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Title: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 04, 2019, 11:00:22 PM
The International Buggy Weekend of 2019 was to be hosted in Holland, the venue of both my first and favorite back in 2014. From the minute it was announced, I was so excited and have spent the last few months thinking about the trip with my mates, meeting up with old euro friends, the utter madness of our Dutch hosts, and ultimately what to call my story at the end of it. I went through many silly names, and upon my return back to Blighty after an awesome trip, could only think of one " What else could have possibly gone wrong? ".


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Without exception, everyone I have spoken to has had a really tough year, and this trip was always going to have an element of sadness because one of our tribe was missing. Chad, however, found a great way to ensure that our good mate Paddy would still be with us for this journey with his fantastic T-Shirt design. Good News, Paddy was now with us.


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The scene had now been set for what would ultimately be our most memorable trip abroad, albeit for the wrong reasons.

So grab a brew, stick your Stroopwafel on the top and let me tell you a tale of what it truly means to be a part of our Buggy Community.

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Title: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 12, 2019, 10:15:10 AM
The planning for the trip usually starts mid November when I have a chat with Stenna about a group discount, and I managed to get hold of our contact Paul literally just days before he was about to retire, but even that was a bit fraught. But the preparations for the trip became a bit more challenging for some of our members, especially Allan, photographed in the back of Lee`s van when we all met up at Ragley Hall less than a week before our IBW departure.


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We just thought he was a bit tired and knackered (actually we have always thought he was a bit tired and knackered, but I digress) what we did not realize was that Allan was practicing having a Heart Attack, and unknown to him at the time, was actually doing a pretty good job of it.

Now if you are ever wondering what being within the Beach Buggy Community actually means, and the support you get from your friends, then I think that this picture from Lee, posted within a few moments of hearing that Allan was now in hospital pretty much sums up the camaraderie of everyone on here.


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 ;D


It was not long before Allan had some stents fitted, and is making a good recovery. But to lose another one of our party was actually sad news . . . .
No . .  Not Allan, we meant Vanessa, as unlike Allan, she would be sadly missed, and it did also mean that our obsessive photographer would not be filling this story with her pictures.

Hopefully that would now be the last of it, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 12, 2019, 02:00:25 PM
Living down in the South West, we manage to attend quite a few of the Midlands Buggy Club shows thanks to the wonderful generosity of Snoopy and Vicky who always put us up for the night. However, given the name of this thread, coupled with the fact that I am now scared and sleep with one eye open after Vicky confessed to dreaming about shaving various parts of me last time we were there, I thought it much safer if we traveled up on the day.

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Its difficult to write this leg of the journey without repetition from previous years, but when we woke up it was throwing it down with rain and we decided to wait half an hour for it to pass before setting off without the roof attached (meaning we could go a bit faster as a result).


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Lisa and I share many conversations, but there is an absolute Taboo when we are out and about, and that is that she is not allowed to talk about, nor mention the weather whilst we are driving, as it usually results in me getting soaked. So we got in the car after me saying a few words to her along the lines of "No dearest, lets not mention this inclement weather today" which translates to "Not a F....... word, Ok?" at which she smiled and we set off up the M5 to Castle Taylor. And sure enough, Lisa fell asleep, didn't utter a word, and we arrived there with a fairly good sky above us.


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We arrived in Evesham in time for a Coffee and a Croissant (Vicky really does spoil us). Her Jas was loaded up and Hugh was also there with his Mantaray packed and ready to go. In previous years, we have met the Birmingham contingency on a bridge, which is now getting too dangerous, so we opted to leave a little later and catch them up at the McDonalds Services on the A14.


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We set off in good time, none of us with roof's fitted and it must have been within 2 miles of Snoopy's house when the sky turned a very different colour.


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Think of the title of this thread, and serious points will be awarded if you can work out what happened next   

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Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 12, 2019, 04:07:40 PM
Ha Ha, Nope, you were all wrong - Lisa had not said a word and we had stayed dry.   :-X


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However all was not well, as that was not a cloud formation in the sky above us but the thick bellowing blue smoke that was erupting like Krakatoa from Vicky's exhaust pipe. That was a brand new engine too. Bugger. Anyway, we were only a few miles into the journey so we turned round to fill up their Kango instead and swap cars for the rest of the trip.


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I`m not sure what Vicky is drinking these days, but it is obviously having some sort of effect on her as she couldn't even get off her driveway without demonstrating how her "She-Wee" worked. You could just tell it was going to be "One of those" trips - Excellent !


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In my rear view mirror, Hugh was trying his best to take as many pictures as he could to make up for Vanessa not being there.


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Thankfully, Snoopy realized that the Kango did not have any fuel in it - (after all, it was meant to be left behind). We had left a little late because of avoiding the bridge stop, turned back to re-pack and now an unplanned fuel stop. We had some serious time to make up, but as we all had cars that can motor a bit, catching up with the others shouldn't really present any problems.


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Hopefully that would now be the last of it, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 12, 2019, 04:48:19 PM
Meanwhile, somewhere up North, the Hull ferry Crew were starting to meet up.


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And it was not soon before their own adventure was underway. That's one of the things I love about the Beach Buggy Community as we go everywhere in groups. This lot from Leeds to Deepest Scotland within a matter of days will no longer simply be friends, they will be a really close and extended family.


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Glenn & Fraser    -   Stephen & Claire   -   Scott & Jackie    -    Dave M    -    Scottish Allan (Translated as Allan)   :-X

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I overheard that Claire had been busy making something for their trip, but upon raiding their Facebook Account for photo's, all I could find were these "His and Hers" pants that didn't look to be that comfortable


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Still, given the way things were going so far they seemed entirely appropriate, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 12, 2019, 05:26:48 PM
Chad was packed and ready to roll


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At Chorley Services, the Midlands Buggy Club were starting to gather


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Its a shame that so many were unable to make it this year, because if you are going to miss out on an IBW, then the Holland trip is not the one !!

Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 12, 2019, 06:07:59 PM
After quite a fast blat down the A14, we made it into the Mackie D Service station where a well needed Burger was called for. It was nice to meet up with a few friends that we had not seen for at least 2 weeks since the last car show we went to.


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That fast drive had taken its toll on Lisa though, and being shaken about at such high speeds had meant that due to her brain injury, her head was now spinning like a gyroscope and walking unaided was definitely off the cards. New suspension for my car is now a priority, else she may not want to come out and play any more.


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Lisa was now completely banjaxed and we were only halfway there - what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 12, 2019, 07:50:29 PM
The next leg of the Journey to Fourwentways Services is as uneventful and dull as always, with nothing but heavy traffic and eternal roadworks to keep you awake. But it was good to pick up another couple of weary travelers when we arrived though. Gary and Mark now joined our Convoy.


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And especially for Allan and Vanessa, multiple Buggy's in front of a Greggs, and I was wondering if it was worth double points seeing as there are 2 separate signs, also including Subway for good measure


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Next leg of the journey was down to Colchester, to arrive at Pizza Hut for tea. Last year, the Pizza Hut website displayed an incorrect address and we all ended up in the Car Park of Colchester Hospital as a result.

Thank goodness most of us took the time to get their full address and postcode from Google before setting off, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)

Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 12, 2019, 08:14:48 PM
So . . .   As Dave C and I were turning around across the road from the Colchester Hospital Car Park . . . .   ::)

Seriously - Pizza Hut, get your bloody address sorted out on your website and Google  >:(

Eventually we found our way into Turners Rise Retail Park, and a top tip for coming years is to search for the nearby petrol station on your sat nav, as Pizza Hut is right behind it.


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We usually hit Colchester smack on rush hour, and as it is full of traffic lights, we did break up the convoy a little, but it was not long before we were re-grouped.


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Most of us went into Pizza Hut for a meal and a natter about how much we were all looking forwards to this trip


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And it was only then that I realized that Hugh was probably not spending the next few nights under canvas in a field   :o


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I'm hoping that his Butler will have the sense to put the toilet roll in the fridge for him, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 12, 2019, 08:55:12 PM
After the Pizza, we then took a nice little road down to the Port of Harwich, and decided to fill up with fuel there as it was supposed to be a lot cheaper than it was in Holland. For future reference, I`m not sure the Petrol was any cheaper but when it came to diesel, the Dutch were a lot cheaper than we were by quite a lot. We parked up outside Morrison's for an impromptu photo shoot.


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My car was looking good, and the flake was really starting to pop in the evening sun


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Now I do not confess to have the nicest Buggy by a long shot, nor do I insist that my car should be photographed at every opportunity, but when the local David Bailey turned up with a camera whilst we were parked in a line, I was a bit surprised to find him more interested in taking pictures of a grubby Ford Fiesta instead


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No accounting for taste - Come on Guys and Girls, lets move on to the port.
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 12, 2019, 11:07:35 PM
As we rolled up to the Check In Kiosk, it was fairly clear that we were amongst the first cars to arrive for the evening sailing.


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Arriving a bit early though does mean that you are first in line for the Customs Checks, and they have a quota of cars to check.
What else could possibly go wrong?  ::)

It was a real comedy moment though when Hugh (in front of us) was asked to open his bonnet and show them his engine, and when he politely said "No" he was quickly asked to get out of the car and was patted down and searched whilst he was heard to say that he was more than happy to show them the engine if they walked around the back. This was met with uproar from myself and Lisa, and the Officials had obviously realized their schoolboy error as they quickly waved us through looking somewhat embarrassed.

