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kayj_prod

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kayj_prod last won the day on August 6 2015

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About kayj_prod

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  • Birthday July 29

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    Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, sans Lotus.
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    Horse riding and music.

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    Elise S1
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    Ruby Red
  1. Ahh the Lakes meets... but really every meet has been great. It's great to be a part of such an active and friendly club. Really going to miss being at LiTP this year. (I wonder if anyone in my group last year realised I went wrong at one point?)
  2. My insurance companies (and I've been through multiple) have always accepted a screen shot of my user name, but perhaps that is because it makes little difference to the quote, or perhaps now they're just tightening up. Have you considered paid up membership? I know you can be a forum member without paying, but with paid up membership you would have a membership card, and of course the MLOC calendar!
  3. The road is 3 lanes wide wide all the way up and an even width, and because it doesn't go anywhere, no trucks. (Quite different to Norwegian mountain roads.) There are concrete barriers all the way, but little run off, so at least if you made a mistake you'd stay at the right altitude. I'm way up in the north, Jonathan. Relatively quiet up here! I was fortunate to be given a ticket to the grand prix two weeks ago so made the trip down to Abu Dhabi. So much development all the way down it seems, although a closer look reveals projects which have been started and then never finished. Ah yes the heat... have to say its lovely now, but August was hard work!
  4. Last weekend I took a little trip up to the highest point in the UAE, Jebel Jais, on recommendation that the brand new road up there is quite something. It didn't disappoint, and it would be fantastic in something lower and lighter than the Ford Edge I have here. Having said that, going up there in the morning, before it got busy, meant that I could enjoy a 'progressive' drive. At the moment, the road literally goes nowhere, just to a turning/parking spot at the current end point. Work continues up to the peak though and I would imagine will go down the other side to Oman eventually. I need to bring my walking boots (and more water) next time to take a hike further up.
  5. Oh bother... missed this thread! Was hoping for a second year.
  6. Just like Top Gear was, only in a tent and with a much bigger budget.
  7. I just went into Autoglass and they gave me a sticky pad. Prep is everything as Martin suggests. Must have replaced mine 4 years ago I reckon.
  8. Think yourselves lucky/unlucky you're not out here in the UAE! Speed cameras are everywhere, grey, moved around, hidden behind shrubs, in vehicles... However, the margin between the actual speed limit and the camera threshold is published. 120kph limit on the main highways, but cameras are set at 140kph. (Bought myself a 3.5l V6 Ford Edge, useless on bends, but handles 139kph well.) The downside is that on local roads, depending on the emirate you're actually in, there is either a 20% margin or none at all, depending on whether the emirate needs to make some money or not from drivers speeding out of Dubai. ...its not always clear to a foreigner when you've crossed into a new emirate.
  9. Thanks Phil. Changed into some shorts without buttons and zips... I traced the cable down and found it. Finding the pin to fit the new lead back on took a fair amount of finger tip probing! Job done. Another simple -if awkward- fix.
  10. Sunday, for the first time ever, I resorted to calling for recovery. Car just wouldn't fire. Anyway, turned out it as just a broken tip on the distributor end of an HT lead. The rubber shroud was enough to hold it on to get going, but so annoyed I didn't spot it was hanging off! (Must have just been one bump too many.) Anyway, I bought a new set of HT leads- figured if one had fatigued, the others might need doing. Wrong. Four are fine, and it is the lead to the coil that is broken. I've changed the leads to the spark plugs, but I can't actually see where the coil pack is. Do I need to access from below? (Great, I just took my trolley jack to my parents house in Norfolk!)
  11. Firstly, welcome. Another member to the sub-chapter of Lincs MLOC. Autoglym do a soft-top product, but I'm not sure how much it will dye if the fading is that bad. (I'd be worried about a patchy finish looking worse to be honest... but maybe that's just me.) Let's see a picture of your car so we know who we're waving at! Have you seen this... MLOC's big event for the year: http://www.midlandslotus.co.uk/forum/topic/65129-lotus-in-the-peak-2016/page-22#entry295665
  12. Mondsee area is beautiful, but the roads suck. Mainly slow, and not in great condition. I had a rental Ford dull-mobile when I was there and didn't miss having anything better!
  13. Well you could do London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne... but only if you want to stand outside the London one!
  14. 4 Hard Rocks in a day... How about breakfast in Cologne, late lunch in Munich, tea in Vienna, dinner in Budapest? I think there are easier ways to do 4 hard rocks in a day though... but maybe that's not the point?!
  15. Well you know Germany... yawn. There are some lovely roads around the lakes in Austria to the east of Salzburg... Mondsee and Attersee especially. Beautiful scenery too everywhere you look. Speeds on these roads are rather like Norway though, but with more traffic. Personally, I much prefer Salzburg to Vienna if you're looking for a day off driving. Just as picturesque, but easier to see everything and less crowded. It takes no time really to get between the two cities, though do watch out for speed cameras just after changes in speed limit. (By the way, I really like the Austrian system of moving to the edge of the carriageway when in queuing traffic so there is always effectively a lane for emergency vehicles down the middle.) Once you're in Vienna you're a stones throw away from Budapest! You don't mention which country's Black Sea coast you want to get to. I've driven in Bulgaria, through approaching via Italy and Greece, and then I only stayed in the west of the country. Sofia is a beautiful city, sadly with very evident extremes of wealth/poverty. Off the main routes, you'll find roads are often like those you experienced in northern Sweden... but I suspect this only applies in the west.