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How to while away a spring day

Yesterday, was one of those days that remind me of why I like cars...

Instead of the usual meetings, paperwork, meetings, paperwork I grabbed a lift into Dublin, jumped on the tram and got collected by 575er in his beautiful 575. Sun was out, Spring was in the air, it was shorts and t-shirt weather and instead of the laptop in the bag I had my back pack, my machine polisher, polishes, waxes and other cleaning gear.

Breakfast dispatched we arrived at our specialist workshop where 575er stores a number of his cars. iPod on, and cars lined up, we spent the next 10 hours cleaning, polishing and waxing the 575M, 360 Spider and 360 Modena.

10 hours of detailing interspersed with masterplans for future Ferrari ownership, ideas on the best European driving routes, discussion on cars, politics and of course the usual witty banter ().

At the end of the day, we had three resplendent Ferrari's with paintwork as smooth as glass reflecting the sun as it dipped behind the Dublin mountains.

My 360 had been a month in the workshop, and so I was taking delivery as well - new Nuvolari exhaust now fitted, calipers re-painted (from Rosso to Giallo), serviced with new belts and now spanking clean. The drive home squeezed the last daylight out of the day and was simply glorious, dry roads and country lanes, the last few km were dispatched quickly but I was home all to soon.

What a simple day out, and one that I am sure 99% of the population would be aghast if they were told this was recreation and stress relief. But I know you guys know different....

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Sorry - as usual I never took a single pic.
Michael - did you?!

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Man cave ? Having toooooo much fun !

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On a related note. Such was our dedication to the cause that we ran out of wax. We had used a combination of Race Glaze 55 and SwissVax (exact one I cant remember).

What's everyone's current wax of choice? Need to go buy some more and the last shopping spree was a good number of years ago.

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Man cave ? Having toooooo much fun !
Yes, but only for the deranged few Jimmy

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Barry, must be in our genes, encrypted ?

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Simply a perfect day....fully understood from here...! +1
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On a related note. Such was our dedication to the cause that we ran out of wax. We had used a combination of Race Glaze 55 and SwissVax (exact one I cant remember).

What's everyone's current wax of choice? Need to go buy some more and the last shopping spree was a good number of years ago.
As it happens, I have just ordered a pot of RG 55, to replace Zymol Concours which is just about to run out. No complaints about the latter, but RG 55 is less than half the price and has a higher Carnauba content, so I thought I would give it a go. Is it any good?

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Sounds like a fantastic day Barry.

I spent yesterday touching up the stonechips on the front of my 348 (it looked like I had driven it through a Tippex factory after the two FLEDs last year!) and then fitting the brake lines back into my E-type. Very theraputic. Doing it in company of another similarly "afflicted" devotee would be even better.

I use SwissVax Shield - the one with the PTFE in it. Seems to work well but the key is getting it clean and smooth in the first place. I recently changed the Land Rover for........a Land Rover, and spent the guts of a day getting the paintwork nicely protected on the new one. Washed it. Went over with a Meguars clay bar using their rapid detail spray as lubricant, then I cleaned the paint with Angelwax QED pre-wax cleaner (which I find much easier to work off than the SwissVax stuff) and then applied the SwissVax. Big difference. Happy that I can leave that one until this time next year, and good practice before I do the F-cars and the Ghibli.

I then spent the next 36 hours barely able to move my arms.

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Thanks Barry for a great day on Friday, and what you didn't mention was that you were the master and I was very much the apprentice. I learnt an awful lot about how to detail the cars from you and even thought the arms were falling off me that night as I tried to lift a medicinal whiskey to my lips, I'm looking forward to the next one.

The sun was shining, the laptops were left behind and we had 3 fantastic Fcars to lavish over. And these are some pretty curvaceous ladies, Ferrari was on form in the early 2000's that's for sure. Our setting like so many good hideouts was an innocuous shed up a country lane on the outskirts of town. Our tech's sheds are just up the way so there is always a smattering of auto eye candy to see and hear and compare and contrast. In fairness on this occasion we were more of a distraction to those rolling in, not least because we had a Rosso 360 Modena, Nero 360 Spider and TdF Blu 575M lined up, but more so because we had both chosen to expose our milky winter legs to the first warm sun of the approaching summer..... jokes were not in short supply

There is something therapeutic about getting together with a mate and doing a bit of graft together, especially when it's on your own toys. The end result was pretty spectacular and the satisfaction rating high. Of course after cleaning polishing and waxing the three divas we concluded we were brilliant at detailing although probably unemployable as we never let the work get in the way of a good story. I think this might become a bi annual event to open and close the summer season.

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I'm very happy for you!

Barry, it must be quite special to inaugurate the new "rear end sound system" on the Modena!?

Pictures of the beauties side by side?

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I'm very happy for you!

Barry, it must be quite special to inaugurate the new "rear end sound system" on the Modena!?

Pictures of the beauties side by side?
Certainly is Capo. though I am obviously getting old, as I was quite happy that the new exhaust is a little quieter than the last one, and I can now have a conversation in the cabin (and sneak out of our neighbourhood a little easier too...).

Never took a single picture...

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Certainly is Capo. though I am obviously getting old, as I was quite happy that the new exhaust is a little quieter than the last one, and I can now have a conversation in the cabin (and sneak out of our neighbourhood a little easier too...).

Never took a single picture...
I feel the same on the 430. A quieter but better sounding Capristo was very welcome. I never liked the stock system.

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