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lowdrag

7,013 posts

101 months

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Saturday 4th August 2012 quote quote all
I've done both tracks, and frankly I prefer the Bugatti to Maison Blanche. The latter is tight, short, and really it depends on the car your driving because my D-type didn't like the little circuit at all whereas the Bugatti I can use the width of the circuit to drive faster with a tad of opposite lock, in particular at La Chapelle where it is opposite camber. I've been a passenger in a T16 Peugeot on Maison Blanche and the braking points compared to my car were astounding - 100 metres deeper in, and when I got out of the car I was buzzing!

Pvapour

6,861 posts

141 months

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Saturday 4th August 2012 quote quote all
byebye from 24 nr. Bergerac

emss

48 posts

36 months

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Saturday 4th August 2012 quote quote all
Hi,

lowdrag said:
I've done both tracks, and frankly I prefer the Bugatti to Maison Blanche. The latter is tight, short, and really it depends on the car your driving because my D-type didn't like the little circuit at all whereas the Bugatti I can use the width of the circuit to drive faster with a tad of opposite lock, in particular at La Chapelle where it is opposite camber. I've been a passenger in a T16 Peugeot on Maison Blanche and the braking points compared to my car were astounding - 100 metres deeper in, and when I got out of the car I was buzzing!
Pretty stock Elise S1 111S, and I really prefer corners to long straights, probably a cause-effect relationship.
Maybe, when I grow up, I'll be less afraid of high speeds wink

Éric

iiyama

2,080 posts

89 months

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Saturday 4th August 2012 quote quote all
Hello fella's, interesting thread!

I spend some time in France, was over there for a month earlier this year and will be back over again in late Sept, early Oct.

Mainly down in the Aveyron area, Bouillac and Privezac, (about an 1 1/2 hours NE of Toulouse).


rdjohn

1,298 posts

83 months

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emss said:
In the meantime, I'll try to plan a session in Fontenay le Comte or Val de Vienne.

Eric
There is an open day at Val de Vienne on 3rd September
http://www.circuit-valdevienne.fr/OPEN.pdf

LoT usually do both tracks one weekend in August, but it is usually booked up before Christmas http://www.lotus-on-track.com
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magooagain

984 posts

58 months

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Saturday 4th August 2012 quote quote all
rdjohn said:
There is an open day at Val de Vienne on 3rd September
http://www.circuit-valdevienne.fr/OPEN.pdf

LoT usually do both tracks one weekend in August, but it is usually booked up before Christmas http://www.lotus-on-track.com
Hope to see you there John! You may remember our little ride in my Coupe !!

emss

48 posts

36 months

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Sunday 5th August 2012 quote quote all
Hi,
rdjohn said:
There is an open day at Val de Vienne on 3rd September
http://www.circuit-valdevienne.fr/OPEN.pdf
It could have been interesting for sure, but I'm booked at a customer's (it's a pity but I need to work to earn a living...)

rdjohn said:
LoT usually do both tracks one weekend in August, but it is usually booked up before Christmas http://www.lotus-on-track.com
Well, I'll check and book as soon as registration is open.

Thanks a lot for the hints.

Éric

rdjohn

1,298 posts

83 months

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Monday 6th August 2012 quote quote all
magooagain said:
Hope to see you there John! You may remember our little ride in my Coupe !!
I do, at the beginning of the year, I was thinking of selling my BEC (fed up with towing) and a coupe was one of the cars I thought of.

I read elsewhere that you are temporarily back in the UK?

iiyama

2,080 posts

89 months

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Monday 6th August 2012 quote quote all
Any Artisan's here? Or are you all employed?

magooagain

984 posts

58 months

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Monday 6th August 2012 quote quote all
rdjohn said:
I do, at the beginning of the year, I was thinking of selling my BEC (fed up with towing) and a coupe was one of the cars I thought of.

I read elsewhere that you are temporarily back in the UK?
Yes stuck in the UK building an extension for a pal,but will be at the circuit for the sept track day.

magooagain

984 posts

58 months

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iiyama said:
Any Artisan's here? Or are you all employed?
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Yes Plasterer / builder here in the Charente.

iiyama

2,080 posts

89 months

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Monday 6th August 2012 quote quote all
I'm a bathroom fitter/kitchen fitter, qualified plumber and bricklayer, (long story!).

