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C OSTA C AR T RADER Costa Blanca South - Edition 69 August 2013

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We celebrate some birthdays in this issue, first up it’s the best Porsche of them all, the 911, see what Porsche have produced to mark the golden anniversary. Aston Martin reach 100 this year and we look back at their history in CCT style. We take a trip back to the Isle of Man TT, first hearing from Ian Mackman who has been racing for the famous Norton team for the last couple of years. We are also very grateful to CCT reader, Mark, who not only went to the TT, he met a whole host of motorcycling celebrities! See if you can guess who they all are. Still on the bikes, El Guiri invited Mrs CCT to join the riders on one of their excursions. It was her first ride on two wheels and you can hear all about her experience on page 17. Clare Lawrence chats to a man who gets up close and personal to all our favourite F1 stars, pit lane reporter Will Buxton. We have all the reports from the F1 races and the MotoGP, where Spanish rookie Marc Marquez continues his amazing form. We take a closer look at some of our auto services to help you make the right choice when it comes to looking after your vehicle and if you’re looking new car, you’ve come to the right place! Happy motoring! Professor

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The Porsche 911 celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and this special edition 911-50 has been created to mark it. The basis is the 911 Carrera S but with wider rear bodywork, chrome trim on the engine compartment grille, special trim for the front air inlets and rear lights. Two unique colours, Graphite Grey and Geyser Grey metallic and black is available. Prices start from £92,257 with first deliveries in September. Porsche also marked the anniversary at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last month, amongst various 911’s racing and on display they placed this giant sculpture pictured below.

Back in 1959 Porsche started planning a successor to the 356, the new car would remain a 2+2 instead of four seats but the air cooled 1.6 four cylinder was to be replaced with a 2ltr flat six, this only produced 130bhp at first. It made its debut in 1963 at the Frankfurt Motor Show as the 901. Peugeot had the rights to all car names with three numbers with a zero in the middle so when it went on sale it became our much loved 911.

The 356 stuck around until 1965 but there was still demand for a four cylinder car so Porsche gave us the 912 and 356 on the 911's body. 1966 we had 911s with the famous alloy Fuchs wheels and some more horsepower, 160 of them. The following year the 912 was replaced by the 911T with a detuned six cylinder and introduced the 911 Targa. Most petrolheads given the money would have a Porsche in the garage to spin around, including me.

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1938 Phantom Corsair This sleek and stylish car was designed by Rust Heinz and was used in the film 'The Young in Heart' in 1938, where it had the appropriate name Flying Wombat. With a V8 under the bonnet it had some welly and the front seat could fit four, yes four (I would guess rather slim) people in the days before seatbelts.

1967 OSI Silver Fox Is this a car or a catamaran on wheels? A very strange looking car that was designed to compete in the Le Mans 24Hr Race. Although it only had a 1.0 litre four-cylinder engine, being made by Renault Alpine, it could reach 155mph. Sadly, it never got to take part since OSI suffered financial difficulties. Just where is the engine I hear you asking? It is mounted in the left-hand side of the vehicle, just behind the passenger seat. The spare wheel sits behind the other seat.

A wierd looking concept that was never going to make production. It was made for the Paris Motor Show in 1986, ensuring all eyes were on the Peugeot stand. With a powerful 600bhp, 2.8 litre twin-turbo V6 engine under the bonnet and bodywork made 1986 Peugeot Proxima from carbon-fibre, it would have been very fast too.

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Aston Martin celebrate 100 years in 2013 and we take a look back at their illustrious history.

