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New Ride: BMW E36 M3 3.0 Saloon

It wasn’t easy selling the last BMW E36 M3 we came across… Not finding a buyer, that was simple, but watching it leave left us with a heavy heart. Having owned a number of cars over the last year, the E36 BMW has really got under the collective skin at Good Shout HQ.

So, having waved goodbye to the M3 Cabriolet, it was only a matter of time before another one popped up. The E36 M3 Saloon is rare, with only 415 produced worldwide. It’s hard to find out exactly how many there are in the UK, and even more difficult to establish just how many are left in Boston Green with Black Leather.

We’ll continue to do some digging on the car and the status of the M3 in the UK, in the meantime, there’s work to be done to bring her up to scratch, but this one is a keeper.

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The Classic Car Scene has a language problem – And Ultimate Dubs is the future

The Classic Car Scene has a problem. It’s written in the magazines. It’s on the forums. It’s the subject of debate at car shows. Just how do we encourage the youth of today to get involved in classic cars? Owners club numbers are dwindling. Club committees are stagnating. Monthly member magazines aren’t being read.

The average age of a Wolseley Owners Club member is about 93. 97% of the Rover P6 Club are retired. The Reliant Scimitar Club aren’t fairing much better.

Just where are the kids when you need them? Why aren’t they restoring the Rileys? Just how DO we get the next generation interested in classic cars?

Well, firstly, we should stop patronising them. Magazines have concocted the term ‘Young Timer’ to describe a modern classic car. Roughly, that covers any classic car that isn’t part of the traditional ‘stable’ of classics. So we’re talking 1980s and 90s cars. Do you know what the problem with that word is? It’s alienating.

You might call a Peugeot 205 GTI a Young Timer but I wasn’t even born when that one launched.

You might call a 90s Rover Coupe a Young Timer but to me it’s just a shit old car. I was 10 when that car hit the showrooms, I wasn’t bothered about it then and I’m sure as hell not bothered about it now. And do you know what? I’m not the only 28 year old who loves cars. There’s tonnes of us out there.

The stalwarts of the Classic Car scene are fretting about getting the younger generation involved in classic car ownership when it’s happening right underneath their noses… Except it’s not the same classic cars and it’s not the same scene that it used to be.

Do you want proof? Check out Ultimate Dubs, the Telford Car Show that takes place in March each year. Looking to get the younger generation involved in classic cars? They’re all here, and they’re all way ahead of you. The cars range from brand new to 50 or 60 years old, and the average show-goer is in their early to mid twenties.

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This generation isn’t interested in preserving factory-standard yawn boxes. They look at a factory standard car and see potential, not providence. Everything is slammed on the floor, on air-ride suspension. If the sump plug isn’t scraping the deck then it’s just not low enough. You’ve got every different type of VW, from the air-cooled 60’s stuff up to present day cars, every day vehicles that have had money, style and attitude thrown at them by the bucket load. Not just that, but there’s a whole range of cars from a whole range of manufacturers, and you see things you haven’t seen before. Want to see a BMW on Bugatti wheels? How about an Audi R8 on air ride? Volvo 240 on the floor? Karmann Ghia in full show spec? How about an air bagged Ford Ka?

I walk around the show in awe, the quality and standard and variety of the cars on display is insane, and do you know what? There’s a vibe here, an energy, that you just don’t get at other classic car shows. Ultimate Dubs bridges the gap between top end classic car show and those ruffians with neon lights meeting in McDonalds car parks. It’s the unexpected offspring of the coming together of everything that Max Power taught us and all those boring Classic Car Shows. It’s like taking the very best bits of the classic car scene, clearing out all the crap and turning the volume up to 11.

Ultimate Dubs showcases the future of classic car shows, and car shows in general. It’s buzzing, it’s thumping, it’s insanely crowded, and do you know what? There are GIRLS here! Real girls, looking at cars, that they’re actually interested in. You don’t get that at the Bristol Classic Car Show. There’s not a single Wolseley in sight, and do you know why? It’s because we are the PlayStation generation, you can keep your Wolseleys….

We don’t want your Wolseleys. We want it compressed in MP3 format, forced into a can at high pressure, we want it branded, we want it loud, and we want to drink it all in whilst we instagram everything so our friends can see. We don’t care if it’s not factory fitted. If it’s factory fitted it’s failing. We want it loud, we want it low, and we want it now. We don’t care for your owners clubs. If you own a cool car then we’ll call ourselves a club. We don’t want your committee, we’ve got facebook. We don’t need a monthly magazine, we’ve got window stickers and twitter. We don’t need your AGM we’ve got cars to build and suspension to weld and when that’s done there’s detailing.

