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Thread: Audi engine shed and other bits.
27/05/2021 00:27:27

What a weekend I had at the first Melbourne Raceway event of 2021.

Some members of my speed family bring a disability buggy for my paddock racing to make things easier for me.

Saturday I had a disability buggy drag race with the meetings main man Trevor I am a sour looser his buggy was a 8 mph model mine is only 4 mph.

A lopsided photo of me at the finish line.

Sunday after permission and signing on was a passenger in Kevin Nicks 100 mph shed it is road legal and been driven 200 miles to the event.

Two pictures from Kevin's Facebook and one from my video at the Christmas tree.

We were faster than a BMW car we were racing against.

Also two impressive fast dragsters their acceleration is mind blowing.

Have been like a kid with a new toy blasting down the eighth mile drag strip going back to 1973 and my only attempt at that distance at Crosland Moor there were very few bikes and cars that went faster.

I am being spoilt by my speed attempt family in a few weeks might be doing 100 mph in the shed at Elvington

Once a speed nut you just cant get away from it even at 79.

disability buggy drag race finish.jpg

 

The Fastest Shed

Getting ready

the christmas tree.jpg

two fast cars.jpg

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Thread: How can you check that DVLA field of vision machine is OK.
24/04/2021 22:56:13

Waiting 45 minutes finally spoke to a DVLA adviser this morning the good news have passed.

I certainly had problems which I never had on my five previous tests.

Am having a check at the eye clinic to make sure I know why this happened.

Having close family and friends with serious eye problems MD and cancer am very cautious with my eye conditions.

Certainly amazed I passed makes me wonder if having my MP involved shook them up.

Like all my speed related records will never give up and want the finer details of why things go pear shaped.

Another visit to hospital in May regarding a common hand operation that seems to affect persons who manually use their hands a lot have lost hand feelings my doctor said emergency operation after many years of living with it..

23/04/2021 23:51:39

As soon as I did the Specsavers test knew something was wrong.

Saw my optician in a few days after normal sight was ok.

Today a phone call to arrange an appointment for the glaucoma clinic.

Might find out what has caused this sudden change in field of vision.

I still have my suspicion its a faulty software.

When old every minute counts like many large departments they are bullet proof even when they make mistakes look at the PO scandal

23/04/2021 10:28:57

At Specsavers they will not give you a copy of your DVLA test you have pay for a private test to get a copy.

My previous test the lass can't have known that I was given the results.

How I knew about my vision defect in mid 1990 was at A/E with metal in my eye and mentioned about my Dads Mum and Sister went blind so they started a long series of tests in case it was heredity.

At first was thought to be Glaucoma due to field defects so that is now on my medical records (166 pages of it).

Mr Manners eye consultant had his suspicions it was not Glaucoma and I had a head scan was found a head injury was cause of static field defect.

Think that was when fell of a road motorcycle and cracked my skull in the 1960's.

Any young person that has a parent die young an example heart attack get regular medical check ups to prevent you going the same way.

I have a close young friend and relative their Dads died at between 40 and 50 the relative has heredity heart problems but modern medication lets him live a useful life he is in his 70th year.

23/04/2021 09:12:14

I saw my optician a few days after the test normal eye vision no change for the last 4 years, pressure in eyes normal. the field of vision the optician used is not dvla approved or was set for binocular vision.

Right eye one missed point left was bad but screen was misting due to my breathe.

As the eye consultant said in a copy of his 2005 letter to my Doctor it's a static field of vision defect so unless things have changed am in the dark.

Maybe after the eye clinics have done their investigations will know if any change in my field of vision.

There is another possibility when on medication some can effect your vision beta blockers then tamsulosin and dry eye can sometimes cause eye problems.

I had just started with them when I did last successful field test 3 years ago.

Have done home tests with fingers that seems OK the Amsler grid takes a bit of messing about to get right distance but lets you know if there is a field of vision defect.

I do have a defect but have met the driving standard for many years just this year there are doubts.

Edited By Windy on 23/04/2021 09:14:20

22/04/2021 23:31:34

Michael I have looked at that link before when wondering if a machine fault.

Another field of vision machine it's lamps can go dim and need an increased voltage to correct the glow.

There could be a fault with my vision and having an inquisitive mind want to know the cause.

Was the same with my old speed machine and flash steamer if could would sort out the fault.

22/04/2021 22:27:03

 

How can you check that DVLA field of vision machine is faulty?

In 2005 600 people lost their driving license due to a field of vision software problem the DVLA would not say the name of machine.

Eventually when the fault was discovered the 600 were given the option to retest many never bothered as had sold their car.

My own test 3 years ago was nearly a 100% pass and been like that since 2005 when I found had a static field of vision defect caused by a head injury about 1964.

Just had another test thanks to my local MP giving DVLA a push after waiting since 19th November 2020 for test I had been patient due to the Virus.

As soon as started test memory cells were working have they a new software program as started different to previous tests and  something was wrong with my sight or machine.

The Humphery 740i had been serviced three months before my test as an age related test my age was entered correctly.

Went to my optician and no change in normal sight and eye pressures normal.

I don't rule out that suddenly a fresh eye problem has happened and just waiting for NHS eye clinic check.

Two friends a few years ago failed the tests and passed when Hospital tested them.

 

 

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Edited By Windy on 22/04/2021 22:32:47

Thread: Flash Steam
04/04/2021 18:06:32

A friend in marshalling the speed record scene has been in touch he was at Peter Pellandines record attempts he also thanked me for letting him know where it was now.

Thanks to V8Eng for the guidance to trace it.

Am hoping my friend can let me know why Peter never broke the record.

