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'I hired a car in the USA using my UK licence.' - Mark I'm all for a lengthy cruise to IBW but are you suggesting we swing through Trumpland first ?!

I note that an IDP is different to an IDL. The latter 'Licence' isn't legally recognised so its the 'Permit' we might need.

Also you can only apply for an IDP up to 3 months ahead which means we might as well wait till after 29th March to apply or not.
Hi Hugh. No my point was that you don't need an IDP for USA, so I'm pretty sure you don't need one for Holland.

I hired a car in the USA using my UK licence. I do not believe we need anything but what we have. Carrying valid insurance is the only extra thing you need.

Got my response now too  ;-)up :D

Registered. I think so anyway but haven't had a response yet.

Beach Buggy General Help / Re: What cruising speed?
« on: December 31, 2018, 05:22:46 PM »
Mine is a 1600TP that revs to around 5500/6000 with twin IDF 40s, running with a 1300 box. Top speed is around 85 (true) and it happily cruises at 70.

Members Buggies / Re: My new Kyote
« on: December 30, 2018, 01:52:57 PM »
111801177 is the vw part number for these I think.

I'm booked :)

Lists for those booked/committed...

Dave DND
Keith & Vicky
Dave C & Gail
Allan & Vanessa
Zip Buggy (Mark)

Buggybaggy (Stephen & Claire)


Beach Buggy General Help / Re: Hood trimmers
« on: December 09, 2018, 01:41:41 PM »
Got relatives in Lincoln area, 159 miles now 94 after move and 45 minutes quicker.
We'recommend about 35 miles south of Lincoln, on the A15. Kettle's on whenever for you old chap.

Beach Buggy General Help / Re: Gear shaft bush
« on: December 09, 2018, 01:38:06 PM »
This may sound quite shocking, but my shift rod bush parted company with itself
either side of the mounting, so I needed to think of something quite fast as I was driving
at the time and gear selection was iffy to say the least.

I had some of the thickish style cable ties handy and it made me wonder a bit...

I put one very loosely around the shift rod just behind the gear stick 'cup' and then proceeded
to fit other cable ties one by one around this loose tie, zipping them up and then pushing
the ends of each one back through the mount hole as I went, forming a radial 'array' of ties pointing
backwards towards the rear of the buggy and 'around' the shift rod  ;-)up

The end result is a 'ring' of cable ties around the rod all snuggly touching each other down their sides,
once the last one went in I zipped up the first one around the shaft.

It worked so well eliminating shift rod movement sideways and was so easy to fit that I have left it as it is
with the shifting being immediately waaaaay better than it ever had been from day 1 ;-)up ;D

My favourite type of fix. Well done that man. Reminds me of when the gear shift went on my Toyota Avensis and I was left with 3rd and reverse. Limped home. The next day the  AA man fixed it with coat hanger wire as a temporary measure. Rang Toyota then and they quoted £500 to fix it. Part-exed the car at Toyota 5 years later with the coat hanger fix still in place - that'll show em!  :D

Beach Buggy General Help / Re: Hood trimmers
« on: December 09, 2018, 01:54:12 AM »
Depending on which bit of the M25 you are near Ipswich isn't too far out, but be quick as moving soon 

Whiffs roof is great, he did mine just a few before retiring.
What part of the world are you moving to Dave?

Staffordshire actually an easier journey to your neck of the woods than now
About the same - ish. Still, you get a better run for IBW! :)

Beach Buggy General Help / Re: Hood trimmers
« on: December 05, 2018, 05:41:27 PM »
Depending on which bit of the M25 you are near Ipswich isn't too far out, but be quick as moving soon 

Whiffs roof is great, he did mine just a few before retiring.
What part of the world are you moving to Dave?

Members Buggies / Re: My new Kyote
« on: December 03, 2018, 05:48:00 PM »
Very pretty buggy Hewtoo  ;-)up

" port out starboard home "

That only works if sailing east to west and return (northern hemisphere)
So as Harwich to Holland is west to east it'll need to be SOPH.  Just saying loike.  :D
Other way around Steve. It's supposed to be that on the journey from Britain to India that the toffs wanted the more comfortable, shaded side. So port out is west to east, same as to Holland. Hugh knew that really :D

Hull is 60 miles for me and Harwich is about 140 I think. No brainer then that Harwich is first choice! As Dave says, it's all about the cruise en masse. 2016 to Germany was my first IBW and I absolutely LOVED it! Why would you not want more of the very reason we own our buggies - driving them. If you're nervous about the reliability of your beloved machine over the longer distance, don't be. You will never have more backup. Probably the best buggy brains and mechanics in the country will all be in the convoy and enough spare parts between us to build a new buggy. The rule is that nobody gets left behind. Arran drove from Dundee and his steering coupling went on the way there, in Holland. A new part was sourced locally by Ruben, fixed by Chad and others and on his way again.
I can't explain the feeling when a lorry that spotted us, held up the traffic so 24 buggies could all roar out of a petrol station together - like Wacky Races.
Yes I'd go from Hull if everyone else did but Harwich is my first choice. Don't try and fix what ain't broken.
Just my fourpenneth x

Ok I did some digging whilst at work (working hard)

I know there’s about ten of us buggies that go from the midlands

From Corley services it is 159 miles to harwich and a cost (for me (3 of us)) of £390 for the ferry return

From Corley services it is 127 miles (nicer road) to Hull and a cost ( the same) of £368.13 for the ferry return

Surely it’s a no brainer

I know that’s without Daves discount but surely if we approached P&O with the northern crew we could get a decent discount as there would quite a lot of us

I also this wouldn’t be beneficial to all take Dave doon for instance but probably wouldn’t affect zip buddy
Surely we should explore all avenues perhaps we should discuss it at the Midlands do on the 1st
Fine with me. Hull is half the distance at only 60 miles away. But to be honest I like driving my buggy on journeys, so Harwich is fine too.

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