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There used to be (an maybe still is ) an indie. Alfa Romeo specialist who races Alfas and is called ******* Thomas. They are/were based near Welwyn Garden City. Does anyone know who I mean ?
 

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Yes Dave Thomas - he is still there as far as I am aware. In fact I am almost 100%
 

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You are a funny fish Steve.

Why did you ask us for details of an independent Alfa garage which in another thread you'd already professed to be a customer of ? :confused:

Since you ask, I have not been a customer of theirs since my wife bought her brand new Alfa 156 GTA, the warranty of which would not permit Thomas to do any work on it. When the warranty on the 156 expired, I then gave Jamie Porter any work that needed doing, but I was not happy with them since they tried to overcharge me and failed to do work that I expected them to do. When I Googled David Thomas for contact details, I only found a garage in Hitchin, so I wondered if I had forgotten the correct name, or they had ceased trading etc.etc. Hence my enquiry in this Forum.

Also, why do you try and make a big deal out of everything ? Not only that, but only a total ****** would ignore website protocols and not use the stated name of another member. Of course, you being a complete onanist, I now expect both you and all of your fellow onanists to NOT use my stated name, but then that is the price one pays for participating in a forum with what would appear to have more than its fair share of onanists..........if you are any guide !!! Mind you, if this does carry on, I will make a complaint to the Webmaster.
 

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I'll level with you - I find you genuinely fascinating. You have somewhat extensive form posting what appear to be utterly nonsensical threads which I assume are clearly designed to provoke a reaction. When pushed and questioned as to the veracity of some of your claims you very rarely respond. Your tales of fornicating au-pairs, countless high performance cars, vast wealth, houses the world over,historical figures as godparents, your deceased members of staff, Hollywood screen plays etc etc are the stuff of legend.

I just can't work out which of these boxes you tick:

1 - Crazy eccentric with fabulous wealth and a colourful life most of us can only imagine - in which case I and a few others owe you an apology

2- Somebody with a vivid imagination who enjoys the reaction of others to his stories via the medium of the internet

3 - Unfortunate individual who possibly needs some help.
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Other than I am just moderately wealthy and not "fabulously" so, I probably fall into all three categories. I was a lawyer, but gave that up in order to embark upon a writing career, out of which I have done pretty well. My family and I do have quite a few nice cars, although I am now down to just one Ferrari, having gotten rid of the others since I am now an avowed Aston Martin fan. Whereas previously I worked in a hectic, high pressure, glamorous environment, with a colossal expense account surrounded by top notch totty, nowadays I'm generally to be found sat in front of a PC in my study, or , on a good day, sat in my local pub's beer garden with a curry, a pint (or two !) and a lap top in front of me. I do miss the sparkle of being a senior partner in a globally based law firm, so every once in a while I will let my mind/memory or imagination run free, and then submit a post to a forum like this. Very, very few of my posts are untrue or incorrect, although I will admit to sometimes exagerating the odd detail for dramatic effect................I can't help that, I'm a writer for God sakes ! I won't disclose details ( my manager won't let me due to confidentiality on a screenplay I am currently writing ), but my books are generally about non-fiction military history, although I am currently working on a book about unusual and bizarre shark attacks.
I'd also submit more posts of the type I am known for, but frankly don't find the response I get is worth the effort. Thanks for the interest !
 

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Stevie Stevie L****-B****
Won’t take anything lying down
You really shouldn’t incur his wrath
He really is a polymath
When he’s not a forum fighter
He’s actually a top class writer
Using words like ‘onanist’ that
Aren’t in the dictionary of the normal cat.

S.L.B’s fame comes, I bet
From writing rubbish on the internet
His ideas about cars and sharks
Come from drinking wine in parks
I wish him all the best
In his literary quest
With the following restriction:
Please, keep away from fiction.
 

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Stevie Stevie L****-B****
Won’t take anything lying down
You really shouldn’t incur his wrath
He really is a polymath
When he’s not a forum fighter
He’s actually a top class writer
Using words like ‘onanist’ that
Aren’t in the dictionary of the normal cat.

