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    Proof Photo Posted 1991 MX-5 1.6 - roadtrip machine

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    She or whoever neglected the poor thing, drove it into a guardrail with the right hand side, then it just stood there for another year. Engine felt good, just a bit tired from all the standing around. But after getting it hot and driving with 160 kph for the rest of the trip home to the workshop it was crisp and responsive again.

    I changed the oil and suspected there to be rust all around and so took it apart. It wasn't too bad and no surprises at all. Underbody and the seams under the fenders were superficially rusty, but other than the sills I found no holes.

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    Roof is only mostly waterproof and so the interior was damp, carpets were soaked. Not really a problem as I wanted them gone anyways.
    After removing all unnecessary trim parts and wiring I nailed it together again just in time for the first long trip, 7000 kms through scandinavia and the baltic states.

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    Ready for battle

    Proof pic will follow...
    Last edited by Quiky; August 19th, 2012, 5:24 PM. Reason: Verified
    Mercedes W115 to England & Wales | MX5 to Gibraltar | Balkan by Train (and Bus) | Zastava 101 to Nürburgring | Espace to Kurdistan | MX5 around the Baltic Sea

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    #2
    Roadtrip 2012/1 - Part 1Click image for larger version

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    Arriving in Oslo, pic by Jan

    The primary mission of the trip was to pick a friend of mine, Jan, up from where he studied for a semester, Tallinn in Estonia. The whole idea got a little bit out of hand and after I decided that taking the ferry from Germany to Tallinn was a bit boring we somehow ended up with Jan coming to Oslo by plane to meet me and then going the long way round the Gulf of Bothnia.

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    Oslo Opera House, pic by Jan

    Since he had to adapt to the Ryan-Air schedule and I couln't leave work earlier, Jan had already been in Oslo for a night and after I cleared customs (the guy was friendly, but basically though I was nuts talking a car in this state on a trip of this scale) he waited for me at the harbour and we made a quick 2,5 hour tour around Oslo city in beautiful weather. I would have stayed another day but our schedule was tight from the beginning as I didn't have much holidays. We jumped in the car and intended to just drive until we were tired or found a good place to camp. After leaving the shore we almost instantly steered uphill into the mountains and encountered the first Moose about an hour in.

    At first the hills were low and pleasant, green forrests and lakes and a deep red and yellow dusk ahead of us. Then gradually the trees ended and we climbed higher and higher. We spotted some snow on distant hills and 15 minutes later we were already surrounded by snowy mountains. The scenery became quite surreal, the light was eerie and the road turned into an alpine like mountain pass. It was completely forsaken but then suddenly we spotted another MX-5 NA with two people sleeping inside at a rest area.

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    On top of the pass there was a small group of houses around an even smaller pond on the one side, on the other there was a giant and partially frozen lake a few hundred meters below us and further up the road just a giant snow field with dark boulders in it and equally dark cliffs as the backdrop.

    Later at home I rewatched Top Gear's beautifully shot Snowbine Harvester piece only to discover it was the same road we took there by chance.

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    It was already an hour after midnight, but since there still was a bit of light and we weren't prepared to sleep in the snow we continued on the road and down the northern side of the pass. The scenery was overwhelming, soft foothills clad in copper gras and occasionaly lakes spreading early morining mist. But the air coming down from the mountains was glacial and so we decided not to set up camp but to press on.

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    The pass was a natural reserve, after we left it the area became populated again and there wasn't any open space for camping to be found. After an unsuccessfull detour at around 5 in the morning, on which we at least spotted another five mooses, we continued to the next natural reserve and took the first somewhat agreeable rest area to set up camp.

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    We were quite tired but didn't sleep that well as it was very cold and only got reasonably warm when the sun was well up in the sky. Driving on we later discovered the next mountain pass and giant snow field were just a few miles up the road.

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    After we got used to all the white stuff covering the grounds besides the road we reached the highest point of the pass were a plough had carved it's way through snow so high that there was still 2 metres left on each side in early June.
    15 minutes further we we drove through spring and into summer again down in the harbour at Geiranger Fjord. It's hard to grasp that the water is not a lake high up in the mountains but the sea and the little town at the foot of the snowy pass road is as high as Venice.

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    The Knuten of the old road near Geiranger, pic by Jan

    Soon after the road took us up to a platform overlooking the fjord and we had the famous surreal scene of a cruise ship between the steep cliffs and waterfalls with the snow caps in the background.

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    pic by Jan

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    ...end of part one...
    Mercedes W115 to England & Wales | MX5 to Gibraltar | Balkan by Train (and Bus) | Zastava 101 to Nürburgring | Espace to Kurdistan | MX5 around the Baltic Sea

    If you want to help the restauration of the finalgear Zastava please donate here!

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      #3
      Wow those pics are amazing. Closest I ever been to something like that was a Hatchback through the Appalachians. How many total miles was your trip.

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        #4
        Around 4400 miles from Frankfurt to Frankfurt.

        More pics of the rest of the trip will follow.
        Mercedes W115 to England & Wales | MX5 to Gibraltar | Balkan by Train (and Bus) | Zastava 101 to Nürburgring | Espace to Kurdistan | MX5 around the Baltic Sea

        If you want to help the restauration of the finalgear Zastava please donate here!

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          #5
          you passed straight by me on the ferry in to oslo i live 10 min by boat from that fortified island you saw, on the left hand side entering oslofjord

          beautifull photos!
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            #6
            My eyes... are melting at the beauty.
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              #7
              Those pictures are amazing! What did you use to take them?
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                #8
                Awesome stuff, can't wait to see more!
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                  #9
                  looks fantastic.. moar!

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Beni View Post
                    I'm lost for words.

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                      #11
                      Awesome trip. Awesome pics.
                      Originally posted by IceBone
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                        #12
                        Wow. I really need to do this and go on a roadtrip in Scandinavia. Looks so much better than those shitty Alps... And it looks like you've got the perfect car for the trip too! *jealousysplosion*
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                          #13
                          Your trip sounded awesome, yet I'm still blown away by that scenery. Waiting for part 2!
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                            #14
                            Where is my rep button! I want to +1 those pictures!

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                              #15
                              Stunning photos. What an awesome trip that must have been. Also, at the Misfits sticker.

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                                #16
                                here's part 2. As I won't have enough time to really finish it before the Finalgear roadtrip it's mostly pics from Finland onFinland






                                We met up with Public in Kokkola and he showed us around, told us about the local car scene and generally behaved nicely. He made some coffee for us and handed over the tiny little around-the-world viper for us to take it on the trip with us.


                                The rest in pics tomorrow!

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                                Originally posted by pepitko View Post
                                Those pictures are amazing! What did you use to take them?
                                It was a Nikon D3100 and D50.
                                Mercedes W115 to England & Wales | MX5 to Gibraltar | Balkan by Train (and Bus) | Zastava 101 to Nürburgring | Espace to Kurdistan | MX5 around the Baltic Sea

                                If you want to help the restauration of the finalgear Zastava please donate here!

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                                  #17
                                  Good stuff once again. Can't wait for the rest.
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                                    #18
                                    Awesome trip! Do you have a map of the route youre taking?

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                                      #19
                                      Awestruck by this repeatedly. Must try for roadtrip.
                                      Originally posted by IceBone
                                      Don't worry, frankiess is a life coach, he knows these things.
                                      Ladies and gentlemen, we are in a little bit of a predicament
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                                        #20
                                        The amount of want to do a similar trip is incomprehensible. I almost left the computer, went outside, started the Mazda and headed to Norway!
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