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Post by mike on Sun 19 Feb 2012, 7:20 am

Saw this topic on a camping forum,ok we have a British camper but do you try to buy made in england or do you avoid it,or do you feel its too late to even consider it for most items.

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Post by vickoir on Sun 19 Feb 2012, 10:04 am

i would love to buy British for everything (please dont accuse me of elitism lol) if i could however the reality of the situation is we either dont make it anymore and what we do make is often prohibitively expensive but when it comes to food we do try our very best and if i had the time i would probably go one step further and try and buy local too
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Post by Helen on Sun 19 Feb 2012, 10:14 am

We do try to buy British produce food wise, as for anything technology wise I think Britain got left behind.

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Post by Nick on Sun 19 Feb 2012, 11:16 am

Not so long ago i would have avoided British built stuff like the plague.
We have in recent years improved products made in this country although as a result of foreign buy outs,Rolls Royce,Bentley,Aston Martin,Jaguar,Range Rover these are all top of their game yet had they not been saved the chances are they would no longer exist.
I have owned a few 80s British Built cars in the past and they were awful compared to the German and Japanese offerings.
Its a bit different now British built cars ie Nissan,Honda etc are excellent although Koreans are now up there with Europe and Japan and we own a Czech built Skoda,which 15years ago i could not have imagined happening.
Its probably impossible to actually buy everything British nowadays even if you wanted to,although our toaster is hand built in England Very Happy
The Dandy is obviously British and well made and i have bought loads of British made clothing over the years and its excellent,my Barbour wax jacket is only 20yrs old now Laughing
I probably wouldn't buy a British caravan if i was after one only because i prefer Foreign caravans such as Eriba Dethleffs and Adria.
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Post by vessey44 on Sun 19 Feb 2012, 12:14 pm

German engineering is the only way forward Very Happy

I only bought a Dandy because if i towed german caravan behind a van im instantly part of the travelling community Laughing (Only joking i love the wway the dandys seem to be over engineered)

I was all british when i was 17 and loved my Rovers...I even have a Rover 820si still hiding away in my parents garage
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As nick said we have been left behind with all the buy outs etc.

BRITISH OR AMERICAN BUILT ONLY for most things but German for my vehicles

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Post by mike on Sun 19 Feb 2012, 12:18 pm

(Only joking i love the wway the dandys seem to be over engineered)

I would love to know the way the inventors mind worked,yes it works and its easy but its too simple to be engineer designed surely lol!
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Post by Nick on Sun 19 Feb 2012, 3:38 pm

Matt your love of old Rover's must be to do with your love of projects,it must be satisfying rebuilding british cars to a standard that they should have been when they left the factory.
Only kidding the more recent Honda/Rover & BMW/Rover cars were half decent i liked the 600 turbo and the 75 V8 Very Happy
I just think of the dark days of Ambassadors Metro's Montego's and Maestro's they were ancient from launch no wonder it was all doomed once bitten and all that.
The later cars were good but reputation was beyond saving although it would have been nice if the previous govt had stepped in to try and save Rover and invest in it as it was peanuts compared to the bank bailouts.The French govt own a stake in Renault and that's a pretty successful company.


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Post by vessey44 on Sun 19 Feb 2012, 3:46 pm

600ti's & ZT V8's Very Happy

Enjoyed them both while they lasted...? Not because they broke i just cant keep anything long

We still run an MG ZR Express made for one year by MG Rover for Andy our welder to get to work in...Cracking little van & only ever let us down once last year when the diesel froze

Im going to be all British at the next meet & roll up with my Rover 820si with Dandy in tow Laughing (Such a good BRITISH picture i think Dandy of the month - March should be my spot)
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Post by Nick on Sun 19 Feb 2012, 3:55 pm

I think dandy of the year should be your reward.
You just need to remember to wear a trilby and have a pipe on the go Very Happy


My favourite Rover was the V8 SD1 the interior was like what you found in an 80's range rover awesome car if a little rusty
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Post by vessey44 on Sun 19 Feb 2012, 4:05 pm

SD1's i just need one for my collection Laughing
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Post by mike on Sun 19 Feb 2012, 6:19 pm

Sorry but had to put a picture of a good rover on lol! had the twin carb one but always wanted the V8


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Post by vessey44 on Sun 19 Feb 2012, 6:41 pm

Mike & Nick your both showing your age now

Just having a count up of the cars ive owned,MOT'd & driven on the road...29 in total,14 British,4 Japanese,4 French (We wont go there),7 German

