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Michael Carr
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Username: carsie

Post Number: 42
Registered: 7-2016
Posted on Tuesday, 12 June, 2018 - 02:22 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

I haven't seen this story before- thought you'd like.

https://www.topgear.com/car-news/big-reads/uk-vietnam-classic-corvette-and-rolls-royce
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Michael Carr
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Username: carsie

Post Number: 43
Registered: 7-2016
Posted on Tuesday, 12 June, 2018 - 02:27 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

V8nam
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Vladimir Ivanovich Kirillov
Grand Master
Username: soviet

Post Number: 941
Registered: 2-2013
Posted on Tuesday, 12 June, 2018 - 09:08 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

When I clicked on the second pic I almost fell off my chair coffee in hand - The Rodina Statue of Mother Russia in Stalingrad (its bigger than The Statue of Liberty and a bloody lot more frightening!)

I then realised that there are people out there crazier than myself.

What an adventure.
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Robert Howlett
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Username: bobhowlett

Post Number: 181
Registered: 9-2010
Posted on Friday, 15 June, 2018 - 06:02 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Thanks Michael for posting

Anything that puts a our cars in the real world is very interesting.

Hi Vladimir good to see ya again ..

cheers Rob
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Patrick Ryan
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Username: patrick_r

Post Number: 1932
Registered: 4-2016
Posted on Friday, 15 June, 2018 - 09:59 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

That was a great read Michael.
Thanks for sharing it.

Do yourselves a favour and click on the link at the bottom when you finish reading about the Corvette & Rolls-Royce and check out the lost cars of Fukushima.
Worth a look.
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Robert Howlett
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Username: bobhowlett

Post Number: 182
Registered: 9-2010
Posted on Saturday, 16 June, 2018 - 06:35 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Saw this on the ABC news today

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-16/vintage-rolls-royce-converted-to-electric-vehicle/9869888

cheers
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Vladimir Ivanovich Kirillov
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Username: soviet

Post Number: 950
Registered: 2-2013
Posted on Saturday, 16 June, 2018 - 06:51 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

"Vintage Rolls Royce converted to electric vehicle" Well, it will make a good boat anchor now!
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Patrick Ryan
Grand Master
Username: patrick_r

Post Number: 1933
Registered: 4-2016
Posted on Saturday, 16 June, 2018 - 07:42 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

A very interesting point about Sir Henry Royce and his beginnings in the electric motor field.

With the success of the many pre WWI electric cars from the USA, I wonder if Sir Henry ever considered electric motors?
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David Gore
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Username: david_gore

Post Number: 2918
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Saturday, 16 June, 2018 - 08:42 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Patrick,

I think Sir Henry would have looked at this more than once in his lifetime however I think the limitations of battery technology at the time would have deterred him from going further. Even though cars such as the Detroit Electric were popular at the time, they were really "city cars" due to their limited range and were not particular suited to the market segment for R-R motor cars which would have valued the ability of a car to carry family and luggage from the city to their country estates.
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Patrick Ryan
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Username: patrick_r

Post Number: 1934
Registered: 4-2016
Posted on Saturday, 16 June, 2018 - 09:03 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Good point David.

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