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#51 philippe charuest

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Posted 06 March 2006 - 23:02

there was a 6 cylinder Delage coupe sold for around 45,000 $ two days ago

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#52 philippe charuest

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Posted 21 April 2006 - 19:01

generally when the seller is an individual the shipping cost is reasonable .its the e-bay store who try to trick the people with low price but extravagant shipping cost, anyway i always ask the precise shipping cost in a e-mail with my location and zip code before i bid ,and after that they have to stick to the price they gave me ,very often if you ask before they will even charge you a ltlle less then what it will really cost them

#53 dolomite

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Posted 12 October 2003 - 15:01

Simon Lewis Transport books is selling this video made from amateur super 8 film taken at Brands in 1968. Has anybody seen/bought a copy? Is it any good?

BRITISH GP 1968 video of original Super 8

#54 bobbo

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Posted 21 February 2004 - 15:11

I actually enjoy eBay, but I'm pretty picky on what I bid for and how much. Generally, I look at the "Buy It Now" price, and, if it is what I'm willing to pay, I go that route. For example, I've picked up some fairly complete camera outfits (Body, several lenses & misc. accessories on one sale) that way. So far, I've not gotten into motor sports related stuff, but that's in the (near) future.

I will reiterate what others have said: Know what the things you bid on are worth, set a maximum personal bid (and STICK TO IT) and check feedback. Pay promptly. Personally, I DO go with Postal Money Orders as my PayPal account got "hacked" and it took forever (actually about three months) to get it straightened out. I've found that contacting vendors befor bidding about the payment issue has usually been quite helpful. In fact, one vendor now gives me free shipping when I buy from him! Goes to prove what good clear communication between buyer and seller can do!

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#55 Gary Davies

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Posted 19 May 2005 - 13:11

First of all chaps, this is nothing to do with me; I just happened to notice it.

Currently on ebay.com.au is that excellent book 'The Formula One Record Book' by John Thompson.

In the unlikely event that anyone here is unaware of it, it covers ALL the Formula One races of the one and a half litre era - 1961-66.

Just a wee tip ... :)

#56 Vitesse2

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Posted 11 January 2004 - 23:30

Originally posted by MPea3


Use ebay's proxy bidding, but not in the way they tell you to. I won't try to explain proxy bidding here, it's easy enough to read about on the ebay site. My experience has been that people will get caught up in the excitement of the auction and bid higher than they originally wanted to. I determine my max bid, and enter it, but I wait until about 10 seconds to go in the auction. That way, if my bid is the highest, no one else will have the time to submit a new bid. It also keeps me from paying more than I originally wanted to by keeping em from re-bidding should my bid not be high enough. Don't expect to make any friends though doing this, I've received nasty emails telling me what a jerk I am for jumping in and "stealing" an auction at the last moment. That's ok, i am a jerk, just not for that reason.


So YOU were the *******e who beat me to that Auto Union book!! :p

Seriously, he's right. Providing you can be there "at the kill" you have far more chance. One other tip - even if you're winning the item with a minute or so to go, it's worth upping your maximum bid to the absolute top figure you're prepared to pay. That way, you can sometimes beat the last-minute merchants.

Note for UK-based buyers: it's usually easier going through eBay UK and using the "available to UK" option, as you can often find some interesting US, Aussie, French or German stuff. But beware, a lot of German sellers don't accept Paypal!

#57 Vitesse2

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Posted 22 February 2004 - 22:15

Some you win :cool: , some you don't :

#58 Vitesse2

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Posted 28 February 2004 - 13:51

Originally posted by bill moffat
...but still 4 days to go, I reckon they'll make 150 bucks easily....

I've seen two go through unsold recently, despite having low start prices. At least someone's bid on this one!

#59 Vitesse2

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Posted 27 September 2004 - 23:14

Originally posted by petefenelon
If you see a book you fancy at a bargain price, the golden rule (IMHO) is to search abebooks or a similar shopfront for dealers, look at the prices there, and if you can find the same book there in similar condition, limit your bid to a couple of pounds/dollars less than the abebooks price - that way, you might get your bargain from Ebay, if you don't, you know you can get it for about the same price from a dealer.

