Hobbies and Interests
I have many interests, I have tried to narrow them down below:
- Restoring and driving old cars
At present I have four cars in varying states of restoration:
1987 Audi UR Quattro
I bought this car five years ago, just before Quattro's came to prominence in the BBC Series 'Ashes to Ashes'. Although this TV series did nothing to diminish my enthusiasm for them.
A 1987 Audi UR Quattro, 2.2 Litre Turbo in Lhasa Green, believed to be one of only two of this colour in the country.
In 2010 the subframe was removed, straightened and powder coated. We replaced the suspension springs, bushes and shock absorbers. The Differentials have been completely overhauled with new seals and the undersides have been repainted and undersealed.
The leather interior has all been overhauled, with new seats and door cards. I have also installed a new stereo system with bluetooth and iPod interfaces.
I purchased a 1988 Audi Coupe to use as a donor vehicle for the Quattro in 2010. In 2012 the Quattro had a bare metal bodywork restoration completed with many of the bodywork components from the coupe being used. i
In 2013 I bought a donor Audi S2 and the engine, manifold and ECU were installed in my car following the removal of the original 10 valve engine. The Quattro now has approximately 300 BHP and 0-60 in around 5 seconds.
Although it has been expensive, I have always wanted a Quattro and this is will be exactly as I envisaged when I first saw them in the early 1980's.
2004 Volvo S60R
This is my daily driver winter driver, a 2004 Volvo S60R 300BHP. Only minor modifications for this car a friend installed a new Pioneer App Radio to integrate with my iPhone and a new amp.
1989 Porsche 944 Lux
I bought my Porsche in 2012. It is used as my "summer car" and I garage the Volvo over the summer. I have decided to keep the modifications to a minimum on this car. I have the later model "Design 90" wheels to install as it is possible to get modern tyres for the Design 90 wheels and a friend installed a modern stereo in the car with iPod/bluetooth connectivity.
It unfortunately failed it's MOT last March and has had a lot of work done on the under side of the car. Both sills (inner and outer) were replaced, the suspension mounts have been replaced and the wings. I hope the car will be back on the road for March 2015.
2006 Audi A6
My wife's daily driver.
I do not think I will ever stop changing or buying cars, space and money are the only constraints.
- Collecting Old Comics
I also have an extensive collection of comics:
A comic a read as a child that I kept buying when I was an adult. Although I now tend to buy the graphic novels on my iPad as I was rapidly running out of storage space for paper versions. I particularly like the characters "Judge Dredd', "ABC Warriors' and "Rogue Trooper".
The original Eagle comic was produced in the 1950's but was resurrected in the early 1980's. As well as 2000AD I also got the Eagle as well. The Eagle stopped being printed in the mid-80's but I have all the editions that were printed.
I have a number of Batman graphic novels and some rare posters which I have framed.
- Collecting 1:18 scale model cars
My theory on purchasing the model cars is that if I can't have all the cars I would like to own in 1:1 scale I may as well have them in 1:18.