March 17th meet
April 14th meet...
c'mon Grandad...... punch in the directions and follow the SatNav....... ha ha ha ha ha
With great power comes great responsibility.......
I'll add some of our pictures into the link that Catnip sent me. Some nice ones too. Must say the car has been running better since the "run out".....
Love it Vito, my RS3 always runs mightily well...driving style might indeed be a factor
"If in doubt, flat out" Colin McRae
Works for me! Keep your foot in!
Colin mcrae met him a few times ,as i worked in crossford near lanark ,top bloke RIP,never forgotton ..
Last edited by Kelza; 20th April 2013 at 23:35.
True but Gronholm, Makkinen, Sainz, Solberg, Martin, Duval, Hirvonen et al were all racing Loeb (first 4 world champions) as well so certainly in the first few years he won he was beating good competitors, latterly I agree the calibre has not been there but then Loeb's margin of victories in some races has been far significant.
Last edited by P_G; 21st April 2013 at 20:56.
lol! get your arses down to inters!
you seem a good bunch!
I have given my car a good wash today and sadly have to say that last week thrashing as left the mark on mine, found quite few small chips all over the front including a couple on the bonnet
Oh dear, must admit mine has some too...bloody ****ty roads.... Still we enjoyed the day and it was good to meet everyone, although hopefully next time the weather will be better.
But Bluey's new 'pebbledash looks' will always be associated with: a) that brilliant drive from Ruthin to Cerrigydrudion, and b) 2-phrases spoken in the Ruthin Castle car park prior to our departure, i.e.:
1) "Does everyone know where we're going", and
2) "MBK does, so we'll follow him."
And we did, and I'm still laughing now…
So Bluey and I are going to cherish this pebbledash effect!
Thank you Robbie, Mark, et al.
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Like John's, bonnet and windscreen and I had quite a few hours of motorway as well. I used the touchpaint stick quite a bit on the Monday to stop them getting worse...I hope that detailers can fix those things and I am seriously thinking about a 3M shield.
I have Paintshield film on my RS3, and I had it on my previous car, too. My TTS had over 80k miles and perfect paint when I sold it...
RS3 | TTS | A3 3.2Q | S3(8L)
Happy to follow next time! Hopefully the weather will be better and I'll have the Go Pro camera's running for some great passing shots as you all fly past.
I agree on the paint film, I've used Ventureshield on a few track cars and it worked well. It's not perfect though, you still have to live with the odd nick and bump in the film from stone chips but the paint underneath is unmarked. You'll also spend a a lot of time removing polish from the edge of the film when you clean the car - but that is a small price to pay for the protection. Wasn't any point on the RS3 as it had the odd stone chip when I bought it.
This S2000 I once owned had Ventureshield fitted (you can see it blasting about in some of my track videos) it took some real abuse when I was giving some other track users the hurry ups and yet still looked perfect afterwards.
God....I could come (check spelling) all over that bonnet! hahaha!
Course you can, I put sealant on it, so it should just wipe off..... not that I'm requesting a trial...!
I did also give the toy the same treatment before tucking her away. Now that spring is here I'll hopefully use her more too. And if you "arrive" on that car I wouldn't even notice but if I did...
ps...wtf is that roller skate doing in the pic????
Yeah its a little lower than the RS3... but a serious driving tool... inline roller skate! with a boxer engine and 320 bhp on something weighing under 1300 kilos... (untilI get in it!)
Now whats this special project!?
I have 3M Ventureshield on the entire front end, total cost around £800 inc. VAT for full front bumper, headlights, full bonnet and full front wings with a 5 year guarantee against yellowing. That price would also include wing mirrors but I elected not to have the kit sections applied. You will need paint correction first for a clean install but that was less than £100 for me or you could DIY if you have the kit.
Opted for this as similar quote from Paintshield was £1500+VAT; Ventureshield is local to me should anything go wrong and the additional cost of Paintshield plus the fuel to get down to Peterborough and overnight accommodation cost whilst they apply it just did not stack up for me compared to what supposed (if any) increased protection Xpel (aka Paintshield) gives you over 3M.
Regarding stone chips etc both have 'self healing' properties so the paint is pristine underneath, all you have to do is clean out / clay the marked hole/area and then look at bit gay when you are heating the surface with your other halves hardryer for it to 'heal'. Larger stone chips would be a problem though. As for polish as MBK described, that's why I have gone for G-Techniq stuff as it is far easier to apply on to Ventureshiled with minimal residue.
Last edited by P_G; 23rd April 2013 at 08:31.