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Day 11-12

Lots of race car stuff

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As you probably know, there’s lots of race car talk happens when Oli and JT get together – no changes there. What happened this time is that I needed to get some gear for Targa next year so we headed up to Wrexham (south of Liverpool) to Demon Tweeks, a great on-line motor racing shop that has a big showroom there. So I tried on helmets, gloves, race suits, fire-proof undergarments – and JT and Oli looked at race seats, communications devices and other car stuff! Sarah was the chief scribe – so now we know what fits/works and hopefully can order the right gear when we get back.
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Stopped on the way back at a “Bell” inn – there are quite a number of these in England…..however, this particular one in Belbroughton, Jon-the-Pom aka Jon Tyler, actually knows! Small world! We all had a great meal, fortified for the rest of the drive back to Yate (or Chipping Sodbury for us)
Oli and JT then proceeded to do a pickup from Southampton that Oli needed to do (returning at 3am). As Sarah had to work the next day we both cried off that late expedition.
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So the last day in England began. JT and I were sad to leave the Cross Hands Hotel – it was a very comfortable, relaxing place to stay and all the staff were very welcoming. Then into Yate to say goodbye to Bill and Hazel – hope to see them later in the year on our Italy trip, they are a lovely couple who we’ll miss. A quick lunch with Sarah (sad faces all around, and lots of hugs) and then we were off to Gatwick.

Surprise side trip into Bristol to the dock area to see a bit of ‘Brunel’s England’ – a Bristol native, Brunel was an inventor from the 19th century who built the first iron clad steam ship to cross the Atlantic - SS Great Britain. When launched in 1843, she was the largest vessel afloat at the time.
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Then our driver took us to Gatwick – IBIS hotel for us tonight! It was sad to say goodbye to Oli too – we’ve had a wonderful time in the UK sightseeing together. Over 3000kms travelled, mostly at over 140kms per hour I might add, gotta love the ‘M’ roads.

Posted by EMTHOMSON 13:08 Archived in England

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Demon Tweeks has to be the best online shop name!!!

KK

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