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Offline NoelC

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100% Guildford built vehicle (eBay+beer=oops!)
« on: December 13, 2016, 09:06:20 pm »
A purchase from about a year ago, 1993 Dennis Rapier. Long story made short-ish. Remember it being delivered to my local fire station back in '93, driven by a family friend who served nearly 30 years with Surrey FRS and said it was the best pump he'd ever driven. The Rapier won the design award the year it launched, stainless steel space frame chassis more akin to an F1 car than a commerical vehicle, independent front suspension, steering lock better than a London black cab (truely insane), Cummins 6CTA 8.3 litre performance tune, Allison auto, grosses at 11 tonnes with the disc brakes off a 44 tonne tractor unit. Goes like shit off a stick. Stops just as well. The last and best proper fire engine. Everything built since is a lorry with a pump and Brian the snail in comparison. With 6th gear unlocked these Rapiers will get to 120mph...  wdesmle

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Re: 100% Guildford built vehicle (eBay+beer=oops!)
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2016, 07:15:05 am »
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Re: 100% Guildford built vehicle (eBay+beer=oops!)
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2016, 01:40:27 pm »
 drll Awesome piece of kit! :D
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Re: 100% Guildford built vehicle (eBay+beer=oops!)
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2016, 06:52:14 pm »
holy moly! 11 tonnes at 120 mph would need some cajones!
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Re: 100% Guildford built vehicle (eBay+beer=oops!)
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2016, 07:39:55 pm »
That's a beauty.
Convert it into a stealth camper and travel the world!

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« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2016, 09:35:48 am »
Every school boys dream. Love it  lkebtn
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Re: 100% Guildford built vehicle (eBay+beer=oops!)
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2017, 08:25:21 am »
Lovely old truck with the benefit of personal memories. I always loved the shiny red fire trucks when I was a kid.

The top speed of this one looks a bit scary though. Although it probably never reached any similar speeds when in service, stopping it when loaded could have been interesting.
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