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mzmini
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Alex welcome back to reality Very Happy we have booked to go back in October for the Paradis Porsche Thumb
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alex yates
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally got back to some normality after one of my best holidays ever, so thought I'd just do a bit of a summary as my intention of keeping the thread updated throughout my trip sort of got forgotten about in all the euphoria.

Had a couple of minor problems but overall the car was flawless. The handling on the roads down there was beyond awesome and the car felt totally different than it's recently done in the UK - I'm putting that down to stickier tyres in the 30 odd degree heat and the powerflex bush inserts.

All in covered 2740 miles and averaged 27.9mpg for the whole trip, which I didn't think was too bad after the thrashing it received down there. Car also got some hammer coming back too, although landing back in the UK and the drive back up to Lancashire was beyond hell. Whoever created that 'smart motorway' at Birmingham wants castrating with a soldering iron.

Problem wise, the dust down there doesn't half play havoc with the auxiliary stuff. SAI pump was noisy upon my return and the alternator didn't half have a rattle on, cured by a squirt of WD40. Aircon also packed up 2 hours after arrival but didn't matter too much as the roof was never up. Main problem though was my oil filler pipe failed on the way home and totally broke off. I snapped it a while back and glued it back together. Plan was to replace it before I went but my neighbour who works at OPC Bolton was getting me a new one. When I chased him up about it, he'd gone on hol-day and wasn't back until after my departure. The heat in the engine bay from the 11hr drive from St Tropez to Calais softened the glue and the pipe came detached. Fortunately I'd took my own ketchup with me and it so happens that the lid off it was a perfect snug fit over the broken pipe, with the internal rim on the lid nicely sliding inside the pipe. Taped on with insulation tape and the car got home with no loss of crankcase vac and no nasty stuff sucked in. See photos below. Since then, until I get chance to replace it, I've sleeved it with an aluminium sleeve I made when I got back in work. The fix is probably better than a new filler pipe Grin


The ketchup top bodge job.




After removal.



The fix.






You'd never know.





Back to the trip - loads of great times with great people. Nothing better than a lads holiday with one of your best mates and your 26 year old son at nothing short of paradise. Highlights include 2 separate stop overs at Nice, one of them being for the Jazz Festival, the other for a night out round the old town. Day trip out on my mates Beneteau Oceanis 50ft yacht. Partying in some of St Tropez's finest beach clubs by day, then the bars and nightclubs by night. The obligatory trip up Les Caves du Roy (http://www.lescavesduroy.com/), one of the World's most exclusive clubs. Rather than paying 30 euros for a beer, we just settled for a bottle of Gin at 300 euros - not too bad between 3 and the mixers are free. Plenty of blasting round some of the back roads round there and plenty of fancy cars and bikes to gawp at and the odd spirited drive with a few classics (Mustangs, old Ferraris, etc).

Would normally have had loads of photos and videos but due to having that much fun, even the camera didn't get a look in.

Some things worth noting if you're going down that way:

Petrol is now dearer in France so brim it before you cross.
Uber cabs are everywhere down there now so our usual taxi home after a night out has dropped from 60 euros down to 18 euros (this eased the pain of the poor exchange rate).
SANEF tags are a must if you want to shave at least an hour off your journey time.
Wine's usually cheaper than beer so stick to the rose if you wanna get smashed on a budget.


Anyway, I'll not waffle on anymore, just planning with next one down with my girlfriend and the dog in 3 weeks time for 2 weeks Yahoo
The car's gonna lap it up!! Made for continent crossing!!

Just a few snaps and video to clock off with:

The obligatory wine tasting at my local vineyard.





Nice motors to gawp at.









Nice Jazz Festival with De La Soul and their live band.


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The transport home from the gig.


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and daytime exercise.




Out for a sail.




Local artist's handywork.






My lad's usual antics. His actual words to me were "Dad, I love it down here, its easier than scoring in Manchester and the girls are 10 times fitter!"




Although I'm convinced he prefered a big hug and kiss off his good old Dad!!




Roll on 3 weeks time, although I can see it being a bit more sedate on this trip Dont know Grin
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does look like a great trip, I may have to consider going back there soon I've not been for a few years now and I like to vibe along the Cote d'azur.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alex, thanks for sharing worship

Euro trips are all part of 911 ownership.

For those that have yet to embark on such adventures, all I would say is - it's later than you think. Do it while you can and don't put it off.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks cracking fun Alex Grin

That spur of the moment decision you made buying the place years back has clearly paid off thumbsup

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers Paul. It was deffo one of the best decisions I've ever made. Was so surreal at the time when I applied for a £20k loan off Tesco to buy it and within a week, without any notification off them, the money was sat in my account. As if I was only 29 at the time Surprised
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Next one just booked - roll on 26th August!! Boogie Boogie Boogie Boogie
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great thread Alex. worship thumbsup
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Thanks for sharing.

I love these cars!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mzmini wrote:
Hi Alex welcome back to reality Very Happy we have booked to go back in October for the Paradis Porsche Thumb


Thanks for that alert - we should be in the area then so have put it in the diary.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like a fantastic time Alex, it's nice to be able to concentrate on the social side of things a bit more, with the mates and family !
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Johnd52 wrote:
mzmini wrote:
Hi Alex welcome back to reality Very Happy we have booked to go back in October for the Paradis Porsche Thumb


Thanks for that alert - we should be in the area then so have put it in the diary.


I'm hoping to get down but at this moment in time it's not on the cards. Well worth the trip down for anyone loving Porsche. I'll see what I can do. If I can make it down, will deffo organise lunch or something at a local restaurant for anyone who comes. Thumb
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