My 2012

2012 was a hugely eventfull year for us, a number of things hit us very hard that year but there were also a large number of great things that happened too. These kept us going through some dark times, and as you might expect most of the fun things seemed to involve cars in one way or another.

Whilst searching for an E46 alternator I found an unusually high number of quite repairable classics, all victims of the evil scrappage scheme.

Whilst searching for an E46 alternator I found an unusually high number of quite repairable classics, all victims of the evil scrappage scheme.

We bought an E46 320d Touring as a sensible bangernomics family car, almost immediately it failed and needed an alternator.

We bought an E46 320d Touring as a sensible bangernomics family car, almost immediately it failed and needed an alternator.

Winter tyres from Goodgrip kept the Rover 75 working all winter long.

Winter tyres from Goodgrip kept the Rover 75 working all winter long.

Scary.

Scary.

Formation drifting is awesome to watch at Santa Pod Easter Thunderball.

Formation drifting is awesome to watch at Santa Pod Easter Thunderball.

Di really has got green fingers.

Di really has got green fingers.

The launch of the new Rolls Royce was fascinating, one of the few cars I would describe as magnificent.

The launch of the new Rolls Royce was fascinating, one of the few cars I would describe as magnificent.

Classic tractors fascinate Peter.

Classic tractors fascinate Peter.

Peter 'helping'.

Peter ‘helping’.

The Rolls Royce Goodwood factory tour is a must for any petrolhead.

The Rolls Royce Goodwood factory tour is a must for any petrolhead.

Bye bye to my trusty Discovery 1 V8, I've put 60k on the clock over ten years, it has served well.

Bye bye to my trusty Discovery 1 V8, I’ve put 60k on the clock over ten years, it has served well.

The Disco goes to FunRover to be turned into a Tomcat racer.

The Disco goes to FunRover to be turned into a Tomcat racer.

Peter suspects there might be baddies in the tree...

Peter suspects there might be baddies in the tree…

And bye bye to the E30 racer too, our Peter was very sad to see it go.

And bye bye to the E30 racer too, our Peter was very sad to see it go.

We discovered a classic car show in the field behind our house, which was nice. Check the cars in the background.

We discovered a classic car show in the field behind our house, which was nice. Check the cars in the background.

Some fantastic old motors on show at the Bletsoe village fair.

Some fantastic old motors on show at the Bletsoe village fair.

Peter's birthday, epic.

Peter’s birthday, epic.

First floods of the year, a taste of things to come.

First floods of the year, a taste of things to come.

Testing cars is part of the day job, testing halted when I noticed a new P Zero was about to shatter!

Testing cars is part of the day job, testing halted when I noticed a new P Zero was about to shatter!

Old 75 was getting tired, so before major work would be needed I sold it. That's Bangernomics.

Old 75 was getting tired, so before major work would be needed I sold it. That’s Bangernomics.

Peter loves dinosaurs, so the trip to the Natural History museum was fantastic.

Peter loves dinosaurs, so the trip to the Natural History museum was fantastic.

The first dinosaur skeleton had him gasping with excitement.

The first dinosaur skeleton had him gasping with excitement.

My E30 buyers guide was published mid year, soon to be followed by my E30 Modification book.

My E30 buyers guide was published mid year, soon to be followed by my E30 Modification book.

A trip to the SMMT to chat about electric vehicles proved very enlightening, and this Drayson Racing 850bhp electric GT was fantastic.

A trip to the SMMT to chat about electric vehicles proved very enlightening, and this Drayson Racing 850bhp electric GT was fantastic.

The next Bangernomics mile muncher is this 75 tourer.

The next Bangernomics mile muncher is this 75 tourer.

This winter's experiment is to use 'all season' tyres and compare to the winter tyres used last year...

This winter’s experiment is to use ‘all season’ tyres and compare to the winter tyres used last year…

Jaguar kindly invited me to Oulton park to sample their wares, sadly this XJ220 was not available to drive.

Jaguar kindly invited me to Oulton park to sample their wares, sadly this XJ220 was not available to drive.

Luckily this XKR-S was, I love this car!

Luckily this XKR-S was, I love this car!

Bonfire night at Santa Pod. Recommended.

Bonfire night at Santa Pod. Recommended.

For ease of servicing I took the 75 to Ramp & Wrench in Coventry, recommended.

For ease of servicing I took the 75 to Ramp & Wrench in Coventry, recommended.

Scary pumpkin got even more sinister once it started rotting...

Scary pumpkin got even more sinister once it started rotting…

Choosing glasses for a child can be quite difficult...

Choosing glasses for a child can be quite difficult…

Time to replace my ten year old PC, quite a reasonable life span for a PC.

Time to replace my ten year old PC, quite a reasonable life span for a PC.

Whilst moving the Disco wheels I suddenly got a really silly idea...

Whilst moving the Disco wheels I suddenly got a really silly idea…

Dressed for his first nativity. Sadly the small sheep burst on the night.

Dressed for his first nativity. Sadly the small sheep burst on the night.

This is the starter solenoid off the 75, it became intermittently faulty due to having eaten  most of the way through the contacts! Repair kit £12!

This is the starter solenoid off the 75, it became intermittently faulty due to having eaten most of the way through the contacts! Repair kit £12!

I was privileged to give a talk at the Autotweetup doo in the fabulous Coventry motor museum.