Don't ever get carried away by bidding wars!


And here's a classic example of how NOT to bid on eBay! I thought my eyes needed testing when I saw the price this was standing at ....

http://cgi.ebay.co.u...2490219182&rd=1

£88.50 for a 1947 Racing Car Review!!! That is nearly six times the price of the most expensive copy on ABE (currently there are five) and that's got a dust jacket!!!

The seller must think Christmas has come early ....

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#60 Vitesse2

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Posted 06 April 2006 - 23:15

Originally posted by subh
One thing to add: When searching for specific (or likely) items, don’t forget to try typing varying combinations of words, and also the most likely mis-spellings. Not all the sellers are going to be as literate as you. I got my Motocourse TT History at a bargain rate from someone who had listed it as MotoRcourse.

Heh. I got a cheap copy of Lurani's book on Nuvolari because the seller had listed it as "Nuvorali"!

#61 Vitesse2

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 08:33

As the seller says, it's relisted. It was originally offered in April, with a starting bid of $20K and failing to meet its reserve at just under $40K, when it was withdrawn early, presumably for a private sale which fell through. Yet now the starting bid is $40K and "buy it now" is $75K!

I'd have thought it was a hillclimb/sprint special, or maybe a testbed for an abortive 3-litre F1?

#62 Vitesse2

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Posted 31 December 2006 - 22:43

I bought this on eBay the other day:

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It's a paperback edition of "Touch Wood", which I've never come across before. Apparently published by someone called Speed And Sports Publications in 1971. Was this perhaps only available from a certain Surrey garage? No copies on ABEbooks, so I suspect I may have picked up a real rarity for the princely sum of just £7.46!

#63 rdrcr

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Posted 22 September 2004 - 14:07

Originally posted by Barry Boor
....what a silly idea!

For those who never followed it, 4 gen-yoo-wine 1998 Benetton F.1 cars were for sale, as 1 lot on Ebay.

The optimistic seller started the bidding at $750,000 and it absoluted rocketed up to $753,100, :rolleyes: where it finished. It never made it's reserve, (whatever that was). So the whole thing was a waste of time. I can't imagine what the guy was thinking...

BTW, NO, I never bid.


Really!?!

You like paying retail?

Ebay is great for buying or selling damn near anything. As mentioned, it is one of the best ways of reaching a world-wide market for just a few bucks. Though it is still a course of buyer beware, just like any other place.

Don't knock it till you've tried it...

;)

#64 rdrcr

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Posted 09 December 2004 - 17:52

Originally posted by ensign14
And amongst the other items the seller has sold are a Maserati 450C bonnet, a Ferrari 450GT owners' manual, a job lot of Motor Sport and a 1950 International Trophy programme...

Are they BRM spark plugs?


From my inquiry on eBay ~

You asked:

"Are those the actual BRM V16 plugs as well? If so, is there a complete set of them - or, is what you see, what you get?

What a cool piece of racing memorabilia!

Regards,"

___________

Sorry - they are sparking plugs from another car that I used in the 1970's. However I did use the plug box with my F1 Cooper (V12 Maserati) Team.

Kind regards,

Colin.

___________


I have added this item to my watch list - still many days to go for this one...

#65 rdrcr

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Posted 09 December 2004 - 17:55

Originally posted by Kpy
Yes the vendor is Colin Crabbe. Now who's going to ask him in? You can email him by using the "ask seller a question" facility.


I shall invite him now...

#66 rdrcr

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Posted 11 December 2004 - 21:08

TNF'ers...

I have corresponded with Colin and he will be entering the TNF Forum shortly. He is in the midst of some personal matters currently, but he looks forward to logging in!

:cool:

#67 Catalina Park

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Posted 22 February 2004 - 02:35

Originally posted by David Birchall
I bet I'm the only person here (or anywhere) to buy an Aston Martin DB2 on Ebay!

