Posts tagged: cars

Mid-life crisis

Since a mistress can lead to a very expensive divorce, I opted for a much cheaper alternative ;)

La mission du Le Mans 2015

Watching Le Mans on the TV all day long and all I can think of is that one day I want to be there and experience it… With Q jr turning 16 in 2015, what better way to celebrate that by spending a long weekend on a campsite next to a race track, having BBQ’s and drinking beer soda’s :)

Of course you can not just go, you have to sticker up the car… ;)

Mmmmmmm 5!

It’s back… somewhere

And only £2,795 more than I part-exchanged it for. It be interesting to see how long it takes for it to sell at this price, cos when I advertised it for £3,500 I got zilch response…

I also note that the mileage has decreased to 57,000 miles. I am pretty sure it was about 350 miles short of 60,000 when I handed over the keys. Oh, and the full service history is a lie too. It hasn’t seen a service since September 2007. Make of it what you will, but I think someone is a bit liberal with the truth ;)

Update 18.12.2008

I casually checked their website again and it is gone :O Whoever bought it, good luck!

Bargain barge

Vauxhall Signum

Make my Christmas, buy my car :)

Update 21.11.2008

We got a great deal at Palmers Citroen in Watford on a p/x against a new car, so you’ll have to find another Signum to indulge in… this one has gone!

Out with the old, in with the new!

Vauxhall Signum 3.2V6 EliteThanks to Lewis at Motoworld Ltd (who made us an p/x offer we couldn’t refuse), we are now the proud owners of another green family fun bus.

Vauxhall Signum 3.2V6 EliteIt’s a Vauxhall Signum 3.2V6 Elite in Bamboo Green with full black leather, cruise control, climate control and memory seats! Or in the words of Jeremy Clarkson, a dadsie car ;)

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Carbon footprint

Woohoo! Today I have halved my carbon footprint… The Octavia has been sold!

Buy me too :)

Renault Espace

See the ad on Pistonheads or eBay

An ode to the left lane

My new job is so local that I can almost see the office from my bedroom window. Commuting to work will consist of a 5 minute walk (and 10 minutes to recuperate ;)), instead of driving 65 miles each morning (and evening of course). One thing I will definitely not miss… the middle lane morons.

Middle lane f*cking morons

They really make my blood boil, and make me wish I’d drove a big old uninsured Ford F150 with whopping big bull bars, just so I can shove them out of the way with force. Why is it so damn hard to move back into the left lane when you’ve overtaken the car in front of you?

Left lane, I salute you!

Buy me :)

Pride and joy

See the ad on PistonHeads or eBay

BRISKODA Czech Trek 2007

So we drove all the way to the Czech Republic just to go to a museum? You bet we did! :D

Wednesday, 12th of September

Meeting up at Dover01:00 Nick and I started our journey, which saw us meet up at the Dover terminal around midnight. A slight delay with the previous ferry meant that we couldn’t join the queue until later, but at least ours would be going on time.

On the ferry09:00 Here we go! The journey has finally begun, and we were looking forward to a day of driving… Once off the ferry, it was a fairly straightforward journey to the Dutch/German border where we met up with Glenn and Mark. We still don’t understand how some got lost on the route :D

Arrived at the Czech border16:00 Another couple of hours later, and with Nick and I sharing the driving (or should that say, tearing down) on the German Autobahns our progress was good… so good in fact, we thought we would be the first to arrive at the German/Czech border. You can imagine our surprise when we arrived to find Will and his little yellow Fabia parked up already!

18:00 We finally made it to the hotel, and after dumping the bags into the hotel we went to find our “secure parking”. It seems that secure has a different meaning in the Czech dictionary, so we ended up having to park the cars in front of the hotel…

Thursday, 13th of September

The Old Town Square11:00 An early start (Nick snores as much as I do :D) today as we head into Prague to do some sightseeing. There is no avoiding the tourist attractions, so we act like them. We visit Charles Bridge, the Astronomical Clock and many, many touristy shops.

