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post #61 of 90 Old 05-08-2012, 02:36 PM
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Phew!

Believe it or not the car fixed itself this morning. I was preparing to go to Autoficina, checked that the indicators were still shot, tried the hazards, which worked, went for the wipers as it was raining, which did not work, then after moving the lever a few times, did work, then I had indicators!

We stopped at Autoficina for a quick check and some advice. They explained that it was probably a dry connection at the hazards switch which is a single point of failure for the whole indicator circuit. The very kind and knowledgable gentleman (who used to do PDIs on Boxers when they were new!) explained to me that you've simply got to keep using all the electrical bits such as Windows and wipes otherwise they get dirty dry connections and stop. Apparently hazards and passenger windows are very common failures due to this lack of use.

Autoficina were very good to me today. Very grateful indeed ( and to Jem for the original recommendation).

So now I am n Epernay in Champagne region, sipping a glass of Brut and looking at our Boxer sitting outside. So far so good!!
Excellent news. Good luck on the rest of the drive south.
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John,
Great to hear it all works as I will not be behind you to check whether you're lights are working :-)
Have fun you 2 and drive safe!

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Have a great drive down to Monaco! Don't forget to shoot a pic of Boxer in front of the Grand Casino...
Here is a shot of it in front of the Scottish castle...
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Look forward to seeing you in Monaco.....if you get any down time!
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If you go by the Bonham's auction preview, can you let me know how the yellow fiberglass 308 GTB looks.
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You Europeans certainly know how to live and enjoy life unlike most Americans who live to work.

This is my favorite thread right now and brings back memories of our visits to Monaco and driving through France, Italy and Switzerland.

Although I must admit, the rentals cars never had vests or triangles in them. I got lucky I guess.

Post more pics of the journey!
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Sadly I think I am going to miss this as I arrive Friday night late.
John S. might already be there though...

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Made it!

Boxer behaved beautifully. Got her stuck in horrendous traffic near San Remo and she didn't complain.

The only worrying moment was the smell of my clutch when holding her on a steep hill in the Monaco traffic - but she survived.

Totally outclassed the Veyron and Aventador outside the hotel of course, but I think they had the edge on "show" factor

Going to the auction preview this morning Scott. Will look at the 308 (and the 512bb.....and hope Mo lets me look at the 550 barchetta!)

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You Europeans certainly know how to live and enjoy life unlike most Americans who live to work.

This is my favorite thread right now and brings back memories of our visits to Monaco and driving through France, Italy and Switzerland.

Although I must admit, the rentals cars never had vests or triangles in them. I got lucky I guess.

Post more pics of the journey!
Hi there. I will post some more pics. Got some nice ones through the tunnels and mountains from Montreux to Turin.

These days it seems I work to fund my car habit! Once I get home and see the credit card bills, this time i may also have to sell a kidney.....

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These days it seems I work to fund my car habit! Once I get home and see the credit card bills, this time i may also have to sell a kidney.....
I just assumed that's what we all do John!

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John, if you go to RM auction, pls lookout for the gunmetal grey daytona and the 330 GTS acapulco blue and let me know how they fare in the auction.... Only if you have the time, otherwise no worries, I can get them later from RM people.
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Going back to the auction today. Hoping I come back empty handed, otherwise there will be some frantic financial shenanigans immediately upon my return.

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Looks like a lot of the cars at the Bonhams did not sell. Did see that the US spec 308 GTB (fiberglass) went fro Euro 54k.
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Made it to St Yon just South of Paris. Boxer still very well behaved. Washed her today and the soot on the rear is going to need more than car shampoo to shift ! I'll tackle that properly when I get her home (along with what seems like 200 stone chips on the nose)

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Made it to St Yon just South of Paris. Boxer still very well behaved. Washed her today and the soot on the rear is going to need more than car shampoo to shift ! I'll tackle that properly when I get her home (along with what seems like 200 stone chips on the nose)
Nice one John! Did you manage to dodge the rain after Diego and I left on Sunday?
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Made it to St Yon just South of Paris. Boxer still very well behaved. Washed her today and the soot on the rear is going to need more than car shampoo to shift ! I'll tackle that properly when I get her home (along with what seems like 200 stone chips on the nose)
The soot is from the exhaust and it take a bit of a stronger cleaner to get off that just shampoo.
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So, we're back and it's all over...except for the memories (oh...and the touching up of about a million stone chips!)

Our FLED extension was a mere 3300km and didn't involve any road kill or bouillabaisse, so hats (from Blairgowrie of course) off to Capo for putting, and firmly cementing, the Epic in FLED !!

We had a great time and the Boxer behaved wonderfully. I feel like I know her a lot better now. I would heartily recommend a long driving holiday to anyone who has yet to get that level of comfort and familiarity with their pride and joy. I can honestly say I think of the car differently now. I was in awe, a little scared, not least because of the money tied up in her, but now I am much more relaxed, and while still remembering to respect the dynamics of a mid-engined 1970's design with the engine perched above the gearbox, I will get more out of owning my Boxer now.

Many thanks to JL Motor Engineering of Hillington near Glasgow, and to Autoficcina of Chessington near London for their help with the car, and to Rardley Motors of Grayshott in Surrey for selling me a good one in the first place.

Some photos to follow....

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We stopped at Montreux in Switzerland. The very next morning we woke up to find some lovely classic cars gathering in front of the hotel. Apparently they were there to promote a historic event that Montreux is planning for next year.






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... so we tried to add to the occasion

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Later that day we found ourselves in this strange wee hilly town with lots of fences....






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