Whatsthisthen?.the impossible one

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Re: Whatsthisthen?....how's your French?

Post by bobins » 07 Feb 2016, 22:20

NewcastleFalcon wrote:There's nothing like a novelty, so this is a first for a whatshisthen?

très difficile ou très facile?

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I'm reckoning there's a good chance it's got 'Rover' in the name :)

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Re: Whatsthisthen?....how's your French?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 08 Feb 2016, 00:06

bobins wrote: I'm reckoning there's a good chance it's got 'Rover' in the name :)
Yes well done, your French, or your knowledge of Solihull and its environs is spot on :)

It was a "Dessin du Mois" in Gazoline Magazine illustrated beautifully by Francois Roussel

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Re: Whatsthisthen?....how's your French?

Post by CitroJim » 08 Feb 2016, 05:40

NewcastleFalcon wrote:illustrated beautifully by Francois Roussel
His illustrations are très magnifique :-D

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Re: Whatsthisthen?.....how's your French?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 08 Feb 2016, 07:25

I'm sure many will remember from schoolday French "La plume de ma tante".....

Well, "Cette auto, affectueusement nommée “tante Rover”!

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Re: Whatsthisthen?....how's your French?

Post by bobins » 08 Feb 2016, 07:56

NewcastleFalcon wrote: Yes well done, your French, or your knowledge of Solihull and its environs is spot on :)

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When it comes to Solihull, there aren't too many other car manufactureres that spring to mind :)

Wonder if the cathedral tower in the background of the picture is based on a real one ?

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Re: Whatsthisthen?.....how's your French?

Post by Stickyfinger » 08 Feb 2016, 09:19

Knowing Solihull, it will be a Minaret now.

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Re: Whatsthisthen?.....how's your French?

Post by CitroJim » 08 Feb 2016, 09:25

Stickyfinger wrote:Knowing Solihull, it will be a Minaret now.
...And full of loudspeakers...

I've spent much time in the Middle East and found the morning call to prayers a great alarm clock. No way you could sleep through it... Most mosques seemed to have a pretty powerful PA system installed!

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Re: Whatsthisthen?.....how's your French?

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Re: Whatsthisthen?.....how's your French?

Post by Gibbo2286 » 08 Feb 2016, 11:03

Rover 90, one of my last jobs I did before leaving Brum in 1965 was to fit a new works engine to one of those, if you looked at it you would expect it to be a pain of a job to do but the new engine came with everything on, all timed up, just add oil and water and despite the seemingly limited space it came out and went in with hardly any difficulty.

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Re: Whatsthisthen?.....how's your French?

Post by CitroJim » 08 Feb 2016, 11:06

Back in those days you could hold a party in most engine bays, there was so much room!

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Re: Whatsthisthen?.....how's your French?

Post by Gibbo2286 » 08 Feb 2016, 13:41

CitroJim wrote:Back in those days you could hold a party in most engine bays, there was so much room!
Not on those Rovers Jim, they looked as packed in as the BMW Mini at first glance.

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Re: Whatsthisthen?....how's your French?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 08 Feb 2016, 14:12

bobins wrote: Wonder if the cathedral tower in the background of the picture is based on a real one ?
Yes its the unusually named St Alphege ( l'église Saint-Alphège) quite French sounding to me, and I'm afraid my curoisity had me wondering how many St Alphege Churches there are, and who was St Alphege.

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Suffice to say Alphege was a man of Somerset, and was born here by all accounts

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Re: Whatsthisthen?.....how's your French?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 09 Feb 2016, 18:12

CitroJim wrote:Back in those days you could hold a party in most engine bays, there was so much room!
Plenty of room here in this 1959 example, and its in the boot

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Re: Whatsthisthen?.....how's your French?

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 09 Feb 2016, 18:26

NewcastleFalcon wrote:
CitroJim wrote:Back in those days you could hold a party in most engine bays, there was so much room!
Plenty of room here in this 1959 example, and its in the boot

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The reason the engine sounds so loud in there is because of all the echoes.

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Re: Whatsthisthen?.....how's your French?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 09 Feb 2016, 18:36

Before the invention of the undertray as well, Northumberland country roads would soon make short work of that shiny engine bay :)

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