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The Dark Knight

Member Since 08 Mar 2013
Offline Last Active Jul 22 2014 09:49 PM

#383164 Big Adventure Holiday

Posted by The Dark Knight on 07 July 2014 - 04:21 PM

Oh yes! Looking forward to the day before the flight too as it will be all about the build up. Steady drive to Heathrow and stay in whatever hotel we've got and just chill out. We will probably check out Myrtle Avenue which is a haven for plane spotters apparently. Pass a bit of time watching some big planes land or take off.

#370071 Attention Members! Have One Of You Bought My Old Car?

Posted by The Dark Knight on 31 May 2014 - 11:21 PM

It's not everyday you park next to your old car but I was at Odeon Derby tonight to see X-Men Days of Future Past (very good) and spotted my old car (harsh to even label it old) so I parked next to it and took this photo. Anyone on here care to own up? lol


#353720 St On It Way.....

Posted by The Dark Knight on 14 April 2014 - 08:11 PM

Good work. It will certainly make the Fiesta metal feel like a sloth on mogadon lol! Be sure to hit some country roads with spirited driving (safe driving though naturally). Magnificent!

#352945 Comparison Of Old St And New St

Posted by The Dark Knight on 11 April 2014 - 11:32 PM

I love the way ST owners seem to think they can pull away from all BMW's with ease. 0-60 in 6.9 seconds is the same performance on offer from most mid range BMW's. You might just get away from a BMW 118i with a 0-60 of 7.3 seconds however anything more powerful than that and the ST will be left behind... 125i 6.2 seconds.

I appreciate the ST is good value for the performance on offer however, I'm puzzled as to how all the ST owners seem to be out running all these BMW's.

I have just got my wife a new 1.25 zetec and I'm very impressed with it however, I'm sure my m135 might leave a few ST's in the rear view mirror!


Of course your M135i would but that's a world away from the ST. It's like a Nissan GTR owner boasting how he would leave you for dead, pointless!


The point being made (by me at least) is that you can drive along perfectly normally when a BMW or more likely an Audi pulls up behind and tailgates you because he is clearly 'the main man' in his rep car, 520d or 2.0TDI A4 or whatever. They forget how heavy their cars are and the ST is very light and pulls away nicely. I let them go by once I have pulled away and back to the inside lane having made my point and made them look stupid.


Interestingly, the majority of proper performance Beemers or Audi's that I see, are driven normally with no 'big man' attitude. I know a guy with an RS6 and he doesn't tailgate people like these reps in their oil burners.


The ST is really at home on twisty country roads though. Get the police to seal off some twisty roads in the North Yorkshire Moors from the public, put a pro driver in a Fez ST and one in a 5 series Beemer (even a slightly more powerful diesel say a 525d or 530d) and the Beemer would not see which way the ST went. 

#352876 Getting An St

Posted by The Dark Knight on 11 April 2014 - 06:50 PM

Enjoy! I've had my ST-2 (in red) just over a week now. Happy Days!

#350984 The Eagle Has Landed

Posted by The Dark Knight on 05 April 2014 - 10:42 AM

Went out this morning and I'd love to say I made a Peugeot idiot look stupid but he did that himself lol.

There's a hill back up to my road and it's a main road with 50 limit. I was driving slower as there was nobody around and I was changing stations on the radio.

I was doing 35 in 4th and just as I accelerated, a battered Peugeot 106 appeared with big man exhaust and charged out to overtake. I backed off at 55 admittedly and in 5th.

My plan was to let him go past and have his victory in his shed as racing is stupid but he couldn't get past LOL! The hill was too much for his bag of crap 106 and he had to pull back in as a bus was coming.

Dear oh dear...!

#350192 The Eagle Has Landed

Posted by The Dark Knight on 02 April 2014 - 10:16 PM

Cheers Phil. I certainly wouldn't do full on dangerous racing on the road but just a quick burn like that does satisfy me because I didn't exceed 70 (Ok I might have hit 71) and I see it as dealing out justice on BMW/Audi man who tailgates everyone like he's king of the road.


