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John Tisbury
19-06-01, 05:46 PM
Well I've just got back from Le Mans and what a wet one it was.

I went with no hood and we got wet on the way and on the way home. I've never driven in such appalling weather, let alone while in an open top car! We had hail, thunderstorms and lighting on the journeys to and from. The French drivers were great and they sounded their horns as we went past - probably though we were quite mad.

The car behaved without any problems and was a pleaseure to drive (when it was dry). We got some great looks and lots of admiring glances, cheers and waves.

If you've never been to Le Mans I can recommend it.

Sorry to all those people who had planned to met up on Friday on the Mulsanne straight but it was raining so the car stayed put, as we'd already got a major soaking on the way down I wanted to stay a bit dry over the weekend.

robert
19-06-01, 06:31 PM
Well, I can second that. However our trip down and back was a bit better.

On the way down we had one brief shower, and a slightly longer shower on the way back, all in all a great trip. I must apologise to that Yellow TVR who tried to keep up with me on the N138 through the bends, Sorry mate!!!

I was running a bit late on the way in, and also didn't get to see the other guys in the supermarket, but did get caught by all the beered up guys in Arnage who threatened to soak me and my passenger with beer unless we pull a wheel-spin, so being the type who likes to oblige, left a couple of nice black stripes.

The racing was great as the rain came down, more a test of skill than the normal high speed racing, and the guys who took the corner at the bottom of the Mulsanne had great control of their cars. Well most of the time anyway.

Best Regards and see you there next year.

Who wants to organise it??????

Robert

The Whistler!

David Large
19-06-01, 08:16 PM
I got back last night after a great weekend, didn't make it to the supermarket, I watched the Parade des Pilotes in the centre of Le Mans and saw the 5 lucky Cobras that took part in it (2 of them had only gone into town to buy food and were dragged in by the organisers).
A good trip although rainy in parts and for once I didn't get a puncture. Two of our squad clashed with the French police at 600ff per go; one for overtaking a tractor and crossing a continuous white line in the process! (he had no driving licence with him and no cash so they escorted him into town to a cash machine). The other spun his TVR speed six Tuscan at an island on the Bernay by-pass and as he emerged backwards there were 2 policemen standing there! After threats of impounding cars and lock ups they settled for a standard 600ff fine and we were on our way again! We think we might get some "600 CLUB" tee shirts made up....anybody interested?
Saw very few other Cobras, 5 in Le Mans parade (all Pilgrims) and I think only 3 others on the road including one I travelled with for a lot of miles south of, through and north of Rouen on Monday.
It's all over too quickly really!

David Large
(Silver Surfer with a 289)

David
19-06-01, 10:22 PM
I wished I was there with you lot, rain or no rain, but with the velocopede not ready yet, I would feel out of it in a tin top! I am aiming at next year, subject to the boss.
I must say what an immense wealm of pride I felt at the performance and looks of the Bentley. What a beautiful car, (even though it is technically an Audi).
Seeing it come third after a 71 year absence brought a lump to my throat. One to look at in the near future, definatly.
Anyway, glad you're all back safe.

robert
19-06-01, 10:54 PM
There were a couple of blokes wandering around with tee shirts that said "bolloxs is it a Bentley" which made us laugh, however by that time in the afternoon, anything would have made us laugh due to the copious amounts of beer consumed by some.

Robert

The Whistler!

nbracken
19-06-01, 11:25 PM
Hi there - also made it over there from Germany to join a great group (8 Cobras and a Posche) from Southern Region - thanks Steve for showing us the way to do it.

The round trip from Germany was 1200 miles and the car ran without missing a beat - and did the whole journey back with hood and sidescreens - what a bore for 500 miles!

Will be back next year for sure!!

And if any of you guys fancy a trip to the 'Ring - let me know - we live about 45 mins to the North

Nigel B

wilf
21-06-01, 06:10 PM
John - as you know, my car was really too young and unsorted to put it to such a long test drive, and I was very very envious of you all going to Le Mans. Envious that is until I saw the weather!!!
Will probably be there with you next year - wife says she's got to stay in a hotel!!! (whilst I am supposed to sleep in the car!!)

Wilf

Bob
21-06-01, 07:42 PM
The Ring sound good I drive past it frequently Next year I expect to be working in Saarlious for most of the year Monday to Friday mostly, so If the Rings on then I will come to watch even if I cant bring my car. thats if its finished by then.

John Tisbury
22-06-01, 05:17 PM
Err why are you bringing the wife, Wilf? }>

nbracken
24-06-01, 09:37 PM
Bob, would be pleased to see you over here. I took the car down there today for the F1 GP - weather was tremendous - unbroken sun. Leaving the car parks afterwards was not so good.

Good luck with the rest of the build

Nigel B

alastaid
25-06-01, 02:11 PM
I had a great time as I decided to take my hardtop (GD427), which certainly paid for itself, I kept perfectly dry and took the doors off when the weather got better.

Alastair

robert
25-06-01, 02:50 PM
Alistair

I am just thinking about a hardtop for my GD, what is it like with the doors off?? I have run around with the windows off the soft-top, and just want to know how it is with the hardtop?

Best Regards

Robert

The Whistler!

wilf
25-06-01, 03:41 PM
err - dunno John, seems like she's finally taking an interest in things cobra and motorsports oriented - I've plenty of time to try and dissuade her from Le Mans next year!

Wilf

John Tisbury
25-06-01, 10:30 PM
Next you'll be wanting a travel rug to put over your legs in case they get a little too cold.

robert
25-06-01, 10:41 PM
>Next you'll be wanting a travel rug to put over your legs in case they
>get a little too cold.

I'm getting old, where is my hip flask gone........

Robert

The Whistler!

imported_admin
26-06-01, 09:56 AM
Flat cap, anyone?

alastaid
06-07-01, 02:25 PM
Rob,

Its brilliant, Andy warned me not to go too fast without the doors off due to the air pressure. We were "a little late" for the ferry, which resulted in a five car convoy sprint down to Caern, cruising well over 100mph for the last 15 miles and it was no problem. Quite a bit of wind wips round from round the screen, but you get all of the noise and sun.

I just need to get some special pins made up so that I can take them off, put them on again more quickly than messing about with the bolts.

I love the top as it allows me to use the car much more than I did before I had it.

Alastair