Monday, 30 April 2012
When Toyota's 50th anniversary arrived in the eighties, they couldn't find a single surviving AA with which to celebrate, so they built a replica using old plans. However, it subsequently came to light that one sole AA had survived, tucked away for all those years in a shed in Vladivostok; on its discovery in 2010, it was snapped up by the Louwman Museum in Holland, who display it to this day in its derelict state. It may be tired but damn it, it's a significant car.
Of course, there's no way of knowing whether there's another one somewhere, collecting dust and cobwebs and biding its time...
Posted by juice at 14:38
As for AmD, I can't recommend them highly enough. Friendly, informative chaps who take the time to talk you through the tuning possibilities of your car, and also very accommodating: when I arrived at 9am, they said that the car would be ready to collect early- to mid-afternoon. I put on my panic face and said 'Ah, I promised my wife I'd be back in London by two...'. 'No problem,' they said, 'we'll crack onto it now.' It was ready shortly after 11! AmD are also running a tremendously good value offer at the moment whereby you can get a half-price remap if you're buying a Milltek exhaust. I didn't take them up on this (although I probably should have - I just don't have the funds at present), but £150 for a pro remap is a pretty damn good deal, given that it includes a road test, before and after rolling-road runs with printouts and, for the Cupra, around 30bhp & 67lb.ft extra as well as better fuel economy. I'll certainly be paying them a visit for that in the future...
I did take them up on the Pipercross panel filter, though. At £35 with free fitting, it'd be foolish not to - it'd nearly cost that to have the standard filter replaced anyway, and the Pipercross offers the advantages that it'll last far longer, add 3-5bhp and, combined with the freer-flowing Milltek system, it just gives me the feeling that the car's breathing properly now.
Incidentally, AmD haven't given me anything to plug them in this way. I'm just very keen on the idea of honest peer-to-peer reviews! If you drive something from the VAG stable (or a BMW 3-series, or a Ford Focus, or a Nissan GT-R - they cater for all sorts) and you're after a little more bang for your buck, I suggest you give AmD a try. If nothing else, you'll be hugely entertained by the savage-looking content of the car park...
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Posted by juice at 10:19
Friday, 27 April 2012
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Posted by juice at 16:30
It was still pretty fresh out of the box for the 1970 London-Mexico World Cup rally, the model having been launched in '69. MCE 7G, the car you see here, was one of four Maxis entered into the rally, campaigned by Marshalls of Cambridge. It was significantly modified from standard in order to survive the gruelling challenge; it received fibreglass doors and bonnet, Perspex windows and a welded tailgate with saloon-style boot containing a bag fuel tank. The Hydrolastic suspension was kept (it was useful to the manufacturer to prove that this was durable and versatile!), along with auxiliary Koni shocks. Under the bonnet was a 1750cc engine with twin SU carbs.
What's most important, of course, is that the car made it to Mexico. Furthermore, it's now for sale, sensitively restored to original specs - click here and here.
Posted by juice at 10:11
Thursday, 26 April 2012
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Posted by juice at 16:07
No, it's the fact that it caught fire during this photoshoot, and had to be hosed down by the New York Fire Department. That's really unfortunate...
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Posted by juice at 13:02
This particular example blows away the cobwebs of stereotype and cliché, sporting vibrant, verdant paint and arrow-straight bodywork. Modifications are limited to a gentle tickle with the lowering sickle and a gorgeous set of white steel wheels with whitewall tyres. This, ladies and gentlemen, is a beautiful Lada. Yes, it's OK to say that now.
Posted by juice at 09:32