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post #1 of 25 Old 09-23-2011, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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"Transcontinental D"

Boxer invited me this weekend to his house to be part of a 2 day ScudItalia trip in south england. How nice of him. Therefore I left Switzerland this morning at 6am for 935 km trip to Boxer's home. After 1 hour driving in the dark thru the jurassic alps on the Swiss/French border a wonderful sunrise occured. some fog around the huge flat fields and forrest reminded me about the fast arriving fall here in Europe. Wheather was splendid. After 2 hours, I arrived in the burgundy to drive further over Dijon, Troyes into the champagne with its wide fields of raisins to Reims and further to Calais. After 6 hours driving I had to get gaz after 700 km-s 90 Liters not bad 14 liters per 100km's. D runned flawless as usual Water at 65 degrees, oil at 60 even after 7 hours in Calais running constantlz between 3000 to 4000 rpm . Thru the Eurotunnel another 90 minutes drive and there I arrived . More tommorrow.

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Daytonas were continent eaters, and extremely reliable. Would have enjoyed being copilot because it sounds like an epic trip.

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Perfect report 212.

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Wonderful report, thanks 212Export. Terrific to see the D being driven and enjoyed the way she was meant to be. Enjoy the South of England blast and please send my regards to Boxer. Roll on FLED 6!

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That's how life should be when in the company of a Ferrari - enjoy

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Now that's what i'm talkin about...FANTASTIC RIDE AND VERY JEALOUS
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Now on Saturday we headed to Exeter, were Nigel the GM of Carrs of Exeter arranged a verz warm welcome, in cluding a great lunch at the local Pub Restaurant and for some test driving 458, 430, 612, 599 and Maseratis. Fantastic, thanks to Boxer who is a frequent client there. After that a lot of countryside driving bringing us finally to the nice Mount Somerset hotel. On Sunday some rain in the beginning but soon it cleared up and another fantastic stint around north Dartmoor national Park on partiallz verz narrow roads and Ferraris surrounded by dozens of sheeps entering the way towards us. I'm sure some people will provide great pictures soon. It maz take a couple of days. Finallz we head back over Bath to London in the afternoon. The 2 days covered additional 830 kms to a great part on the countryside roads. In front of me alwys Boxers great F40 Partiallz covered by sheeps as well. Its was FUN. Now we need to go wash the cars from the englis countryside mud. Tommorrow I will head back to Switzerland. Hopes D goes as it did so far which was perfect.

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Sorry I-m writing on a english computer. Thas why instead of a y its often written a z...thats the difference between the german and english writingboard. sorry about.

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Sounds great 212. All we're missing here is a few dozen photos!

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Sorry I-m writing on a english computer. Thas why instead of a y its often written a z...thats the difference between the german and english writingboard. sorry about.
Trying to picture your holiday but can't. We need pics. Any iphones cameras on your trip?
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Very nice! I hope you guys had a great time, but I'm not worried. It sounds like old times when 212 and Boxer go for a spin.


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P.S. For the last picture I have to ask - who brought the van?



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Sorry guys, I made no photographs, but I'm sure others will provide. Unfortunatelly and finally this morning at 5 am London time, I left Boxers beautiful house in the dark to head back to Folkestone to the Eurotunnel. I catched the 6:50 am train back as I was way to early (it seems I go to often for "security"). Arrival in Calais and from there under blue sky and sun fast to Reims (3500-4500rpm's constant) and to Troyes were I stopped for gazoline. After that down to the Burgundy and this time another way back of the jurassic alps into Switzerland. "D" covering a total of 2735 km in those last 4 days looked like a fly killing album so a serious wash was necessary. Thank you Boxer for your great hospitality and thank you all for joining in real or just reading this. Lets roll on FLED 6