14:30 Later that afternoon we visited the Staropramen Brewery, which, tasting experience aside, was rather underwhelming. Oh well, at least we got some free beer ;)

Friday, 14th of September

Skoda Museum10:30 A short drive to Mladá Boleslav today as we are visiting the homeland… the Škoda Auto Museum. A great selection of previous models and their history, but I think most of us will remember it for one thing… our tour-guide ;)

After the Museum, we briefly (read: rushed) through the factory next door, and whilst we were waiting on our Czech SkodaHome friends (to guide us to Mimon airfield), we were greeted by a big-shot of Skoda who was wondering why there were 20 UK Skoda’s parked up :)

Mimon15:00 Finally, the much discussed, legendary, Mimon airfield… and boy was it good! A stretch of tarmac as wide as three expanded M1’s stitched together and about 2 miles long meant we were able to push the cars almost to their V-max. I managed to do a couple of runs hitting 150mph before a white Felicia bearing the words Policie told us to go away :( Nick had just pulled out to do his run, so he was properly gutted. We’ll have another go after Doksy though :)

21:30 The whole group went out for dinner at a restaurant. Although it seemed a great idea at the time, it turned out to be a bit of a disaster. They totally couldn’t cope with 40+ rowdy customers and although the alcohol was served pretty quick, the food lagged behind :(

Saturday, 15th of September

Doksy10:00 Welcome to Doksy, home of the tuned Skoda. It was reassuring to see that they’ve got barry boys too ;) Although I do quite like the rally oriented older models, restored to their previous glory.

14:00 We’ve joined a convoy of about 100 Skoda’s to drive a small (!) route and scare the locals… Loz has quite a pretty voice ;)

Mimon group picture15:30 More Mimon action! This time without any interference of the local constabulary, and with plenty of runs for everyone.

Sunday, 16th of September

Jewish quarter11:00 Time does fly when you’re having fun… it’s the last day already! Steve, Hayley, Nick and I decided to team up and visit Prague again, although it wasn’t for long until Nick and I got bored of waiting for Hayley and her crystal addiction ;) so we split up and whilst they continued shopping, we went to look for the Jewish quarter.

In the evening we swapped the Italian for the Chinese and had a food-feast for peanuts. I could easily live here ;)

Monday, 17th of September

Traffic07:30 Back home again :( The journey went smooth, although traffic around Frankfurt and Brussels was appalling, so we didn’t make an earlier ferry (for which we initially would have arrived in time for).

20:01 On the ferry we heared that Chris had been stopped for speeding in Germany, receiving a €400 fine. Ouch! Those who took a small detour around the Nürburgring had to settle for the midnight ferry and by the time they arrived home, I was almost ready for work again :( Bring on next year!

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Not long now

Only one day in fact :)

Czech Trek Route

The car is ready, the camera has been charged and the suitcase is (almost) packed… Bring it on!

Whoohoo!

Just received a call from APS… the car is ready! I’ll be picking it up tomorrow morning and with 5 working days left (about 600 miles of commuting miles) it gives me plenty of time to make sure it doesn’t fail on the way to the Czech Republic :)

I’d like to express my biggest gratitude ever to Nathan, Ed and Andy over at APS for sorting me out in such a short time with no notice at all.

Last straw

Having just received the quotes to get the gearbox replaced again, I’ve decided that once it has been repaired and has seen me through the Czech Trek, it will be up for sale. Owning a modified car is not without its pitfalls :(

Oh, and happy birthday to me ;)

Noooooooooo (repeat ad infinitum)

Can you flipping believe it? With less than 2 weeks until the trip to the Czech Republic the gearbox is broken again!

Czech it out

Only two weeks now, before we set off to the Czech Republic to visit the Škoda Museum and the Škoda Tuning show in Doksy. As there will be 20 cars going, I thought I’d make myself a bit more visible on the road ;)

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The last of the Cannonballs?

Cannonball Run Europe 2007Could today’s start of the Cannonball Run Europe be the last one to be held in the UK? It has almost certainly been toned down after the Gumball 3000 was terminated earlier this year after 2 people died in Macedonia. No stickers, no burnouts and pretty much no exotic cars apart from a few. I’m not sure if we’re going to bother to find out when next years event is going to be.

