Welcome to Bob Cory Personal

I have a degree in Mathematical Physics from Birmingham University and my interests include computer programming, fast cars and planes.


Parklands

I am in the property business so you would expect me to live in a big house - and I do. This is it. It is set in four acres of private grounds with a private theatre that seats 100 people. Or it would do if the people who I bought in off in 1994 had not walked off with all the chairs.

       
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Computer Programming

Much of my time over the last thirty years has been taken up with an attempt to understand the nature of human intelligence and how to emulate it on a computer. The result is MOPEKS.


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I write in a number of languages but mainly use vb.net, visual c++ and asm for serious programs. You can see examples of my less serious web based work here

Cars

In about 1980, my business took off and I was able (at last) to indulge my fantasies and buy something worth having - prior to that I had driven old bangers. Apart from the occasional Rolls Royce (very unreliable) I have mostly owned high-performance cars - including an endless succession of Audi Quattro Coupe Turbos - mostly in red or white. Plus several Lotus Esprit Turbos.

The three photos below are on the wall of my office. The first one shows two Quattros with identical number plates - click on the thumb for the full story. The second shows one of my Lotuses parked outside my old house in Gloucester Mews, London. The third one shows the Lamborghini Diablo in the drive at Parklands. A very unreliable car that could easily kill you on a corner. It would do 95mph in second gear though! Or so I am told - I would not dream of exceeding 70 mph.

       
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Other notable cars I have owned are the Porsche 911 Turbo S, the McLaren MP4-12C and the Audi R8 manual. All three are shown below parked at Parklands. The Porsche was a good car and is now owned by Lord Bamford - the owner of JCB. Not "a JCB" but JCB. The McLaren was a fantastic car but hideously unreliable. New ones are much better, I am told. The R8 was so good I traded it in for another one when it got old (in white further below)

       
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My current cars are an Audi R8 V10 manual, a Lamborghini Huracan and an Audi S8 Plus. All photographed at the front of Parklands recently.

The R8 is a fantastic car and if you can only afford a cheap supercar, this is the one to get. Totally reliable, corners on rails, goes like shit-off-a-shovel, looks great. You can even go places in it (it has a fair sized boot).

The Huracan is something else. Again, totally reliable. But brutal. You do need to be careful or you could so easily kill yourself. It is just so insanely quick and nimble. Sticks to the road like glue but so easy to exceed your talent as a driver. You cannot actually go anywhere in it, obviously. There is no room in it for anything other than a sick bag and some credit cards.

As for the S8, this is a superbly elegant and comfortable car. It says "I am seriously wealthy and successful but modest and unassuming". Yup, that's me. It also knows that unless you are driving a serious supercar it will leave you for dead. It has 600 BHP and the acceleration is brutal - even in 8th gear at 70 mph. But at the speed limit it is totally quiet inside - like a church (a Church of England church obviously ie empty). Bear in mind that the Lotus Esprit Turbo above (the James Bond car) had 220 BHP and was celebrated for its power.

       
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I bought the personal number FLY 1N at a DVLA auction about thirty years ago - I got carried away and paid far too much for it. As for RWC1 I bought that about 25 years ago from a man in London. My real initials are RC but I think the Pope owns RC1 so I contented myself with RWC1 (my grandfather was called William so it is somehow appropriate). According to my father, William Cory was a "bad tempered old bastard who would disagree with people as a matter of principle". Fortunately I am not like that - much.

Aviation

I have always loved planes so if you can think of a way I can get involved in aviation and make some money (or only lose small amounts) please get in touch. Maybe buy a business, set one up or back you if you know what you are doing.

I recently flew from Hawarden to Leeds and back for a cup of coffee (landing fee in Leeds 171.92 and the coffee machine was broken) in a TBM700 (built in 2004 - planes fly forever) with John and Len. Nice people. I am probably spoiled by fancy cars but you would expect a plane that even now is worth about 1m to be super quiet, luxurious and with plenty of room. Unfortunately not. I think I need a jet.

The Phenom 100 is a really lovely little "beginners jet" and I really, really want one but these things are expensive to run, unfortunately, but you can charter one for 50 per minute. Or does 3,000 per hour sound cheaper? Probably not.

I have removed all my threads on PPrune as the discussion became unpleasant - a pity

   
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