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i remember helping a prat towing a sprite musketeer up Lynton hill with a CA Bedford van and managed the corner but stalled on the straight bit , 

rolled back to a  jack knife nearly into the cliff edge with wife trying to push .  

we got her out the way and de coupled only to find the caravan handbrake didnt work but managed to spin it round on a rock chock , rehitched he left downhill with the bedford brakes not holding and he crashed into the wall on the corner 

theres a inherent problem with idiots having no idea of why you have a 1st gear for hills 

they poodle round the hair pins in 3rd and stall and we all fall about laughing or getting grumpy 

Pete

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It was Porlock Hill that made me change all my silicone brake fluid back to good quality DOT4 20 years ago - we were on a non-competitive tour, and I had climbed it in my Healey 3000, great fun, and was driving gently back down again to the start.  Near the bottom my brake pedal went soft and I couldn't hold it on the pedal.  The choice was going to be between the dry stone wall on the left, or the boot of the 300SL Gullwing in front...  Luckily with a real hefty long pull on the handbrake I managed to get it to stop.  20 mins later it was back to normal.  I had suffered a similar experience 6 months earlier on a different hill in a different car, also with silicone brake fluid, so the Porlock experience was enough, no more silicone. 

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its wheres the water hiding ???

I guess Porlock is cleaner these days not the pong of burnt clutches and cooked brakes

the narrow 2nd toll road up culbone  from porlock wier  is a good set of hair pins with grass in the middle 

ie not the hill by pass toll.

or watch guys go down countisbury with just the brakes on for 2 miles    ye haaa  cant stop at the bottom 

its time to use your gears and let the engine sing /do the work 

its a good wake up county for idiots 

and other oddities like Bilbrooke ford  nr blue anchor  the road just runs into the river 

you drive up the river bed for 150 yds and exit onto tarmac not far to the A39 

Pete

 

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4 hours ago, Pete Lewis said:

i remember helping a prat towing a sprite musketeer up Lynton hill with a CA Bedford van and managed the corner but stalled on the straight bit , 

rolled back to a  jack knife nearly into the cliff edge with wife trying to push .  

we got her out the way and de coupled only to find the caravan handbrake didnt work but managed to spin it round on a rock chock , rehitched he left downhill with the bedford brakes not holding and he crashed into the wall on the corner

In approx. 1980?  Sounds almost identical to the incident I was thinking of, although I remember it as going up Countisbury.  I do remember lots of muttering, mumbling, and amusement from my dad and uncle who were both keen caravanners and would probably have stopped to help if we weren't walking up the hill as families, with myself and 2 others having the easy crushability of childhood.

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Anyone who remembers the Doune Classic Show near Stirling, around 2001 - wettest, coldest weekend I ever spent in a tent. The first afternoon - Friday - some guy in a Stag towed a caravan up the sloping campsite and spun his wheels the entire way leaving two huge trenches across the field, and after that every other car that followed just made them deeper and muddier. Everytime we went to the stalls or beertent we had to do the WW1 'over the top', and climb out of one trench, cross no mans land in between, drop into the other, clamber out covered in mud, and do the same on the way back. People were falling into them in the dark. I had to buy a new pair of shoes in the village for the trip home. 

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21 hours ago, Pete Lewis said:

 going up or down , dont know

it said the  car systems saw the grid as a wall !!!!   they have changed the grid 

like the area  we stayed in the old police station at dunster   in 2019 

you need to try beggars roost nr Lyton   

Pete

 

 

You just put the Vittesse on the tramway? Don`t You?.

From `83 to 97` The whole area from Bournemouth to the Tamar was my "Patch". We "did" all the N-T sites, as part of the "insurance" package for General Accident. We too Caravaned all up round there during that period. Often in Fields. The Vittesse towed our Baily caravan sometimes too.

P.s. Never attempted Porlock with a `van, having had to climb it solo in a modern company supplied vehicle.

Pete

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think anyone trying to negotiate Porlock or any hairpinned 1 in 3 with a caravan needs a mental check up 

i stopped caravaning in 1984 when management cars were not allowed tow bars 

the 2000 has a tow ball but i dont have a caravan to see how she would perform ....  quite slowly i think 

certified locations with 5 vans and a loo were my preferred sites 

getting the friendly horse out of the awning was a good game 

this is  thread drift  of the week  !!!!

Pete

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4 hours ago, Pete Lewis said:

the 2000 has a tow ball but i dont have a caravan to see how she would perform ....  quite slowly i think 

Continuing the "Thread Drift":- My Neighbour had the 2000 Estate circa late 70`s He towed a Sprite Alpine with his, an older (heavier) one on the Full steel chassis. The only thing he did was add Rear spring assist to counteract the long(ish) overhang dragging the rear down?. My Mazda 6, would`nt pull though. Swopped it for a V6 2.8 Auto, Granada Estate which had the same (Rear Sag) issue, solved with Air Springs.

Pete

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I am going to upgrade the Spit with modern signalling:

When below 50MPH & indicator stalk activated, brake lights will illuminate for a second and then the indicators will flash.

Indicators controlled from steering angle would be a bonus. Only start flashing as I turn.

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1 minute ago, SpitFire6 said:

I am going to upgrade the Spit with modern signalling:

When below 50MPH & indicator stalk activated, brake lights will illuminate for a second and then the indicators will flash.

Indicators controlled from steering angle would be a bonus. Only start flashing as I turn.

If you do it Iain and it works well, try and sell the idea to BMW. :) 

Tony. 

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On 09/01/2021 at 17:58, poppyman said:

Doesn't work on most of them Iain. 

Tony.

Nor Audi`s, And Most SUV`s with lady drivers and a car load of sprog`s.

BTW. WHY!!!!!. Do they always have to get the kid(s) out into the Road?. Anyone know? Not a new phenomenon, It was noticable as far back as the early 80`s. (and maybe earlier??)

Pete

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15 minutes ago, PeteH said:

Nor Audi`s, And Most SUV`s with lady drivers and a car load of sprog`s.

BTW. WHY!!!!!. Do they always have to get the kid(s) out into the Road?. Anyone know? Not a new phenomenon, It was noticable as far back as the early 80`s. (and maybe earlier??)

Pete

It's Darwinian.  Natural selection at work.

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the only case of kids out roadside is if one is in a safety seat not so easy to extricate the little darlings from within the car from the path side

think thats just cobblers it just lazyness as the o/s rear door is nearest

add to the problem of opening doors to get in or out without any concerns for passing cars 

its all down to Me Me Me  and sod any common sense or responsibility

well its raining again i dont /or  need to go far in lockdown  but its a joy to drive without all the whacky parking outside the schools and 3 point turns in main road 

Pete 

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1 hour ago, PeteH said:

Nor Audi`s, And Most SUV`s with lady drivers and a car load of sprog`s.

BTW. WHY!!!!!. Do they always have to get the kid(s) out into the Road?. Anyone know? Not a new phenomenon, It was noticable as far back as the early 80`s. (and maybe earlier??)

Pete

That's one question that's been about for centuries - why do women with children in a pram always push the pram out into the road first?

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