thanks again for the welcome and I'm sure I'll be around for a while to come as I've got a few more questions to ask in the future
I could have bought it back for £1000 from insurance but declined as I didn't realise it was worth more breaking the bits plus at that specific time didn't think I'd ever get another one. It was in Autotrader the next week for £2500! It could be back on the road for all I know although the front chassis legs were bent. I kept a few things from it to sell (still got blue hard top which is on my purple car now) but I wish I'd kept things like the front splitter on which my current car doesn't have!
here's another couple when it was dazzling in the sunshine in the distance and then close up
roll on summer '10