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After my failed attempt to get to Lemans for the Classic due to work extending, I am going to try again despite the carnage at the ports. To justify* the trip, this weekend is Saabfest at Haselbury Mill in Crewekerne, Somerset which is on the way to France, no?

Today I am travelling with a very laden car down to Wootten under Edge where I managed to get a good deal on a hotel for the night. Tomorrow it is Crewekerne and my tent and beer for the weekend before the tunnel in the early hours of Monday. I will update this thread over the trip with any chod I can photo, and hopefully prove a trip across the continent is perfectly fine in a £700 car sourced from AS with minimal preparation.

The steed of choice:

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1 hour ago, Saabnut said:

Ooops! I had convinced myself it was due in October!

oh well, too late now. Will get it done when I get back 

so far so good 

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made it to my first stop, 472 miles with one stop for fuel. The computer tells me I am doing 35 to the gallon so happy with that

not worth trying where you are now - wouldn't like to think of the plod confiscating it.

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Chodspeed n all that - but I'd second a booked MoT somewhere ASAP - you're heading into the heaviest ANPR populated area of the country - just in case it flags and a mobile unit is bored.... 

Good luck fella..... These old swedes are great mile munchers. My SE was a cracker. 

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Indeed, no MOT is a minor offence, but normally there is a reason a car does not have one (driver incompetence is not that common regarding MOTs) and those things are what the police are looking for. I did think about getting a test done in Somerset, but if it failed I then had a car in a known unroadworthy condition 600 miles from home.  Anyway, I am now in France and was not stopped, and I will pre book a test in Dundee on the way home.

The Saab made it the 657 miles to Saab Fest in Crewkerne despite being loaded with parts for the 92b I recently sold. Whilst there I visited Karl of Noobtune and my 1.8t went from 150 bhp and 220 Nm torque to 220bhp and 320Nm for the grand sum of 90 quid! It has transformed the car and increased the smile every time the right foot is exercised. The drive to Somerset had averaged 35.4 mpg, the drive to the Loir valley has averaged 34.2 so very happy with that.

Whilst at Saabfest, I was catching up with a good friend who I had not seen for a couple of years and he ruined my day by offering me one of my dream cars! It is apparently immaculate condition with a fully rebuilt engine currently 75% installed. It is a rare car, only built for 2 years and never officially imported into the UK.  This was a one owner car until bought by my friend and imported and I believe there is only one other in the UK at the moment but more research is needed. Of course, it is not cheap and it would be the 3rd most expensive car I have ever bought and more than double what I paid for my house. I thought about it for an hour or so then said I will have it as I know the chance will be unlikely to arise again. It should be complete in a couple of months and I will reveal what it is when I see it.

The chunnel crossing this (early) morning was straightforward with no delays, and so far the 9-3 has covered 1095 miles with no problems. The next few days I intend to see what chod I can spot locally - watch this space!

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Didn’t make SaabFest this year sadly, even though I happened to be not that far away. But lack of working Saab prevented me. Looking forward to next years aaab international at Gaydon though! That’s in the diary! 

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45 minutes ago, Saabnut said:

Whilst there I visited Karl of Noobtune and my 1.8t went from 150 bhp and 220 Nm torque to 220bhp and 320Nm for the grand sum of 90 quid! It has transformed the car and increased the smile every time the right foot is exercised.

I really do love the forum at times :) 

"Oh no I got things muddled up and I accidentally let my MOT run out while I am half way to France! *sigh* I guess ill have no choice but to lump the cost and book it in while im on the way there for... a juicy engine remapping" :mrgreen:

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 Longest I've gone without an MOT was 8 months 😚.  I've forgotten a few times due to my tardiness but now started to write it on callendar so as long as I remember to turn it to the new month I shouldn't miss anymore. Thank god my insurance is automatically renewed 😉

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