Hopefully that would now be the last of it, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)

We drove the short distance to the Boarding area, where we were met by a large sign


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Except . . . It wasn't. For a starters, there was no boat there  ::)

And it transpired that the boat was running a couple of hours late due to multiple engine failure - the days events were now getting comical  ;D

So as we now have a couple of hours to kill, I may as well introduce those traveling with us.


Snoopy and Vicky were up front in their Kango

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Hugh was in his Mantaray

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Myself (Dave DND) and Liz were in our Hustler GT

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Dave C (as seen on TV) and Gail were wishing that Vanessa was there as they now had to polish their Doon themselves

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Flags and Kaz in their Predator

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Chad with Lee riding shotgun in the Doon

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Mark in his FF "Zip Buggy"

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Gary in his Buggy

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Wobbly Bob in his Supercharged Combat Buggy

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Dave, Kath and Fynn in their Californian, now sporting a trailer

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The next few hours were spent quietly sniggering at some of the supplies Chad had packed for the journey

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Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 13, 2019, 11:04:18 AM
As the boredom set in, the only cabaret we had was the signs on the port informing us what to do with our children   ;-)up


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They gave us important information such as having your boarding cards ready    ;-)up


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They gave us useful information such as where the Toilets were     ;-)up


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But if you didn't know the language, it could be a bit difficult trying to work out what they were trying to say   :-X


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We were treated to some spectacular and pretty skies, and whilst looking at how vivid the colours were, we were also mindful of the weather forecast for the next few days. We reckoned that there may be some rain towards the end of tomorrow, but that should hopefully be after we have made camp.


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After what seemed like an eternity, the Boat finally rolled in and it did not go un-noticed that only three of the four funnels were belching out thick smoke, so there was obviously still some form of engine failure present.


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At last we were moving and finally making our way onto the ferry


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Good news - We were on board and it was Beer'O'Clock  (https://www.dndservices.co.uk/smiley/mates4.gif)

Hopefully that would now be the last of it, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)


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Well as it turns out, we had taken so long to dock with a late ferry that we only just had time to get a round of drinks in before the Bar on the Ferry shut.
Its an overnight Ferry FFS, surely its not that difficult to keep a Bar open for the thirsty travelers ?  >:(


Oh well, retire to the cabin then - storm's coming and boat has multiple engine failure, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 13, 2019, 12:02:21 PM
It was actually a fairly smooth crossing, and whilst waiting for the wake up call of "Don`t Worry, Be Happy" we were a bit surprised to find that it had been changed to "I will survive" - Captain obviously knew something about the crossing that we didn't I reckon. After a quick Sh!t/Shower/Shave we headed down to the restaurant deck.


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We didn't personally want to sit in a Buggy all day after a huge fry up, so Lisa and I headed to one of the smaller bars for a Coffee and a bun.


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Lisa was on good form today, and her head had finally stopped spinning following a good nights sleep


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Hugh had now emerged from the Admirals Quarters, and joined us in one of the other bars on the boat.


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Lisa wanted to go outside to get a bit of fresh air, and that itself is a bit of a joke on the Ferry. You see, in this Country we have all these people who constantly Vape, yes its probably better health wise, but it means that those that don't are walking around in a constant sickly sweet Bubblegum or Cherry flavoured cloud. That however pales into insignificance compared to the Europeans who have just hit the Duty Free shop really hard and are now sampling every variety of rolled up turd that they can light. At the end of the bar is a door to the outer decks, and when you go through them the stench really does slap you in the face.

Fresh Air?   ;D   Christ, it stinks out there.  (https://www.dndservices.co.uk/smiley/Smiley%20Stink.gif)


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Anyway, rant over and back on topic  :-X  Holland was looking as . . erm . . . Pretty as ever  :-X


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As the Bow Thrusters were moving the Ferry sideways, it was captivating to watch the Seagulls diving into the water to catch the fish that were being caught up in it all. Some of the fish were not a bad size too.


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As we had been loaded into a few different lanes on the Ferry, we had decided to rendezvous just outside the port. In previous years, we have found a small car park just over the bridge, a mere 500 yards from the Port entrance, taking care to take the second turn into the car park and not the first turning into the Coach Station. Simple enough and what could possibly go wrong?  ::)
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 13, 2019, 04:00:41 PM
As we pulled off the Ferry it became very clear that our little Car Park was now covered with construction traffic and there was nowhere to stop. Thankfully, there was a decent size parking strip just around the corner and after a bit of panic, we all managed to pull up together and made our way to the next fuel stop - DeVink, where we would hopefully meet the other Ferry.


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The next problem was that our Boat was obviously somewhat delayed due to lack of engine power and having set off a few hours later, we had missed the chance of meeting up with the Hull Ferry that usually docks within 30 minutes or so of our one. We tried to make contact with them to see if they were behind or ahead of us but for some strange reason, not a single one of us could use our mobile phones - they had all been completely blocked. Meanwhile, Lisa, Kat and Vicky were now in serious discussion about the volumetric capacity of Tenna Pads / pull up pants and anything else you could wet yourself in. I had to walk away.


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We seemed to be taking up a lot of space in the Lorry Park, so we decided to rearrange the cars a little


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Which of course meant that we had to have a new photo, but Mark seemed a bit unsteady here


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But I think that may have been Gary going for the full Ventriloquist  ;D


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Time to head off to the next meeting point - about 80Km away    (https://www.dndservices.co.uk/smiley/voiture.gif)
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 13, 2019, 04:55:52 PM
Our next fuel stop was Nunspeet Services and whilst the weather had been kind to us so far, the wind was really starting to pick up with some darker clouds on the horizon. After a short pit stop, we headed off to the next one.


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Another hour or so up the road found us at the Firezone Services, where it was time for yet more fuel, another pee and some more sun cream


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My arms were aching at this point due to having a knackered steering box and the wild wind that we were now experiencing. It was getting difficult to hold the car in a straight line. That's the trouble with Holland, there are no hills or land mass to break up any winds, so they tend to just gather speed.

Still, not far to go now  ;-)up

Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 13, 2019, 05:40:08 PM
As we entered the quaint little village of Noordbroek, we saw the sign that meant home for the next few days


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We pulled up alongside the IBW HQ and were greeted with the legendary Algemene Buggy Club welcome. The people here are the most friendliest and most welcoming people you could ever wish to meet. They always greet you as though you have been friends forever.  Wow !


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As we pulled into the site, things were looking hopeful for a memorable weekend   :D  ;-)up


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The big barn was there, and that meant that we would be having a great party   :D  ;-)up


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This site has excellent toilet and shower facilities, but they had even shipped in some more showers - that was a good sign   :D  ;-)up


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The Diggers were here, and that meant some Off-Road Racing   :D  ;-)up


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The Poo Wagon was here, and that meant some SERIOUS Off-Road Racing   :D  ;-)up


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I had absolutely no idea about this vehicle though, and I was fascinated by it. It was one of the longest vehicles I have ever seen and god only knows how they would have driven it here. I couldn't work out what it would have been in its former life, as a bit too high to have been an airport bus. In my mind it would have made a fabulous chip van and I guess the next few days will tell.


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And finally rummaging through the goody bag we were given on the gate, was the all important program of events


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We had arrived and hopefully that would now be the last of it, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)

Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 13, 2019, 07:05:06 PM
Well, as it happens, the plot that had been put aside for us was tiny - at a squeeze we might have got half a dozen cars on there and no tents and so we decided to move further up the field where there was a bit more space. Trouble was, that even over there was another occupant that made more noise than Andy Robinson and Big GP sharing a tent and this thing was to be run 24/7.


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And this just demonstrates how friendly our hosts really are, because they offered to unplug, move it to the other side of the field and rewire it so that it did not bother us. At last, something had gone well.

The subject of noise and snoring had already come up with the generator, and I was then subjected to the usual barrage of banter and abuse that I get when trying to pitch a tent. I can snore for England and I am mighty proud of it. So instead of getting pushed to the edges of the field like I normally am, this time I decided to have my revenge by pitching the tent smack bang in the middle so that I could then keep everybody awake with equal noise and vibrations.


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Not long after the tent was pitched up did I notice an awesome looking car coming over to see us. Now it may not be everybody's cup of tea, but I for one absolutely loved it. It looked so cool, but I also noticed that it had a UK number plate on it.


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Who on earth would do something like that? You must be a few sandwiches short of a picnic   ;D


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And then the penny dropped. It was Pat Masters and Becky and they had purposely built this car in order to annoy the Germans. Absolute lunatics of the first degree. Take a good look at this photo people because their idiocy is infectious and there is no asylum in the world that can contain them. Do not engage in conversation, and if you see them, just run, run away, run for your life.


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We stumbled across Ruben who had found a small hole in the ground and was reluctant to get up to greet us. Judging by the look on his face, he obviously had a lot to get off his mind, and the nearby loo roll now made us wonder if the toilets here were going to be any different to the Osnabruk IBW. 
 bleugh


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It was time to get some supplies, and we remembered that there was a local Spar shop just down the road. Chad managed to line up 3 Doons together and gets extra points for this being in a foreign land. This was also the first time we had seen Patricks new build. There should have been 4 of them here, but added to our list of "What else could have possibly gone wrong?" we will now add Nigel and Fiona whose 4x4 Doon sadly broke its gearbox on the way to the Ferry and had to make the journey over here in their Freelander instead.


