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Vorsprung durch Technik

The rise of Audi, can, in many ways, be charted back to the Quattro. It is how they continue to sell their machines, and how consumers buy into that particular dream. 

A dream, however, as Lancia, Alfa-Romeo and in the not too distant past, Land-Rover demonstrated, is not enough. The dream must be backed up with a solidity of promise.

In 1982 this solidity was realised through the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’, ‘Advancement through technology’. The success of this phrase is made all the more remarkable that it was placed into a still Germanophobic society.

It was not the Quattro drivetrain, however, that formed the chassis of Audi’s success, but all the small things that add up to an efficient, well-built, satisfying product that pays regular tribute to the motoring writers cliche ‘hewn from solid’.

This weeks SHCOTW (A better title is in the lab, I promise) is a major piece of that culture. There aren’t many left of these remaining, with howmanyleft.co.uk showing a major fall in this early model’s numbers. This car over all other Audi products was featured both in Stephen Bayley’s book Cars – Freedom, Style, Sex, Power, Motion, Colour, Everything and The Design Museum’s Fifty Cars That Changed The World‘. It is now surely safe to say this is a classic. 

I give you two examples. One, surely the best model to find but a suspected money pit, and two, a relatively safe bet with a slightly steep price tag. Of course, life isn’t always so black and white and patience is the virtue within consumer society…

Adverts reproduced below:



Part exchange

part ex possible

Audi 100 CC TurboDiesel (Classic Car) 
£2,700 Omagh, County Tyrone

Audi 100cc Trubodiesel (Classic car) 1-owner, Full Service, New Timingbelt kit + water pump + thermostat, new gashet, new battery, new breake pads, very clean, good drive, 2keys. No TAX, MOT 28.05.2014, no corode, very good condition.

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This week, on this day of Thurs (i.e. the correct day for SHCOTW, not Fri as previously…

Sorry, blacked out for a moment, there.

What was I saying? Ah, yes. SHCOTW, the awkwardly named and somewhat unimaginative feature of this not read blog.

Right, so last week a ‘modified’ Land Rover made it in, just pipping a Relient Kitten with a Kawasaki ZZR1100 engine, sequential ‘box, and a roll cage. I wanted to write about that particular concoction this week, but someone seems to have bought it. And is probably dead by now. In a puff of fibreglass. Let’s just take a moment.

May his/her soul, energy, and/or secular spirit rest in peace/go on to an honourable next life/forever nourish the life around us.



It’s go get drunk and stoned on whatevers going and possibly have sex with strangers while listening to music you like and getting muddy time! And I have just the thing for you! It’s this delightfully compact caravan that in no way looks too small but was designed on a CAD system. 


In reality, I actually find this quite tempting…


Now, who’s for an STD?

Advert reproduced below:

For sale, my custom one-of-a-kind Teardrop trailer that i built last year. Perfect for car shows and festivals. I built it as small as possible, but can still sleep two people. As small as possible, proportioned for a classic mini. 

Too many features to mention, here are just some: 
-Custom aerodynamic design, tested in virtual wind tunnel 
-Remote control Mood Lighting 
-Remote control Sony CD/Radio 
-Laser cut panels 
-Qwerky interior design, with anime wallpaper 
-Exterior led ground lighting 
-Minilite alloy wheels 
-Complete Galvanized frame and chassis, roof is galvanized and powder coated, side panels are galvanized. 

This trailer is not based on anything else, its has been completely designed using CAD software and then built from scratch using raw materials. 

Please, no time wasters. 
(since these photos, curtains have been added) 
£2800 ono

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Boss Hog

Ah, Wednesdays. 

It’s the day I’m supposed to do a review. Friday’s are the day I post a Second-hand car of the week. But what the smell. It’s Wednesday, I have a day off, and I’ve just found this:


Yesiree, that’s a Warthog. It’s not road legal, but then as far as knowledge stretches there are no MOT’s on any of the HALO’s. More importantly The Covenant generally cares more about how much you’re shooting them in the middle of their alien faces than whether the off-side control arm is rotting or not.  

Back in the real world ten thousand medium ones seems a little steep for something that has limited actual use, and being based on an old Land Rover it will almost certainly break down All The Time. Who cares, though, as something to show geeky people (myself included) it has no peer.

Also, JLS.



That is all.


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Today’s SHCOTW carries with it a certain amount of risk. First, though, why I’m doing these words in the first place.
Typically the idea of SHCOTW was to show some alternative answers to the man on a budget question. Basically, the whole exercise is a complete rip-off of Piston Head’s SOTW. Without the small budget cap. And without the getting paid bit. Also, without the readership. And a small nod to the phrase ‘g’is a job’.
I work in a restaurant. It is a nice restaurant where nice people go with nice food and nice décor. It is precisely not the place you’d expect to find an outspoken socialist with a penchant for cars talking AT people while simultaneously trying to serve them food and definitely not ogling their daughters. Nope.
Last night a nice family came in for a nice birthday celebration. I recognised one of the men, as the last time they’d come in I’d talked AT him about cars while he politely told me about his Ford Puma habit. I recognised his sister (this is where it gets risky), as she was an attractive girl with a distinctive look. Coincidently I’d seen her about town a few days after. This had led to an idea that I might chat to her at some point, perhaps in a pub –remainder of sentence seized under the Tim Smith Sometimes Needs A Filter Act-.
I duly let them know that I remembered them and the reaction, was, well, shock. ‘But that was six months ago’ said one. That went well.

Eventually, with their stomachs filled with goodness (saved by the chef, again) the conversation turned light. Turns out our man with the car habit is restoring a Hillman Imp. ‘My goodness’ I said as I went on to embarrass myself further. ‘A rear engined car with a swing axle’. Imps do not have swing axles. Could this get any worse? Probably.

Anyway, back to the program:
Here is an Imp for sale, and do you know what, it’s kinda cool, don’t you think?


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