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  1. 5 hours ago, Bob Booker said:

    ............I love a good road trip and if you can get enough luggage in the Evora for a trip like that, then great.

    I left home with a large holdall, a smaller cabin-luggage sized bag, a large camera case + tripod, a foldaway chair, a 20 litre wash bucket filled with bottles of various car-cleaning products, and all the oddments (warning triangles, first aid kit, etc etc) that an overseas trip requires.

    I returned with all these plus 4 cases of wine and a case of champagne. In future I'll not bother taking the detailing stuff as it was never used (it would have been a full-time job trying to cope with the huge volumes of dust encountered), suffer the filthy car as I did this time and have enough extra room to spare to fit in at least another couple of cases of the local produce, :lol: .

     

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  2. When I saw the total, my first thought was that there was a financial slap on the wrist included but no, it was all just tolls.

    I did occasionally confuse mph and kph but the speeds couldn't have been that outrageous as every time I looked there was always a Mercedes Sprinter van closing up in my mirrors and we all know how universally considerate of traffic laws the drivers of those are, :rolleyes: :lol: .

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  3. As I was faced with some strict time constraints (to ensure I got back in time for the 70th at Hethel) I had to resort to using toll roads more than I might have otherwise done on my recent roadtrip to Murcia in southern Spain.

    Even so I did try and keep it to a minimum, so it came as a bit of a surprise this morning to receive my invoice from Emovis (formerly Sanef) for £225.61 - OUCH!!!! :o

    It's all so painless when you just sail up to the barrier and don't have to stop. I suppose having to dig around for small change or using your card to pay-as-you-go each time might inject some sense of reality into the process of crossing continents, :rolleyes: .

    Makes you appreciate our system here, even if it does mean underfinanced roads leaving us playing 'dodge the pothole' most of the time.

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  4. A short video clip from my recent Spanish roadtrip.

    I didn't go too mad (self-imposed rev limit of about 6k and cornered with a modicum of discretion) but I was still having some fun, right up to the point that I caught up with the motorbicyclists, :rolleyes: .

    Part 1 is also on Youtube if you're interested - it's from the French side of the mountains but runs for about 30 minutes, the second half of which are the more interesting ones.

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  5. On ‎01‎/‎10‎/‎2018 at 14:17, Bibs said:

    I've driven one and found the ergonomics hard work, the gear change embarrassing, the steering was awfully weighted and the brakes were as wooden as drums all round. Not for me! 

    Yep - totally agree.

    I've owned an Alfa in some shape or form for over 25 years. Tried out a 4C, bought an Evora. Nothing more to say really.

  6. 9 hours ago, gghc87 said:

    and the number plate a little further on 😟imageproxy.php?img=&key=f91d8068176956b1

    That'll be mine, :blush: . Stuck my 'chavvy' mis-spaced (A  L07US  A) show plate on top of my road legal one with some sticky tabs. Stayed put all the way down to Spain and back, was there at the start of the parade and gone by the finish.

    They can hang on to it as a display piece for the new museum when it's built, :lol: .

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  7. What a fantastic event - huge thanks and respect to @Bibs et al for putting this together - I've organised a few events over in my other life as an Alfa club rep, including a run to Milan for their centenary, so I can really appreciate just what was involved. :thumbsup:

    Absolutely well worth returning from Murcia days earlier than I otherwise would have done, and giving the Evora an extended workout over 1400+ miles in 17 hours of driving - "Oh, those signs are in KPH are they officer?" :whistle:- to get there, albeit somewhat tardy thanks to them only having 1 lane open at the Eurotunnel check-in/passport control, for the BBQ. Big thanks also due to @C8RKH and Bibs (again) for organising me some sustenance upon arrival.

    I hope my car's attempt to 'add lightness' during the record attempt didn't cause any others to have to swerve around the debris on the track, :blush: . My 'chavvy' mis-spaced rear number plate fell off somewhere out there (the sticky pads securing it had clearly not endured the Spanish heat in the preceding week) - if it's found, Lotus are welcome to keep it as a momento of my visit, :lol:. I also added even more lightness by losing out of the carrier bag, crammed with all manner of 70th goodies, my newly-bought poster somewhere between the 'shop' and my car (gutted I am :cry:) although I didn't discover my loss until I was back at my B&B and so too late to go get a replacement - can I put my name on the list to purchase another if there are any spares please?

    Not quite home yet but nearly there - taking a slower pace for the final part of the journey. Stayed over amongst the turnip fields until yesterday morning so I could visit Duxford on Sunday (saw quite a few Lotus from over the channel in the car park) and meet up with my cousin who lives, for his sins, in Stevenage

    Stopped in York last night, visit to the Railway Museum this morning then on home tonight.

     

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  8. 12 hours ago, Ratman said:

    nice trip, but you should buy a new phone with a better camera! 🙂

    Strange as it may seem, I bought this phone to use as a phone - the camera function came as a bonus. I was intending to upload pics from my DSLR camera to my laptop but the latter no longer wishes to speak to me. 

    The first few hours of today's journey back in a northerly direction were completed during a torrential downpour so no chance of any pics but at least it washed off the worst of the white dust layer on the car so it now looks semi-presentable from a few feet away. 

    By Mid-afternoon though the sun was blazing down from an almost cloudless sky as I cleared Barcelona so I headed off the motorway at Figueris and picked up the coast road into France - think Stelvio Pass by the seaside. 

    Brilliantly challenging road but the fun kept being spoiled by catching up on bloomin' motorhomes. Nothing else for it then but to stop and take some pics to win back some roadspace....... 

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    After a 500 mile drive today, I'm spending tonight in a small château about 20 miles up a sideshoot gorge to the east of Millau.

    I'll try for some of the obligatory shots of the 'big bridge' tomorrow if I'm not too preoccupied with charging around the maze of twisty roads in this neck of the woods before I head to my overnight stop in Estissac, between Paris and Troyes. 

  9. Despite spending most of today meeting with my Spanish lawyer, council officials and my builders (the main reason for my being here) I did manage to snatch a few photo opportunities and I know how bitterly disappointed you'll all be if I failed to share them on here. 

    In front of my future (hopefully) retirement home, currently a complete ruin requiring total renovation. 

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    Directly opposite is a lovely little church, bizarrely the only building in the hamlet of 14 houses that is fully restored. 

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    Just along the road and a decent backdrop presented itself so it would have been rude not to......

     

     

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    DSC_0004.thumb.JPG.dee5c1d130c41a35bc65cd23335af163.JPGStarting the journey back towards Hethel tomorrow with the overnight stop booked at a small château near Millau - not sure if there will be internet access there so you may get some respite from my incessant posting. 

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  10. 12 hours ago, LJR said:

    Dropped the car at detailers this morning to look nice for the weekend..........

    If you've seen my posts in the Evora picture thread, I am now past caring. I have my detailing kit with me which may or may not get used before the event depending on the performance of Eurotunnel on Friday afternoon and my subsequent performance on the M25. 

    Any awards going for the filthiest car in attendance could well be coming my way!

    Sorry @C8RKH

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