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019083.jpg)


A word of caution if you are in a supermarket with Mark Darby. He is one of those that will put items in your basket whilst you are not looking. I was a little cross to turn around and find a beer crate in my trolley. The reason I was cross was because I had to then lift it out and replace it with another one as Mark had given me one with many bottles missing. Come on Mark, if you are going to do this, at least make it a full crate. The crates here are just over a tenner each, and if you can be bothered, you get 4 euros back on them too if returned.


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Finally back to camp. Tent was up. Cold Beer being consumed. We had made it.
Hopefully that would now be the last of it, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 14, 2019, 08:18:26 AM
We knew that we would be in for a bit of rain that night, but none of us were prepared for what happened next as the storm hit. We experienced the end of the world, we had rain, we had wind, we had Armageddon on a Biblical scale. I am not one to scare easily, but even I was starting to panic a little about our choice of accommodation for the weekend.


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019085.jpg)


And it got worse, much worse. Those that were in their tents were hanging on to save them blowing away, and many were peering out of their tent flaps watching a semi naked man running around trying to secure things that were flying about. That semi naked man obviously did not want to get his clothes wet and I am just so relieved that Vicky and her razor were in the main building having food, else I would now be a semi naked bald man running about, and I didn't need that extra problem whilst trying to peg down our Buggies. Stephen and Claire's tent pegs were being ejected over the top of their tent as fast as I could catch them and Dave's flag pole was ripped from the ground in seconds. After a very nervous 30 minutes had passed, we emerged from our tent to assess the carnage. We had got off fairly lightly with minimal damage, unlike some others on the other side of the field.


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019086.jpg)


Not quite sure how we survived that one, but hopefully that would now be the last of it, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 14, 2019, 09:21:19 AM
As the others started to return back from the food hall, one of the organizers was riding around on a bike pretty much barking at people to move their cars from the central lane where they had been parked. This was the Fire Access and must not be blocked. We were a bit taken aback at first, not only because you could have got the entire Dutch Fire Brigade side by side down this taped channel, but more because we had now encountered, for the very first time, a Dutchman than was not grinning like a Cheshire Cat. The Dutch only have 2 moods - Happy and Ecstatic. No worries though, their site, their rules, and all they really needed to do was ask.


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019087.jpg)


I subsequently found out that the organizers were a little on edge as it was only Friday night, they were now over capacity with 600 people on site and they were even considering turning people away. In a Country where you need planning permission to change the colour of your front door, there were strict regulations about camping, and the number of people per plot (which is why they kept adding new taped plots as more people appeared) and they were very fearful of a Council Official Inspection at any time. Now their anxiety made a bit more sense.

I don't know, not been here a day yet and already we have been told off.
Hopefully that would now be the last of it, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)

Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 14, 2019, 09:43:59 AM
As I moved my car out of the way, DC was nowhere to be seen, so Snoopy released his handbrake and with the assistance of a few others started to push the car out of the way. Its the sort of thing any of us would have done to help. They had not moved it more than a few feet when we heard a short "Psssst" noise, no more than someone opening a ring pull on a beer. And then we realized what had happened.


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I felt terrible as Dave and Gail returned back to the camp, but I felt completely heartbroken for Snoopy who took it upon himself as his fault for moving Dave's car. It certainly was not his fault, it really was a genuine accident, and could have happened to any one of us, but it would now be the start of showing just how the Buggy Community all rally around when there is a crisis or problem.


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At this point Ruben magically appeared and after much discussion and a few phone calls managed to come up with the address of a few local tyre centres that may be able to assist, and after some searching on the net, we even found an online company in Germany that were showing Cooper Cobras in stock. Not knowing if we were going for one tyre or a matched pair, it seemed sensible to remove both wheels so that we could then take them with us in the morning.


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019090.jpg)


Some very serious drinking needed to be done - and quickly as we all had an important job to do  (https://www.dndservices.co.uk/smiley/mates4.gif)


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As you can see, empty Beer crates make great axle stands   ;D


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Not much more could be done tonight and to make matters worse, the chip van was shut. So before we settled down to some heavy drinking, we all had a closer look at Dave's tyre and made a few observations.

It was alarming how big a hole that tent peg had made, and we were a bit surprised just how soft those sidewalls were. Closer inspection showed the tyre size to be 265 profile which in all honesty is a little too narrow for a 10" rim, and it was not impossible that the sidewalls had become weakened due to being over stretched. Looking even closer, there is considerable cracking around he tyre rim, and a lot of these cracks have been masked and filled up with tyre polish over the years. This actually looked like a tyre that was ready to blow at any minute, so the fact that it happened whilst stationary and not a high speed jaunt down a Motorway may actually be a blessing in disguise.


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019093.jpg)


Rubens cheerful comments will make me smile forever " I love you guys to bits, but you are such high maintenance "   :-[
Hopefully that would now be the last of it, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 14, 2019, 11:25:32 AM
It was another rough night, with heavy bouts of rain passing over, but timed just long enough apart for you to get to sleep first before being rudely awakened with the tents being lifted and slammed to the floor with a great sploshing noise.


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Morning had broken and we headed down for a continental breakfast, but it was clear that the stormy night had taken its toll on the site


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Previous visitors to this site will tell you that everything here is immaculately clean and tidy, yet this morning there were branches and debris everywhere


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The inside of the barn looked as though someone had raided Ikea   ;D


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Part of the inclusive meal deal package is a Continental style breakfast consisting of cereals, bread, jams, a selection of meats, cheese and eggs that are so fresh that it is near impossible to peel the shells off them. I saw someone spreading strawberry jam on a piece of bread before adding a slice of ham and cheese, and so I tried it myself. Before you pass any comments, I suggest you also try it yourself first as it tasted that good, I went back and had the same again.


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Now if that combination seemed strange to you, the Dutch also think we are equally wierd by having semi skimmed milk in our coffee instead of the goopy yoghurty lumps that they try and pass off as cream.


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Chad had now broken out the T-Shirts in various sizes, and the Ladies ones had a V on the packet to signify the type of neckline that they had. Claire was in hysterics though and was boasting about how hers said "V-Large"


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There was a cold drink available too, but it was not quite what I expected. I couldn`t work out what it was, and it was passed around the table with many having a sniff and a sip with equal confusion. It turned out to be Strawberry Juice, and if you have never tried it, don`t bother.


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As we headed back to the tents, it was clear that we were not the only group having a few problems that weekend  :(


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Time to make some phone calls about a non standard tyre on a Bank Holiday Weekend, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 14, 2019, 12:18:10 PM
Whilst we are waiting for the shops to open, I shall show you a few cars that have caught my eye on the way back to the tent


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Scott was wishing he had a tow bar and was wondering what this caravan for sale would look like behind his Buggy


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019108.jpg)


Don't worry mate, I'm sure you will find another souvenir from Holland to take home with you  :-X  ::)


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This Dakar belongs to Andre, who has been a BBI member for a long time now, and it was great to finally meet him and put a face to a name  ;-)(-;


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019112.jpg)

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(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019115.jpg)


Very tidy orange Buggy and nicely trimmed inside   ;-)up


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(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019117.jpg)

Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 14, 2019, 02:30:00 PM
Glenn and Fraser had finally emerged from their enormous Turkish Boudoir, but no sign of the Belly Dancers


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Ruben was back at the tent and it turns out that the tyre specialist nearby did not have anything suitable, and because it was a sidewall split they didn't want to repair it either which wasn't really surprising. Our backup option was the online supplier that had Cooper Cobras at the right size for 115 euros each, but for whatever reason couldn't get them to us nor allow us to collect. As Dave was using Porsche stud rims, trying to find a set of wheels on site was problematic also until Ruben came up with an off the wall solution. He had found on the interweb, a full set of Porsche Boxster wheels with tyres for a really silly price. In fact the price was so silly that I expressed an interest myself that if Dave didn't want them, then I would have them myself as could easily double my money back home with them. They were only 100Km away and a plan was hatched. Dave would buy them and use them, and I would have them from him when he had finished. Ruben came to the rescue yet again by generously offering the use of his van to go and collect them.

Payback for Ruben, our Pancake obsessed addict had already been planned, and this seemed a good time to pay him for the van rental.


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019119.jpg)


It may not be Pannenkoeken, but it was instead many many many packets of Aunt Bessies Yorkshire Pudding and Pancake mix  ;D


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Ruben seemed very happy as he now had enough for a light snack before lunch  (https://www.dndservices.co.uk/smiley/Smiley%20Pancake.gif)


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And with that over with, Dave and Snoopy jumped into Rubens van and went off for an adventure. In Holland, the cars are insured irrespective of the driver which does make a lot more sense than over here where the drivers are insured and not the cars.

Hopefully that would now be the last of it, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 14, 2019, 03:15:32 PM
I know its a Buggy Weekend, buts its really nice to see so many Beetles here - In the UK they have all but disappeared


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We have all seen these short Bugs before, but why the radiator?   bleugh

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And finally, quite a nice little pick up


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Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 14, 2019, 04:04:53 PM
Withe breakfast now over, the sky turned off yet again and any thing that was light went dark, and then came the wind


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The howling of the wind was so loud, it even woke Mark up - and that really takes some doing  ;D


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But to be fair, this time it was his own car making all the noise


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019137.jpg)


However, we had more important things to deal with as Glenn's tent had just dramatically changed shape


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019138.jpg)


The force of the wind had now bent the pole in half and Fraser was doing all he could to keep the tent up


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After a while, Dave Mayer relieved Fraser, whilst Fraser went to . . erm . . relieve himself


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The wind was now getting more and more intense, some say gusting around 65 mph


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And between them, Dave and Fraser were really battling against it.