S.L.B’s fame comes, I bet
From writing rubbish on the internet
His ideas about cars and sharks
Come from drinking wine in parks
I wish him all the best
In his literary quest
With the following restriction:
Please, keep away from fiction.
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Most impressive, amigo ! Have you ever thought of taking up writing ? Mind you, since you clearly have a talent for poetry, you may well be wasted in anything so pedestrian as mere scribbling.
 

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David Thomas is in Codicote which is near Welwyn. Great garage have been going there for years always good service. Telephone number is 01438 820288.

Cheers Ben
 

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David Thomas is in Codicote which is near Welwyn. Great garage have been going there for years always good service. Telephone number is 01438 820288.

Cheers Ben


Thanks for the feedback , compadre. I have emailed them asking if they felt comfortable working on a GTA 156**. They have responded to say that they currently service several, up to and including cam belt changes.

** I asked them this question since Alfa Romeo main dealers used to be divided into groups that were "GTA Centres" or otherwise. Does anybody know any more about this practice ? Is it still the case ?
 

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Now I'm really confused ! Do you have a Ferrari or an Aston ? :confused:

I'm guessing you write under a nom-de-plume for your published works ?
If you include Lagonda, then I have three Astons ( DB9 Volante. DB2/4 convertible. Lagonda Rapide ). I did have three Ferraris, but now only have a 246 Dino Spyder )

All of my books to date have been about the American Air Force in WW2. These are funded and published by the American Department of Defense, who make generous grants available to approved writers for the purposes of books of this type being published. However, these grants are only available to American citizens and not foreigners such as myself. I therefore publish these books as a collaboration with an American pal of mine who does the writing/research in the US, whilst I do it in the UK (where all of the action took place ! ). Because of the funding only being available to US citizens, the books therefore have to show him as author and my name only appears inside the books. This arrangement is being reviewed at the present time, and Hillary Clinton, who is a friend of mine, is acting as my sponsor in this respect. I have also several times been offered American citizenship by the US government, but have refused it, the least reason for my refusal is that I would have to pay tax on my American booksales, which is where I sell the most. Each time I get a royalty cheque I used to buy another house/car/boat in the US, but my accountant then told me to desist from doing this, start selling the bloody stuff and invest in commercial property, so I have just bought a large share in a golf course and executive housing complex that is currently being built in North Carolina, as well as a large development of leisure homes in Maine. Anything else I can tell you ?
 

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I can see that we're heading towards me needing to offer you a very public apology. You are indeed a man of great modesty. In the eyes of most mere mortals the trappings of success you have described are without doubt the preserve of the "Fabulously wealthy" as opposed to your own assesment of being merely "Comfortable". Many congratulations. :thumbs:

Many of the members of the forum have an interest in aircraft and militaria and I'm sure like me would be very keen to see some of your and your writing partner's work. I realise that they are US publications but might they be available via Amazon.com ?

You did well to escape the City rat race when you did because as you say it's a hectic place indeed. If I remember correctly you sold your practice to one of the global firms. As it happens in my line of work I spend almost every day working alongside Partners at Magic Circle and International law firms. Are you able to tell us which firm you sold out to because I'll very probably know some of your ertswhile Partners ?

All the best.
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I see little reason for you to consider an apology. All I ask of anyone is that I be accorded the same entitlement to privacy as anyone else on this forum. In this respect I have previously asked, and will continue to ask, that I not be troubled by repeated requests for personal information. I am no celebrity and will never become one, and am quite happy with that. My wife is more of a celebrity than I am, at least amongst those who revere Great Britain's famous steam locomotive designers ; this is because she is related to one. All I am is a bloke who, by dint of a few good strokes of luck, achieved some moderate success and comfort in a field where personal contacts and studiously acquired knowledge could be put to good use.
That there seems to be nobody else in this forum who is more interesting to others than myself is a source of constant wonderment and disappointment to me. Insofar as your request for more information on my published works is concerned, I have already disclosed more information in this forum than was perhaps sensible, given the complex nature of the funding of the project. Indeed, my American co-author, who is also a lawyer, would have every reason to be mightily cheesed off with me, so I'll have to ignore your request, I am afraid.
 

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Codicote as AV said, one up from old Welwyn on the Hitchin road, follow the Mimram Eh GJ?:):

That's the route :thumbs:

David Thomas is in Codicote which is near Welwyn. Great garage have been going there for years always good service. Telephone number is 01438 820288.

