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Old May 25th 2018, 1:04 pm
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That's quite a feat, having Carroll Shelby supply his signature on a commemorative plaque...

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Old May 25th 2018, 2:31 pm
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My father would never buy a German or Japanese car - then again, he did march into Belsen in 1945 so that might colour one's view I suppose.
My friend's dad was a Hong Kong vet, a Winnipeg Grenadier who spent 5 years in a pow camp near Osaka. He won a Mazda 1/4 ton in a raffle and wouldn't even get in it. He gave it to his son, saying "I just don't like the way they put the ashtray right under the radio."
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Old May 25th 2018, 4:24 pm
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We have 3 vehicles, A Jeep Wrangler, bright yellow soft top with huge off road tyres and a lift. A classic Pontiac Sunbird convertible which I bought for my stepson to drive to college in (which he seems to be systematically destroying) and until this month a Honda Pilot which we have recently traded in and bought a Ford Escape. The Pilot was 13 years old and I still miss it and regret getting rid of it, it would go everywhere we wanted, even through 2 feet of snow and up mountain tracks, it didn't have a trace of rust anywhere on it. You want to buy a good car ? Get a Honda Pilot.
One thing I actually do like about the Escape though is the sports mode on the transmission, I can select what gear I desire electronically, 1 -6.
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We have 3 vehicles, A Jeep Wrangler, bright yellow soft top with huge off road tyres and a lift. A classic Pontiac Sunbird convertible which I bought for my stepson to drive to college in (which he seems to be systematically destroying) and until this month a Honda Pilot which we have recently traded in and bought a Ford Escape. The Pilot was 13 years old and I still miss it and regret getting rid of it, it would go everywhere we wanted, even through 2 feet of snow and up mountain tracks, it didn't have a trace of rust anywhere on it. You want to buy a good car ? Get a Honda Pilot.
One thing I actually do like about the Escape though is the sports mode on the transmission, I can select what gear I desire electronically, 1 -6.
I think this really illustrates the subjectivity around what is good/not good about cars - there is a quite significant emotional component for people who are 'into' cars.
I would argue that referring to a Pontiac Sunbird as "classic" is a misnomer. Similarly, my view is that a Honda Pilot is essentially a soulless, dull, boring - but reliable metal box, used for the conveyance of people who treat cars like washing machines - i.e. a device to serve but one purpose, that lacks style, individuality, beauty or passion.

I do not dispute that a Pilot is a good car - depending upon what the definition of 'good' is. Personally, I'd rather take the bus than own one.
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Old May 29th 2018, 2:43 pm
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The designation 'Classic' is very widely interpreted.
But, 1969 Pontiac Sunbird Convertible surly fits the description.

https://www.cars-on-line.com/88956.html
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The designation 'Classic' is very widely interpreted.
But, 1969 Pontiac Sunbird Convertible surly fits the description.

https://www.cars-on-line.com/88956.html
Except that this is an F-Body Firebird convertible that someone has decided to call a "Sunbird".
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The designation 'Classic' is very widely interpreted.
But, 1969 Pontiac Sunbird Convertible surly fits the description.

https://www.cars-on-line.com/88956.html
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Except that this is an F-Body Firebird convertible that someone has decided to call a "Sunbird".
Quite. The Sunbird was a mid-70s to early-90s thing, wasn't it? A very ordinary front-engine, front-drive compact. I suppose if you can call a Morris Marina a "classic" then so can you designate a Sunbird.
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Except that this is an F-Body Firebird convertible that someone has decided to call a "Sunbird".
Lol, never belive anything on the internet
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Quite. The Sunbird was a mid-70s to early-90s thing, wasn't it? A very ordinary front-engine, front-drive compact. I suppose if you can call a Morris Marina a "classic" then so can you designate a Sunbird.
The vehicle pictured above is somewhat similar in colour to BL's diahrroea yellow Marina...
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https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/ne...p-gear-1116096

LeBlanc, leaving Top Gear...
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I didn't realise Top Gear was still a thing.
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I didn't realise Top Gear was still a thing.
The 'slightly newer than new' TG was actually pretty decent after Chris Evans left.
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https://www.motorsport.com/wrc/news/...-deal-1044496/

Citroen looking to getting back into rallying...
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https://www.motorsport.com/wrc/news/...-deal-1044496/

Citroen looking to getting back into rallying...
Citroen never left rallying. The 2016 team was a weird sort of "semi-Works" team that didn't carry the Citroen name but had factory support - the excuse was that this was a development year for the new C3 WRC car; full official works support was back in 2017 and continues this year. The news article you quoted is about tempting Sebastien Ogier back to the team - he left a few years ago after he and Sebastien Loeb had a bit of a spat. Loeb still drives for the team, but mostly on an invitaitonal basis.
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I've got it in my head that I'm going to buy a Jeep Wrangler once I get over there (if my visa ever decides to come through.) When in America... go big or go back to driving a Polo :P
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