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Title: Cars on TV
Post by: Glamdring on October 05, 2018, 10:26:26 AM
Fifth Gear on Channel 5 is still quite good. Snippets can be found on YouTube before the programme is broadcast.
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Glamdring on October 16, 2018, 05:08:28 PM
Kindig Customs, on Discovery, featured 1967 Chevvy Nova 2. Well, at least its body. Everything else was changed.
You couldn't tell from the outside with its superb paint job, that under the bonnet was a custom 468ci (10+ litres) big block V8 that dynoed at 2200bhp, and with nitro and specified tuning would produce 4000+bhp. Undriveable, they acknowledged. Noisy bugger. The rear wheels were a good foot wide. Must have cost $100k. Took 7 years to finalise and finish.
Those guys produce some first rate custom work. Even the exhaust was a work of art.
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Glamdring on October 26, 2018, 12:28:27 AM
More from Kindig Customs: a 1958 Lincoln Continental. 23 feet long and weighing 2.5 tons. They rebuilt it from the ground up, added air ride, huge brakes to match the custom-built V12 10 litre block producing 1000bhp. Two superchargers. It sounded sweet. The paint job, mid metallic blue, was brilliant. Took over two years to complete and must have cost well over $100k. It would not get round our tiny housing estates. One thing the Americans did really well back in the day.
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Wooster on October 26, 2018, 09:00:13 AM
Aye, can only be driven in shipping lanes.  :grin:
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Glamdring on January 08, 2019, 06:59:54 PM
Last week's Speed is the New Black was good. Based in St Louis, a client brought in a later model right hand drive Mini 850, late '70s. Almost rust free.
They removed the old Leyland engine (with compulsory lawnmower jokes) and replaced it with a VTEC Honda 2 litre, 13" wheels and sticky tyres. It looked and sounded brilliant. I've no idea what it cost but it must have been around the £30k mark. The paint job was faultless.
Complete custom subframe for the engine, coil-overs for the rear instead of those silly rubber cones that gave a spine shattering ride and really good brakes. Lovely.
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Glamdring on February 02, 2019, 09:48:52 PM
The sports Jag on TGT was brilliant. They can do it when they want to.

And I'd love a go on a 50.cal machine gun...
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Wooster on February 17, 2019, 12:13:53 AM
Seen that Seat advert, with the (I assume, because that's who they're selling to) lass diving into the ice?

Why?
I've seen the bottom of those lakes and it's just mud and sticks...probably the most boring thing you've ever seen.


(They don't show that though, but trust me it's as far off The Great Barrier Reef as it's possible to be and you'd be lucky to see a Trout swimming by if you were down there for ten hours..... probably the most boring fish on the planet, swimming in the most boring ecosystem on the planet)


Maybe it's a boring car...it looks it.
Probably got a 1.6l engine.
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Glamdring on February 17, 2019, 10:45:14 AM
The Tarraco SUV? It's huge. With a 1.5 engine, 150bhp.
https://www.seat.co.uk/new-cars/tarraco/technical-data/se.html
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Wooster on February 18, 2019, 10:15:47 AM
I wonder how those high compression small petrol engines will fare long term?

Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Glamdring on February 18, 2019, 03:52:16 PM
My mate has a 1litre three cylinder C-Max. Years old. His kids live in London and Cheshire so he does a lot of running and it seems fine. But you're right, there is doubt. On the other hand, with pressure on mpg this is the way it's going. Normal cars with 2 litre engines are almost a thing of the past already. My last Grand C-Max (2012) had a 2 litre diesel which I loved. Lots of torque.
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Glamdring on February 23, 2019, 11:22:01 PM
The Grand Tour was in Scotland this week. Beautiful, except the bit where they showed where the director came from in the council estate in Inverness.
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Wooster on February 23, 2019, 11:49:53 PM
Oh calamity, they were 'council houses'......probably with better insulation and heating, and better maintained for a fraction of the rent than you 'toffs' are used to in England. (with your leaky pipes and shit backing up)  :grin:
People have to live somewhere, in quite harsh conditions.


The rendering or 'batter' works well in that climate where it's not 8 degrees/feels like 2, but minus 25 degrees/feels like minus 48.  :undecided:

Your so effete at times, it's almost a parody Glam.
Like Hyacinth Bucket. :cheesy:
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Wooster on February 24, 2019, 12:09:13 AM
Btw, I drive those roads all the time and all I can say is: Thank fuck they're so far away and hard to get to, because they're great to have pretty much all to yourself and you can go as fast as you like.  :wink:
On my last jaunt from Elgin to Blairgowrie, about two months ago, I managed to break pretty much all the the mounts for the heatshields under my car and they're now strapped up with cable ties.

