Here’s the deal rabbits, I need a new sleigh from either Jaguar or Range Rover, preferably with a V8
Oooooh, now that’s some accel !
Sadly some of the many Christmas presents I would have liked had to be put “on hold” as I’m still undecided on which vehicle to go for when I have finished all this medical stuff and surgery. If I survive the battle I can order what I please.
However, I do want to badge up the grille again along the lines of my earlier exploits when cars were very important to me and all the work involved keeping them in A1 condition both inside and out.
Quick refresher of “My” Range Rovers after a look at the Audi
My Audi pre the Saudi experience
RR1 Pre Gulf War for something to do
RR 2 Post Gulf War l bargain
RR 3 after arrival in Phoenix AZ
RR 4 …… before it started snowing!
If I continue down the RR road then the Shaq mobile would accept the badges without any problem to the grille.
Special grille, no problems for badges
The 2010 model I’m looking at could be improved with a chrome grille for a bit more WOW factor
I’m sure chrome would look better
A lot more POP!
Look what the rabbits found
The grille will be my personal history, RAF and my 14 years at RAF Coningsby, where I served on 29 Squadron (76-79), 64 Squadron or 228 OCU from (79-88), and finally 5 Squadron until Gulf War I in 1989. Then I was seconded to British Aerospace and 29 Squadron RSAF in Dhahran SA until 1994. I was also very privileged to serve on the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight from 1980-89. 30 years of my life on a grille!
64 Squadron always stood out as my career “high” as I was made Dep Flt Cdr and then as I was promoted after a stint in the Falklands I took over as Sqn Ldr Trg. Shortly afterwards we moved across the airfield to make way for the F3 Tornado and I then became the “XO” or deputy boss.
Former boss of 228OCU Gp Capt Chris Coville, and my boss in the Falklands, presenting me with my 2000 hours F4 badge
During 1987 my Wing Commander, Steve Nichol was sent to the Falklands to command 23 Squadron and 9 aircraft leaving me to command 64Sqn/228OCU with 35 Phantom F4’s, 100 students and 55 instructors. They also gave me substitution pay which was a HUGE pay rise as I had more commissioned time than Steve and went to top pay Wg Cdr.
Christmas Eve morning and a Winter Storm warning in effect until 1800 on Christmas night. Forecast up to 12″ !!!
Nothing as yet so Santa is off practicing ……. looking a bit on the rough side as he really isn’t used to this V8 power. Early morning test flights up and down the 145 in front of the house ……..
Didn’t think he would pull out of that one
Better down by the Town Hall
Better get him in for some breakfast
High speed run down by the church ……. and then some “bomb” runs
Could speed up delivery
……… and then he gets a bit “overconfident” ………
10 degrees nose down/1000′ MAX!!!
as expected there is an almighty crash and the sleigh gets airborne again and collides with a tree by the school
No, he hasn’t got a V8 endorsement, or insurance for 3rd party damage to private property
They let him off with a ticket, and I’ve added my next year’s wish list if I’m still around. Things I would like in my stocking…….
Either one of these or,
This one will do if this is the choice
My old badges are all painted and ready at a moment’s notice
Other badges are still in the undecided basket but I do like this old RAF vintage one which has a lot of character
Even been pre-drilled for the job
sadly I can’t find 64 squadron in the right size …… these are a bit small at 3/4″ diameter
Next ones up in the range of “wants” are about 4cms
Might look good …. , but can’t find a 64 Sqn
A few Jag trinkets if I go that way ……..
Or another from Range Rover
Well it did start to rain and snow but nothing much came of it other than the horrid damp feeling and temps down to 36F
The fire is lit, Santa has loaded up and will soon be on his way as here it becomes “Twas the night before Christmas etc, etc”……… seems a reporter from the local paper heard of the “crash” so that will be in the headlines
Meanwhile he has gone until next year, I think someone has detuned the sledge. Seemed a lot quieter on take off and looked good on the fly by.
Up, up and away
Masterful stuff …… well done Santa
….. and to ALL a good night