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Glenn was clearly not happy as this was a brand new tent with a pole that was clearly not up to the job. He was going to have a good few words with the supplier when we got back, but not before he had taken some elocution lessons from Kath. She had quite an outburst with an NEC official a while back and used some words that even we had never heard of - Glenn was now taking notes.


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Dave Mayer had been scouring the site looking for a Pole we could use (Found plenty of Germans, No Polish) and came back with the next best thing. A nice lady who would take Glenn to the nearby camping shop to see what they had. Unsurprisingly, the camping shop didn't have anything suitable, but there was a place nearby that sold scaffold poles - Remember that this is their bank holiday weekend!


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Flags then broke out a junior hacksaw, and chopped the poles into equal lengths to make stowage easier afterwards.


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019145.jpg)


And the BBI Erection Committee then did all it could to get it up


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019146.jpg)


But . . . I had to wonder if the wind blew the tent down, or was it Dave's Buggy revving up to seek revenge ?  :-\


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How much more can this trip throw at us?
Hopefully that would now be the last of it, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 14, 2019, 05:11:42 PM
I did start to wonder what others were using to get themselves through the weather


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And strangely enough, our tents didn't seem quite that bad. This would certainly get me through the weather though, and with that it was time to find some nutrition.


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019153.jpg)

Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 14, 2019, 05:38:53 PM
Lunch consisted of a giant meatball.
Forgive me for not showing a photo of the ball itself, but some things once seen cannot be unseen   bleugh


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019154.jpg)


And then back to the far end of the field again where DC and Snoopy had returned after being stuck in traffic for a few hours.
Happy Campers  ;D


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Whilst the sun is briefly out again, I`ll show you some of the other cars here


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And finally one that had Oojamaflip written all over it   ;D


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019175.jpg)

Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 14, 2019, 08:21:30 PM
Some of our tribe ventured into town, and those that were left behind were quite glad of the shelter as the weather was on the turn yet again


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Refuge was then taken inside Chad's inflatable Club GB HQ - after all, that's where the beers were


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Now Dave DC (as usually seen on TV) was a bit miffed at this point. He had seen a film crew coming over and went to open the door for them expecting an interview in front of the camera only to find they walked right past him and into the drunken tent to interview the one person that they really shouldn't have done.


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If English is not your first language, then if you point a camera and a Microphone at a drunken man that happens to be Scottish, it goes without saying that the answer to any question asked is going to be given in his bestest Scottish accent, and you you probably are not going to understand him. Much uproar followed, and everything that Allan did or said from that point onwards had to be translated. We didn`t give him a hard time about it at all now did we.


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Believe it or not, that is the second time we would appear on the News this weekend.  ::)
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 14, 2019, 08:45:24 PM
And for our International friends now looking in, a little selection of UK cars as requested  ;-)up


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Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 15, 2019, 08:29:24 AM
Back at the campsite there was a hive of activity - time to look at the wheels that turned up earlier


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019186.jpg)


But not before Kath could show off her new Cloggs - Lisa however, was just wishing that she could stand on one leg like that


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019187.jpg)


Even Dave had a matching pair too and reckoned that they were actually quite comfortable


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019188.jpg)


Thats a pretty good souvenir to take home  ;-)up


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019189.jpg)


Now this may just look like an out of shape tent, but the campers across from us were really struggling with this one. The force of the wind at the moment has ripped out the pegs on one side, split the material and is now folding the carbon poles flat to make this shape.


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019190.jpg)


Claire and Stephen were repeatedly seen crouching around their tent pegs for most of the weekend


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019191.jpg)


Nothing to do with the weather, it was those strange pants that Claire had made - They were chaffing a bit  ;D


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019192.jpg)


Not far from where we were, some grass track oval racing was now taking place


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019193.jpg)


It has been a long standing joke that Ruben only drives a van and does not actually own a Buggy. But he keeps managing to borrow this one that goes very fast and has been tuned within an inch of its life. He was going to have a little burst around the track and an unsuspecting Fynn jumped in for the ride.


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019194.jpg)


Moments later, a very shell shocked Fynn returned, covered in . .  well . .  erm . . Yes, hes was covered in it


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019195.jpg)


I don`t think he was expecting Rubens car so have been so fast, and may have had a little accident judging by the state of this


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019196.jpg)


How was Ruben going to explain this mess to the Hire Company ?


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019197.jpg)


Ruben had some Carlos Fandango thoughts going through his head and wondered if anyone would miss these


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019198.jpg)


Hopefully that would now be the last of it, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)

Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 16, 2019, 10:10:02 AM
Flags had gone very quiet, and was looking thoughtful (Never good news) and then muttered " Mate, these ain't gonna fit "   ???


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019199.jpg)


Flags had spotted something we had not considered - the offset of these wheels was very different to the ones we were replacing   ::)


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019200.jpg)


However, Chad's Buggy had a similar setup with these rims, and we could play around with his wheel spacers


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019201.jpg)


After much jacking and swapping, a spacer solution was found that worked for both cars


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019202.jpg)


And Dave was so happy he could hardly contain himself over what we had now managed to achieve   :-X


(http://beachbuggy.info/Pics/IBW2019/IBW2019203.jpg)


Yet another crisis dealt with.
Hopefully that would now be the last of it, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 16, 2019, 02:19:10 PM
It was Saturday Night at last - it was Party Night, and Lee emerged ready for a good night in Holland


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And it wasn't long before we had been inundated with Hippies, it was going to be a Groovy Night, Man   ;)


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We told Mark Darby (who looks like this all the time), to dress down a bit so he didn't show us all up   ;D


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We were undoubtedly in for a good night, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 16, 2019, 07:40:27 PM
Right then. Serious head on and time to address the elephant in the room.

As many of you will have heard, this years trip left a lasting impression thanks to one of our members. It was actually the reason I named the thread like this. As a storyteller on here, I try my hardest to convey what happened for your enjoyment, but I was faced with a situation that I have really had to come to terms with and was not sure how, or indeed if it should be mentioned. As much as I want to pretend it didn't happen and ignore it, I can't.














The trouble with these sorts of events, is that everybody has a camera, and before you know it, details are posted on social media.














I didn't want to post the pictures on here at all as I felt it may upset some of you.














If you want to skip forward to the next bit, then I fully understand, as I am not comfortable with this either.














But after a good chat with everybody concerned, it was agreed that the pictures should be shown and I can only apologize.














I'm sure that there is a helpline somewhere, but I am too traumatized to look for it.














Last chance to look away, you have been warned.














I give you Dave Oojamaflip . . .     ::)  bleugh


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I was laughing so hard that a bit of wee might have come out    ;D


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We headed up to the main barn for a drink, the live music, and the party, and were confronted by Ruben dressed as the Easter Bunny  :-\


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Amongst the crowds, we spotted a couple wearing exactly the same outfits as ours, and were really surprised to find that it turned out to be one of our International Members, Andre who lives on an Island just west of the Dutch Dam. Great to put another face to a name, and we look forward to a road trip to come and visit you in due course.


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And if you thought that Lee's giant spliff was a comedy one, then think again - this was fully functional    (https://www.dndservices.co.uk/smiley/Tongue%20Dizzy.gif)


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Nobody wanted to dance with Dave though - Cannot for the life of me think why not ?   :-\  :-X  ::)


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The party went on until the small hours, and after a bit of persuasion, we managed to convince them to open the chip van as a few of us now had the munchies. I am not sure who was most hammered, those cooking the chips, or those ordering the chips, but I remember being deafened by the cheers that went up after they were finally served.

What a night - What a Party
Hopefully that would now be the last of it, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)

Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 16, 2019, 10:47:16 PM
It was a bleary eyed Sunday morning when we got up, only to find some nutters outside doing their morning exercise routine. Kath had been up for hours due to wetting the bed, but I expected better of Dave and Gail - it was far too early for this.


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Gail was trying not to draw attention to the fact that her supposedly temporary stickers were made from either real tattoo ink or some form of indelible marker, but either way, they were proving somewhat difficult to remove.


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Snoopy was in full swing giving his expert Masterclass on repairing Buggy's and was working through them all. Mark's Carbs got adjusted


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Glenn's wheel bearings were making some noise, but had a replacement set donated by someone that was trailering their car back to Germany


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And Scott's timing was adjusted


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That was the cars all fixed and hopefully that would now be the last of it, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 17, 2019, 11:16:18 AM
Vicky had found one of the wigs from last night and reminisced over having long flowing hair


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Which always seems to translate as " Vicky is getting a little Fruity "    (https://www.dndservices.co.uk/smiley/Cheesy%20Boobs.gif)


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DC (as seen on TV) just couldn't resist - At least he was now smiling again  ;)


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They didn't have to do this as we already knew that these two were a pair of tits  :-X


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Even Kath was wondering what it would be like to have big Boobs  ( Come on Kath? Really? )  ;D


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Dave thought he may have another problem for us to solve. With precious little space in the Buggies, how on earth would we get these home. I told him not to worry as we had already blagged the back seats of Nigel's Freelander,


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I was thinking that I hadn't seen the Town Cryer when he appeared and announced the Off-Roading was about to commence


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Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 17, 2019, 12:52:23 PM
You all know the sound a really high performance bike engine can make when revving away, well imagine what that sounds like with two bike engines slung in a rail


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Twin Rev Counters tells you just how mad this thing is


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I couldn't quite work out how it all worked though, seemed to be 2 completely separate power plants


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I heard someone in the crowd saying that these engines were going to be transplanted into a Buggy in due course   :o


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I have never before seen anything that can accelerate quite like this thing did. Imagine a radio control car that has two speeds, flat out and stop. Well that's pretty much what this car did. The debris it threw out the back as it launched was just breathtaking.


