415 miles without stopping? What about taking a leak?
Not an option I would even consider.[/quote]
I leave the leaking to Gary X at the moment.
I am not proud and if there is a suitable truck/van going at the right speed I will happily slipstream it. Used to do it in the Mini 1000 coming back to the folks from Brands Hatch to Faringdon. Knocks quite a bit off the fuel bill but you need to have the brakes working - not a great issue on a BX with good rubber - and pay attention. None of this going to sleep in the middle lane milarchy.
With Messerschmitts it was slipstreaming for speed and I was well known for it on run outs/euro trips. Being always large I tended not to have fastest car so periodically I would make use of the available cover and drift passed the guys attached to something doing 62 to 67 mph odd. If they were quick they could catch my tail and we did manage to get about 4 up before traffic broke the chain. All pretty dangerous as Schmitts have pretty crap brakes and worse tyres, the originals not being available long since. Oh to be young and indestructible. Likewise to catch a ferry we would stick the fastest car at the front and a quick one at the back to keep the less confident in contact and convoy like a set of bikes to keep good time up. The slowest car could generally then hit the best pace, normally 57/58 MPH. It was this activity that made me realize the potential savings to be had.
An advantage of driving older cars is less accusatory looks if you are not driving as fast as all the lunatics. Put on the 'could not give a stuff' stance and arrive 15 minutes later on a run fresher and with enough dosh to have a few shandys having not burned it. I am also amazed how many of my mates cannot drive passed 5 services without stopping for fluids. I just plod along, control my bodily urges, and often times get there first driving slower! As guys know christening the bog is a pleasure unto itself.
Miguel - 16 TRS Auto S, light blue, 43k miles - £450
Pluto - 14 E S, White, 105k Miles - in work
Egbert - 19 16v Gti, White, A/C & Leather, - Keeper
Walt - 17 TZD Turbo S, graphite, 70k miles, good op extras - Keeper
Scraper- 17 TZD Turbo E, blue, 208k miles - parts
Homer - 19 TXD E, Red, 189k miles - £250
Gary - 17 TZD Turbo E, 118k miles - in work
'87 Trooper, Borgwards, Saabs, MG ZB, Bellamy Trials, Fiat Jolly & Bianchina, Goggo Dart, Messerschmitt, Heinkel, Bubblecars