We’re not the next generation of classic car lovers we’re the only generation of classy car drivers and if you like my ride that’s awesome, and if not then that’s cool. We’ll do what we want with our cars because we follow the vibe as it moves. We don’t need single marque show grounds because to us all that matters is cool – if it’s got cool then the badge doesn’t matter, if it’s boring then the rule is the same.

You can keep your concours Astons and E Types – we don’t care for factory fit cars. Take the wheels from that Aston, shove them on an Astra, get it down on the floor and we’ll rate it. We’ll shoot it with selfie sticks on go pro’s going global and let the internet all have their say.

Because you know what? We like it. And that’s all that matters. Cool is king. And it’s here to stay.

Our car of the show… And judging by the attention it got on Instagram, pretty much everyone elses too.

Our car of the show… And judging by the attention it got on Instagram, pretty much everyone elses too.

Show stoppers on the Meguairs stand

Show stoppers on the Meguairs stand

Not one for the purists. Those wheels aren't factory. That paint isn't standard. Who cares when it looks this good?

Not one for the purists. Those wheels aren’t factory. That paint isn’t standard. Who cares when it looks this good?

Not a factory option.

Not a factory option.

Simples.

Simples.

Car fans of all ages were drooling over this

Car fans of all ages were drooling over this

No sign of the Porsche owners club. Which is good, because all the Porsches on site looked awesome.

No sign of the Porsche owners club. Which is good, because all the Porsches on site looked awesome.

A hot contender for 'our pick' of the show… but not quite.

A hot contender for ‘our pick’ of the show… but not quite.

BMW on Bugatti wheels. Where on earth do you go to buy wheels from an EB110?! Not exactly an eBay job.

BMW on Bugatti wheels. Where on earth do you go to buy wheels from an EB110?! Not exactly an eBay job.

Are there any Bentley's left in the UK that aren't sitting on bricks right now? So many cars were wearing these it was hard to count.

Are there any Bentley’s left in the UK that aren’t sitting on bricks right now? So many cars were wearing these it was hard to count.

Another Bentley loses it's wheels to a lesser wagon

Another Bentley loses it’s wheels to a lesser wagon

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Ooodles of cool. So much cool it’s drooling out the sunroof.

Air cooled just got cool

Air cooled just got cool

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It’s just so effortlessly cool…

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Er, what?

Leather fetish? Possibly. Most comfortable car of the show? Definitely.

Leather fetish? Possibly. Most comfortable car of the show? Definitely.

Miniature Motoring: Hotwheels Honda Civic and Porsche 993 GT2

You’re never too old for diecast cars. You can call them toys, or models, or collectibles, or a hobby, but either way – we still think they’re awesome. We always sneak a cheeky look at the Hotwheels or Matchbox cars in supermarkets or whilst out and about, so here’s some of the cars we’ve purchased recently:

Hotwheels Porsche 911 GT2 (993)

I’ve always been more of a fan of the standard cars, not so much the GT Porsches, but the detail on this little GT2 is really quite remarkable. The spoiler itself isn’t a plastic afterthought, but a metal moulding, and the louvres in the rear deck and details on the bonnet are all top quality. It’s amazing to see how good 1/64 scale models are these days, and Hotwheels really do lead the way.

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Hotwheels Honda Civic DOHC VTEC

I try to limit myself to just one purchase per shop… But in this case I was just so torn between the Civic and the Porsche that I found myself at the cash till with two Hotwheels, breaking my own rule. Anyway, who cares when they look this good? The Civic is an excellent little diecast model, the detail is fantastic and the ride height is just spot on. The JDM modified look really suits the Civic in any guise, and this has instantly become one of the favourites in my growing collection of diecast vehicles.

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Your dream Porsche is actually a Porsche

Not an Audi, as mentioned previously.

