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chrisw75

97 posts

29 months

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Friday 5th October 2012 quote quote all
Ben,
That looks amazing!

Just finished reading the kindle version of your book, and I'd love to buy you a drink one day smile


~Chris

vrsmxtb

1,600 posts

41 months

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Friday 5th October 2012 quote quote all
Great website. The Fiat 126 to the Arctic circle adventure is fantastic!

Can't wait to see the Corvette adventure!

fivetenben

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299 posts

55 months

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Tuesday 9th October 2012 quote quote all
Hi folks, thanks for the general positiveness...

I've given up waiting for the sun to come out for photos of my new toy and taken some this afternoon anyway, in a lull between showers:


















I've driven it about 80 miles so far, and still haven't got used to its combination of excessive width and wrong-hand-drive when combined with its new Dartmoor home. Narrow lanes are a chore, and passing manouvres are best dealt with by sticking the drivers side of the car as far into the undergrowth as possible and hoping for the best.
However, the more the road opens out, the more tolerable the 'Vette gets. In a straight line it's not lacking in speed (being comparable to my 4.0l Chimaera) and the ride isn't nearly as stiff as I'd expected, being less lively than the Chim; though the auto box and excessive 275-section tyres blunt any inclination to have fun in the corners. The interior seems comfortable enough for us to survive the trip, but the boot is sufficiently small that we'll be packing rather lighter than we did on the African Porsche trip. As for other road trip practicalities, I'm not sure I'll be able to put a roof tent on it due to the lift-out targa panel, and something will definitely need to be done about the loud exhaust, as it drones like nobodies business whatever speed you're doing. On the plus side, the car seems to be a good'un - everything except the heater blower seems to work and there aren't too many rattles or worrying noises...

I've ordered the Haynes Manual this morning so when that arrives I'll get properly stuck into checking the car over, but until then, I'm just enjoying having a choice of V8 Sports Cars at my disposal each time I open the front door (despite the fact that together, they still cost less than a new Golf).

PS- I think I've found the ultimate marmite car! Blokes love it; women won't go within ten feet of it... frown

fivetenben

Original Poster:

299 posts

55 months

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mig25_foxbat2003 said:
I know it's completely against the spirit of what you're trying to do, but I can't help thinking that a proper "Dakar Spec" Vette, with loads of ground clearance, knobbiles, spotlights etc, would look cool as hell!

Are you going to flog the performance bits to help the budget?
You mean something like this C3?: http://www.vetteweb.com/features/vemp_1007_1969_ch...

smile

I've looked into it and the racier heads and cams aren't actually worth that much so they'll probably stay on. Exhaust is definitely going to need changing though, as deafness is way over-rated...

folos

784 posts

27 months

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Tuesday 9th October 2012 quote quote all
You sir, are a hero. Can't wait to read some stories about your trip smile
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DonkeyApple

17,044 posts

54 months

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Tuesday 9th October 2012 quote quote all
fivetenben said:
Hi folks, thanks for the general positiveness...

I've given up waiting for the sun to come out for photos of my new toy and taken some this afternoon anyway, in a lull between showers:


















I've driven it about 80 miles so far, and still haven't got used to its combination of excessive width and wrong-hand-drive when combined with its new Dartmoor home. Narrow lanes are a chore, and passing manouvres are best dealt with by sticking the drivers side of the car as far into the undergrowth as possible and hoping for the best.
However, the more the road opens out, the more tolerable the 'Vette gets. In a straight line it's not lacking in speed (being comparable to my 4.0l Chimaera) and the ride isn't nearly as stiff as I'd expected, being less lively than the Chim; though the auto box and excessive 275-section tyres blunt any inclination to have fun in the corners. The interior seems comfortable enough for us to survive the trip, but the boot is sufficiently small that we'll be packing rather lighter than we did on the African Porsche trip. As for other road trip practicalities, I'm not sure I'll be able to put a roof tent on it due to the lift-out targa panel, and something will definitely need to be done about the loud exhaust, as it drones like nobodies business whatever speed you're doing. On the plus side, the car seems to be a good'un - everything except the heater blower seems to work and there aren't too many rattles or worrying noises...

I've ordered the Haynes Manual this morning so when that arrives I'll get properly stuck into checking the car over, but until then, I'm just enjoying having a choice of V8 Sports Cars at my disposal each time I open the front door (despite the fact that together, they still cost less than a new Golf).

PS- I think I've found the ultimate marmite car! Blokes love it; women won't go within ten feet of it... frown
You, dear boy, are not normal. smile

Rach*

8,720 posts

101 months

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Tuesday 9th October 2012 quote quote all
OMFG, the interior looks like a brothel!!!


I love her so much!

fivetenben

Original Poster:

299 posts

55 months

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DonkeyApple said:
You, dear boy, are not normal. smile
I'll take that as a compliment. thumbup

From my experience so far, I think anyone who runs a Corvette in the UK must be lacking a hefty chunk of much-overrated 'normality'...

