NC500 (north coast road)

NC500 (north coast road)

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f1_dragon

292 posts

193 months

Saturday 19th June
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Not a patch on your photos but a stunning view from that room.

chemistry

1,313 posts

78 months

Friday 25th June
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Enjoying the NC500 so far…





…splitting into smaller groups for the single track sections smile

snowandrocks

892 posts

111 months

Sunday 27th June
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Were you guys at Achmelvich?


chemistry

1,313 posts

78 months

Monday 28th June
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snowandrocks said:
Were you guys at Achmelvich?

Nope, not us! No BBQ and we didn’t come here to ruin the place!

pattyg

1,248 posts

196 months

Monday 28th June
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Looking forward to the NC500 next week. Anyone else doing it then?

sevensfun

730 posts

5 months

Tuesday 29th June
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snowandrocks said:
Were you guys at Achmelvich?

Can't be them as very few supercars in the group wink

chemistry

1,313 posts

78 months

Tuesday 29th June
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sevensfun said:
Can't be them as very few supercars in the group wink
This is a fair point!

For what it's worth, in practice the sports cars - Boxsters, Elises, Cayman, classic 911, etc. - were actually much better for the trip. Great to drive, narrow, not too low, etc. The two M4s and the Morgan were also pretty good. The various Aston/Porsche/Maserati GT cars were OK but rather too wide and grounded out on some of the bumpy 'rollercoaster' sections. The Ferraris were far from ideal; too wide and constantly grounding out on the twisty and single track sections. Best all rounder was probably the Cayman GT4 (sadly not mine, I was in an Elise...still a great car to be in).

More generally I would say:

1. Do the NC500! It's as good as everyone says.
2. Don't drive too close together. We were warned not too and tried to be careful but still had one badly cracked windscreen and several with big chips in from stones being thrown up.
3. Walkie talkies were great. Helpful if passengers in leading group can call out sheep on the road etc. to drivers behind.
4. Camper vans are fine. We'd been told to expect that all camper vans were the sworn enemy of the sports cars and never pulled over or reversed into passing places but in reality they were fine; pulled over to let us pass if we were behind them, stopped in passing places if we met head on, etc. Lots of friendly waves...everyone played nicely and it was all good.
5. Petrol wasn't a problem. Plenty of places to get fuel en route and we all kept to a half a tank or fuller throughout. The only problem was the automated station in Lochinver - absolutely the most confusing thing ever! Our M5 driver wasted £80 prepaying on various random pumps before he was finally able to stick in £40 on the pump he was actually at.
6. Don't take a supercar if you have something else you could take instead (sports car, hot hatch, etc.). It's really not the right environment for one.
7. Do the NC500! It's as good as everyone says...worth repeating!

Everyone is back safe and sound and we all want to return...









Edited by chemistry on Tuesday 29th June 08:53


Edited by chemistry on Tuesday 29th June 08:56

AJB88

8,222 posts

140 months

Tuesday 29th June
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I didn't find petrol an issue either. Even 99 ron stuff.

mallygreen

176 posts

159 months

Tuesday 29th June
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[quote=chemistry]
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6. Don't take a supercar if you have something else you could take instead (sports car, hot hatch, etc.). It's really not the right environment for one.


May i recommend, probably the best car to do it in.........



sevensfun

730 posts

5 months

Tuesday 29th June
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Great pics

Is that a load of cars driving or stopped on wrong side of the road On the bridge?

TheJimi

20,591 posts

212 months

Tuesday 29th June
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sevensfun said:
Great pics

Is that a load of cars driving or stopped on wrong side of the road On the bridge?
It would appear so.

towser

725 posts

180 months

Tuesday 29th June
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TheJimi said:
sevensfun said:
Great pics

Is that a load of cars driving or stopped on wrong side of the road On the bridge?
It would appear so.
The NC500 is an amusement park don't you know?


Edited by towser on Tuesday 29th June 13:19

chemistry

1,313 posts

78 months

Tuesday 29th June
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sevensfun said:
Great pics

Is that a load of cars driving or stopped on wrong side of the road On the bridge?
I couldn’t say. But I imagine if people did do that they would have gone early and sent somebody half a mile ahead to say when no traffic was coming.

sdh2903

234 posts

141 months

Tuesday 29th June
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chemistry said:
4. Camper vans are fine. We'd been told to expect that all camper vans were the sworn enemy of the sports cars and never pulled over or reversed into passing places but in reality they were fine; pulled over to let us pass if we were behind them, stopped in passing places if we met head on, etc. Lots of friendly waves...everyone played nicely and it was all good.
Don't forget this is an odd couple of years. Normally the number of campers from overseas is huge and they can be a little less 'accomodating' shall we say.

CABC

4,411 posts

70 months

Tuesday 29th June
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only done it once so far, in a Morgan. that was ideal for the roads and type of touring. roads are often a bit rough for focused sports cars.
I think a hot hatch or mx5 would also be great.

sevensfun

730 posts

5 months

Tuesday 29th June
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chemistry said:
I couldn’t say. But I imagine if people did do that they would have gone early and sent somebody half a mile ahead to say when no traffic was coming.
Doesn't look like it, there is a caravan right behind them and a busy car park.

chemistry

1,313 posts

78 months

Tuesday 29th June
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sevensfun said:
chemistry said:
I couldn’t say. But I imagine if people did do that they would have gone early and sent somebody half a mile ahead to say when no traffic was coming.
Doesn't look like it, there is a caravan right behind them and a busy car park.
It’s all photoshop then; there’s no caravan in this version.


GetCarter

27,843 posts

248 months

Wednesday 30th June
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TheJimi said:
sevensfun said:
Great pics

Is that a load of cars driving or stopped on wrong side of the road On the bridge?
It would appear so.
5 months of the year it's a car every 15 minutes. This time of the year it's pretty empty early in the morning. Having seen this lot before 7 am, I'm guessing it was an early start to take the pic.

Spring at Kylescu.




Edited by GetCarter on Wednesday 30th June 11:27

sevensfun

730 posts

5 months

Wednesday 30th June
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GetCarter said:
5 months of the year it's a car every 15 minutes. This time of the year it's pretty empty early in the morning. Having seen this lot before 7 am, I'm guessing it was an early start to take the pic.

Spring at Kylescu.




Edited by GetCarter on Wednesday 30th June 11:27
Doesn’t look like it considering the original pic has a caravan behind them and car park with several cars

GetCarter

27,843 posts

248 months

Wednesday 30th June
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sevensfun said:
Doesn’t look like it considering the original pic has a caravan behind them and car park with several cars
Just FYI, both ends of the bridge have car parks which at this time of year have motor homes, camper vans and cars with campers parked up overnight.