The evening started pleasantly enough, we took the TT over to Stourport, ambled around, ate chips, strolled by the river. Standard stuff. Luckily my passenger enjoyed the heavy use of the loud pedal so the journey back was spritely…

At a set of traffic lights on the journey home, there it was…

The road stretched ahead of us as we sat and watched vehicles join us from the left, waiting our turn to continue onward. Sneaking through the lights at the last moment, we saw it. The lights went green for us and naturally we gave chase. The TT caught up and the four rings of the Audi badge almost kissed the Turbo insignia below the spoiler of the 2007 911. Dark blue, with dark wheels, we both floored it up the hill to the roundabout; he took the right hand lane and us the left, cheekily accelerating around him on the outside as we joined the dual carriageway. We hadn’t intended to overtake, we’d expected him to turn right towards the motorway, but at the last moment he snuck in behind us, following us down the dual carriageway.

With the TT now ahead, the 911’s headlights filled the rear view mirror – he must have been a hairs breadth from our license plate. We politely moved into the left hand lane, as if some imaginary race steward was frantically waving a blue flag in our direction. The Porsche pulled alongside to overtake and at that moment the planets aligned.

The traffic lights ahead turned red.

Both cars rolled to a stop, staring at a full half mile of uphill, empty dual carriageway.

Pulse racing from the TT’s cheeky, unintentional overtaking manouvre at the roundabout; I hit the switch and lowered the electric window. Everything happened in slow motion. I looked over at the Porsche driver with the biggest grin on my face, and he looked back at me, beaming in agreement. There was no malice between us, no aggression, no disrespect – just a love for the vehicles in which we sat and a joyful acknowledgement of the situation that was unfolding.

We both knew what was about to happen.

We both knew it was ON.

The lights went Orange, and then Green…

The 911 paused for a slit second and I let the clutch out as fast as I dare whilst nailing the throttle – the TT launched, all four wheels clamouring for grip as we bounced off the rev limiter through first and second… The noise from both vehicles was incredible.

We hadn’t made it to third gear before the Porsche rocketed past us.

The roar of the boxer engine and the wail of its turbo filled the TT as the Porsche bellowed up the hill. With the TT still going through the gears at pace the Porsche was gone, at unbelievable velocity the taillights disappeared up the hill and across the roundabout. Despite our best efforts to use the cornering abilities of the TT, by the time we’d crossed the roundabout and hit the second straight of the dual carriageway the Porsche was long gone.

The 225bhp of the TT was no match for the 400bhp produced by the Porsche’s mighty 3.6 litre unit. It wasn’t a massacre, we put up a fight, but the TT was shown its place in the pecking order, given a good solid trouncing by its German cousin.

The TT was still accelerating in fifth gear when my thoughts turned to last weeks ‘Your dream Porsche is an Audi blog’. I turned to my passenger, (who hadn’t read the blog) laughed to myself, and explained the irony of the situation.

Everything had changed in less than a minute.

Your dream Porsche is an Audi until a Porsche comes along and reminds you that your dream Porsche is still a Porsche, for reasons that facts, figures and finance can’t explain.

Motoring is about passion, it’s an insatiable desire, its about design, engineering, and that little extra something… you can’t quantify the experience of nights like tonight, there is no star rating system to dictate how much a car will make your pulse race.

I’ve loved the TT, I’m seriously considering selling the Mondeo and jumping into Audi land.

But one day, sometime in future… it HAS to be a 911.

Written by Joe in June 2013

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Trying to find out more about these photos, circa 1938

Written by Joe:

On Wednesday 28th January, whilst browsing a charity shop in Halesowen, West Midlands I came across three photo frames which were a perfect size for some photos I’d intended to hang.

The photos in the frames were old fashioned Christmas cards, but once I took the frames apart, behind the Christmas cards were two old photos.

They feature hand writing that states “Doing ‘the Lambeth Walk'” and are dated September 1938, along with something that I think says ‘juan les puis’

I’d love to find the owner and reunite them, and perhaps find out the story behind these photos!

They were purchased from the Shelter Charity Store in Halesowen.

If you have any ideas, please contact us

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Making Sense of the Current Lotus range: Elise

Lotus Silverstone (Race and Service Centre) are offering 2 Years 0% APR 50/50 Finance on Brand New Lotus Elise, Exige and Evora models, plus 3 years / 27,000 miles free of charge servicing.

This caught our eye over on Twitter, and it’s a killer time to be buying a Lotus with deals like that flying around.

We decided to learn more about the range before placing an order. Here’s what we discovered:

Lotus Elise – 1.6 / naturally aspirated / 134bhp / £30,900

Lotus Elise

The Elise is the basic model in the range, with a naturally aspirated 1.6 litre 16v VVT-i engine.