A small price to pay for a great run.  :grin:
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Glamdring on February 24, 2019, 10:50:39 AM
Btw, I drive those roads all the time and all I can say is: Thank fuck they're so far away and hard to get to, because they're great to have pretty much all to yourself and you can go as fast as you like.  :wink:
On my last jaunt from Elgin to Blairgowrie, about two months ago, I managed to break pretty much all the the mounts for the heatshields under my car and they're now strapped up with cable ties.

A small price to pay for a great run.  :grin:
Way to completely misinterpret my comment. I grew up in a house much like those. Built just after WWI I think. Solid as a solid thing. And half-rendered though many were fully rendered. My dad bought it during Maggie's Big Sell Off, and sold it to my nephew years later and who still lives there.

But even you can't tell me they look good. They look crap. Even new. That was the point of the Grand Tour piece.

As to rent? What's rent? I've never rented. I stayed a few years extra at home until I'd saved a deposit and then bought.

Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Wooster on February 24, 2019, 03:01:09 PM
I think they look alright.
Not everywhere can look like it came off a chocolate box.  :cheesy:
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Glamdring on March 12, 2019, 11:45:55 AM
I was watching last week's Top Gear and paid attention to the watch the Star in a Reasonably Fast Car was wearing. The time it displayed kept changing as they cut from scene to scene, within, ostensibly, the same training session. It lasted over three hours, and clicked back and forth as if he was time travelling. Odd how they cut and paste these things.

This week's Top Gear wasn't very good. Just stuff the old TG did several times before.

This morning I watched last Friday's The Grand Tour. Excellent, for the most part. Loved the Neil Armstrong bit, his Corvette, and enjoyed Clarkson's review of the cheap 'n' cheerful Citroen C3 Aircross. Great fun. He did tow that ship.
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Glamdring on March 16, 2019, 12:51:06 PM
This week's Car SOS was particularly poignant. The team did really well by the car owner. It was an Elise S1 but the programme was as much about the people.
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Wooster on March 19, 2019, 07:55:44 PM
Something that annoys me (let's face it, a lot of stuff does)  :cheesy:

It's the Foley on the advert for SKY F1.

Foley is the adding of everyday sounds to a bit of film (birds chirping, footsteps etc. (the list is endless)), but there's a guy banging on a Ferrari wheelnut with a hammer and it's not the sound of a hammer banging on a wheelnut, it's the sound of a hammer banging on an anvil and it also sounds like it's been lifted straight from World of Warcraft (where it was the sound they used for mining metals with a pickaxe), which makes it even more annoying.

Don't say I don't teach you anything.  :undecided:
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Wooster on March 21, 2019, 06:30:42 PM
What some Cars on PC? (For Glam)

Part of my 9hr drive today (the Elgin to Blairgowrie bit)
Pt. 1 Just past The Lecht ski area
I'm dropping about a thousand feet in a few minutes here and I've picked up a stone in my front brake caliper, hence the mad grinding noise in some of the videos.
(Weirdly, after it starts, it goes away when I'm dabbing the brakes in pt 2, but comes back again when braking for longer.....fuck knows, I'll sort them out at the weekend)  :cool:



Pt. 2 I think this was before I even got to Braemar



Pt. 3 is the magic levitating van (after the drop from Glenshee ski area)
It happens within the first minute, and you can't see it, but he hit that second hump @ 60 and had all four wheels off the ground...that's why he looks a bit wobbly.
(Apologies for any singing that may be heard...and my "fucking just" comment was down to the fact that I stamped on the brakes just in time to keep the wheels on the road)




p.s. the dash cam time stamp is fucked, meant to fix it but haven't gotten around to it.  :grin:
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Glamdring on March 21, 2019, 09:57:10 PM
Excellent. Thanks for those.

Except I kept trying to steer your car with my mouse!
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Wooster on March 22, 2019, 07:28:34 PM
Re: The 3rd video

That's a 5 minute clip of the last half hour to Blairgowrie.
The guy in the van was obviously in a hurry and I'd already been driving those roads for a couple of hours (and for 4hrs before that), so didn't wan't to get too up his arse as he was running a bit wide on some of the bends as it was, so didn't want to push him.
He was a bit ragged as it was.  :azn:

Anyway, that's why I'm thinking about a hatchback again (for those roads).
The Accord is a nice car, but it's a bit big(wide) and heavy to throw around.

