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'[OT] TV Motoring - Fifth Gear'
2005\03\22@065611 by Alan B. Pearce

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For you motoring types that watch the UK program fifth Gear, the new series
had its opening program last night. Liked the comparison between the new
Porsche Boxster and BMW Z4.

http://www.five.tv/home/frameset/?content=2278491

2005\03\23@033649 by Jinx

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> For you motoring types that watch the UK program fifth Gear

The Hulme F1 was publicly unveiled today. Video here

http://tvnz.co.nz/view/tvone_minisite_story_skin/481216%3fformat=html

A NZ-made supercar that will no doubt end up on Fifth Gear
or Top Gear for review. Although the car revealed is a bit of
an anti-climax. It's got no engine for one thing - but they know
what it will be - and the project is ongoing. They hope to have 2
or 3 ready this year (who hasn't said THAT to a customer).

This story thought 2 would be ready in 2004

masseynews.massey.ac.nz/2004/Massey_News/mar/mar08/stories/03-03-04.h
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I worry it will go the way of the Britton Superbike. Lotsa publicity
and a few sales then not much else for 10 years

2005\03\23@040750 by Howard Winter

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Jinx,

On Wed, 23 Mar 2005 20:36:35 +1200, Jinx wrote:

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I don't know what their market is, but they won't be able to sell it as a road car here - the tops of the
tyres have to be covered.  Wouldn't it look dreadful with add-on mudguards?  :-)

Cheers,



Howard Winter
St.Albans, England


2005\03\23@052158 by Russell McMahon

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>> http://tvnz.co.nz/view/tvone_minisite_story_skin/481216%3fformat=html

>> A NZ-made supercar that will no doubt end up on Fifth Gear

> I don't know what their market is, but they won't be able to sell it
> as a road car here - the tops of the
> tyres have to be covered.  Wouldn't it look dreadful with add-on
> mudguards?  :-)

What look like open wheels in fact have close fitting guards mounted
above them.

I'd prefer the other NZer inspired "F1" supercar named after my
one-time next door neighbour (before I lived here).
AND it's a 3 seater.

       RM.

2005\03\23@060823 by Jinx

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> I don't know what their market is, but they won't be able
> to sell it as a road car here - the tops of the tyres have to
> be covered

It has got guards already. You can see them in the still at the
TVNZ link. Them's not shiny slicks

I'm sure it'll appeal to footballers, pop stars and JK. Cost they
reckon will be NZ$400,000 (UKP135,000). At 375bhp/tonne
should be pretty nimble. Apparently only NZ$2m has been spent
on development and they're looking for another 1m. 3m sounds
like an easy cost to recoup - a bit too optimistically easy

2005\03\23@064551 by Howard Winter

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Russell,

On Wed, 23 Mar 2005 22:20:17 +1200, Russell McMahon wrote:

> What look like open wheels in fact have close fitting guards mounted
> above them.

Ah, OK - I couldn't see that in the picture.

> I'd prefer the other NZer inspired "F1" supercar named after my
> one-time next door neighbour (before I lived here).
> AND it's a 3 seater.

Bruce McLaren lived next door to you?  Wow!  (I'm not worthy... :-)))

I always fancied one of those, but unless I achieve my Main Ambition (being the sole winner of a
treble-rollover on the National Lottery) it's not going to happen.  And anyway, where would you drive it?

Cheers,


Howard Winter
St.Albans, England


2005\03\23@072753 by Alan B. Pearce

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>> What look like open wheels in fact have close fitting guards mounted
>> above them.
>
>Ah, OK - I couldn't see that in the picture.

Yeah, it is not obvious. I guess the way to think of them is "Lotus 7 front
guard" :))

>> I'd prefer the other NZer inspired "F1" supercar named after my
>> one-time next door neighbour (before I lived here).
>> AND it's a 3 seater.
>
>Bruce McLaren lived next door to you?  Wow!  (I'm not worthy... :-)))
>
>I always fancied one of those, but unless I achieve my Main Ambition
>(being the sole winner of a treble-rollover on the National Lottery)
>it's not going to happen.  And anyway, where would you drive it?

Germany :)))

The McLaren F1 is getting a bit long in the tooth now I suspect. from all
accounts it is a nice enough vehicle, but does have handling quirks AIUI. I
think it has got overtaken in some of these areas by the McLaren produced
Mercedes and the top end Ferrari units currently available. Doesn't mean I
wouldn't have one if offered. Now where is the cell phone, must text in my
entry for the Porsche Boxster on Five ... :)))

2005\03\23@074432 by Howard Winter

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Alan,

On Wed, 23 Mar 2005 12:27:49 -0000, Alan B. Pearce wrote:

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> The McLaren F1 is getting a bit long in the tooth now I suspect.

I don't mind - if you find any old ones lying about, just let me know...

> from all
> accounts it is a nice enough vehicle, but does have handling quirks AIUI. I
> think it has got overtaken in some of these areas by the McLaren produced
> Mercedes and the top end Ferrari units currently available. Doesn't mean I
> wouldn't have one if offered.

Quite!

> Now where is the cell phone, must text in my
> entry for the Porsche Boxster on Five ... :)))

Ah, you're one of the ones subsidising the programme then!  :-)  It's a second-hand one though... just
remember it was designed in Sicily  ;-)))

Cheers,


Howard Winter
St.Albans, England


2005\03\23@075418 by Russell McMahon

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> Bruce McLaren lived next door to you?  Wow!  (I'm not worthy...
> :-)))

Next door to where I was going to live, I believe.
His mother lived there when we moved in.
No longer a national shrine :-) as she moved to a rest home some years
ago.
I have various bits and pieces ex Bruce which she threw out along the
way.
"How much am I bid for Bruce McLaren's electric drum pump ...".
(It's not for sale).

> I always fancied one of those, but unless I achieve my Main Ambition
> (being the sole winner of a
> treble-rollover on the National Lottery) it's not going to happen.
> And anyway, where would you drive it?

There's one in NZ - bought as an investment I'm told.
There's nowhere here where you can sensibly drive it to near its
capabilities.
Closest would be Canterbury plains - you'd make the cops very happy
and unhappy simultaneously.
"Did you get its number?"
'No, but there's only one of those in the country, so ...'



       RM

2005\03\23@081738 by Jinx

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> There's one in NZ - bought as an investment I'm told.
>
> "Did you get its number?"
> 'No, but there's only one of those in the country, so ...'

Somebody pinched the country's Aston Martin Vanquish around
Christmas. Didn't take long to find the muppet who took it

"Er, maybe I could respray it"

2005\03\24@105756 by Alan B. Pearce

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>> Now where is the cell phone, must text in my
>> entry for the Porsche Boxster on Five ... :)))
>
>Ah, you're one of the ones subsidising the programme then!  :-)

I did a mental calculation, and very rapidly figured that at a pound a call
(plus network charges) they would probably rack up about 10x the cost of the
car. :)))

>It's a second-hand one though... just
>remember it was designed in Sicily  ;-)))

Oh, you mean the mafia want it back? :))

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