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Old Friday 13th April 2018, 19:12   #151
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Love this thread!! I have a huge passion for automobiles. I'll capture some new content this weekend as there are a few local car enthusiast meets.
I passed an amazing convoy of super cars in the Rockies once Mike. I also some superb classics in Nelson BC. One of my favourite holidays ever.

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Old Wednesday 16th May 2018, 20:22   #152
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Passed a fantastic looking Bugatti Type 57 on a recent birding trip to Scotland with several 60's Volvo saloons going the other way.

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Old Wednesday 16th May 2018, 20:23   #153
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And a Yaris GRMN on the way home. Must be quite a rare car.

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Old Sunday 5th August 2018, 09:13   #154
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This years hire car - Infiniti Q30 1.5 dci.

Initially didn't think I'd like this as it shares the same engine as the Codger and it rolls like a Galleon around bends. I still don't like the engine. It's weedy and the gearing is too long. It really shouldn't be in anything bigger than a Clio.

Given the villa is 1/2 a mile down an unmade road the ride has actually been a bonus. That, and the raised ride height, have come in very handy down some of the tracks to where we've taken the children swimming and I've done a little birding.

The air-con is really good which, given it's been 35 degrees most days, has been very welcome. I haven't measured it, but the fuel economy seems to have been very good. A friend has hired a 1.4t Mokka which has used far more fuel. It is much faster though.

I've missed a couple of birds of prey whilst driving, not helped by the shallowness of the windows. Does look quite good though. It's plenty big enough for the four of us and the boot is ok.

So overall it's grown on me. With the 2.2 available in the U.K. It would be a pretty decent car.

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Old Monday 6th August 2018, 10:37   #155
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Not a bad looking little number at all. As you say with a bit more beef (or horses - but that's another issue lol) under the bonnet it could be a nice motor. One of these days though you will finally get a hire car that delivers decent performance, although with your recent track record I wont hold my breath.
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Not a bad looking little number at all. As you say with a bit more beef (or horses - but that's another issue lol) under the bonnet it could be a nice motor. One of these days though you will finally get a hire car that delivers decent performance, although with your recent track record I wont hold my breath.
Lol. Doesn't have be quick Paul. The 1.2 TSi Fabia we had was one of my favourite cars. It's why I started looking at Octavias. Unfortunately the hire car is the least of our issues at the moment.

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Old Tuesday 7th May 2019, 17:00   #157
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Watching Tree Pipits etc. at Usk Reservoir this morning. Cam home via the Black Mountain. Appears a magazine was holding a shoot there as a Mk 1,2,3 and 4 MX5 were all lined up.

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Going to be a bit of a first for me birding in a strange car. We are off to the Camargue and Alpilles on Saturday and am having to leave the jag at home in favour of flying out there. Have hired a Volvo V40 (only choice in automatic at the time and didn't fancy reverting to a LHD manual after over 10 years of driving autos) so no idea what it will be like. Fingers crossed.
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Going to be a bit of a first for me birding in a strange car. We are off to the Camargue and Alpilles on Saturday and am having to leave the jag at home in favour of flying out there. Have hired a Volvo V40 (only choice in automatic at the time and didn't fancy reverting to a LHD manual after over 10 years of driving autos) so no idea what it will be like. Fingers crossed.
We had one of those in Scotland a few years back Paul. Lovely car but all the warning systems drove me up the wall. If it were mine I'd delve into the menus and switch them off.

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We had one of those in Scotland a few years back Paul. Lovely car but all the warning systems drove me up the wall. If it were mine I'd delve into the menus and switch them off.

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Yes. My sister in law has one so I am somewhat familiar with it which why I picked it. But you know what they say about best laid plans. Got to marseilles airport last saturday and they gave me a Renault Megan Instead. Typical. Not to mention that I had to wait nearly 40 minutes for it and it had damage to the wheels and rear quarter. Having now spent a week driving through some of the more rural french villages I see how the damage occurred. Somewhat narrow to say the least!

That said the car itself was actually surprisingly good and proved to be an ideal birding car. (When I get time I will post a vacation report)
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I think car hire companies should be warned about birders. The words - 'you've had an upgrade' - are invariably followed by a conversation about the unsuitability of the luxury upgrade they have proposed on bumpy tracks etc.....

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I think car hire companies should be warned about birders. The words - 'you've had an upgrade' - are invariably followed by a conversation about the unsuitability of the luxury upgrade they have proposed on bumpy tracks etc.....

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Absolutely. A pal in Germany always hires an automatic when coming to the UK as he can't cope with the gear change being on the wrong side as well as having to drive on the other side of the road. Invariably they 'upgrade' him a mid to large executive saloon (last time it was a Volvo V90, have you seen the size of these?) which are always too big for the roads around the birding places he visits such as in Norfolk and Suffolk.

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Lol. Doesn't have be quick Paul. The 1.2 TSi Fabia we had was one of my favourite cars. It's why I started looking at Octavias. Unfortunately the hire car is the least of our issues at the moment.

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We love our Fabia 1.6 diesel Estate to bits. For internal space (for carrying birding gear) compared with external dimensions it is the best we have found and its within sight of 100,000 miles and going strong. Came back to Sheffield from a meeting near Kings Lynn last week and got 65 mpg too

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We love our Fabia 1.6 diesel Estate to bits. For internal space (for carrying birding gear) compared with external dimensions it is the best we have found and its within sight of 100,000 miles and going strong. Came back to Sheffield from a meeting near Kings Lynn last week and got 65 mpg too

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Lovely car Lee. My neighbours had one recently and really liked it. I'm changing mine at the beginning of next year. Keep going between a pick up, a Transit. or a Leon Estate. Each has to get my gear in and usually the hound. Plus 2 young children and all their stuff. I do like the idea of pulling over in a pick up pretty much anywhere to scan for birds. I guess we've all grounded our cars at some point for that great view

On my way to Gwent yesterday to do some birding there were some great looking Fords going the other way - Mk1 Escort, Cortina, early Capri and a Sapphire Cossie. Shortly followed by an Evora and Elise in convoy.

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Kings Lynn is looking more mountainous than I remember
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Wow you have sharp eyes Rich LOL. You are right of course and that pic was taken up in the Pyrenees. Nearby were Rock Buntings and Vanilla Orchids.

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Yes and the caveat in the rental agreement from Budget clearly states that the car must not be driven on any un-surfaced (eg gravel track) roads. That is a bit difficult when you are driving around rural France. at least a couple of the reserves we visited had gravel roads leading to them and all had gravel car parks (at least those that had any sort of surface at all)

Perhaps they have been warned about birders.
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Had a week in Somerset recently. Some nice cars around including a 914, Escort Cossie and TVR Griffith. Great birds too.
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...... Perhaps they have been warned about birders.
They are probably quite well aware of the reputation that hire cars have (in common with company cars incidently) - that is:

They accelerate faster, corner better, stop quicker, and generally just go harder than other normal cars !





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Had a week in Somerset recently. Some nice cars around including a 914, Escort Cossie and TVR Griffith. Great birds too.
Wow! Griffith is my dreamcar (one of those, anyway ) https://www.pistonheads.com/regulars...h-500-se/24580
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