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cjj
09-09-04, 10:11 PM
Hi,
Having acquired a love for these cars I'm concerned that being 6'5" I may not have the chance to drive one!

Is anyone else that tall - should I get a ford escort instead?! :confused:

Please say it's ok!!!!!


Charlie

gwak76
09-09-04, 10:18 PM
Hi and welcome,

best bet is to find someone local to you and hopefully they will let you place your body in their car for as trial fit, or pop along to one of the manufactures for a test drive :thumb:

Any lanky drivers out there :D

kdavies3
09-09-04, 10:24 PM
Hi and welcome,
A number of manufacturers offer extra long footwells for the larger driver. :thumb:
I know Dax do.

wilf
09-09-04, 10:26 PM
It depends a lot on where your height lies - back or legs.

I am 6'3" and fit quite reasonably into my car, but they are all different - try the various makes and settle on the one you "fit" best. Some manufacturers can supply extended foot boxes etc. to help out.

One thing to remember - they are much, much, more difficult to fit in with a hood on! (I don't have one).

I know one 7' guy in the 'states who loves his Cobra!

maxGD059
09-09-04, 10:39 PM
Are you 6'3 Wilf? The last time I stood next to you, I looked you in the eye & I'm only 6' nowt :D. Methinks its to do with our posture whilst driving these mad machines!
Seriously though, much depends on your seats/runners. The more seat padding you have the worse the scenario is. Similarly, with a thick set of runners & an 'original' style seat you can easily find yourself looking over the screen to drive, as I have noticed twice when driving 2 different Hawks

cjj
10-09-04, 07:14 AM
Thanks for the replies - good news then it seems.


I'd be looking to come in at the bottom end with my first purchase (as soon as I can) which is probably within the year.
Need to arrange garaging though which may take a while.

Great car, very very excited

cjj
11-09-04, 02:36 PM
Can I ask a couple more questions. I really know very little at the moment and would appreciate some help.

Firstly, can someone talk me through the wet weather tactics? Most are clearly not driven in the wet but surely when out for a sunny day in the country, 100 miles from home it will alomost definitely start to rain! Any links to pics here would be great to see what wet-weather gear is like in action.

Also, is there anyone on here who keeps their car in anything but a garage (public NCP?/off road with cover? etc)

I'll be looking to spend 10k ish and it'll be used about once a week to forget about my job/house/dog/wife (no not really dear) and get my hair ruffled. I'm also a relavtively young male and so insurance will be sky high. What does this combination suggest I should be looking at (and links to a pic?)

Thanks in advance.

kdavies3
12-09-04, 04:30 PM
I would say that wet weather gear is a must if you intend to do any mileage, I've done 5000 in the last two years and have needed the hood on a good number of occasions. :(
After all this is the UK. :thumb:
We would have drowned yesterday on the way home from Castle Coombe if not for the hood. :D

rich
12-09-04, 06:06 PM
charlie,

To save money on your garage you could go the route I took.
Timber- pre made by a local shed company.
It cost exactly 1,000 delivered and erected.


Its 16'x10' (bigger than a standard single garage) and properly treated should last donkey's years! :thumb:
Rich

cjj
12-09-04, 06:55 PM
Looks great I have to say - but with a city centre flat not even room for that! We have about 6ft square balcony 4 floors up - maybe a flat pack!

Not an ideal situation so may have to wait a few years 'till we move. At the moment I keep a VW Golf in the city NCP.

Any suggestions for a first cobra? I feel a little unworthy as I don't know a lot about models, details etc. However if I start now and keep learning I may become honored enough to drive a dream machine!!

Thanks guys

maxGD059
13-09-04, 09:02 AM
Kev

Bit damp at Castle Combe then? :( - come on let's have the details!!

kdavies3
13-09-04, 09:35 AM
Hi Rich, a good day out had by all I reckon. :thumb:
Perhaps a dozen Cobras in attendance. :thumb:
We were all watching the approaching dark clouds from the west, the weather was quite good generally until about 4.00 pm ish. Then by the cringe did it rain. :(
People scattering every where looking for shelter.
Never got the Cob near the track as it was the loudest thing the noise scrutineers had tested all day. :thumb:
112 dB at 4000 rpm, the limit was 100 at 4500 rpm. :-(
There was all sorts of motors going around the track, nothing too spectacular that I saw though.

maxGD059
13-09-04, 10:55 AM
112dB -surprised I didn't hear you from here! How's your hearing nowadays?

kdavies3
13-09-04, 11:04 AM
eeh! What Did You Say!! :d

maxGD059
13-09-04, 11:21 AM
People scattering every where looking for shelter.

