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RichW
27-05-2015, 02:33 PM
So I've finally picked the new Car up :D

I travelled down to Devon on Thursday via train, it was a journey that was well worth waiting for .....

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Lovely :veryhappy:


With no time to spare i was soon on my way back up to Yorkshire, i called in at Taunton for a new sat nav as my old one was lost somewhere in the recent house move, and an adaptor lead for the new stereo i had back at home. This little detour took a while longer than i anticipated but it was one worth taking, the next few days would certainly be a challenge without them both!


Dam it's good to be back in an Evo!


I arrived back home for 10pm, swiftly packed a weekend away bag and hit the sack. At 4am the alarm woke me - time once again for a long drive. This time to Folkstone and the Channel Tunnel. Our lass commented on how different the docks at Dover looked, i haddnt told her i had changed the crossing and she'd had her head in a book all the way down :whistle: "They must have sacked all the old workers" she commented as we passed through the barriers :rolf:

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I passed the time by fitting the new stereo...


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After a short while it was our turn to board the train .... suffice to say i got a real earful when she realised i'd been having her all along and we were'nt really at Dover :Gun:

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The crossing was good, first time for us both on the train and it wont be the last, quite impressive indeed. I chatted with another Evo owner who was in the next carriage and before i knew it the train was starting to slow at the end of its journey.

RichW
27-05-2015, 02:36 PM
The drive through France went well, Belgium the same and soon we were well into Germany, new car going well, suns out, happy days...


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When you cross this bridge you know theres not far to go...


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And it wasnt long until we arrived at our junction...


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After a nights stay in Hockenheim it was time to head for the track....

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My good friend Alex had been racing the day previous and we were calling in to see him. Lots of nice cars to be seen, these here are all the Evo's to feel free to skip past them :shame:.......

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:wave::wave::wave:


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:veryhappy:


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rich196
27-05-2015, 02:36 PM
that is one very clean looking evo. Nice one!

RichW
27-05-2015, 02:40 PM
We watched some of the drift action...


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Before long it was time to pack up so we left Alex and his lads to it....

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...... it was time to head off to out next destination....


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Photo opportunity on the way to the Hotel...


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Our usual hotel restaurant had been re-vamped and also has new staff..... not the same as it used to be :shake: The bar area and restaurant are leased out, for several years it was the same people in there and it was great been greeted by them, they all knew my name and it was like home from home. No more i'm sorry to say :sad:

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Food was nice enough, but not the same atmosphere for sure :sad: Everything comes to an end.


What a beautiful view - i could never tire of seeing this....


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Went for a drink in the Pistenklause and what's this we find parked outside - another TME! Wow!


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Next day and a short drive into Adenau looking for somewhere to buy an SD card seen as i'd managed to misplace both of the ones i'd packed!


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No luck in finding one but never mind, the iphone will have to do, its done OK so far. We decided to head back upto the 'ring car park - i told our lass i'd park up and we'd just walk around for abit - take in the atmosphere and what not. Sucker ...... Few turns later and i had a chance to take this shot...


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:veryhappy:

But what a farce all the queuing to get off track. I'd forgotten how pathetic and tedious it is. Good for photos mind.

Later we spectated at Brunchen, this poor guy wasnt having much luck...

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Beats me how he lost it, he just swapped ends going into Brunchen and hit the barriers half backwards which the threw the nose of the car around into the barriers too :sad:

We had a right laugh at this guy. Stood watching the action and all of a sudden the BM pulls up and the passenger gets out. He bends over and doesnt look in too good a shape. The next moment he turns around and projectile vomits over the armco :loser: Well the crowd roars with laughter.... and even more so when the driver gets out to help him ..... its only a bird in a short skirt and high heels - well talk about laugh. It was hysterical!!


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That night we headed to the Pistenklause for a meal. As per the last few times service was total crap, and this time the food was also a joke! Last time ever! No seriously, i've said the same the last two times we've been, so no more. It ends here. No more Pistenklause. Well, on a busy weekend anyway :shame:


As always all good things come to an end and the next morning was home time. Cheesy shot beneath the Nurburgring sign and we were away.....

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I was slightly annoyed as i planned to cavity wax the box sections under the car when i got home and the car haddnt seen water since setting off from Japan two months previous....


