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swifthobo

867 posts

56 months

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Sunday 30th September 2012 quote quote all
yep what a great morning cheers everyone biggrin and sorry to the impreza behind if I was holding you up but I was hanging out of my arse haha

tuscan 22

66 posts

139 months

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A huge thanks to Mark for organising the Cambridge run, and a special thanks to our front runner ( quietlybonkers).
Nice to meet some new faces today and see a lovely selection of cars.
Hope to see you all again at the next meet!

tuscan 22.

Tuscan/T350.

Quietlybonkers

9,036 posts

30 months

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mattv8 said:
Anthony - I have a few bits of video footage of your TVR kicking up stones into the front of my car. PM me your email addy if you would like one or two snippets.

Cheers

Matt
(White M3)
You have mail

Zed 44

498 posts

42 months

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Thanks to Darren for organising the Norwich side of things. Great to meet new folks there who I hope to see again soon. A video is currently being uploaded to Youtube. If anyone wants other 15 minute segements or the whole lot, let me know.

Jack

KelWedge

1,034 posts

71 months

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extremekiter said:
Great morning run with Darren and all other great cars, especially Kelwedge. We ripped up those streets with raw TVR rasp and back popping! Great fun! Thanks guys again for a fab time.

Justyn (orange Sagaris)
I Agree a great run, Thanks Darren and Mark, In the morning being near the back making a bit of noise in places made a great day, With Justyn adding the tune to my Wedge it did make a few look up biggrin but I have to say if I was not in the wedge and saw this in the rear view mirror I would just get out of the way!


Kelvin (Blue Wedge) (Photo by Viv)
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fast eddys

701 posts

87 months

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Sunday 30th September 2012 quote quote all
A great day. Thanks to Darren and Mark for a run on some great roads.

We had an amazing mix of cars and all great people.

Rebecca really enyoyed the day folllowing Darren's RS4 in the morning and the gorgeous Aston in the afternoon.

Eddy

a1burns

174 posts

34 months

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Sunday 30th September 2012 quote quote all
Great day out, sorry I headed home instead of the afternoon leg but saw Darrens rs4 shoot off and thought sod that! First time on a ph run and first time giving my car that sort of hell, must have been a good Italian tune up because half way through my mpg went back up! Look forward to the next run, hope to speak to a few more of you next time!
Adam
330ci Clubsport.

Konan

356 posts

32 months

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Sunday 30th September 2012 quote quote all
An enjoyable run. It's been a while since I've driven anywhere for the sake of driving. Cracking mix of cars, from bathtubs with wheels and engines (bet you're glad it didn't rain!) to plush coupes. I quite liked parking up at high lodge, shame we didn't get a chance to linger there a little longer (£3.80 parking!) It gave me an opportunity to pretend I was on a forest rally stage... albeit at a sedate 15mph.

Trip out of Norwich was great. I know those roads reasonably well, which meant being sandwiched between a bright orange TVR and a Porsche up the Reepham road wasn't quite as intimidating as it could have been. We dropped off the back of the convoy quite a few times thanks to traffic lights and busy junctions. Hope my old-miss-daisy driving in my funny lil grey Japanese wagon wasn't too much of a rolling roadblock for some of the monsters behind me :|

It was pot-luck finding the group out of high lodge as people went in every direction from the Thetford roundabout! Just about caught on to the back of it. Highlights of the afternoon section where being waved at angrily by half of Suffolk and seeing a chap transporting timber in his 911.

2BarTurbo

113 posts

26 months

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Monday 1st October 2012 quote quote all
Quietlybonkers said:
Sorry not to see you at lunch. Was your oil temp ok?!!
Yea that's all been smoothed out now thanks, I'm sad that I didn't get to park up with everyone at High Lodge and say hi. Bet it was a great sight and backdrop.
Sorry to the Clio I came past on the reepham road I didn't want to get to loose the main group.
Also who was the BMW 1 series I was following in the MR2? How many people did you have it that car?!

Quietlybonkers

9,036 posts

30 months

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Quietlybonkers said:
mattv8 said:
Anthony - I have a few bits of video footage of your TVR kicking up stones into the front of my car. PM me your email addy if you would like one or two snippets.

