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djbthatsme

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Carlton admirers
« on: August 09, 2018, 02:57:00 PM »
I travelled  to the North East of England the other day to do a pick-up which I've done frequently over the years. On this occasion I entered into conversation with the neighbour of the property, which I was visiting, after being accused of being a stud. Laugh you not, there was something stuck in the bottom of my shoe.

Anyway I've digressed already.
More to the point the neighbour shouted across saying that he admired my car and had done so for the last 10 years that I'd been travelling to the North East. Then he went on to say that this was the best model that Vauxhall had ever made. Also before starting off on the journey the car had been washed at a local car wash where one of the guys showed more interest than usual to the extent that he offered to buy the car.   

In its burgundy colour the CDX attracts many admiring glances to the extent of promoting conversations about the car and I am now under obligation to take the car to show the storeman at the local Vauxhall dealers what its like.

I must say that even after all this time of ownership (15 years coming up) I am still drawn to the car. Look around car parks and what do you see, Audis, BMWs, Mercs, Jags etc but they're all run of the mill. How many Carltons do you see - not many I'll bet and they still attract admiring glances.


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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2018, 04:14:56 PM »
with you on that one djb! i occasionally get mine looked at by well off looking fellows in many a posh german machine,they probably had one new! i remember in the good old early 90s when reps had sierra/cavaliers and mid-managers carlton/granadas ahh nostalgia!!

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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2018, 06:19:31 PM »
I'm in the North East.
At the minute I'm using one of Carltons daily and I'd say on average once to twice per week I get a comment or thumbs up or similar.

That kind of behaviour has increased slowly over the years but I think that in the last 2 years interest in cars of this era has grown hugely.

What part of the North East do you visit DJB, just out of interest.

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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2018, 05:16:03 PM »
In reply to your comments 0795omega,
I must be one of the most fervent nostalgic buffs in existence.

I can remember with fondness the Austin of England, Austin Cambridge, the A40 - the Standard 8, 10 and Vanguard -  the Morris Oxford, Morris Minor - Routes group such as Sunbeam Rapier, Sunbeam Talbot, Hillman imp etc there's so many more. 

I can relate to the past having owned Ford Consul Mk1, Ford Zephyr Mk11, Ford Cortina, Hillman Super Minx, Vauxhall Velox and also Vauxhall Viva, Senator and of course the Carlton.

But these are just the cars of the day nostalgia clearly is much more than this, covering a very broad arena of experiences of bygone days which are held in high regard. How things have changed some for the better and some not, still I won't ramble on any more this is a separate subject which can be explored under a different heading if required.

Chris in answer to your question I visit Redcar and like I've already said this has occurred many times over the preceding years. Although I'm from S.Wales the North East became my home after I left the army in 1968 as a result of being attracted by a local blonde. 

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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2018, 05:56:35 PM »
I was just at Redcar last week, in a Carlton. They have made the seafront area quite nice in recent years so I just had a ride down with my Daughter for fish and chips.
I live about 30 miles away though near Peterlee.

Co-incidentally I was in South Wales a couple of weeks ago as the company I work for has a plant in Llanelli, it was my first visit that far south in Wales.
I've passed through a little bit of Wales further North this weekend too as I have family in Shrewsbury and thats the way we travel.

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« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2018, 06:33:41 PM »
Hello Chris,
I was also told that the seafront had been improved in Redcar so we could have formed a two car Carlton procession driving along the seafront to show off our motors.

Even though the memories fading ( old age) I still remember the North East having lived and worked there for about 20 years.  I played rugby for Middlesbrough and then Stockton which took me to places like Peterlee at away games but no doubt there will have been many changes since then.

This reminds me of the saying if I knew you were coming I'd have baked a cake or on the other hand we could have arranged to meet up - forget the cake.

Would you have been visiting the steel works in Wales ?

Being in Llanelly you would have been in the heart of Welsh speaking rugby playing country - hope they treated you well.

Some time ago a young woman (20-30) from the Llanelly area joined a working group in London who informed us that she never spoke English until she was 11\12 years old.

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« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2018, 08:42:26 PM »
No, it wasnt the steelworks, the company is called Calsonic, very big OE automotive supplier, that plant was originally called Morris Radiators.

The people were nice enough.

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« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2018, 06:17:07 PM »
Hello Chris,
Thanks for your reply.
Your comment "The people were nice enough" says it all. They can be a churlish lot down there even to their fellow welsh brothers. When I worked down there, some time ago, they weren't over friendly because they believed that I was taking a locals job. This wasn't  true because they couldn't provide the expertise locally and the vacancy came from the London office. Some of the guys were OK but even though I stayed in the vicinity rather than commute from the Valleys there wasn't any socialising of any kind.



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« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2018, 08:37:00 PM »
Cardiff is a nice place I visit frequently, usually by coach but Rosie deserves an outing. Must say Cardiff is big enough without being too big (like London/Croydon).
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RIP - 1992 2.0 CDXi Manual Estate (Spectral Blue with far too much tin worm, now only parts).

Old age means wondering: Do I really have to struggle to become an expert in something I might never need to do again.

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« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2018, 07:03:32 PM »
Hello PeterC,
The last time I went to Cardiff was probably when I was travelling home on leave in 1963 so no doubt it would have changed considerably since then - maybe after all this time they'll let me back in Ha Ha.


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« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2018, 07:53:50 PM »
Another admirer came over to the Carlton yesterday when I was parking up opposite the Co-op in Ripley. He was probably in his 20s' and had walked across from a local garage to go to wherever and in passing spent about ten minutes discussing the virtues of Vauxhalls and the Carlton in particular. My Carlton Jack as still got it .

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« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2018, 02:21:21 PM »
Well my recent experience with the Carlton must prove its the car not me that's being admired.
Returning from the land of the Dragon along the M42 last Friday a youngish guy (they're all young to me now) poked his head out of the van he was travelling in several times and obviously stared at the car. To me it was clear that he was admiring the car, I keep it clean so it was looking near its best . Even though two of the side chrome sections were removed the bodywork was clean and shining - so Ive come to the conclusion that it was the car that was being admired and not me.

So good old  Jack as still got sex appeal !!!

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« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2018, 08:00:18 PM »
In the last two years I've noticed a big increase in interest in our cars, its generally a 80s & 90s thing I think.
Most weeks if I use my Carlton someone will say something or a thumbs up from another driver. Some are very enthusiastic.
It all adds to the pleasure of owning our cars, the occasional repair or worn out part is worth it to drive something special.