I bet I am the only person here that has bought a Morris 1100 automatic on Ebay! :lol:

#68 Catalina Park

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Posted 05 June 2004 - 14:05

He might need the pills after he watches his "Vintage Burlesque Stag Films Of The 40s & 50s on DVD" that he bought on the 21st of May!

#69 Catalina Park

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Posted 01 January 2007 - 08:07

Originally posted by Vitesse2
I bought this on eBay the other day:

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It's a paperback edition of "Touch Wood", which I've never come across before. Apparently published by someone called Speed And Sports Publications in 1971. Was this perhaps only available from a certain Surrey garage? No copies on ABEbooks, so I suspect I may have picked up a real rarity for the princely sum of just £7.46!

I just finished re-reading my battered Pan paperback copy of "Life At The Limit" by Graham Hill and I noticed that inside the back of the book was a list of other publications from the "Speed Sport Motorbooks" series, the final book on the list was Touch Wood by Duncan Hamilton for £1.40.
The others were....
How To Start Motor Racing by Wally Hall (60p)
Tuning The Mini by Clive Trickey (90p)
Racing Engine Preparation by Clive Trickey (80p)
Tuning Escorts and Capris by David Vizard (80p)
How To Start Rallying by Colin Malkin (90p)

#70 squidbreath

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Posted 04 June 2004 - 19:37

chevy vega cosworth.

#71 MPea3

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Posted 11 January 2004 - 14:40

A quick few notes on bidding on ebay if you're new to the game. This is the voice of experience, having made plenty of mistakes in learning the game.

First, check the feedback on the seller. If he has anything less than a stellar record, and take a look at the specifics of either the transaction, or the feedback of the person who left the seller negative feedback in the past. You can usually tell from reading feedback if there have been consistant problem indicating a problem.

Avoid sellers who only leave feedback after positive feedback has been left for them. Sellers who use feedback as revenge for feedback left them, as opposed to reflecting how the other party handled their end of the transaction, should be avoided. This usually pretty easy to determine from reading feedbacks.

As the seller questions concerning condition, shipping/handling costs, and how and how soon the item might be shipped. Sellers that don't respond well to email question often don't handle their responsibilities well either.

Avoid sellers who insist only on money orders as opposed to paypal. You have no recourse if something gles wrong. Set up a paypal account and use it. I've found it to be safe and fast.

Fidn out what the item is worth. Often items sell n ebay for more than you can buy them for new just down the street. As examples, I once saw a new wooden machinist chest sell at auction for almost $50 more than the retail cost. I've also seen F1 pics that are available from the klemcoll.com site sell for almost double the price from the website.

Use ebay's proxy bidding, but not in the way they tell you to. I won't try to explain proxy bidding here, it's easy enough to read about on the ebay site. My experience has been that people will get caught up in the excitement of the auction and bid higher than they originally wanted to. I determine my max bid, and enter it, but I wait until about 10 seconds to go in the auction. That way, if my bid is the highest, no one else will have the time to submit a new bid. It also keeps me from paying more than I originally wanted to by keeping em from re-bidding should my bid not be high enough. Don't expect to make any friends though doing this, I've received nasty emails telling me what a jerk I am for jumping in and "stealing" an auction at the last moment. That's ok, i am a jerk, just not for that reason.

Pay by paypal within a minute or so after winning an auction. The sellers appreciate it and the feedback left for you will reflect it.

#72 MPea3

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Posted 12 January 2004 - 01:57

Wow. I'm actually surprised this thread has had the "legs" it has.

One other thing I'll mention with regard to proxy bids. I always add a penny to my maximum proxy bid, JUST in case. Without that, if I had the same max bid as someone else, it'd go to him with my late bidding. Sometimes it's easy to guess someone's max bid, and I'm surprised how often that penny makes a difference. The week before Christmas I was buying some N scale train stuff for my younger son, and saw some buildings I wanted. The bid was at $16, and I thought $20 would be a good max bid, but I felt that $20 was such an obvious max bid I should make it $20.01, so I did. I won the auction, at $20.01

Even a dumbass like me gets to feel smart every once in a while! ;)

#73 MPea3

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Posted 15 December 2004 - 13:43

:)

#74 MPea3

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Posted 15 December 2004 - 15:43

Sorry about my "snipe", but I'm delighted to have bought it, and was, like you, amazed that there was no more bidding.