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Driving god

Well not quite, but I’m getting there ;)

taking a break

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DS Automotives

Just wanted to say: THANKS! Despite the attempts of Royal Mail to sabotage my cars clutch fitting, they persevered and got it ready with plenty of time to spare for the trackday. Go visit them and buy something expensive

Geared up

After two weeks I have to admit defeat and give up my quest for a 6 speed gearbox to replace the broken 5 speed. Once again Dave comes to the rescue by offering his old 5 speed and Sachs clutch for a friendly price, so tomorrow the car will be towed/pushed/driven to DS Automotives where they are going to do the work. Also asked them to replace the front brake pads as one of them is bordering dangerous. At least I’m now going to be ready in time for the trackday

FIA GT series

Silverstone was home to the FIA GT series this weekend, and we were there to witness it all. Although the weather wasn’t particularly spectacular, it was dry and I still managed to walk away a lobster.

I tried for ages to get one of the fire spitting Lamborghini’s on my D50, but my photographing skills are none existing, so I settled for this Aston Martin instead ;)

Aston Martin

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Cooked

KaputOh deary me. Yesterday was just an ordinary day, but the ending was far from it. I set off for home, driving as normal (like a granny ;)) and once on the M11 I started to shift up through the gears until I had to change from 4th to 5th. Except that my gear stick was not to be persuaded to move out of number 4… at all :(

KaputI managed to get all the way up to J20 on the M25 in 4th gear, but getting onto the A41 turned to be impossible without stopping. Fortunately I was able to get going from standstill (in 4th!) but halfway up the A41, I got stuck uphill in a traffic jam which meant I had to admit defeat until the traffic cleared. I could not afford to stop too many times along the way.

After an hour or so I went on my way again and this time I made it home (eventually) with only 1 long stop at the bottom of the A41. By the time I had reached home, the clutch was completely burned out. Smells lovely though… NOT!

Booked

Just booked the Hullavington day with Motorsport Events. Let the countdown begin ;)

Hullavington

Not sure how you pronounce it, hell-of-a-tone, but it’s the venue of the next BRISKODA trackday. Friday the 1st of June we’ll hopefully have 30 or so Skoda’s tearing up the track and burn some rubber. It will also be the first opportunity for me to put the car on the track and see what she can do. A shame it isn’t Bruntingthorpe, but as that has been closed down by the residents on grounds of noise levels, it will have to do :)

Merry Christmas!

Snow

Only 2 months late ;)

We suffered the biggest snowfall in ages (granted, that doesn’t take much) and after spending 3 hours on the road to travel 12 miles I had to admit defeat and return home

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She’s here!

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The secret is out

Skoda Octavia vRSWhat is a man to do if he doesn’t fit in the car of his dreams? Well, he pursues other options of course. So after the BMW Z3 M Coupe, I tried a Nissan 350Z and when that was just as bad as the Beemer I tried a Honda S2000 which was the worst of them all.

So I had a plan, a cunning plan… I would buy another Skoda Octavia vRS (with a little bit less mileage and a little bit younger than the one that has just left my house the week before) and then take it to Jabba Sport to have a bigger turbo fitted. The result? A big increase in power and enough space inside to fit my fat arse :)

When I inquired at one of my friends who has had an IHI conversion done, he mentioned that he had plans to sell his car, and if I were interested… Is Holland flat as a pancake?!?! Of course I was!

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340bhp… But what is it?

Woohoo! I am happy as Larry as I’ve found my new car today. It is mind-blowing fast and corners like it is glued to the road. Am not going to reveal just yet what it is… Take a guess :)

Sold!

Stop the press, the Octavia has been sold!

Dream shattered

BMW Z3 M Coupe

I had a dream… until I went out and tried one on for size. If only they’d make the steering wheel reach and rake adjustable, and the seats drop further back and down it would have been my next car.

