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Post by Guest on Sat May 14, 2011 9:00 pm

Skip, that 1956 Ford with the two tone aqua and white paint job is wonderful!!! All great photos and I'm still beaming over your 1968 Camaro. I've had two favourite cars and one of them was my white Camaro - with their huge engines and great transmission, not only did they fly, they hugged the road while doing so. Yup, beautiful cars to drive!

And please don't forgot to add images you find of your cars too, Nordog and all our lovelies here.

Nev, I've always envied people who can actually fix their own cars - and used "rust buckets" or not, if they got you from one place to another they were surely filling their function. Neither Glen nor I can do more than basic stuff (add oil and check air pressure etc) . Yup, people that can do that and even build cars, like Doug has, are wonderfully talented.

What I remember most seeing all these super cars here is there really was a time when cars were distinctive - it could be old age setting in but I swear all cars are starting to look like!

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, I've loved driving from the moment I got behind the wheel of a car - and how odd that a girl who after years of swimming lessons still only majored in 'dog paddling', was dismal at gymnastics etc etc etc could somehow instinctively feel 'as one' with that pink Pontiac and parallel park the first try (my first true 'yahoooo! in life' - grin).

And, as June and Skip said, "the need for freedom and being able to do your own thing" - aaah, what bliss leaping into our cars and 'being free', even if for a short while!

Sure, this thread is "about cars" but am so pleased Skip added the personal touch with his childhood history and being a fireman, etc. - it's fascinating to know things like this and our lives and what we were doing at the time surely affected what we bought too.

Reading that Tan's wonderful Dad had a passion for motorcycles too, as did Skip at first and Captain too, I think - it's such fun to see photos of them and read the details! And don't worry, our teeny tiny Tan's Dad is of course so important in our world too and surely one of us is bound to win that massive lottery soon!! We could rent motorcycles for a day (no side car for Tan though as she bruises easily - huge smile) ... rent race cars and pay for a private day as a race track too ... ooooooh, the things we'll all be able to do!

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Post by Guest on Sat May 14, 2011 9:01 pm

Oh, nearly forgot your question, Skip ... the little 'Spider' turned itself over when taking a corner too fast to begin with and then foolishly letting it's driver turn the wheel too sharply when an oncoming car drifted into it's lane.

And the 1966 Chevy Impala fell off the edge of cliff on Jackass in the Fraser Canyon ... well, it was an accident caused by a bunch of little factors. It's only 421 K (261 miles ) between Kamloops and Vancouver but the Fraser Canyon drive itself consists of either going up or going down

.. and in the 1960s, much of it was very narrow two lane highway with no 'safety fences' in place - and sadly, very few run-off/escape area for heavy duty truckers. Just over the crest at Jackass Summit, a trucker lost his brakes and I was in front of him with another large truck not far in front of me and several climbing the mountain in the oncoming lane. The driver who had lost his brakes tried desperately to wedge himself between the other trucks but couldn't help whacking my car, which in turn, spun me off the edge. I honestly don't remember anything after that but do know from the Police that the trucker behind him and several after that all stopped and risked their lives to scale down and drag me up to the highway from the car that was luckily wedged against some trees. Just one of those little 'humps and bumps' in everyone's lives.

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Post by Tan on Sat May 14, 2011 9:20 pm

I would be in the sidecar and put my hand out for left or right depending on which way the motorbike was turning Mara. bom

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Post by Guest on Sat May 14, 2011 9:27 pm

Aha, in that case we'd let you and your driver be in the lead ... after all, why use signals when we've got our teeny Tan letting others know which way we're headed!

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Post by Tan on Sat May 14, 2011 9:32 pm

Very Happy I would say 'Make way as our little TTR family is a comin' through, toot toot'

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Post by Nev on Sat May 14, 2011 10:13 pm

My goodness Mara that was a lucky escape from going over the edge of that canyon.

The comments about sticking hands out for turns reminds of Clint Eastwood saying right turn Clive, so the ape shoved his fist out and all the bikers went over like dominoes. Wonderfully funny film that was.

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Post by Guest on Sat May 14, 2011 10:19 pm

Oh gosh, I remember that one too and nearly howling in laughter at times, Nev!

While I don't believe in 'Fate' as such, do sometimes think when it's our time - well, it's simply our time to go.

I so often think of the truckers that literally risked their lives just to save mine - and the trucker who lost his brakes actually came to the hospital a couple days later with a huge bouquet of wild flowers that he'd picked himself. He had nothing - not a thing - to feel guilty about as that highway was a demon then and he did the best he could.

p.s. My uncle Bill's advise about always lay down across the seat and cover your head when you're about to have an accident has stood me in good stead - grin.