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Audi's New Headlights Get GPS. Once again, Audi are leading the way in headlight technology, having introduced light-emitting diodes (LEDs) on their R8 back in 2008, they have now developed LEDs with a built-in front-facing camera and a GPS system. This allows the lights (well the computer controlling them) to know the road ahead and begin to bend the light around the corner just before the driver turns the wheel. This is possible because the small diodes can work independently of each other, unlike standard halogen projector bulbs. This means Audi is able to control the precise placement and amount of light projected ahead with its computercontrolled lenses and reflectors. The system will also incorporate a night-vision assistance system that can detect pedestrians and flashes the LEDs three times directly on the person, therefore making them easier for the driver to see. In addition it will have adaptive high beams, which is when an oncoming vehicle is detected and the system selectively dips specific sections of the high-beam headlights to avoid blinding the approaching driver, while still illuminating the majority of the road around the oncoming car. Let’s hope the days of being dazzled by cars following you are limited too. This new technology will be on the updated A8 later this year and widely available within the next few years. Hello neighbours!

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Here we have our last pick of five coolest cop cars from around the world.

Everybody, meet CCT reader Mark, you may not recognise him, but just look at the famous people he met at this years Isle of Man TT! He has kindly agreed to share them with us. Can you name them? Answers on page 15.

This Lotus Evora has a 3.5ltr V6 and is the cream of the Romanian Police forces’ fleet. Officers get mobbed every time they drive it around Bucharest.

1. This Ferrari 612 Scaglietti costs around £200k and was used as part of a road safety awareness drive back in 2007, driven from Belfast to London by real UK cops.

2. 1: MotoGP current World Champion and a CCT favourite.

German police in Stuttgart have a fleet of Mercedes E Class’s for their patrolling, well you wouldn't expect them to use any other brand, would you?

3. The German police use their Subaru Impreza to lead a rally as part of road safety campaigns.

2: Oscar Winning actor, not known for bike riding but has 3 KTM’s. 3: TT Legend with 20 wins over ten years and a record winning 41 podiums.

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This stunning Mini Moke made its debut at the Phoenix Ace Cafe last month and it caught our eye from afar, not only was the colour unusual, the finish and attention to detail was just outstanding. We had to find out more.

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The Mini Moke is based on, and shares many of the same parts as, the Mini designed by Sir Alec Issigonis. The Moke was designed for the British Army as a light military vehicle (hence the name Moke, meaning donkey) styled like an American Jeep. However, its little wheels and low ground clearance made it impractical as an off-road vehicle and so was not used for the purpose it was designed for. As a result, it was marketed to the public as a low-cost, easily maintained utility vehicle, untimately making it as a beach buggy. It was an icon of the 60s, starring in ‘The Prisoner’ as the Village Taxi "local service only" as well as ‘The Persuaders’ and ‘The Avengers’, It has even been used in several Bond films including ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ and ‘Moonraker’.

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Father and son John and Adam Salter have lovingly restored this Austin Mini Moke from their home on the Costa Blanca. John bought the car in June 2012, it was running and the red colour had faded, but John knew he could give it a new lease of life and bought it. This particular model had been made in Portugal in 1987 and had a standard 998cc engine, which John tuned, added an electronic ignition, but otherwise left it as original as possible. He started restoring the car in the winter, once the heat of the summer had gone! He stripped the car back, taking everything off right back to bare metal. After a coat of primer, he resprayed it, resisting the temptation to paint it red, although in the process. of stripping it back he realised that the original colour was white! Instead, he went for this fetching turquoise which just lifts the whole car and makes it stand out in a crowd. John sourced spare and replacement parts from the UK and used the original seats, with new upholstering and red seatbelts. The only thing he didn't have to replace were the headlights, they were in great condition and cleaned up brilliantly. With new Mini light wheels it finished the look. He even went as far as stripping under the car, undersealing it, then finishing it to the high standard of the rest of MOKE the paintwork. John carried out all the work himself, with help from Adam, from the engine to the respraying, all in his back garden, taking John (r) and Adam (l) are Matey's only 4 months in total! Thanks for sharing this Karaoke. You can see them peforming fun car with our readers and we look forward in bars around the Costa Blanca area. to seeing it around the area.