Weight: 876kg

0-60mph: 6.0 seconds

0-100mph: 18.6 seconds

Max Speed: 127mph

MPG: Urban 34 / Extra Urban 56 / Combined 45

Lotus Elise Club Racer – 1.6 / naturally aspirated / 134bhp / £30,900

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The Elise Club Racer is the 1.6 litre Elise on a diet.

Lotus have shaved 19kg off the standard car by using lightweight wheels, as well as ditching the airbag assembly. Oh, and the roof, so you’ll need a hat. It uses the naturally aspirated 1.6 litre 16v VVT-i engine.

Weight: 857kg

0-60mph: 6.0 seconds

0-100mph: 18.6 seconds

Max Speed: 127mph

MPG: Urban 34 / Extra Urban 56 / Combined 45

Lotus Elise S – 1.8 / supercharged / 217bhp / £37,200

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The Elise S steps things up a notch with a Supercharged 1.8 litre VVT-i 16v engine.

(If you haven’t guessed already, the S stands for Supercharged)

Although the larger engine and supercharger assembly make for a heavier car, given that the 0-60 time comes down by almost 2 seconds and the top speed goes up by almost 20mph, the Elise S is the one we’d go for.

Weight: 924kg

0-60 mph: 4.2 seconds

0-100 mph: 11.2 seconds

Max speed: 145 mph

MPG: Urban 27.3 / Extra Urban 47.6 / Combined 37.5

Lotus Elise S Club Racer – 1.8 / supercharged / 217bhp / £37,200

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The Elise S Club Racer is the 1.8 litre supercharged Elise S on a diet.

Remember we said S stands for Supercharged?

Well, in this case it stands for ‘Shhhhhiiiiiitttttt this thing is quick’.

It has the same 19kg weight reduction as the Elise CR, but uses the Supercharged 1.8 litre VVT-i 16v engine, and can be specified as ‘Track Day Use Only’, which includes a light weight battery, TRD Airbox, sports exhaust and 18 Go-Pro mounts. (That bit isn’t true, you’d have to buy the Go Pro mounts yourself)

Weight: 905kg

0-60mph: 4.2 seconds

0-100mph: 11.2 seconds

Max Speed: 145mph

MPG: Urban 27.3 / Extra Urban 47.6 / Combined 37.5

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Of course, it had to be the Ford Escort RS Cosworth Rally set, featuring the legendary Michelin Pilot model

Things to spend a student loan on: Scalextric

You’ve moved out of your parents house, the government has just deposited £1200 (or there abouts) in your bank account and all you have to do until the next payment is attend some lectures, feed and water yourself and keep a roof above your head.

Anyone who says school days are the best of your life clearly hasn’t been to university.

Joe chose to go to Falmouth University to study English. Being a harbour town on the far end of the country, close to beaches and with arguably more sunshine than any other university, it seemed like a great place to spend three years.

One evening after a few too many Rattler Cornish Ciders, Joe and the lads decided it was time to replace the television with a huge Scalextrics set… A week later, and a few hundred pounds lighter in the pocket, this was the result:

Monaco comes to Falmouth

The photos are a bit rubbish, but then camera phones were in those days!

Of course, it had to be the Ford Escort RS Cosworth Rally set, featuring the legendary Michelin Pilot model

Of course, when browsing eBay for suitable Scalextric sets, it just had to be the Ford Escort RS Cosworth Rally set, featuring the legendary Michelin Pilot model. We bought 2 of these, along with a couple of other sets to make the huge track.

With plenty of time on our hands, we were able to create a 'Works' car, sponsored by Falmouth & Porthtowan Surf School, whom Joe happened to be working for at the time. Freeriders Surf Shop also featured prominently in the 'free stickers' draw of Joe's cupboards.

With plenty of time on our hands, we were able to create a ‘Works’ car, sponsored by. Freeriders Surf Shop…

The banked corners proved a lot of fun

The banked corners proved a lot of fun… Although one of the Cosworths would stick like glue where the other would launch itself across the room

The Ford Fiesta XR2i Scalextrics Car wasn't very popular, was sluggish and for some reason just didn't handle very well...

The Ford Fiesta XR2i Scalextrics Car wasn’t very popular, was sluggish and for some reason just didn’t handle very well…