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Old 07-12-2010, 05:25 PM   #31
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so the next morning while waiting for breakfast Joe asks our host, Sue, who the sportcar enthusiast in the house is... turns out her dad was John Tojeiro, a famous designer of racing cars, and the person who gave us the iconic sportscar, the AC Ace, which went on to become the AC Cobra

very VERY cool!





I asked if she had one out in the garden, but no such luck.
Since we told them we had been to Duxford, they suggested we might like the Shuttleworth collection. So, only a few miles away, and no particular plan, off we went!

more WW 1 stuff. that little prop on the left-forward strut drives a pump to pressurize the fuel system. pretty ingenious I thought.







neat thing about Shuttleworth is everything flies, or is in the process of being made ready to fly. No garage queens here!

then it's south and east towards London









tomorrow we drop the bikes early morning, and get ready to fly home.

I think Joe's ready



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Old 07-12-2010, 05:29 PM   #32
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Comet mebbe

If so...it looks in better nick than mine

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Old 07-13-2010, 05:56 PM   #33
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very good holiday it seems
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Old 07-31-2010, 07:14 AM   #34
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so just to wrap it up....

our route:



We did about 1400 miles, which, in the North American sense of things, could be a long weekend, we did it in about 7.5 days of riding.

We really enjoyed the roads, and talking to people we met along the way. The beer was good & the food was good too. The cost of living seems very high in the UK though. Pretty much whatever we would pay in dollars, they pay in pounds. Lodging seemed more expensive than Europe, and gas was also more expensive than Europe.

The bike rental place was pretty good, close to the airport, and less expensive than the places I looked at in Europe. They are called Raceways and have two locations in London.

So, was it the Alps? no, of course not. But if was very good riding, and I am glad I have done it. I think southern Italy may be next on the list. Or will it be Spain.. and Morocco? So many places to ride, so little money
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Old 07-31-2010, 07:40 AM   #35
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Very, very nice!



I used to have an MG in British racing green just like the one in your pics.

I'm homesick...

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Old 01-07-2011, 11:27 AM   #36
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What a bloody good writeup.


I well enjoyed your trip.

I am a jammy sod having all this within a days ride!

Good luck.
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Old 01-07-2011, 12:13 PM   #37
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What a bloody good writeup.


I well enjoyed your trip.

I am a jammy sod having all this within a days ride!

Good luck.
I actually thought the Yorkshire Dales was the very best part of the trip!
If I lived there, I would be up there ever chance I got!
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Old 01-07-2011, 12:26 PM   #38
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I actually thought the Yorkshire Dales was the very best part of the trip!
If I lived there, I would be up there ever chance I got!
Yorkshire's nice and all but the trouble is, it's full of Yorkshireman.....






















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Old 01-07-2011, 02:48 PM   #39
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I'm pleased that you enjoyed your England trip, you seem to have covered some of the nicest areas of the country.
The Lake District is my favourite part of the country. It's a pity you didn't try Hardnot Pass, it's a very steep pass with tight hairpins. It's a beautiful area but very touristy.
I live in the Middle of your tour (sort of) and can go west into Derbyshire, east into Lincolnshire (Mayflower Pilgrim area), north-east towards Whitby and the North-York Moors or northish to the Yorkshire Dales. There are plenty of good day runs.
Yorkshire full of Yorkshiremen!! You bet your life! We feel quite sorry for all the other English folks that weren't fortunate enough to be born in Yorkshire (God's own county), particularly those from Lancashire. It's an inverted snobbery thing, meant in jest of course
It's pricey here sure enough, petrol has just gone up and is now 1.27 per litre, diesel 1.30 . Times is 'ard here in blighty,and getting harder

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Old 01-07-2011, 03:38 PM   #40
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saw these bizarre evergreens... any idea what they are?

Looks like a Monkey Puzzle Tree to me.
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Old 01-07-2011, 05:18 PM   #41
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glad this thread was "dug up"
awesome rr
great pictures and text
thanks for taking us along with you
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Old 01-07-2011, 05:32 PM   #42
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Great - nostalgic ride report

I dig your Phil Read replica helmet.

That JAP grass track bike at the Sammy Miller museum had a special motor (More special than a standard JAP motor I mean).

Do you recall what the narrative said about it?

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Old 01-07-2011, 06:14 PM   #43
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Great - nostalgic ride report

I dig your Phil Read replica helmet.

That JAP grass track bike at the Sammy Miller museum had a special motor (More special than a standard JAP motor I mean).

Do you recall what the narrative said about it?

Thanks

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sadly no
looking at the original res pic I can see "500 cc double overhead cam long tracker (grass track bike)"

sorry...

oh, and the Phil read seemed apropos for a UK tour
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Old 01-07-2011, 06:21 PM   #44
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Your black Versys looks GREAT!
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Old 01-07-2011, 06:44 PM   #45
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"Double overhead cam" Wow...well that is what is special about it

1970....amazing. I must find out more as I thought the first Grass/Speedway bikes with DOHC motors did not evolve until 1974 and then not the JAP motor.

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