Hi all !
Alfa made it all the way to Milan with no problems
We only got the roof down in London at the start
as unfortunately the weather got worst, with rain through most France while on the auto routes. and being just to cold !
Due to us being the only one of 40 cars to be a convertible, ( and lots of people saying its a alfa is that wise ) and us wearing our costumes, we had to start the rally twice for the number of very professional photographers wanting "the right photo"
The driving down went without a hitch but travelling at speed got to be a bit hard on the auto routes due to having almost no viability in the wet
The auto routes aren't lit, and there are no cats eyes. Also with the spiders lights adjusted for continental driving, it doesn't change the light pattern, just rob you of the 20% normally shining to the left, it did not appear too move it to the right !
When travelling at a constant 80+mph you need to see where you are going !
Strangely the weather was dry every time we left the auto routes, at all our task destinations.
So we had good brief visits to Lille, Rheimes,Sancerra and Yerre-la-ville also there was luckily no rain on late Friday evening, when we enjoyed the night life in Dijon.
The next day saw a early start with a quick visit to the Owl on the side of Notre Dame,a visit to Lyon, and a drive to La Grave driving up/through the alps to approx 2600 feet !
The car behaving faultlessly up the steep hairpins, and the brakes working all the way down ! This was a great fun part of the rally as we had meet up with two other competitors at this point, and had a mini race up,down and through the tunnels ! before losing them at the auto route tolls ! They blamed clutch trouble !
That evening we finished of the rally in Milan, the last task being to take our photo at the main gate at Monza !
With the rally officially over, we spent 2 nights and a day, sight seeing, and sampling the local cuisine in Milan.
But not before a official end of rally meal etc and ending the night at a night club called "Just Cavalli" where our names were down at the door, and beers were 15 euros each !
Turns out this club is the place to be, The World's Finest Clubs - Member Clubs - Just Cavalli Hollywood
Our trip ended Monday with a drive from Milan, into Switzerland, through the Alps, a quick drive along a auto-ban in Germany then back in to France and finaly caught the 21:30 ferry back to England ! from there back home in 40mins.
The best parts ?.......... The Swiss Alps were breathtaking and the car was fun to drive up the mountain passes
and the Amazing roads all across Europe, but mostly the drive !
There was only two of us, and we we constantly asking the one driving if they had had enough driving as the other wanted to drive !
The worst part ?...........having to drive pass young lady Hitch-hikers at the side of the road as car only a two seater !
40 cars started out with 12 tasks needing to be done on route meaning a 1000 mile journey there but i think a 600 mile drive back.
only one car died, having made it all the way there, but refusing to start at the final hotel. A broken cam belt being the problem. Luckily they had never intended to drive it back so it was towed to a local scrap yard ! it also made it there minus its power steering which packed up near Paris !
Thanks for help given by all, for questions asked on other posts.
And the car has a great new owner, my co-driver Rolland, He liked the car so much he's bought it
i will now see if I can up load some photos, and work out fuel economy !