Comments about the latest C&SC

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Chris Martin
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Mario Laguna wrote:

Chris, nice 450SLC and interesting M-B reading, keep driving (and writing)

Thanks, thanks, yes and yes.

By the way Mario, I finally managed to get a copy of your book from Chaters - in fact that got here in less than a week, maybe Haymarket should ask them how they do it, they are only a few miles down the A30?

Chris M.

 

 

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" I finally managed to get a copy of your book from Chaters"

Chris, I hope you'll enjoy reading the book (well done by Clive and son Paul at Chaters, they sell many copies of the book).
Although it is only available in Spanish (I reckon a Pegaso book in English is long overdue) the book fills a gap in motoring literature.
The power data from the factory period test, released in the book for the first time in Pegaso history, shall answer many questions.

By the way, I am looking forward to reading C&SC December issue, which should be available next Thursday (at least in Great Britain) and a few days after in the Continent.
Did you notice the Pagoda SL shot in Ronda (Spain)? Did someone from Teddington travel to South Málaga to road test the car?
Quite impressive.

 

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Mario Laguna wrote:

" I finally managed to get a copy of your book from Chaters"

Chris, I hope you'll enjoy reading the book (well done by Clive and son Paul at Chaters, they sell many copies of the book).
Although it is only available in Spanish (I reckon a Pegaso book in English is long overdue) the book fills a gap in motoring literature.
The power data from the factory period test, released in the book for the first time in Pegaso history, shall answer many questions.

By the way, I am looking forward to reading C&SC December issue, which should be available next Thursday (at least in Great Britain) and a few days after in the Continent.
Did you notice the Pagoda SL shot in Ronda (Spain)? Did someone from Teddington travel to South Málaga to road test the car?
Quite impressive.

 

I guess you are referring to the photo on the 'Next Month' page? Funny you mention that, I just got my November C&SC today, (a bit quicker than last month)  and as I flicked through quickly for some reason - yes of course I like Pagoda Mercs - that photo caught my eye too and I immediately recognised what looked like the Ronda bridge up above. I remember it well as being a tourist about twenty years ago I was curious to visit and managed to get lost down a narrow dead end street on the wrong side of the bridge and had to reverse what seemed like a kilometre back across town.

That would have been the year that Martin Donnelly had his big accident at Jerez, I took the scenic route across the Sierras instead of the coast road for a change.

Nice photo though, maybe those C&SC folks will offer it on here as a future 'wallpaper'.

Chris M.

 

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Had more hair then...............

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Mario Laguna wrote:

" I finally managed to get a copy of your book from Chaters"

Chris, I hope you'll enjoy reading the book (well done by Clive and son Paul at Chaters, they sell many copies of the book).
Although it is only available in Spanish (I reckon a Pegaso book in English is long overdue) the book fills a gap in motoring literature.
The power data from the factory period test, released in the book for the first time in Pegaso history, shall answer many questions.

Yes I was a regular customer of theirs from a long time back when I used to browse happily in the Isleworth shop.

From what I have seen of the Pegaso book, it looks good so far, and I can get by with my limited Spanish and a dictionary, but I have not started reading it seriously yet as I have two other projects on the go (one in French) and prefer to keep concentration up by not reading too many different books at once.

Not helped of course by having yet to finish October C&SC while November is staring at my from the desk.

Another coincidence, I noticed in the October Your Classics story a photo of the adventurers Mini-Cooper parked at the restored pits at Reims. In my November story I did mention the remembered trip from Snetterton to Dijon to deliver a Formula Ford engine in a hurry. On the way that day I made a diversion to visit the old Grand Prix circuit and found the old buildings derelict on the D27 between Thillois and Gueux. I stopped and took a few photos (funnily enough, I was driving a Mercedes that day too). Much later these old pits buildings and grandstands have been restored and repainted by the local historic car club, and they even have an annual 'revival' meet there now, Back in 1991 these were just neglected old faded and crumbling ghosts of a racing past that ended twenty years before.

compare with the photo on page 167 of October C&SC

it is a long straight run down to Gueux from here

Chris M.

 

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"Mick Walsh takes the pick of the bunch – the 280SL – for a trip along the south coast of Spain from Malaga to Marbella to find out, and discovers it’s a much better driver’s car than many think"

- So Walsh made it to Málaga with the SL, lucky guy.
Years ago, a friend of mine gave up his beautiful Old English White 280SL (mint and whith ex-general Juan Domingo Perón history) because of its poor, dangerous handling when not just cruising. He almost got killed in an icy road near Andorra. I can see, however, dry Málaga in summer is very different from the Pyrenees in the bleak midwinter. Still, it looks a gorgeous car to me.

 

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Yes, but I wish they would not keep talking up the Pagoda SL, at this rate I will never be able to afford one. Even a LHD ex-California 230SL would do, but they start at $30k, about double what a mint 107 SLC can fetch. Damn!

Chris M.

 

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Just got a copy of the December issue as C&SC hit Luxembourg on Tuesday noon, one day before than it usually does. Congrats, it sets a new speed record. Traffic under or above the Channel is getting better!

Chris, read your Jerez story, thanks for sharing. I have been to Jerez a couple of times and I thought it was far from home, never guessed people from the other side of the globe went to Jerez too.

 

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Mario Laguna wrote:

Chris, read your Jerez story, thanks for sharing. I have been to Jerez a couple of times and I thought it was far from home, never guessed people from the other side of the globe went to Jerez too.

 

Well I was resident in London at the time, long before I moved to Australia.

The attraction of the race atJerez at the time was that compared to other European Grands Prix, it was cheap and easy to get around. In the days before Alonso, the locals preferred 'bikes to F1.

MotoGP was the big attraction in Spain and having drivers like Luis Perez Sala and Adrian Campos in Minardis was hardly enough to get the Spanish fans filling the grandstands. I seem to remember it was less than twenty quid for a grandstand seat, and there was plenty of choice, guaranteed good weather (unlike most Euro races) and there were kids with bins full of ice selling cold San Miguel or frozen orange sorbet underneath the stands, much better than the traditional Silverstone greaseburger and Fosters.

Much later, the race moved to Barcelona, which is on the main freeway and easy access for the rest of Europe, and then Fernando became a star, so I guess the Spanish GP is now as busy, crowded and expensive as all the others.

As for the December C&SC, I am still reading November and I don't expect that one for another couple of weeks (with a following wind).

Chris M.

 

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Usualy CSC arrives at Portugal at the 12º of every month, but since today the December issue is available at Lisbon finest scrapyards.

(of course it's a  joke, I was there just to buy some spares to my car and the fresh buyed magazine was at the passenger seat...)

As in last month, I didn't finish yet the November issue. 

Report in a few days...

nuno granja