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  1. Is going from South to North a must, or is this trip also worth going from Grantown on Spey South?
  2. Whatever winter tire, just make sure you go OEM 18/19 inch summer tire sizes. Got even a letter in addition to my COC that those sizes are fine (have forged diamond rims in the summer), and wouldn't want to go smaller that that.
  3. OK, have worked on the tour over the weekend with SWMBO and our friends. Appreciate any feedback on the route / roads selected: Arrive at Newcastle harbour on 21 May in the morning, drive straight to Loch Lomond, arrive noon / early afternoon, hang around a bit, play a round of golf (Carrick Golf), start getting used to Whisky Next day, Loch Lomond to Isle of Arran, take the ferry midday, stroll around Isle of Arran, stay over night on the Island Third day, Isle of Arran to Oban, early ferry. Which road, A83 or A816? From Google maps, A816 looks more interesting, but found some people saying that the twisties on the A816 are wrongly cambered and A83 is much better. Any advise? Visit Oban Whisky distillery to finish the day Stay a day in Oban, do some dry suit diving (make sure not too much Whisky the day before) Continue trip to Fort William. Some hiking there Daytrip Loch Ness. Short hikes. Overnight in Oban? Oban - Ullapool along the coast, drive on to Inverness area (potentially Dornoch?). Quite long at c. 200-240 miles... Speyside (greater area...) stay two nights. Visit another distillery. Play golf! Speyside to Edinburgh, drive over the Firth of Forth bridge. Stay two nights in Edinburgh Last day, Edinburgh - Newcastle, board the ferry back to the Continent So guys, talk me in or out: Wonder whether we should stay one more day in the Speyside area and shorten Edinburgh to one day only? My preference is to shorten Edinburgh, one day will probably be enough to get a feel for the city and we have visited so many large cities in our life... Any thoughts, I know, its up to personal preference but I need to plan for three others and want to come up with a balanced view. Are all roads chosen fine for the Evora and Cayman with little rubber but big rims? Anything along this route which is a must see and we haven't mentioned it? I believe I am OK when it comes to Golf courses, have memorised them along the route Do we do it in the right order? Good idea to do Loch Ness as daytrip? What's about the long trip up to Ullapool, worth it (would go along the shoreline, A82 and A835, not straight)? Realised that we won't be in country for the Breakfast Meet on 2 June, that's actually the day we will be back in Amsterdam However, we owe everybody who contributed here a pint / whisky / coke / coffee, so if you are located anywhere close (say 30-40 miles) our route, let us know and we drop by! Another question: Is it OK to sticker up the car? We thought about some nice stickers with start numbers ("1" for the Evora, "2" for the Cayman) and a line such as "Scotland Tour '13" plus names of driver / co-driver ralley-style (with country flags, will be a nice Dutch, Italian, German mix). Is this legal? Some countries are anal when it comes to things which could look like a race, we certainly don't want to do a Cannonball thing through Scotland. All your feedback greatly appreciated, help me to get this trip over the finish line, once the route is finalised I'll start to book hotels and B&Bs. Cheers Sven
  4. Throw away those crappy Yokos. I run Michelin Pilot Alpin 3 the second season in 225 front / 255 rear on OEM tires. No prob to keep the car straight, did 1,000km runs on wet streets and had even to pull a stunt on the Autobahn >200km/h when an idiot came from right lane to left at much lower speed without reason and without looking... car completely stable despite the evasive double lane change. ESP working fine and very good. Sport mode is fun mode with drift angles but still safety net engaged. Never felt unsafe in the car and don't mind taking it out into the snow, even did holiday trips to the Alps. Have the Michelin PA3 also on my Opel / Vauxhall Insignia 4x4 Turbo, the tire is fantastic, gives you awesome traction.
  5. Indeed, stunning location. Will work on the tour and might come back.
  6. Ferry booked today for the Evora and the Cayman. 20 May is arrival and 2 week later on Saturday we will leave. Quite happy!!
  7. Sounds like I better take my mate and ask him to join me in my Evora, and we leave the Mrs in the spa (Cayman is my best man's wife, he is more a bike guy).