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Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 17, 2019, 10:45:48 PM
I am a big fan of learning new skills, especially ones that can be used in real life. If you ever get the chance through your workplace to go on a First Aid Course, or know of a local St Johns Ambulance centre that is doing an evening class, then I would seriously urge you to jump at the chance.

As some of you may know, I have a background as a Sub Aqua Instructor, and along with that goes a lot of training courses that I have both been on and also used to teach. Rescue Management, Incident Management and I am also a trained Paramedic to name some of my own skills. It does mean though that when something happens, I tend to be the one running towards danger when others are running away. Today, sadly, was one of those days.

Around the edges of the field we were on are some serious drainage ditches. They look almost hidden, and even when standing next to them you would be forgiven for thinking it was nothing more than a bit of scrubland between fields and not a 8 foot wide and 8 foot deep solid trench. From where I am standing it does not look much, but follow the ditch to the end of the picture and only then does the profile start to appear.


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We were making the most of the sunshine when word got around that a car had just driven into the ditch right at the end of the field. A few moments later, I heard a yell from the campsite of "Ambulance" and that's when my ears pricked up, I threw a bottle of sun cream at Kath and started running towards the end of the field. Sure enough, I could see the rear wheels of a Buggy and as I got closer my heart stopped as I recognized the rear number plate as being from the UK. Christ, it was one of ours. It was Scott.


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Scott had somehow managed to crawl our of the car on his own, and had either slipped or collapsed on the floor when Dave Mayer arrived first on scene, and by the time I got there Dave had a hankie covering his eye. There was claret everywhere and it was quite obvious that he had gone through the windscreen. The only saving grace was that he was fully conscious and coherent at all times. Allan went to turn the ignition off and slid down the sharp embankment as he did so it was that steep. With the help of another paramedic from one of the other clubs, we managed to stabilize him until the Emergency services arrived. The Police were very quickly on scene, followed by an ambulance. At all times, Scott wasn't bothered by his injuries, he just kept asking how his car was.


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It was pretty obvious that Scott had a serious head injury but he managed to walk (albeit aided) into the Ambulance which was a good sign.


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Its amazing how a simple thumbs up can put your mind at rest. Whatever the injuries were, he was going to be ok. Jackie, who was quite understandably besides herself by this time did make everyone laugh as she got into the front of the ambulance only to be told by the driver that she had to go the other side as he should be driving and not her. A small touch of humour made the whole thing feel a bit more "Human"


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No sooner had the Ambulance left, did a tractor arrive, and set about lifting the Buggy out of the ditch. Scott's car, being a 1958, does not have seat belts, but what really shook all of us was how far away the passenger seat had been thrown as it had been ejected straight over the top. Thankfully Scott was driving on his own, and although a serious crash, it was also clear that he was not traveling at any great speed.


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Ruben was an absolute star, followed the Ambulance and spent the day at the Hospital with Jackie so that she was not on her own, but also had a really good interpreter with her as well. Ruben really has gone above and beyond the call of duty on this trip and kept us updated as to Scott's progress at all times.


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The car was dragged back to our campsite and we quickly covered it up using Marks cover to save any prying eyes and photos from the crowd that were now gathering. Everybody, and I do mean everybody came over at some point to ask how Scott was, and I lost count of how many then asked if he would be selling his wheels.

We shall return to this when we know more.
Hopefully that would now be the last of it, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)

Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 17, 2019, 11:44:48 PM
Quite a few of our crew decided to take a trip into the town and do a bit of exploring


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They went to take another look at the windmill that Kath, Dave & Fynn had visited yesterday


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It had suffered a major fire in 2000, but had been lovingly restored back to its former glory.


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The owners were very hospitable, and allowed them full access to explore


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If you were here five years ago, then you will notice that the "Kangapoo" hotel on the "Bumhole" mud flats is now having a sandy beach installed


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The whole town has now gone upmarket and is virtually unrecognizable which is not a bad thing as it was really grim before.


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And they even have a Boat here especially for Ruben - The Pancake Restaurant  (https://www.dndservices.co.uk/smiley/Smiley%20Pancake.gif)


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Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 18, 2019, 11:15:15 PM
The sun was shining today, and some of the stalls around the site were selling their wares


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I met up with one of our International Members, Buggy Collector, who was here selling his collection of . . . well . . . Buggies


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I also bumped into our good friend Krach Marie who was here with her blue Buggy (She has a fabulous green snakeskin Buggy - I`m sure you know the one)


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And then it was back to the tents for a spot of lunch


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And a chillout with a few beers and a few friends in the summer sunshine (At long last)   (https://www.dndservices.co.uk/smiley/Cool%20Sunbathe.gif)


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Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 20, 2019, 10:42:55 PM
To the side of the building, some large ditches had been dug up which meant that there was always a good collection of rails and Off Roaders to be seen


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It was amazing to see how much punishment you could could put a vehicle through


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Hang on a minute, I recognize someone over there going into the water


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I think that puddle may be a bit deeper than it looks  ;D


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But Pat is used to puddles and has no trouble with a gentle exit


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Well, it was a bit gentle when you compare it to some of the other lunatics over here


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To be fair, most of the International guys had their cars on trailers, and it was somewhat brave to subject one of ours to this considering the long drive home,

but then Pat is an absolute nutter and we expect nothing less from him, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)


Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 23, 2019, 06:08:54 PM
Next up on the agenda were the Presidents Games. The idea of this one was to pick up a set of small numbered buckets and arrange them on a bench in order using a hook suspended and operated by four long ropes, but to add to the difficulty, on the top of the plate holding the hook was a cup with a ball in it. Looked difficult, but then they had not thought about Flags being at the helm, and with a few careful commands, this was accomplished within minutes.


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The next game involved strapping on what could only be described as a gallows and a cable operated plate with a beer in the middle. The concept was easy, operate the strings and drink the beer without getting covered in it - and it was a lot harder than it looked judging by those that had a go.


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The English have a real reputation over here for cheating and bending the rules a bit. Now when you also take into account that you are not going to put any sort of obstacle between one of us and a free beer, I' m glad to say that today was no exception and Chad decided to go for it. With the Gallows attatched, he simply walked over to the nearest fence post, parked the plate with the beer on top of it and then bent forward to pick the glass up between his teeth and drink the beer.


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The somewhat perplexed Dutch Judge admitted that there was nothing in the rules about this as he then leaned against the post to prevent others from following suit, and held his head in his hands when Pat and Nigel had a go using a very large straw to take a drink.


It was then time for the Presidents meeting. This is basically all the club representatives getting together for a breakdown of the event, and to discuss plans for the next one. First item on the agenda is always a beer, followed by the second item which is usually a replacement beer. These meetings are generally a bit hard to follow as they are usually in German, but I was really struggling with this one due to the topics being discussed. Usually, the next meet would have been Belgium, but it was going to be swapped this year with a German one. Some of you may know our good friend Toon was involved in a horrific Chemical Tanker explosion a couple of years back that showered him in acid. I was so pleased to see him there this weekend and he appears to be doing very well. However, he is on a transplant list and will not be able to help organize the Belgium IBW, so it was unanimously agreed to change it. The discussion as to exact venue was hard to follow, but will be announced in due course once finalized. We didn't get a chance to speak at this one, but with Brexit on the cards, it was generally accepted that there is nothing more we could add as far as a UK one goes.


Coming out of the meeting, I spotted a white van driving past - It was Ruben returning from the Hospital. He looked absolutely shattered, but was still smiling as Ruben always does. I rushed over to see him with only one question on my mind, how was Scott? I was not expecting the reply given though and that was that I could ask him myself very soon. Ruben had dropped them back to their Hotel and they would be on site shortly.

Good News  ;-)up

Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 26, 2019, 09:54:01 AM
Scott had appeared on site and was looking remarkably chipper considering all that had gone on. The hospital had really looked after him and the various specialists he had seen throughout the day were satisfied to discharge him with a bag of information to hand over to the UK Doctors including some discs containing his CT scans. The car was still covered up at this stage and Scott asked to see it.


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The car was uncovered and the true extent of the damage could now be seen. None of us had actually looked at the car either until now, as we really had tried to keep it covered up from everybody else on site.


