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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:09 pm    Post subject: NC500 2017 - Final Update (Pics Heavy) Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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One day I'll do it too. Sadly, probably not in a 911.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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One day I'll do it too. Sadly, probably not in a 911.


Why not, you have me worried about you?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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T8 wrote:


One day I'll do it too. Sadly, probably not in a 911.


Why not, you have me worried about you?


Nothing sinister.

It's a trip I'd do with The Wife and we'd probably make a week of it (including the journey up and back).

The frunk of a 911 just isn't big enough for all her kit - aside from the fact that she doesn't like paxing in the 911 anyway. nooo
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

She could always do driving duties - give you a chance to sample some of that awesome Scotch Cheers
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, just got back yesterday so here's my first post regarding my NC500 trip Driving

Getting There and Back

I live in London so just getting there and back is 1,100 miles Surprised However I got a bit lucky in getting some extra time added to the start of it as I'm on Garden Leave having been headhunted. Sheer luck but I thought I'd take it.
This let me 'bolt on' some time with friends, family and sightseeing on the east coast before arriving in Inverness for the start.

Doing this made the time feel less 'dead' and by being fortunate enough to break the journey up I was able to find some lovely roads. So here's the first installment:

Whitehaven to Glenkinchie Distillery via Duns



I headed from outside Whitehaven where I have family and headed onto the M6. The A595 to Carlisle was traffic filled and slow so I was delighted to be onto the M74 after what felt like an age.

I turned off the M74 onto the A7, then the A698 after Hawick to connect me to the A68 running north.



I then took the A1065 to Duns where I visited The Jim Clark Rooms. This was a long time ambition having found and visited his crash site earlier in the year when myself and the other S.H.I.T.S. visited Hockenheim (the 'H'....).



I then followed the A6112 onto the A1 before stopping at Glenkinchie Distillery, which I accessed via the B6355, A6093 then a couple of single track ones.



After that I headed for Fife to see more familly, enjoying as much scenery as I could before getting caught up in the usual Edinburgh Ring Road snarl up.



But apart from the road to Carlisle and the Ring Road this was a superb way to travel north. I went to bed a happy man Grin

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a proper road trip, Paul, perfect for a Turbo one would imagine.

Looking forward to the next instalments and congrats on the new job!

Ps, as you were in Scotland did you drop in to see Wiz Question Dont know
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Ps, as you were in Scotland did you drop in to see Wiz Question Dont know


I thought that was a bollard Wiz put up to stop him Dont know


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

New997buyer wrote:
Okay, just got back yesterday so here's my first post regarding my NC500 trip Driving

Getting There and Back

I live in London so just getting there and back is 1,100 miles Surprised However I got a bit lucky in getting some extra time added to the start of it as I'm on Garden Leave having been headhunted. Sheer luck but I thought I'd take it.
This let me 'bolt on' some time with friends, family and sightseeing on the east coast before arriving in Inverness for the start.

Doing this made the time feel less 'dead' and by being fortunate enough to break the journey up I was able to find some lovely roads. So here's the first installment:

Whitehaven to Glenkinchie Distillery via Duns



I headed from outside Whitehaven where I have family and headed onto the M6. The A595 to Carlisle was traffic filled and slow so I was delighted to be onto the M74 after what felt like an age.

I turned off the M74 onto the A7, then the A698 after Hawick to connect me to the A68 running north.



I then took the A1065 to Duns where I visited The Jim Clark Rooms. This was a long time ambition having found and visited his crash site earlier in the year when myself and the other S.H.I.T.S. visited Hockenheim (the 'H'....).



I then followed the A6112 onto the A1 before stopping at Glenkinchie Distillery, which I accessed via the B6355, A6093 then a couple of single track ones.



After that I headed for Fife to see more familly, enjoying as much scenery as I could before getting caught up in the usual Edinburgh Ring Road snarl up.



But apart from the road to Carlisle and the Ring Road this was a superb way to travel north. I went to bed a happy man Grin

More to follow......... thumbsup


N997B ,
Are you on the route right now?

