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  1. Outside of price regulated markets such as Spain, I am not sure what the end price for Cohiba and Trinidad will be. For online, 10% off RRP is more than normal for those that actually follow. It may get to 20%+ on cohiba trinidad with stock as retailers make a choice between a traditional fixed margin and a cash return. Trini still won't float. Some Cohiba won't either. The price and supply picture will become clear by end of July. As for Cuba, they didn't hold back
  2. We did Trinidad Fundadores.....but what about the Coloniales? To me it is my favourite cigar in the Trini lineup. Let's talk Trinidad Coloniales Do you like Trinidad Coloniales Where does it stand compared to other similar cigars. Have you noticed a blend/flavour/body change over the years? If so, approximately when? How long does it take you to smoke a Trinidad Coloniales Do the poll! Trinidad Coloniales! CLICK HERE FOR OTHER DEEP DIVES
  3. EAR = email assistance required. "being a colector of cigar memorabillia I have several advertising posters from US manufacturers in the late 1800's and early 1900's pointing out that they don't use Clear Havana tobacco and that their cigars were "premium". Rob to your knowledge, were Clear havanas, the gas station cigars of their time? I am having a hard time finding out the answer"
  4. I had a Jeep and Range Rover that I could add https://www.drive.com.au/caradvice/drive-flashback-the-worst-cars-of-the-20th-century/ Drive Flashback: The worst cars of the 20th Century This week's look back through the Drive archives takes us back 22 years to the year 2000 and the alternative list of the Cars of the Century – the Worst Cars of the 20th Century. Rob Margeit 06:1323 June 2022 21comments 1share View 29 images It was hardly surprising as the pages of the calendar flipped over to 1 January 2000, that the world began assembling its Best of the Century lists. From movies to music, advances in science to fashion, and from influential people and the moments that shaped the 20th century, ‘Best of…’ lists were everywhere. The automotive world wasn’t immune to the charms of Greatest Hits lists, the definitive Car of the Century poll naming the Ford Model T at number one with Alec Issigonis’ iconic Mini just behind ahead of the Citroen DS, Volkswagen Beetle and rounding out the top five, the Porsche 911. But even as the winners’ ink was still drying, the automotive world looked to another parameter to define the century when the automobile came of age. As our cover story in Drive of 23 June, 2000 revealed, even as experts the world over were busy nominating the best cars of the 20th century, British motoring writers began assembling the worst. This is their list. RM Story first published in Drive, 23 June 2000 Britain's National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, southern England, this week opened an exhibition that brings together the worst and the best cars of the past 100 years. The biggest battle for museum manager Roger Bateman was finding examples of cars that appeared in the "worst" list – and convincing owners to put them on display. "That was a bit awkward," he told Drive. "A lot of these people are enthusiasts and obviously they love their cars and want to defend them, not display them for ridicule." Is the museum expecting makers to cause a row? After all, the Jaguar XJ220, McLaren F1 and Volkswagen Beetle appear on the list despite their critical acclaim over the years. "Not yet," he said. "But that may change when the doors open. We don't expect to get any negative reaction from the manufacturers, but we suspect some enthusiasts might not be too impressed. "Anyway, it's not us, it's the newspaper which put the list together." The London Daily Telegraph’s motoring correspondents and readers compiled the 100-worst list to mark the new millennium and the end of the first century of motoring – and to deliver a riposte to the much-hyped Car Of The Century promotion, which installed the Ford Model T in the motoring pantheon. Significantly, the VW Beetle featured in both. Here are some highlights – lowlights? – of the newspaper panel's bad and ugly list. Alfa Romeo Alfasud The pert little Alfa Romeo Alfasud (1972-83) was a Jekyll and Hyde among cars. It was ominously manufactured in the shadow of a volcano – Vesuvius, on the outskirts of Naples – a site chosen under the Italian government's regional development scheme. View 29 images The Sud was fun to drive but cruelly prone to rusting, like many other Italian cars of its day. It had a good engine, sounded great but was also handicapped by a rather plasticky interior, dubious reliability and freefalling second-hand values. Canny Sud owners enjoyed a brief, bitter-sweet love affair – and quickly sold. AMC Pacer Short and ugly, overweight and underpowered, thirsty and dynamically dismal, the AMC Pacer (1975-80) inspired a famously scathing UK