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Nuno Granja
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October issue arrived last wednesday at Lisbon news agents...

 

looks promising, so lets enjoy it

 

 

nuno granja

Chris Martin
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Thatis good to know, I think mine has got as far as the Suez canal where it will be taken by camel down through Africa and on to Nairobi to connect with a ship to Chile. Then by llama up to Mexico to await a flight to the Oceania distribution warehouse in New Zealand. Of course if the camels get delayed, it may arrive just a few days late.

Chris M.

But that's ok I am only half way through the Spetember mag' which arrived here two weeks ago.

 

Nuno Granja
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Since today the CSC November issue is available at Lisbon finest shops..

 

Due to very busy month, I hadn't finish yet the october issue. 

Report in a few days...

nuno granja

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Good to hear you got yours Nuno, I still have not received October C&SC !!!!!!!

So I do not expect to see the November mag' this side of Christmas, and I really want to read how Mick got on with 'Ole Yeller' one of my favourite racing specials (well OK, that and Stovebolt) so I may have to go and buy one from one of the shops that gets it 'airfreight' and cancel my subscription I guess.

Anyway, hope you like page 161 !

Chris M.

 

Nuno Granja
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London, we have a problem downunder.

 

Chris, I allready take fast look on page 161. Nice!

 

nuno granja

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Oh miracle of miracles !

The October C&SC finally landed here yesterday - Firday the 19th. Yes, that is the October mag', the one that came out in the first week of September, never mind that the November issue has already been out two weeks over there. Even the snail mail ones will be in the shops by the end of the month.

Just a warning to any overseas readers, as I never used to have a problem, it was always delivered within two weeks until early this year and each mionth it has got a bit later each time. One has to wonder about whoever it is that Haymarket have outsourced their distribution to, but it ain't working. No complaints about the magazine, at first glance well up to the usual standard, but what has happened to airmail? And no, it is not the fault of the local mail, as an ex-pat Pom and avid reader, I get a lot of other subscriptions, books and regualr mail from the old country, usually in a week to ten days at the worst.

So, anyone care to throw out  any possible reason why a mug punter should take out a subscription?

Chris M.

 

Nuno Granja
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Chris,

You have the October issue delivered, I got mine finished :))

As you said, the CSC october issue is up to the usual standarts, keeping us in tune with the classic cars scene worldwide and providing very well set up articles about players, models and brands.

Highligts from my point of view;

 I appreciate a lot the "Fridge Benefits" Martin Burkley's article, not only because I usually enjoy his writing but also because ISO is one of my favorite brands and the Grifo is probably my favorite GT. With  names as Giotto Bizzarrini or Giorgetto Giugiaro (also in  my favorites list...) on its DNA, couldn´t be otherwise.

Keeping with names from favorit list the DB4GT from "Zagato" (my list of car designers startsfrom Z...) is fabulous as that special 356 speedster (my list of car brands starts from P...).

I also found very interesting the two excelent articles that shows the reality beyond the myths,  "Les Croisiéres Citroen"  and the interview with Martin Ogilvie about Chapman own way...

I have a lot of interest on more "commun" wheels, so I found pretty much intersting the DeltaForce article  (I'm  an Alfa 75 fan...) as the one about the french "workhorses" .

A note about a possible mistake on the Giulietta specs:

David, a friend of mine who is a die-hard Alfa enthuiast, Giulietta owner and CSC reader, said to me me that the figures of 9.8 secs from 0 to 60mph are not correct, and that will be around 7.2secs.... is that correct?

I suspect that he is right as the 9.8 secs from 0 to 60mph are closer to my MkIi Scirocco GTi specs (1.6L normal aspirated OHC ) than to a 2L Twin Cam turbo...

On the regulars, beside the allways good Martin Buckley Backfire, I found de the Mini adventure from "our classics" astonishing and the "infamous five" trip to Le Mans Classic shows the fun of such adventures and remember me that since 2006 i haven't do a continental trip and I'm missing it.

 

keep the good work

nuno granja

 

PS: I started the november issue by the page 161, but thts another story...

 

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Chris Martin wrote:

Oh miracle of miracles !

The October C&SC finally landed here yesterday - Firday the 19th. Yes, that is the October mag', the one that came out in the first week of September, never mind that the November issue has already been out two weeks over there. Even the snail mail ones will be in the shops by the end of the month.

Just a warning to any overseas readers, as I never used to have a problem, it was always delivered within two weeks until early this year and each mionth it has got a bit later each time. One has to wonder about whoever it is that Haymarket have outsourced their distribution to, but it ain't working. No complaints about the magazine, at first glance well up to the usual standard, but what has happened to airmail? And no, it is not the fault of the local mail, as an ex-pat Pom and avid reader, I get a lot of other subscriptions, books and regualr mail from the old country, usually in a week to ten days at the worst.

So, anyone care to throw out  any possible reason why a mug punter should take out a subscription?

Chris M.

Chris,

Just to let you know that I have kicked off about this again (not just for you but for all southern hemisphere subscribers because, if your experience is typical, the system is clearly not working and is not satisfactory for our most loyal readers who are paying a considerable sum to get the magazine at a decent time).

I will let you know whatever I hear, but I suspect that any response to my questions will be be posted to Belgium, then air freighted to New Zealand, put on the boat to Australia and then telexed to me from there.

 

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James Elliott wrote:

Chris,

I will let you know whatever I hear, but I suspect that any response to my questions will be be posted to Belgium, then air freighted to New Zealand, put on the boat to Australia and then telexed to me from there.

You may be right, I'll see if I can intercept the mule at this end! Unless of course it goes by the Russian route and then by camel over the Andes in which case it will be a bit quicker anyway.

But I guess we are all somewhat at the mercy of the new wave of international privatised, deregulated, 'lowest bidder gets the job' mail services (oh sod it, let's just say cheapest and crappest) and you know why.........

stand by for another rant............

I blame eBay.

Yep, ever since the whole world has got used to the idea of buying junk they don't really need from people they don't know and the further away the better the buzz, the whole concept of internet shopping has taken over our ipad laptop tablet driven lives. And as most of the established national postal systems had not changed their methods, infrastructure, or indeed staff, much since Dick Turpin was in short pants it was inevitable that demand would exceed capacity and a new breed of fast buck merchants would step into the breech and offer an equally useless but slightly cheaper service.

I suspect Haymarket has been using one of these, and given enough complaints will now have to award the contract to ........? Another one.

Oh well, my fault really for thinking I could move to sunnier climes and still keep in touch with the old country Pommegolia.  Which prompts the thought, I will have to take a close look at the best before dates next time I visit that local supermarket that sells real McVities Digestives, they may have come here the some way.

Chris M.

 

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Chris, nice 450SLC and interesting M-B reading, keep driving (and writing)