Trouble is, I can't find one I like for under £9k (50,000 miles max), diesel with at least 150BHP.
Can't buy new and can't buy lease due to doing 20K to 30K per year.

Maybe I should just buy an old R32 VW Golf and take the hit on the fuel costs.   :smiley:

Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Wooster on March 26, 2019, 08:52:29 PM
Here's a few more for you Glam.
It's all very brown at this time of year.  :smiley:

1st two are Glen Coe (approach and through)




And a tip for driving in the Highlands, or anywhere else to be frank.
Always leave a gap for drivers pushing through (2 second rule).

If you're stuck up the arse of the vehicle in front, you can't see the road ahead.

And, if we have to pass a few of you (happily tailgating a lorry doing 45mph), we'll barge our way into the gap you should have left...(then you'll get all annoyed and start flashing your lights...that we don't give a toss about.)  :cheesy:
This driver knows the score: (and the three others before)  :cool:

(btw, it might not look it, but that lorry was doing 60mph most of the time)
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Glamdring on March 26, 2019, 09:56:12 PM
Cool. I'll look tomorrow. Gaming just now.
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Wooster on March 26, 2019, 10:13:25 PM
If I post any more, the only way they'd be interesting is if I get a far faster car (and speed far more than I do), or have a major accident.
It's been 15 years since my last one, and it was a bump.
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Glamdring on March 27, 2019, 12:12:07 PM
If you don't get a faster car now in three years there won't be any. Gits.
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Wooster on April 05, 2019, 03:09:44 PM
The last? episode of The Grand Sneer was pretty good, a one and a half hour special across Mongolia in a sort of kit car.  :cool:
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Glamdring on April 10, 2019, 05:21:49 PM
Brilliant.  Worth 9 mins of your time.
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Wooster on April 10, 2019, 06:23:32 PM
The title lies, it's just them waffling pish.

Maybe I missed it and I wish he'd take that fashion victim mouldy mophead off.
I've never met the guy, but he looks like he'd smell of mildew.  :cheesy:
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Glamdring on April 11, 2019, 11:38:47 AM
Ha. Were you drunk when you posted that? They're both real petrolheads, which forgives them almost anything. Car SOS is a great show with the cars done up properly.
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Wooster on April 11, 2019, 12:00:41 PM
 :cheesy:

I know they're good at what they do, but that hat gives me the boak.  :cheesy:
....and I skipped through to see if they'd reveal the biggest mistakes amateur mechanics make and they didn't reveal any as far as I could tell.  :wink:
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Glamdring on April 11, 2019, 05:08:13 PM
It was using the wrong oil in classic cars and, oh,  what was the other one?....
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Wooster on April 12, 2019, 06:53:46 PM
Clarkson seemed genuinely upset on the final episode of The Grand Sneer (he was greetin like bairn) and I actually felt sorry for him.
17 years together.

Hammond has actually become the worst snob of them all.
The Allegro Estate wasn't really that bad looking compared to the standard one. What was it? A Hatchback with a boot? A Saloon that looked like a Hatchback??  :cool:


FTR I've never owned a Ford either.
My old man was into Zephyrs and Granada's, but one of my uncles was into Cortina's.
He was also into stealing coal from the local opencast mine (actually digging it out of the ground and bagging it before lugging the bags to the car).
...and went as far as cutting the rear bulkhead out of the car and binning the back seats to get more bags in.  :azn:

Long story short, the Cortina saloon wasn't built as a load lugger.
6cwt was about it's limit, but it didn't stop him lugging double that on a regular basis with it's arse dragging on the ground.  :cheesy:

I 100% agree with them on the MPV's though.
They're pretty useless.  :undecided:

I've been looking at a replacement for my (3rd) Honda Accord saloon and the only car that fits the bill is the Seat Exeo ST (mini estate base on the old Audi A4...which was a full sized estate 6 years ago), which ceased production in 2013.
|It suits me perfectly @ up to 168bhp on a 2litre diesel, narrower and lighter than my Accord (which is a bit of a pain in the arse to throw around up north) with the bonus of being relatively cheap and very reliable.

Finding one under 60K miles at a decent price is a bit problematic though. :embarrassed:
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Glamdring on April 13, 2019, 09:40:02 PM
Good episode. Top Gear just catch match it. Nor would they ever have thought to hire an entire and magnificent cathedral.
I'm not sure about doing away with the audience. Clarkson plays the audience in a way that knobhead who replaced him on Top Gear just couldn't. Or the American knobhead who replaced him. The GT Specials are brilliant usually but can drag a little at times. I loved it when they went into the nuclear Chernobyl. Excellent TV.
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Wooster on April 30, 2019, 08:50:05 PM
BTW, turns out it wasn't a stone in the calipers (previous vids).
It's aftermarket brake discs that are a bit too large, by only as much as 2mm across the diameter.

