Picked up my GTV a week ago from my local garage in Germany and here’s what I’ve gotten up to with it during the week.
Firstly it is like a new car. Damn those boys have made it good! I've never been so pleased to be this bankrupt. (With what I paid I could’ve financed a revolution in a medium sized African country)
Before I picked it up they had confirmed by email that it was ready to pick up early in the morning. Well, I ended up over sleeping, which was really no matter as when I got to the garage, they told me it was ready but wasn't ready. That's Italian efficiency in Germany for you. But it's a great garage and I just sat down had a cuppa and talked with the sales guy about the 4C until the car was ready.
They had an amazing 159 V6 on sale from 2007 with just over 3K on the clock. Three thousand miles and 2007! Apparently some rich geezers fifth car who didn't have the time to drive it because he was busy with his Masers and Ferrari's. Oh to have problems such as those.
The plan was to drive 160 miles to Bonn to watch Angela Merkel’s speech with my sis and her hubby who live there (sorry I'm politics geek). Due to the wait, missed the old girl's speech.
I did get it on the autobahn and had the car up to 135mph, couldn’t go any faster as I just bottled it. If you've ever done those speeds with other traffic around it's just plain scary.
BUT and this is where it gets interesting. This Friday I set off to Finland from Luxembourg. That's a tad under a thousand mile trip. Started driving in the evening and did 450 miles of driving on my own in the dark. Had her up to 120 miles but bottled it again, thinking perhaps the idea is to get to Finland alive. But it was a great drive, since not so much traffic and I was averaging about 100 mph on the autobahn.
It still surprises me how quick it is when you are rolling and change down gears. Very few can keep up.
When I got to Sweden I felt like a movie star. I was tired from the previous nights drive and short sleep so I stopped frequently to have break. The GTV really is a head turner. Little kids would nudge their dads to have a look and as I sipped my coffee and watched the car from the petrol station cafeteria, people would walk round the car and look inside smiling and nodding.
Once I got to Stockholm there was an hours wait in line until the let us on the ship to Finland. There we were, hundred odd cars and in the line next to me pulls up a white van full of proper big workmen. I guess they'd finished whatever it was they were doing and were headed home as everyone except the driver was absolutely legless. I thought to myself "Oh no, I don't need 7 drunk geezers giving me GBH of the earhole for the next hour.” They opened the doors, got out with beer cans in hand, looking pretty rough and wobbling on their legs. Big smiles on their faces and they gathered round the car all showing me a thumbs up.
I opened the window and these drunk Finns were all complementing the car asking questions and asking me to rev the car so they could hear the engine. The GTV it's just one of those cars that is a real beauty and instead of brining up feelings of jealousy or "that's a prat's car" it brings a smile to people's faces. And nothing unites blokes who are complete strangers than standing round a nice car talking about cars. Happy times all round.
Then it was time to part as gentlemen and I drove on to the ship. These ships aren’t some little cargo ship thingies. They are proper cruise liners with loads of restaurants and bars and a nightclub. In Finland they call them “oil rigs” because that’s the place were any bloke can get to “drill” if you get my drift? And let me assure you, the amount of totty walking around was ample, but I’m a happily married geezer so I decided to retire to the pub for a thoroughly deserved pint. To my delight they had proper bitter on tap and my beloved CPFC, was playing live on telly. Having just driven a thousand miles in under 24 hours in the GTV, half if it on the Autobahn, I sat there sipping my bitter watching the Eagles live win at Selhurst Park thinking "this life lark ain't half bad"