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  1. Hello This post is coming from near Cognac in France. sadly we have returned the Rapier to England to be packed up ready to be shipped home to Australia after just a couple of weeks in France. After spending the whole day up to 7.00 pm working on the car I got it running but with no top gear, We completed the Fougere Rally and started out for our next event but driving at Motorway speeds using 3rd gear and sustained 5,500 rpm was no fun and eventually the Rapier called enough! After a waisted two days at a French garage where I was not allowed into the workshop, the car was no better and we limped back to the ferry terminal at St Marlo. The car was pushed onto the ferry and off again at Portsmouth. A five hour journey on a tilt tray truck took it back to Cars UK at Chedburgh where our. i’ll fated journey began. We are now back in France in a hire Renault Captur. Not my first choice in transport but it will be our every day drive until we return to Australia Bj.
  2. For anyone interested the Lagonda has now passed Portugal and is out of the Mediterranean en route to Rotterdam from there the next stop should be the UK and the end of its long journey. Tomorrow we fly to the France for almost a week in Paris and should be reunited with the Lagonda on following Friday morning. No matter what you may think of my contributions here; no-one could say that our lives are boring. Rather than tucked up in an air-conditioned garage the car plays a significant part in our activities. Bj. www.vesselfinder.com/?imo=9349497
  3. Hello Larry It is a Koala! Native and unique to Australia. It should be but is often not as readily associated with Australia or recognised as much as a Kangaroo. Their survival is affected badly by the fact that they are very "picky" with their eating which is restricted to just one or two types of Eucalyptus leaves. They seem to spend most of their day sitting in the "fork" of a tree asleep. The koala (Phascolarctos cinereus, or, inaccurately, koala bear[a]) is an arboreal herbivorous marsupial native to Australia. It is the only extant representative of the family Phascolarctidae and its closest living relatives are the wombats, which comprise the family Vombatidae.[4]. The koala is found in coastal areas of the mainland's eastern and southern regions, inhabiting Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia. It is easily recognisable by its stout, tailless body and large head with round, fluffy ears and large, spoon-shaped nose. The koala has a body length of 60–85 cm (24–33 in) and weighs 4–15 kg (9–33 lb). Pelagecolour ranges from silver grey to chocolate brown. Koalas from the northern populations are typically smaller and lighter in colour than their counterparts further south. These populations possibly are separate subspecies, but this is disputed. Koalas typically inhabit open eucalypt woodlands, and the leaves of these trees make up most of their diet. Because this eucalypt diet has limited nutritional and caloric content, koalas are largely sedentary and sleep up to 20 hours a day. They are asocial animals, and bonding exists only between mothers and dependent offspring. Adult males communicate with loud bellows that intimidate rivals and attract mates. Males mark their presence with secretions from scent glands located on their chests. Being marsupials, koalas give birth to underdeveloped young that crawl into their mothers' pouches, where they stay for the first six to seven months of their lives. These young koalas, known as joeys, are fully weaned around a year old. Koalas have few natural predators and parasites, but are threatened by various pathogens, such as Chlamydiaceae bacteria and the koala retrovirus, as well as by bushfires and droughts. Australia is home to quite a number of unique animals. Next on the list and perhaps even weirder is the Platypus* I am about to disappear for three months but please do not this keep you from contributing some more here. *The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), sometimes referred to as the duck-billed platypus, is a semiaquatic egg-laying mammal[3] endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. Together with the four species of echidna, it is one of the five extant species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young. The animal is the sole living representative of its family (Ornithorhynchidae) and genus (Ornithorhynchus), though a number of related speciesappear in the fossil record. The first scientists to examine a preserved platypus body (in 1799)[4] judged it a fake, made of several animals sewn together.[5] The unusual appearance of this egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal baffled European naturalists when they first encountered it, with some considering it an elaborate hoax. It is one of the few species of venomous mammals: the male platypus has a spur on the hind foot that delivers a venom capable of causing severe pain to humans. The unique features of the platypus make it an important subject in the study of evolutionary biology and a recognizable and iconic symbol of Australia; it has appeared as a mascot at national events and features on the reverse of the Australian twenty-cent coin. Bj.
