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About RedFrog

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    Alfa Alfetta
    Alfa Autodelta Turbo Alfetta
    Alfa 75 TS
    Alfa 166 3.0
    Alfa 159 3.2 Q4 wagon
    Renault Megane IV RS 280 Cup

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  1. RedFrog

    Unlikely Choice?

    Replace Giulietta with an anniversary GT? Last of the Bussos.... Sent from my SM-G970F using Tapatalk
  2. RedFrog

    Unlikely Choice?

    Pre face-lift. I genuinely don't like the face-lift, the styling was cohesive in the original. Sent from my SM-G970F using Tapatalk
  3. RedFrog

    Unlikely Choice?

    Ouch. That 166 I'm trying to sell was in the 2014 hail storm up in Brizvegas. It usually lived under cover but it just had to be the day that I drove it into work for once. There wasn't heavy damage (no smashed glass, just tail lights) but it still got almost every panel. I had it repaired by a PDR mob I knew were good, not the mob the bulk assessing etc was being done by (insured with Shannons - who despite their default being to process claims just like any of Suncorp's other brands do cope when you just organise repairs and tell them where the car is and they can expect a quote). That was an impressive storm not for what it did to my car which was partly sheltered but for stripping most of the paint and smashing all the windows on one side of the house and media blasting the furniture on the opposite side of the rooms (removed varnish from timber)... Anyway, the PDR was good - no issues at all - though I did have to scour the world (electronically) for a year to source 166 tail lights - took a year to find one of them, in UK, the other I'd found in Italy after a month or 2.
  4. RedFrog

    Unlikely Choice?

    Asking 1/2 your higher estimate... Saw someones Giulietta (yours?) in a smokey Canberra post in that thread you so kindly referred me to
  5. RedFrog

    Unlikely Choice?

    It is OZRS - and I thought in Oz RS only meant one thing... I also thought RS owners would tend to be racers. Winning matters. The RS won, having started near the back of the field due to some issues (the Renault 12) that can be solved by simply replacing everything except the badge (another thing the racers will be familiar with). You get the Cup/Trophy! Anyway, if you have to explain the joke - my bad to anyone offended. To those that got it - thanks for the welcome. And yes, I've owned an Alfa - about 10 or 12 in total I think. Still own 5. Happy to reduce to 4 if anyone wants a cheap Busso 24v - take my 166 off my hands for less than it costs to get the just done cambelt and pump done... The RS Cup through/out of a bend is a joy. That 4ws is a bit interesting though - it feels extremely pointy, heading for oversteer and then you go - hmm - fwd - so lifting off probably NOT the right thing to do... And then it magically sorts itself out anyway. I'd have to be doing something very illegal for this to matter/the slow fossil behind the wheel to have to figure it out - so it is all good fun (at least until I dare turn ESC off)...
  6. RedFrog

    Unlikely Choice?

    Hi fellow owners of Rat Shit frog cars. Many years ago I had the pleasure of having the use of "mums car" - a Renault 12. This introduced me to the joys of French engineering and front wheel drive car handling. It was most fun when I had the handbrake on - because then on a wet road, or downhill in any conditions the direction that the body of the car was facing in didn't really matter - point front wheels where you want to go and (hopefully) the rest of the car will follow. So when I saved up enough pennies I bought myself an Alfa Romeo with 50:50 weight distribution and RWD... It was a Superleggera - but only because it had been lightened through quite a bit of oxidation... But it did (after emptying my pockets and filling my mechanics) go really well. Anyway, since then I've tended to stick with vehicles driven and steered from different ends (and I don't have a forklift licence) with a few AWDs thrown in. It was with much joy that the significant other and I set out to buy a "newish not another Alfa" (if anyone wants one I have a few spare) that befitted our relatively new freedom from the need to transport offspring and was a bit of fun. Unfortunately all the driven from the correct end 2 door "sports cars" remotely in the price range were incapable of fitting a 6'4" driver (a regression from Alfetta GTs...) so it was onto "hot hatches". If Honda hadn't had the Civic type R's styling designed by or for a 13 year old boy I'd have bought one. If Volkswagen could somehow stop a Golf R from being boring I'd have bought one. If it were possible to find a used BMW 140i with decent suspension, an LSD ideally not an auto for sane $ I'd have bought one. If an i30N Hyundai that was so simple that it reminded me of those older things wasn't hard to get a discount on as it is (apparently) clearly "the cheapest, best value, hot hatch" I might have bought one. And so I bought an RS 280 Cup, manual, in Flame Red...
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