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Re: A collection of interesting/awful campers & motorhomes

Post by bobins » 30 Jul 2015, 17:18

I'm getting nervous with all these pictures of motorhomes.... my C5 got hit on a mountain pass in the French Alps last week by a myopic geriatric German driving a rented motorhome :shock: Very little damage to my car - I was pulled over to the side of the road and stationary at the time, but grief I could well do without as the insurance claim takes that bit longer :(

On the plus side - I did see a fleet of 6 promotional 2CVs, including at least 1 stretched one :-D

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Re: A collection of interesting/awful campers & motorhomes

Post by CitroJim » 30 Jul 2015, 18:29

bobins wrote: my C5 got hit on a mountain pass in the French Alps last week
Not good :(

Did you see anything of the Tour de France in the Alps?

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Re: A collection of interesting/awful campers & motorhomes

Post by bobins » 30 Jul 2015, 18:38

CitroJim wrote:Did you see anything of the Tour de France in the Alps?
I was there for one of the stages - hence seeing the Cochonou 2CVs being mercilessly screamed up the hills, and hence getting hit by one of the countless hundreds of swarming motorhomes, they were everywhere, a couple of them were even being driven courteously ! :shock: :-D

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Post by CitroJim » 30 Jul 2015, 18:53

bobins wrote:
CitroJim wrote:Did you see anything of the Tour de France in the Alps?
I was there for one of the stages
I'm jealous.. Having watched it all on TV, I'd have loved to have been there....

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Re: A collection of interesting/awful campers & motorhomes

Post by bobins » 30 Jul 2015, 19:16

CitroJim wrote:I'm jealous.. Having watched it all on TV, I'd have loved to have been there....
It's a long day - mildly stressful getting into position in the morning around 8.30, then a very relaxing but enjoyable many hours sat at the side of the road watching the world go by - cyclists, Gendarmerie motorbiking down the hill, team coaches, the Caravan, more cyclists, Gendarmerie motorbiking back up the hill, team coaches going the other way, Gendarmerie motorbiking back down the hill, more cyclists, officials vehicles, Gendarmerie motorbiking back up the hill, cyclists, then quiet, then the leaders go by, then the peloton goes by, then it's time to go, and then you get held up by the Gendarmerie at the bottom of the hill for an hour or so. #-o
I'm not a huge fan of cycling (my wife and father-in-law are though), I go to view the mountain stages because it's stunning scenery and I enjoy the enforced idleness of sitting at the side of the road with a small glass of wine and a bit of smelly cheese on a baguette :-D

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Re: A collection of interesting/awful campers & motorhomes

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 31 Jul 2015, 06:22

You probably missed this guy, Dave Sims who is doing the Tour-de France route on his chopper :-D

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Post by bobins » 31 Jul 2015, 06:47

NewcastleFalcon wrote:You probably missed this guy, Dave Sims who is doing the Tour-de France route on his chopper :-D
Nope ! We actually saw him :-D Difficult to miss one of them over there :) We also had a brief chat with a Yorkshireman doing one of the stages whilst wearing a sheeps outfit........ trying to tell us that Welsh sheep actually came from Yorkshire. I think it must have been the heat :rofl2:

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Re: A collection of interesting/awful campers & motorhomes

Post by CitroJim » 31 Jul 2015, 08:07

Much Respect to Dave doing it on a Chopper... I've just read a fantastic book called 'French Revolutions', the story of Tim Moore's epic ride around the 2000 Tour route... It was not an easy feat at all and he did it on a more appropriate bike and struggled. His story is absolutely hilarious.

I found the book in a great second-hand bookshop in Hastings whilst attending Malcolm's funeral.

I'd love to know how Dave faired riding a Chopper up (and down!) some of the HC cols and in fact any of the more testing cols at all. Not a bike best suited to win King of the Mountains... Did he make it up the Alpe D'Huez?

I'd love to see a Chopper go up Mont Ventoux!

Bobins, you're right about the scenery, absolutely stunning... I'd so love to go there and do a bit of the Tour route on my bike. Tim's book mentioned above has rather inspired me...

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Re: A collection of interesting/awful campers & motorhomes

Post by van ordinaire » 31 Jul 2015, 09:38

Anyone got a picture of that amazing P5B Rover that appeared at the NEC a few years ago?

- or the H-van with 2CV van grafted onto the roof - think it's Swedish, rocks up at all the major international events.

Each , in their own way, truly weird.

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Post by bobins » 31 Jul 2015, 10:31

CitroJim wrote:I'd love to know how Dave faired riding a Chopper up (and down!) some of the HC cols and in fact any of the more testing cols at all. Not a bike best suited to win King of the Mountains... Did he make it up the Alpe D'Huez?

I'd love to see a Chopper go up Mont Ventoux!

Bobins, you're right about the scenery, absolutely stunning... I'd so love to go there and do a bit of the Tour route on my bike. Tim's book mentioned above has rather inspired me...
We passed him going up the Col du Glandon as we were going down. Mad bu99er !

It cost the three of us about £270 each for a week out there excluding food, including hotel, eurotunnel, peage, fuel. So not madly expensive in my opinion, and a great way to spend a week stretching the C5's legs up and down the mountain passes :)

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Post by NewcastleFalcon » 31 Jul 2015, 13:52

van ordinaire wrote:Anyone got a picture of that amazing P5B Rover that appeared at the NEC a few years ago?
This should be pretty close if not the exact one

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Re: A collection of interesting/awful campers & motorhomes

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 31 Jul 2015, 14:05

CitroJim wrote: I've just read a fantastic book called 'French Revolutions', the story of Tim Moore's epic ride around the 2000 Tour route... It was not an easy feat at all and he did it on a more appropriate bike and struggled. His story is absolutely hilarious.

I found the book in a great second-hand bookshop in Hastings whilst attending Malcolm's funeral.

Tim's book mentioned above has rather inspired me...
Jim thats just the type of random link I like, a chance find. Friend of mine picked up a book about someone cycling around the entire Scottish coast, was inspired and did his own tour. He crashed into a cow near Bettyhill in the far north of Scotland, broke his collar bone and had to abandon the event. Twelve months on to the day of the crash, he resumed and completed his round Scotland tour.

I will be pointing him in the direction of "French Revolutions" following your post.

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Post by CitroJim » 31 Jul 2015, 14:45

I love that P5B :-D What a fantastic motorhome... Just the job to follow the Tour de France in some style!
bobins wrote: We passed him going up the Col du Glandon as we were going down. Mad bu99er !


The Col du Glandon is gorgeous and described as fairly straightforward at an average climb of 6.9% but still a feat on a Chopper. Dave must be seriously fit!

I so want to do a bit of the Alps... It's on my to-do list... £270 for that lot is a bragain :-D
NewcastleFalcon wrote: I will be pointing him in the direction of "French Revolutions" following your post.
Great stuff Neil :-D

I think he'll enjoy it massively. It had me howling, especially his descriptions of discomforts of a rather personal nature he suffered... I will never look the same at a tube of Savlon ever again... :twisted:

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Post by CitroJim » 31 Jul 2015, 14:49

Here's an Amazon Link to 'French Revolutions' Neil...

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Post by NewcastleFalcon » 31 Jul 2015, 15:46

Thanks Jim will pass it on. DEscriptions of the Col du Glandon don't do it justice so how about a picture, and imagine the 3 hours in bottom gear it would take to get a chopper up there

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