Isle of Man driving experiences

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    • #6182
      Jon Scales
      Participant

      Just filled up for the second time over here and the driving style for the Isle of Man is not looking too bad….a lot worse than cruising but achieving between 19 and 21 to the gallon, probably my heavy foot or not being able to stay at a constant speed.

      Jon

    • #6210
      Mark Thorley
      Participant

      Being Auto John you obviously won’t get as good economy as the manual. My car does significantly better than 19/21 mpg during general driving, I’d say close to 30. I was quite surprised just how good the manual economy is. That said, there is something about an Auto in a grand tourer that I find appealing and the slightly less economy would be a worthwhile sacrifice for

    • #6239
      Jon Scales
      Participant

      Mark, I would agree….Unfortunately over here there are not many roads that I can keep a constant speed going. Also during the TT Practice week I was driving it on a few evenings home and managed to get some pace. Where in the UK the National Speed Limit applies, over here the de-restricted does mean de-restricted. Managed to push well over 100 for a couple of miles just to get me home in time before being stopped from getting into our road because the circuit had shut.

      Jon

    • #6244
      Mark Thorley
      Participant

      What did she drive like at 100mph+ Jon Scales ( @jonscales )?

      Positivity steady and quiet? I’ve only cruised at 85mph in mine on the Motorway and it was like being sat on a big comfy sofa 🙂
      Unrestricted roads sound great although it would never happen on the Mainland

    • #6270
      Jon Scales
      Participant

      Mark, could only hear the engine purring like normal. revs only got to around 3000 and like you said just like sitting in a nice comfy armchair. Going around one or two of the corners I would normally take @ 30 was a bit strange taking them at 45/50 as you heard the mud guards dragging a little, but with an older vehicle I suppose that it not unusual, but it held the road like it was on rails! Seeing the faces of the TT Marshals as you fly past them holding up their fingers letting you know how long you had left before the roads shut was an experience. Especially along one straight, Cronk-y-Vody where it is normally 7 or 8 minutes to home and only having 5.

      Jon

    • #6275
      Mark Thorley
      Participant

      Wow, great descriptive text, I could visualise everything you said there John, you must have felt like King of the Road and part of some kind of event. In fact reading that has made me want to consider buying a pair of leather driving gloves 🙂
      I know these cars are very capable of fast driving on straight or bendy roads but I’ve never really safely nor legally had the opportunity, maybe a Club meeting over there could be the answer to that one…..:-)

    • #6277
      Jon Scales
      Participant

      They are and they fly. It is good at times being able to do whatever speed you like, but it has it’s downside as you need eyes everywhere. That particular instance above I managed to scrape into my road with 30 seconds to spare or I would have had to walk home up from the campsite below our house.

      It would be nice if the roads were slightly larger (Laurence will be able to atest to this having spent a little time over here a number of years ago), but hey living on an island has it downside. There are only a few miles of dual carriage way anywhere on the island and they all have speed limits!!!! Maybe I should fit the dash Cam next year and provide commentary?

      It would be good to have a meetup over here. There appears to be one other Cab and Convertible over here and that is it. Hoping John Bleasdale ( @bleasie ) can assist with any of the history of the other Cab.

      • #6297

        Sorry Jon
        No information on another one over there Jon, other than the Reg number which I picked up from the build sheet——————— MAN 123 J (Isle of Man——Sebring Red (CDJ 287) V12-

        Bleasie

        • #6317
          Jon Scales
          Participant

          John,

          That must be the one that the other John that has the 3.6 over here saw, over the edge of the mountain road a number of years ago. I was hoping you could help out on the details of the one I posted the pics of.

          Jon

    • #6290
      Mark Thorley
      Participant

      Ooh yes please, cam footage would be great to watch with a brief overview of your lovely Cabby before and afterwards. As this site grows maybe a gathering on the IOM could be feasible. Imagine a convoy of us sprinting the Course between coffee stops and doing it days before the TT Event, might even stir the Worlds Camera Crews already setting up in readiness for the most exillerating road race on the Planet. Anything for a piece of free promotional press

    • #6293
      Laurence Jones
      Keymaster

      I’m up for venturing over to IOM for a visit in my Cabriolet if you are Mark Mark Thorley ( @m164 ) – just have to time it right that you haven’t handed the car over to your brother Jon Scales ( @jonscales ) 🙁

      Laurence

    • #6312
      Jon Scales
      Participant

      Laurence, it goes back next weekend when we go on our annual holiday to Scarborough. I have a hospital appointment on the Monday so driving it down on the Sunday.

      It will definitely be coming back next year.

      Jon

    • #6314
      Mark Thorley
      Participant

      So guys next year it is then?? Let’s try get something organised for an IOM run. Over to you Laurence, it’s your Club 🙂

    • #6319
      Jon Scales
      Participant

      Just be warned, we will have to look carefully at timing as the TT ramps up the prices for ferries and availability of room on board and accommodation, also there are more roads that are un-restricted for you to try Mark. If there are enough I will get in touch with the Jurby Motor Museum and maybe we could meet up in the forecourt there.

      Jon

    • #6344
      Mark Thorley
      Participant

      Yes, good point John, we will keep our options open until we know more of the detail, but yes, a jaunt does sound good ?

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