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Re: Nice places to stop off at.....

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 07 Jul 2014, 22:44

There is a lot of interesting information in the blog which I got the pic of the A40 Countryman from. Its in French but the pictures/old advertising material etc are quite extensive, and google translate does its best to give the gist. the main index is here

The link to Heuliez gives plenty of pics, information and history on "special edition" vehicles by the Heuliez Company for many French vehicles
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BX
CX
XM

and how about the M35

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Unbelievable-Guess what I saw in Keswick today...

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 10 Jul 2014, 00:46

...and did a 360 round the next roundabout to come back and take a photo of...and had a great chat with the owners-a little bit of knowledge courtesy of Malcolm and Jim goes a long way :)

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They even flicked up the semaphore for a picture!

I'm not even going to offer it up as a what is it quiz. But lets look at the evidence as LLoyd Grosman might have said

The semaphore indicators
The small rear window
The all metal grill
Apparently the rain channeling down the side of the windscreen would also normally give it away but not in this case.

It has to be one of these
the side view
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the front view
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the rear view
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It has been fitted with rear indictor lights, but the semaphores were still in place!

What were the chances of that happening?

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Re: Nice places to stop off at.....

Post by CitroJim » 10 Jul 2014, 04:34

Lovely A30 Neil :-D A great spot.

Good to see the trafficators retained. So often they got damaged as it was so easy to leave them up and then either walk into them or catch them on something..

Back in the day there was a roaring trade in new ones 8-)

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Re: Nice places to stop off at.....

Post by citronut » 10 Jul 2014, 13:18

so if that A30 puts his hazards on it could fly :twisted: :roll: :-D :lol: :rofl2: :rofl2: :wink:

i seem to remember something regarding the flat grill signifying/being a particular model/flavor of A30, but i cant so i'll ask a friend, then if that fails i will ask the audience :-D :lol: :rofl2: :rofl2: :wink:

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Re: Nice places to stop off at.....

Post by CitroJim » 10 Jul 2014, 14:14

LOL Malcolm but its wings are a bit short..

Only the saloons had the posh profiled chrome grill as I remember although genuine Countrymans may have too..

Vans and pickups had a plain metal body-colour grill as part of the body pressing just as early mini vans did. They were certainly flat!

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Re: Nice places to stop off at.....

Post by citronut » 10 Jul 2014, 19:52

CitroJim wrote:
Only the saloons had the posh profiled chrome grill as I remember although genuine Countrymans may have too..

Vans and pickups had a plain metal body-colour grill as part of the body pressing just as early mini vans did. They were certainly flat!
my A35 had a body coloured grill with the deep chrome border/suround/bezel,
the difference with the grill in the picys is its flush the the nose cone

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Post by NewcastleFalcon » 10 Jul 2014, 21:07

I now realise that the name "Peanut" on the rear of the A30, is not just an affectionate name for that particular car but the official nickname for the A30/35.

Peanut Pete and the baby Austin

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Re: Nice places to stop off at.....

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 13 Oct 2015, 21:52

Stopped off at a very nice place today, not for the first time, which may be of interest to any travellers crossing the River Tweed on the A1.

A right turn at the first roundabout after crossing the bridge over the Tweed, and follow the brown signs to the Chain Bridge Honey Farm and you will find plenty of interest even if you are totally uninterested in honey, farming, or chain bridges and its free.

Its called Chain Bridge because just down from the "farm" is this

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But there is plenty to amuse those with a interest in mechanical things or nostalgia or both at the same time. There is also a Bristol Lodekka you can have teas coffee scones and lovely cakes in.

I reckon its 100 times more interesting than grabbing a sandwich at Morrisons, or going through the "drive-thru" at MaccyD's and its only a 3 mile 'detour'. Best not to assume rapid progress through Northumberland on the A1 anyway....take your time and enjoy it!

Regards Neil

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There's even a few shelves full of old radio's and TV's

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Re: Nice places to stop off at.....

Post by CitroJim » 14 Oct 2015, 05:01

What a fantastic place!

Using an old bus as a cafe is now quite popular... There is an old Routemaster on one of my favourite bike ride routes that's become a cafe for cyclists.. Called the 'Bike Bus'...

Love the old wirelesses :D

I love their honey too... I've had a few jars of it. Gorgeous stuff.. I love honey and am something of a connoisseur of it...

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Re: Nice places to stop off at.....

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 14 Oct 2015, 09:11

Might as well give the bike bus a bit of a plug!

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regards Neil

Nice apple pie!

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Re: Nice places to stop off at.....

Post by CitroJim » 14 Oct 2015, 10:28

That's the one Neil :D

How do you find these pictures? Amazing!!!

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Nice places to stop off at.....

Post by addo » 14 Oct 2015, 11:23

That's a bit hipster-ish! Next you'll be getting sleeve tatts and riding a fixie.

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Post by CitroJim » 14 Oct 2015, 12:40

addo wrote:That's a bit hipster-ish! Next you'll be getting sleeve tatts and riding a fixie.
My first reaction was f off but I'll be polite and disclose that even I have my limits and a fixie is definitely one of them...

Cycling's equivalent of a hair shirt... All the rage though... On a slightly related note, one of our number did the London to MK ride last Friday on a single-speed bike but it did have a freewheel...

Considering the hills we climbed and his overall speed he did magnificently... Strong as an Ox...

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Re: Nice places to stop off at.....

Post by DickieG » 14 Oct 2015, 22:54

NewcastleFalcon wrote:Nice apple pie!

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Straight out of Costco :wink:

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Re: Nice places to stop off at.....

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 14 Oct 2015, 23:27

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I think the bike place's one is just a touch more rustic!

Regards Neil