Richard Mellish

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About Richard Mellish

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    Carnity Cruiser
  • Birthday 06/10/1957

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    Discovery Series 1 & 2, Mercedes 500E, Mustang GT, CL 600
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    Mechanical/Electrical Engineer
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    Mechanical Engineer

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  1. Richard Mellish

    Hello everybody,

    Hi Anna, welcome to the club..
  2. Richard Mellish

    First experience as a Newbie - Feedback

    Hi Rahimdad, Great idea and I'm pleased to assist. How much did you enjoy your first drive? Very much, It was something I had wanted to learn for a long time. I had looked at many sites on the internet to find a club which welcomed Newbies. What did you enjoy about the drive? The different levels you experience from a drive. The refusals, how to rock your way out of a situation when the vehicle gets stuck and learning how to keep momentum. Which part of the drive you think you enjoyed the best which you would like to repeat? That is difficult to answer being a newbie and only two rides. Honestly, I enjoyed the whole experience and I'm looking forward to joining the club on more drives once I return to Dubai. Do you think there was a good mix of lecture and practical, was the lecture too long, and any part that can be avoided or done in a shorter or different way? Do you think anything else could be added to the lecture? Myself, the lecture is the perfect, information is given to all. If anybody has a question, it is answered. The drive route is explained and the terrain. Then off you go for a few hours of testing your skills off-road in a safe and controlled manner. Do you think prior reading material would help? Personally no. Myself I like to be hands on. Practical experience is a great teacher, which is why I am looking forward to more drives with the club. Would you know where on the Carnity forum you would be able to find the information you are looking for? I have never had any problems navigating the website. To myself, its intuitive and works. Is there anything you think could be done in a better way? At the moment I have no suggestions, however should anything change I will gladly advise. How do you suggest to make things better for the new comers? A flash drive with the information available from the website would be good. Every Newbie should be aware of the basics, flag, basics tools to deflate tyres, inflate tyres, etc. To carry water, etc. Things others take for granted. How do you think you can progress within the current atmosphere and learning opportunities provided? None as I see at present, there again I only two drives. But I will say I enjoyed both immensely.
  3. Richard Mellish

    Total Newbie... help please

    The previous owner liked his gadgets. From the picture of the front screen you have a GPS & TV antennas. Plus battery management which suggests he did not want the battery to drain beyond a level they could not start the engine. If you have use for these gadgets, then use them. If not removed them and repair the wiring as required. Check the fuses and hopefully your electrical problems should be repaired. As for the Traction Control, Gaurav previous comments has covered the main points. Happy motoring. May I say the Off-Road Club is worthwhile joining to learn desert driving with safety.
  4. Richard Mellish

    Cars you regret not buying

    Had a choice of two cars: Triumph Dolomite Sprint or a Fiat 131 Supermirafiori. Drove them both and liked them, although I did prefer the Dolomite. But because the interior of the Fiat was better, it swayed my decision and it was the Fiat. Then it rained..... like it does often in the UK. The car was on casters, every chance it had, it broke free. Change the tyres for P6, no dam difference. Saved some pennies and part-ex the car.
  5. Richard Mellish

    Variable compression engine

    Wonderful piece of engineering. However a lot of moving parts. But it would be interesting to see how it fairs with high mileage. Also a rebuild has to be expensive in materials and labour. Time will tell gentlemen.
  6. Richard Mellish

    3 car dream garage

    Mercedes Benz is my choice. 1. Pullman 2 AMG 560 SEC 3. Finally Cosworth 2.5 Evolution 2 190E
  7. Richard Mellish

    Absolute newbie drive - Pink rock - 5 Jan 2018

    I'm back in town this weekend. Will need to check my car as I have been away for a month, if all is fine, I will see you all at 12:45 pm. Happy New Year to all.
  8. May be showing my age, this is a trip down memory lane...
  9. Richard Mellish

    What would you buy

    "A big problem here is a lot of people who own nice cars aren’t enthusiasts. They just buy something as a status symbol or nice piece of furniture and drive it and drive it with minimal servicing and no regards to marque or model idiosyncrasies." I completely agree with your statement Barry, keeping a luxury car in good condition is not a cheap past time. Even if you repair the car yourself or have your mechanic complete the work.
  10. Richard Mellish

    Garage for Checking oil leak for VW Tiguan

    I'm an old dog and I love new tricks. Will remember that one.
  11. Richard Mellish

    Macau Circuit unfit for purpose?

    Macau used to be an open track in the early days and there was some space/run offs. However, in 2000 a spectator was killed when a car lost control in the run off area. Then it promoted the installation of more safety fences. Which was a shame as now there are only a few areas where you can watch the race live. Everywhere else is locked down so your stuck with the televised version. Check the history of the Macau circuit and there are many drivers who love the challenge of the circuit.
  12. Dear me.... It brings to mind "there is one born every minute idiom" But, there again, each to there own!
  13. Richard Mellish

    Do you fix your car by yourself?

    Myself, prefer if time is willing to do my own. Find great satisfaction in fixing the faults. BMW X5, water pump and fuel rail. Later, water leak from the back of the inlet manifold. BMW E36, window motors and ECU and front struts. Bentley Eight, find starter fault and replace relay and relay holder.
  14. Good afternoon all, Does anybody have any horror stories regarding exporting a late model Prada to England?
  15. Richard Mellish

    World's first all electric off-road beast

    Two years ago I replaced the car battery with a factory original battery and the car spent most of time under cover in the car park or under cover at the office and I have just replaced my battery, only two years!