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post #91 of 108 (permalink) Old 01-21-2015, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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No pics lately as I'm without my computer, using a borrowed iPad Kerry gets his car on Sat, Jan 24. He'll get to see it for the 1st time since he bought it about 6 weeks ago. It has served us well touring both Noth and South Islands of NZ. We just got back to Horitika from the glacier fields soth of here. We'll be going to Christchurch Sat from here. I hope to post some more pics of the car and trip when we get back to Wellington Sunday. It's been great have a 164 to drive. Thanks so much Kerry. See you soon

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post #92 of 108 (permalink) Old 01-21-2015, 08:38 PM
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Hope you had a chance to see Milford sound, as the drive there and the boat ride on the Sound was one of the highlights of our last visit. You can take a look at Google Earth Street View to see what it was like. Our visit came in the middle of a snow storm so was pretty exciting.

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Not likely! Leaving tomorrow for Christchurch. Doing some treking today
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post #94 of 108 (permalink) Old 01-24-2015, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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[/B]Gave Kerry his 164 yesterday. Met his family and he even treated us to a bbq. Thanks so much, Kerry it was great. When he dropped us off at the Holiday Park where we stayed the night, I told him to take good care of my car He replied that it felt like my car to him...He replied that it felt like my car to him also. We had such a good time travelling around NZ with it.
Kerry now has another Alfa to add to his stable. He gave me a tour, but I lost track of how many he has...sevaeral of each model...Suds, Alfettas, 164s, 146s...have I left any out, probably. He even has a track on his property. He's a real Alfisti!
Great meeting you and your wonderful family.

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Highly recommended!

So, in summary, I bought a car some distance and a ferry trip away from me. Arranged for an AlfaBB member who I had never met to pick up and use the car while on holiday in return for delivering it to me when he had finished.

Gains to me:
1. saved $750 (plus) that it would have costed me to get it here.
2. Had an Alfisti spend time with the car finding its little issues and providing me with a list
3. Met a great fellow Alfisti and had a really wonderful evening chatting with him and his wife. This turned out to be the highlight!

I highly recommend doing things like this. It may involve being "generous with trust" but the rewards are awesome.

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So, in summary, I bought a car some distance and a ferry trip away from me. Arranged for an AlfaBB member who I had never met to pick up and use the car while on holiday in return for delivering it to me when he had finished.

Gains to me:
1. saved $750 (plus) that it would have costed me to get it here.
2. Had an Alfisti spend time with the car finding its little issues and providing me with a list
3. Met a great fellow Alfisti and had a really wonderful evening chatting with him and his wife. This turned out to be the highlight!

I highly recommend doing things like this. It may involve being "generous with trust" but the rewards are awesome.

Kerry
Win, win situation. Awesome! Plus you got Richard to drive your 164. He knows them well, and has helped me out in more than one occasion. Great guy! It couldn't have gone any better!

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Except for little surprises from PC Plod!

Tsk tsk Richard!

I'm informed that you "drove a vehicle on State Highway 2 at a speed exceeding 100 kilometres per hour being an offence detected by approved vehicle surveillance equipment" at Pahiatua on 11 Jan at 14:27.

Are you feeling publicly shamed? :-)

(The fine is a massive $30 so don't worry about that.)

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LOL It at least beats the one I got once for going 25mph in a 15mph zone Must have been a camera. I only got stopped twice on the same night. Once for a spot breathalyzer, which showed 0 alcohol, and 10 min later for driving too slow...in town with no traffic. It was a beautiful evening and we were enjoying the sunset.
Have you broken that door handle yet

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You know you've been in NZ long enough when you gwt home and keep getting in the right hand door looking for the steering wheel!

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You know you've been in NZ long enough when you gwt home and keep getting in the right hand door looking for the steering wheel!

Ever wondered how you can drive with the wheel in the glove box.

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Ever wondered how you can drive with the wheel in the glove box.
Or you bang your left hand into the door panel searching for second gear.

Or you wipe the windshield when turning left, if you rented a Toyota...

Just returned yesterday from three weeks in Godzone

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The worst for us was always looking up to the right for the inside mirror when driving. Took a while to get over that. Shifting has never been a problem.

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The first rule of italian driving

No need for a rear view mirror.

I found I relied on the door mirrors mostly because I find it hard to remember to look up to the left....

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My problems driving on the left hand side only became a problem the one instance a roundabout onto a dual carriage motorway left me going forward on the right hand side of the freeway vs. the correct direction. Thankfully my idiocy was only visited on me and maybe a couple steely eyed drivers five miles back. Never again, once going the wrong way down a freeway in Ireland is all it takes to make you never get that wrong again :-)

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