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Sadly this does not seem to be a joke

The Rolls Royce Cullinan.

They should have stopped the name of this farce at Rolls Royce Cull.

Thank goodness the old ‘Wire Brush and Domestos’ can be applied to the eyes as well as the tongue.

Rolls Royce has officially descended to the gutter with this freak, in its quest for sales.

The ‘Best Car in the World’ is now just the ‘Worst Shed in the World’.

Never forget, Mythbusters may actually have succeeded in polishing a turd, but under the shine it was STILL a turd.

Go buy a Range Rover if you feel the need to drive a luxury van around, or show the world you don’t care about the cost of fuel (570 HP V12 6.0 litre with 8-speed automatic and all-wheel drive.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Now, where did I leave my wire brush and Domestos?

10/05/2018 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Daylight reveals Rolls tyre failure

Even though it meant breaking a habit built up over the past weeks and months – I went out in DAYLIGHT!

Just too curious to learn a little more about the crippled Rolls in my neighbour’s drive.

While it was too dark to see any detail last night, today it’s clear the front offside tyre decided to end it all – you can now see the black marks where the escaping rubber hit some parts of the wheel arch.

Sadly, the wheel had already gone, so I don’t know if the rim was as damaged as badly as it looked in the dark.

I’ve seen some horrible examples of tyres being destroyed by rubbish lying in the road.

I came to a rapid and noisy stop on an A road just outside Edinburgh once, and was amazed to see a massive steel ‘tent-peg’ (of the size needed to hold a big top guy rope) sticking out the sidewall of a rear tyre, which had been destroyed as this thing had gone in the tread, and come out the side. The only good thing was that I’d just arrived at a field entrance, and was able to stop safely immediately.

I see the shocked Spirit of Ecstasy has gone into hiding 🙂

Rolls Blowout

Rolls Blowout

05/02/2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | , | 2 Comments

Can a Rolls roll without tyres?

I got a bit of a surprise last night, as I glanced at one of my neighbour’s nice cars.

Changed regularly, the white Rolls Royce Wraith appeared towards the end of last year, and has been spotted in the city centre.

But it was huddled in a dark corner last night, and looked… odd.

I couldn’t stop as I was headed elsewhere and short of time, but I grabbed a pic, and this enhanced view of the dark corner confirmed what I hadn’t been able to see in the dark

At least the front offside wheel has no tyre (maybe more, I couldn’t see more in the dark) and car is just sitting on the rim, in gravel.

I wonder about the rest as the whole car did not appear to be sitting at an angle, as it would if only one tyre was missing.

Odd?

Wonder if it was a failure, or perhaps vandalism if more are ruined, as this is not a particularly upmarket ‘burb.

I won’t be specific, but think of Bearsden backing onto Drumchapel (locals will know what I mean).

I don’t usually get here in daylight, especially in winter, but may ‘try harder’ for special interest.

I’ll hazard a guess, for this view at least, that the tyre failed – reason being the black scuff mark seen to the right edge of the wheel well.

It’s hard to tell from the terrible pic in this dim light, but the rim looks damaged, as if the car had to be driven on it.

Expensive.

Rolls Royce Wheel

Rolls Royce Wheel

 

 

 

05/02/2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | , | 2 Comments

Would buy

It’s handy having a decent second-hand car dealer at the end of the road.

You get to play fantasy car buyer, and don’t need any money (which is kind of handy for me).

The selection tends towards the better end of the range, although like many others, their offerings suffer from the current horrors of favouring SUV ‘bricks’. Although I’ve noticed their numbers falling in recent months, with proper cars becoming more numerous on the forecourt. On good days, the offerings are a refreshing change from these glorified vans.

Such as…

Rolls Royce

Rolls Royce

This would be one of my choices, as I prefer this to the more modern variations – and it’s a lot easier on the pocket too.

I seem to prefer the more classic shapes, but having come across the Wraith, I can’t really complain (until the price tag comes into sight).

 

18/01/2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | | Leave a comment

Problem neighbour keeps leaving his jaguar in my drive

My neighbour may not be short of a bob or two, but he’s not very bright.

A fast-talking salesman sold him a cheap jaguar, and he refuses to believe anyone who tells him he was conned. Even the bites and scratches have failed to convince him.

He can’t remember which driveway is his either, and keeps leaving his ‘jaguar’ in mine. Like all cats, it likes to sit on the warm bonnet, and just looks at me as if I was stupid when I ask it to move.

I used to be able to get its attention by sending small children to ‘pet the nice pussycat’ – but I can’t find any now.

Leopard Rolls

Leopard Rolls

30/11/2017 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Second oldest Rolls Royce goes on show at Riverside

The second oldest Rolls Royce has gone on display at Glasgow’s Riverside Museum.

The 1905 car is actually the second oldest Rolls Royce in the world, and still runs, having been completely restored over the years, including refurbishment of its 3-cylinder engine.

The car is was originally gifted to the Royal Scottish Automobile Club (RSAC) in 1974, by owner Adam McGregor Dick of Kilmarnock. Nicknamed by trustees at the RSAC as ‘the old girl’, it has been loaned to Glasgow Museums for an initial three year period, with hopes that the loan can be extended indefinitely. One of the conditions of the gift was that the car must stay in Scotland and be displayed here. It had been on display at the headquarters of the RSAC in Glasgow’s Blythswood Square, but that was closed, and the car was then displayed in the Doune Motor Museum in Perthshire, however that too closed, in 1998. Since then, it seems the car has spent its time in Essex, with restoration taking place when the funds were available.

Over the years, it was first sold to a gent in Yorkshire, having been a demonstration vehicle – in those days, one purchased a Rolls Royce chassis, and had one’s coachbuilder add the bodywork to it.

It next went to a lady in Dumfriesshire, but it seems her chauffeur did not like driving it.

The car was then bought by the Dick family in Kilmarnock, who paid about ÂŁ900 in 1908.

The story of car tells of how it was lucky to survive past World War II, during which it was used for ‘something’ which led it to it being something of a mess by the end of the conflict, and being so battered that the then owner was set to send it to the scrapyard. Fortunately, it seems his son hid the car, and it survived that fate. It’s value today is not certain, but the oldest example of the marque sold for ÂŁ3.5 million back in 2007.

I’m sure I have a pic of the car when it was on show in Doune, but those pics are on film rather than digital, and yet to be transferred – maybe one day.

In the meantime, I found that Wikipedia has a shared image of the car said to date from 2004. Sadly, details of where the car was, and why, are not provided.

Rolls Royce 3-cylinder 1905

Rolls Royce 3-cylinder 1905 by Malcoma via Wikimedia Commons

See also World’s second oldest Rolls Royce goes on show

06/04/2014 Posted by | Transport | , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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