Hows work over there?

lowdrag

7,013 posts

101 months

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Tuesday 7th August 2012 quote quote all
Unemployment worse than the UK. Wages lower and taxes higher. If you speak fluent french you might stand a chance, but otherwise it will be hell.

Pvapour

6,861 posts

141 months

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Tuesday 7th August 2012 quote quote all
unless you base yourself somewhere with a strong wealthy expat community, if your work is good, then your reputation will spread throughout the french community as well.

not my cup of tea tbh as I like to feel like I'm surrounded by french in France but it is doable, I dont know of any recommended trades people that aren't booked up for min of 6 weeks.

Stedman

5,679 posts

80 months

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Tuesday 7th August 2012 quote quote all
iiyama said:
I'm a bathroom fitter/kitchen fitter, qualified plumber and bricklayer, (long story!).

Hows work over there?
Pvapour said:
unless you base yourself somewhere with a strong wealthy expat community, if your work is good, then your reputation will spread throughout the french community as well.

not my cup of tea tbh as I like to feel like I'm surrounded by french in France but it is doable, I dont know of any recommended trades people that aren't booked up for min of 6 weeks.
+1. Word would spread, and it would spread quickly.

Unfortunately it seems that whilst there are quite a few nice British people living there, it's not without some really dodgy characters who tarnish our name! (But you're form PH, so clearly trustworthy wink)

You NEED to integrate. Don't always socialise with Brits, MAKE the effort to speak to the locals and wave to everyone in the Village (if applicable). They will know who YOU are, and know a lot more about you than you think hehe

Good luck to you wanting to go out there, but be aware it's a very very different place to work rather than just live.

(P.S - hold a BBQ for all the locals after about a year of living there. Invite NO Brits. And the French don't serve themselves - you'll be on your feet all day biggrin)

iiyama

2,080 posts

89 months

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Integration is the idea to be honest fella. Already got a little of that going on as I fly models and have found a local club. Already been there three times and have got to know others. It is quite fortunate that the club chairman speaks English, although he is the only one. Also the car brings in the crowds as of course registering a seven in France is virtually impossible.

My French improves every time I go, although I am far from fluent and know that I have to step up.

I like the custom of saying hello to all and sundry, sort of makes you feel good if you know what I mean? Saying "good morning" to people in the UK gets a grunt of recognition, if your lucky!

Stedman

5,679 posts

80 months

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You will fit in very well from what I can gather! My Dad is joining a model aeroplane club too thumbup


Where are you looking at going? (Only asking as my parents may want help with their kitchen wink )

iiyama

2,080 posts

89 months

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Tuesday 7th August 2012 quote quote all
Found a place in a village called Privezac. Will have to pour a year of my life into it but will end up with a decent place. Could probably get it for around €45-€50 k.

Nearest largeish town is Montbazens, about 2 hours NE of Toulouse.

Model club is near Villeneuve, Rugby clubs at Figeac at a lower league and Toulouse in the major league arnt that far away. Decent roads, decent food, open spaces....I'm talking my self into it arnt I??

zombies

139 posts

43 months

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Thursday 13th September 2012 quote quote all
Have lived in 79 near Parthenay
85 near Vouvant
24 near Brantome

24 (Dordogne) is more picturesque and more touristy
85 (Vendee) better for the coast
79 (Deux Sevres) more agricultural

79 you get more property for your euros try agence melusine or 100% immobilier
in 24 look at dordogne immobilier (Herman de graaf) or bourse immobilier

back in UK now but looking at France again
Not sure I want the long drive down to 24 so looking at 17 or maybe 85 again


Caractacus

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2,426 posts

113 months

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Wednesday 26th September 2012 quote quote all
Well, I've just returned from ten days on the Cote d'Azur...

Wow.

I'm not too sure if I need bother look anywhere else in France, lol.

I just need some additional zeros in my bank balance if I want to live within 25 minutes of the coast, so I will be looking a bit further inland where I can also enjoy snow in the winter months.

Getting back to Wales and sub 15Degree temps was a very rude shock this afternoon!
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