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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:54 pm 
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Just back from an hour and a quarter's drive with the roof down coming back from our local area meet.

Temp gauge read 3 degrees at times but I was pretty toasty, despite the broken seat heater! Only issue was one brief moment when I drove into fog and the screen misted up, otherwise it was really nice under the clear skies with the moon.

I looked like a loony no doubt on the A34 and M4 at a brisk pace but I don't care! The best bit was in the North Wessex Downs on smaller roads but it was even nice on the motorway.

Does anyone else like a midnight roof down drive?

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 7:24 am 
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Stop it! My neighbour is selling a vert and I have always wanted one precisely to drive at night!


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:23 am 
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Location: Frome, Somerset
Car Model: '91 T16S 'vert & 9-5 Aero
Yes, it's great in the right conditions (although a bit nippy at times!) A good coastal road at full moon, or central London on a warm summer's night are two of my faves.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:54 am 
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Embrace your inner looney. I fixed the heaters yesterday and went everywhere with the roof down. It's known as "doing it properly" 8)


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:52 am 
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TwyRob wrote:
Does anyone else like a midnight roof down drive?
Oh yes. It's an experience which is matched by driving topless in falling snow. Years ago, I was making progress along the M3 in snow until I was pulled in by Plod. I suppose they thought that such curious behaviour could only be explained by being drunk. Once they had established that I wasn't, I grumbled that stopping me meant that the car was only NOW full of snow, TYVM! They had the grace to smile and apologise.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:11 am 
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Mister Bee wrote:
It's an experience which is matched by driving topless in falling snow.


I'd expect to get pulled too.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:18 am 
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i drove home in the snow once with no screen thanks to the yobbos at lakeside who smashed it for me nice of them eh little cherubs
now that was chilly billy never had such a cold nose in me life
i used to drive all the time with the roof down apart from when its really sunny

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:33 pm 
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Snow, cold, night, rain, wind - my roof never really goes up unless it's a slow drive through town in heavy rain, when you do look like a bit of an idiot.

For a REAL buzz, try driving through a violent electrical storm in central France with the roof off. Ask me how I know...

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 3:29 pm 
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Of course, a wind deflector helps a lot! Adds three months to the topless season.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:29 pm 
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Mine is the best thing I've bought in ages.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:54 pm 
Mrs wee zed car roof is fubar, so no drop top motoring for months now, but my rules were always, if it ain't raining, I wanna see the sky.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:37 pm 
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gbn wrote:
, If it ain't raining, I wanna see the sky.


Me too, at every opportunity.
Night time is particularly good. 8)

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:59 am 
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I burn fast under the sun, so I actually want a vert so I can drive it top-down during all the non-sunny periods. Thankfully, England has a reasonable number of those.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:15 am 
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Driving with the roof down under clear skies at night, in unlit areas is total bliss. One of the most enjoyable experiences you can have in a vert (note, just one of the most enjoyable...).

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:57 pm 
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I am here thinking, Golf on its last legs and 10 weeks to go until my NG9-5 fails the MOT and we might become carless until Orio start fabricating RHD screens...

So I have been shopping for NG9-3 verts (aero auto) but the Golf might be resurrected tomorrow...


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:16 pm 
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If it's not actively raining or blowing a gale, my roof is down.

And nothing enlivens a trip home from the Christmas tree farm like a convertible containing a family of four and an 8ft tree.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:40 pm 
I may be purchasing a golf cabrio end of week if it checks out OK.


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I drove my 'vert with the roof down quite often, with the wind deflector fitted and a working heater (plus heated seat) you can drive it nearly all year round - when it's not raining ... I did drive to Bruges in it twice with the roof down the whole way, once you get out of France and onto the Belgian roads they were a pleasure to drive on due to the lack of traffic :-)

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:13 pm 
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I can see from the responses to this thread that I am a rank amateur and need to up my game considerably.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:18 pm 
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Yep, roof off whenever possible.
Snow all round and sub-zero temperatures.
250 miles to Stevenage was awesome.
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