magazine headline, "We drive the AMC Pacer – and wish we hadn't". AMC soon withdrew from Britain. View 29 images Armstrong-Siddeley Sapphire A square-set, overweight horror, the Armstrong-Siddeley Sapphire (1952-58) seldom achieved better than 17 litres/100km from its 3.4-litre six-cylinder engine and was sarcastically known as "the rich man's Rolls-Royce", thanks to notoriously poor reliability and high running costs. View 29 images Asia Rocsta The Asia Rocsta (1994-98) had its strengths, but there weren't many. It was brilliant at traversing deep lakes and climbing muddy hills. Not many people do this, however, and such abilities are no use when they can't be combined with mastering level tarmac. A shoddily built, crook Jeep. View 29 images Aston Martin Virage The same craftsmanship appeared to be used on the Aston Martin Virage (1988-92). It looked only partly finished, with highly variable panel gaps and strange inset headlamps. Its claimed 230kW felt barely enough to pull it out of its own weighty shadow. Ghastly build quality and dreadful engine installation added to the horrors. View 29 images Austin Allegro Nicknamed "All aggro", the Austin Allegro (1973-83) was pitiful. The most charitable explanation for this car is that it was part of a successful Communist plot to destroy Britain's motor industry. View 29 images Austin Metro The Austin Metro (1980-90) conspicuously failed to replace the Mini. It was more spacious and much more comfortable – but it was just as crude and a good deal uglier. View 29 images BMW 850 BMW isn't master of the universe after all. The huge BMW 850 coupe (1989-99) was lacking in most areas; a criminally cramped cabin, lacklustre performance, anodyne handling and all the charisma of wet sand. A second-hand snip, but who'd want one? View 29 images Chevrolet Corvair A costly mistake for GM, the Chevrolet Corvair (1960-69) was the car that launched the career of safety campaigner Ralph Nader. In extreme cornering the inside rear swing axle tucked under and caused dramatic rollovers. Corvairs are now favoured by collectors, who don't drive them much. View 29 images Chrysler (Dodge) Viper The Chrysler Viper (1992-) is uncomfortable, badly made, with a cacophonous truck engine and a soft-top that Telegraph motoring contributor David Vivian aptly described as "like a crashed hang-glider". It's very quick, but unpleasant to drive and absurdly overpriced. View 29 images Daewoo Cielo General Motors had sound reason for dropping the MkII Astra when it did: it was old and it was rubbish. Someone in Korea bought the tooling and dragged the venerable Vauxhall back to life as something else: the Daewoo Cielo (1995-97). It was a mistake. View 29 images DeLorean DMC12 British taxpayers spent millions on the DeLorean DMC12 (1981-82): conclusive proof that stainless steel is an excellent material for making kitchen sinks. View 29 images Ferrari 400i All Ferraris are good, right? Wrong. The Ferrari 400i (1979-89) was a cynical marketing exercise which betrayed the Ferrari ethos. This was a stumbling nag, not a prancing horse. Too big, too heavy and mostly fitted with a three-speed automatic, it should have been taken to the knackery. View 29 images Ford Capri 1300 The Ford Capri 1300 (1969-74) was billed as "The car you always promised yourself" – unless of course it was the base model, which had the power-to-weight ratio of a housebrick. It was soon axed – the only quick thing that ever happened to it. View 29 images Ford Edsel The Ford Edsel (1958-60) was the archetypal motor industry disaster. The Telegraph's David Burgess-Wise called it "Ford's most costly mistake" (estimate: between $250 and $350 million). Less certain is the cause of its failure: was it an economic recession, or the stylised representation on the grille of female genitalia that kept customers away? View 29 images Ford Scorpio With its gaping, ingenuous smiley mouth and its fat, matronly rump, the Ford Scorpio (1995-98), was one of the silliest-looking cars of the century. The sum of idiotic body parts, it was widely ridiculed during its short life, sold miserably and its unlamented early demise is proof that style matters. View 29 images Jaguar XJ220 Never before has a car that cost so much as the Jaguar XJ220 (1992-94) sounded so awful. For its exorbitant £415,000 price-tag, the ill-conceived Jaguar supercar was a visual firecracker that became a damp squib when its meagre V6 rattled to life. View 29 images Lada Riva The spartan Lada Riva (1982-), essentially a Soviet-built Fiat 124, went on sale in 1970 but was known as the Riva from '82. Rough and rugged are two of the kindest words that spring to mind. The same money spent on a tractor would have delivered a lot more fun. View 29 images Lotus Esprit Build quality in the Lotus Esprit (1976-77) was appalling: under the rear compartment carpet, roughly hewn pieces of plywood were secured by four or five different sizes of