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Jim Cameron
27-11-2008, 10:15 PM
Getting there was a doddle. 10 on RyanScare, straight into a 1960s Luftwaffe airbase. Surreal :blink:

Don't pay extra for snow tyres, the scammers give you the same car... and they've got 'em on by law :angry:

Found an old shitter in Adenau, so parked it next to Gary's immaculate motor...

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Parked Steve's 306 Rallye onto a Peugeot dealer's stockpile :whistle:

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Watched Russ work on his car. Then went on the piss. Caption Competition:

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Sunday... still feeling very, erm, sub-optimal. Delivered Christmas presents, watched Russ work on his car, again, then set off for Antwerp.

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Cold, bit snowy in the air.

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The reason that there's no snow on the roof of the 335... is that sensibly, there's no heater :blink:

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Russ's has a heated roof :rolleyes:

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On the road, I'm in front, Russ is behind, quietly seething, because his OCD is nagging him about my slightly wonky number plate, Captain Slow is bringing up the rear ;) complaining bitterly because I've taken the fuses out of several things including the speedo and my estimated 80 mph is a long way on the wrong side of a hundred...

Slow down as we cross the border, and we are in Venlo as it starts snowing. By the time we are coming out of Venlo - and it isn't a big place it had gone seriously wrong :o

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There's no grit down, the E17 is totally covered :blink: Leaving Venlo, I get it seriously crossed up just changing gear at tickover. Feck it, there's no turning back now, and what's more if I stopped I wouldn't get moving again. The 335 seems happy enough at 50mph, but there's the odd Audi hammering past in the fast (deep) lane on winter tyres. Bastards. The mobile is buzzing with swear words, and there's the odd ghey doing just 30mph that forces us into the outside lane. That's an experience :huh:

On reflection, overtaking the snowplough was a touch ambitious :pokefun: :nono:

Simon is on the blower "I need a piss" he says. "Fecking have one then" I reply. "We stopping, then?" he says. "No" says I. :pokefun:

Feck it, after a very happy 15 more minutes we stop.

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The cars are completely iced up :o

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It is soon dark. The ambient temp has plummeted. I know this, because I'm freezing my cobs off. Fortunately, I'm North Faced up, but the fuse is out of the heated screen, it's all a bit drafty and I'm cursing not wearing gloves. There's some Sparco ones in the boot, and I'm giving serious consideration to putting both those, and my full face helmet on. Crossle, if I'd had a monogrammed race suit with me, I'd have been in it. I eventually stop listening to the new Snow Patrol album as the irony slowly overcomes me...

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We pass Eindhoven. As soon as we do I regret it. This is the most deserted, featureless, arse-end-of-nowhere bit of Belgium and the snow is coming in harder now. You can't relax, not even for a moment, as it is sometimes impossible to tell where the lanes - or even the road is. No-one is overtaking now, and we certainly aren't doing 50 anymore. I'm at tickover in a selection of gears. The 335 has a mountain of torque, R-rated tyres and no weight in the back, and I know that the other two haven't got it any easier. Any application of throttle spins the rears, and braking just locks stuff up instantly.

The wiring in the 335 is shite, it's the big Christmas to-do project. My dicky fan relay decides to excel itself, and I suddenly feel all warm as I'm bathed in steam. :( We are also in the outside lane but I bail out into three inches of snow through cones into roadworks, and the others swerve in front of me.

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There's feck all we can do, bar shovel snow into it and let it cool. Russ is on the case straight away, the star, but the three cars are stranded.

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I use the time honoured technique of gentle feathering then lurid fishtail, Simon uses 7000 rpm through only one wheel (fecked LSD), and Russ gets pushed out completely sideways by Sunny :lol: Balls to the snow, I do one at high speed down the hard shoulder to get into Antwerp services, followed by Russ and Simon, whose low front splitter was shoveling the snow up and over his roof B)

We'd made Antwerp in just six and a half hours from Bren's :blink:

Full of water again, with the fan hardwired, I get to celebrate by lapping the Northern industrial areas of Antwerp sideways. We all get stranded on a ramp in the hotel carpark. Sunny has to push me out of a minor drift :whistle: and we can't be arsed parking straight. The cars are finally abandoned... we deserve a beer. :thumb:

Russ_F
27-11-2008, 10:59 PM
Loving the last couple of pics :thumb: Good report

I mentioned the "captain slow" thing in my report but i think i got away with it ;)

Tony
27-11-2008, 11:51 PM
The 335 has a mountain of torque, R-rated tyres and no weight in the back :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Sounds like a recipe for fun.......... if you were about half a mile from home :whistle:

Darren Langeveld
28-11-2008, 05:56 AM
Pussies.

I suppose snow is standing water though.

Weeman
28-11-2008, 06:37 AM
Roffle at Russ's porn pose on the car.

If you came that way why didn't you give me a shout, you could of stayed at mine no probs.

