Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter)
Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
6/13/22 5:10 p.m.

Sad news, but as the title says Westfield sports cars are entering administration after 39 years. The following is from the linked article.

Company records show that Westfield Sports Cars had just £25,722 in cash at the end of 2021, along with stock worth £2.2 million and debts owed of £1.76m, suggesting cash flow was tight. It also owed £1.2m to parent company Westfield Technology Group.

Based on that I assume something will rise from the ashes, as it doesn't' seem like total insolvency.  

Woody (Forum Supportum)
Woody (Forum Supportum) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/13/22 5:36 p.m.

I didn't even know that Westfield still existed. 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/13/22 5:45 p.m.

I'm not completely surprised, but I doubt they'll disappear.

The financial physics of small British automakers are completely unexplainable. How did Caterham have an F1 team when they sell 600 kit cars a year?

codrus (Forum Supporter)
codrus (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
6/13/22 5:52 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:

The financial physics of small British automakers are completely unexplainable. How did Caterham have an F1 team when they sell 600 kit cars a year?

I don't think they did.  IIRC it was an unrelated entity that had tried to name themselves "Lotus", got into a legal battle with the OTHER "Lotus" team on the grid, lost, and wound up licensing the name from Caterham instead.

 

ClearWaterMS
ClearWaterMS Reader
6/13/22 7:37 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:

The financial physics of small British automakers are completely unexplainable. How did Caterham have an F1 team when they sell 600 kit cars a year?

Caterham took orders for 670 units in 2021 (and that was its biggest year ever)

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/13/22 7:48 p.m.

Sorry....

How did Caterham have an F1 team when they sell fewer than 700 kit cars a year?

Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter)
Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
6/13/22 8:30 p.m.

In reply to Keith Tanner :

They didn't. The team was set up originally as lotus. Having acquired the rights to use the name lotus from the parent company of Lotus.  They raced like that for a few years, before the twat waffles at Renault sauntered in and somehow acquired the rights to use the same name. The team was then renamed Caterham after a licensing agreement with the umbrella company that also owned Caterham cars. No financial links between the two companies

 

triumph7
triumph7 HalfDork
6/14/22 12:14 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:

Sorry....

How did Caterham have an F1 team when they sell fewer than 700 kit cars a year?

Aliens....

einy (Forum Supporter)
einy (Forum Supporter) Dork
6/14/22 7:11 p.m.

"Twat waffles"?  I truly can say I never heard that one before!

Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter)
Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
6/14/22 8:04 p.m.

In reply to einy (Forum Supporter) :

Yeah, sorry, sometimes I forget I am typing to a generally US audience. Americans have this utterly bizarre  and very incorrect belief that the British are polite and reserved, we/they are not.   It's actually this country that is very reserved and uptight.  Twatwaffle, vajajaymuffin, and cockwomble are all relatively common insults, and acceptable in for more polite company than they would be here.  Let's see what the swear filter makes of those

nocones
nocones GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
6/14/22 8:37 p.m.
Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to einy (Forum Supporter) :

Twatwaffle, vajajaymuffin, and cockwomble

Those are so amazing I feel like the filter should use those for some offensive American words

Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter)
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/14/22 8:54 p.m.

In reply to Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) :

Next time you're in the south you should grab breakfast at Twatwaffle House, it's the best. 

psteav (Forum Supporter)
psteav (Forum Supporter) Dork
6/14/22 9:05 p.m.
Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) said:

 ...before the twat waffles at Renault sauntered in...

Y'know, I always pictured twat waffles being Belgian.  I can think of some French analogues, but they're even less polite.   But less politeness is to be expected from the French.

spitfirebill
spitfirebill MegaDork
6/14/22 9:50 p.m.

As a lover of waffles, I'd have to say that a twatwaffle would have to be Belgian.  

Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter)
Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
6/15/22 8:32 a.m.
psteav (Forum Supporter) said:
Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) said:

 ...before the twat waffles at Renault sauntered in...

Y'know, I always pictured twat waffles being Belgian.  I can think of some French analogues, but they're even less polite.   But less politeness is to be expected from the French.

You can't taunt a group of adolescent teenagers pretending to be fully functioning members of society with lead in like that then NOT tell us these new naughty terms!

93EXCivic
93EXCivic MegaDork
6/15/22 9:00 a.m.
Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to einy (Forum Supporter) :

Yeah, sorry, sometimes I forget I am typing to a generally US audience. Americans have this utterly bizarre  and very incorrect belief that the British are polite and reserved, we/they are not.   It's actually this country that is very reserved and uptight.  Twatwaffle, vajajaymuffin, and cockwomble are all relatively common insults, and acceptable in for more polite company than they would be here.  Let's see what the swear filter makes of those

Most Americans haven't hung around English football fans cause polite and reserved are not the words I would use.

BoxheadTim
BoxheadTim GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/15/22 9:34 a.m.

The Brits in general are masters of the seemingly polite insult. Like Hugh Grant calling BoJo an "overpromoted rubber bath toy" on Twatter.

BoxheadTim
BoxheadTim GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/15/22 9:45 a.m.

"Loan from the parent company" always makes me nervous, that's kinda a private equity playbook. But it might also be a way of trying to keep the company going.

The British economy isn't doing too well from what I read, so I'm not surprised that the 'toy' companies are affected.

Tom1200
Tom1200 UltraDork
6/15/22 1:52 p.m.
Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to einy (Forum Supporter) :

Americans have this utterly bizarre  and very incorrect belief that the British are polite and reserved, we/they are not.   It's actually this country that is very reserved and uptight.  Twatwaffle, vajajaymuffin, and cockwomble are all relatively common insults, and acceptable in for more polite company than they would be here.  

Mmmmmmm as someone born in Brooklynn and raised by parents who grew up in Queens...............you are polite & reserved. 

As for the insults; much like many Southerners you fling the insults with a polite tone and lovely cadence. 

 

paddygarcia
paddygarcia GRM+ Memberand Reader
6/15/22 3:03 p.m.

Well bless your heart. 

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