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    Default Most Inconvieneint place you have broken down!!

    Just been thinking and chuckling away to myself at some of the places i have broken down in my life.. Town Centres, Traffic Lights, etc etc, but my favourite has to be...

    Back in 1994 i was driving a 7.5T all round Europe for a bloke in Luton, i was on a typical all night mission and was coming back down the M1 as dawn broke(Winter time, was about 7am), just coming past Newport Pagnell Services the motor started to splutter and cough "Sh*t, very low on diesel" i was thinking. Hard shoulder, hazard lights on, i'll make J13 Truckstop for fuel, sorted" Approaching J13, all was looking good, the lights at the top of the slip road were Red, there was 1 car waiting, as i approached they turned green, "I'm gonna pull this off" i'm thinking... Oh no, the woman in the car stalled it, and by the time she had applied the handbrake, neutral etc and got it started the lights were Red again... Now i am F*cked!!! The engine dies, turn the key, nothing... just over and over... not firing.. Sh*t! Ok, so once the lights are green, i'll put it in gear, and wind it across the lights on the key, and to the truck stop that way... Job done! Oh no, The lights went green, and i put it in gear, and away she went, lurching across the road, until half way across the air went down, and truck was going nowhere!! blocking traffic from every direction!!

    Sheepishly i called the boss, who hit the roof, and sent his son out with 25 litres of Fuel in his wifes brand new Cavalier V6 Auto... When Scott arrived(3 hours later) he opened the boot, to find the top had come off the diesel and it had gone all over the car's boot carpet!!! It was 4 days old!!!! I caused absolute chaos at J13 on a friday morning, i was on Radio 1, there was something like 13 miles of traffic queueing to get off there!! I wanted the ground to open up and eat me!!!

    And then there was when the Vectra started playing games at 1am somewhere in deep dark Germany en route to Denmark in June, i could have lilled that car at that moment in time!!!!!

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    My vectra engne went in 2006 on the A1 north on the Blaydon bridge at 8.30am.2 police cars, 1 highway agency 4x4 and 1 motorbike, marky mark in the sky and a long tailback behind me I felt crap.

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    A McDonalds Drive through.
    Bloke in a Impreza got out and helped me move it as the drive through was oe with those silly kirbs up.
    I was in a Metro Oh the shame haha

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    Right next to Menwith Hill at about 1am in my Y reg purple Mini about 14 years ago. The place is in the middle of nowhere, about 10 miles from anything. Its fare to say I had the police pull up within 10 mins, I wonder how long my phone was tapped?

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    A453 toward's nottingham in a movano van at rush hour......also ran out of diesel...going up hill with a tailback all the way back to the M1 about 5 miles i think......well piffed off i tell you
    Midlands Mod Shop - NFFC.

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    Traffic lights at Trafalgar square in a Mk3 Astra 1.6 1.00AM.

    Though my clutch felt strange, leant down to pull it up towards me a bit, let go and it disappeared to the floor. Great stuff!!

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    On a mini roundabout just south of Guildford, heading towards Dorking, in a lorry.

    I'd rolled up to it, intending to turn right, so was basically covering both lanes. I'd already seen my gap to pull into and go so had dropped it into gear and accelerated.

    And it died.

    I lurched to a halt right in the middle of the roundabout, I couldn't have blocked more if I tried! Like Ben, I tried 'keying' it to get it out of the way, but the power steering had gone and the air too gave out. I ended up in the innermost lane of the roundabout, happy I'd made it out of the way, to open it to traffic.

    After a while, a copper on a bike pulled up alongside and asked me why I was there! He didn't appreciate my answer at all. I told him I'd stopped for a picnic! Thankfully a Skip truck pulled up and basically chained us together and dragged me off to a bus stop and the copper left me to it, not fancying another frank exchange of opinions!

    A wire had come adrift of the engine stop solenoid and stalled it. Dafaid had it running in 30 seconds of arriving! That ****ed me right off!

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    I once lost my wipers in an absolte downpour in the fast lane of the M4 , absolutely crapped myself!.not a good look!

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    Not as bad as you guy's but in the Town Centre & at Traffic Lights,

    in an old Sunbeam Rapier

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    On way home from Dublin.

    Had to get 2 tow trucks, one to get me back over the border and another to take me rest of way home.


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