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This photo was commisioned by the Council to point out parking at the top of St.Peters Gate causes a bottleneck..near the top of Bridlesmith Gate.62511.1.640.640.UNPAD.jpg

A wet 1946 day opposite the NAAFI building.

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I had a Vitesse, brilliant car. Easy to work on, just lift the bonnet up, step in, sit on the tyre and do what was necessary. You could change the clutch on a rainy day with most of the work being done from inside the car. It had a great turning circle via its rack and pinion steering. Only ever found two drawbacks with the car, that terrible transverse leaf spring on the rear axle that caught out many an unwary driver and the mainshaft wear in the gearbox.

Just loved the real wood dash and doorcaps.

Interestingly almost 15,000 Heralds were manufactured in Australia and they used the twin headlights from the Vitesse, don't think the 6 cylinder Vitesse was ever sold in Australia.

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I replaced a few chassis outriggers on both models, they rotted in a few years.

In the 70s I was amused to see cars with a permanent lean on one side or the other where the replacement of outriggers had been bodged. 

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I had a Spitfire and two GT6’s. Just the same as the Vitesse in being easy to work on. My wife had a Spitfire also so I’m very familiar with working on them as you had to do in those days. I’ve still got the kit for balancing the carbs and setting the mixtures. I miss not having an older car to play with. Sherwood Restorations near to me in Southwell have got a 70’s pimento red GT6 just like both my old ones and I’m very tempted but when I look at our modern cars with all the gizmos and comfort I think I’ll give the idea a miss. Might just go and have look though!

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You only live once Phil, if you can afford it why not

 

Rog

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Had a couple of Vitesses after I passed my test. Loved them. Wrote the first one off, not my fault. I got a pay-out  from the other driver, bought the salvage for a pittance, fixed it up and ran it for another year before I part-chopped it for another. Wrote the second one off, not my fault again honest, got a pay-out and bought the salvage again. Replaced the whole front-end in fibre-glass and had it another year before I part-chopped it for my crappy Viva. 

 

Never fancied Spitfires/GT6s but I did lust after a red TR6.

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Have been reading with interest eveyones comments on cars that they wold like or wished that they had when younger. I have always wanted to own a Morgan but now when i could afford to buy one i doubt very much that i would be able to get in or out of it.

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Have a go. I still can. I tried last week, it's no more difficult than a saloon car. Lots of more mature people drive Morgans!  A couple of years ago I still had a Lotus Elise which was starting to get difficult to exit with the roof on so sadly that had to go. True Morgan enthusiasts never put their hoods up anyway so that makes access much easier! Don't get one if you enjoy a comfortable ride. :biggrin:

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I've heard that one of the hazards of driving a Morgan is that the strange positioning of the driving seat leads to a propensity to develop pilonidal abscesses. If you don't know what these are, Google will satisfy your curiosity (but don't look it up just before you have your tea). I've known two ex-Morgan owners that this has happened to and they, in turn, know plenty of others.

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Well I've had two, a 4/4 and a plus 8 and I knew many owners as I belonged to the driver's club. I don't doubt the condition exists but I've never personally come across it. Mind you I was a few years younger then! When I look at owner's club sites now the drivers seem to be much older than in my day. They now seem to attract the more geriatric amongst us. It's a lovely car to drive around the back lanes but you've got to be hardy! I sold my last one to build a Caterham 7 - now could I still climb into one of those?

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I had to sell my GTO 3000TT for similar reasons. Getting in was OK but getting out was a struggle. Due to the massive wide doors getting in and out in a car park was nigh on impossible.

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This is Burton Street 1932, John Coopers shop specialised in gold mirrors and picture frames.The Barbers Shop on the right remained that way until the early 1970's.62053.1.640.640.UNPAD.jpgThe Victoria Hotel can be seen in the distance.

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21 hours ago, jonab said:

I've heard that one of the hazards of driving a Morgan is that the strange positioning of the driving seat leads to a propensity to develop pilonidal abscesses. If you don't know what these are, Google will satisfy your curiosity (but don't look it up just before you have your tea). I've known two ex-Morgan owners that this has happened to and they, in turn, know plenty of others.

Oh my god. Just looked at a photo of a pilonidal abscess. No more Morgan’s for me Jonab!

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Some great memories from 1977 on that list Ian........twas the year i met Donna..My favourites were

1 Groovy kind of love

2 Boogie nights

3 Torn between two lovers

4 Don't leave me this way

5 Don't give up on us

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