Hot!987.2 goes to France, a little road trip.

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2018/09/13 15:37:30 (permalink)

987.2 goes to France, a little road trip.

We decided to take a week into Normandy/Brittany for a week to bask in the September glow promised by the BBC forecast, and just back.
Here are a few 'car-tales' of the trip, nothing too exciting I say in advance.
It had been 30 years since doing this area of France, so starting with the car prep, a few tips...
 
We booked the Chunnel, pumped up the tyres (actually let them down) and affixed the headlamp deflector stickers as the wrench to remove and adjust the head lights broke at the first twist.
Stacked all the survival gear into all the small boxes, tyre foam, screen wash, Hi-Viz's and all that and thought to check the RAC excellent 'Be Prepared' site for France.
 
36 hours before we were about to leave I read about the Crit-Air badge and the grim messages about fines, prison and enslavery if you don't have one.
I thought you only needed one in Paris and such places, not the Loire Valley.
Not according to the RAC!
We contacted the Hotels we were staying at and they had almost never heard of the Crit Air, and the fine is only 60 Euro, so why worry?
We applied for the yellow Crit Air anyway which you can only get from the French Government and delivery is several days or weeks! It arrived the day we got back.
Confused also by the new speed limits of virtually 80 km/hr everywhere unless signed differently, should get good mpg at least cruising at 50mph.
My wife had already pin-pointed where the Shell stations were in the region...
 
The blast down from the Midlands to Dover was as boring as usual, the car sang all the way; filled up with Shell's best and boarded an hour early, onto French roads 40 mins later. Brilliant.
Recently serviced at my new found Indie, Zuffenhaus, all was well but for a bee in my bonnet about the slight play in the steering wheel, not the usual rubbery feeling of power steering, but more of a true mechanical play. Not so brilliant, but car still drove well, but not the 'telepathic' steering I wish it had.
 
The autoroute used down to Honfleur was like a billiard table, not one undulation, not one bad road joint not one pot hole and dead quiet too, had to talk to the wife!
Honfleur has not changed in 30 years, a place to visit for sure.
Off then the following morning to the famous Hotel de France, famous for its very long rich heritage of all cars Le Mans. We had 2 nights there, absolutely fantastic. Classic and modern cars everywhere, a great atmosphere, and if you do it, you HAVE to get a shot of your car in front of it!
We did the Le Mans museum of course, and drove some sections of the Mulsanne Straight, really nice, especially at 7000 rpm.
 
Sadly, the Boxster embarrassed itself there and then at the Hotel.
With the front full of classic car buffs and a very pretty French Police lady I started the car up.
BELCH and BURP and I asphyxiated everyone except us with a huge cloud of oil smoke. The frontage of the hotel disappeared briefly and I left the 'adoring' crowd thinking, well, 'They all do that Sir'...flat six don't you know. So, another bee in the bonnet.
 

 
The surrounding area is covered in empty 'A' roads, clear views, sweeping bends, quick sudden hairpins everything a Boxster soaks up so very well, esp in the dry and 30 deg C.
 
Rural France is just the best, everything is either very old, very delapidated or very new.
 

 
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We finished up in Deauvillie, the posh part of the area to say the least, and that had not changed for 30 years either!
Left at 8.00am and got home ay 5.30pm, the UK is a shock after such a great country drive, but washed the 987, and got loads of flies off eventually with Tar Remover.
 
The Boxster was the perfect car, luggage space galore, potent overtaking pace, no back aches or pins and needles and an average for the week of 35.6 mpg. (happy on Total 98 too)
Oh, and there are few 80 km/hr roads, and no Policemen with speed cameras in the trees, or looking for Crit-Air stickers; even the threatened forest of fixed speed cameras were absent, only went slowly through 6 in the whole week.
 
Now, what to do about the steering?
Should I surrender and p/x the car for a 987.1?
Or just get on with life and book the next road trip?
 