#75 MPea3

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Posted 15 December 2004 - 22:34

Originally posted by bill moffat
as long as he has no plans to convert it into some form of miniature violin case !


No violin case, I was thinking that drilling a large hole, installing a hygrometer in it, and using it as a cigar humidor might be a good idea. JUST KIDDING!

Originally posted by bill moffat
PS..isn't/wasn't hill-climber Peter Voigt a vioin maker ?


I believe so. I think he showed some talent as a driver though, unlike me.

#76 MPea3

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Posted 16 December 2004 - 00:09

I will enjoy it anyway.

:)

#77 MPea3

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Posted 16 December 2004 - 14:45

I just don't see what the big deal is. Mike Lawrence, I couldn't agree with you more when you talk about what is important and what isn't, especially with respect to one's children. I just don't see what that has to do with memorabilia.

As a violin maker, I occasionally have to assist customers in establishing the authenticity of instruments. Sometimes it means I have to get opinions from others. In the early 80's I traveled to New Jersey to see a retired expert in the area that involved a particular instrument, and enjoyed a wonderful afternoon with the gentleman. At one point I noticed some instruments he had hanging over his workbench, and asked about them. They turned out to be nothing valuable or important, yet he showed me with pride each one and described why he foudn each one interesting and enjoyed looking at them. He had no intention or restoring them, making them playable, or selling them, but rather enjoyed them for the sake of enjoyment.

Thinking back, it reminds me of the scene from "Throw Mama From the Train" when Danny DeVito shows Billy Crystal his coin collection, which turns out to be worthless but priceless at the same time.

I didn't understand that at the time. I do now.

It has nothing to do with the money spent, and it's certainly not an investment. The amount I paid was pretty small anyway. The BRM story was one that fascinated me as a child when I first began to follow motorsport, so I suppose that was the emotional pull that made me want the box. I doubt I'll ever sell it, as some day my oldest son will cherish it, not only because it's a box with a history, but because it was also mine and because of the involvement we shared with motorsports. In the meantime, I'll enjoy it, and yes, show it proudly to those who are interested.

How much for those valve springs, by the way? ;)

#78 MPea3

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Posted 20 April 2006 - 18:08

For those using esnipe (and I recommend it highly), you're probably better off using their secure server at

https://www.esnipe.com

#79 dmj

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Posted 11 December 2004 - 20:19

If Mr. Crabbe could be persuaded to join TNF I'd be delighted. His autobiography, some kind of english version of "Memoirs of a Bugatti hunter" is something I'd really like to see written and published. Stories of finding and transporting cars from remote corners of the world must be extremely interesting read. Even the short pieces on him I've read were fascinating, as well as his personal photos.

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#80 Udo K.

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Posted 11 November 2001 - 11:42

Or http://www.editions-palmier.fr/ for 80 FFR

#81 schuy

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Posted 27 April 2004 - 22:05

I must say Ebay has proved extremely useful for me-
Not only have I come to know the vintage motoring magazine and book world(started building a collection of pre-war Autocar handbooks) but my brother and myself are purchasing items to restore our Alfa Spider.

I've only read the advice in the first few posts, and it's extremely useful and recommended to adhere to these advice :up:

Liran.

#82 ghinzani

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Posted 25 September 2003 - 16:23

Is Vic skint then?
That DVD looks good, anyone seen it? is it worth getting?

#83 ghinzani

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Posted 09 January 2005 - 23:08

http://cgi.ebay.co.u...ssPageName=WDVW

Modus operandi?

