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Richard Bernau

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About Richard Bernau

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  • Location
    Haxted, Surrey
  • Interests
    Wine, food, music, good times, good friends and family. And cars obviously.

Previous Fields

  • Daily Driver
    987S, M3CSL, Mini Cooper S, A6 Allroad
  • Lottery Car
    unknown
  • Most-played albums in your iPod/CD Changer
    Was Foo Fighters, now teenage kids pop music and nostalgic 80s stuff.
  • Day Job?
    Something to do with advising Banks and Brexit
  • Favourite Food
    Increasingly healthy, occasionally naughty
  • Drink?
    Burgundy Reds
  • Drive of your life
    The next European road trip - 2020 The Alps

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  1. On 1 February, the UK will be out of the EU. Though still in transition till 31 Dec 2020 (possibly longer). While it won't be strictly necessary (because of transition), I think its wise to start thinking of the consequences of that and I will be travelling with international licences and a greencard. Namely: - 2 International Drivers licences are required to cover most of the EU (get them from the post office) whether in your own car or for car rental - greencard for car insurance will be required (with possible charges of admin fees becoming "normal") - travel insurance covering comprehensive health insurance because you won't have reciprocal access to EU health services When we do leave, you will need an ESTA type visa for every trip to the EU if stated immigration policy is implemented. You will queue in the non-EU or "Aliens" queue at the border. Border crossings will take longer and you are more likely to be delayed by more common and thorough searches. Breakdown cover may be more difficult and/or expensive, but that is speculation. If there is a plus side, we may find that enforcement of EU speed camera fines becomes impossible, though on the spot speeding fines are typically paid on the spot and I can't see EU law enforcement looking any more favourably on English sports car drivers having a jolly good time on their roads.
  2. I like the idea... But, I am also super wary of anything that brings unwanted attention from the local police. Given the cars are classics, the vast majority of public opinion seems to be of the "thumbs up" kind, but anything with a hint of gumball about it and I am not so sure. Anyway. its entirely up to the each individual what they do or don't do. I won't on a more modern car, but it does look cool on the classics. One other thought - and it may be urban legend - but I thought it was illegal in some EU countries to have racing numbers displayed on the road. I could be wrong. For the trip stickers, I will take you up on the offer of help on that in due course. Thanks
  3. That offer is very kind but unnecessary. I will happily drink free beer, but will also be buying my own rounds I will however be asking if people want to open their wallets for a couple of add-ons. We have always managed to get a t-shirt made for the trips and this will be the same deal. There is a design (incomplete) floating around that Jev helped create. So, that will be progressed closer to the trip and I will take orders in due course. I also fancy getting a small window sticker that can sit discretely in the rear qtr windows and be added to tool boxes etc, so that is another one to work on. If anyone wants to organise the stickers etc, then please raise your hand.
  4. I can't help thinking that the fan thing and real ground effects aero will spoil it to some extent. But then Gordon is a genius and I am not. Some journos have expressed the same concern.
  5. Alcantara is great on a dashtop and has the added benefit of stopping annoying reflections in the screen. For that practical reason alone, I stuck a section on Daisy's dash many years ago as sun reflection was getting super annoying on the long trips.
  6. FWIW, I have 2 ctek chargers and even the one I drove over still works fine. Given the current price though, they do seem expensive.
  7. My prediction is that you won't sell. For your sake I hope I am wrong and I hope you achieve what you want, but private sale at what I expect to be your price point and selling into a specialised - modified - market is really difficult. For every hundred people who say "OMG, that's the coolest car ever, I wish I had one just like that", you might find 1 person who even has the tiniest interest in actually buying it. If you are seriously interested in selling, you need to seriously commit to a process. There is a small community who buy these cars and most of them are not spending time on forums and have a very particular idea of what they want. Finding someone who has the right blackbook of contacts and can connect the right people is crucial. Every single piece of interest I had on the 930 came thru contacts. Precisely zero came from the publicity. When I sold Daisy, I think I had 3 expressions of interest sufficient to even get to the stage of a telephone call with only 1 person actually coming to see the car. It was a fairly well known and liked car (judging by the internet anyway) and was advertised at a sensible price, in the right places with good pictures and good description with complete history for about 5 months IIRC. Just my $0.02, but having sold 2 specialist cars fairly recently, this is my experience.