03/04/2021 23:44:26
Posted by V8Eng on 03/04/2021 20:59:55:

You would have to do a bit of investigating on the following:-

pretty sure I saw a streamlined steam record attempt car in the Lakeland Motor Museum on holiday some years ago.
The pictures kind of rang a bell as well.

Thanks found it there the picture at the museum shows it with a bubble type windscreen compared to my magazine picture.

Memory cells working someone said he had problems seeing the course.

Pellandine's intention was to break the world land-speed record for steam cars which stood at 127.66 mph (205.45 km/h). He made a number of attempts to set a record, but was repeatedly thwarted by technical problems. The last attempt was in 1991. Subsequently sold at Christie's, this historic car can be viewed at the Lakeland Motor Museum in Backbarrow, Cumbria.

03/04/2021 23:44:25
Posted by V8Eng on 03/04/2021 20:59:55:

You would have to do a bit of investigating on the following:-

pretty sure I saw a streamlined steam record attempt car in the Lakeland Motor Museum on holiday some years ago.
The pictures kind of rang a bell as well.

Thanks found it there the picture at the museum shows it with a bubble type windscreen compared to my magazine picture.

Memory cells working someone said he had problems seeing the course.

Pellandine's intention was to break the world land-speed record for steam cars which stood at 127.66 mph (205.45 km/h). He made a number of attempts to set a record, but was repeatedly thwarted by technical problems. The last attempt was in 1991. Subsequently sold at Christie's, this historic car can be viewed at the Lakeland Motor Museum in Backbarrow, Cumbria.

Thread: Canon printer
03/04/2021 22:39:08

Am fortunate to have an easy fix for noisy printers I just switch my hearing aid off.

Thread: Flash Steam
03/04/2021 19:13:15

Steam record dreams.

I think in 1998 this car was hoping to break the car steam record at Elvington but problems arose.

Does anyone know what happened to the car?

steam car 1.jpg

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steam car 3.jpg

steam car 4.jpg

Thread: A new job
02/04/2021 08:23:53

Just a story of me smoking on that motorcycle picture

I know this is a model engineering Forum and hope am not offending anyone by posting my full size interests.
Before being involved with motorcycle speed attempts I was model engineering and made a Westbury horizontal mill engine at school.
Then played about making a gauge 1 steam engine that never was finished.
Motorcycles interests then took hold and was interested in resurrecting a Rudge basket case for vintage sprinting but frame was rotten and beyond my limited knowledge to repair.
The blown Triumphs for sprinting eventually were built and made my own frames that had to be bronze welded outside as had no workshop apart from a few square feet of shed space.
Workshop got updated and was a 6ft x 8ft still frame making outside.
When I called it a day with full size speed attempts started model engineering again.
Started on a traction engine but speed was my first love and seeing Bobs article on his 100 mph flash steam hydro that had me hooked.
Am a fisherman so I swallowed the bait after many enjoyable years developing my now record breaker had to retire.
It's now in the good hands of a past steam record breaker just hope he can go faster than me as engine has the power to do that.

Back to that earlier post of mine here is a report on it.
You don't always need a state of the art workshop and a mountain of money in those days to do well.

1973

30/03/2021 14:27:37
Posted by Nick Clarke 3 on 30/03/2021 14:19:54:
Posted by Windy on 30/03/2021 14:13:20:

.Jeff a good suggestion as you all know my nickname thoughts come to mind of fitting a De-Laval Nozzle at a certain body part for pure thrust.

Current World record is just over 107mph for a chariot like yours - You need something flat to fit under the seat - Porsche perhaps?

My young friend they are all young now has just got a flat six Porsche don't think he will give me the engine.

30/03/2021 14:13:20

Does look like a stiffener on the scooter JA.

Jeff a good suggestion as you all know my nickname thoughts come to mind of fitting a De-Laval Nozzle at a certain body part for pure thrust.

As you may gather I'm enjoying life to the full despite restrictions pity I could not post the video of me on the electric speed machine the fun I had on it..

Next outing on it a racing number plate should be on it courtesy of the fastest UK lady.

Her new machine will be making its debut at next speed meeting in April 270mph is the goal streamlining has been improved a University was involved a 3d image was scanned and various pressure differences identified.

Am so surprised at all the help and kindness from all walks of life that I have received.

I don't want to end up as another Victor Meldrew as I know a few and they are their own worst enemy.

Edited By Windy on 30/03/2021 14:23:51

30/03/2021 11:12:20

Was officially at Mondays Elvington speed attempts.

A photo was given to me showing my addiction to smoking took many years to give it up.

My speed family brought me a new speed machine for my duties.

Not that many there due to restrictions one regular high speed lad from Ireland had to stay at home.

He is I think involved with Gut Martins UK 300mph attempt.

A few pictures first my bad smoking habit.

1973 topcliffe 006.jpg

My new electric speed machine

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Two strokes

Scooter

Thread: Vehi cle Tax Scam
28/03/2021 13:40:46

If a charge is involved don't use

Thread: A new job
28/03/2021 12:15:38

Tomorrow at 79 should be doing a new non paying job if am allowed will post a few pictures of course Vroom Vroom Vroom is involved

Thread: Vehi cle Tax Scam
28/03/2021 12:04:28

Get on the Gov DVLA site you will see the up to date things regarding your vehicle in my case your driving licence details.

One pain in the arse with DVLA and you want to complain on their website if your driving licence expires your not recognised and cant complain or thank them for their service

Thread: Covid 19 and the DVLA
27/03/2021 21:05:43
Posted by V8Eng on 27/03/2021 19:51:54:

As things are generally supposed to be getting back to some sort of normality soon you might just be luckier on that one.

Three years ago my licence turned up 4 days after taking the eye test.

A bit like today being able to talk to someone who does more than press buttons

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