Floyd
28-11-2008, 06:52 AM
Horrific trip back but I suppose you can dine out on it for a while ;)

Russ looks very comfortable posing on the roof :lol:

Nige
28-11-2008, 07:16 AM
Epic trip :o

Hats off to all of you for driving in those conditions on R tyres :thumb:

Simon
28-11-2008, 07:56 AM
Originally posted by Russ_bmworx@Nov 27 2008, 11:59 PM
Loving the last couple of pics :thumb: Good report

I mentioned the "captain slow" thing in my report but i think i got away with it ;)
You did, I don't give a feck as it was better than Captain Crash and I nearly did that more than once. 100+ laps on Kumho V700's and then a trip in the snow. Not something I care to try again in this lifetime :lol:

Russ. I think Dave likes the pose :whistle:

Great pic's & report, Jim. Certainly a road trip to remember for a long time :huh:

Weeman
28-11-2008, 07:59 AM
Dont tell me russ did that pose just for me :lol: :lol:

Simon
28-11-2008, 08:04 AM
Originally posted by Weeman@Nov 28 2008, 08:59 AM
Dont tell me russ did that pose just for me :lol: :lol:
But of course. He really worked the camera :lol:

Floyd
28-11-2008, 08:11 AM
Originally posted by Weeman@Nov 28 2008, 08:59 AM
Dont tell me russ did that pose just for me :lol: :lol:
I'm sure always 'give it up' for you :lol:

Pedro
28-11-2008, 09:16 AM
Very cool stuff, the picture of the two cars at the gas station is great


passing a slow plow :lol:

rossm
28-11-2008, 10:58 AM
It was fun enough driving the rental back to the airport and that was with winter tyres on, good on you three for not stacking one or more of them BM's on the way back :thumb:

Floyd
28-11-2008, 12:28 PM
Originally posted by Pedro@Nov 28 2008, 10:16 AM
passing a snow plow :lol:
:lol:

When I've overtaken slower cars on motorways in the snow, the tricky part is keeping it together on the pile of snow between the lanes :blink: :whistle: :lol:

Simon
28-11-2008, 12:40 PM
Originally posted by Floyd@Nov 28 2008, 01:28 PM
:lol:

When I've overtaken slower cars on motorways in the snow, the tricky part is keeping it together on the pile of snow between the lanes :blink: :whistle: :lol:
:lol: No. Really. Now you tell us :o :lol:

Floyd
28-11-2008, 12:44 PM
The drivers behind don't appreciate it either :lol:

Simon
28-11-2008, 12:50 PM
Originally posted by Floyd@Nov 28 2008, 01:44 PM
The drivers behind don't appreciate it either :lol:
I didn't :( . Especially when Jim & Russ managed a lane change under a bridge & i missed it :blink:

Floyd
28-11-2008, 12:51 PM
Not thought of that before!

Simon
28-11-2008, 01:00 PM
Originally posted by Floyd@Nov 28 2008, 01:51 PM
Not thought of that before!
Nor had I until they did it :rolleyes:

Floyd
28-11-2008, 01:46 PM
Did you wait until the next bridge?

Simon
28-11-2008, 02:00 PM
Originally posted by Floyd@Nov 28 2008, 02:46 PM
Did you wait until the next bridge?
I could have been miles further on, so no.

Mind. I did see someone fall off their scooter on 1 bridge as I passed under, only a slow speed effort, but it did make me chuckle :lol:

Steven Campbell
28-11-2008, 04:27 PM
Nice report chaps. Glad you made it back ok.
Jim, that picture of my rallye is still bringing a tear to my eye.

Steve

Gary Kinghorn
28-11-2008, 04:57 PM
Good stuff you guys :thumb:

Joel
28-11-2008, 05:07 PM
Originally posted by Simon@Nov 28 2008, 03:00 PM
Mind. I did see someone fall off their scooter on 1 bridge as I passed under, only a slow speed effort, but it did make me chuckle :lol:
:lol:

Jim Cameron
28-11-2008, 10:18 PM
Originally posted by Steven Campbell@Nov 28 2008, 05:27 PM
Nice report chaps. Glad you made it back ok.
Jim, that picture of my rallye is still bringing a tear to my eye.

Steve
:thumb: Hi chap!

Drop us an email, I'll send them to you ;)

Pedro
28-11-2008, 10:43 PM
Originally posted by Simon@Nov 28 2008, 04:00 PM
I could have been miles further on, so no.

Mind. I did see someone fall off their scooter on 1 bridge as I passed under, only a slow speed effort, but it did make me chuckle :lol:
Spreading the good karma around, eh? :lol:

Hippychick
29-11-2008, 07:02 AM
It sounds like you had a real adventure :blink:

I'm glad you all made it back safely and that Jim finally got to put his survival training to good use :thumb: :D

Russ_F
29-11-2008, 10:18 AM
Originally posted by Floyd@Nov 28 2008, 07:52 AM
Horrific trip back but I suppose you can dine out on it for a while ;)

Russ looks very comfortable posing on the roof :lol:
And dine out we will ;)

Russ_F
29-11-2008, 10:20 AM
Originally posted by Weeman@Nov 28 2008, 08:59 AM
Dont tell me russ did that pose just for me :lol: :lol:
Who knows, if i'd have known there was a room for the night ;)

:lol: :lol:

Montana
14-12-2008, 05:59 AM
Originally posted by Jim Cameron@Nov 27 2008, 11:15 PM
Russ is behind, quietly seething, because his OCD is nagging him about my slightly wonky number plate
I think I may have 'caught' some OCD as I noticed that!!

Great pics!