Festival of the unexceptional 2021

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Festival of the unexceptional 2021

Post by jifflemon » Tue Apr 27, 2021 3:47 pm


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Re: Festival of the unexceptional 2021

Post by Jay-Kay-Em » Tue Apr 27, 2021 6:07 pm

Booked at lunchtime already!

Tickets went live today.

Wouldn't miss it for the world. If E-types and RS2000's are your thing, move along. I prefer a base model Nova Merit :lol:

Missed 2019 due to other commitments and 2020 was cancelled. Fingers crossed this year.

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Question is; is a 480 "unexceptional" ? :)

It is of course a highly exceptional sports coupe and should therefore be banned from the festival

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Re: Festival of the unexceptional 2021

Post by Alan 480 » Tue Apr 27, 2021 6:58 pm

Jay-Kay-Em wrote:
Tue Apr 27, 2021 6:07 pm

Question is; is a 480 "unexceptional" ? :)

It is of course a highly exceptional sports coupe and should therefore be banned from the festival
exceptional to have survived?
unexceptional as mostly forgotten?
I've been to Grampian Transport Museum's version along with Fraser so must be OK :-)
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Re: Festival of the unexceptional 2021

Post by dcwalker » Tue Apr 27, 2021 6:59 pm

No way is a 480 unexceptional! But a 440 might be... ;)

BTW, I learned to drive on a Nova Merit!! Actually, no, on reflection it was a Nova Club!

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Re: Festival of the unexceptional 2021

Post by Martin Mc » Tue Apr 27, 2021 7:11 pm

I always chuckle at the marketing faux pas that the Nova was in the Spanish speaking world... 'Doesn't Go' !

Mind you, who would have thought that the Volvo 480 was named thus as that is the minimum number of electrical gremlins you will have to deal with during even short ownership, the minimum £ figure on any visit to your friendly local garage for 'urgent repairs' or the number of miles driven on average by owners before coming across any member of the 400 series in the UK.

Ok, I'll get my coat...
BTW the car always looks fab, kind of purposeful, mean and moody (but sweet too!) in the rain..Certainly NOT unexceptional!

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Re: Festival of the unexceptional 2021

Post by jifflemon » Tue Apr 27, 2021 7:40 pm

We all know the car is exceptional.

But it’s a forgotten car. The public need reminding!

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Re: Festival of the unexceptional 2021

Post by dragonflyjewels » Tue Apr 27, 2021 7:47 pm

We are booked although I did rather object to our cars being considered unexceptional :rofl:
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Post by dragonflyjewels » Tue Apr 27, 2021 8:02 pm

BTW, I learned to drive on a Nova Merit!! Actually, no, on reflection it was a Nova Club!
I learned to drive in my first car, a 1938 Austin 12 cabriolet - a bit bigger than a London taxi. Go round the Marble Arch roundabout in my boyfriend's mini and we got stampeded by a herd of impatient taxi drivers coming out of Oxford Street. In the Austin they all politely gave way - I like to think it was because they were being gentlemanly but I suspect the sight of a 17 year old learner who could only just see over the dashboard of a bigger tank than theirs was just terrifying :lol:

So, what did other people learn in ? I bet Ben was the only one of us in a 480....
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Re: reet

Post by Martin63 » Tue Apr 27, 2021 9:28 pm

dragonflyjewels wrote:
Tue Apr 27, 2021 8:02 pm
BTW, I learned to drive on a Nova Merit!! Actually, no, on reflection it was a Nova Club!
I learned to drive in my first car, a 1938 Austin 12 cabriolet - a bit bigger than a London taxi. Go round the Marble Arch roundabout in my boyfriend's mini and we got stampeded by a herd of impatient taxi drivers coming out of Oxford Street. In the Austin they all politely gave way - I like to think it was because they were being gentlemanly but I suspect the sight of a 17 year old learner who could only just see over the dashboard of a bigger tank than theirs was just terrifying :lol:

So, what did other people learn in ? I bet Ben was the only one of us in a 480....
RAJ 204 M - a 1974 Hillman Avenger. I liked it - good mechanically, poor bodywork. Within a week of passing my test I was driving around Hyde Park Corner in the era BEFORE there were any traffic lights on the junction. My Dad said "just drive like a taxi driver" 🙄😳😁

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Re: Festival of the unexceptional 2021

Post by arthuy » Wed Apr 28, 2021 5:04 pm

AA driving school were using Rover 114 Kensington's , which was a fancy metro.

I got a dead leg driving them. Glad they changed to fiesta mid way through learning.