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Post by Captain Nemo on Sun May 15, 2011 12:14 pm

Nev it was Any which way but loose i loved the helpless old Mother on the porch with that gun like a cannon blowing the bikers up Black widows i think they were called there were so many funny scenes but when the leader of the bikers says to Clint who has Clyde in the truck who is that your Mother then clint says right turn clyde at the hapless bikers ,im laughing just remembering the film , Very Happy
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Post by Captain Nemo on Sun May 15, 2011 12:27 pm

Goodness Mara while we were over here driving some very crude and basic cars you were driving in such style and comfort in what are now real classics that 65 Mustang Convertible is worth a fortune even the Pacer is rare now a strange car the width of a big car but the length of a compact car but very practical ,
Were you in the car that went over the hill side or was it unbraked and rolled over , it would be great to get down there and find it dont you think ,
And the Austin Cambridge mostly made as a saloon here the estates are very rare here but a very good strong car but your journey along the Ice road was pushing trust in an old car a long way had the thing stopped you would then be trying to survive , i recognized some of the names you say about from a program called Ice road truckers its a bit naf and gun hoe but its a road along ice roads and frozen lakes to oil fields and mines and Yellow knife is one area a lot of traffic with lorries so they wouldnt be in to much danger from exposure but the dangers of the roads and environment are very real and ine section called the Roller coaster i havent seen a hill like it let alone covered in thick ice and driving down it or up on the return ,
But you have had some lovely cars the Mazda here is called the 323 my Sister had the same model as yours i had an 84 one it was lovely but had some bad rust in the end and the Tr6 is also a collectors car now i think Angel here has one with her Husband they go to shows ,and the Chrysler Caravan we have here as the Voyager and they are just as bad on fuel here, but you must like your Kia Sorento also the same here , very much to keep it so long
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Post by Condor on Sun May 15, 2011 3:22 pm

There are some brilliant cars listed - particularly imo the overseas ones which we don't see much of over here.
My first car was a van (posted a while back) and after that I had one of these:


Which is a Commer 'Express-Delivery' van. It was ideal for work etc.
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Post by Condor on Sun May 15, 2011 3:24 pm

Then I had one of these - which is a Ford Anglia, but with a van body:


I literally travelled the country in one of these and passed my test in one.
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Post by Condor on Sun May 15, 2011 3:28 pm

Then one of these - a Ford Escort Mk 1 - I've had at least three other Escorts since:
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Post by Condor on Sun May 15, 2011 3:29 pm

I've had several of these - Ford Cortina Mk3's:
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Post by Condor on Sun May 15, 2011 3:34 pm

One of these Rover 2000TC - mine was open-top.
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Post by Condor on Sun May 15, 2011 3:35 pm

Two of these, Sherpa vans:
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Post by Condor on Sun May 15, 2011 3:37 pm

Three of these - different types Volvo 240:
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Post by Condor on Sun May 15, 2011 3:40 pm

And, one of these which fell-apart going to meet! Very Happy Toyota Lucida
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Post by Condor on Sun May 15, 2011 3:57 pm

Also had this - for 5 years...


It was really, really cool.
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Post by Condor on Sun May 15, 2011 4:17 pm

But now, I have no car at all... ....oh, woe!!!


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Post by Tan on Sun May 15, 2011 4:52 pm

You can always use our TTR Bus, it's in pink, you will get noticed..hehe.
It's parked in our Hall of Fame Room!... Very Happy


It's been lovely looking back over everyone's cars/bikes, and I bet you can all remember the first drive you went in it, feeling so proud too finally getting the keys. cheers

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Post by skip on Sun May 15, 2011 6:21 pm




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MY CARS & CYCLES CONTINUED



by skip Today at 7:52 am



Code: This was moved
Wish I could do this in one setting like Mara-----But me very slow----

Wow---what a time I have remembering---
In my previous post-- ( rite after the 1956 ford )--before the baby & fireman job I bought a used Volkswagen van which I turnend into a
camper. I put in beds,stove, sink,roof vents, window screens etc..---It looked something like this--




Then my first wife & I headed to California ( from Miami Florida )----I wanted to do some surfing there---we stayed 3 months---then
headed to New England. to visit my relatives. Along the way the motor went to the grave---So the dealer gave us a little & for it & we
bought that used ford falcon. We saw alot going both ways---but no photos---Ex has them where ever she is--
Then at the end of that post I got a 650cc Kawasaki--basket case from a friend----which I turned into a
'Chopper'----It looked something like this when I finished--same color though--