The 5 series in question was some diesel version as he eventually flew past once I had moved back to the inside lane, I noticed 520d I think but may be wrong. Perhaps he sees the eventual overtake as 'victory'. Idiot :rolleyes:



#350143 The Eagle Has Landed

Posted by The Dark Knight on 02 April 2014 - 08:03 PM

Here are some pics I took at the dealership before it got mucky in the rain:










Now I must hold my hands up and admit to being silly but I couldn't resist it. I joined the A38 coming home at Little Eaton and roaring up behind came a BMW 5 series to do a bit of tailgating in his big man car. I had every intention of letting him go past once I reached 70mph and I would not exceed 70mph. However, I also intended to reach 70mph rather quickly and as it turned out, a lot quicker than Mr Big Man in his BMW could manage. Brought a smile to my face and 31mpg to the fuel computer :lol:

#350073 The Eagle Has Landed

Posted by The Dark Knight on 02 April 2014 - 04:34 PM

Quick update guys. Picked it up an hour ago and happy as Larry. Just at Uni now for a talk by a court of appeal judge.

Tried giving it some beans down some country roads but only a bit. I drove mostly steady and a mixture of town driving and country roads. Got 40mpg which ain't bad for a speed machine lol.

Acceleration is smooth and prompt under normal power and simply superb on full throttle.

Pics to follow later tonight

#349851 Finally Went On A Run ! !

Posted by The Dark Knight on 01 April 2014 - 07:42 PM

Excellent work. Looking forward to driving mine properly once I collect it tomorrow!

#349089 It's Arrived At The Dealers!!!

Posted by The Dark Knight on 30 March 2014 - 08:38 PM

Yes it was quite nice seeing it fresh off the transporter with all the wrapping on the seats etc. You can see in the picture I took that it says Immingham on the label on the steering wheel. I googled it and it's a port in Lincolnshire where it landed lol

#348128 It's Arrived At The Dealers!!!

Posted by The Dark Knight on 27 March 2014 - 08:25 PM

Here's a few pics I took today







#340700 Big Adventure Holiday

Posted by The Dark Knight on 09 March 2014 - 06:28 PM

Those photo's have made me look forward to it even more lol :)


Looking forward to the 28th of August. A nice steady drive to Heathrow before chilling out at the hotel, knowing the stress of daily life can be put on hold for 2 weeks. Watch a few planes take off and land. Then at 11:15 on the 29th it's Los Angeles here we come!


According to this site: http://www.seatguru.com/


We are flying on 747-400 which I am pleased about. They sometimes run an Airbus A340-600 on that route but the trusty old 747 is my preference. Champagne upon boarding too.


I notice that plane is Lady Penelope. We flew on Ruby Tuesday to NYC. As for photo's, I won't forget as I am looking forward to using my new Nikon P520 camera with it's 42x optical zoom.

#339967 Big Adventure Holiday

Posted by The Dark Knight on 07 March 2014 - 10:11 PM

I turned 30 in February and later this year, me and my sister are going to the USA as part of my 30th year celebrations. I went to New York in 2006 and Houston and Dallas in 2008 so now it's California and Vegas time.

Here is the deal: http://www.archersdi... ... -francisco

We've got all the key tours thrown in such as Alcatraz. We are also flying semi-posh with Virgin Atlantic who I highly rate and again a great deal: http://www.virgin-at... ... onomy.html


Flew with Virgin to New York and they were better than British Airways who we flew to Texas with in my opinion.

Fly from Heathrow 29th August and we've got a 4 star hotel at Heathrow the night before the flight! It will be hot out there and the coach goes close by Death Valley! I will take my Stetson I bought whilst in Dallas.

Can't wait!

#338820 Epic Power And Speed... Not!

Posted by The Dark Knight on 04 March 2014 - 09:08 PM

There is a yobo around here in a pastel green 02 plate Corsa. Run of the mill model, most likely a 1.2. He has modded it with big wheels and massive loud exhaust which sounds terrible.


My ZS would be faster easily but I would love to encounter him once I have the ST (not to have a childish race though)


Basically he tailgates people and overtakes with a huge smirk on his face and I can't stand smug idiots. I see him sometimes on the A38 in a morning and my ideal scenario with the ST would be to meander past a lorry at around 55-60mph in 5th, with Corsa man tailgating.


I would then pull in and let him floor it and get level before deploying warp speed up to 70-75 just to drill in the message that he is a pathetic pile of uselessness in his Corsa. I think in reality I might not even bother as the mere presence of the ST is enough to defeat him anyway.


Funniest thing happened last night though. We live on a main road and as I was walking back with the dogs, he was coming up tailgating another car. He then floored it to overtake and unleashed the full power of the Corsa. It took him ages to get past LOL! I was actually laughing in the street it was so funny.


There is a village on Orkney that is perfect for him... It's called Twatt!