Oh well, back to the drawing board…

For sale: one careful owner

My pride and joyYup, you heard it here first, the Octavia is for sale. I would love to keep it forever and ever, but after three and a half years and 100,000 happy miles the time has come to move to something new. If you fancy a piece of motoring history (well, my motoring history ;)), then read more about it over at PistonHeads

Lucky or unlucky?

Split brake lineI’ll let you decide… After reporting my snapped spring 5 months ago (to the exact day), I had the Octavia in for its annual MOT and when the brakes were tested, the brake line split! I dread to think what would have happened if I had to do an emergency stop this morning :o

Renault World Series

Renault Clio V6Whatever your experience of the Renault brand, you got to give them credit for their commitment to motor sports. This year (like the past 2 years) we went to see the Renault World Series at Donnington Park, but unlike last year, the weather was excellent :)

Took loads of pictures, but most of them are smudgy in the centre due to some fingerprints left on the lens :( A good excuse to splash out on a SLR? ;)

Trax 2006

Trax 2006

Go, go, go, go
Go, go, go shawty
It’s your birthday
We gon’ party like it’s yo birthday
We gon’ sip Bacardi like it’s your birthday
And you know we don’t give a fck
It’s not your birthday!

Yup, another year older, another year wiser… And what do you give someone who has everything? A day out on the track… Twice! :D

Blazing around SilverstoneUnlike last year I managed to stay on the track and even overtake a few cars. It had rained throughout the night and we had the 1st session of the day at 9am so I was very nervous, in fact, so nervous I forgot to switch the ASR off and the video camera on… Doh!

The 2nd session was at 11.20am by which time the track was completely dry and this time I was flying… Skylines may be fast on the straights, but they can’t corner if their life depended on it ;)

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New addition to the family

We got ourselves a new car this weekend. It is an X reg (10/2000) Renault Espace 2.0 16V RT-X with 107K miles on the clock. Am having to wait until Friday before I can collect it… I can’t wait!

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Is the end nigh?

 Snapped springAfter 3 years and 80,000 trouble free miles it seems that my beloved car is slowly falling apart. The springs are the first… what will it be next?

Trax 2005

Why is pole position a Bad Thing? Cos it leaves you with no car to focus on and it may make you judge your braking point incorrectly therefore going to hard into a corner (which to my defense was slightly hidden from view due to a small crest) and spinning it 180 degrees :D

Still, the car and I survived and I was able to continue my track session (or more importantly, not stopping anyone else’s) as if it never happened… except that I have it all on tape!

Watch me go

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And they are off

TVR SagarisThe Cannonballers that is. Again, it is one of those annual events (2003, 2004 and now 2005) that we go to as it is such a good spirited event and some of the cars you will only see or hear once in a lifetime (unless I get 6 numbers this Saturday).

On the first leg they had to get to Sweden, a mere 959 miles away!

Crash, bang, wallop!

Old Skool TrackdaysSo I lied about the stickers ;)

This years event was again a fantastic day out, and apart from some minor ‘injuries’ to the car I survived it again. During my (what appeared to be my) last lap I managed to overshoot the braking point into a fast right hand corner, lock it up completely and enter the grass verge sideways. The result? A bend alloy :(

See for yourself in DivX or Quicktime.

Fortunately my good friend Dave has kindly offered to pass his spare alloy onto me, so as soon as I’ve found out where I can have it refurbished in the same colour as the other alloys I’m back in business again!

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Chiltern Hills Vintage Vehicle Rally 2005

Vintage Vehicle Rally 2005It’s becoming a bit of a tradition to visit the annual Chiltern Hills Vintage Vehicle Rally, and since the weather was absolutely fantastic we had no reason to stay at home this year.

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Bruntingthorpe 2005

BruntingthorpeYes! Time to dig out a lid and spare the tyres… we are heading to Bruntingthorpe again on Saturday the 18th of June.

Last years event was a great success and I am glad BRISKODA is organising it once more. It sure is addictive this brisk driving ;)

Oh, and in case you’re wondering… No, I’ll not be applying any stickers this time :)