  8. More hp/tq = more better And everything else in the car is already built for it - ie., clutch is good for 930SE hp/tq
  9. Its Cat C - and that isn't a "minor insurance claim" as they state in the advert. A car like that was £12k if you were lucky not that long ago because they all wear the valve guides and could do with a top end at that mileage and all old 915s need work as well. And then there is rust (unmentioned but there will be some if it hasn't been done already) and its always a Cat C.
  10. It is important. I had the same thing on my CSL with the tech just scribbling notes on a piece of paper. I now have it all typed up on BMW Peterborough letterhead and tucked away in the file. Presentation does matter. I have discovered that the English love nothing more than a good bit of bureaucracy and the right piece of paper. Its a cultural thing. Being more positive for a second, there are a bunch of 3.6s in racecars in the US running Motec plus Supercup cams that make 320-330hp, so your 350hp is IMHO perfectly feasible. Similarly, 9M would get the same from Motec + 3.8 + RS+ cams. It would be a stonking engine in a LW car.
  11. Maybe. I have wax in my garage cupboard making it free. What is the damage on the ceramic stuff? I will have to Google the process.
  12. I have put the steel studs and nuts on mine (and added 12mm spacers to the rear to match the front) and may yet add fancy LW wheel nuts if these go too rusty too quickly. Plus CSL size MP4S tyres courtesy of Costco promo now on. Also ticking off little jobs like new badges, new centre caps, new EU ready number plates (without crappy dealer advertising on them), 10w60 oil for top ups, etc. I have de-tarred, clayed and nearly finished machine polishing as per above posts and will start the waxing this weekend. And the AP Racing brakes have had a good clean. Interior will be next on the list and then a bit more underside cleaning and protecting. I am making good progress. Its nice having a new car to get stuck into.
  13. Dead right Dr. Don't know how I missed them. I have been looking at some Swiss dude's Cayman GTS vids which are almost all Swiss passes and then finding them on a map and trying to work out what we are missing. At this point I think we are missing not too much
  14. If you want to understand it, read the Hartech stuff - its many thousands of words and forensically detailed, if a little repetitive. At the risk of over summarising, it is a real design problem (cooling system design, thin cylinder walls, long service intervals) and given the right circumstances all Gen 1 engines are susceptible. However, not all will suffer as not all are put into that set of circumstances. There is good news, because you can mitigate the risk - low temp thermostat, best fully synthetic oil changed yearly, don't rag them from standstill. Its all in the Hartech bible. If you buy one and its borescoped as "good" and you take the protective measures, then I think you would be very unlucky to suffer, so you pay the market price - which is an uninformed market price which is arguably too high for the risk the average uninformed owner is taking. However, as an informed owner who can adjust their behaviours accordingly and mitigate the risk, then you are gaming the market a bit. That and the fact the 3.2s have much less risk to start with - because thicker cylinder walls - was what got me comfortable with the 987S. If you can buy one under mkt price or damaged and price factoring in repairs, then even better. Buying as an ownership prospect is rational and justifiable, buying on the economics is harder.
  15. Outskirts of Reims and Metz are the 2 best options IMHO if you are looking to travel fast and just layover for a sleep. French tolls are steep, but you cover ground more quickly on the Peage than any other route. I use Metz as it gets you most of the way towards the German border and is really not too far from Calais to do in one hit after the 35 min rest on the train, even if its late at night. Hotels like the Metz Ibis budget have 24 hr reception IIRC. Just do it.
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