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Wanderer

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There was a rumour you could break into Audi/Vw with the air driven central locking with half a tennis ball.

place it over the keyhole and punch it. The air expelled forced the locks up.

Anyone verify that?
I heard same about Jags but just hearsay...
 

safrane

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It was not until the 90s that Audi and VW went to flush mounted door handles/locks... and by then the TWOC and TADA joyrider issues meant most manufacturers had upped their game re security... so an urban myth as a tennis ball would not get a seal around their common protruding door handles.
 

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Heard a story about the footballer Jason McAteer who locked his keys in his Porsche, called the police who turned up but couldn't (wouldn't) help.

However one officer, a Liverpool fan said 'go on, I'll try, get me a coat hanger'

Macca goes into the house and comes out with a wooden one!!
 

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Heard a story about the footballer Jason McAteer who locked his keys in his Porsche, called the police who turned up but couldn't (wouldn't) help.

However one officer, a Liverpool fan said 'go on, I'll try, get me a coat hanger'

Macca goes into the house and comes out with a wooden one!!
A 'metal' coat hanger could get into most cars from the 70's and 80's.

So I'm told officer.....
 

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Did BMW not have an issue with indicator bulbs that you could trigger the central locking to open
 

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Another Macca story, as you can probably guess he's not the sharpest knife in the drawer...

At a restaurant, Macca orders Pizza, waitress says you want it cut into eight or six slices?

Macca: Six, I'm not very hungry........
 

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The QP GT S / Aston / Porker test is on Dave right now. So much better than the current dross.
 

Andyk

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It would imagine it wouldn't be worth program makers doing one as Top Gear changed as rating were showing a pure car show wasn't working.....I think we are in a minority these days. Add to the fact that there are loads of them on you tube like Harry's Garage, Seen Through Glass, Smee, XCAR, etc, etc..... that doing a specific TV program probably ain't worth it.....
 
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Such a shame the show was killed off.
However all shows have a finite life so perhaps for the better. I mean look at some of the US shows that don't know how to end
 

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It would imagine it wouldn't be worth program makers doing one as Top Gear changed as rating were showing a pure car show wasn't working.....I think we are in a minority these days. Add to the fact that there are loads of them on you tube like Harry's Garage, Seen Through Glass, Smee, XCAR, etc, etc..... that doing a specific TV program probably ain't worth it.....
Exactly right IMO. Car review streams are endless on You Tube. Top Gear had to mutate to more of an entertainment than car show to get the audience figures. The fact it’s now on BBC1 vs BBC2 shows it must be working and on that basis I like it and it makes me laugh. Forget any serious car reviews and enjoy it for what it is.
 

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I think that’s to point, I don’t enjoy it. But if others do, perhaps there is hope for it as a show without me.

There is space for an actual car show IMO, hopefully someone will come up with one.
 

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Complete and utter puerile nonsense. Chris is demeaning himself by performing with the two most boorish loud mouths on TV. I watch it and am then angry because i watched it. Funny old world.
 
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I forget how bad it is. Am tempted to watch a bit, to see if its as awful as I remember and I hate myself for even thinking of tuning in. I could watch Chris Harris all day. He's the only one who has any credibility as a reviewer IMO.
Very very few YouTube reviewers come close to approximating the old Top Gear formula. Car Throttle comes as close as they can, with almost no budget. Harry Metcalf knows what he's talking about, but is charmingly self deprecating.
Just about all of the rest are ersatz copies and a waste of bandwidth.
 

Andyk

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Complete and utter puerile nonsense. Chris is demeaning himself by performing with the two most boorish loud mouths on TV. I watch it and am then angry because i watched it. Funny old world.
I doubt Chris thinks that when he looks at his bank balance and goes to take a look in his garage...

Worth noting for anyone who follows Chris Harris he thinks the world of Paddy and Freddie and they just laugh constantly. Chris lives by me and I know people that are good friends with him and they all say he has such a great relationship with the other two. When I spoke to Chris last time I saw him in Chrpstow it was just before he started Top Gear and he thought he would last one series as the only proper car man....We see a show but Chris see's more than that.
 

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Complete and utter puerile nonsense. Chris is demeaning himself by performing with the two most boorish loud mouths on TV. I watch it and am then angry because i watched it. Funny old world.
Me too. I’m just annoyed it was so rubbish that I wasted an hour of my life. I do see why some of the shows are good fun but this one was dross.

More importantly, how’s the Lusso? I got a great offer for my FF recently and turned it down as the only place to go was Lusso and I found it too refined and nice, compared to the FF.