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One more thought: Aftzer all this driving over the last 2 1/4 years with the Daytona I urge anybody with a heart and sould for a classic Ferrrari to go and try to drive (and I mean drive, not around a block but for at least 2-300km's the get adapted with everything in it) a Daytona. Yes, I know I drive a lot and most of it on long stretches on the motorways but honestly nothing from my previous owned classics in nearby comparable to the driving pleasure and comfort of the Daytona. And if one compare 's prices of classics ferraris I believe that the buy of a proper well maintained and often driven Daytona is one of the better decisions a thru enthusiast and driver can choose. The next to the Daytona for me would be the 330 GTC, even before the 275 GTB for long driving ( I guess the gearing of the 330 GTC is shorter than that of the Daytona, at least an important point to consider for long driving. One of the best things are really the Daytona seats. On that 9 hours trip today I had never any joint or back fatique, one sits like in a inflated tube, fantastic and very comfortable. Please go out and get a drive and write about wheater you agree or disagree.

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Great that you arrived home safe and sound in the magnificent D after a great driving adventure, 212Export. Your and D's 2,735 km drive in four days is a great achievement and something that I can almost relate to having recently covered 4,500km in nine days in the 1975 Michalone (including Ferrari factory visit thanks to Onno-pics to follow once I am back in the office). Not only are classic Ferrari's wonderful to drive, they thrive on long distance drives. Driving a classic Ferrari far and fast adds to the sense of enjoyment and achievement at journey's end.

Looking forward to hearing further reports and to seeing pictures. Roll on FLED 6 indeed!

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I haven't had the pleasure/honour/privilege of driving a Daytona yet, nor sitting in one, so can't comment on the seats. But I do have to say that the 330GTC seats have held me comfortably for 11.5 hours of driving on one day and I was perfectly fine. Really, really comfortable seat.

I have a suspicion that the cabin of the Daytona would be quieter, as it is a more aerodynamic shape. The GTC is quite loud inside with wind noise. Also, you have to drive with a window open, really. I mean, the air con works fine in my car but it is underdesigned and in any case it is "not done" to use it (it costs horse power!). And if it rains, you have to open the windows otherwise the windscreen steams up.... The window wipers are also pretty pathetic. But it is all part of the charm. I still go happily on a long holiday with the GTC. As David says, it gives a sense of achievement.


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Onno- i have a friend who modernized his GTC A/C reversibly. If you like, I can put you in touch with him. You probably already know him.

Great group photo, Boxer, with a whole bunch of long distance cruisers, even though I never think of an F40 that way.

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Great group photo, Boxer, with a whole bunch of long distance cruisers, even though I never think of an F40 that way.
F40 is actually a great long distance cruiser. Good luggage room and very comfortable seats.
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I haven't had the pleasure/honour/privilege of driving a Daytona yet, nor sitting in one, so can't comment on the seats. But I do have to say that the 330GTC seats have held me comfortably for 11.5 hours of driving on one day and I was perfectly fine. Really, really comfortable seat.

I have a suspicion that the cabin of the Daytona would be quieter, as it is a more aerodynamic shape. The GTC is quite loud inside with wind noise. Also, you have to drive with a window open, really. I mean, the air con works fine in my car but it is underdesigned and in any case it is "not done" to use it (it costs horse power!). And if it rains, you have to open the windows otherwise the windscreen steams up.... The window wipers are also pretty pathetic. But it is all part of the charm. I still go happily on a long holiday with the GTC. As David says, it gives a sense of achievement.


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Oh yes, regarding "D's" wipers......I would had to add the only negative comment....useless! But as you say..part of the charm

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Great that you arrived home safe and sound in the magnificent D after a great driving adventure, 212Export. Your and D's 2,735 km drive in four days is a great achievement and something that I can almost relate to having recently covered 4,500km in nine days in the 1975 Michalone (including Ferrari factory visit thanks to Onno-pics to follow once I am back in the office). Not only are classic Ferrari's wonderful to drive, they thrive on long distance drives. Driving a classic Ferrari far and fast adds to the sense of enjoyment and achievement at journey's end.

Looking forward to hearing further reports and to seeing pictures. Roll on FLED 6 indeed!
Wow 4'500 is even better!! I guess you must have a broken heart to split from your wonderful Michalone ?!

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