I will be the rock when the storm comes…

On friday morning, the European Ryder Cup team will take on the chaps from across the pond in the best ‘good walk ruined’ game there is in golf….the Ryder Cup. With that in mind, I have decided to take myself to Forest Row for three unadulterated Sky Tv  days of golf, food, champagne and European success in the greatest golf rivalry of all.  The small matter of Tottenham getting thrashed out of sight by the other team on saturday afternoon, by which time, if all goes to form, Europe should be 4 behind with the sunday singlets to play. By sunday, I’ll be wishing I had taken monday off, but there’s no way that’s going to happen.

Friday afternoon in Forest Row will see me driving by Kim’s house to try out the 993 Targa, followed  by 9holes with Barry, then dinner with mum at 7 somewhere nice. Saturday, golf, shopping, Ars***l v Spurs at 4.45, golf, dinner at somewhere in T. Wells (surprise), then sunday golf and lunch at Kim’s, then golf and home by 7pm.

Hideous for most – fun for me. And after this week at work, I’ll need it.

Predictions

Arsenal 4 Tottenham 0

Europe 14 USA 11

 

 

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Teutonic worries not realised – Caterham arrives in 2 weeks.

Sunday, sunshine, a trip to Brands. What could be a better start to the day than by buying a Caterham 7 at the home of British motor racing? (Yes, there are better starts obviously-settle down).I was asked by Henry to ferry him down to Brands Hatch in the Impreza on the day when the Porsche clubs of GB were having a massive love-in, so was slightly worried about whether the toffs would be giving me a hard time in the fish. IMAG0336As it turned out, there was no problem with either the teutonic chaps, nor with the Caterham, and as a result the car was bought within the hour. IMAG0338 IMAG0340 IMAG0341After this it was back home up the A12 for beer and skittles with children providing conkers and empty beer cans for a hilarious game of ‘blink and you’re out’. Marvellous, and good fun to boot. Missing something naturally.

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Is it the last Caterham? We’ll soon find out

Saturday will see me ferrying my farmer friend Henry down to Heybridge to look at a Lotus Caterham 7 40th anniversary model, with a twist. It was possibly the last one ever made. Now, call me an old cynic, but I don’t think there is a chance in hell that this is true, but I will be taking him down there nonetheless  to check it out, ascertain vin numbers etc etc and other boring car nerd stuff, and then head on home for lunch and investigative stuff.

Unfortunately, due to a computer blow up at rally decal headquarters in Peldon, no more graphics will be added on saturday or sunday, so, alas, they will have to wait. I have had a great but equally tiring week at work, so I’m not overly fussed. Suffice it to say that if it is true, and it is the last Caterham ever  built, Henry will jolly well owe me a drink. Which he never finds difficult, as he has a dedicated fridge full of the stuff. In the meantime, here’s a pic of what we’re going to see.

Caterham 7 £14k and it’s yours sir.

Updated  – sold to somebody in Norway yesterday , and no, it wasn’t the last one. Car looked good but just too late. Off to Brands Hatch tomorrow to see a low mileage  version (1.6 injection).

 

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Sunglasses for winter….

You know that winter sun is evil, so I bought some new sunshades for me. Well, not for me exactly, but the last time I went to work I almost had my retinas burnt out by the lowering autumn sun at 7.15am, so sunstrips went on the car today, to avoid driving straight into a ditch fifty yards from home. The two-piece fitting started with the base blue layer, then the logos were added afterwards, white on the back, yellow on the front.

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Next week the final touches will make the car complete with the addition of all the necessary rally add-ons from the 2003 Monte Carlo rally, with Makinen and Lindstrom in the number 8 Impreza, following their win the previous year. So, if all goes according to plan, next week the car should be looking a little like this……

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The fat lady isn’t in the dressing room yet…….

I know. It should be over by now. But it’s not. A day off  last friday, during which I ran out of time to complete, with Paul at 64 Deluxe, the side graphics for the car, meant that the extra stuff had to be done by yours truly if the weather ever relented on sunday, which it did. Eventually. After an inflamed gum which means that I haven’t eaten since friday night, chloroseptic was administered and I felt slightly better in the mouth department, so once it had stopped raining I set about finishing some bits off which Paul had left me to do. and the potted version is here..

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