  8. Great, something to think about over the weekend. Many thanks. Would you mind if we bring a Porsche Boxster along to the Breakfast Meet?
  9. Great. We will book ferry over the weekend but trip will be 20 May onwards for 2 weeks.
  10. Can we just put the next destination in the sat nav or would this result in us missing some great B roads?
  11. I have it both driver and passenger side and it is coming from the gearbox tunnel (is this the correct English word??). Dealer not able to find it and Hethel also no idea...
  12. Air Aia is ace. But other than RyanAir you can easily add extra luggage. Bangkok - Phuket - Singapore, 2 pax, 2 luggage with 25kg and 30kg, golfbags with 30kg, seats in 1st row with extra legspace... €400 all in, including insurance, taxes, fees. You can't even book such a package with the European low cost carriers, they will try to fuck with you and get your last penny. Exception is Air Berlin, but they don't know themselves whether they are quality or low cost carrier, that's why they struggle economically.
  13. +1 Glad that I'm not the only one with this impression.
  14. Simple rule is from October to Easter, you won't go wrong with this. I notice that my Corsas is summer start getting slippery in single digit degree Celsius on damp roads, smaller Michelin PA3 going much stronger in such conditions. Alternative is don't use your car when it gets icy or start snowing. It is impressive what level of traction you can build with winter tires (plus 4x4 on my DD), people on summer tires should get out of the way
  15. Saw enough people who thought summer tires will do fine, glad that they get fines and collect even points if the use tires not fit for purpose and cause accidents or jams.
  16. Hey guys, happy new year! Want to do the Scotland trip in May. Idea is to drive from Germany to Amsterdam on a Wednesday evening, board the ferry to Newcastle next day. Stay in Scotland for a bit longer than a week, boarding the ferry to mainland Sunday a week later. Idea on route is from Newcastle to Oban through Glasgow. Worth stopping in Glasgow or shall we go straight to Oban and don't waist time? Worth going to the Isle of Mull? From Oban to Fort William. Next stop Ullapool, probably better to drive along the coast and not go through Inverness? Worth going further north to Thurso or will 9/10 days be too short? Inverness on the list and then Speyside / Dufftown / Grantown on Spey. Last station Edinburgh. Then back to Newcastle and board the ferry. So, questions are: What are the most scenic routes? We might be two cars, my best man and his wife might join us with their Boxster. So we will appreciate nice B roads, but it won't get too wild. Do we do the route in the right direction or is counter-clockwise better? Which golf courses do you recommend alongside the road? Which whisky distilleries? Any hotels which are a must? What are the touristic attractions / landmarks we should visit? Many thanks Sven
  17. Interesting, also wanted the Pirellis but following dealer advise and looking at Pirelli's ridiculous pricing over here I went for Michelin PA3.
  18. You guys have a tainted memory. Porsche was almost dead in the early 90s, build quality wasn't good at all, drive was shit and every 4-pot M3 killed the standard 911. From the they turned the company within 5-10 years. It's not 50 years you need, but a strong team as Porsche had around Wiedeking.
  19. TireRack gives you all options, if any. I'm happy with the extra set of rims for winter, but you are thinking in the right direction, Lotus recommendation for winter tired is too small, I'm on summer sizes with Michelin PA3.
  20. Not really an option for those with the Diamond Cut rims. There are only very few tires around for the 19/20 inch rims and they get into silly money sphere.
  21. Wouild also think that the KomoTec numbers are reliable. Even my mechanic from a competing company recommends the KomoTec kit. It's getting higher and higher on my shopping list...
  22. Have seen the OEM supercharger kit at my dealer. It's almost €16k, pus another €4k for oil coolers. Better trade in the N/A and get a factory built S!
  23. My dealer in Germany has them, pretty sure he will ship. €2,899 for the OEM classic rims plus Yoko W Drive. You will get other (better) tires such as the Michelin PA3 in original (summer) sizes for the same money. Check out www.moto-concept.de, rims are displayed on the start page but price includes tires. Ah, and £1,200 sounds to be good to be true, the tires alone are c. £900-1,000. If you get them for that price, dont ask, order!
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