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Re: Euro Event 2018
« Reply #150 on: September 17, 2018, 09:15:10 »
Dress code is casual guys ... No tuxes  :)

Looking forward seeing you all . 
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Re: Euro Event 2018
« Reply #151 on: September 17, 2018, 09:56:23 »
damn
Now I have to re-pack ;)
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Re: Euro Event 2018
« Reply #152 on: September 17, 2018, 10:49:40 »
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Re: Euro Event 2018
« Reply #153 on: September 17, 2018, 13:33:10 »
OMG! Is Peter going to show up in those high white boots??? Or in polka dots?
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Re: Euro Event 2018
« Reply #154 on: September 18, 2018, 09:56:37 »
Hi all ,

Well besides your flashy outfits  8)   I just got the message that our road books are printed in the category " use with magnifying glass " .
So maybe handy to take one with you  :) 

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Re: Euro Event 2018
« Reply #155 on: September 20, 2018, 16:51:40 »
Hallo,
we are ready out here! Cars are checked well! Last weekend we did a Dolomite Run!
Therefore be aware!
Happy to see evrybody.

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Re: Euro Event 2018
« Reply #156 on: September 20, 2018, 23:23:59 »
Great warmup event Peter and Johannes! Thanks for posting the pictures. Brings back memories of our great 2016 event in Merano. 

Looking forward to meeting  you in Arenzano next Thursday noon for lunch and the run to Chateau de Taulane in Provence. 
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Re: Euro Event 2018
« Reply #157 on: September 21, 2018, 02:34:37 »
Some final thoughts ....-

Much has been written prior to the past Euro Events by Peter and others that the cars should be in top shape etc. No need to address this again. I have some pointers that arrived by e-mail to me that I shared with drivers of our group that will drive from the Euro Event after our breakfast on Sunday Sept 30 to the the Paul Bracq Aleliers in Bordeaux. Celebrating a Family affair here by a glass of read I was thinking why not share it here with the group, some have not driven in France before. My last trip by car from Frankfurt to Paris was in the late 90s 

Anywhay here are some pointers for those of you not having driven in France before .....

As we are now close to the event, it is time to give those participants who are not used to travel in France some useful recommendations;

- don't bring with you a lot of money.

A credit card is necessary. With it you could get some cash from ATMs.

You will need cash, but in general, you will have to use a credit card to buy fuel, and to pay highway tolls (almost all are automated, and some don't take cash).

More important : fuel stations and highway tolls accept only visa and mastercard (no exotic card, including AMEX).

- Avoid buying fuel on highways :

 it is a lot more expensive. You will find high octane fuel (super 98), medium octane (super 95), and super 95 E10.
Don't take 95 E 10 , it contains 10 % ethanol !. For a Pagoda, 98 is recommendeď, but you could also use 95 for a short distance.
(Our group has planned fuel stops going west to Bordeaux).

- Cell and Smart Phones;

People with smartphones (android or apple) will be able to communicate (maybe with a surcharge), but not get access to data or the internet (except at the hotels through wifi). (For our Group in case of a problem on the road, we have (the originator of the recommendations here) to be the focal point, as he will have a permanent access to the internet.

It will be nice to have a list of participants with their phone numbers (our group has shared the phone numbers and I will provide a hard copy to drivers for the trip west after the Euro Event.

- Finally, don't forget to bring a charger for your Ipad, smartphone, or GPS, including a car charger, to plug in the cigarette lighter (navigation apps use a lot of power).

And as Rick mentioned a magnifying glass is always helpful :) At my age I make a list and check it several times :)

I like to add one item ... last year on our Mosel Tour Peter H. While having a great roadmap planned for our GPS systems Ihard copies for everyone), we came up with a last minute safety plan and that was ....

A) Heinrich B, and his Pagoda (my driver) we left the hotel last to make sure no one got stranded along the way of the 35 cars plus.

B) every passengier kept an eye on the car behind (most of the cars in our group did have a RHS mirror) to make sure there was no problem.

Our group only got split in half when we came to a construction site there was a driver with a slight confusion otherwise our plan worked like a charm during Peter H. planned drive first a short stratch along the Rhein for a spell then over to the Mosel and back to the hotel.