I'm a bit out of sic. now----OH Well---
Before the Camero I had Older ford van---which I made into a camper--Looked something like this--



I then bought a new 1972 ford van---Made that into a camper as well and soon after my divorse drove it to Mexico to do some surfing--Here it is on the beach at Santa Cruz Mexico--( I have posted bout that trip somewere in TTr )



After that I came back to Florida & sold it cause of high gas prices ( & shortages too )---big mistake ---Then bought a used Volkswagen fastback--nother big mistake--


I also at that time met my wife lynn-----We were married 9 years later--
Got rid of that volkswagen & bought a Brand new CJ 5 Jeep hard top--drove that for 9 years--



brand new Doge van---Looked like this--



Then wanted to go back to Mexico---sold the van & bought a used Toyta land cruiser---Which I made into a camper of sorts--Here it is in Santa Cruz Mexico ( posted bout this trip somewhere in TTR )



After coming back to Florida I bought a used Ford van--Turned into a work & windsurf van---Made some benches in it--one side had my tools--one side had all my windsurfing sails & a rack above with my saiboards.


This is what I had when we bought our cabin in 1992


My sequence is a little mixed up but ya get the idea I hope----must end this for now--chores to do & don't want to loose all this cause of power outage ( we get them all the time )----
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Post by Tan on Sun May 15, 2011 6:24 pm

These are brilliant Skip and how well equipped you had your volkswagen, many a drive outs for you all and many miles on the clocks of them all I expect. Very Happy

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Post by Guest on Sun May 15, 2011 9:37 pm

I am enjoying this thread immensely and there are so many vehicles that I've never seen before, too (as you mentioned Condor)!

My Father would never permit me to go on a date with anyone who had a van and for the life of me, I couldn't figure out why (hoot!) So many great vehicles, Condor - and I bet that Rover and Volvos were hardy cars (they have the reputation over here of lasting 'forever' - which is a good thing as they are super expensive) .

Did the Serpa Van's lid lift - it look like it might, which would be super for camping and standing upright. But woe, reading that it was the Toyota Lucida that went poof going to the meet - yikes! Is it completely 'toast' and would cost more to fix that it's value? Oh drat, drat!!

You're right, Tan - getting the keys to the new car and the way each one smells when new - something like that 'new doll' smell when we were little - wonderful!

It doesn't matter if the cars are in order or not, Skip! Nope, it's such such fun to see all of them here. (Ever so curious about your baby - was it a boy or girl, if you don't mind sharing?).

Am sitting here smiling at seeing these vans as my Father would have had a major heart attach if a young man pulled up in a van to take me on a date - another huge grin as it really would have been helpful if he'd told me at the time why 'boys with vans' were no go!).

That VW and the other vans must have been terrific to camp in once you got the conversions done (and how talented you are to be able to do it!) What a job it must have been to turn that bike into a chopper - well done!

The windsurf/work van must have been ideal when you and your lovely Lynn bought the property you're now on and while building your home - bet it made a lot of trips back and forth to the lumber yard, etc.

It's great seeing the various vehicles and reading about all the traveling and moves each one did with you, Skip.

Captain, I'm not sure I'd have the nerve to try going down to the Chevy as apparently it was about 150 feet down and the only thing stopping it from heading straight to the bottom of the canyon was some scruffy trees - after that, it's free fall a long long way down.

When that highway was first being built, it was 'littered' by bodies of men who lost their lives (sadly, mostly Chinese labourers) and animals ... and when cars and trucks go over the side, most of them (and their passengers) were simply left because of the danger involved in trying to retrieve them.

Now, they've widened the road in many places and build guard rails in even more places, thankfully - so while still an incredibly beautiful drive, it's safer than it was but one still must certainly pay attention.

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Post by Condor on Mon May 16, 2011 10:32 am

The Sherpa van was just a van Mara, I don't think rooves lifted but some, on the VW Camper (Scoobie Van) did. They are now cult-classics over here - like this one that Skip posted:


The old (real) Rovers and Volvo's were ideal for work as they could motor all day, full of tools etc. to the building-site. The Cortina Mark Three was, I think, the first family car here to have three seat-belts on back seat. This was brilliant for some of us with (at the time) three children.
The Morgan, here, is now a sought-after classic too.
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Post by Condor on Mon May 16, 2011 10:38 am

I think the best car I had was an old VW Polo that I bought for £50 and used for work for well over 5 years! It was like this but red:
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