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With Clare Lawrence Will Buxton is a highly respected freelance journalist, a Formula 1 pit lane reporter for American TV channels NBC and NBCSN and commentator for the world feed of GP2 and GP3. A full member of the Guild of Motoring Writers and he also sits on the FIA Media Communications Group (formerly known as The Press Council). Hi Will! – How lovely to be chatting with you for the Costa Car Trader Auto Magazine and thanks for taking time out to do so. Can you tell me how you got started motorsports journalism? From the age of 13, all I had ever wanted to be was a Formula 1 journalist. Ayrton Senna was my hero and when he died in 1994 it left a huge void in my life. Reading Motorsport News and Autosport that week made sense of it all for me and that's when I knew I wanted to be an F1 journo. I went to Uni to study politics to learn to research, write a cohesive argument but not just graduate as an identical journalist to others on a media degree. I wrote my thesis on The Politics of F1. My lecturers hated it and tried to fail me on it, but David Tremayne at F1 Magazine loved it and gave me a job as Staff Writer straight out of Uni. I owe him my career, as I've been working in racing ever since. What happened next? In 2009 I was asked to provide commentary on the GP2 Series. At the end of the season I received a call from SPEED who said they'd heard it, loved it, needed a new F1 pit reporter and was I interested? It was an opportunity I couldn't turn down. I had three very happy years with SPEED and when NBC picked up the deal for 2013 and beyond I was overjoyed they asked me onboard to continue my role in the F1 pit lane. How was the transition from print to TV for you? The transition was huge as I'd never had any broadcast training. I had made up my GP2 commentary style as I went along, and Pit Reporting was another thing entirely. My producers have been incredible and have taught me so much. Its the immediacy of TV which is amazing, and unlike in print where you can edit until you are 100% happy, there is always room for improvement in live TV and I am never, ever, content with the job I've done.

Which Formula 1 stars have you met? Doing this job, I'm very fortunate to meet and interview all the drivers and reserve drivers in the sport. As the years have rolled by, I've also been honoured to be able to talk with some of the legends of this sport. Two really stand out for me. The first is Sir Stirling Moss, whom I interviewed many times when I was at Formula 1 Magazine at his home in London. He's an incredible man and a wonderful storyteller. The other that really sticks in my mind is Mario Andretti. The first time I met him I was at Sonoma last year at an IndyCar race and I felt a poke in my ribs. I turned around and saw this tanned chap with grey hair and thought, "Bloody hell it's Mario Andretti." We had a great chat and he said some very nice things to me about the US broadcast of F1. Whenever we catch up now, it is always fun. He's just the most wonderfully warm man.

Do you get much time off and what do you do if and when you do?

Who would you say is the driver or are the drivers that you most enjoy commentating on?

Not much! I've enjoyed getting into IndyCar more this year and pit reporting some races for NBC on top of F1.

Fernando and Lewis can do things with racing cars that just shouldn't be possible. To have the honour of reporting on drivers like that is truly incredible. In GP2 and GP3 there were two moments that I'll always remember. The first was Romain Grosjean overtaking three cars in one corner at Barcelona, and the other was Luiz Razia winning at the final corner in Valencia. I nearly lost my voice on those races.

If you could time travel, where would you go and who or what would you see?

Will Buxton

Liverpool: 1962, Cavern Club to see The Beatles. I would have loved to have been in my 20s in the 60s. Actually, to have been an F1 journo in the 60s and then to experience that incredible decade of music‌ yeah, that's the era for me.

Thanks again Will, it was really great to get an insight into your world and your career. Good luck for the future in all that you do. You can see more of Will and his fascinating career at his website at the following address: http://willthef1journo.wordpress.com

