Since selling the Fiat Coupe a couple of years back I've missed having the fun of having a 'weekend' motor.
Well as time has gone on, I've come to the conclusion that I needed to fill the space on my drive and after much research, etc. I've opted for a 2 tone Mini Cooper! Ok, its no power house but it's definitely different and yes... I can fit into it :)
It's in pretty good nick so its not as much of a project as the Coupe was but that's fine. My focus can be on keeping it in near tip-top condition :D
Latest pictures are in the gallery so be sure to check them out.
Wednesday last week, myself and a passenger were happily waiting our turn to come off the A20 near Dover (on the approach to the Megger roundabout) when out of the blue, we are rear ended by a massive foreign lorry. Brilliant.
Both myself and my passenger sustained injuries which we are still recovering from now and I expect will be for some time. Essentially we are ok (its not like we died or lost limbs etc) but the whole experience was a bit shocking. The lorry driver was Romanian, barely spoke english and to top it off, got out the cab wearing socks with flip-flops. Wow!
Currently I'm still a bit shakey and ultra paranoid driving but I hope that will settle down soon enough. On the upside, Suzi has been checked out and a repair of the rear end has been approved and will be done shortly (hurrah!).
Didn't see him coming. It wasn't until he used me as a brake and rammed us 3 times that I had any idea what was going on. The view out the back window was just a white grille!
Oh well, cars can be repaired and/or replaced - people can't. So I'm grateful for that :)
https://plus.google.com/105724871753724222390/posts - Click here to see something new. It's a Google+ profile dedicated to oddities, random sights and near misses that are spotted when I'm out and about driving. Sporty Suzi is my car, and her dashcam spots everything :)
I just thought it might be cool to have a place dedicated to pictures and videos from when I'm driving around and the Google+/YouTube account set up facilitates that rather well. Early days at the moment, but I'm sure footage will come in thick and fast!!
I had planned to take my Alfa 147 to Spa Francorchamps this year in September but I feel unless I take a car that's equal in power (or greater) than the Coupe that I originally first drove round the course in, it will feel a bit of a let down.
So when I'm a millionaire and have my Lamborghini, I SHALL RETURN! Until then, it's normal roads for me.
Well, Brooklands came and went last Bank Holiday weekend and apart from a little unwelcome rain, it was an enjoyable day out! :)
Pictures can be seen here:
It's just dawned on me that the Auto Italia Brooklands day isn't far away!
Should be an interesting as it'll be the first Brooklands I've been to that I'm not driving a Bravo or a Coupe!
Bah humbug! Just found out that SpaItalia has been cancelled this year!
Turns out the company that organised it all went bust and no deals with the track management could be arranged. Rumour has it however that efforts to make SpaItalia happen in 2014 are underway. Fingers crossed!
In the meantime, oh my god.... what am I going to do now?! I am pondering Silverstone?!
Preparations to take 'Jocky' (my Alfa 147) to Spa next year have begun. In 2010 I took my restored Coupe there with FCCUK (Coupe club) and it was one of the best experiences I've had.
Jocky is newer, handles differently and should give a different experience so I'm very much looking forward to it.
FCCUK have said I'm welcome to tag along with them which is great as it'll be nice to catch up and say hi to people I've met before and hopefully meet some new Coupe enthusiasts :)
I'm waiting on confirmation of dates but it's looking like June 2013.