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    #61
    Later that day i bought a 1972 MG Midget for my own. The car has been restored years ago and was maintained very well by the previous owner. We had an over night stay in the Bay Hotel at Robin Hoods bay.



    We parked the car later in the upper part of the village, while parking down at the bay was not allowed - and not recommended, as i later noticed. This Vauxhall Speedster had been forgotten by his owner on the slipway and the tide was coming up.



    The staff of the hotel pub was waking up half of the village to find the owner. He showed up at the last minute, wearing only his undertrousers. The inside of the car should have been quite wet.

    Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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    • yvneac
      yvneac commented
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      When the driver drinks too much,the car gets a mouthful!

    #62
    Wonderful Monday morning in Robin Hoods bay...



    The day passed by with purchasing parts for cars and in the late afternoon we were waiting for the Hull Rotterdam ferry.



    There she arrived. The Pride of Hull. Positive: Huge restaurant areas. Modern ship. Wind protected smoker area. Nice Sky lounge bar with jazzy atmosphere. Negative: No passenger space without food or beverage served. Chaotic roll-on organisation.

    Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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      #63
      Crossing the channel.



      Tuesday morning in Rotterdam. Several vintage cars on the car deck. The green Midget behind mine was returning to Holland from a Midget Rallye in the Lake District.



      Luggage operations.



      The Stuttgart convoy on the continent.






      Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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        #64
        German highway impressions.







        Late in the evening we arrived Stuttgart safely. All cars made the way well. The Traveller was exchanged near Cologne, where Travellers were transformed into LHD cars. The second we fetched there had a defect which was repaired within one hour. The black lost power transmission on the first ride after the return. Up to now, we don't know what that is... but it was intended to be a car to learn on...
        Last edited by Ralf__; April 30th, 2015, 09:04.
        Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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          #65
          Congratulations Ralf for the "new" ride. That seems to be a really nice little thing to explore the smaller roads with.
          Perhaps for a Norway trip?

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          • Ralf__
            Ralf__ commented
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            Yeah, but i am still looking for the helicopter to get the Midget up there... Honestly, it is more for the smaller roads in the Black Forest and other nearer targets.
            Last edited by Ralf__; May 1st, 2015, 12:30.

          • janihudi
            janihudi commented
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            driving a oldtimer or classic is refrain from comfort.
            if you can't handle that,you may bring it here,or i pick her up in de back of a container,when loading shorter trunks in the Stuttgart region.:-)

          #66
          Super entertaining and unique report! Almost like a "Top Gear" special, even though it wasn't any of your gang that got caught out by the tide!
          ...and that 'wind protected smoker area' on the ferry sounds SO your favourite kind of place!

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          • Ralf__
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            This area is quite comfortable, when it is raining. I prefered to stay outside in lee, drinking a Hurtigruten memorial beer, staring out in the night while smoking...
            It was indeed like a Top Gear Challenge. Richard, one of the previous owners of the black one, required evening reports and also the previous owner of the red Midget was very interested, if all went well. Both were glad that "their cars" made the challenge.
            It is really a task to ride 40 years old, unknown cars on a 800 miles tour. There are a lot of stops necessary to check tingling, pinging and pocking noises, watch strange temperatur displays, solving electrical problems and so on...
            Fortunately one of my friends has really good knowledge of old cars. Without him we would have stranded quite soon. He now has the nickname "MacGyver".

          #67
          Ralf, MG Midget - good choice!

          Back in the mid 1980s, I worked with a colleague on a project that involved lots of travel all over the South of England. We did many of our trips in his wife's orange Midget.

          One day, the Midget wasn't available and he turned up in a borrowed MGB V8.

          Next time I see him, I will ask my ex-colleague if his wife still owns the Midget.
          Last edited by Clipper; May 2nd, 2015, 19:57.
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          Harald Jarl, Honningsvag to Svolvaer, Summer 1985.
          Deck plan geek.

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            #68
            Nice story. Please ask, i am interested where most of these wonderful, nearly 300.000 ever built "Spritgets" have gone. In UK still a lot of them have survived, in Germany they are ultra seldom...
            Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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            • Clipper
              Clipper commented
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              According to Wikipedia, "the Healey connection was discontinued in 1971, so the final 1,022 Sprites built were simply Austin Sprites", but I have never knowingly seen one badged "Austin Sprite".

              Maybe I should look around and see if I can find one for sale! You have got me in the mood to own one.

