Our family is getting ready to a trip to England & Wales early next month, in our P5B (if I can get all the faults corrected
I will take the ferry from Denmark and collect my wife and kids in Luton airport on the way west-bound (they take Ryanair). We will spend some days in the Birmingham-area. Plan is to visit Warwick Castle, Nottingham, National Motorcycle Museum and the Rover premises in Solihull and Longbridge (a photo at the gate !!). Does anyone know if the buildings still exists in Solihull and how to find them?. Then we will head to Wales and try to reach Llangollen as there should be a festival for folk-dancing and folk-music. After this we have a list with places as Caernarfon Castle, Llanberis, Snowdon, Criccieth, Harlech castle, Aberystwyth, Devils Bridge, St. Davids, Brecon Beacons, Tintern Abbey.
And then on the way home Stonehenge, Sammy Miller Museum and Beaulieu.
Now we just wondered if some local people on this list are thinking about something that we just MUST see. It could be that something Rover-related has slipped my attention.
Finally I wondered if anyone could give me address/phonenumber on trusted Rover-knowing repair-shops in Wales. Not that I want to sound pessimistically, but one better be prepared …
Crikey Peter if you are only 10 mins from Luton I want a cup of tea as well! I live in Beds too you know!!!! And Frank you are welcome as is all your family(Fish and Chips???) to stop at our house for something to eat and look at the Duchess. Potton also has a good hotel if you want it. ( I can book it for you). It is very pretty around here and the Shuttleworth collection is very near to me. We are very sociable around here and we have had all the innoculations so you should not catch any thing too serious!! Let us show you some good English hospitality GlennR PS I also have dealt with the guy you won the sill trims with. I would be happy to pay for them and pick them up for you and you can collect them from me and pay me!! (HOPPYBELLBOX) He is local to me!
I do thank you for all kindness and offers for tea !
To Peter : They will take the ground at 12.55 on the 6. July. My ferry will be in Harwich at 11.00 and my guess is close to an hour before I get clear from the ferry. I assume that I will be in Luton 13.30 so I think it will be very accurate as to when they has claimed luggage etc. On the way back the plane depart at 20. July at 08.00 in the morning (((so no Classics, sorry. In fact I have traversed the calender to see if I could catch any meeting along the route, but it seems not))), so we will have to be there very early. So to meet that schedule I assume we will be in the area a day or two before, so let's see. If you mail me directly your phonenumber (firstname.lastname@example.org) then we will see how things will evolve.
To Glenn :
The trims are already paid in advance, so that is taken care of. "HOPPYBELLBOX" has also kindly offered me tea (I have to learn to drink that stuff !) upon collecting, but I am not sure where he lives (is that Potton ??). If you would also mail me your phonenumber and perhaps the number of that Hotel, then lets see how things evolve at the end of our trip. Also if the Rover does not behave I might take your offer of collecting the trim, and we can arrange something, somehow.
Thanks everyone, it has been overwhelming !! ;D ---------------- This weekend I changed the radiator, all coolant and heating hoses, fan belt and front shocks. After that the hoses from the gearbox to the radiator was leaking gearbox oil all over the place. New clamps tightened these, but then the new radiator leaked, as I had solderes the upper pigot in myself. Redid that task and now it is ok. I then started changing the door seals, but that was a mistake. Like many others on this list, I can't close the doors after the new seals are installed. I guess I will have to reinstall the old ones and wait until the winter !! Tonight it will be rear shocks and rear safetybelts and old doorrubbers back in. Isn't good to have a hobby
Hi Frank, I picked up my goods from a place called "Stilton" (You may know the Cheese?) It's 25-35 mins North of Potton, straight up the A1. We exchanged goods outside the local pub called "The Bell" No problems. (I felt like an undecover agent!) The accomodation can be found at www.pottoncoachhouse.co.uk/ and the Shuttlworth Collection www.shuttleworth.org/shuttleworth/ Please e-mail me at email@example.com and I shall give you my contact numbers
We are now safely back from our trip which ended up covering 2.800 km. We had a great time and visited Phil and Glenn and their families on the way.
And the Rover ? Not one single problem ! We crossed single-track mountain-roads in Wales with 25% up and 25% down again. Brakes overheated a little on the way down, but a little pause and we counl carry on. The Rover used less than a pint of oil on these 2.800 km, so now I assume that it migth not have run 180.000 km after all, but perhaps only 80.000 ?? It was fully loaded with 2 adult and 3 kids and luggage but carried the burden gracefully.
Now we are struck with the daily problems again (=work etc), but if I get to it, I will try to write a little story to "take five".