Finally fallen in love.

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plastic penguin
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Hello chaps and chapesses, long time no write.

Oooo, lots has happened (mostly positive) since I last posted: Very busy with work commitments, family stuff and all that jazz.

Ah, I've taken the plunge and purchased a car. Nothing special in the grand scheme of things. Jeremy Clarkson block your eyes.

I've actually got a Triumph Herald 1200, 1965, and it's two-tone in colour. Mrs. P, little'un and I love it. Needed a little work, mainly cosmetic, but looks pukka now. It ain't fast nor is it comfortable, compared to my Alfa, but the simplicity is enchanting - and a breath of fresh air. The joy of motoring has - within reason - been restored.

Will post some pics once I get my PC back - currently using a horrid laptop given to us by a friend.

Best wishes, pp.

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Congratulations. Geat news.

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As you all know I was originally looking at a TR6, which'll still be my objective. The Herald was the right car at the right time, and in the 3 months or so, haven't looked back.

Although there isn't any significant rust, the paintwork has faded - very noticeably in parts - and the engine is pretty sound, although it looked uncared for... with a bit of elbow grease (and a tin of hammeright) it looks cracking.

Hopefully in the summer, finances allowing, I'll get it resprayed.

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Congratulations Penguin,

Have good woork and good miles on it

The "junkie/addicted" here, is waiting for the photos....

nuno granja

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Sadly the chap who ran the periodical Triumph World and was a founder father of Classic American, Tony Beadle passed away in January.

He ran a Triumph Courier van with his name emblazoned on the place a Herald estate had side windows, and it had a Vitesse bonnet.

I got to know him quite well through editorship of an American National Guild.I got coopted on presumably as the commitee representing umpteen member clubs wanted a non commercial person.

Without wishing to be maudlin and rain on parades, a couple of evenings ago a friend rang to inform me my sailing chum, with the TR6, owned from new is back in the cancer unit at Ipswich Hospital and it doesnt look good. So having a fairly major op to look forward to myself(having avoided said for 15 years)maybe I reflect more than ever, we are but guardians(I missed custodianship of a GT6 by a whisker, last year, so still keep Mundanio,-I have to value utter reliability)and just looking after this stuff for those that follow on. Whilst of course enjoying them to the max in the interim.

Still I'm down to 9 bikes (it should have been 8 but Fleabay and some bidders...Plonkers some good folks in the main)and 4 classic boats.2 with holes in their bottoms.

Anyway enough of that, good to see the ever humerous PP back in here, and kind regards to family Penguin Plastiques. 

ps any news on the script fronts

GAv

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GBt wrote:

Sadly the chap who ran the periodical Triumph World and was a founder father of Classic American, Tony Beadle passed away in January.

He ran a Triumph Courier van with his name emblazoned on the place a Herald estate had side windows, and it had a Vitesse bonnet.

I got to know him quite well through editorship of an American National Guild.I got coopted on presumably as the commitee representing umpteen member clubs wanted a non commercial person.

Without wishing to be maudlin and rain on parades, a couple of evenings ago a friend rang to inform me my sailing chum, with the TR6, owned from new is back in the cancer unit at Ipswich Hospital and it doesnt look good. So having a fairly major op to look forward to myself(having avoided said for 15 years)maybe I reflect more than ever, we are but guardians(I missed custodianship of a GT6 by a whisker, last year, so still keep Mundanio,-I have to value utter reliability)and just looking after this stuff for those that follow on. Whilst of course enjoying them to the max in the interim.

Still I'm down to 9 bikes (it should have been 8 but Fleabay and some bidders...Plonkers some good folks in the main)and 4 classic boats.2 with holes in their bottoms.

Anyway enough of that, good to see the ever humerous PP back in here, and kind regards to family Penguin Plastiques. 

ps any news on the script fronts

GAv

Gawd, reading your post I feel totally dejected, lower than a snakes....

It's very sad, yes, but life must go on. Mrs. P, next Tuesday, is going to hospital for tests and Wednesday our daughter is performing with the school choir at the 02 arena... life's a huge playground, full of demanding swings and roundabouts. C'est la vie.

Yes, scriptwise, I've been seconded to write a documentary for a well-known museum, which is different to the normal "boring" bookshelf DVD. Can't divulge anymore at this stage because I'm under contract, except I've been given a deadline for the completion by the beginning of May. Firstly I have to undertake approx 6 weeks of tedious research before, this is my approximation, a single digit is written. I don't advocate narcissism. Am I apprehensive? You bet!  

Aaaaaaaaaanyway, back to the Herald. We love it -- I feel eighteen again. It's okay given the age, and in May we're attending a vintage/classic car rally, so the objective is to bring the thing upto scratch.

Do I regret not having a TR6? Nah, although may have some misgivings in the summer, unable to put the top down (or down up...: ).

Anys'way, back to work (hi-ho hi-ho...) 

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Yep on t'other hand had you returned a tad earlier, you might have snapped this

alternative open air one up, before Wing Co Group Ed Elliot did.

Serously good luck with the Herald, CU at Glastonbury 2013?

I heard Alice Cooper may be headlining !

plastic penguin
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Alice Cooper? Who's she? Hehe-haha.

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Poor old Alfa. Since buying the Herald I've overlooked the Alfa somewhat. Spent the last hour sprucing up the neglected one.

There's the kiddy...

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Take a Monkkey 4it? One cant be a proper Petrolhead till one owns one one heard once on one episode ofTop Gear, ok maybe I'll up my offer to a oner, no more not even an exra score

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GBt wrote:

Take a Monkkey 4it? One cant be a proper Petrolhead till one owns one one heard once on one episode ofTop Gear, ok maybe I'll up my offer to a oner, no more not even an exra score

Not even a twoer would secure it. I love that Alfa. In the five years I've owned the car it hasn't (mechanically) let me down. Blimey, there's a kiss of death. Although mechanically sound, it has a fetish for lightbulbs.

Otherwise the normal reaction is: Oooo... shiney.