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Prep for European Trip

I am planning a drive down to the Monaco Historic and back in my 512BB.

Never taken a car to Europe before, so I need to make sure I am covering the bases.

Any tips re car prep and must-haves to carry with me? (bearing in mind how much space there is left in a Boxer after two pairs of socks and a can of deodorant !)

For example, do the AA/Halfords stick-on headlight lens convertors do the job adequately enough?
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Make sure you bring your hi viz vest, warning triangle and first aid kit. Been pulled over twice in France and on each occassion they asked to see some or all of the above!

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Thanks Barry. Can't wait to tell the wife she's got to leave some blouse or shirt behind to make room for a high-viz.

What did you do for your headlights?

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To be honest I didn't do anything re headlights, as anytime I travel to Europe it's usually summer and my driving at night is non existant. Have in the past brought the Halfords stickers for my headlights, but more to show that I had them if pulled over than with any intention of actual use.

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Probably need to carry a bulb kit too. The hi-viz jacket needs to be in reach of you sitting in the drivers seat, don't put it in the luggage bay.
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What's up with the vest thing?
Required by law in Fance and some other European countries. Have to carry one for each person in the car.

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Probably need to carry a bulb kit too. The hi-viz jacket needs to be in reach of you sitting in the drivers seat, don't put it in the luggage bay.
+1, same with the warning triangles (you will need two of each).
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Many thanks to all. In particular, I wouldn't have known to keep the high viz in reach.

Two warning triangles AND a bulb set now. I think I'll need to tell the wife we will be sharing a toothbrush !

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Be aware that the weather conditions are now really extreme. I have a friend doing now the Monaco Classic from Turin with a Citroen Traction Avant 1952 and they've been suffering really a lot with all the snow - 20 hours non-stop driving. If you intend to drive on the "Route Napoleon", without snow chains, you'll never make it.

Do you have a least winter tires?

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Oups, just realized that we are not speaking about the same Monaco event In May, all should be fine

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I am planning a drive down to the Monaco Historic and back in my 512BB.

Never taken a car to Europe before, so I need to make sure I am covering the bases.

Any tips re car prep and must-haves to carry with me? (bearing in mind how much space there is left in a Boxer after two pairs of socks and a can of deodorant !)

For example, do the AA/Halfords stick-on headlight lens convertors do the job adequately enough?
Hello JSHIVERAL

If you are referring to the Monaco Historic GP on the 12/13 May, I'll also be attending (even though I am flying down rather than driving). It's a great event!. Hopefully we'll be able to hook up down there, but we can discuss it during FLED Scotland tour!

Anyone else heading down for the Monaco Historic GP event?
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I'm planning to go again this year and will drive my 550.

I went with Prestige Car Tours Home page in 2010 and will probably go with them again. Possibly extending the trip to include the Mille Miglia the following weekend and a visit to Maranello.
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Diego550 - yes, same event. Looking forward to seeing you the prior week here in Scotland.

550v12 - Monaco followed by Mille Miglia sounds fantastic. I decided to save the MM for another year, but I hope you enjoy it.

I'm going to stop at the Schlumpf museum on the way back. Looking forward to that. Anyone been?

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I'm just thinking that a list of Ferrari specialists in France, Germany and Italy could be useful to those of us going on European trips. Does anybody know of any specialists?

The Schlumpf museum is well worth a visit. I been several times since it opened in the 80's and it's been improved each time. There's a cafe there as well now. I'd say allow 3-4 hours for your visit.

If you are interested in steam engines there is a good railway museum in the same town.
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The Monaco Historic GP is fantastic. I was there with my 330GTC in 2010, and then participated in the MM Tribute. I also visited the Schlumpf museum on that trip, it's fantastic.

As for specialists - I had to drive on to the Ferrari factory to get my car fixed when the Lucas switch failed on the French Riviera. Southern France is pretty low on classic Ferrari specialists, although you could try Jean Guika in Marseille. With all my travels in Boxers and the GTC, I have found that they fail on the same thing (almost) every time: the battery drains out. This can be due to an alternator going, the Lucas switch going or something else. Nowadays you can get new alternators with the regulator built in - if you don't have one, I would STRONGLY recommend you change it before you travel. The original can always go back in.

The one good thing about this fault is that you can still travel: buy a second battery and charge it overnight. That gives you about 400kms of driving the next day (provided you don't use your headlights). Lots of carrying of heavy batteries in my past holidays...

I would recommend you drive your Boxer for a full weekend away in your own region before you go. If it survives 400 miles then it usually survives 4000 as well. If it doesn't, you know where the specialists are.

Here's a tip for the 365 Boxer: if your indicator stops working, you have another 15 miles before the fuel pomp stops.....


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One thing to know about the French as well: if you break down on a highway (autoroute), your own AA/RAC or whatever recovery service you have is NOT allowed to help you, even if you have cover. They can help on the B/C/D roads, but on the autoroute you have to use the French recovery service by using the emergency telephone poles. Perhaps there is number you can dial on your mobile as well, not too sure.

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Thanks Onno. Especially for the alternator regulator and recovery service tips. As for driving a weekend on home territory first.....how lucky that FLED 6 is that very weekend!!

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Now there's a stern test if ever there was one! I didn't realise we would have 2 Boxers on that trip. Very nice, can't wait.

However, that trip is maybe a bit close to your other trip. Perhaps you should organise some distance driving in April so you will still have time to fix things if necessary. Remember - Ferrari shops are VERY busy in May!


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Hmmmmmm...Extra distance driving......Mileage limits on insurance.......Price of Michelin XWX tyres.........and me a Scotsman!?!?!

Sound advice no doubt. I shall see what can be done. Wedding anniversary in April, so I may be able to engineer an excursion provided it involves a phrase such as "adjoining spa", "leading hotels" or "michelin star".

A trusted local engineer (currently working on my E-type) is going to give the BB a Spring check over for me. It has done a mere 600 miles since a full cambelt service from Rardley's in August, so I am hoping we're in good shape.

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Hi-viz vests "acquired" from office.
Bulb kit found to be present all along in original toolkit (doh!)
....and....most importantly.....all 12 cylinders sprang into life this morning, after only a little persuasion, for the first time since October. Car currently being given a "I would like to drive this 3000 miles in the next 6 weeks" going over by trusted local mechanic.
Felt sooooooooooo good to get behind the wheel again - even if it was only 10 miles up the road to drop it off for some fettling.

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