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14 Jul 2019, 10:43 pm

there is a class of car in japan called "kei" cars which are no more than about 10 feet long and 4 feet wide.
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21 Jul 2019, 2:14 pm

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21 Jul 2019, 7:06 pm

he also taught at a swiss girl's boarding school.



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21 Jul 2019, 8:30 pm

Kei cars? I wonder if tennis player Nishikori drives one?



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21 Jul 2019, 8:36 pm

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Kei cars? I wonder if tennis player Nishikori drives one?

my guess is not, that is an economy car meant for crowded urban spaces with limited parking. tennis players would prolly drive things like lexus, mercedes, bmw, audi or perhaps volvo.



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21 Jul 2019, 8:40 pm

True. Roger Federer drives a Mercedes and Rafael Nadal drives a Kia.



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25 Jul 2019, 1:37 pm

Japanese trains are among the world's most punctual: their average delay is just 18 seconds.


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13 Aug 2019, 8:21 pm

the softest-riding subcompact car is probably the mitsubishi mirage.



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14 Aug 2019, 12:10 am

the quietest subcompact SUV would prolly have to be the buick encore.



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21 Aug 2019, 5:26 pm

auntblabby wrote:
there is a class of car in japan called "kei" cars which are no more than about 10 feet long and 4 feet wide.
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adorable, ain't it? :heart:


I used to have a coach built motorhome version of one of those called a Bedford Bambi. A seperate company built the camping part on the back and only 1500 were made.
They were based on the Bedford Rascal. The little vehicles could come in various forms from vans to flatbeds to 6 seat minibusses to ordinary non coachbuilt campers (In other words a camper version of the standard van. Not the coachbuilt version like I had).
They could be badged Suzuki, Opel, Bedford, Vauxhall... All these were identical except the early Suzukis had smaller engines and round lamps. There was also Dihatsu versions which were very similar but slightly different and these had four wheel drive. The other versions were rear wheel drive. Most were 4 speed manuals. I had a rare 5 speed manual with the 970cc petrol engine. I could get mine to wheelspin and I got strange looks when I accide tly did this pulling out at junctions. Funthing to drive, though I wouldn't want to drive it in the winter as the winds would be quite a battle. It was like driving a sail. I often had it going along on 2 wheels if i took a roundabout a bit too quickly, but due to the suspension it seemed to balance fine... It felt like balancing a bicycle... One could do a complete 360 degrees round a roundabout on two wheels if desired...
The other odd thing about these. The brakes were not up to much but you didn't want them to be. The engine braking was excellent. You would use the engine more to slow down then the brakes. I remember once in a queue of very slow moving traffic, the car behind was right up close to the back of my Bambi. Maybe about a foot away as I could see the floor through my bottom back window so they must have been close to see their vehicle there. While I looked in the mirror I was distracted, and looked forward and had to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting the car in front. I heard a bang. Strange as the car behind didn't seem to have hit the rear. I could see how close it was. I didn't hit at the front. The front of the cab had gone at a wierd angle for a second or two and I was puzzled. Then the traffic had started to move again so I followed. However, the vehicle behind was following at quite a distance. I realized what thw bang was. Me slamming on had brought my rear wheels up in the air and the bang was when they came back down to the ground. That is why the cab was at a wierd angle!
Fun things to drive. However, the cabs were crampt so one had to drive squashed in, so if one drove a distance, every 40 miles or so, one would need to get out and walk around a bit to make sure one could still stand up! :lol: Fun things.


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