April 2013: The Trip Down the Start Line at Caba Da Roca – In aid of MacMillan Cancer Support
Written by: Bernie and Liz Bagley
So far so good, travelled from Santander through Potes and across the Pico’s. First stop at Leon in a huge ex Monastery!! We are in a convoy of seven, MGB x2 Merc, Porsche, E type, Stag and us tomorrow we pick up another 4 and will head further south to warmer climes. The roads are as always empty and nearly rut free. Been up in the snow line of which there is still about a foot but again the roads are clear and dry. Mr S is behaving extremely well.
Having great issues with computer not downloading photos will try and sort it soon, today we drove from Leon to Ciudad Rodrigo approx 190 miles, wall to wall sunshine and again brilliant roads had a 2.5 lunch stop just out side Fermeselle (Brian Knows where) the convoy only is 8 strong and we lost the Frog eye to tyre issues, our tour leader (nick) in the E type has done a great job keeping us all together!!!! And the good news is he can not shake Mr S off his tail, can’t tell you the speeds that we hit again the roads are fantastic and so quiet. The only thing I don’t understand is in a coupe how you get sunburn!!!
Tomorrow we enter Portugal but it is only a 150 mile run so I expect the lunch stop to be 3hrs
Another great day behind the wheel
only 7 cars toured to Crato in Portugal. we had two issues the 911 Porsche stuffed its starter motor and the Pagonda sliced through its main radiator hose with the alternator, the Porsche can be bumped started but it was all grist to the mill to repair, this was done in an hour with all of us helping with the spares we carried.
wall to wall sunshine again but this time only an hour for lunch, 220 miles covered and another fantastic hotel, half Monastery and half rector hotel, very swish and tidy, some are in the pool the others in the Bar!!! the roads are still empty and a joy to hurtle along tomorrow we head to the start hotel near the cape only 150 miles, hopefully meet up with some of the others and swap the stories of getting there, its hot sunny and there is a G&T on the bar so speak later
Arrived at Lisbon hot bothered and very tired a normal 180 run was expanded by our team leader and this time it was our time break down! In the middle of a small Portuguese village trying to drive through streets just wider than the car we met a 90 degree bend on a 45degree hill on cobbles!!! So the Merc made it but we sat there and spun the wheels! With an extremely over heated engine and transmission (sorry did I not say it was bloody hot) the engine died and stuck we were. The cavalry returned in the form of the stag to pull us to level ground and shade, fuel evaporation was the issue so after a quick blow through and a suck of the pipes Mr S roared into life and off we all went
Good fun this classic car stuff!!!!
Off to lunch now