Cheers Ben
Spot on... they've never let me down... great place for servicing and repairing :)
 

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Of course and it was foolish of me to request more detail on what is clearly a most sensitive subject. Fingers crossed that your friend Hillary Clinton can assist you in achieving a positive outcome so that your talents can be more obviously recognised by what is no doubt an extremely grateful US Department Of Defense.

You didn't make any reference in your response to my interest in your former career as a Partner in a City law firm ? I'd love to hear more as I'm sure we have some common interests in this area and I've no doubt I would have worked with your firm if, as I suspect, it's one of the larger practices. No need to divulge any names in public but by all means drop me a PM and I'm sure it could be useful for us to start a dialogue about this off line. Out of interest though which practice area did you specialise in - Litigation, Corporate Finance, Intellectual Property etc ?

I think you're wrong about me owing you a public apology though. I feel dreadful that I may have given you the impression that I doubted any of the below:

The fact that you are John F Kennedy's godson

That you were taught to ride horses by Frank Sinatra on his ranch as a child

That you have owned a string of high performance cars including the AM/Lagondas you list above, a number of Ferraris, several Porsches and I believe also an AC Cobra amongst no doubt other wonderful exotica.

That you have secured a publishing deal with Hollywood for a screenplay

That you have numerous properties around the world - Tuscany, several in the US and at least two in the UK if I remember correctly.

That you have enjoyed a highly charged sexual relationship with your neighbour's au-pair who is many years your junior.

That you can have lived such a rich, colourful and clearly hugely successful life and yet remained so modest and grounded an individual is frankly most humbling indeed for the rest of us as we go about our mundane self absorbed endeavours. With this in mind surely you can see that somebody of your undoubted quality who has achieved so much in life is a subject worthy of both great interest and indeed admiration !
Please advise me as to where I have ever stated that I was a Godchild of J F Kennedy , or that "Old Blue Eye's " ever taught me to ride ? What I have stated is that I, when a very small child, was taken by my Father (who knew JFK very well and who, as an ex Royal Navy Lt.Commander with much motor torpedo boat experience, was working as a consultant to the U.S.Navy in San Diego in the late 1940's )visited the Kennedy's home in New England, and then had my photograph taken whilst sitting on JFK's lap. That very photograph is presently sat on the mantelpiece of my mother's house in Torquay at this very moment. Moreover, it was the fact that I had mentioned to American friends my family's involvement with the Kennedy's that was the cause of my meeting Hillary many years later. In fact my Godfather was the famous British soldier and author John Masters, who wrote the book "Bhowani Junction" whcih was later made into a film starring Ava Gardner. Gardner was at that time being courted by "Old Blue Eyes", and they both frequently flew from California to stay with Masters at his ranch in Wyoming, where I spent a great deal of time and met many celebrities, including the two in question, and with whom I rode on countless occassions.

I have never owned an AC Cobra, although a neighbour of mine used to loan me his Ace on many occassions and I do know very well Rod Leach the AC Cobra specialist - has that confused you ? I still own a farmhouse near Sienna in Tuscany although am thinking of gifting it my younger sister. This is for three reasons :- 1. I am now finding the drive to Gambalunga too much to undertake for anything less than a week or two at a time. 2. The local Communist town council keep threatening to appropriate the properties owned by foreigners if they spend less than 6 months in situ every year. 3. The local town council have built on the far side of the valley a domestic rubbish incineration plant. Although it is out of my sight, when we have a wind blowing from the East the smell can easily spoil an evening drinking Martinis in the garden.

Short of your offering any other juicy tidbits for my corroboration (or otherwise ), I can only state that everything else is true. What both astonishes and depresses me, though, is that even in this forum, insignificant and mundane though it may be, there would seem to be nobody else more "colourful" than myself for you to publicly lambast ! Incidentally, don't get me started on talking about my Mother, for she IS famous ! Indeed, when Pater had a job with the US Navy in San Diego, Mater had a film contract with RKO Studios in Hollywood...........but that, as they say, my friend, is altogether another story !!!!
 

