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milog
Russell wrote:

Lord Brett Sinclair wrote:

The itinerary of the event makes the purchase of the 7 litre Virage at Byron's even more tempting!

im sure at some time i have exchanged comments with the owner or past owner but now cant remember who it was.


I might be wrong, but I think it was Cwallace. Changing diapers affects my memory lately
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williamp
Great event- and its 20 years since the Virage was launched (1988 Birmingham motorshow). Yes, its really 20 years.

I'll try to gatecrash whichever Aston I have. i do like thr Virage's...
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Russell
no idea where we are with numbers but pretty sure that with spare slots you are now at the front.  we want to keep it virage and cousins but with spare slots i doubt any of us are precious about it.
24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case, coincidence ? i think not.
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holllandn
Please can I put my name on the list to attend in a Volante LWB. Many thanks and looking forward to it. Nick H.
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Russell
wow we have them in stereo now. two LWB. theres a thing. welcome to you, turning out to be a fair gathering already.
nick i think a picture might be in order
24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case, coincidence ? i think not.
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Jeroen
Nick H wrote:

Please can I put my name on the list to attend in a Volante LWB. Many thanks and looking forward to it. Nick H.


Nick, welcome aboard! I've e-mailed you some info.

Incredible: 2 V8 Volante LWB 
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Jeroen
Well I guess it's time for an update then. The following people have expressed an interest.

Tim C: V8 Volante LWB
Lawrie: Virage Volante
Astro: Virage Volante 6.3 Works Service Vantage style body conversion / V8 Coupe
Koen: Virage Volante
Dutch V8: V8 OI
Nick H: V8 Volante LWB
Marc: Virage Volante
Russell: Virage Volante 6.3 Works Service Sheep in Wolves Clothing conversion (aka 6.3 Cosmetic)
Geewizzpip: Virage
Milog: Virage Volante
Jeroen: Virage

As well as some royals of course.
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milog
Nick,

Welcome aboard.  ;D
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Aston Martine
Are you still looking for a 3rd official partycrasher?

I promise I'll keep my filthy, fat American sixties-product in the garage so it will not disturb the Aston peace  ;D
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milog
Aston Martine wrote:

Are you still looking for a 3rd official partycrasher?

Martine,
You are most welcome. It would be great finally meeting you.
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Aston Martine
Likewise 
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milog
Last call, come one you Vantage SC (V600, SE) owners. You know you want to join the Viagra meeting. It is unique, 20 years after the introduction of the Virage. We really want a good display. If you like car talk, good food and good company  ;D Join in.
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Russell
yes dont be shy. it will be a great trip.
24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case, coincidence ? i think not.
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Jeroen
Happy and Healthy (for car and driver) New Year to all VIAGRA enthusiasts.

Jeroen

VIAGRA 2008, relive the days when seeing an Aston Martin was an event
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Jeroen
Our periodic update. The following people have confirmed their entry.

Tim C: V8 Volante LWB
Lawrie: Virage Volante
Dutch V8: V8 OI
Nick H: V8 Volante LWB
Russell: Virage Volante 6.3 Cosmetic
Geewizzpip: Virage
Milog: Virage Volante
Martine: Pontiac (GTO?) / DB7?
Martijn: Mercedes G-wagen Official VIAGRA 2008 Tow Car
Jeroen: Virage

And those that cannot confirm at the moment, but who are still very welcome indeed:
Astro: Virage Volante 6.3 Works Service Vantage style body conversion / V8 Coupe
Koen: Virage Volante
Marc: Virage Volante
?: Vantage

Sadly the Brunei Royal family had to cancel due to other obligations.
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Jeroen
Day by day now people are confirming their entry  :

Confirmed:

Tim C: V8 Volante LWB
Lawrie: Virage Volante
Dutch V8: V8 OI
Nick H: V8 Volante LWB
Russell: Virage Volante 6.3 Cosmetic
Geewizzpip: Virage
Milog: Virage Volante
Martine: Pontiac (GTO?) / DB7?
Martijn: Mercedes G-wagen Official VIAGRA 2008 Tow Car
Koen: Virage Volante
Jeroen: Virage

And those that cannot confirm at the moment, but who are still very welcome indeed:
Astro: Virage Volante 6.3 Works Service Vantage style body conversion / V8 Coupe
Marc: Virage Volante
?: Vantage
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astro
Are there any Virage etc owners who will travel to the Netherlands via the tunnel. It might be possible to arrange a convoy!
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Jeroen
astro wrote:

Are there any Virage etc owners who will travel to the Netherlands via the tunnel. It might be possible to arrange a convoy!


To summarise a lot of e-mails (regarding convoys) that have been going back and forward  ;D:

The program hasn't been finalised yet, but we plan to assemble at my place in Goes at about 5.00 pm for welcome drinks. Before that time cars need to have been securely parked and luggage dropped of at the hotel (all of which shall be arranged), so people should arrive in Goes at about 4.00 pm.