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But by Belgium the roads were starting to dry and it wasnt long before the sun was out....


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And so draws the close to our 'Ring trip of 2015. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. It was very tiring but enjoyable all the way...

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I'll end the thread with three pictures, the first one is the mileage on the clocks Monday evening - it goes back to zero at 1000 miles so total distance since picking the car up Thursday had been 1708.7 miles :rave:


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The last two i have paid for i simply love these shots. Me and the wife enjoying quality time together - now this is what life is about!



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If you'd like to know more about my life around Evos please feel free to look at my fan site www.evolutionize.co.uk (http://www.evolutionize.co.uk)

Cheers :thumb:

Neil Mac
27-05-2015, 02:41 PM
Tommi Mak! Maximum Attack! :thumb:

RichW
27-05-2015, 02:42 PM
that is one very clean looking evo. Nice one!


Thanks Rich - very lucky to get one in this nick, even if the mileage is alittle on the high side. I've seen some for another 5k on top of what i paid with alot of visible rust unlike this one :thumb:

Tim
27-05-2015, 02:43 PM
Yes.. More trip reports, glad people are starting to do them again I love reading this stuff.

One thing, you said racing, I see time attack cars the two aren't compatible :whistle:

rich196
27-05-2015, 02:48 PM
Thanks Rich - very lucky to get one in this nick, even if the mileage is alittle on the high side. I've seen some for another 5k on top of what i paid with alot of visible rust unlike this one :thumb:

Love the fact you pick up from what I can see is an "unknown" car, and then decided to give it a shake down by taking on a road trip to the ring.

You either now know it wasnt for nothing of have a list growing!

N/B
27-05-2015, 02:49 PM
Love the TME, sub-zero cool motor :thumb:

Dale has the scoop on the stop 'n' puke, btw :whistle:

Antj29
27-05-2015, 03:07 PM
pretty sure i saw this over the weekend

Peach-uk
27-05-2015, 03:50 PM
Great read. Thanks for posting! :thumb:

RichW
27-05-2015, 04:08 PM
Tommi Mak! Maximum Attack! :thumb:

It had to be done :lol:


Yes.. More trip reports, glad people are starting to do them again I love reading this stuff.

One thing, you said racing, I see time attack cars the two aren't compatible :whistle:

This is a race i.e. all set off on the grid together, though i agree, with TA it normally isnt :)


Love the fact you pick up from what I can see is an "unknown" car, and then decided to give it a shake down by taking on a road trip to the ring.


Yes it was abit of a gamble - the plan was to get it home and service it properly, however because of a slip in shipping times it was a week late so wasnt possible. Luckily it cam with a FSH so wasnt so bad. I still only revved her to 5k on track though as i didnt want to risk it.


Love the TME, sub-zero cool motor :thumb:

Dale has the scoop on the stop 'n' puke, btw :whistle:

ahhhh - makes sense. We presumed she must have kept the stilettos in the car just incase she had to stop for such a reason. Too good to be true, though still very very funny to see.


pretty sure i saw this over the weekend

Hopefully, was you across there?

RichW
27-05-2015, 04:09 PM
Great read. Thanks for posting! :thumb:


Thanks for reading and replying :)

Kev_G
27-05-2015, 06:31 PM
I spotted this a few times and even parked next to you a few times :lol: Didnt know it was a looper, really clean car as I had a look around it

Simon
27-05-2015, 06:40 PM
Nice Evo :veryhappy:

tommy6r1
27-05-2015, 07:04 PM
Great write up! really enjoyed reading it.

RichW
27-05-2015, 07:10 PM
I spotted this a few times and even parked next to you a few times :lol: Didnt know it was a looper, really clean car as I had a look around it

Cheers - sooner i get a NL sticker on the better then :thumb:


Nice Evo :veryhappy:

Thanks :veryhappy:

RichW
27-05-2015, 07:10 PM
Great write up! really enjoyed reading it.


Thanks , makes it worth doing it to know others enjoy reading it :)

Joel
27-05-2015, 11:14 PM
We had a right laugh at this guy. Stood watching the action and all of a sudden the BM pulls up and the passenger gets out. He bends over and doesnt look in too good a shape. The next moment he turns around and projectile vomits over the armco :loser: Well the crowd roars with laughter.... and even more so when the driver gets out to help him ..... its only a bird in a short skirt and high heels - well talk about laugh. It was hysterical!!