When are you on the Northern part ?Inverness area ?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have a great time Paul...superb
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

New997buyer wrote:
Okay, just got back yesterday so here's my first post regarding my NC500 trip Driving



I think he's back? Dont know

Looks like it was an epic trip young man. Looking forward to seeing some more pics of the sights and some maps of the routes of the best roads....

I see you avoided Ragpickerland like the plague!? Question Something I said?

@Dynomike - I think if N997B and Wiz did meet up some of the forum 'banter' would be much more palatable. Paul is one of the nicest, most enthusiastic, knowledgeable and kind forum members I've had the pleasure of meeting. As are the majority of forum members in my experience.

Sorry N997B, didn't mean to derail your thread Thumb
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@911TEL - back now mate Thumb
@Dynomike & @AlexYates - happy to meet anyone from the forum Dont know
@ragpickerupper - took the M6 up and back. On the way up 'twas Cumbria I had to aim for. On the way back I ran out of time for detours as MrsN997B managed to lock herself out (signing for a parcel for me Embarassed ) so I needed to be back quickly to repair the glass in the front door Sad
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Likewise Paul - my kettle is always on for other forum members thumbsup
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats on getting the new number Paul worship
Looks like a great trip was had, great to see you piling on the miles Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Getting There and Back Part Two

Kinghorn to Aberdeen via Glenturret Distillery

I broke this trip into two chunks. First was a trip from Fife to Dundee via the Glenturret Distillery and a trip to Perth.



Leaving Kinghorn where I stayed with family, I headed cross country from the B923 to the B9157, A909 then onto the A92 which I used to join the M90.



Keen to make ground I stayed on the M90 until I reached the A9 heading west just outside of Perth. I then took the first chance to use a cross country road via Tibbermore to link to the A85, a lovely fast A road. I'd last driven these roads in my beloved Mk1 Clio 16v. This was nearly as good Wink

I turned off early to the A822 (Monzie) to take the back road into Glenturret Distillery where I spent a couple of hours.



Now many of you won't have heard of Glenturret, but as well as the eponymous single malt, it's the home of The Famous Grouse, one of the biggest blended whiskey labels in the world.



Following a fantastic tour and tasting (I used my pinky and took the rest with me puh ) I then darted over to Perth, a place I lived over 17 years ago ( Surprised ) to see what had changed (Hint: nothing). I went through Crieff as it's a beautiful town, but mainly copied the A85/Tibbermore/A9 route to get there.

The road from Perth to Dundee was the picturesque but dull A90 and I settled into my AirBNB accomodation for the night.







The next day I did some more sight seeing then headed to Aberdeen via Broughty Ferry and Monifieth, clinging to the A92 as long as I could. I then cut across country using the A933 to reach the A90 heading north.





As the traffic was starting to build on the A92. I stopped at Portlethen and Dunnottar for some pictures and a stroll. I accessed this via the A957 and the Burn of Glenshee as it is far more picturesque.







It is a bit of a tourist trap at Dunnottar, but it also attracts plenty of locals too. Especially one who was a joiner having a right old scrap on his phone with a supplier! Laughing

I then followed the A90 into Aberdeen and had a nice night catching up.







It is exactly 30 years ago since I first set foot here. And while some things have naturally changed the memories came flooding back almost immediately.

My AirBNB here was cheap for a reason! Surprised So I parked my car overnight a short stroll away in my alma mater.



Before beginning the night with a nice pint of Guiness in the Machar Bar for the first time in 25 years Cheers

Next installment - Aberdeen to Inverness via The Glenlivet thumbsup
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hand some bad parking there - yellow lines, straddling spaces. You'll be giving us lot a bad name!!!!

Grin

Great stuff though Paul. Also, something great about 911s and car parks - they seem to stand out above the rest like no other car.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

alex yates wrote:
Hand some bad parking there - yellow lines, straddling spaces. You'll be giving us lot a bad name!!!!

Grin



Bad parking, moi? Angel



I can still hear the tutting Grin
 
  
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