Nothing left to be said, happy trails and I have it on good authorities that the weather man/Lady is on our side :)

Bon Voyage see you in Province ...

Dieter

« Last Edit: September 21, 2018, 02:47:07 by Rolf-Dieter »
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Re: Euro Event 2018
« Reply #158 on: September 21, 2018, 10:12:27 »
Hello all ,

Thank you Rolf-Dieter for your pointers , very helpful indeed  :)

Then for some practical tips ;  We just received a message from our man at site    Pascal .
This morning it was 1 degree Celsius at Taulane ... So a bit chilly in the morning .   
Temperature's drop to almost freezing at night , and go up to a 22..24 C at midday. So do pack some warm clothes as well !

Also and you may know or not know , since 2012 it is a legal requirement in France to have a alcohol breath analyzer in your car .
These things are disposals and you can get them at gas stations at the borders.
Also :  a emergency warning triangle and a fluorescent safety vest for each passenger   
     
A fire extinguisher or first aid box are not legal required , but maybe good sense to have with you.

About 1,5 km from Taulane there is a gas station so there you can fill up.
So please make sure you have a full tank of gas when start on Friday , because there are hardly no gas stations at the tour.

Further more our road book will provide you with all the info you need , so you can enjoy the tour we set out.
Since everyone does have a navigation system nowadays, or at least a telephone with navigation options , we won't get lost .

That's it for now .... we may get back to you if we have some more updates .

We are leaving tomorrow and will stay at the cote d ázur until Thursday , to check out the weather for our attendees off course  8)   

Looking forward seeing you all , and we will await your arrival at Talaune .

The 2018 Pagoda Euro Event Team .....


 

 
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Re: Euro Event 2018
« Reply #159 on: September 21, 2018, 19:13:31 »
Good pictures of SL crossing The Dolomites.....please keep posting photos of Euro event 2018...it reminds me my RV Tour I did around Europe in 1992 when Expo Seville.
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Re: Euro Event 2018
« Reply #160 on: September 22, 2018, 11:22:48 »
Hi all ,

Don't worry about the alcohol analyzer, this regulation is no more enforced !
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Re: Euro Event 2018
« Reply #161 on: September 24, 2018, 08:04:35 »
Yesterday Karin and I started driving to the south of France, as part of our vacation. However, it looks like autumn just started. There was so much rain, all day, that roads were inundated, especially in Metz, our first stopping point.

In Belgium we witnessed three cars involved in one-car accidents, all exiting the motorway at too high a speed and slipping and doing a 180, facing the wrong way, in a ditch etc. One fairly new BMW had all its airbags deployed (making it a fairly sure write-off). Another car had hit the separation barrier between the motorway and the exit, leaving a huge hole in the nose where the engine was meant to be.

Needless to say, we drove pretty carefully. However, in Metz itself I needed to drive the Pagoda through this ford to get to our hotel. Weather expectations for the rest of the week are: good, dry and sunny  8)

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Re: Euro Event 2018
« Reply #162 on: September 24, 2018, 12:42:59 »
WOW Peter that looks like a lot of water on the road, hope the rest of your drive is smooth sailing (not meant the way it sounds) :) Dieter

See you in Province where I'm told the forecast will be fine, still, I'll bring my (Knirps) umbrella along just in case.

Woke up early this morning (getting used to the time change). Compiled some interesting statistics using Rick's list and our great forum for the numbers :)

Participants (Names on Rick’s list - does not necessarily equal cars or passengers) = 33

Country of origin (drivers not cars)

AUSTRALIA = 1
BELGIUM = 2
CANADA = 1
CZEH REPUBLIC = 1
FINLAND = 1
FRANCE = 3
GERMANY = 1
ITALY = 2
NETHERLANDS = 7
SWEDEN = 2
UNITED KINGDOM = 8
UNITED STATES = 5

Pagode / Pagoda’s number of cars shown here represent cars owned by participants, some own 2 cars (only one was taken in account). Also there are 5 idrivers coming from the US as far as I know only one car is part of the Event having been shipped from the US. So  this count is not too accurate ;)

230 SL = 6
250 SL = 8   
280 SL = 14
Not known = 3

2018 Euro Event Members joined Pagoda SL Group

2003 = 8
2004 = 3
2005 = 1
2006 = 1
2007 = 1
2008 = 3
2009 = 2
2010 = 2
2011 = 2
2012 = 1
2013 = 4
2014 = 2
2015 = 1
2016 = 2
2017 = 1

Some of you have left already like Peter, others will leave tomorrow by way of an airplane. However, you travel, travel safely and avoid if you can the rain.

