Comments about the latest C&SC

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Nuno Granja
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Since today, CSC August issue is available at Lisbon's best dentists...

 

 

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Chris Martin
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Just relax now Mr Granja, this will not hurt much......

 

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Also available in my library/study/music room.

Particularly liked page 63 !

Chris M.

 

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Re Martin's tale of the abandoned Monteverdi:  I remember being offered one back around 1980 that had been the property of a middle eastern chap and left in a garage in Bayswater just behind the Royal Lancaster Hotel.  The owner had instructed the car to be sold to pay the storage fees owing and I believe it was less than a grand from memory.  Irrelevant anyway, as I was skint, but it did seem a lot of car for the money.  Could be the same one, but I am sure it was a dark blue or green metallic, not red as it seems that one would have been, but then again I may be wrong.

Chris M.

 

Mario Laguna
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Yachting with August issue in Valencia.
Wonderful reading and the most expensive copy I have paid for yet (at €9.50 in a good shop near the main railroad station).
How much is it in Portugal, Nuno? and in Australia, Martin?

 

Chris Martin
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Well I pay for an annual subscription paid in pounds sterling and at current exchange rates that costs about AU$10 each month delivered. It generally costs the same in the shops but eight weeks later, or some newsagents in the major cities get the 'Airmail Special' within a week or two but they charge AU$15. 

No complaints here.

Chris M.

 

Nuno Granja
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Mario,

At portuguese news agents its also costs 9,50 eur.

 

Chris,

You play music? I'm a  complete zero at this area even, my hands just dont fit on instruments.

 

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Nuno Granja wrote:

Chris,

You play music? I'm a  complete zero at this area even, my hands just dont fit on instruments.

 

nuno granja

Sometimes, well I try, but playing guitar and working on old cars does not always go together well.  Maybe if I gave up on the mechanical tinkering and gave my fingers a rest I would get better. Although Jeff Beck does not seem to have that problem. Collecting and restoring old jazz guitars takes up less space than doing the same with cars too. Chris M.

 

Mario Laguna
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While I was waiting for the August issue to arrive, I found a 2001 copy of another classic magazine somewhere in the living room.
Although it is a little off topic, please indulge me to quote a famous current C&SC contributor (or, in short, a famous contributor):
Let's drive a Citroën SM to Spain and do a ten-car Pegaso comparison test.
Wouldn't it be great?! What a brilliant idea and still waiting to see the light!
Perhaps C&SC could now fund the project (why not using yellow-tagged Dunlop support).
If C&SC would be interested in such marvelous project (I am sure the quoted contributor will), I shoul be glad being available to source the Pegasos, to contact the owners and finding an appropriate location for the test.

 

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In last months Palmer BMC feature, it was claimed that but a few cars from the fiftees and sixtees were really good and outstanding looking but sighted the Viva HB as one such design and I agreed so much so that I have just bought one .

Actually there were 2 in this colour-

One a Viva Deluxe(SL)90 down in wildest Wiltshire,with Minilites(replicas)and a GT bonnet, but even tho I tried to tell the guy it wasnt actually a Deluxe SL(My Mum had a Dark Green HB Brabham Deluxe 90, as opposed to the supposedly Super Luxury version)he replied it was quoted as such in the V5.

Anyway I have just secured a 1969 Standard Viva HB Deluxe, and for sure it isnt as excotic as say a Riley , but how many have you seen lately, of either.

They were so numerous selling like hot cakes until admitedly the superior, if not in styling dynamics of the Ford ,that when I passed my test in 69, after an hours paid for lesson, in a Peacock Blue Deluxe,after the snowstorm subsided and they were prepared to do my test in that Kings Lynn scenario, Mum,s supposedly 'unlucky dark green' one got me a full licence, a week after my 17th Birthday

-will try keep u updated on how one gets on with a car greatly liked, in the rose tinted specs department, but our 90+ was not always that reliable, and the escort GT was a deal quicker too.

I have a vast respect for Mark I Escorts, and loads of experience with both Mark one and twos but I would have had to pay several times more, it seems for even a quite basic edition, so who knows, maybe a C&SC future edition will do a feature on both.

Ironically I had a second chance to buy a Focus Cabrio, being a bit of a Ford fan, however at 61 with no image to protect or even culture, maybe the light green Vauxhall will provide a bit of fun, even without a top that wont let in the sun.