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  swirlythingy (15:37 20/6/2010)
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Martin Bazley Message #114654, posted by swirlythingy at 15:37, 20/6/2010

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I saw this at Bletchley and it amused me. I am so easily amused. Also, it's an excuse to post my first attachment.
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VinceH Message #114656, posted by VincceH at 15:51, 20/6/2010, in reply to message #114654
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What year will we have '61' plates? That three letter suffix on a '61' plate, with an OM prefix, would be perfect.
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Martin Bazley Message #114657, posted by swirlythingy at 16:40, 20/6/2010, in reply to message #114656

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Well, we should begin to see '60' plates later this year, so about a year. If you finally give up on your car (which I observe gave you yet more grief lately), perhaps you could get one. tongue

EDIT: It just occurred to me to wonder what'll happen in the year 2050. Will we have '50' plates for the first half of the year, and then '00' plates for the second half? And then what? Since we started at '51', will there be no '01' at all?

[Edited by swirlythingy at 16:45, 20/6/2010]
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Rob Kendrick Message #114660, posted by nunfetishist at 20:55, 20/6/2010, in reply to message #114657
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It just occurred to me to wonder what'll happen in the year 2050. Will we have '50' plates for the first half of the year, and then '00' plates for the second half? And then what? Since we started at '51', will there be no '01' at all
Given the last numberplate scheme only lasted a maximum of 52 years, I imagine they'll just change it again.
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VinceH Message #114661, posted by VincceH at 21:59, 20/6/2010, in reply to message #114657
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Well, we should begin to see '60' plates later this year, so about a year.
Oh, is that where we are? Crumbs.

If you finally give up on your car (which I observe gave you yet more grief lately),
Yet more? This car hasn't given me enough grief to justify those two words, IMO! It has had a few problems this year, but nothing compared to the nightmares my cars caused when my hobby was off-road driving!

perhaps you could get one. tongue
If and when I replace the Mazda, the main criteria will be that whatever I buy is on a V plate or newer, so that I can have V14CEH - which was still available last time I looked. (I should buy the mark and keep it on retention, really).

But OM61 WTF would be great to have, IMO.
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Eric Rucker Message #114662, posted by bhtooefr at 03:29, 21/6/2010, in reply to message #114661
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You just need to do this:

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h152/bryanseye/Miata002.jpg

(No, that's not mine. Mine's just an old rusty 1992 with almost 200,000 miles, in need of an engine, but it's still quite reliable.)

Downside is, that does kinda destroy the nimble handling of Miatas.
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Jason Togneri Message #114663, posted by filecore at 07:23, 21/6/2010, in reply to message #114662

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I've never even heard of a Miata.
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Martin Bazley Message #114664, posted by swirlythingy at 09:16, 21/6/2010, in reply to message #114661

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Yet more? This car hasn't given me enough grief to justify those two words, IMO! It has had a few problems this year, but nothing compared to the nightmares my cars caused when my hobby was off-road driving!
Oh, sorry - obviously you did replace it then!

I just looked it up on the DVLA website, but apparently you need to wait until June 2011 before they'll let you order one.
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VinceH Message #114665, posted by VincceH at 09:33, 21/6/2010, in reply to message #114662
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You just need to do this:

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h152/bryanseye/Miata002.jpg
That's great!

Downside is, that does kinda destroy the nimble handling of Miatas.
They drift well... but in the one pictured I wouldn't want to try that. It'll probably fall over. wink
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VinceH Message #114666, posted by VincceH at 09:45, 21/6/2010, in reply to message #114664
VincceH
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Oh, sorry - obviously you did replace it then!
(Looks at the date of that post)

Ah, yes - January 2008. That would have been the '92 Daihatsu Fourtrak (J500 MUD) - the last of my off-roaders.