Was that when they did the noise test on your cob then? :D :D -makes my 103dB sound quiet really although I don't think my neighbours agree :angry:

Grease Monkey
13-09-04, 02:16 PM
Quick bit of maths, 112 db is 16 times louder than the usual 100 db limit.

Ouch. Any prolonged exposure to over 85 db can cause permanent damage, and 112db is 500 times lounder than that.

the mind boggles.


or at least mine does

kdavies3
13-09-04, 02:46 PM
Now you know why your windows were rattling at the weekend.
It was was me passing Bristol on the M4. :D :D :D

cjj
13-09-04, 04:53 PM
You didn't drive past the carribean last week did you?

NeilG
13-09-04, 08:37 PM
Hi
I am also 6'5" I've just sold my Pilgrim Sumo which I modified when building (reshaped the dashboard, reduced the foam in the seat and widened the floor pan) to fit me and I could drive that OK .
The other problem you may have depending on which car you buy is that I cannot get in a cobra or drive it safely with the hood up and if you do get in just try getting out - so I just had a tonneau for my Sumo.

Anyway hoods are for poofs - if you go fast enough you don't get wet........ Ha! Ha! Ha!

hope this helps

Neil

gwak76
13-09-04, 08:40 PM
[QUOTE]Anyway hoods are for poofs [/quote:db1019ef85]

and muggers :D

maxGD059
14-09-04, 08:52 AM
Hi
- if you go fast enough you don't get wet........
Neil -just one thing, how do you see through the rain that pours down the inside of the windscreen then? Being 6' 5" do you simply peer over the top of the screen & if so how do you not get wet then?
IMHO this 'not getting wet' crap is just touted about by folk who simply don't go out in the wet.

NeilG
15-09-04, 12:39 AM
Neil -just one thing, how do you see through the rain that pours down the inside of the windscreen then? Being 6' 5" do you simply peer over the top of the screen & if so how do you not get wet then?
IMHO this 'not getting wet' crap is just touted about by folk who simply don't go out in the wet.

Richard, Ok maybe I neglected to mention that you do get damp and your hands are so cold you can hardly let go of the steering wheel and water does run down the inside of the screen and your right shoulder will be moist.
I was thinking of a couple of years ago when I set off from Stoneleigh and it started pi**ing it down on the M1, I thought by the time I got home I would be soaked, but I was surprised - I guess you have a hood?

Neil

cjj
15-09-04, 08:25 AM
Does this mean at 6'5" hoods etc won't let me see the road?

cjj
15-09-04, 08:27 AM
Actually, can someone post a couple of pics please of the different types of wet weather solutions - for some reason no-one like to post photos of their cars in the pouring rain with the hood up!!!

maxGD059
15-09-04, 08:33 AM
Yes I have a hood & it enables me to have a good blat when its wet. I don't think I'd had much fun driving back home 2 hours in the rain, after the excellent track day at Cadwell earlier this year, without it.

Unfortunately though, if you're tall then hoods do present problems. However, like I've said before, with a slim seat cushion & no runners, then vital inches can be gained in the head room department. (just remember to set the suspension up a bit more softly or else :-( )

kdavies3
15-09-04, 01:14 PM
This is the only picture I have to hand with the hood on, no side screens in on this picture.
I find that the side screens are the biggest imparement to vision. :(

I may redesign them at some point.

This was taken on the trip to Elvington '03 when it lashed down for most of my 270 mile trip (each way) up north. :(

maxGD059
15-09-04, 02:26 PM
Ok maybe I neglected to mention that you do get damp and your hands are so cold you can hardly let go of the steering wheel and water does run down the inside of the screen and your right shoulder will be moist.
Neil

They're not the only things that get moist. Trying to go around a roundabout when you can't see due to rain on the sidescreens & there's little available traction - the drivers seat tends to get moist a bit too.........:o
Still it's all good fun in a masochistic sort of way

dave
16-09-04, 07:25 PM
Hi CJJ.

A lot depends on which kit you buy as to how much head room there is.
I'm 6'4" and I can see fine through these, but don't pull up too clode to traffic lights or you'll have to peer through the side window to see the lights.:thumb: