Comments about the latest C&SC

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Mario Laguna
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Hi Alastair.
Looks like an Omega Speedmaster (Dec. p. 105). The perfect tool to clock the 550.
If I remember well, it was in the summer of 1996 when the 550 had its world launching at Nürburgring. Buyers of the new model had the privilege to lap the circuit in the passenger's seat while the cars were driven by Niki Lauda and Michael Schumacher. As I couldn't afford to place an order, I just watched the manoeuvres from the pit lane. Later in the day, Schumacher couldn't resist to go to the nearby Nordschleife. As the old track is open to all cars, I went too and managed to follow Schumacher at the wheel of my own car... At least for the first 5 seconds or so.
"You have to watch your fingers in that polished gate".
Yes it makes sense.

 

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I have just finished  the  November and December CSC's issues last friday, when returning home by train...

 

 

The November issue,

Love the Mick Walsh, James Elliot and Martin Buckley chronicles, different styles and subjects, all of them  are a pleasure to read.

My favorite article from this issue is the tale of Old Yeller II and his creator Max Balchowsky. Incredible lifes and cars.

Did not pay to mucch attention to Boxer article, nice car which with an equal engine will be a better car than the 911(from my point of veiw), but I just don't have any interest in it, same feeling  about the Daimler Conquest even if I pay some attention the famous owners character...

I enjoyed the articles about the small sports car, 99 Saabs (very interesting), executive saloons ((very interesting), duch "garden" and Dinos (I love the body style of the later...) . They have  the usual  good quality and with all the usual regulars (special note for the Top Ten...),  made my "car culture " grow a little bit.

 

A special note to "Your Classics" from page 161.

Good words and great cars from downunder. Chris are you a  designer?

 

The December issue...

Good as usual and I'm very curious about the misterious "portuguese collector", refered by Mick Walsh on the Pagoda article.

This article is very weel done an I love the chronicles from Mick Walsh, and Martin Buckley,

The articles are good as usual, I found the article about Panther very interisting , but my nº1 is the  Jem´s Rocket by James Elliot and the nº 2 the  Swallow article by Giles Chapam (my "car culture " grow  a little bit more).

I love the photo of "plastic people" (and the chronicle) on page 152.

 

Keep the good work...

 

nuno granja

 

 

 

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Nuno Granja wrote:

I have just finished  the  November and December CSC's issues last friday, when returning home by train...

The November issue,

Love the Mick Walsh, James Elliot and Martin Buckley chronicles, different styles and subjects, all of them  are a pleasure to read.

My favorite article from this issue is the tale of Old Yeller II and his creator Max Balchowsky. Incredible lifes and cars.

Did not pay to mucch attention to Boxer article, nice car which with an equal engine will be a better car than the 911(from my point of veiw), but I just don't have any interest in it, same feeling  about the Daimler Conquest even if I pay some attention the famous owners character...

I enjoyed the articles about the small sports car, 99 Saabs (very interesting), executive saloons ((very interesting), duch "garden" and Dinos (I love the body style of the later...) . They have  the usual  good quality and with all the usual regulars (special note for the Top Ten...),  made my "car culture " grow a little bit.

 

A special note to "Your Classics" from page 161.

Good words and great cars from downunder. Chris are you a  designer?

 

The December issue...

Good as usual and I'm very curious about the misterious "portuguese collector", refered by Mick Walsh on the Pagoda article.

This article is very weel done an I love the chronicles from Mick Walsh, and Martin Buckley,

The articles are good as usual, I found the article about Panther very interisting , but my nº1 is the  Jem´s Rocket by James Elliot and the nº 2 the  Swallow article by Giles Chapam (my "car culture " grow  a little bit more).

I love the photo of "plastic people" (and the chronicle) on page 152.

 

Keep the good work...

 

nuno granja

 

 

 

Nuno, thanks for the comments. As for the 'designer' job description, I used to be a design engineer at what was originally Stewart Grand Prix, then Jaguar Racing. Since I retired that team was sold to Red Bull and has become the top team in F1. Real creative design as such is limited, I was just drawing components using a CAD system.

As for the November C&SC, I too particularly enjoyed the Dinos, either one would do for me and I have to agree with the general view that the 246GT is still one of the best looking cars ever, but the main attraction for me was the story of Old Yeller. I had read about Max and Ina many years ago and there was an excellent report of the discovery and restoration of the car in Automobile Quarterly (volume 39 #1).

Now there are a series of coincidences in this post !