  4. 24 hours later and the Al Safat is on the move again, next stop is scheduled for 4th May at Rotterdam. This is also the same date that we take to the air on our way to Paris. While we are enjoying the delights of Paris, the Al Safat should finally be making its way to the UK. By the time we reach England the ship should have unloaded the container with the Lagonda safely tucked up inside. This then has to make the road journey to Cars Uk's depot at Chedburgh in Suffolk. We should be finally re-united with the Rapier in about 10 days time. Then the fun will begin. My first task as mentioned previously will be to re-install the gearbox and to get the car ready for the road. Bj. P.S. I really must apologise, by the lack of response I can only assume that I am boring you all rotten!
  5. Right now, still safely tucked up in its container on board the Al Safat the Rapier will be making a quick "Whistle Stop" at Malta as it progresses along the Medeiterranean:- https://www.vesselfinder.com/vessels/AL-SAFAT-IMO-9349497-MMSI-636017670
  6. *If you have not been "keeping up" that "frantic day" will be spent putting the gearbox back into the car! In a borrowed space a very long way from home.
  7. Further to jp26 you would be amazed/shocked at how much it has cost me to have all the ASBESTOS removed from a 1930s ENV Preselector gearbox. Not as a repair but just so I could bring my own car home after a visit to England & France. There was absolutely noting wrong with the gearbox just that it still had the "correct" friction linings inside it. bj .
  8. I have just recieved a email reply from the Kentucky Trailer Co. Yes they still do have the Dixie Flyer and NO they have never driven it! Bj.
  9. We are now approaching the countdown until we "Fly Out" heading for our first stop in Paris. Then just a few days later on to England to collect the Lagonda with a frantic one day's work to get it mobile before we head off back towards France. You can all then look forward to three months peace and quiet. Bj.
  10. Of course also greatly mis-understood was Citroens use of the two inverted chevrons as his signature trade mark. There is no great mystery or connection to Corporals in the French army but an extremely simple explanation. Along with the people behind ENV (en v) Andre Citroen started out as a gear cutter and an early exponent of cutting Double-helical gears. These can be seen in such places as the rear axle assembly of his early cars. The 5CV in particular features this form of gears used for the crown wheel and pinion. These are also sometimes referred to as "Herringbone" gears. Bj.
  11. Changing the subject only slightly, what seems like a very long time ago I rescued a (Fiat) OSCA roadster from a boat builders yard here in Australia on Port Phillip Bay. It was a magic little (1500cc) car but as with nearly all my projects it was run in some local Historic Racing events before being sold. It appeared once or twice driven by the son of the purchaser, never to be seen again. The photograph with it parked next to a Mini gives you some idea of its size. Where is it now? It had a fabulous 1500cc 4 cylinder 2-OHC engine that just loved to "Rev". It just goes to show, I have had some interesting "Post WW2" Cars too. This one as with so many of my project cars has dissapeared from sight. No Doubt shut up in someones "Private Collection". Bernie j .
  12. Perhaps not a photograph but a heavily re-touched one. Here two of the Firefly Speedster taken in Louisville The first one has to be one of my favourites taken on the actual Kentucky Wagon Co factory floor where the car was first built. The second one at the AACA Anniversary Show also at Louisville. This brings me to the point of all this. Does anyone have any up to date info on where the car is now and if it has been driven (ever)? Bernie j.
  13. Back to the main subject, our Lagonda Rapier on board the Container Ship Al Safat is well on the way to England currently about to head through the Suez Canal and into the Medeiterranean:- https://www.vesselfinder.com/vessels/AL-SAFAT-IMO-9349497-MMSI-636017670 Bj