Bisonhead

1,466 posts

74 months

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Tuesday 9th October 2012 quote quote all
Much admiration. I'm sure I am not the only one who is watching this with keen interest as this is the stuff of piston headed dreams!

fivetenben

Original Poster:

299 posts

55 months

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Rach* said:
OMFG, the interior looks like a brothel!!!

Yeah, I noticed that too. Tasteful, isn't it?! hehe

g3org3y

9,022 posts

76 months

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fivetenben said:
Rach* said:
OMFG, the interior looks like a brothel!!!

Yeah, I noticed that too. Tasteful, isn't it?! hehe
It looks like the inside of a uterus!

Regardless, ruddy awesome!

PS just about to order your book on Amazon. thumbup

famfarrow

232 posts

39 months

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Fantastic! At least the interior is a nice talking point amongst V8 startled locals!

peatmoor

187 posts

30 months

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Wednesday 10th October 2012 quote quote all
Living the dream mate. Although I think I might be physically sickvomit everytime I looked inside it but the rest of it is just awesome - love those 80s shaped vettes. Being a child of the era I thought they were impossibly cool and could not understand why there were none in the UK.
Shame about the boot...what is all that space between the end of the boot and the end of the car doing? Fuel tank?
I can see why they didn't sell many to mafia types...you can't drive around with a body behind your front seat smile

mig25_foxbat2003

2,334 posts

96 months

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Wednesday 10th October 2012 quote quote all
peatmoor said:
I can see why they didn't sell many to mafia types...you can't drive around with a body behind your front seat smile
At least nobody would notice the bloodstains

peatmoor

187 posts

30 months

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mig25_foxbat2003 said:
peatmoor said:
I can see why they didn't sell many to mafia types...you can't drive around with a body behind your front seat smile
At least nobody would notice the bloodstains
hehe

fivetenben

Original Poster:

299 posts

55 months

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famfarrow said:
Fantastic! At least the interior is a nice talking point amongst V8 startled locals!
I don't know what all the fuss is about. If it was an Alfa GTV or Honda NSX with a red leather interior and plasticy dash, I'm sure everyone would be swooning over it.

Disclaimer - Okay, I lied about not knowing what the fuss is about; it's just I'm still trying to come to terms with the fact that I'm going to spend 3 months crossing Asia in a mobile brothel next year...

irocfan

5,002 posts

75 months

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fivetenben said:
famfarrow said:
Fantastic! At least the interior is a nice talking point amongst V8 startled locals!
I don't know what all the fuss is about. If it was an Alfa GTV or Honda NSX with a red leather interior and plasticy dash, I'm sure everyone would be swooning over it.

Disclaimer - Okay, I lied about not knowing what the fuss is about; it's just I'm still trying to come to terms with the fact that I'm going to spend 3 months crossing Asia in a mobile brothel next year...
actually as a dyed in the wool American car not i'd not thought of the NSX/Alfa arguemnt - though being said it's STILL an.... ahem 'interesting' shade!!

fivetenben

Original Poster:

299 posts

55 months

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irocfan said:
fivetenben said:
famfarrow said:
Fantastic! At least the interior is a nice talking point amongst V8 startled locals!
I don't know what all the fuss is about. If it was an Alfa GTV or Honda NSX with a red leather interior and plasticy dash, I'm sure everyone would be swooning over it.

Disclaimer - Okay, I lied about not knowing what the fuss is about; it's just I'm still trying to come to terms with the fact that I'm going to spend 3 months crossing Asia in a mobile brothel next year...
actually as a dyed in the wool American car not i'd not thought of the NSX/Alfa arguemnt - though being said it's STILL an.... ahem 'interesting' shade!!
I just downloaded then uploaded the following images...

Alfa GTV:


Honda S2000:


Corvette:


...then I had a moment of clarity and wondered what on earth I was doing. After all, this is Pistonheads. Speed matters and all that.

Why on earth are we discussing the colour of the interior when it cost not-a-lot and is propelled by a breathed-on 5.7 V8?! I feel sullied. If I hadn't had a few too many beers I'd rush out and do some burnouts to compensate...

rswift

938 posts

60 months

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Monday 15th October 2012 quote quote all
Just finished the kindle version of your book .... loved it.

I can wholeheartedly recommend it to any PH'er to add to their xmas list (and therefore hopefully help fund V8Nam)


v15ben

11,688 posts

126 months

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Tuesday 16th October 2012 quote quote all
Great trip plan.
I left Vietnam at the weekend and I did see a few interesting, low-slung motors both there and here in Phnom Penh where we are now.
Even saw a Tech Art Cayman and a 996 with a dodgy GT2 style bodykit yesterday!
The small matter of getting the Vette here from the UK will be amazing fun!
I'll be watching this thread/blog with interest.
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