This doesnt include the Rover's,MG's & Skoda's i have stripped for parts

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Post by Nick on Sun 19 Feb 2012, 8:00 pm

I think i am on my 19th car now in 19years my turn over of cars has slowed in the past 5years.
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Post by Caz1960 on Sun 19 Feb 2012, 9:31 pm

Buying british 3462454224 after reading this post I've worked out that only car's are best of British Buying british 3462454224 slight mention of the Dandy I am sorry to say I buy only what my purse can afford and unfortunately none British as the only thing I see that's British is Tourism
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Post by vickoir on Sun 19 Feb 2012, 9:35 pm

NickB wrote:I think i am on my 19th car now in 19years my turn over of cars has slowed in the past 5years.

hmm that could possibly be something to do with me????
i worked out in the first 6 months we were together you had 3 and in the oh you guessed it in the 5 yrs since you have only had
2 Razz

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Post by mike on Mon 20 Feb 2012, 5:33 pm

vessey44 wrote:Mike & Nick your both showing your age now

Just having a count up of the cars ive owned,MOT'd & driven on the road...29 in total,14 British,4 Japanese,4 French (We wont go there),7 German

This doesnt include the Rover's,MG's & Skoda's i have stripped for parts


The list as best as i can remember at my age lol!

Triumph mayflower
Morris 1000 (although it may not have been called that)
Vauxhall wyvern
Wolseley 4/44
Ford prefect
Morris 1000 van
Jaguar 420g
Jaguar xj6
Ford escort rs 2000
Austin Cambridge
Rover 2litre tc
VW passat the first version
VW sirocco the first version
Alfasud TI came with its own rails for corners
VW 1303 beetle
VW type 2 camper
CI autohomes coach built camper
VW type 25 2.1 fuel injected
Volvo 340 (wifes car realy well thats my excuse)
VW 1.6 diesel type 25 with turbo removed
VW cameo camper type 25
Two puntos
These where interspaced with at least seven minis one new one and six saved from the scrap yard ranging from the 850 to the hornet, estates and vans
There will be some i have forgotten.
Motorbikes mixed in over the years BSA dandy,Lambretta LI125,two Puch maxi mopeds,ex army BSA m20 side valve, several Batams,BSA 250,two Honda125 trail bikes,AJS 350 and side car chassis (never passed my test and after a warning by the village bobby when he caught me on the M20 i got the AJS as at that time you could ride anything on L plates if it had a third wheel attachment)


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Post by vessey44 on Mon 20 Feb 2012, 5:54 pm

Ford Escort Zetec
Rover 200
Rover 25
Rover 620TI
Peugeot 106XSI
Rover 220 Coupe
Peugeot 306 HDI
Rover 220 Coupe Turbo
Metro GTI J Reg
Metro GTI K Reg
Mitsubishi Evo 8 260
MG ZT 260 V8 Estate
Mitsubishi L200 Animal
Peugeot 106XND}Emma's mile munchers
Peugeot 106XND}Emma's mile munchers
Vauxhall Astra 1.4 16v} Emma's mile munchers
Colt CZT
Colt DID (CAT D Damaged Repaired)
Land Rover D3 (LRM March 2010 Cover Car & Feature - CAT C Damaged Repaired)
MG ZR Express (Still on the fleet run by one of our employee's)
VW Transporter Sportline (Current)
MG ZT CDTI
VW Golf GT TDI 130 R32 Replica
VW Golf GT TDI 130 (CAT D Damaged Repaired)
Skoda Fabia VRS (CAT D Damaged Repaired)
VW Caddy Sportline (Current - But currently for sale)
VW T25 Devon Camper (Current-ly in bits)
Rover 820SI (Current - Tooked away in the garage)

Motorbikes - Aprilia RS50,Aprilia RS125,YZF400,YZF426,YFZ450 (Road Legal Quad)
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Post by vessey44 on Mon 20 Feb 2012, 5:55 pm

Mike you've owned some nice cars...I fancy an Alfasud but the only ones around are rust in buckets
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Post by mike on Mon 20 Feb 2012, 6:03 pm

vessey44 wrote:Mike you've owned some nice cars...I fancy an Alfasud but the only ones around are rust in buckets

They always where rust buckets you have not done bad yourself,my favourite was the 2.1 fuel injected VW mainly because i could wipe the smile of many a face with it.

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