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Postby Gazman2054 » Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:45 pm

I found a lost sheep at the Le Mans 24h this year.
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The owner was a spot on guy who has popped onto the site before he said to register the car.
I think the car was number 415.
After spending the weekend in France for the 24h i can now see a wr1oc trip coming up as this was tonnes of fun and quite a cheap long weekend too.
The WR1oc still rocks...
Even if i do drive a Smart car!...
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Postby John Mc » Tue Jun 15, 2010 4:08 pm

good spot, northern ireland plate on it?
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lost sheep - no more

Postby oli4uk » Wed Jun 23, 2010 3:28 am

I'll step forward as owning the lost sheep.

As for being a lost sheep at Circuit de la Sarthe, well not really, given this year was my 9th year. The five of us had yet another a fantastic year, not having met up for sometime. Every year we operate a strict policy of continuous improvement. This years addition (besides the one) is going to be a little difficult to beat. My mate from Belgium (Dutch tax exile) rented a motorhome. Yeah OK before the comments start - hot shower, personal bog, kitchenette, satellite TV ... I'm I winning you over yet? If not I'll mention we rented it for 380 euros, which when split 5 ways over a Le Mans race week is pretty good value! I've yet join the Ilusion I670 owners club. If I've not won you over, well ... continue to enjoy sleeping in broken glass and waking up to damp canvass. It's the way forward !

So the one; Owning a WRX Sti has always been on the to-do list. Having attended numerous WRC events, sadly as a spectator only, and being a big Solberg fan, I decide the time had come. It was time move WRX Sti ownership from the to-do, to the to-done list, and if I were to this, it simply had to be a WR1. I picked it up from South London earlier this year, with the intention of always taking it to Le Mans. It's completely unmodified, and only needed a minor amount of TLC (Alloys, wing mirror etc) - Speaking of which I'll be taking it down to Cross Roads Garage (Tredington) for their 30th birthday (maybe catch you there). After a minor service it was pleasing to hear I'd picked up a peach. Whether it was lip service or not, it was still pleasing to hear. Oh at the sametime as putting my car in, I took them up on a test drive of their 330S. I wasn't convinced, the rear simply wasn't as tight as I expected it to be, having made it step out a couple of times with no effort. DCCD set to auto BTW. It was a pleasure to be back in my WR1 a week later.

Everytime I drive it, it brings a smile to my face. In my A3 (day to day car) if I could only pass 2 or 3 cars on a short stretch, then the WR1 will pass 5 cars and the lorry slowing us all up. 3rd and 4th gears are simply a joy, with 5th not being too bad either ;-)

Anyway, 'the lost sheep' will now sign off. When I get a chance I'll post some more pics, and before I get inundated with requests for pics of the Ilusion I670. The following will have to suffice for the timebeing :) - http://www.autocaravanasilusion.com/mod ... 0-fr.shtml

Cheers - OL
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Postby Foley » Wed Jun 23, 2010 7:24 am

Hello and welcome oli4uk, Nice to see that you've found your way over here,
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Postby WR 1mposter » Wed Jun 23, 2010 5:12 pm

Welcome oli4uk

Sounds like a top trip something i'd definatly be up for 8)
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Postby The Swede » Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:20 pm

Welcome, Oli.

Great to see you joined this disfunctional lot.

Any issues with Bro, Dan, Foley, Mega or Spike, get in touch ! :lol:
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Postby Megaman » Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:38 pm

The Swede wrote:Welcome, Oli.

Great to see you joined this disfunctional lot.

Any issues with Bro, Dan, Foley, Mega or Spike, get in touch ! :lol:


What if he has an issue with The Swede??
:lol:
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Postby Foley » Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:06 am

Megaman wrote:
The Swede wrote:Welcome, Oli.

Great to see you joined this disfunctional lot.

Any issues with Bro, Dan, Foley, Mega or Spike, get in touch ! :lol:


What if he has an issue with The Swede??
:lol:


Thats more likely ^^^^ :lol:
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Postby danr55 » Thu Jun 24, 2010 10:17 pm

Welcome :wave:
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Postby danr55 » Thu Jun 24, 2010 10:17 pm

Megaman wrote:
The Swede wrote:Welcome, Oli.

Great to see you joined this disfunctional lot.

Any issues with Bro, Dan, Foley, Mega or Spike, get in touch ! :lol:


What if he has an issue with The Swede??
:lol:


What do you mean "if" ?! :lol:
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Postby Micktype WR1 » Fri Jun 25, 2010 10:24 pm

Whatever............as they say........... !

Welcome back and good to read a paragraph or three !
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Postby Venkman » Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:55 pm

Welcome to the fold matey. I actually went through Le Mans on the Sunday but arrived just after the race had finished. Doh!

Love those smooth empty French roads. After being stuck on a rock of only 27 square miles and rammed with 40k cars it's nice to unlease the right foot :lol:

Getting a group together one year sounds like a plan to me and at the risk of being outcast I'd have to agree with you on the motorhome!
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Postby Gazman2054 » Wed Jun 30, 2010 8:24 pm

As oli says this is a trip worth while.
I had so much fun this year we are already planning for next year.
This i think could be a club outing in years to come.
Glad you took the time to say hi oli.
Maybe i will see you there next year :wink:
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Even if i do drive a Smart car!...
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Pics as promised...

Postby oli4uk » Sat Jul 10, 2010 4:19 pm

Soz it took me sometime to get around to resizing etc...

Ok I'll start with the pic you've all been waiting for ;-)
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The rest are ordered as they happened ... somewhat chronologically !!!


Queuing at Eurotunnel
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Stack'n at Eurotunnel
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Eurotunnel with some bod who goes by oli4uk
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Addressing the MPG problem
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Home for 3 nights
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At the museum ... We thought we'd have a cultural moment.
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Lets start the fun
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Back at the camp site for a Saturday evening meal
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Pissed up arty shot;
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Beer induced WR1 side light shot
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A selection of night shots from various corners
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Mobile phone pic through a pair of binoculars ... it sort of worked.
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Peugeot reliability problems, hands Audi the win
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Sunday night stop over at Rouen
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So that was Le Mans 2010 for me. It would be nice to have a wing man (or more) next year ... just a thought.

All the best - OL
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Postby M9JOC » Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:35 pm

Hi mate, looks good, museum would be great to see. Welcome!!!! :D
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Postby WR 1mposter » Mon Jul 12, 2010 5:08 pm

Looks like a crackin weekend ! 8)
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Postby presa900 » Tue Jul 13, 2010 12:34 pm

Always wanted to do Le Mans but never had the opportunity, got the urge for a petrol head road trip now :P

Not too sure a 2 week old baby would enjoy that though :roll:
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Postby Gazman2054 » Wed Jul 14, 2010 3:46 pm

Presa,
Our new baby was only 2 weeks old but the trip was booked before we new about the arrival of another little person.

It cost me and my mate £75 to take the car across on the ferry (VIP both ways).
Which i thought was a great price to get across.
The tickets and camping was around the £170 mark.
We did 3 tank's of fuel (1200miles) door to door.
So this was a trip worth while and did not cost an arm and a leg.
Defo going next year if our hols fall ok.
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Even if i do drive a Smart car!...
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