Anyone who reads my blog will know (er….anyone ????!!), the default state of my Caterham 7 is ….BROKEN !, and this year is no different. After breaking the axle in August 2018 , I got a 2nd hand item from an ex-racer (Prob not a great idea now with hindsight !), that turned out to be very slightly bent at the wheel end….the result of wheels banging on a circuit during some close racing no doubt ! – I’ve been on eBay , and am currently awaiting the axle and hub being un-pressed, and re-pressed together at James Whitings Garage, along with his excellent axle-shims , of which my axle was the prototype 10 years ago !
Nice to finally meet up for the first proper blat of 2019, and everyone had ‘new’cars !
Bargain of the century !!!!
Daz had a ‘new’ BMW Mini Cooper S complete with uprated exhaust for……wait for it 700 pounds – Incredible value !!!!, Neil , as always has done some work on his Westfield, and has finally joined the aeroscreen club !!, and last but not least , Darren has bolted a Mini supercharger onto his MEV Exocet, which no goes like the proverbial scalded cat….on Acid !!!, complete with the noise of a howling banshee to match (Following the MEV is interesting as it already gets looks, a the noise just makes sure EVERYONE looks – (not for the shrinking violet drivers out there !)….Oh, and my old Z4 – still brilliant fun , but a bit wide for little lanes ! (my mirrors are still intact you will be pleased to hear, despite a tractor trying it’s hardest to remove them)
Back to the run, just getting out onto the road proved a nightmare, as it seemed everyone had thought it would be great evening for a blast. and 30 seconds after meeting up, we’d lost Neil and Darren , and pulled into a layby to wait……and wait…..and wait !) . 20mins later we were off again, heading down the sublime riverside road from Twyford through Wargarve to Henley (get up super-early to blast down to Henley for a quick coffe on a Sunday morning, and then back again before the Middle-Aged Men in Lycra ruin your fun !)
Other pub patrons had the same idea for a great drive in the country !
Some epic roadage later, courtesy of ‘Blat-Leader Extraordinaire’ Darren, who was absolutely hanging it out in the Mini, we got close to our destination….., then ran into an unmade road , which was entertaining for Neil in the very lightweight Westfield . we then turned right to get off this nightmare road, and proceeded up a track more suited to a Land Rover………
Then for some reason I let a gap open up in front of me, which was a good thing as a mountain bike literally jumped in front of me , 2 seconds late he would have been under me. He didn’t even notice me, huffing and puffing after making it through his journey of the evening as he pulled over to the side of the road. Hood down, I mentioned to him how ‘flipping lucky’ he was to be alive !,as I trundled past him on the very narrow road up to the pub.
Roads unusable by cars !!!!….W hat next…..Toilets ‘ Unsuitable for humans’ !!
As I said earlier, EVERYONE was out tonight, and as we rocked up to the pub car park , it became VERY apparent as parking was at a premium. So, after abandoning our vehicles we checked out the King William IV pub , a Brakspear pub (So great ales !), with possibly THE best beer garden …….in the world
We decided that we’d have a coffee at another pub, and another equally brilliant set of roads followed as the sun set over some spectacular English countryside.
45 minutes later we pulled into the Golden Ball, to find an empty car park with just one car in it , a DB9 no less !
We were just in time to be the almost the very last customers ! Another lovely pub well worth a visit, and we also bumped into a fellow petrol-head there, owner of the Aston. Last time I was here I bumped into a guy who once owned Aston Martin, as in the WHOLE COMPANY !….great place.
Thanks to Darren for yet another great drive , on epic roads, in my local area, that I don’t think I have ever been on !