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWFmx-meR10
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWFmx-meR10

RichW
28-05-2015, 08:12 AM
Thats the one Joel :lol: :lol: :lol:


Shame it was a setup but fuuny at the time :thumb:

Floyd
28-05-2015, 08:18 AM
Great trip report and thanks for sharing the buying experience of your new car :thumb:

Jim Cameron
28-05-2015, 08:49 AM
Great work Rich!

orsonbuggy
28-05-2015, 11:58 AM
Lovely car and good trip report :thumb:

RichW
28-05-2015, 08:56 PM
Great trip report and thanks for sharing the buying experience of your new car :thumb:

No problem, i hoped to service it before the trip - luckily enough it has FSH so wasnt too bad in the end. Importer says your very lucky to get any paperwork with a japanese car, mines got all the SH ever done :veryhappy:


Great work Rich!

Thanks :)


Lovely car and good trip report :thumb:

Cheers :)

Floyd
29-05-2015, 09:05 AM
You and me on track. Classic good vs evil battle, dark side vs the light, Mitsi vs Scoob! :wink: Let's make it happen! :thumb:

Nige
29-05-2015, 09:27 AM
I enjoyed reading that, that you for taking the time to share it. :thumb: As already said, you are a brave man doing that journey with a car you just bought !

Pleased it worked out well though.

RichW
29-05-2015, 05:52 PM
You and me on track. Classic good vs evil battle, dark side vs the light, Mitsi vs Scoob! :wink: Let's make it happen! :thumb:

Yeah that would be fun, would make a good vid :racing:



I enjoyed reading that, that you for taking the time to share it. :thumb: As already said, you are a brave man doing that journey with a car you just bought !

Pleased it worked out well though.


It was a gamble - i didnt dare rev her too hard until we got to the 'ring. Wanted somewhere decent to stay should the worst occur :lol: :lol: :lol:

autohabit
29-05-2015, 06:42 PM
Nice motor, we all love a Makinen, good report.

The Hull ferry will keep the miles down.

RichW
30-05-2015, 08:16 AM
Nice motor, we all love a Makinen, good report.

The Hull ferry will keep the miles down.

Yes, absolutely. I've always dismissed the Hull ferry due to cost, but i was surprised at how tired i felt this trip (though admittedly i'd just come off nights the day before which didnt help) ... so i'll be seriously considering it next time. Time away is precious so need to be 100% to make the most of it :thumb:

Nige
30-05-2015, 09:24 AM
I was the same, but once you try the Hull Ferry, arrive at the ring around lunchtime after a good nights sleep, you`ll wonder why you didn`t do it years ago !

Even better if you can share the car / bunk with passengers :thumb:

Gary Kinghorn
31-05-2015, 07:40 PM
Great report :thumb:

Cochyn
31-05-2015, 09:46 PM
Cracking report mate, the wife and I are heading back there in 3 weeks time. So will post another report :)

Das Chin
01-06-2015, 08:50 AM
wow a makkinen that has not been fiddled with. very nice. soft spot for them.


you must have used a LOT of fuel and done lots of fuel stops on that trip ;-)

RichW
01-06-2015, 10:58 PM
Thanks guys :thumb:

Yes,fuel stops every hour an half, 40 euros or so, it got to be quite comical "oh we need to fill up again" ... :lol:

To be fair the car isnt too bad on fuel, keep at below 80mph and it'll do 30mpg, below 90 and it returns 28mpg. If its true to form the most it will ever do is 32/33mpg but i havent been on a steady cruise yet.

Car is currently basking in a de-humidified garage which i thought was a wicked idea until i worked out how much its costing :shame:

Stu
03-06-2015, 11:03 AM
Great report and good way to test a new purchase! A chap that lives near me has one of these TME Evos he uses daily as his other car (only occasionally seen in summer) is a Detomaso Pantera! :shock:

RichW
03-06-2015, 12:06 PM
Thanks - thats some car collection he has. Obviously likes the more unusual side of motoring :lol: