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  • Kawasaki Z1300

    I saw this Kawasaki Z1300 in Switzerland today, and it brought back many memories of my early days of biking when this was one of the biggest bikes around. The overriding memory I have of it, was seeing one being ridden by a woman who was filling it up at a petrol station, she must have been extremely competant and strong given it’s size and dimensions! This one was in especially good condition, so I thought I’d share some old school nostalgia, as I’m sure there will be many who have never seen one!

    It’s an imposing bike for sure. It was extremely heavy at 314kg, had shaft drive,and was powered by a 1300cc straight six engine which allegedly made in excess of 120bhp. It was first launched in 1979 and had a 10 year production run in varying formats. It was heavy on fuel, as you’d expect, with 30mpg seemingly the norm, and due to it’s weight the handling wasn’t anything to write home about!  Wikipedia claims it’s elevated power output was the reason that France introduced it’s 100bhp limit. If true, Kawasaki have a lot to answer for, as the 100bhp rule was only finally repealed in 2016, some 37 years later, having left French riders sufffering on restricted power bikes for over 3 decades!


  • An oldie but goodie?

    Seen today in my local bike shop this highly polished GSXR1100 Slingshot .

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    Seems this model which was produced from 1986-1998 developed a reputation as a poor handler, and some internet research (Wikipedia) shows that it had a major claim to infamy, which is that after two crashes at the Isle of Man in 1989, one resulting in the death of Phil Mellor,  led to the banning of large capacity bikes racing at the TT for a number of years.

    No doubting though that the older bikes make an impression, especially with it’s trademark frame. Other than a faded top yoke, this particular example was a beauty.


  • Jaguars- old and new

    I posted some pictures from Coventry Motofest earlier this year. Here are some more, a fantastic assortment of Jaguars old and new.

    This one is advertising the Bloodhound SSC car Jaguar are building to try and smash the land speed record, their target, 1000 mph!!!

    Iconic Silk Cut livveried XJR-9 Le Mans winner

     

     

    I have to admit I’d never seen this model, the XJ13, but it was even better in the metal than shows in the photos

    Away from the sports section and some wonderful road versions

    This car had what seemed like the longest bonnet I have ever seen on a vehicle and was at least 6 feet long!

    Everyone remembers the famous Tom Walkinshaw race cars don’t they?

    Ending with probably the prettiest Jaguar there, sorry I don’t know which model it is.

    Maybe not a classic but this one is mine and I’m a proud Jaguar owner. Here is my S type resplendent after a few hours cleaning, waxing, claying, and polishing, super clean and gleaming


  • Moscow

    Posted on by Paul

    I’ve been to 26 countries worldwide, but Russia hadn’t been on the list until business sent me there twice within a few months. Here are some pictures from my visit.

    This structure actually houses a restaurant over the carriageway!

    Modern skyscrapers and plenty of buildings being constructed

    Hotel across the river

    Lit as evening approaches

    Here at night

    Multi storey appartments lit at night by ever changing patterns turning a drab buildings by day into an interesting ones at night

    Red Square

    Unfortunately the cathedral wasn’t lit due to lighting repairs

    One of the highlights of that visit had been a taxi ride in a Maserati Quattroporte which was incredible

    This is Moscows premier scientific building and we ate at a restaurant at the top of this building

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    Moscows parliament building

     

     

    Finally the view from my hotel


  • Rally cars at Coventry Motofest

    I’ve just spent a great afternoon visiting Coventry Motofest and saw a great assortment of cars of all genres. My photobucket account is now bulging with the 140+ photos I took there, and I’ll share some of my favourites here.

    Today’s offering features some classic rally cars.

    The short wheelbase Audi Quattro 

     

     

    Ford Escort

    Metro 6R4

     

     

    FORD RS200

    AUDI QUATTRO

     

     

     

     


  • Bikes

    Seen at a local bike shop one weekend.

     

    This is a Fiat 127 engined monster

    500cc of two stroke history no doubt with wayward handling and ultra thin powerband!

    Sheene replica

    Fantastic old GT380 two stroke

    Hooligans dream and still lusted after today!

    Another smoking two stroke from a bygone era


  • Flash cars

    I was at a company event down in Brooklands and at the end of the day as we left the hotel, this bunch of exotica was parked up outside. Unfortunately none of them were particularly bright colours but I’m sure even two wheeled lovers will appreciate the quality and beauty of some of these bad boys.

     

     


  • Rochechouart

    Now the weather is changing and temperatures are improving, it’s time to get out and explore a little. Here are some pictures of the chateau at Rochechouart taken during a visit to the town recently. It’s only 67kms from my home but I took a scenic route to get there and enjoyed the return ride and roads so much, that I went back again and rode them in the opposite direction as part of a 5 1/2 hour 379kms day ride, where temps peaked at 23.5C , lovely!

    View approaching from the bottom end of town

    Portcullis

     

    Church with amazing spiral roof

    Dolmen found en route. This neolithic grouping of rocks was supposed to be the formation for dwelling.

     

     

     

     

     


  • Countryside and nature

    Beauty is all around, and here are a few pictures showing some memorable images I’ve seen this year

     

    Old town

    A little signposted history

    Hillside chateau

    Local church

    Windmill

    Sunset through cherry blossom

    Cloud formations

    Sunsets