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Offline Bainford

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Re: The Italian connection 3522r
« Reply #15 on: Sunday,February 26, 2017, 09:29:38 AM »
That's a great story, Lou. You must be very proud of your father. Thanks for sharing. Cheers to your Dad  :beerchug:
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Re: The Italian connection 3522r
« Reply #16 on: Sunday,March 05, 2017, 04:17:31 AM »
Great story Lou about your brothers car and your father. My father was also a POW and he would never talk about it. All he would say to me was he never wanted me to go to war.

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Re: The Italian connection 3522r
« Reply #17 on: Sunday,March 05, 2017, 02:37:43 PM »
A very impressive restoration. And a very impressive and distinctive history your Father had. I imagine it was very satisfying to uncover it!

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Re: The Italian connection 3522r
« Reply #18 on: Friday,August 04, 2017, 04:42:02 AM »
Well, another holiday overseas has come and gone. My annual pilgrimage to visit family in Italy was interesting to say the least. As I mentioned in my previous posts, the issue with a post ignition backfire... on shut down was corrected. Vic had removed the head to find # 4 valve seat to be the culprit. What caused this is still unclear, however a call to QED  for replacement steel seats did the trick.

3522R ran flawlessly, our morning road trips were the order of the day, as the temperature soared in the afternoon to over 100+ on several occasions. We decided to forgo the busy Autostrada, and keep to the local back roads and highways during our adventures. Vic was gracious enough to let me drive each day, with the trips getting longer as we toured the countryside. All told, I figure we amassed close to 800 kilometers during my stay.

 During one trip, to see some antique motorcycles at a club event, we were curiously followed for many miles by this one car... we could not shake off. I wondered why this fellow kept on my tail...finally he flashed his lights and I decided to stop, to see what was up. An older gentleman walked over and introduced himself, and invited us for coffee in the next town. Seems he had owned an S2 in his younger years and wanted a closer look at the Europa. We obliged, and after chatting Lotus for about an hour, I was again reminded how distinct and eye-catching these little cars are. Everywhere we went, heads turned as we passed, every stop was like bees to honey, as strangers gathered to admire and ask questions.

 The Italians truly love their cars, and seem to know they don't all have to be blood red, to be appreciated.

 
           

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Re: The Italian connection 3522r
« Reply #19 on: Friday,August 04, 2017, 06:36:52 AM »
100+ in a black car with black vinyl interior and no A/C! That's real motivation! It sounds like you and your brother had a great time! I imagine those country roads are perfect for that Lotus!


His car is a real beauty! Europas always attract a lot of attention but one as pretty as that one surely attract even more!


Thanks for the report. I really enjoy your travelogues!

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Re: The Italian connection 3522r
« Reply #20 on: Friday,August 04, 2017, 07:43:55 AM »
100+ in a black car with black vinyl interior and no A/C! That's real motivation! It sounds like you and your brother had a great time! I imagine those country roads are perfect for that Lotus!


His car is a real beauty! Europas always attract a lot of attention but one as pretty as that one surely attract even more!


Thanks for the report. I really enjoy your travelogues!


Thanks, Oh!....As far as the antique bikes...Here's a small taste!

1937 Bennelli with 39 Triumph
1936 Moto Guzzi, 38 Norton...They closed the local main road, and ran a 10 minute demo race!

A typical local town street scene.
   
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Re: The Italian connection 3522r
« Reply #21 on: Friday,August 04, 2017, 11:15:06 AM »
You really should have made it to the LOG in Birmingham! You could have had antique bike overload (along with a nice desert of Loti)!

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Re: The Italian connection 3522r
« Reply #22 on: Saturday,September 09, 2017, 04:29:56 AM »
There are seven diffrent branches of police forces in Italy. Besides your local town and regional forces you have the state  enforcement to govern the motorways. To supplement special traffic situations and vehicle incidents including all fatalities, the 'Arma dei Carabinieri' or Military Police are utilized...you don't want to mess with these gents. They are soldiers pure and simple, who carry automatic weapons at the ready and are intimidating to say the least.

A roadblock checkpoint, for valid documents was the chance meeting...a chat of all things Lotus and viewing of the Europa was the order of the day!