I think I'd stopped off-roading by that point (probably getting on for a year), after a somewhat one-sided argument with the off-road club chairman. I bought the Mazda in May 2008.
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Eric Rucker Message #114670, posted by bhtooefr at 01:00, 22/6/2010, in reply to message #114663
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My bad, MX-5. (In the US, we call it various permutations of Miata, Miata MX-5, MX-5 Miata, and I believe one year actually was just called MX-5 when they were trying to drop the "Miatas are for chicks and gays" stigma.)
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Peter Naulls Message #114671, posted by pnaulls at 17:49, 22/6/2010, in reply to message #114670
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My bad, MX-5. (In the US, we call it various permutations of Miata, Miata MX-5, MX-5 Miata, and I believe one year actually was just called MX-5 when they were trying to drop the "Miatas are for chicks and gays" stigma.)
But they are. If you see a dude with a Miata, you really need to wonder.
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Jason Togneri Message #114672, posted by filecore at 19:22, 22/6/2010, in reply to message #114671

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Mine's just an old rusty 1992 [Miata] with almost 200,000 miles, in need of an engine, but it's still quite reliable.
"Miatas are for chicks and gays"
If you see a dude with a Miata, you really need to wonder.
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Blind Moose Message #114673, posted by Acornut at 21:49, 22/6/2010, in reply to message #114665
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So not interested in this then? wink
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keith dunlop Message #114674, posted by epistaxsis at 00:08, 23/6/2010, in reply to message #114673
epistaxsis

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tsk! for V12 wrongness PPC are the masters:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS7PjUKxLaQ

or

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDnSYRnj9Ic&NR=1

big grin

Oh and the MX5 was the new elan when it came out...
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Eric Rucker Message #114675, posted by bhtooefr at 02:25, 23/6/2010, in reply to message #114671
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Hey, at least I'm not compensating for anything, like the guys that drive lifted F-350 diesels around here.

(And I use my Miata to haul more cargo than they do. Proof: http://bhtooefr.ath.cx/images/whoneedspickup.jpg)
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Jason Togneri Message #114678, posted by filecore at 07:12, 23/6/2010, in reply to message #114675

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Hey, at least I'm not compensating for anything [snip] And I use my Miata to haul more cargo than they do. Proof!
Talk about contradicting yourself. There there, you have a small but efficient penis. Happy?
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VinceH Message #114681, posted by VincceH at 09:27, 23/6/2010, in reply to message #114673
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So not interested in this then? wink
Umm.

No. smile

As far as I'm concerned, it's just about having a small, reasonably reliable soft top.

My first two cars were MG Midgets and all the years I'd been running 4x4s and off-road driving, I missed the pleasure of driving with the roof down* so when I stopped the off-roading, it became practical to go back to where I started. Except the car I bought was a bit more reliable than the MGs**

The only problem with the Mazda is that the boot space is a bit too small. The location of the stupid 'space saver' wheel doesn't help. It's a bigger car than the MG Midgets, yet I can fit less in it.

* I was able to do that for the life of one of my 4x4s.

** Actually, the first MG wasn't too bad in terms of reliability. Its problems were more cosmetic and structural. :/
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Eric Rucker Message #114682, posted by bhtooefr at 10:57, 23/6/2010, in reply to message #114681
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What about the space where the top folds down into? When the top is up, there's plenty of space for stuff, there, too.
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VinceH Message #114685, posted by VincceH at 16:28, 23/6/2010, in reply to message #114682
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What about the space where the top folds down into? When the top is up, there's plenty of space for stuff, there, too.
Yeah, and likewise the passenger seat (and footwell) might be free - but that's not always practical. Not just in terms of the size/shape of what's being carried*, but also for reasons of security. (On a long journey, I don't necessarily know in advance whether I'll be stopping anywhere on the way).

Leaving something on display in an unattended car is bad enough, but in a soft top is sheer idiocy.

* The flat-pack chair I bought the other week had to be put on the passenger seat, and then only with the top down. It wouldn't go in the boot, the box was to wide to slip it down into the footwell, and too long to go on the seat with the roof up. Luckily, it was a nice day!
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