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Please call me an idiot. Didn’t see the rock protruding onto a Cumbrian mountain road and ran over it. The front n/s tyre burst with an impressive bang – none of your pathetic hissing punctures. Praise be to Alfa for the spare. I’d still be there if it had been a tube of splooge.

Middle of nowhere, yet three drivers stopped to offer help. Declined by me, but it restores faith in humanity etc. A fisherman offered comfort, saying he’d hit the same rock, same result, last year. (Truth is, it’s been there millions of years and it’s best to drive round it).

Remembered a tyre depot in romantically-named Cockermouth, which we’d noticed because of its sculpture. (Really - see below). Rang them next morning and they had the tyre in stock, said call any time. Mentioned it to the landlady of the (converted) cowshed we were in, and to a bookshop cashier, and they sang the praises of Goodfellows – which proved an apt name. They identified a bulge in the rear tyre which had also hit the rock, replaced it (yes, from stock!), reset the tracking and reassured me the suspension and bushes were undamaged. This saved me a planned checkover at an Alfa specialist when I was home.

Amazing service, all done with a smile, and at a decent price.
All in all, having a puncture left me feeling happier than before. Might go out and have another one.
 

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You probably ddoubled their annual turnover in one visit. :D

Nice though when you think you're rubber-ducked in the middle of nowhere and find not only a source of help but actually a super-helpful source of help. :thumbs:


Ralf S.
 

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I would also give them a commendation.

I too had recourse to Goodfellows last year. I hit a stone in the verge avoiding an oncoming camper van between Loweswater and Crummock. They were very helpful although in my case they had to get the tyre in. I was due to return home the following morning and didn't fancy a long distance with a spacesaver on. By the time we had booked out of the Hotel and driven into Cockermouth (having left the wheel with them the previous evening) the tyre was fitted, balanced and they had it on the car in no time. I found the cost more than my local Halfords where I had recently had two new front tyres (luckily the damaged one was a rear) but for a local independent miles from a major conurbation it was not unreasonable.

Funnily enough I have just remembered I had used their Keswick branch (now closed) some years previously for a similar incident going round the west side of Derwen****er in the Xsara. On that occasion I had to call out the RAC as the wheel bolts proved impossible to shift.

Edit. What's with the swear filter that it cannot recognise D-e-r-w-e-n-t-w-a-t-e-r and yes I do see what is being filtered out but it doesn't have a problem with Scunthorpe
 

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Could well be. It was about 400 yards from the phone box by the turn down to the Kirkstile Inn. I was heading back towards Lorton as we were staying at The Cottage In The Wood on the Whinlater Pass. I pulled over by the phone box to change the tyre and the gentleman from the cottage opposite, who was well in to his 70's, came out to ask if I needed any help and advised that the nearest tyre place was in Cockermouth by Sainsburys. It was only when I got there I realised it was Goodfellows and I had used them before. I do like Cumbrians they are so friendly and helpful.
 

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Ah yes, my pic is taken five minutes walk from the phone box, which actually contains a defibrilator in case you get too agitated by the puncture. That is, of course, Loweswater city centre, and the couple from the cottage are indeed very pleasant, though I suspect they are southern immigrants.
 

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Yes I realized exactly where it was. We have been visiting the Northern Lakes for at least 30 years so know most of the nooks and crannies. Your holiday cottage can't be far from where Hunter Davies and his wife Margaret Forster had their second home until she died and he sold up.

Incidentally I have just come across the invoice from Goodfellows (everything filed neatly away) and it was August '16 not last year. How time flies as you get older!
 

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Always nice to hear a story like this, I was quite grateful Autolusso opened a place in Cumbria, as they helped me weld a blowing exhaust on the way back from Scotland once with no fuss at all at short notice,
 
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