Cheers

Matt
(White M3)
You have mail
At least, I hope you do - the last couple of times I have mailed via Pistonheads, it hasn't arrived at the other end. It's anthony@bristow.biz if you need it.

swifthobo

867 posts

56 months

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2BarTurbo said:
Yea that's all been smoothed out now thanks, I'm sad that I didn't get to park up with everyone at High Lodge and say hi. Bet it was a great sight and backdrop.
Sorry to the Clio I came past on the reepham road I didn't want to get to loose the main group.
Also who was the BMW 1 series I was following in the MR2? How many people did you have it that car?!
There was 2 plus a driver in the one series

Zed 44

498 posts

42 months

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Having trouble uploading the video to Youtube. Have posted in computer section here but if anyone has any ideas, I would appreciate help. It's 713MB and says it takes 193 minutes to upload. What?! yikes

DaveEssex

204 posts

43 months

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Monday 1st October 2012 quote quote all
Really enjoyed it. Great run from Cambridge in the morning, and going well in the afternnon when I picked up three Japanese sloths after a cross-road about half an hour into the afternoon run and just couldn't get by. Saw a sign for the A14 soon after, so dropped out and headed for home. must find out how to upload ITN files onto my Garmin. The Jaguar Satnav does allow I think.
My best to everyone.

spitfiremx5

7 posts

33 months

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Sorry all for not attending, me and Mrs have snotty head colds and feel it we would slow the group down. Sounds like everyone had a blast.

FofS216

70 posts

89 months

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Monday 1st October 2012 quote quote all
Great run and thanks to Mark for aranging it.

Jamie

threesixty

1,708 posts

89 months

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fast eddys said:
A great day. Thanks to Darren and Mark for a run on some great roads.

We had an amazing mix of cars and all great people.

Rebecca really enyoyed the day folllowing Darren's RS4 in the morning and the gorgeous Aston in the afternoon.

Eddy
Thanksthumbup

markCSC

Original Poster:

2,893 posts

101 months

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Monday 1st October 2012 quote quote all
Hi Guys

Glad you all had fun smile

I learnt a few things yesterday:
  • With more cars attending, High Lodge doesn't work as a lunch stop. We get too spread out and nobody knows what is going on and as a consequence I think the first group leaving had about 20 cars!! I think this was why so many people got lost in that group. Sorry frown
  • The afternoon route needs some improvement. Too many junctions and 30 zones.
  • The cakes at the Animal Health Trust are very nice
  • Delta Integrales look very cool in your rear view mirror
  • I love my car smile
Big thanks to Darren and Mr and Mrs Quietybonkers for leading the other groups clap I think Mrs Quietybonkers should start a new career as a rally navigator biggrin

See you all soon

Mark

threesixty

1,708 posts

89 months

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I don't think Highlodge would normally be a problem.

The forest discovery day or whatever it was made the car park much busier than usual.

Quietlybonkers

9,036 posts

30 months

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High Lodge was a good venue, despite the parking charges and the overcrowding that particular day. I have never seen it that busy before. Loos and food were definitely necessary (even the hot food was quite edible, and those with the roof down needed a warm up), and the roads leading up to High Lodge on the Cambridge run were excellent, with lots of fast flowing country roads and not too many 30s.

Animal Health Trust as a finishing point was also good - the site manager was positively welcoming thanks to Mark's good legwork before the event. Again, the facilities were handy.

I agree with Mark's comments about the afternoon run - there were too many 30 limits, probably because Suffolk CC has been putting new limits in everywhere. There was as well a bit of an issue with Sunday afternoon drivers, which wouldn't have been as critical if we had all had satnav files, or the roads had been straighter. Also it was all too easy to lose one's crocodile with all the turns, particularly off busy main roads.

It might not be a bad idea to distribute the TomTom files to all runners, or at least have three of four in each crocodile with the directions. While it is fun running in convoy, it would mean that those at the front could take their eyes off the rear view mirror, safe in the knowledge that someone behind would at least know where we had disappeared to. We had to stop a fair few times until we changed the running order, as the LHD Mustang did have a lot of problems getting past Sunday drivers on the twisty stuff, and my TVR has a speed limiter which stops it going below 50 on de-restricted roads.

Only a suggestion, but perhaps next year investigate the roads to the north of Thetford, perhaps ending up somewhere like Bressingham Steam Museum, or somewhere with facilities on the A11 if there is such a place?

Thanks Mark and Darren - great fun! If I am ever leading again I will try to go a bit faster.

Zed 44

498 posts

42 months

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Finally. Hope you enjoy this small segment. Tried to avoid identifying number plates as I couldn't blank them out.

http://youtu.be/cu7NbPvWXao
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