Wednesday, 17 May 2006

AA - Absolute Arseholes

I knew my luck wasn't that good. Called the AA and they're saying they wont cover the cost of the new starter motor because that wasn't the reason they were called out - they were called for a flat battery. Not happy at all, there's no way they can cop out of this. I have sent them a letter of complaint.

Not impressed.

Sunday, 7 May 2006

Brands Hatch - a proper 'bloggers' entry

Well, thats the trip to Brands Hatch done. Didnt really stay as long as I thought I would, was still reeling from the disappointment of the night before, read on...

We set off around 1:30pm Saturday in OK-ish weather with the roof off ":-D" By the time we got accross the Severn Bridge (which was down to one lane!) it started spotting with rain, no problems we weren't getting wet - the cabin remains dry when you're doing motorway speeds. By the time we hit the M25 it was absolutely pissing it down. The looks off other cars were hilarious! We finally gave in and put the roof back on about 15 miles before we arrived at our 'cheap-n-cheerful' hotel. It was cheap(ish) but in no way cheerful. It was shit. At the risk of sounding like the AA guide to Britain I'll have to say that it was the worst hotel I have ever stayed in. The bedroom wasn't too bad - very basic. Two single beds, a little sink, a tv and a wardrobe that wobbled dangerously like jelly as soon as the doors were opened. I wish I had taken pictures now, you'll just have to use your imagination. Can you picture it? Good, now see whats missing. toilet or bath/shower. There was a slightly dingy room with white painted floorboards that served as the communial room for the entire hotel. Not that it really mattered, I didn't see any other guests the whole time I was there, it was just a pain to have to walk the length of the building to have a piss. Anyway, we soldiered on and were determind not to let this spoil the weekend. A quick shower and change of clothes and were set out for some food and a few beers. We found a decent looking pub and had some food. The pub was full of old people. I have nothing against old people, I just don't like drinking with them - I get depressed. We moved to another pub. More old people. The entire villiage must have had an average age of 60. I don't think old people die, they must move to this little villiage and stay old.

Sod it, early night then...until we realised that our room was directly above the bar. Despite the OAP retreat that this village was they insisted on playing chart music. All the really bad entries, rappers and RnB. Bump, bump, bump, bump, down wiv me bitches, bump, bump, bump, bump. Until 1:30am. Fecking marvellous. We managed to escape after a few hours sleep.

Wishful thinking....


We arrived a bit too early at Brands i think, we were there by 9am. The place was almost empty. We killed a few hours wandering around until the racing started. The event was an historic superprix, there was a mixture of old classics there racing, from Lotus 7s to E-Type Jags, Ferrari Dinos with quite a few American muscle cars thrown in - Dodge Chargers, Mustangs and the like. I was quite impressed with how close you could get to the cars. There a little tunnel under the start/finish straight that you can use to get into the pits. There a little cafe and a few stands behind the pit garages. Plenty of opportunity for pictures but the batteries in my phone died after the 3 hour drive powering Tomtom ":'(" I did manage a few pics and a short video, pictures are in the 'Pics' section and the video will be available soon.

Had a very brief meeting with the MLOC guys but decided to go for a wander around, the short stroll soon turned into a full-on hike around the entire length of the circuit. Bit knackering but a good opportunity to see (and hear) the cars in their full glory. The event didn't quite live up to expectations, it wasn't as good as Goodwood last year but was a proper race more than a car show. Not bad if you've got a weekend to kill.

Friday, 5 May 2006

All done

A long afternoon spent at Horizon and the start motor and 2 new tyres have been fitted. Fortunately the AA picked up the bill for the starter ":-D"

Not sure whats wrong now - i need to give it a bit of gas when starting the car. This could just be the new starter motor bedding in. Certainly nothing serious. New tyres have made a surprising difference, Ive had Yoko Advans fitted to the front so they're the same all round. Feels a lot more 'solid' than the P Zeros I had before. Feels much better at high speeds.

The bad news is that they ordered the wrong bracket for the heatshield, the good new is that the rattle has gone anyway! Yay! Perhaps it was just caught on something, anyways sorted now. A new bracket is on order so I'll have one ready if the rattle ever comes back - cant see the weld holding forever.

Met a fellow MLOC'er up Horizon and had a good chat about Lotus and cars in general, looking forward to meeting some more Sunday. Yep - my tickets to Brands Hatch arrived yesterday so I'm setting off around lunch time tomorrow and will come back late Sunday night.

One of the downsides of the long drive to Horizon is the mess on the car. I had about a billion flys splattered all over the front. Spent a few hours today cleaning her up, inside and out. Looking much better now. Finally took some half decent pictures so check the 'Pics' section above.

Bugger - just realised the pics are a bit small - forgot to change the resolution on my phone. Anyway, tiny pics are now online.


Tuesday, 2 May 2006

Quiet Week!

Yay, no major dramas this week. Car is booked into Horizon Thursday to get the starter motor done. Getting the front tyres changed and fitting the new bracket for the heatshield while its up there. Can't wait to get rid of the sqeuaking!!

Brands Hatch is also looming, I'm preying for decent weather. Two 3 hour drives in an Elise in the rain doesnt really appeal to be honest. Still waiting for my tickets but I'm sure they'll turn up!