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La vie en Purple

Post by tanuki » Sun Jun 01, 2014 8:33 pm

Good evening all !

On Saturday I went to pickup the 'notorious purple' - as stated by Chris in a separate topic -
Leaving home in the early morning hours to catch one of the first running trains, it took me about 4 and a half hours
to reach my destination, Dieppe, which is about 300km from my place :roll: Thinking of it, I could have reached
Marseilles in less time :lol: Anyway it was meant to be a one-way trip only by train (!)
I then spent a good 3 or 4 hours with Chris Leroy who had come to pick me up at the station with the purple 8)

We loaded all the spare parts that came with the car, checked various things around the Scimi,
did our paperwork for the sale, had a family brunch in the garden ... and also talked about Sevens
and motorbikes :mrgreen: Christophe has always been a fan of Sevens so we have a lot in common
beside the 'Purple' :wink:

It was a beautiful day as well (see the photos attached) ... and Chris confessed to me that he had gone
for one last 'good bye' blat with the Purple in the morning :P

I had to leave early - about 14:30 - to drive back home safely ... I mean 'slowly' given the fact
that I do not know the car yet, that engine still needs to go easy in the revs (only a few hundred kms
since its reconditioning) ... and the car was loaded alright with all the spare parts :roll:

Everything went smoothly ... crusuing in gear 4 +OD on the freeway at slow pace compared to moderns cars
- just around 100, 110 km/h - which was just perfect to get the first feelings :)
I arrived around 18:30, unloaded the spare parts in my garage ... and took her to my office to meet
her new mates Cat' & Chim' ... I could not hear any growling in the basement, phew :lol: :lol:

Now for the first feelings :mrgreen:

The Purple is handling great and the steering is light - unlike another one that I driven before -
although the tyres are pretty wide !
The sound is great - windows open all the way down to Avon - but I must confess that I had a bad
headache this morning ... I wonder :wink: Anyway, I don't mind the headaches if I can have a
large grin on my face :mrgreen:
The gearbox if smooth and easy, once you get used to the size of the lever - compared to the Caterham or the TVR -
and to push the 3rd far right - as if it were a 5th on a modern car - ... which took me a while to master.
I am quite proud that I never missed a gear change during the whole journey.
The engine's full roar I have not really heard as yet ... since I hardly went above 3000 rpm (!)
Will wait for a while before I start playing a bit with it - for the time being, we are just getting acquainted
slowly -

After a shower and a quick snack, I went to bed early in preparation of today's event - and also thanks to
the aspirin I guess - Only took time to write a quick email to Chris (Johnson) and give a call to Chris (Leroy)
to let him know that the Purple had safely arrived at her new home.
That explains this late message ... I was simply exhausted last evening :lol:

And now for a few more pics !!

Cheers,
Fred
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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by tanuki » Sun Jun 01, 2014 8:39 pm

A couple more pics to celebrate this day ...
Boy, she was loaded with spare parts :shock: but we managed to fit everything into it ...
and still preserved a good rear viewing - which I appreciated on the freeway -

Fred

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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by Roger Pennington » Sun Jun 01, 2014 8:41 pm

Well done, Fred, it looks very smart! :)


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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by tnarg8 » Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:28 pm

So relieved!!! Wasn't sure how my colour would go down, then there were two!

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Post in p/thread when finished.Apologies Fred for partial hi-jack.



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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by tanuki » Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:41 pm

Today was the first 'day out' for the Purple ... le Chateau de Courances.

First things first ... I took the Scimi to the local cleaning station to get a good vacuuming since
yesterday's trip with the full load of spare parts did leave a bit of a mess on the inside :roll:

This being done, we went to the pretrol station as I was curious about how thirsty she was yesterday on the freeway.
I had filled up the tank yesterday upon leaving Dieppe - wow, how big is that tank ? I put 60 litres ! - ...
so I decided to refill up again today to get a first estimate of fuel consumption based on that.
Of course those are crude figures given the fact that I did not try to fill up to top - I just stopped at the first sign of backflow -
but in both cases the jauge was reading just a little bit below 'Full' so it should be good enough.
Well ... surprise, surprise - a good one - it looks like Purple needed only 21 litres for the 185 miles of the trip ...
which gives a stunning figure of 7 litres / 100 km :shock: (I will let you translate in mpg :roll: )

We then drove down to Nemours - our club base - to gather with a few members and then convoyed until our destination,
le Chateau de Courances. The meeting was organized by the local branch of the Anglican Church, so you can bet that
there were a good deal of english people around. And of course there were quite a number of french visitors who were
there for the castle and its famous japanese garden and water canals.

The Scimi brought a lot of attention, mostly:
- 'What is this ?' from the french
- 'I remember seing those cars when I lived in england' from the french expats
- 'I haven't seen a Scimitar for a while' from the english

I even met a guy who had been working for one and a half year with Reliant :shock:
he was in the marketing side of things with them and was impressed to see one today ...

Of course, some members of the club could not resist from teasing me because of the purple color :lol:
.. but after all it was well received, and definitely only a couple of people could put a name on it
- which maybe just proves that they can read :lol: -

There were not as many cars today as for last year's edition - maybe the weather which was so, so -
but a few ones that are not so common ...
I will add thumbnails further down and maybe a few more pics in the 'What car did you see today ?' topics.

Cheers,
Frederic

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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by DARK STAR » Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:44 pm

Superb!
Looks a good outing, though I'm not sure you should have parked next to the yellow TR6 8)
There was in fact another Purple at Donington in '78
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Well done Fred


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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by tanuki » Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:45 pm

Just a couple more pics 8)
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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by tanuki » Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:51 pm

tnarg8 wrote:So relieved!!! Wasn't sure how my colour would go down, then there were two!
Post in p/thread when finished.Apologies Fred for partial hi-jack.
Wow ... another purple :D
Looking forward to the outdoor pics once you're finished ... we'll compare tones then :mrgreen:
No worries at all for the post :wink:
Cheers, Fred


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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by tanuki » Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:56 pm

Roger Pennington wrote:Well done, Fred, it looks very smart! :)
Thanks Roger :P
After all those months waiting, I am happy as you can guess ... and looking forward to the International meeting
in just 3 weeks time from now :mrgreen: I'll make sure to bring a big tube of aspirin with me :lol:
the sounds of a convoy of Scimitars must be great !
Fred


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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by Scimher » Mon Jun 02, 2014 1:42 am

...No hiding with that colour scheme, Fred.....Lovely - the right model & the right year.....Snap!



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Post by erikscimitardemon » Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:31 am

Looking good Fred!
Good luck with your first Scimitar.

ps I wrote "first" on purpose. Others will follow soon-ish


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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by MikeyBikey » Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:38 am

Looks very pretty. Great stuff


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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by philhoward » Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:08 am

erikscimitardemon wrote:Looking good Fred!
Good luck with your first Scimitar.

ps I wrote "first" on purpose. Others will follow soon-ish
One is never enough...


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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by MikeyBikey » Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:59 am

philhoward wrote:
One is never enough...
That could be the name of the next james bond movie;


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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by Corky » Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:29 am

That looks great Fred. I can hear the colour from here :lol:


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