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Scott and Jackie had a very big decision to make. He had been involved in a serious crash, he was badly injured, the car was undriveable, they were in a foreign land and thankfully, they were fully insured. It was time to make the phone call and push that button to get them all repatriated. During the time that they were in hospital, some of the more sober amongst us had been working through a few alternative solutions and playing them out, so that whatever Scott said, we could all jump into action. We had arranged a safe place to store the car to be collected from at a later date and we also had spare seats in cars to get them back to the Hull ferry should they just want to go home. There was also the question of what would happen to the Buggy if the Insurance Company got their hands on it, as it this condition it would certainly be written off and never seen again. We also reckoned that we could probably get the Buggy back to the UK too if necessary, and once on home soil, the situation would be a lot easier to deal with. The various scenario's were put forward and Scott was very quick to make his decision. Within seconds of Scott saying he wanted to come home with us, the magical fairies appeared along with this A frame. It looked suspiciously like Rubens one, but I did not see him put it there.


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The windscreen was only hanging in there with a wing and a prayer, so Dave and Gary set about removing the glass as there was no doubt that it would fall out whist going along.


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The sheer force of the impact can now be understood. The most obvious damage you can see is how bent the dash panel is and that the impact has clearly ripped open the passenger side area. The cracks on the wings and the bonnet are also just visible and the really eagle eyed amongst you will have spotted the two diagonal stripes of blood on the interior panel that show just how steep that ditch actually was.


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Scott told me that he really wasn't traveling that fast and just didn't see the ditch until he had started to go over the top of it. His instinct was to grab the steering wheel and brace himself against it. Even by doing so, he was left with a broken nose and where his eye had taken the full brunt of the impact, had left him with multiple eye socket fractures and some damage to his optical nerves. The doctors feared that he may also have detached his retina. When you look at how hard he grabbed the wheel, I think you will agree that he got off lucky as god only knows what would have happened if his head had sustained the full force of the crash.


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If we take a closer look at the business end, you can see just how bent the beam is


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The chassis behind the frame head is severely buckled too. If you don't know what you are looking at, everything here should be flat and level.


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Enough of my waffling then, as this is the picture that you probably want to see, and you can tell straight away just how out of alignment that front end is.


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With the wheels pointing in different directions, the steering components badly rubbing and nothing to attach the A frame to except the damaged area, there was no way we could tow this from one side of the country to the other - a short trip maybe, but 200 miles? I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 27, 2019, 09:31:03 AM
Ruben was now getting a little bit agitated, not so much due to of our never ending demands on him, but more because there was no way he would ever leave a man behind and his potential solution also had a major problem that went with it.

Ruben knew a guy who was local to this area that would lend him a trailer (that was the easy bit), but the frustration really kicked in as Ruben, being of a younger generation did not have the automatic entitlement on his license like us oldies do, to actually pull it. Sure, he has illegally towed trailers before, and had towed his own Buggy to Noordbroek for this event, but there was a big difference between a short local trip and the journey we would have to make to the other side of Holland. We all remember that he was previously fined in Germany when towing his own car back from the last IBW. Over here, the expensive trailer test costs around 500 Euro's and when you are saving every penny you have for a house deposit then it it quite understandable why this Dutch Petrolhead has not yet gone down the licensed test route.

However, Ruben had come up with an astounding proposition to put to us that may just solve the problem.

If Vicky could drive the Kango, then Keith could use Rubens van to tow the trailer with the Buggy on down to the Europort for the Hull ferry. Ruben would follow us in his Buggy. We could then offload the Buggy and load it onto the ferry. Ruben would then put his Buggy on the trailer and tow it (albeit illegally) the short distance back to his own house. He would then drive the empty trailer back to Noordbroek in the hope that an empty trailer was unlikely to be pulled over, and then drive home. That's approaching a 500 mile round trip !

There was another issue though, that unlike Stenna who grudgingly allow the use of tow ropes, P&O have a strict policy that cars must be driven on and not pushed or pulled, but nowhere does it state that they have to be in one piece. By the time we had discussed that one, Dave Mayer had already got the Buggy running and moving under its own power.

Dave then gave Ruben a chunk of notes to cover the petrol money for his epic trip, and I had hatched a plan for something else. Ruben had done so much for us this weekend and like a true friend, never asks for anything in return. But I saw a way that we could actually repay his kindness and generosity and told him that we, (as in the BBI Community), would now bankroll putting him through his trailer test. He was so gobsmacked and lost for words that he was physically unable to argue with me about it. Several members have generously donated some money towards this and I was sure that I could sell a few more sweatshirts and top trumps to make up the difference. Money has since been transferred we await his update in due course.

Hopefully that would now be the last of it, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)

Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 27, 2019, 11:10:50 AM
As we were finalizing the plans for getting the Buggy home, we completely forgot about the prize giving in the main hall.

And guess what, we won a prize for the best Flower Power fancy dress. Luckily Chad was there to accept it, which was just as well as he seems to be the one who always ends up taking them home.

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As we sat and drunk the last of our beer we reflected on what had been a very strange and eventful IBW, and we were then treated to the most spectacular sunset. Or rather, knowing our luck, it was probably the next field on fire.


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Hopefully that would now be the last of it, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 27, 2019, 10:51:14 PM
After a quick breakfast, it was time to break camp. Its always a bit sad, as it means the holiday is coming to an end and its time to say goodbye to both old and new friends.


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The Belly Dancers had gone home and Glen and Fraser were now quietly dismantling the Turkish Boudoir


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As with any Buggy trip, it is written that you must have a line up of all the cars in their glory before heading off


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Scott, pictured here in his Hotel room was ready to set off


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Dave and Gail, now sporting their new back wheels, were ready to set off.


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We were really pleased to have got the tent packed away in a dry condition, and after reassuring Patrick that he would still be allowed to visit the UK post Brexit (I kid you not, the Europeans think we will be off limits and don`t know how to travel to us in the future) we were ready to set off.


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Under a few watchful eyes, Dave drove Scott's car on to the trailer - they were ready to set off.


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And Jackie had even remembered to get into the correct side of the van - She was ready to set off.


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It was time to say goodbye to our hosts, the Algemene Buggy Club, your hospitality has been truly awesome as always, and something tells me that this is one IBW that will never ever be forgotten. Goodbye old friends, we will see you all next year in Germany.

 ;-)(-;


Traditionally, we all head for the (not so) scenic route across the large dam, but this time we would split into two groups. Those that were broken, walking wounded and traveling slow would head direct for the Southern Europoot, whilst the rest would drive along the coastal route and hopefully we would all reconvene at our favourite bar on Bing Beach for a meal later.


Hopefully that would now be the last of it, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 27, 2019, 11:33:46 PM
The larger group of Buggies set off on their scenic tour of the Dutch Motorways


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From early childhood, we are all taught that Holland is full of windmills, but it really isn't the case now. There are still a few about but on this trip from one side of the country to the other, you could probably count the ones you can see on one hand


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There is a very large lake and watersports centre over here, and the Dutch love to spend their bank holidays with a bit of kite surfing


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Holland is a strange place to travel, being so flat there is not actually a lot of scenery to see in the distance, but the roads are nice and smooth and good to drive on with a real bonus that it is very easy to keep a large group of you together for most of the trip.


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If you look at the map when route planning this leg of the trip, there is a very long road that goes across the water with the sea on one side and freshwater on the other. On paper it looks as though it could be an interesting place to head for. In reality, it is mile after mile of heavy steel barriers with watchtowers every few hundred yards. The view is somewhat underwhelming.


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If this was the only rain they had to contend with, then they got off lightly as they headed for the bar on Bing Beach


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Hopefully that would now be the last of it, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)

Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 29, 2019, 08:26:26 AM
Meanwhile, on the other convoy . . .

It was a nice and gentle cruise back along the way we had come in, and with 2 trailers in our convoy we sat at a steady 55mph which was absolute bliss for taking in some of the last views of Holland on a nice sunny day. Although a supremely confident driver, Vicky was a little apprehensive about driving the Kango over here on her own, so Kath jumped in as shotgun and I stuck behind her to allow her to overtake into a lane that I would be blocking for her.


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It was a pleasantly uneventful trip to the services, and by that I mean really enjoyable, although I`m not sure that DC was feeling quite the same due to the lack of road holding on his new slimline wheels. I did have a moment of panic myself though when stood minding my own business and having a wee when this little voice over my shoulder said "Hello Dave" and turned out to be Vicky who had wandered into the gents by mistake. Or was it?


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Ruben's hire car was sparkling really well in the sunshine. I think they call this a Hotrod Sportscar, its a very different look to our ones and this one is somewhat rapid.


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Scott and Jackie were left to share a quiet moment together and reflect on what had been a somewhat traumatic weekend for them. I am just so relieved that Scott is well enough to do this leg of the journey and so proud of the BBI guys here for pulling together and getting them home.


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The plan was that to save us all blocking the Europoot terminal, we would split up with DC and myself heading for Bing Beach and the others meeting up with us afterwards. It was time to say goodbye but not before I had taken a picture of my car next to Rubens as I hadn't got one of those.


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As we approached the Ports, there is basically a fork in the road, with the Europoot terminal for Hull on the left of the river and the Hook of Holland terminal on the right with Bing Beach behind it. As we approached this area, the traffic was starting to build up and given that Vicky asked me to stay behind her opening up the lanes, I decided that I would just stay with her for the short distance to the Port. I had no way to signal to DC that this was my intention, but luckily he stuck with me if not a bit puzzled.

I hadn't expected the three tunnels on the way to the port (Northern crew had kept that one quiet) and they were decent enough to make some noise and have a bit of fun. We soon arrived at an empty ferry port (we were a bit early) and set about unloading Scott's car and putting Ruben's one on the trailer. Dave was going to drive the car onto the ferry and that was all sorted. They had a plan.


