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Well, you did ask, Jim...

P6 much used as Police chase car - the 3500S, that is. Always amusing to see episodes on tv where the Police car in question, in Police strip, is a 2000, even a 2000 Auto. Having owned one of these decidedly leisurely beasts, I can confirm they were definitely not used as squad cars!

I know the owners' clubs are regularly used to provide film cars, but authenticity can get forgotten sometimes. Even some episodes of Foyle's War sported cars not yet made - post-war cars in pre-war stories! Call me an old anorak...

Ex-Police Rovers fairly easily spotted by butchered dashboards, but some surprises too - eg lifting out a rear-seat cushion and finding a lockable steel box underneath. That was where the firearms were carried in the Met.

Did convert my 3500S to 5-speed, using an SD1 box. Had to scratch around endless scrapyards to find a V8 box, and in desperation actually went to my Unipart counter, as I'd been tipped off that SD1 V8 boxes, new, were now "on clearance". Well, they were (at a slightly tempting £600) but were all "Police Spec". The difference? Even closer bearing tolerances, and a much higher reverse gear. 'For reverse chases down motorway hard-shoulders' I was told by a friend in the force. That was the other way to spot an ex-Police chase vehicle: knackered reverse gear.

Did take a group of school pupils round Crawley magistrates court one day. The cop shop was part of the same complex, and round the back was the motor pool and maintenance area. Interesting to see brand new SD1 V8 Vitesses being debadged and tuned. Good for 150mph they said.

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white exec wrote:Well, you did ask, Jim....
I did and I'm very happy with the result Chris :D

Never knew that about the reverse gear - interesting!

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Had to smile when I read the bit about the Hampshire Police of ‘lapping it up in luxury :-D ’. Having done a few miles in my friends 3 Amazons, all I can say is luxurious they were not - good solid reliable workhorse though and the bodies seemed impervious to rust. He lives in Gex near Geneva, so snow and salt on the Faucille a plenty :wink:. All gone now and driving a Peugeot; and some very old motorcycles.

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Saw an Amazon the other day near home... Looks like it as in daily use judging by how scruffy it looked...

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As there were a few BMC/Leyland cars mentioned there. When I was a lad.... In the school holidays it was possible to get jobs at Longbridge. I was there one year and had to count a bin full of Mini camshafts. Not one of them had the same profile!

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demag wrote:I was there one year and had to count a bin full of Mini camshafts. Not one of them had the same profile!
That figures... Did they then select from amongst the batches for sporty ones and cooking ones? I was intrigued to learn they do that with batches of transistors... Those that don't make the grade are re-branded as lower performance ones...

I believe the same happens with computer stuff - based on speed. So if a processor doesn't cut it at 3MHz or whatever it gets sold as a 2MHz one...

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Yes, that is true. Intel (and the others) always aim to make the best CPUs they can. They are then put through a vigorous testing process (which includes clock speed checks). The CPUs are then locked to the speeds they reliable performed at and sold as such. This also helps them to know when they are getting close to the next generation CPU capability. I do not know what the threshold is set for (but it is linked to what percentage of CPUs hit the top targets), but when they hit that Intel (and the others) know they should be able to produce and sell the next generation CPUs.

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Yes some four core CPUs with a bad core were marketed as three core. Occasionally it was possible to open up the bad core to reactivate it.

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Well seeing as one of our newest members to introduce themselves is from Teesside, and many of us like a bridge or two, and I certainly like an artistic image...without furthur ado I give you....

http://i4.gazettelive.co.uk/incoming/ar ... 311864.jpg

Transporter Bridges are pretty unique on a world-wide scale with probably less than a dozen still in use, although in Britain there is another one at Newport in Wales. Little bit of a fascinating fact from Wiki
In 1974, the comedy actor Terry Scott, travelling between his hotel in Middlesbrough and a performance at the Billingham Forum, mistook the bridge for a regular toll crossing and drove his car off the end of the roadway, landing in the safety netting beneath.
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This is the full set, larger images here https://rmspecialstamps.com/collections/bridges/
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I'm pleased to see Menai Bridge in there. Heres a picture of one of the Lions guarding it and a section of the old rail bridge, very few people seem to know how to find these.
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Lovely :D My perfect set of stamps encompassing many of my very favourite bridges!

I don't generally collect but I may well make an exception for those,...

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elma wrote:I'm pleased to see Menai Bridge in there. Heres a picture of one of the Lions guarding it and a section of the old rail bridge, very few people seem to know how to find these.
Never tried it but, acccording to Wiki although the Lions are "down below" and out of sight to drivers using the Britannia bridge, they can be seen from the North Wales Coast Line as it crosses the Britannia Bridge at a lower level.

So a short train trip from Bangor to Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch should allow a glimpse of the lions :-D .

Didn't see the Lions on our short holiday to North Wales earlier in the year, but did walk across the Menai bridge.

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CitroJim wrote:Lovely :D My perfect set of stamps encompassing many of my very favourite bridges!

I don't generally collect but I may well make an exception for those,...
I have scored 7/10 for those bridges,


Would be nice to get 10/10

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Craigellachie Bridge is a real gorgeous one :D A new one for me but immediately gone onto my favourites list...

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NewcastleFalcon wrote:
elma wrote:I'm pleased to see Menai Bridge in there. Heres a picture of one of the Lions guarding it and a section of the old rail bridge, very few people seem to know how to find these.
Never tried it but, acccording to Wiki although the Lions are "down below" and out of sight to drivers using the Britannia bridge, they can be seen from the North Wales Coast Line as it crosses the Britannia Bridge at a lower level.

So a short train trip from Bangor to Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch should allow a glimpse of the lions :-D .

Didn't see the Lions on our short holiday to North Wales earlier in the year, but did walk across the Menai bridge.

Regards Neil
That's right, the old bridge only had one level and they could be seen. It suffered a fire at some point and was rebuilt then later a top road was added from which the lions are invisible.
My favourite artefact, no picture though, is a massive capstan concreted into the bank on the mainland. It was used to manuver barges during construction by horses. I'm going to go down there this weekend and get some good pictures to share. It's quite an amazing little shrine to engineering immediately around and under Menai bridge.