bolt, presumably whatever was lying around. It tended to spin violently and irretrievably. View 29 images Mahindra Jeep A wickedly slow WWII Willys Jeep replica, and diabolically built to boot, the Mahindra Jeep (1993-95) was so unspeakably bad that the PR man who left the keys in an example in a London car park commented: "Well, who do you think will steal it?" View 29 images Maserati Biturbo The Maserati Biturbo (1981-87) was a desperate attempt to build an Italian BMW. Poor quality, vicious handling (especially on wet roads) and kitsch interior contrasted with numbingly bland styling. Silly price, too. View 29 images McLaren F1 Schoolboys tell you the McLaren F1 (1994-98) is the world's most amazing car. Grown-ups acknowledge that it's the world's most amazing waste of money - and not just because an annual sevice can cost the equivalent of $25,000. View 29 images But the F1's thrusting central throne allows egotistical millionaires to demonstrate amazing car control as they cruise along motorways at 30 per cent of the car's top speed. The McLaren doesn't have a sun visor, presumably because owners wear shades all the time. Fair enough: anyone who buys a car this ugly must be blind. Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR The Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR (1999), like the McLaren a missile designed to win the Le Mans 24 Hours, was as unstable as it was fast. The drivers got the blame on the first two occasions the thing took off and flipped without explanation, so Benz went ahead and raced anyway. The third time it happened, on live TV, the penny dropped. Merc withdrew, later scrapping its sports car program. View 29 images Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph The Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph (1998-), brought to you by "the makers of the best car in the world" (R-R) and the producers of "the ultimate driving machine" (BMW) should be a dream ticket but lacks space, grace and charm – Rolls and Royce would have cringed. View 29 images Trabant Made, incredibly, of pressed cardboard, the Trabant (1959-90) was the butt of many jokes, the most notable: "How do you repair your S Class after it has hit a Trabby at 240km/h? Switch on the headlamp washers." View 29 images Triumph Mayflower The Triumph Mayflower (1949-53) was an attempt to make a utilitarian version of a large limousine. Tragically ugly, with no handling to speak of and hardly any power. Of 35,000 made, almost all biodegraded, apart from a few in the hands of fanatics. View 29 images Triumph Stag Basically a roofless Triumph 2000 sedan, the Triumph Stag (1970-77) had a disaster-prone V8 and a T-bar safety hoop, evidently to hold the monocoque body together. The stablemate TR7 (1975-81) was a stodgy two-seater sedan masquerading as a sports car. Its wedge-shaped body was its only distinctive feature. View 29 images A distinguished designer, on seeing the TR7 in profile, walked around the vehicle and said: "Oh no, they've done it to this side as well!" View 29 images Volkswagen Beetle Hindsight still cannot explain the popularity of the Volkswagen Beetle (1945-), with its abysmal handling, constipated sewing-machine engine and poor packaging. Clever advertising persuaded millions of otherwise right-thinking people to buy Adolf Hitler's dream car and call it cute. Ferdinand Porsche stole the original design from Tatra's Hans Ledwinka – who was jailed for Nazi collaboration; subsequent compensation payments nearly broke Volkswagen.
  5. I tend to agree Mus. I can't remember a dud at 5 years becoming a Swan at 10. By 5.....you will see at least some pin feathers.
  6. Di All sorted honey. i have asked ken to come in and take a look
  7. ...or the Big Boxing Croc at Humpty Doo. ....yes we have a town called Humpty Doo
  8. EAR = Email Assistance Required. "Rob, what is the the longest period that you have seen a cigar turn from pure crap to pure gold. I am not talking about incremental improvement but a trasformational evolution on the upside?" Would love members feedback on this one. Personally, if it hasn't begin to occur (transformation) by year 5 then it is unlikely to ever happen. There will be exceptions but that has generally been my experience.
  9. This (apparently) is the issue in relation to this box. However Vintage Cohiba are a treat The below is just a case of Cuba being Cuba. The work on "Esplendidos" is truly exceptional Starting price: € 40.00 Maximum bid: Bid up (bid € 40.00 or more) Remaining time: 6d 20h 37m Ends: June 30, 2022 20:55:47 CEST Start date: June 23, 2022 18:57:34 CEST Starting price: €40.00 Items: 1 Condition: Normal (with signs of normal use)
  10. Some people drive out to Kilcoy to see the statue of "The Yowie" Some people are just born stupid. .....a Yowie is australias bigfoot. Yowie sightings normally occur after 10PM when the Exchange Hotel closes.

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