Countach

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JuniorD

7,877 posts

182 months

Monday 3rd August
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raymondqv said:
You picked it up at Mike Pullen and the wiper was broken, that sounds strange...
"token wiper" not broken wiper hehe

Ferruccio

1,334 posts

78 months

Monday 3rd August
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footsoldier said:
First time I drove a Countach was when I picked mine up from Mike Pullen.
Drove it from Sussex to Edinburgh, in heavy rain, in the dark, to Edinburgh... yellow lights, LHD, token wiper - memorable trip!
Wiper flew off my Jalpa once.
Del just screwed it in. Still there!

footsoldier

1,816 posts

151 months

Monday 3rd August
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raymondqv said:
You picked it up at Mike Pullen and the wiper was broken, that sounds strange...
Not sure what you’re getting at, but then I did say token, not broken...


footsoldier

1,816 posts

151 months

Monday 3rd August
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PushedDover said:
I am sure - and did you enjoy it ? A great journey to learn foibles....
Yes, have done that late night trip home with many cars and it dials you into them straight away. One of my favourite things to do.

cgt2

1,676 posts

147 months

Monday 3rd August
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Ferruccio said:
Wiper flew off my Jalpa once.
Del just screwed it in. Still there!
Old Ferraris do that too. Oh what fun getting caught in the rain, turning the wiper on then spending ten minutes by the side of the road locating then reattaching the errant wiper arm. I bet that drama never happened to 1970s Italian playboys.

carspath

730 posts

136 months

Monday 3rd August
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The QV 88 1/2 has not been a problem in heavy rain , nor in standing water ...... but that might just be me being extra cautious with my speed , as the nightmare of those wide rear tyres floating on a bed of rainwater is never far from my thoughts .

Most scary moments driving :

1) Returning back home from a major service at about 11PM on an autumn's evening . Driving on a single carriageway road very close to home that i use almost daily . Pitch black outside . Headlight pods up -> relatively good illumination . The pods suddenly drop . I am cast into darkness . All i can see are the outlines of the pod edges as the headlights are still lit up . Look in the rear view mirror , and it appears that the rear lights have also failed . Nowhere to safely stop the car , and my real fear is of a car coming up behind me and not seeing me until it is too late ! .
Have to nurse the car for about 2 miles using just the reflections from the center line on the road and the pod down headlight illumination - a candle would have been brighter .
Arrive at a lay by sweating and praying , and switch everything off , and on restarting the pods come up as normal


2) Many , many , many years ago , somewhere on the continent - maxing Ch 12399 .
Empty 5 lane carriageway each side , at 5.00 AM - on a road that i had recc'ed the previous year , and then again the previous evening.

Started in the center lane of the carriageway .
Somewhere around the middle of the Rev Counter's yellow zone , and still slowly accelerating , I suddenly find myself in the fast lane !
Had never done it before , have not done it since , and will never attempt it again .
The opening to the Introductory Chapter of the book .

Ferruccio

1,334 posts

78 months

Tuesday 4th August
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carspath said:
The QV 88 1/2 has not been a problem in heavy rain , nor in standing water ...... but that might just be me being extra cautious with my speed , as the nightmare of those wide rear tyres floating on a bed of rainwater is never far from my thoughts .
I’m not quite sure why but I’ve always found my early 2WD Diablo much more of a handful in the wet than my Countach 5000S. Maybe because it gets more power down more quickly.