You'll need about 3 1/2 hours for a scenic drive from Calais to Goes (excluding stops) along the Belgian coast or alternatively a 2 hour motorway drive.

The convoy plan already has a lot of support, Keith and Russell (who must have seen a few of them heading down to Le Mans last year; I know I did, we took a detour via Calais to see them) being the staunchest supporters. They will use the tunnel Friday morning and (probably) Sunday late in the afternoon. They plan to pick up Nick near Brugge in Belgium.

Tim travels from Hook of Holland. Don't know what Channel crossing Lawrie plans to use yet.

Milo (who is Dutch) travels directly to my place on Friday. Dutch V8 (since he is Dutch as well  ) directly to Goes on Saturday. Martine idem dito. Koen (Belgium) too.

Hope this helps!





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Russell
the thing is working its way out backwards nicely. i will be talking with keith to work out the tunnel time and then we will give everyone some potential meeting points and times we would be there for other to see to see if we can convoy which of course is more than highly desirable. even just keith and i together the last time caused a stir so the more the merrier.
24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case, coincidence ? i think not.
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williamp
Thsi should be a great event. The road open up nicely after Dunkerque and you can have some fun to Brugge. I have done Calais to Brugge in 45 minutes a few years back in the Porsche, but that was being naughty. An hour is more ikely.

Belgium also has these neat speed cameras: they take your reg number, and up ahead a sihn flashes which says somehting like "BNWxxxJ. You were doing x km/h. The limit is 60km/h"

At the moment, speed camera offences in mainland europe do not count in the UK, but nonetheless I would'nt want you to see how high you can get this reading....
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Lawrie
Jeroen wrote:

Don't know what Channel crossing Lawrie plans to use yet.


At the moment, I'm not sure whether I'll be coming up from SW France or over from UK. Either way, it'd be fun to convoy and even if coming from France could join up in Calais. This would be a new experience for me (and someone to push the car).

What areas of the UK are participants coming from?

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Russell
for sure lawrie we need to convoy. i live in knebworth hertfordshire so will be heading down the A1 to the M25 south mimms junction. then i will head down the M25 and pick keith up maybe A10 or m11 somewhere would have thought. keith ???  then we head round through dartford and then down the M something or other cant remember toward the tunnel. if anyone reading this wants to jpin us at any point then we can stop at any point. the more the merrier.
we will then be through the tunnel and pick up any calais crew before heading toward the next meet with ???????? at ???????

as soon as we have a confirmed quota of bodies/vehicles we can plot everyone on a map and then work the times so we can convoy as many as we can even if in two or three groups. matters not.
24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case, coincidence ? i think not.
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tim_c
Jeroen wrote:

Tim travels from Hook of Holland. Don't know what Channel crossing Lawrie plans to use yet.


Thursday night, arrive Friday - Hull - Rotterdam (Europort)

Tim_C
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astro
Williamp wrote:

Thsi should be a great event. The road open up nicely after Dunkerque and you can have some fun to Brugge. I have done Calais to Brugge in 45 minutes a few years back in the Porsche, but that was being naughty. An hour is more ikely.

Belgium also has these neat speed cameras: they take your reg number, and up ahead a sihn flashes which says somehting like "BNWxxxJ. You were doing x km/h. The limit is 60km/h"

At the moment, speed camera offences in mainland europe do not count in the UK, but nonetheless I would'nt want you to see how high you can get this reading....


Are you sure that European mainland speeding offences do not currently count in the UK. I thought it had started last year.
It is also worth mentioning that in France there are swingeing penalties (It seems particularly in the case of British drivers of special cars). At very high speeds they can confiscate cars, and all fines can be applied "On the spot", so if you haven't got enough Euros cash, they impound your car until you pay. Bit of a pain to keep down to around 110-120 KPH (Lower if it's raining), but possibly for the best.

Regarding convoys, now that is something to add spice to a very promising event.
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geewizzpip
Rubber Duck, these are my thoughts.

Catch Eurotunnel about 9:30am
Leave Calais about 10:15am
Arrive Dunkirque at 10:45am and pick up those arriving there.
Leave Dunkique at 11:15am approx
Arrive Ostend at 11:45am and pick up those arriving there.
Leave Ostend about 12:15pm

Then drive to a place for light lunch or straight to Brugge for lunch/drinks in main square - good underground parking.

Leave Brugge or similar at about 2:30pm
Arrive Goes approx 3:45pm

Now just need to know who is coming to Dunkirque and / or Ostend to know if we need to stop there.

Way back will most likely be after good lunch and scenic drive, getting Eurotunnel at about 7 or 8pm.  others according to departure point.

Any thoughts?

Regarding speeding fines.  Yes it's usually 200kph that they confiscate the car/license and fine you 750 Euro on the spot.  Usually you can drive at about 100 mph without attracting too much attention however you cannot escape cameras.  I was tracked down after about 6 months from a speeding  offence in Belgium over 10 years ago.  I ignored it then, not sure you can ignore it now.

(Incidentally the number plate on the car I was speeding in then is now on the Aston.  Hope they don't remember me!)


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