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Re: reet

Post by MisterH » Wed Apr 28, 2021 5:57 pm

dragonflyjewels wrote:
Tue Apr 27, 2021 8:02 pm


So, what did other people learn in ? I bet Ben was the only one of us in a 480....
It certainly seems that way, although as part of the traditional "my dad had one of those" lines, our neighbour said he learned in his dads one in the late 80s, from what he says it was Graphite Grey.

That Reminds me, has there ever been a case of a graphite grey car with coloured bumpers? I assume there has, just never seen one
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Re: Festival of the unexceptional 2021

Post by Rob88h » Sat May 08, 2021 8:28 pm

dcwalker wrote:
Tue Apr 27, 2021 6:59 pm
No way is a 480 unexceptional! But a 440 might be... ;)
I’m attending with my 440. My 480 is waaayyy too cool.
Hopefully see some of you there!

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Re: Festival of the unexceptional 2021

Post by Norm57 » Sun May 09, 2021 10:32 am

I was born and raised on a farm in Suffolk. I learnt to drive on a Massey Ferguson and a Landrover,from about 10 years old. I had 3 formal lessons in a Mk11 Escort then took my test and amazingly passed! My first car was a Mk1 mini that used to fall out of gear, it cost £70 to buy it. Happy days.

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Re: Festival of the unexceptional 2021

Post by yorkievolvo » Mon May 10, 2021 7:39 am

1936 Talbot London Sports saloon - soft-top.
Never learned to drive it - mate did 'chauffuering' (his job in civvie-street).
Somebody pinched the carburettor whilst parked overnight; no money to buy another so car was scrapped.
Didn't learn to drive - Mini in Southend - for another ten (10) years.

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Re: reet

Post by brinkie » Mon May 10, 2021 2:12 pm

dragonflyjewels wrote:
Tue Apr 27, 2021 8:02 pm
So, what did other people learn in ? I bet Ben was the only one of us in a 480....
There's no "learner" system in NL, you have to go to a driving school and learn it in a learner car with an instructor who has his own set of pedals.
The mundane learner cars of the day (1988-1989) were Mk2 Golf with slow 1.6 litre diesel engines (55 bhp) and raised idle, so the engines wouldn't stall if you released the clutch too quickly.
However, being a thrill seeker, I've learned to drive in a BMW 320i six cilinder without power steering. The car wasn't very reliable so the instructor part-exchanged it for a Peugeot 405 SRi (same engine as 205 GTI), which was a very luxurious and comfortable car.
And when I passed my exam, I ended up driving in my dad's Escort 1.1 which didn't have a brake booster so I nearly rear ended another car on my first drive. What a god-awful car was that.
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Re: reet

Post by MisterH » Mon May 10, 2021 4:33 pm

brinkie wrote:
Mon May 10, 2021 2:12 pm
dragonflyjewels wrote:
Tue Apr 27, 2021 8:02 pm
So, what did other people learn in ? I bet Ben was the only one of us in a 480....
There's no "learner" system in NL, you have to go to a driving school and learn it in a learner car with an instructor who has his own set of pedals.
The mundane learner cars of the day (1988-1989) were Mk2 Golf with slow 1.6 litre diesel engines (55 bhp) and raised idle, so the engines wouldn't stall if you released the clutch too quickly.
However, being a thrill seeker, I've learned to drive in a BMW 320i six cilinder without power steering. The car wasn't very reliable so the instructor part-exchanged it for a Peugeot 405 SRi (same engine as 205 GTI), which was a very luxurious and comfortable car.
And when I passed my exam, I ended up driving in my dad's Escort 1.1 which didn't have a brake booster so I nearly rear ended another car on my first drive. What a god-awful car was that.
What was the 405 SRi like? I have somewhat of a crush for the phase 1 cars, and the SRi seemed like a fairly sporting model, how did it drive?
Current Jobs to do (6/6/21):
Fix Central Locking
Fix drivers side speaker
suspension creaking below 40mph
Un-F*ck the car

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Re: Festival of the unexceptional 2021

Post by brinkie » Tue May 11, 2021 6:41 pm

Ha, like I remember almost 32 years after :lol:
It was most definitely more comfortable than a German car without power steering.
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Re: Festival of the unexceptional 2021

Post by MisterH » Tue May 11, 2021 7:01 pm

brinkie wrote:
Tue May 11, 2021 6:41 pm
Ha, like I remember almost 32 years after :lol:
It was most definitely more comfortable than a German car without power steering.
They don't make em like they used to :rofl:
Current Jobs to do (6/6/21):
Fix Central Locking
Fix drivers side speaker
suspension creaking below 40mph
Un-F*ck the car

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