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I wonder what happened to David Thomas Garages?:lol:

The problem though with so-called 'elite circles' is that invariably (and particularly in the United States) coincidence, fact and fiction often merge and occur all at the same time. This is not so much the case in Great Britain, where social stratification does make it rather more difficult to 'mix'. I'm sure Stelvio is telling the truth, or perhaps he's not - but then the mix of coincidences he tells are so reminiscent of American miscegenation in the social sense (rather than the genetic one - or is that the same:lol:) that what he says may well be true.

I remember once standing in the reception of one Alfa specialist when in came an extremely tall chap, with long tied back hair and a deep suntan. Both his height and features were instantly recognisable, but not in the same person. We got chatting at the desk whilst parts (some elusive) were found for his Series II classic Spider. When presenting the credit card it stated 'James Stewart Grainger'. Immediately we all said 'are you the son of.....'. And obviously he was, and he then casually explained he was over from Brazil (where he lives) to sort a few things out, including getting some bright shiny bits for his Spider. The taxi having deserted him for his trip back to the train station, I quite happily offered to drop him off there. On the journey we chatted about life in Brazil and how on earth he managed to keep a classic Spider on the roads of Rio. The whole event was entirely relaxed, enjoyable, remarkably co-incidental, and refreshingly 'un-British'.

So where the British are rigid, stuck up, stuck down, stuck sideways, with accountants nervously fiddling at the figures, lawyers with their heads firmly planted up their bottoms because they believe they're superior to everyone else, and goodness knows what else the ludicrous stratifications which exist in our society, our cousins abroad are quietly enjoying themselves, and laughing at us.

So Stelvio, are you going to get your GTA fixed at David Thomas Garages?:lol:
 

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I wonder what happened to David Thomas Garages?:lol:

The problem though with so-called 'elite circles' is that invariably (and particularly in the United States) coincidence, fact and fiction often merge and occur all at the same time. This is not so much the case in Great Britain, where social stratification does make it rather more difficult to 'mix'. I'm sure Stelvio is telling the truth, or perhaps he's not - but then the mix of coincidences he tells are so reminiscent of American miscegenation in the social sense (rather than the genetic one - or is that the same:lol:) that what he says may well be true.

I remember once standing in the reception of one Alfa specialist when in came an extremely tall chap, with long tied back hair and a deep suntan. Both his height and features were instantly recognisable, but not in the same person. We got chatting at the desk whilst parts (some elusive) were found for his Series II classic Spider. When presenting the credit card it stated 'James Stewart Grainger'. Immediately we all said 'are you the son of.....'. And obviously he was, and he then casually explained he was over from Brazil (where he lives) to sort a few things out, including getting some bright shiny bits for his Spider. The taxi having deserted him for his trip back to the train station, I quite happily offered to drop him off there. On the journey we chatted about life in Brazil and how on earth he managed to keep a classic Spider on the roads of Rio. The whole event was entirely relaxed, enjoyable, remarkably co-incidental, and refreshingly 'un-British'.

So where the British are rigid, stuck up, stuck down, stuck sideways, with accountants nervously fiddling at the figures, lawyers with their heads firmly planted up their bottoms because they believe they're superior to everyone else, and godness knows what else the ludicrous stratifications which exist in our society, our cousins abroad are quietly enjoying themselves, and laughing at us.

So Stelvio, are you going to get your GTA fixed at David Thomas Garages?:lol:
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Do you know, I don't think that any part of my life to date is especially remarkable. Indeed, I have friends whose lives are so much more interesting than mine. I haven't (and don't intend to ) recount details of the years I spent as an officer in a crack British Army cavalry regiment, although that IS a most interesting part of my life; not only that but my wife is adamant that I should write an autobiography, so I must leave some things untold until then ! Insofar as your description of the British is concerned, I still think that they are a fine people, despite those whose natural reaction to anything is to belittle and scoff. My Pa ( who DID have an exciting life, including a lengthy affair with a very well known glamorous Italian sex bomb film star, and who has long been pushing up the daisies ) always used to them "the little people" ( when he didn't refer to them as "the bloody proles" ! ), and he was so right, they ARE "little people", with little intelligence, imagination or sense of adventure, but as long as I can live without them scuffling for scraps around my ankles, I can well cope with that ! Must go, I just heard the clink of ice cubes in a crystal whisky tumbler ( I can hear that 100 metres away whilst sat in the middle of Piccadilly Circus ! ). Ciao !
 
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