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mikedean2
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:51 am    Post subject: Greyed out 'Car Preferences' Reply with quote

Any ideas when, or even if, this 'feature' will be enabled? I'm guessing that this is an option to set things like speed, and as a fair bit of my motoring is in a car thats flat out at just over 50 this is something I'd like. At the moment I'm forced to use 'avoid motorways' as a sort of substitute, but that then routes me around them when its sensible even at my speeds to use them!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, can't help with the crystal ball stuff (and isn't it illegal nowadays?).

But instead of Avoid Motorways, choose Limited Speed (55mph?).

Or take a passenger who is willing to help with the pedalling. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DennisN wrote:
Sorry, can't help with the crystal ball stuff (and isn't it illegal nowadays?).

But instead of Avoid Motorways, choose Limited Speed (55mph?).

Or take a passenger who is willing to help with the pedalling. Very Happy


Crystal balls are illegal? Damn, what is it, a terrorist activity or summat? As for the speed issue, you think 50odd is bad, you wanna try using that car to tow a caravan to the south of France - cruising speed of around 40!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mikedean2 wrote:
you wanna try using that car to tow a caravan to the south of France - cruising speed of around 40!


Can you let us all know when you're going?
I might want to avoid Kent for a day or two! Laughing

(edited to correct lousy quoting)


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mikedean2 wrote:
Crystal balls are illegal? Damn, what is it, a terrorist activity or summat?
Very recent legislation - Sale of Goods or Misleading Descriptions or summat - they gotta tell you the CORRECT lottery numbers in advance, your dog's gotta die when they say so and the tall dark stranger better not look like me!!

I predict you're gonna hold up a lotta people (who can - or would like to - do more than 55) in the future.
Why are we being nice to a caravan tower? Stop it!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DennisN wrote:
Why are we being nice to a caravan tower? Stop it!


Clarkson fan? Out of here

DennisN wrote:
I predict you're gonna hold up a lotta people (who can - or would like to - do more than 55) in the future.


Five years ago (without the caravan!) we were at a rally near Millau, before the new bridge was built over the gorge. The motorway has (had?) a special 'crawler' lane for lorries, who were 'speeding' up behind us at 30mph or so and having to pull out onto the main motorway to overtake us and then get back in the crawler lane again - we were in 2nd and occasionally 3rd gear for about 45 minutes. When twenty or thirty of us bunched up, we got a police motorbike front and rear of the convoy to warn of the low sped hazard Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now I am beginning to suspect you drive one of those machines with big mudguards, levers all over the steering wheel and a jump seat in the boot for the butler? All that, or a chimney?

I didn't think Clarkson had fans.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing quite so vintage! No, I'm talking about Morris Minors, some of whom in our little convoy are pedal to the metal at 60 or less, but for all day motoring you need to take ten or so off that otherwise your eardrums burst before the end of the day. Latest ones have an alarmingly powerful Very Happy 1098cc engine, and are actually reasonably nippy in town traffic, but others of us limp along with the 'gutsy' 918cc lump instead, which if I remember rightly had a 0-60 time of 31 seconds when new!
When we nip (well, limp) across the channel each year, theres anything between 70 and 120 of us, and if you get a couple of dozen of us in convoy we can create traffic jams that take whole days to iron out! Just think yourselves lucky that we do it over there and annoy the French rather than you. That said, its our annual rally this weekend, so if I were you lot I'd avoid the Leicestershire area around Stamford Hall - there's alleged to be over a thousand Minors going...
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My second car (1964) was a secondhand Minor 1000 Traveller with wooden trim and overhead valves!! The very first with one piece windscreen (1956?). Of course, in those days it was perfectly possible to find a long enough, clear enough stretch of road to overtake after taking a long run building to 50mph, right up their bumper, then yank the wheel over and slingshot past at 2 mph faster than they were doing. I was Aaaaard, even in those days.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Respect for annoying the French.

I use to have an ex GPO (Post Office for you younger members) Morris Minor van that had spent its working life on Wales.

Picked up from one of the regular auctions of GPO vehicles, cost me 75. Was great around town, in fact was quick of the mark till you hit about 20mph then everything started to pass you as top speed was about 60mpg - eventually.

Heater was fantastic with only one problem the control value was very iffy and a summers day may just find you with a full on heater.

Wipers were just about acceptable and the brakes were not very brake like.

Did many, many miles in the Moggy (as we called it) and sold it after 2 years for 120. Did break a couple of half shafts in the time, very cheap from scrap yards.

By far the best value motoring I've ever had. It won't be long before a tank of fuel costs that much!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Antoeknee wrote:
Respect for annoying the French.

It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it Driving
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mikedean2 wrote:
DennisN wrote:
Sorry, can't help with the crystal ball stuff (and isn't it illegal nowadays?).

But instead of Avoid Motorways, choose Limited Speed (55mph?).

Or take a passenger who is willing to help with the pedalling. Very Happy


Crystal balls are illegal? Damn, what is it, a terrorist activity or summat? As for the speed issue, you think 50odd is bad, you wanna try using that car to tow a caravan to the south of France - cruising speed of around 40!


I got done by the Police once for Punching a Clairvoyant/Spiritualist/Fortune Teller sort, that was looking into her crystal ball while trying to read my fortune, and then she looked up at me and started laughing at me continuously.

The claim that "my mother always told me I should Strike a Happy Medium" got nowhere with PC Plod.

Sorry, couldn't resist. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 3:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DennisN wrote:
[Why are we being nice to a caravan tower? Stop it!


Cos if your not you might find yourself stuck behind a 1920 Super Sentinel Steam Lorry with with a Showman's living Van and second trailer in tow, 122 feet overall length doing 20 MPH max on a single carriage road and getting past you won't be.
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