Two years ago there was a historic race meeting - The Tasman Revival - held at what was Eastern Creek Raceway (now called Sydney Motorsport Park) to celebrate the famous Tasman Championship races of the sixties.

I made the trip  because I heard Dr Ernie Nagamatsu was bringing Old Yeller and it was a privilege to meet him and he was very generous with his time showing me all details of the car.

Fast forward to last Saturday, and coincidentally it was time for another Tasman Revival in Sydney. I managed to blag my way in to the VIP parking next to the pits and (another coincidence) parked next to.........................

a Dino 246 GT.

and a few photos from the previous meeting with Dr Ernie and Old Yeller;

As for comments on the December magazine, I have not received mine yet - still waiting.

I certainly will not be renewing my subscription, I can get it in the shops earlier!

Chris M.

 

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Just got the January issue through, loved James Elliott's column about children's book - thank heavens I'm not alone.

In addition to those mentioned, there is a red TR3a which appears in several Thomas the Tank engine books, and the Fat Controller seems to drive a misshapen MG Magnette. Harry (of bucketful of dinosaurs fame)'s Mum drives an old VW Beetle. We have also found a Postman Pat book in which he and some friends restore a white Morgan +4, unfortunately the bride has wrapped it up for Christmas already so I can't have a sneek preview. Two year old George did see it briefly in the shop, "There's a Morgan like Grandpa's" he exclaimed...

Oliver.

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Mario Laguna
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Hi James,
While I am waiting the arrival of the January issue, please allow me a late comment on December's. Just for this time, indulge me to talk about food instead of cars. You and readers of the Misfire column will understand.
In Spain the gazpacho is served cold. The gazpacho is kept in the fridge and in some places they even put ice cubes in it. Although I am not fond on gazpacho, a friend of mine, who is a passionate car collector, cooks the best home made gazpacho I ever tasted. We can admire the cars in his collection as long as we like and we don't worry if the gazpacho gets cold.
Best for now,
Mario
P.S. There is another sort of gazpacho in Castile, served very warm in winter, which actually is the one I like most.

Chris Martin
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Still waiting for December, never mind January, but at least I did get the latest Hemmings Classic Car today. As I can not comment on the latest C&SC I thought I would give them a plug instead. Not sure how or why, but the magazine they mail out at the beginning of December is called the February 2013 issue so I am getting well ahead there.  They use an Australian distribution so presumably send a batch for all subscribers by air and they are forwarded on from a distributor in Victoria. Well anyway, it seems to work.

I was chuffed to see the cover story on fifties Oldsmobiles as I had a '55 Rocket 98 convertible a long time ago in London

The registraion was sold, and it was re-registered; does anyone know where 593JGU is now?

So, I have something else to be reading for a while, but I have to go in to town this week so I may just buy the December C&SC at the newsagent.

Chris M.

 

Nuno Granja
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The January CSC issue arrived today at my news agent in Lisbon...

 

Only when I arrived at home, I notice that the Calendar is missing.

Tomorrow i gona ask the agent babout that.

 

nuno granj

Chris Martin
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Well I still can't comment on C&SC either for January or the previous December mag'.  Yep. I am STILL waiting for that one too, it has gone beyond a joke getting later each month.

So, as I have finished reading the Hemmings Classic Car magazine that arrived last week, I have now got the latest Automobile Quarterly Volume 52, #1 so that will keep me going for a bit longer.  A lengthy history of American LaFrance fire engines, a 'Modern Classic' the Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale and a piece on the early racing efforts of Briggs Cuningham including the Cadillacs at Le Mans all make for interesting stuff.  I am not so interested in the story on the BMW M3, but I guess they have to please everyone these days, but the star attraction is the photography of Michel Zumbrunn majoring on the deco French classics of Bugatti, Delahaye and Talbot-Lago.  That lot should keep me occupied for a few days; I wonder if C&SC will ever get here again............................

Chris M.

 

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Today I ask the news agent about the missing calendar and we check the remaing CSCs on stock, but none had the callendar.

 

He said that gona ask the ditribuitor about that, but probably during next year,my memory board will look different ...

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nuno granja

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Nuno Granja wrote:

Today I ask the news agent about the missing calendar and we check the remaing CSCs on stock, but none had the callendar.

 

He said that gona ask the ditribuitor about that, but probably during next year,my memory board will look different ...

´

nuno granja

 

Nuno,

1) Send me your address and we will get a calendar out to you ASAP.

2) Do you know if it was just your issue or more of a widespread problem? Please let us know anything you can find out because that is the only way we can hold people to account and make sure that there are fewer problems in the future.

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