Mini break to England + Updates!
So I did a pretty cool thing, okay? Last Friday I boarded a plane to accompany my boyfriend in achieving one of his biggest Life Dreams. I traveled 4 countries (sort of) in 4 days. Yur mad?! I think I am.
It all started in March of this year. Well for him it started further back but for me it was March. Actually no, it was last Autumn before Chris went to work in Switzerland we found his dream car in near perfect condition being sold privately in Dublin. By "dream car" I literally mean he talks about it in his sleep! So we did the 4 hour journey to see the car twice and agreed to buy it and would make the final payment and pick up in December. December rolled around and I greeted him at the Arrivals gate very excitedly. We picked up the car and I can't begin to describe how he felt driving his pure white, 3 litre, 6 speed Toyota Supra. He drove it for 3 weeks before returning to Switzerland, feeling a little saddened to be leaving me (and the car. But mostly the car) for a while. However he left with a taste of disatisfaction (from the car, not me!)
Fast forward to March, Chris and his forum buddies (Hi if you're here from MKIVSupra.net!) were chinwagging away about the car. He followed his usual routine of checking his car sites for updates, new sales etc and that's when he seen it; The Dream Car. I know I know, We've been through this. But this car was all and more. Twin turbos, one owner, factory condition...and it was still in Japan! We began working out the deposit and when would be a good time to pick it up and all that jazz.
A lot of money, emails, a boat from Japan and 5 months later, the car landed in the UK and was ready to be picked up. Just when we were begining to loose hope that he wouldn't get the chance to pick it up before the harvest he woke up to an email. On Sunday the 30th of August at 7am he woke me with the news. The tickets were booked by 8am to go get 'er on the Friday 4th of September. Madness.
So Friday finally came around after the week dragged it's feet and we finally hit the road! At 9:40am (CH time) we boarded and departed for London Gatwick.
I got the window seat of course! After having a moment's peace we realized how peckish we actually were. Cue choccy muffin and a hot chocolate to refuel.
When we arrived, we breezed through passport control and dashed to the trains. Chris has never been to London so he was in absolute awe by it all!
We got the train into London , got a tube to the eastside of London where we got a train to Chalkwell in Essex. It was quite the trek!
We had a quick refuel with our budget-friendly, homemade sandwich while on the way to Essex. Vital info, I know...
Cool pic eh? Anyway, after the oddest taxi trip with the weirdest cabbie ever we made it to the garage. There she was in all her glory; the New Supra. The wax still hot on the bonnet and the interior filled with that just hovered smell; "she was glowing!".
We warmed it up with a quick 2 hour drive to my Granda in Surrey to hang out for a few hours.
Soon enough we had to go and begin our trip to Holyhead, Wales where we'd get the ferry at 2:30am that night.
It was a seriously tiring 5 hour drive to the boat but we made it all in one piece!
After about an hour's wait we loaded into the ferry. I've done ths loads of times as a kid but for Chris it was a first. Anxiously, up and over the ramp and in next to the rest of the cars. Visions of children hitting their door off of the Supra flashed before Chris's eyes but he soon realised the car was safe enough.
The Supra was all snug and secured while we made our way to the upper deck. We sought out a comfy seat to doze in which grand but holy cow was that boat cold. Between the tiredness, my leather jacket and the FREAKING aircon blowing I was so so so cold. A crappy hour's sleep later and we resorted to hunting down a half decent cup of tea from a cheery guy on the night shift. He even made it for us in a mug! Big respect to you, man.
Once in Dublin, we made our way back home which was 4 hours away! We even stopped off in our favourite petrol station for our favourite Chicken Tikka sarnies and tube of Pringles (I know what your thinking...).
We chilled out and caught up on sleep before heading out to a few car shows and meet ups (shout out to John the blue Supra owner and his lovely girlfriend!).
On Sunday night we get the bus back to Dublin and flew back to Switzerland on Monday morning at 8am! talk about crazy!
I know this post isn't typical of my blog or what some would even want to see but Chris and his cars are a pretty big part of my life just like this blog so I realy wanted to share this journey here.
It's safe to say that if your ever importing a car from Japan, considering buying a Toyota Supra or just planning a trip across the UK, please feel free to ask me anything! My head is fried with it all at this point haha!
But in all seriousness I really enjoyed myself, as did Chris. I'd like to thank everyone who made the trip possible.
Thanks for reading!