When they inevitably corroded, they started rubbing against the calipers.



(I chapped the 1mm of rust build up off the OD with a ball-pein hammer and it's been fine since.)
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Glamdring on April 30, 2019, 11:00:31 PM
DIY maintenance. Can't beat it. Except with a hammer!
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Wooster on April 30, 2019, 11:26:32 PM
It's a handy thing, and first tool a man should buy himself.
Primitive and effective.

I know men who don't own a hammer (in any shape or form), or have one of those stupid wee claw hammers with the 6" handle you get as a toy set from places like Ikea.

Personally, I think it's a minimum requirement.   :azn:
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Wooster on April 30, 2019, 11:51:46 PM
...and a socket set, pliers, wire cutters and some screwdrivers.  :azn:
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Glamdring on May 01, 2019, 04:38:14 PM
And duct tape!
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Wooster on May 01, 2019, 06:26:58 PM
Very handy stuff.  :azn:
As are some big cable ties.  :wink:
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Glamdring on May 01, 2019, 09:56:15 PM
Helps with the kidnapping of attractive partially inebriated wimmin.
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Wooster on May 01, 2019, 10:19:23 PM
Ooh, that's dark.  :azn:
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Glamdring on May 02, 2019, 11:44:27 AM
Not as much fun as it sounds.  :evil:
As if.
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Wooster on May 02, 2019, 08:30:35 PM
That BMW 3 Series advert with the hand gesture volume control.

What a fucking pointless thing that is.  :cheesy:

There's a knob on the dash to control it.
There's probably a couple of buttons on the steering wheel to do it.

So why would you take a hand off the wheel in a moving car, where it might not be not so much a circle you scribe in the air as much a cross between a triangle, a square and a Star of David, to adjust the volume.  :cheesy:


Honestly, that's just extra shite for the sake of extra shite.  :azn:
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Glamdring on June 05, 2019, 04:28:58 PM
I thought this was interesting from Fifth Gear:
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Glamdring on June 25, 2019, 11:30:21 AM
What do we think of the new team on Top Gear. I thought it wasn't as bad as it might have been, but they still aren't as good the originals.
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Wooster on July 01, 2019, 06:23:39 PM
I think it's quite good.  :cool:

I take it Chris has been kept on for the supercar testing, but I wonder if the two eejits will be doing some training for testing in future.  :grin:
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Glamdring on July 01, 2019, 09:52:46 PM
They're the comic relief. I wouldn't trust either to drive a supercar fast. And survive.
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Wooster on July 01, 2019, 10:03:23 PM
Aye, but it'd be a good laugh.

They'd be no worse than most of the muppets who already buy them.  :wink:
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Wooster on July 02, 2019, 10:50:49 PM
I saw a Vauxhall Viva the other day, a new one.
They must have relaunched the old name.  :azn:
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Glamdring on July 02, 2019, 11:09:37 PM
I believe they have. It looks like any other small hatchback.
https://www.arnoldclark.com/new-cars/vauxhall/viva/1-0-73-se-5dr/0/ref/blk_ft86gvk1kok7meza
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Glamdring on September 26, 2019, 06:36:59 PM
A new season of Fifth Gear starts on Quest on the 23 Oct. I shall watch.

I see that Jason Plato is going for his 93 Touring Car race win soon. Good luck to him. Comes across as a decent guy, and he's a great driver.
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Splinter on September 27, 2019, 12:14:53 PM
I see Clarkson still can't resist slagging off Argentina at any given opportunity. Cesspit was his last description, but he has toned down his snidey side somewhat.
Now that we have Prime, I dip into GT and find their antics tiresome, to be honest. Mongolia was good, but I was disappointed they didn't do a brief resume about it in the show. They all looked knackered during and afterwards.
Shame the audience is going and hopefully, this will give them room for some cars that most of us can afford. Supercars are all very well, but I'd like to see more cars that people can actually get their hands on.
I don't know, maybe it's me, but Clarkson has been getting on my tits in this show, so Fifth Gear looks much more appealing right now.
Title: Re: Cars on TV
Post by: Glamdring on September 27, 2019, 05:39:44 PM
TG has never been about affordable cars, unless they're hot hatches, and even they come out at £30k. TG/Prime is car porn.