Seems Scotland in mid October is on the cards!
Graham.
 
 
post edited by 911hillclimber - 2018/09/13 15:48:28

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    Gorsh
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    Re: 987.2 goes to France, a little road trip. 2018/09/13 19:40:23 (permalink)
    Thanks for the post Graham - very interesting!
    I can't offer any advice on the steering but I'm sure someone will - or simply ask Zuffenhaus to look at it.
    We love Scotland, especially Perthshire and the Northern Highlands - be interested to hear the route you're planning.
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    Re: 987.2 goes to France, a little road trip. 2018/09/13 19:50:54 (permalink)
    Graham,
     
    Enjoyed your tour report and photos.
     
    October a very sensible time to visit Scotland's highlands. I can recommend the north highlands both east and west. Anti-clockwise route from Inverness is best.
     
    My 14 day car tour to Germany is imminent, only days to go now. I'll reporting back on my Cayman thread in due course.
     
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    Re: 987.2 goes to France, a little road trip. 2018/09/13 20:19:03 (permalink)
    Thanks for the comments!
    I hope it has made a change to my run of tech only posts!
    It brings home what these cars are like, special and rewarding, simply great to have, I'm lucky.
    The car will be booked into Zuffenhaus clinic on a Saturday very soon to look at the steering.
     
    we are thinking the west coast of Scotland having done a few trips to other parts.
     
    really want to run that fab road used by James Bond, but can't remember what it is called...getting old!
    done it before, but a moody autumn morning with the roof down in a hard charging 3rd gear is very appealing.
     

    post edited by 911hillclimber - 2018/09/13 20:20:39
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    Re: 987.2 goes to France, a little road trip. 2018/09/13 23:38:09 (permalink)

    " really want to run that fab road used by James Bond, but can't remember what it is called" 
     
    https://www.google.co.uk/...161313!2d57.895418!3e0
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    Re: 987.2 goes to France, a little road trip. 2018/09/14 09:25:54 (permalink)
    Graham,
     
    Andrew has helpfully provided the link showing the JB Skyfall road. The A835 drive from Ullapool to Contin is one of the best driver's roads you will find anywhere in Europe.
     
    If you are visiting the west highlands, a worthwhile detour is the the A837/839 to Lairg. The new visitor centre on the B864 at the Falls of Shin is open all year round, and serves excellent food all day. In October you may be lucky enough to watch the salmon leaping the falls.
     
    Enjoy.
     
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    Re: 987.2 goes to France, a little road trip. 2018/09/14 10:48:32 (permalink)
    Nice write up Graham, just back from a trip up to the Inveraray and Tarbert area on the West Coast of Scotland. The A83 from Tarbert to Cambeltown is a great stretch, parts of it following the Atlantic Coast, even managed to step out the back end having being caught out with a sharp rising blind bend, great fun and easy to tweak back with a Boxster. (wife grabbing door handle and some swearing not so happy) Car behaved itself, but did give me one niggle, the dreaded 'Depress Clutch' readout when starting, but it did not, and then did after another attempt. (New clutch pedal micro switch ordered.)
     
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    Re: 987.2 goes to France, a little road trip. 2018/09/14 11:26:23 (permalink)
    Deja vu. Look at my avatar! 

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    Re: 987.2 goes to France, a little road trip. 2018/09/14 17:13:06 (permalink)
    Thank you for the link.
    I cannot think of a more complete car than a Boxster for all these 'must-do' trips, get them in while you can! And go to the Hotel de France!
     
    My wife can plan a trip like no other, so will get these roads in front of her.
     

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    Re: 987.2 goes to France, a little road trip. 2018/09/14 20:36:18 (permalink)
    You did well on mpg. I did 1950 miles 32.2 mpg and average speed 50. 

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    Re: 987.2 goes to France, a little road trip. 2018/09/14 21:10:29 (permalink)
    We’re currently up to 4800 kilometres on a six week trip round europe and I’m only getting 27mpg out of my 987.1S but then I’ve not really stuck to the speed limits either 😂
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    Re: 987.2 goes to France, a little road trip. 2018/09/14 22:10:21 (permalink)
    but did give me one niggle, the dreaded 'Depress Clutch' readout when starting, but it did not, and then did after another attempt. (New clutch pedal micro switch ordered
     
    Replaced mine on the 987 Spyder last week very common not a expensive fix £48 inc vat  fitting and parts .
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