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There was only one thing left to do now and that was say goodbye to the unquestionable star of this trip, our mate Ruben.

(https://www.dndservices.co.uk/smiley/bowing.gif)  All Hail Ruben the Resourceful, master of all he surveys.  (https://www.dndservices.co.uk/smiley/bowing.gif)   Ruben basked in the heavenly glory and looked down on his subjects. He felt good.


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We suddenly noticed that a few cars were starting to appear in the lanes so it was time for us to turn around and make an abrupt exit. Bing Beach was about 10 miles away and the sun was shining.

Hopefully that would now be the last of it, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)

Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on June 29, 2019, 09:36:37 AM
It was time for us to now join the others and head to Bing Beach for some grub. We left the Europoot and headed through the tunnels where Lisa broke the absolute taboo that I told you of earlier and mentioned that she wished that she had not taken her coat off looking at the colour of that sky. Yep, that meant I was about to get wet. What I had not envisaged though was the biblical monsoon that then hit us hard. There was no warning, no pitta patter of rain, just an instant and severe deluge like someone standing above you with a fire hose on full bore. We were in the middle of a horrendously busy five lane motorway and this was getting serious, it was also getting heavier. I couldn't physically see the windscreen in front of me and the rain was so heavy that when trying unsuccessfully to pull to the hard shoulder with Snoopy I nearly got rear ended by a huge lorry. I tried slowing down, but traffic was going too fast to allow me to do so and now driving without my glasses (I just couldn't see through the extra 2 layers of water covered glass) I spotted a lane going off to the right. At that point I had no idea if one way, two way, restricted access, allowed, whatever, I was going that way. At the bottom of that slip road was a fuel station with a roof. As I pulled up, I saw that DC and Oojamaflip were both behind me. The rain then got even heavier and we witnessed our first Dutch flash flood.

The dual carriageway was getting quite deep with water at this stage with a huge wave going from one lane to the other as the cars drove through at stupid speeds. Further up the road we could see a BMW that had been caught out doing this and had now become stranded in the road. I have driven through some pretty serious weather conditions in my time, and that is the first that has left me genuinely scared. If you were one of those that traveled back from IBW a few years back through that amazing weather we had, well believe me when I say that was nothing compared to what we have just driven through. I only hope that this garage served Coffee, because I needed one badly.

The cashier was just standing there completely aghast with eyes wide open, mouth wide open looking at the carnage outside, only to briefly look my way and say "You drove out there with no roof?" She thought we were mad, but to be fair, it was not intentional.

We all grabbed a coffee and Kath broke out some Dutch biscuits that her daughter liked. I thought I had better explain what they were and what to do with them before Ruben came back to give her a severe telling off, as like Pancakes, the Stroopwaffle is a Dutch delicacy. You can get them at home in Lidl's or Sainsbury's and you simply place them on top of your hot cuppa for a few minutes until they go warm and gooey. Worth searching out and giving them a go, as they are lovely.

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After the rain had eased a little, Dave, Dave and Dave walked across the road to study the depth of the puddles and plot a course around them on the dual carriageway. We agreed a route and decided that we would abandon Bing Beach and head straight for our Ferry Port instead as we really didn't fancy being out in that rain again. As we headed the short distance to the port, I cannot speak for the others, but I was only too well aware how much mine was spluttering and coughing with the amount of water that it was now taking onboard.

We then turned the corner into the queue for the ferry. Made it  ;-)up

Hopefully that would now be the last of it, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on July 01, 2019, 10:15:02 PM
Whilst waiting in the queue, we had a good chat with a couple of bikers that were also quite relieved to be at the port. It was hellish driving the Buggy in the weather and I cannot imagine how hard that must have been riding two up on two wheels through that wind and rain. They looked exhausted.

Over our shoulder, we noticed a sign saying Fish & Chips, and knowing that we were heading on to the ferry for a slap up meal, we just had to have fish and chips as a starter. It's an interesting shop though, it's like an old fashioned fishmongers with a huge display of every type of fish possible from shark and monkfish to squid and smoked mackerel. You pick your fish and then they cook it in batter for you.

After heading through the passport check, we then joined the next queue that is literally right in front of the ferry. I commented to Lisa that I could hear a strange squeaking noise, nothing severe, but it sounded like a bearing had maybe gone or possibly starting to fail from all that water ingress. We had a bit of time to kill, so I got out and noticed that my fan belt (whilst still attached and charging) was somewhat loose. Closer inspection, to my horror, I found that my alternator mounting bracket had split with one of the bolts now wedged against the fan guard which was all that was now holding it in place. It was the other side of the bracket that failed in Belgium many years ago, for exactly the same reason - a really crap weld with zero penetration. I had a fix for it though, as I always carry a good handful of stainless steel cable ties, and I would urge everybody to put some in their emergency breakdown kit as they are heavy duty enough to hold any weight and heatproof if you need to use them for exhausts. Half a dozen strategically placed belts had my alternator nice and firm enough for me to drive onto the ferry and I would simply let the AA take care of it when I got home.


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Hopefully that would now be the last of it, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)


Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on July 01, 2019, 10:39:55 PM
Word had come through that the Northern Crew were sat in the bar, and we know from previous trips that they cannot hold their drink up there. Something tells me that this trip would be no exception judging by the tiny glass of wine that Claire had now started on.


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Meanwhile, over at the other port, we had now all boarded the ferry safely, my car had managed to drive on without issue and we looked forward to a nice shower in the cabin


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But, we had another problem in our cabin - the toilet had broken and would not flush. I headed down to Customer Services and joined a large queue of others reporting the same fault. It turned out that one of the vacuum pumps had failed covering several floors and a lots of rooms. They knew about it and had technicians on the case, which turned out to be correct as they were working again by the time I had got back to the cabin.

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I did try ringing Ruben to see if he could solve this one, but he didn't answer. I suspect he had already switched off his phone but not before barring and deleting all of our numbers


Hopefully that would now be the last of it, I mean, what else could possibly go wrong?  ::)
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on July 01, 2019, 10:59:52 PM
Morning had broken, the Ferry doors opened and it was time to depart. Some good news though, it wasn't raining !!  ;-)up


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I needed to contact the AA at some point, but as the car was driveable with a bit of care, I opted to head for the Morrisson's car park down the road. as I remembered that Hugh was picked up from there a few years back and it would be far easier to get a recovery truck in there than having them try and negotiate the port itself. No point making it difficult for the driver.


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As usual, the cafe was shut, so it was time to say good bye to our friends as we would not be with them for this last leg of the journey


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I think that Dave was trying to hint that it was time to crack on and head for home


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There is something sad about such a fun loving vehicle being abandoned at the end of a trip like Billy No Mates, but we didn't mind. Whilst Lisa raided the store for some supplies for the day, I started that long winded phone call to the AA. Their phone system is determined for you to use their app, and every time I have used it in the past, the app has crashed. Today was no exception. After a while of being on hold I finally got through to someone.


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The AA cannot send out a recovery truck without first inspecting the vehicle to see if they can fix it by the roadside, and its pointless trying to argue that one. However after 30 minutes waiting, the call came through that they would be sending out a sub contractor instead and when speaking to them about a broken bespoke bracket on a kit car, they instantly agreed it was not a roadside fix and would send a recovery truck instead. After around an hour and a half, we were met by a young lad called Adam. He asked where the best place to attach the winch was and was quite happy for me to drive it onto the back even though it broke all of their rules.


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Adam was really good company, and I think that he was so relieved that we were one of the few people in his truck that was not screaming and shouting at him about being late and I get the feeling that these guys get an awful lot of abuse. Lisa curled up in the back for a snooze whilst Adam and I talked turkey about cars. A 300 mile journey is not going to be done in one hit as the drivers only have so many hours on their tacho's. Adam suggested that the South Mimms services would be a good place to drop me off, and he phoned ahead to another sub contractor to ensure that were not waiting for anyone when we arrived. Lisa awoke during the journey and was surprised that we were traveling on such a bumpy road, thinking it was a country lane or something. She was a bit surprised when I informed her that we were actually on the M25. Wow that has deteriorated since I was last on it. We reached South Mimms and were left in the busy lorry park, looking somewhat forlorn.


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No sooner had we opened our sandwiches did the next truck arrive. I think his name was Terry, but if it wasn't, then I`ll just call him Terry anyway. I said that I was able to drive onto the back under my own steam, and he was pleased with that as time was precious. If I could get it loaded faster than he could winch it, then that was fine by him. He was really interested in the Buggy and asked if he could take some pictures of it on the back of his truck and then proceeded to show me pictures on his phone of every conceivable supercar you can imagine that he had recovered. He was genuinely exited as mine was his first Beach Buggy. We spent the next hour or so having a real laugh, as this guy was a very excitable and passionate Petrol head and we relived every episode of Top Gear and the Grand Tour during the journey. Like the previous driver, he said it was such a change having people in his truck not shouting at him for being late and that he wished he had enough hours on his tacho to take us all the way home, but would get us as far as he could. He recited a common scenario where he has people shouting their heads off at him not to scratch their cars as he is pulling them out of ditches when he knows full well they are written off and the owners will never see them again - but they blame him for that also. As the miles passed by, he came up with a proposal that may cut down the number of trucks we would encounter that day. If it was alright for him to stop for 45 minutes on a tacho break, then he was prepared to take us a lot further down the A303 to Ilminster as that's where his Mum lived. That is only an hour or so away from home, and that seemed really good of him to suggest it. Sometimes it does pay to be nice to the drivers. He also phoned ahead to ensure another truck would be waiting for us when we got there. We exchanged phone numbers at the end of that trip, and I would not be surprised if I didn't hear from him again. He was a real nutter and we had shared some good laughs.