#84 ghinzani

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 10:20

Bet this would be some considerable fun, would love to see how it goes against my Rotax Max!

http://cgi.ebay.co.u...4546902893&rd=1



http://cgi.ebay.co.u...bayphotohosting

#85 ghinzani

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 08:23

Anyone like to guess what this is? http://cgi.ebay.co.u...em=270041091401

#86 ghinzani

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Posted 05 December 2006 - 20:14

This chap wonders if John Barnard designed his 1960s kiddie kart:

http://cgi.ebay.co.u...1QQcmdZViewItem

I'm saying nowt lad..

#87 ghinzani

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Posted 06 December 2006 - 21:02

Biddings looking brisk already, wonder what it will make. I guess it could run in Historic kart races?

#88 ghinzani

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Posted 28 December 2006 - 12:55

http://cgi.ebay.co.u...45296&rd=1&rd=1


Anyone know what this is? It looks Talon'esque or early Swift??

#89 Ted Walker

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 07:40

Probably built for hillclimbing.very interesting if proper.

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 07:25

I think the guys on this Alfa Forum should stick with Alfas !!!! This car would appear to be a very interesting F Libre cum Hill climb car.Hill climbing up to the late 70s was a very important aspect of International Motorsport.When you get the Shelby Cobra team pitching up for a Swiss Hillclimb, Jim Clark,Siffert,etc etc, how can you you say its not significant.

#91 Mark Ballard

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Posted 27 February 2004 - 00:28

Deal of the week for the American viewers
http://cgi.ebay.com/...&category=29388

#92 ensign14

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Posted 21 February 2004 - 18:07

Originally posted by MPea3
Avoid sellers who insist only on money orders as opposed to paypal. You have no recourse if something gles wrong. Set up a paypal account and use it. I've found it to be safe and fast.

But this does mean that a lot of people will not bid...which will drop the price heavily...I got the 2nd edition of the Rothmans Football Yearbook in excellent condition for £20, when 2 other auctions at the same time for the same item ended at double that - because the first seller would only take a cheque.

(Also if the same item is up twice simultaneously the first tends to go cheaper - everyone holds back for the second.)

People also get so caught up in a bidding war that they go way above what an item costs on the high street or from a reputable dealer. So watch for that.

#93 ensign14

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Posted 09 December 2004 - 15:51

And amongst the other items the seller has sold are a Maserati 450C bonnet, a Ferrari 450GT owners' manual, a job lot of Motor Sport and a 1950 International Trophy programme...

Are they BRM spark plugs?

#94 ensign14

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Posted 15 December 2004 - 16:07

Ah, Bill, you shouldn't be too disappointed if you were willing to pay no more than £125...Lord knows how far up MPea3 went, but you are not saddled with overpaying for something just for the sake of it.

#95 ensign14

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Posted 16 December 2004 - 07:30

Originally posted by bill moffat


Ensign..no secret about the winning bid, just £127 !!

Could have been a grand, the way ebay works, though. Just that £127 was the minimum needed.

#96 ensign14

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Posted 16 December 2004 - 12:58

Originally posted by bill moffat


er yes...but surely that is what defines an auction.

Ebay isn't a proper auction. It could be that if you went back with £250 as a bid you would have been told that MPea had put in a higher bid, so that it would have cost him £255 or so.

#97 ensign14

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Posted 07 April 2006 - 04:53

Originally posted by KJJ

Any ideas?

A sheaf of corn is the Grosvenor (Earl of Chester) family badge, but the colour should be gold on blue for them...

#98 ensign14

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Posted 26 November 2006 - 18:15

Hmm...bit suspicious about anything signed on ebay...

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 14:55

Cos you have to go to Norwich to pick it up. It's more remote than South Uist.

Mind you, there are 2 of them.

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#100 Doug Nye

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 14:25

A third tranche of fine colour and black-and-white prints from the personal collection of the late Geoffrey Goddard is presently being listed under eBay's Collectibles, contemporary photographs and sporting memorabilia if anybody might be interested in taking a look (and perhaps telling their friends too!).

They can be found here.

Honest DCN.