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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

weejimmy wrote:

Mine was due second week in July and arrived last week in June. It was pretty much on schedule through the build (-2 days I think), but the time allowance for it to get from the factory to the dealer was about 3 weeks. It took 1!! Hopes yours does the same.

MarineTraffic is an awesome website for tracking car transporters. I got quite obsessed watching what was leaving Emden for Sheerness!


Thanks for that. As I mentioned on your thread, the car's due to leave the factory 23/10, so fingers crossed I should be able to pick it up in the first week of November.

Could be worse , as I've still got a drive down to Monza for the GP in a couple of weeks time in my M4, so I'll hardly be slumming it. Then I just need to sell the BMW when I get back to fund the new purchase.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kiernan wrote:

Could be worse , as I've still got a drive down to Monza for the GP in a couple of weeks time in my M4, so I'll hardly be slumming it. Then I just need to sell the BMW when I get back to fund the new purchase.


Monza is brilliant. Chaos, but brilliant. A mate I drove my S1 elise there and back in 1999 (the Hakkinen crying in the bushes race) with the top off all the way. We came back via the Stelvio pass. This we did something like 11 countries on the round trip. Happy days!

GP was mad though. Probably better organised now but the signs for the grandstands were hand written in A4 paper in with marker pens. The seats weren't seats at all, they were benches with numbers painted on them. Our grandstand was full of people without tickets sitting on the stairs. The Italian army marched them off the left hand side of the grandstand on the warm up lap. They all came back up the right hand stairs less than a minute later!!

I recall trying to get through the tunnel under the main straight. It was a seething mass of bodies all pushing and pulling each other in different directions! We got half way through only to find cars and mopeds were in the middle of it all as well! Insane.

I also recall queueing up for nearly an hour for a coffee - only to get a single shot expresso.

Oh, and the local turns up with saws and axes and cut down the trees to make temporary platforms to watch from in the wooded sections. Or at least they did in '99!

Just lovely to pick up the warmth of sun there though with the UK beginning to turn to Autumn and by FAR the most atmospheric away GP I've been to ... and I've done most of them!

Walking the track afterwards was special. Very special.

Enjoy!

PS - We managed the entire route with the roof off only to be hit by a biblical downpour as we came off the euro tunnel in the UK. It was like someone was standing on the bonnet with a hose directed into the cabin. At that point we gave in and put the roof back on. And immediately misted up! Those early S1 Elises leaked like sieves and the fan had three speeds. Useless, Useless with noise, Useless with more noise!


Old Pits at Reims


Scrum under the main straight


Ascari 'Grandstand'


Viewing platform!


Anything that wasn't bolted down went...


Stelvio


Stelvio


A bearded Elise! Should have kept that plate, but sold it with my S2...
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PS - Sorry for the hijack, but Monza is MONZA!!! Thumb
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PS - Sorry for the hijack, but Monza is MONZA!!! Thumb


No need to apologise, it sounds like a great trip and I'm really looking forward to it.

We plan on doing Stuttgart on the way down to get a morning at the Porsche Museum (I'm going with a bunch of Porsche owning friends so this part of the trip is mandatory), then we'll go through the black forest as I understand the roads around there are fantastic. From there we're then doing Switzerland and then on to Italy, so the Stelvio Pass is also a must do.

Hopefully the GP wil be a bit better organised by now, but from what I've read it's still totally mad.

Coincidentally I also used to have an Elise, although mine was a Series 2 111S. Great car on the B roads, but like yours, mine leaked like crazy in the rain and after a while I changed it for something more useable.

Thanks for your post, and I'll try and report back after the road trip.
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