            • Clipper
              Clipper commented
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              Ralf, I just spoke with my friend & ex-colleague on the phone. My recollection was incorrect - it was in fact his own car, not his wife's. He bought it in 1984 from a friend who had owned it from new and had used it mainly for "trials". My friend originally intended to keep it in the immediate family but when it proved unsuitable (it was hard to drive because the pedals were very close together), he sold it to his nephew. Unfortunately for the nephew, the "bottom fell out" after a short while - like many cars of that era, it suffered from rust. As a consequence, even to this day the nephew still calls my friend his "dodgy uncle".

            #69

            Originally posted by Ralf__ View Post
            Crossing the channel.



            Tuesday morning in Rotterdam. Several vintage cars on the car deck. The green Midget behind mine was returning to Holland from a Midget Rallye in the Lake District.

            eeuuuhhhhhh,when you have the route Hull-Rotterdam you don't crossing the channel.and i don't think that the captain make a detour for you,to make your story right.


            btw a Citroen man like you,i would thought you will buy a Citroen DS,convertable,i would.
            best regards Thijs

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              #70
              To Clipper:
              Fine to see, that get something in the move. My source was "carandclassic.co.uk" and my experience is that Midgets are more reliable and more often offered than Sprites.
              Try this one:
              http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/list/32/midget/
              or this one:
              http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/class....y=12&S=Search

              I can absolutely share the pedal thing. I have some pairs of shoes at home in which is it is not possible to drive a Midget. Since mine will not be used in the rain anymore, i expect no corossion problems. But anyway it will get a body-cavity sealing soon!

              To Janihudi:
              Apologies for the incorrect use of the word "channel". It is just the German common word for setting over between UK and the mainlands (hehe, incorrect use of this word, also, at least for a British guy...). My wife would love me for buying a DS convetrible - until she will know the price and realise that my life insurance has been sold for it... honestly, you can buy more than five perfect Midgets for the price of one DS convertible in comparable condition.
              Even the limousine would cost more than double, far too expensive for my toy-budget.
              Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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              • Clipper
                Clipper commented
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                Ralf, thank you for the links.

              #71
              Last Sunday, on the tiny road, those veteran cars went by my home.
              No idea about the mark.





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              • Ralf__
                Ralf__ commented
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                The last one is definitely a Bugatti. I would have to some research for the other ones. But that is not possible in MS Vesteralens internet cafe.

              #72
              No competition to Kr.sund and no idea what model of car this is, but I'm sure somebody will tell us:

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                #73
                Look like a Buick. Would've been easier if I could see the license plate😉
                "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                  #74
                  Yes, it's a Buick Super Riviera Coupe 1958 ;-)
                  "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                    #75
                    One of the reasons, why i was so quiet in here during the last month was the Midget. It took most of my free time to get licensed for the German roads.

                    Finally i received my German permission and certificate as historic vehicle.
                    It was quite difficult to make an appointment with the classic car specialists at the TÜV.
                    There are just a few of them and many classic cars are waiting for their examination.

                    So we had our first try four weeks before.
                    While one of the Morris Minor Travellers passed without problems, they refused the permission for the Midget.

                    They claimed:
                    The speedometer needs km/h signs.
                    The car needs a type label with weight, max weight and max axle weights.
                    The front bearings had to high slackness.
                    The serial number has to be driven in the framework, not on a plate.
                    The carburator was unknown to them, so they required a motor diagram to prove the power.

                    The last two things were the main things, I had to do before getting the permission for German plates.
                    The rest would have been O.K. as “Slight Claim”.

                    Now I tried to find an engine test bench. While they were quite numerous in earlier days, most of them have disappeared now.
                    Finally I found one in a 30 mile distance from my home, made an appointment, drove over to them and had no effort.
                    We had to find out that the Midget is too small for a new test bench. They require an inner width of 900mm between the wheels.
                    The Midget has 848mm.

                    After an intense e-mail discussion with the TÜV (they tried also without success to find a fitting bench), they accepted the situation.
                    They attested now an additional power of 2 KW by estimation.

                    Last Thursday I passed the TÜV after fixing also the other claims and have now number plates.
                    So my wife and me had our first Midget weekend trip through the Black Forest and the Swabian Alb.







                    Now the insurance just wants a worth certificate (which they said they do not need - before getting me sign up the contract)... wheee!
                    Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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