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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:39 am 
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Definately is FRW802L, note front wing mounted radio ariel. All of the press cars were fitted thus & then oddly dealers all fitted to the offside rear wing until mid 76 ish.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 5:36 pm 
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What a super photo Ronald, where did you find it?
She will, of course, be going to STAR90 but her engine is in the kitchen atm ready for paint.

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It isn't Orange!!!!!!
The other one wasn't Purple either!!!
One of the new ones will probably be green, very green.
Another new one is green too but not as green as the previous one. Still pretty green.
The other new one will be white with stripes. Actually it might not. No, it will be.
BUT, that one is definitely Yellow :=}


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 6:18 pm 
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...wish I were allowed engines in the kitchen.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 6:36 pm 
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He has put paper down, he is housetrained.


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It isn't Orange!!!!!!
The other one wasn't Purple either!!!
One of the new ones will probably be green, very green.
Another new one is green too but not as green as the previous one. Still pretty green.
The other new one will be white with stripes. Actually it might not. No, it will be.
BUT, that one is definitely Yellow :=}


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:10 pm 
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What a super photo Ronald, where did you find it?
Found it on this site, but it's not clear to me where the original '70s picture came from...

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:21 pm 
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I know there's been debate about the stripes as the car doesn't have any fitted currently. I'd imagine that if it did ever have any then they have been removed though this has left no mark. Ian and I discussed this at great length last week at our meeting and we drew no obvious conclusions. Any conspiracy theories didn't add up either!

One thing's for sure you cannot blame Photoshop as it didn't exist back then.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:09 pm 
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The engine and crank are in the kitchen. New stainless exhaust arrived today, in the conservatory along with lots of other bits and pieces. I'm in the process of refurbing the carbs which are in the utility.

VA6 is gradually taking over the house as well as the garage!!!!


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:18 pm 
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Some of it is in the garage :)

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The other one wasn't Purple either!!!
One of the new ones will probably be green, very green.
Another new one is green too but not as green as the previous one. Still pretty green.
The other new one will be white with stripes. Actually it might not. No, it will be.
BUT, that one is definitely Yellow :=}


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:58 pm 
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Reading this thread got me pondering the survival rate of the Geneva press cars although I'm sure that someone will have done this before. Possibly 23 cars were taken to the Geneva release, I think that the highest plate was FRW820L; not sure if the Kitley car 812 was there? -

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Taking VA1 & VA6 & VA16 as datum points ( although I don't think VA16 was there) it looks like registrations were issued in chassis number order -

FRW797L VA1 last taxed 01/01/83 Reg 11/01/73 - in Coventry museum
FRW798L gone from DVLA
FRW799L gone from DVLA
FRW800L gone from DVLA
FRW801L last taxed 01/09/84 Reg 19/01/73
FRW802L VA6 sorned 02/03/13 Reg 12/01/73 - subject of this thread
FRW803L gone from DVLA
FRW804L gone from DVLA
FRW805L gone from DVLA
FRW806L gone from DVLA
FRW807L last taxed 01/08/82 Reg 14/02/73
FRW808L Last taxed 01/11/82 Reg 14/02/73
FRW809L Last taxed 24/06/84 REg 19/02/73
FRW810L gone from DVLA
FRW811L Last taxed 01/01/84 Reg 01/02/73
FRW812L Taxed until 01/10/13 Reg 01/02/73 - Brian Kitleys ST Rally Car, Did this car go to Geneva?
FRW813L Last Taxed 01/06/84 Reg 06/02/73
FRW814L gone from DVLA
FRW815L Last Taxed 25/11/83 Reg 07/02/73
FRW816L Last Taxed 01/08/83 REg 20/2/73
FRW817L Gone from DVLA
FRW818L Last Taxed 26/07/75 Reg 01/03/73
FRW819L Last Taxed 01/03/85 Reg 01/03/73
FRW820L Last Taxed 24/04/83 REg 01/03/73

FRW811L was last taxed in 1984 & was last spotted in the background of a random family photograph that was taken in Lancaster in the early 80's

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The earliest death looks to be FRW818L a car that was last taxed in July 1975. The car did appear in quite a bit of the Geneva footage

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I'm surprised that quite a few survived to the 80's only to get discarded. By that time I would have thought that owners knew what they had. Unless some others are tucked away somewhere.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:56 am 
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I think they did well to last 10 plus years, most cars would be well gone by then and of course back then the cars were not really recognised in the way they are today. Reckon only VA6 and the Kitley car still survive, oh and VA1 of course but that doesn't really count as it's spent most of its life in the museum.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 2:34 pm 
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Blimey, an 'FRW' Sprint... I am gob-smacked...!!!

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 4:27 pm 
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:bluewave: Progress continues, much to sort out on the old girl......
Carbs done and exhaust manifold painted....
Don't they look good?


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It isn't Orange!!!!!!
The other one wasn't Purple either!!!
One of the new ones will probably be green, very green.
Another new one is green too but not as green as the previous one. Still pretty green.
The other new one will be white with stripes. Actually it might not. No, it will be.
BUT, that one is definitely Yellow :=}
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:36 am 
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Stunning, stunning and, ermmm, stunning...!!!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:52 am 
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Them carbs are so pretty, it seems a shame to run to run mucky petrol and polluted atmosphere through them!

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PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 7:14 pm 
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Engine In!!!!

Phew. Marathon.

Now just to attach all the petroly/airy/sparky bits and we can try her out.

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It isn't Orange!!!!!!
The other one wasn't Purple either!!!
One of the new ones will probably be green, very green.
Another new one is green too but not as green as the previous one. Still pretty green.
The other new one will be white with stripes. Actually it might not. No, it will be.
BUT, that one is definitely Yellow :=}


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