See you in Province,

Dieter


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Re: Euro Event 2018
« Reply #163 on: September 24, 2018, 17:29:12 »
How to grill a steak :French style

Lots of rain yesterday, lovely sunshine today
Now at Montlucon

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Re: Euro Event 2018
« Reply #164 on: September 24, 2018, 22:38:41 »
Peter your journey looks dreadful, we took the hull zeebrugge ferry today to find sunshine in Belgium, travelled south, had lunch in Laon then through the Champagne region for an overnight in Troyes where we bumped into Sully in a restaurant by chance. All good so far

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Re: Euro Event 2018
« Reply #165 on: September 25, 2018, 08:38:09 »
I am out of here at last.


Leaving Melbourne, Australia in two hours for Nice via Dubai UAE.
See everyone tomorrow evening for some drinks..... 8) 8) ;D


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Re: Euro Event 2018
« Reply #166 on: September 25, 2018, 15:32:04 »
Well good to hear everyone is on their way and in good spirit despite the weather ...

We are already here and enjoying beautiful weather...

Bon voyage guys .
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Re: Euro Event 2018
« Reply #167 on: September 25, 2018, 16:40:14 »
Was just packing the car of journey essentials (mainly phone chargers...) and had a thought - indeed a thought I should have had ages ago...

I have a spare seat in the car on Friday  :-\  My beloved arrives lunchtime on Friday and has opted to head for a facial in the hotel spa rather than have a cab try to hunt me down somewhere in Provence for the afternoon.

So anyone with good eyes and a decent sense of direction will be most welcome to join me! Otherwise I am looking to follow a Pagoda with top navigating skills and a heavy right foot  ;D

Let me know if you are after a Friday seat. I am on gmail... adogap
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Re: Euro Event 2018
« Reply #168 on: September 25, 2018, 18:42:00 »
Stayed last night by the lake Como and just landed in Savona. our room number is, naturally, ...

Looking forward to seeing you all soon! 
Maritta & Petri  :)
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Re: Euro Event 2018
« Reply #169 on: September 25, 2018, 21:22:57 »
We will depart to morrow morning from the Dordogne valley through Rodez, Millau, Montpellier, to a night stop in Nimes.
Only problem : how to store all the bags that Laurette had packed.
The trunk is definitely too small for everything.
The solution : the spare wheel will stay home !
In fact, I never had to use it since I got my Pagoda 21 years ago.so I hope I will not need it !
See you all on thursday.
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Re: Euro Event 2018
« Reply #170 on: September 26, 2018, 13:19:27 »
Ready to start
Loaded trunk:

Speck Parmigiano
local bread
wine!

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Re: Euro Event 2018
« Reply #171 on: September 26, 2018, 15:22:38 »
You guys ,always afraid that you get starved underway ... :)

Wel I can tell you we will be driving in good food and excellent wine country, so don’t worry 😉
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Re: Euro Event 2018
« Reply #172 on: September 26, 2018, 18:15:40 »
Save a little bit for us! In Aix-les-Bains tonight. Meeting Oz and Achim here for dinner, then driving in , in the morning.

Jon, Brian and Martijn
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Re: Euro Event 2018
« Reply #173 on: September 26, 2018, 19:01:19 »
Rick this is only a present 🎁 for the Ex-presidente!
You know hes in love 😍 with that stuff!

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Re: Euro Event 2018
« Reply #174 on: September 26, 2018, 21:24:57 »
On Monday we drove of to Paris Bercy to put the Pagoda on the autotrain. Then we left from Gare de Lyon with the TGV to St Raphael where we stayed in a hotel to collect the Pagoda the next day. After a 10 minute drive to Fréjus we parked the car in the garage of the apartment we rented for a few days, so it could rest from its tiring train ride 😀😀
In the meantime we enjoy the beach an the boats in the harbor plus the restaurants... One of them has over 150 different rums on display👍👍
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