spent on cars over the years, gave me so much pleasure.

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Ooh ... that's a nice line-up of vehicles you have had, and is that an S4 Quattro estate? Awesome!

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22 hours ago, Kupar said:

No worries about all the posts @Sweets. It's good to see all these, and read about your own cars 😊. I was wondering though ... Does leaving the wipers up mean something? Perhaps it's a code for "a pee fan lives here" 🙂

I just has it detailed not sure why he left the wipers up.  Lol

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1 hour ago, Sweets said:

I just has it detailed not sure why he left the wipers up.  Lol

I only recently found out about the pineapple code (and upsidedown pineapple). I am somewhat naive lol. I'm a little disappointed there's a perfectly innocent explanation for the wipers 😉

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22 hours ago, Kupar said:

I only recently found out about the pineapple code (and upsidedown pineapple). I am somewhat naive lol. I'm a little disappointed there's a perfectly innocent explanation for the wipers 😉

I must be a bit naive too what they upside down pineapple stand for 

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1 hour ago, Sweets said:

I must be a bit naive too what they upside down pineapple stand for 

Pineapple generally is code for "I'm a swinger"; upsidedown is "and I'm looking for a party". Apparently. So know what you're doing when you're next in the supermarket 🙂

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It is possible to wear the cap without owning the hot car, right?

I definitely count myself as a car enthusiast, although the sportiest car I ever owned was in my relative youth - a late '80s Vauxhall (Opel) Cavalier SRi.  Since then it's been a line of boring family saloons, a couple of people carriers, a Land Rover and now an SUV.

I do like to think I have a few molecules of Hydrogen and Carbon in my DNA, possibly ingested as a foetus - my parents were season ticket holding spectators at Oulton Park in Cheshire prior to and for a while after I was born.  Race meetings there would see everything from small club meetings with race prepared family cars up to the F1 stars of the day racing in 3 litre V8 open wheel death traps, and the Le Mans super cars of the day.

My middle name is taken directly from an F1 champion - I have the photographs my dad took of him, with the likes of Jackie Stewart, Jo Bonnier and other big names of the day  - two albums full of home printed black & white prints.  I'm currently working through scanning negatives and once prepared I may add a couple to this thread.

After experiencing the full F1 weekend at Silverstone a couple of months ago and then the British Touring Cars back at Oulton Park, I'm really thinking I should get more into the whole experience again... maybe the Goodwood Revival next.

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1 hour ago, gldenwetgoose said:

It is possible to wear the cap without owning the hot car, right?

Absolutely!

1 hour ago, gldenwetgoose said:

Since then it's been a line of boring family saloons, a couple of people carriers, a Land Rover and now an SUV

Similar here - one of the first 'warm' hatches a long time ago as my first car (kindly provided by my employer 🙂) then a long list of sensible cars to ferry kids and their stuff around. But ... when they left home, it was a second chance to enjoy driving something more fun (within a budget of course). so your chance may come again 🙂 

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26 minutes ago, gldenwetgoose said:

Quick follow up to my car enthusiasm....   Some unique photos my dad took around the end of the sixties - and the DNA I like to think I've absorbed.

I have a huge soft spot for these images and the era - movies of the day like Grand Prix and Le Mans.

 

 

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Wonderful photos - thanks for sharing them with us @gldenwetgoose

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7 hours ago, gldenwetgoose said:

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Crazy to think that this car is on its third generation. The most recent one won the 24 hour Le Mans race almost five years ago now, I think. I'm not a huge Ford fan by any stretch of the imagination, but the GT is awesome.

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This is maybe not quite on-topic (not specifically about cars) but it's related (it's about driving): Has anyone here every driven go-karts? What was your experience like?

I personally have only done it once, but it was a blast. The thing about go-karts is that even though they don't technically go fast, they respond quickly and accelerate well due to their power-to-weight ratio, so you can get a real racing experience. I remember doing it and I had a really good time with it although I really sucked. (I was doing well early in the race, but at one point I spun out and tried to make up time by always keeping the gas pedal floored. I learned an important lesson - you can't race faster than your car, or your tires, will allow. I was actually a lot slower because I was trying to push harder through the corners than I could have. Sometimes you simply can't make up for a lost lead.)

Curious to know if anyone has done any type of kart racing (or other types of racing with actual cars or anything like that). I guess perhaps I'm a different type of car enthusiast.

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4 hours ago, p1ssputz said:

This is maybe not quite on-topic (not specifically about cars) but it's related (it's about driving): Has anyone here every driven go-karts? What was your experience like?

I personally have only done it once, but it was a blast. The thing about go-karts is that even though they don't technically go fast, they respond quickly and accelerate well due to their power-to-weight ratio, so you can get a real racing experience. I remember doing it and I had a really good time with it although I really sucked. (I was doing well early in the race, but at one point I spun out and tried to make up time by always keeping the gas pedal floored. I learned an important lesson - you can't race faster than your car, or your tires, will allow. I was actually a lot slower because I was trying to push harder through the corners than I could have. Sometimes you simply can't make up for a lost lead.)

Curious to know if anyone has done any type of kart racing (or other types of racing with actual cars or anything like that). I guess perhaps I'm a different type of car enthusiast.

I tried go-karts many, many years ago when I was a kid. Fantastic fun 😊. But not since then. Must try it again sometime.

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I’ve done go karts (hire karts, so nothing too exciting...) and a few tracks. Always great fun. One track was great in a kart, but as they were 4 stroke hire karts, they weren’t super fast - a couple of laps in and it was hard on the gas basically the whole lap.  

Haven't done indoor electric karts, but they are supposed to be fun too.  Have done indoor karts (petrol) years ago for a mates bucks night.  After the second lap it was ‘ho hum. This is boring then’. And then the guy came out with the sand - the track was polished concrete. That was a blast!  Sideways through corners just drifting the whole time.  Much more fun!

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Similarly, had a few goes with the Honda engined 160cc karts - birthday party outings, that sort of thing. 

It’s one of those things I go into with a enthusiast optimism and come away feeling quite deflated…

With no differential between rear wheels, powering into a corner generally will result in under steer and coming out of the corner far slower than proper technique, and with a single gear once momentum has been lost you become a bit of a sitting duck for everyone to pass. That and power to weight ratio is grossly affected by driver’s weight…

Would love to try my hand in a ‘real’ racing car though. 

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