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Kubrick, thank for another excellent piece, accompanied by what look like bespoke professional photgraphs- superb! I know I have mentioned it before, but I wonder at your writing ability in German when you pen such elegant prose in English. Most of us that claim it as a native tongue cannot achieve what you do in your "other" language. This may sound somewhat gushing, but you appear to be very much living a "life". The sort of experiences that you have described so eloquently above, are the gems that elivate existence over living. Thank you for sharing and allowing me to live bel tempo with you.
Seant- I agree, a good column shift is much maligned and would fit superbly with the character of the Pagoda.
now you make me blush... but thank you for your very kind words. I do make quite an effort to do a good job when I'm writing my longer posts/essays, so it's most welcome to hear they're met with appreciation. I'll pass your praise on to my camera, which, being of the compact SLR kind, is mainly responsible for whatever qualities the photos might possess.
You´re being very modest Kubrick. No matter how good the camera is it doesn´t work without the eye behind it. My guess is that if you were stuck with a €50 camera you´d still produce the goods.
I'll add my words of praise to veritable sea of approbation coming your way Kubrick. Beautifully written and hugely evocative. A perfect melding of vehicle and place. I am deeply envious.
My experience of the W113 Pagoda was confined to London during winter months. Not quite the Amalfi coast, but to be honest, piloting one of these elevated a trip to Tesco into something impossibly glamorous. I always felt I should be wearing a Hermès headscarf...
Wonderful car - Mercedes really couldn't put a foot wrong during that Paul Bracq era during the mid-sixties.
Congratulations Kubrick, a fine effort and thank you for sharing it with us. The Pagoda SL seems like such a delicate, elegant car. I wonder whether your lakeside cruise would have been as enjoyable in a new SLK?
The stuff what dreams are made off; classic roadster, Italy, sun and delicious food!
I´ve just re-read this article. Again, nice work Kubrick.
A very excellent evaluation and, discussing as someone who cruised beside Pond Garda the 30 days before you, associated with the diesel fuel clatter of a Fiat Ducato, yours is an item work out in how it should be done. That dash panel perspective is such a pleasure. Curiously, if Bmw had to fit a guide to the Pagoda, I think a pillar switch would have been more appropriate. Do not chuckle - a excellent pillar switch, as in huge Peugeots of previous times, was actually very enjoyable to use, with your arms hardly making the rim, but they missing out to the fantastic pretensions of the keep switch. And yes, those filter group whitewalls do fit it.
I'm a Vhroccstar, with the thrillpower of zarjaz carmats! All yourcarparts is belong to us.
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This is very exciting. I sent the original of the above message (see previous page) out 9 months ago. We might assume that this extra-terrestrial intelligence spent a few days decoding our language and then broadcasted it back to us using their own distinctive syntax but, in any case, the time delay puts the source of their reply a maximum of 3.5 trillion miles from Earth, possibly outside our solar system, but far closer than the nearest star. In which case we must assume that they are on their way! As is known to all, Asimov’s Seventeenth Law states that any planet capable of creating a car with a conveniently trouble-free folding roof mechanism is worthy of colonisation, and it seems only fitting that a thread begun by someone with the soubriquet Kubrick should be responsible for broadcasting this knowledge, and thus starting the process. Incidentally, do not be tempted to press on the link. I did and have been plagued by a silicone based entity in Kronos 7 who apparently has all the wealth of the late Star Lord Vhrocc concealed in the Jumah Mines of Shaac and has offered to share it with me if I send it the password to my Halifax savings account.
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