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Twenty minutes later, the next truck appeared. Picture in your head the stereotypical hazy summer scene in a field of wheat (without Theresa May) and a yokel of a farmer wearing a smock, a straw hat, chewing a blade of straw like a cheroot whilst gazing upwards at the sun without a care in the world. If this guy had been any more laid back, he would have fallen over. It was great and his strong West Country accent reminded us just how close to home we were. He had borrowed the truck from a mate of his to do this trip knowing it was a Beach Buggy, "a bit special" as he put it. He was also a car enthusiast and showed me pictures of some of the stunning vehicles he had, and was very passionate about his customized motorbike, his own pride and joy.

At around 5:30pm, we turned the corner to our house just in time for tea. It had been a long albeit pleasant day where I had met some real characters along the way and that kind of made up for not being able to drive the Buggy home. If the truth be told, I was also knackered, had saved close to the national debt on fuel and had arrived home not much later than if I had driven it myself.

Time to relax. Our Epic adventure had now come to an end   8)
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on July 02, 2019, 09:32:50 AM
That turned out to be a very different and unexpected trip, but we still had a blast. Nothing can compare to the friendship and madness of the Buggy Community. This trip threw us just about every challenge possible and we have still come back smiling. If you have never been on a trip with us, even one of our UK camping weekends, then I seriously urge you to do so. The people I traveled with are more than just friends and I will always refer to them as my family.

 ;-)(-;


Shortly after we returned home I received an update from Scott. He had been to several hospitals on his return, and was now in the process of recovery. His car is being rebuilt as we speak and I look forward to seeing it again soon. I really have to take my hat off to this guy, as despite everything that happened, he still managed to smile and crack jokes. I have a large cold beer waiting for you my friend when we next meet.

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There is no doubt however about the absolute star of this trip. My best mate Ruben the Resourceful. No matter what the situation was, he came back time after time with assistance and a solution. Many of you may not realize this, but at the IBW in Holland five years ago a drunken Dave Doon and myself physically kidnapped this random Dutchman in order to have a guide and an interpreter on a shopping trip where we nearly forgot to bring him home again.

Oh boy, did we pick the right person   ;-)(-;

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IBW 2020 ?  Already Booked and counting down the days

Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoyed my story    (https://www.dndservices.co.uk/smiley/bow.gif)
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Zip Buggy on July 02, 2019, 11:41:09 PM
Fantastic write up Dave. Certainly was a trip to remember. Despite all the not-so-good bits it was a holiday I'll always remember for the good bits too. Chad's party tent meant we didn't even notice the rain and I for one haven't laughed so much in years.
I wish Scott a speedy recovery and sincerely hope it's a full one.
IBW 2020? Wouldn't miss it for anything.
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Chad on July 03, 2019, 12:49:07 AM
Great write up as always Dave, thanks for doing that. It certainly was an IBW trip never to forget. 

I hope Scott recovers fully and his buggy is fixed better than new.  ;-)up

I'm more than happy to relinquish the trophy to anyone that wants it, its just  I seem to always get pushed to the front to collect anything and talk on stage, and I therefore ends up in my buggy to get home.  ;D

My second hero for the weekend next to Ruben has to be Snoopy as he also never stopped helping everyone out - superstar.

Chad
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: snoopy on July 03, 2019, 08:49:53 AM
Great write up, looking at the photos I missed a fair bit of the fun during the weekend but we got everyone and their buggy home despite the mechanical failures, damage and injuries so a successful IBW trip.

Chad and Flags got DC sorted on the refit and Nigel took over the repatriation of the wheels so a team effort by all.

No roadside breakdowns was a big bonus we all kept rolling.

Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on July 03, 2019, 09:20:01 AM
I'm more than happy to relinquish the trophy to anyone that wants it, its just  I seem to always get pushed to the front to collect anything and talk on stage, and I therefore ends up in my buggy to get home.  ;D

Chad ? Really ?  I thought the new house was big enough to display them all ?  Have we run out of room already ?  :o

Right Guys, this is serious . . . .  We need a "go fund me page" for a Bigger Trophy Cabinet as the Curator of the Buggy Hall of Fame is struggling   ;D
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on July 03, 2019, 09:21:15 AM
No roadside breakdowns was a big bonus we all kept rolling.

That one was indeed a huge relief   ;-)up
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Hugh on July 03, 2019, 10:20:28 AM
Epic write up Dave - thanks for taking such time and care collating and presenting these tales. I'd expected you to have a snap of the personalised respray that Mark arranged for his buggy as he boarded at Harwich. Think the effect was called something like ' Seagull S**t ' and only available in washable colours. Mark did try and re attract his Seagull mates when we stopped on the dams coming home:

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at the same place that Flags got recognised as having appeared on TV alongside Allan discussing Scottish meteorology. And then there was DC's speech when we won the prize for Best Dressed Flower Power and so it goes on ie IBW's are epic richly varied adventures best not avoided !


'...we all kept rolling. ' Yes indeed I rolled off the end of the convoy heading north on the Friday and stopped rolling on a conveniently placed slip road. The MantaRay did eventually restart and I knew Gronigen was on the sign posts and all I had to do was turn right and head east along the A7 to find the camp site. Nice to know I wasn't missed (Keith did kindly ring to say they seem to have lost me) too much.

Whilst I wasn't doing anything responsible like navigating, I would generalise that I did feel that the Netherlands was a lovely country to drive in - immaculately smooth, flat and wide roads with hard shoulders easily sufficient to take a parked large lorry well away from the main carriage way. The road network appeared well set out with signs and drivers mostly confidently nonchalant in how they criss crossed through lane changes mostly leaving us as an intact convoy. Looking from the back I sometimes felt cross eyed as other vehicles passed both ways through the convoy ahead. Sure it got livelier around the big cities (and freak down pours) but I usually feel more stressed and on the alert driving in unknown cities in this country. And boy once you get back on the Queen's Highway at Harwich the pots holes, drain and general patches were a rude awakening...
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on July 03, 2019, 10:39:10 AM
 ;D

I had no idea about Mark seeking revenge on the seagulls, but have added that picture to the archives  ;-)up
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Chad on July 03, 2019, 01:13:08 PM
I'm more than happy to relinquish the trophy to anyone that wants it, its just  I seem to always get pushed to the front to collect anything and talk on stage, and I therefore ends up in my buggy to get home.  ;D

Chad ? Really ?  I thought the new house was big enough to display them all ?  Have we run out of room already ?  :o

Right Guys, this is serious . . . .  We need a "go fund me page" for a Bigger Trophy Cabinet as the Curator of the Buggy Hall of Fame is struggling   ;D

With all Ruth's Shoes and books, room is disappearing fast. Think I must be married to a millipede librarian  ;D
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Flags on July 03, 2019, 11:19:39 PM
Another great write up Dave on another great IBW, the drama doesn't stop there; a truck had mounted the central reservation and jack knifed on the M25 which meant a 3 hour tail back. stop start traffic meant that my overly HD clutch eventually beat my clutch cable shortner just as the M25 reopened. No drama we thought as I managed to push it on to the hard shoulder while the traffic was still crawling. Then I called recovery knowing that if they get me to the services it would be a 20 minute fix.

2 and a half hours later it arrived to be told that if they dropped me at the services then that would be it if they (Me) could not fix it. Then he tells me he can't take me all the way but must drop me off for a relay at the services anyway?

Bonus I thought as I could fix it then cancel the relay. No!

When he loaded it he turned the ignition on for the steering lock and left it on.
20 minutes after being dropped off it was fixed so I thought, went to start it and the battery was proper flat, at this point an AA breakdown driver that had broken down and was also waiting for recovery asked if I wanted to borrow his jump pack, bonus I'm thinking, No!

The ignition had been on for so long the electric fuel pump had pumped 3 litres of fuel into the engine case! Lucky I checked before I tried it.

2 hours later the relay driver arrived for the next leg home.

So after 12 and a bit hours we finally made it back from Harwich.

Bloody funny weekend in the 'What he said was' tent though.

Roll on the next 1.
 
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Doon L001 on July 08, 2019, 10:07:58 PM
Get well soon Scott

Great write up Dave, one question, what about the lion?
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on July 08, 2019, 10:18:21 PM
one question, what about the lion?

 :-\
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Doon L001 on July 09, 2019, 06:39:05 AM
Surely you remember the little orange lion that got hidden in a buggy at the end of the previous Dutch IBW

Thought that became a firm IBW tradition along with pegs
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Dave DND on July 09, 2019, 07:43:58 AM
The peg game was in evidence on Saturday night for sure, but I haven`t seen the lion again
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: snoopy on July 09, 2019, 08:01:50 AM
The lion has not been seen abroad since the last Dutch IBW guess somebody took him home and he likes it there.
Title: Re: IBW 2019 - Holland - What else could have possibly gone wrong?
Post by: Doon L001 on July 10, 2019, 02:01:24 PM
I thought it at least made Belgium. Oh well, probably wasn't in a fit state to pay too much attention