I was privileged to give a talk at the Autotweetup doo in the fabulous Coventry motor museum.

Part of the Coventry motor museum. Recommended.

Part of the Coventry motor museum. Recommended.

Full length roof bars on the replacement Disco 2 proved useful for the 10 foot Christmas tree.

Full length roof bars on the replacement Disco 2 proved useful for the 10 foot Christmas tree.

Yes, a Porsche off roader actually off road!

Yes, a Porsche off roader actually off road!

Porsche kindly invited me to Silverstone to try all their wares, I shall not mention how many times I span the 911...

Porsche kindly invited me to Silverstone to try all their wares, I shall not mention how many times I span the 911…

He likes Doctor Who too, good lad.

He likes Doctor Who too, good lad.

The year started with me completing the mods to the old Disco 1, the quad lights and 33 inch tyres are pleasing.

The year started with me completing the mods to the old Disco 1, the quad lights and 33 inch tyres are pleasing.

My little spaceman, that's a Red Arrows jump suit from Duxford, a great place to visit.

My little spaceman, that’s a Red Arrows jump suit from Duxford, a great place to visit.

A selection of Mazdas for Mission Motorsport, it was great to meet up with Major Jim Cameron.

A selection of Mazdas for Mission Motorsport, it was great to meet up with Major Jim Cameron.

Major Jim rubbing his hands in expectation.

Major Jim rubbing his hands in expectation.

My conversion on the Disco, I just like this picture.

My conversion on the Disco, I just like this picture.

Peter in his 'LandRover'

Peter in his ‘LandRover’

Our Disco 2 needed a new cam, inconveniently.

Our Disco 2 needed a new cam, inconveniently.

Fabulous ice crystals

Fabulous ice crystals

Yes, the back bumper was -21 when I was doing the cam change.

Yes, the back bumper was -21 when I was doing the cam change.

Diana's fabulous creations at a local show.

Diana’s fabulous creations at a local show.

Me and a cam.

Me and a cam.

Diana driving a new Defender at Millbrook's off road course, yes we turned left!

Diana driving a new Defender at Millbrook’s off road course, yes we turned left!

First time I could publicly say I'd driven an XKR-S...

First time I could publicly say I’d driven an XKR-S…

Diana's car of the day at the SMMT test day was surprisingly the Evoque.

Diana’s car of the day at the SMMT test day was surprisingly the Evoque.

The smile that only a Corvette can bring.

The smile that only a Corvette can bring.

The car I wanted to hate, but loved. The Nissan Juke R.

The car I wanted to hate, but loved. The Nissan Juke R.

Yes I took an Evoque off road, and no I didn't stay on their intended path.

Yes I took an Evoque off road, and no I didn’t stay on their intended path.

Diana's first taste of the Millbrook Alpine route at the SMMT day.

Diana’s first taste of the Millbrook Alpine route at the SMMT day.

Retro show at Santa Pod, loved this Rover P5.

Retro show at Santa Pod, loved this Rover P5.

Out and out drag racer, 454cu in V8 loosely based on a 635 shell.

Out and out drag racer, 454cu in V8 loosely based on a 635 shell.

Even a four year old is captivated by the fantastic Bloodhound SSC. I'm in their 1k club.

Even a four year old is captivated by the fantastic Bloodhound SSC. I’m in their 1k club.

:)

🙂

Birthday boy and his empire.

Birthday boy and his empire.

Our new house turned out to be a marker point on a balloon race, dozens went directly overhead.

Our new house turned out to be a marker point on a balloon race, dozens went directly overhead.

The Shuttleworth steam fair is a regular 'must see' for us. These three loons are cutting trees into planks with the worlds most dangerous circ saw.

The Shuttleworth steam fair is a regular ‘must see’ for us. These three loons are cutting trees into planks with the worlds most dangerous circ saw.

In true Bangernomics style when the old Disco 2 started getting unreliable we sold it and bought a slightly less rubbish one.

In true Bangernomics style when the old Disco 2 started getting unreliable we sold it and bought a slightly less rubbish one.

The year ended with a fabulous Christmas at home with my utterly fabulous family.

The year ended with a fabulous Christmas at home with my utterly fabulous family.

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About Ralph Hosier

I love exploring everything the world has to offer, the fabulous beauty and intricacies of nature, the stunning majesty and grandeur of the universe, and the fascinating range of chocolates available from the local sweety shop. I have led a charmed life, sure there has been extremes, but the highs far outweigh the lows. I get paid for arsing about in very fast cars, I get to write about them and amazingly get paid for this too. My days are usually filled by making prototype and concept cars for car companies, a dream job. I have lived many of my dreams, worked all over the world, raced cars built by my own hand (and hardly ever crashed really badly), seen things and done stuff. But nothing compares to the love of Diana and my son Peter, beyond my greatest hopes. I am a chartered engineer, a member of the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), and of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and I am a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers. A pleasing fact is that there are now more letters after my name than there are in it ;) R.Hosier B.Eng(Hons) C.Eng MIET MIMI MGoMW
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3 Responses to My 2012

  1. Ciarán says:

    Loved this blog, what an interesting year,keep it coming!

  2. Dave R says:

    Nice summary – thanks for sharing – All the best for 2013 – I actually know a person who looks like that Pumpkin!

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