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On any ordinary weekday, 33 year old, Runcorn based Ian Mackman is the mild-mannered, unassuming service manager at Bill Smith Motors in Chester. Come racing season however and Ian becomes ‘Mackers’ – the super-fast, super-smooth and super-focussed bike racer. Although the transformation doesn’t require a bat signal, or whipping into a phone box for a quick change, it is undeniable that once on a motorbike Ian has a natural talent and instinctive affinity with his machines that has led to numerous championship titles, both on short circuits and the roads. In 2012 and 2013 he rode for Norton at the famous Isle of Man TT and we caught up with him to find out more! How did you get to race for Norton in the TT? I spotted in the motorcycle press that Norton were considering entering a machine in the 2012 TT. I'd just won the Privateers Championship in the 2011 TT and was on the hunt for a factory ride. I sent an email to Norton, along with my racing CV and in February 2012, the Norton boss, Stuart Garner called me to say that the bike was all but complete and would be ready to test in the next few weeks. I was in!! Has it been an ambition of yours to race in the TT? I'd actually only ever been to spectate at the TT once, in 2002. Having raced on the short circuits since 1998, it had not really been something that was on my radar. From the sidelines it looked really dangerous and, although massively impressed by the event, I left the island thinking that it wasn't something that I'd be interested to race in. I continued racing on the short circuits, working my way up into the British Championship. In 2007 someone suggested to me that I try the TT. With a wealth of racing experience, 8 years, I was happy with my capabilities (which I think is very important when choosing to go and race at the Isle of Man) and decided that I'd give it a go. I enjoyed every lap and the flowing style that the track demands really suited me.

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This years TT - what can you say about it? What was it like racing in it? This year's TT went well, the Norton was an almost completely new machine with only 3 track sessions under its belt. I was pleasantly surprised at how rideable the new bike was and it is a testament to Norton's designers that the lessons learnt from the 2012 bike were implemented in the new model to such success. I finished 18th in the Superbike race and 24th in the Senior for Norton. My best average speed was 122.2mph on the bike which is only around 20 seconds slower than my personal best lap time on a "normal" production bike. Also, I can confirm that it looks much worse from the sidelines than it does from the riders seat! What can you tell me about Norton's association with the TT and what are their future plans in it? Norton won the first ever TT in 1907, they were a massively successful, British company. They remain as one of the most successful names at the Isle of Man TT even though their last win was in 1992. The Norton name was bought by Stuart Garner in 2009 and they began building motorcycles again for the first time in many moons later that year. They make very exclusive hand made bikes to order. What ambitions do you have now? Continue with Norton until the bike wins, which it will do, watch this space! Thanks for your time Ian and we wish you good luck. You can follow Ian’s progress on his blog at his website www.ianmackman.com 4: BSB Champion and TV analyst, including the TT coverage on ITV4. 5: World Superbike and British Superbike rider. 6: .The most experienced solo motorcycle adventurer in the world, he's been round the world 7 times and holds the record for riding around the world in 19 days. 7: The American former World Champion motorcycle racer, often regarded as one of the greatest motorcycle racers of the early 1980s.

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2013 30th June Silverstone, Britain Lewis Hamilton was on pole and hopeful of a good result at his home track, but it was not to be. On lap eight, his tyre blew and he had to drive a long way back to the pits.

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Sebastian Vettel takes his first win in Germany Sebastian Vettel in Germany

Lewis Hamilton has a blow out The Podium at Silverstone

Sebastian Vettel inherited the lead, from which he controlled the race ahead of Nico Rosburg, through and beyond the first safety car period which came about because of another tyre failure, this time JeanEric Vergne's. It looked like it was Start in Spain going to be another win for the world champion, but he lost drive with 11 laps to go and came to a halt. The safety car came out again to recover Sebastian’s car. The last seven laps were thrilling, Nico was in the lead from Kimi Räikkönen and Force India's Adrian Sutil, with Mark Webber fifth, Fernando Alonso eighth and Lewis ninth, who had fought back from last place. But, Nico, Mark, Fernando and Lewis were all on fresh tyres, the others around them were not. It was to prove critical as Nico held onto the lead to take the win just ahead of a closing Mark Webber, who was competing in his last British Grand Prix. Fernando took the last place on the podium and Lewis took fourth place ahead of Kimi. Pirelli had introduced a new bonding process for this race in an attempt to prevent a series of delaminations that happened through the season.

7th July Nurburgring, Germany Lewis Hamilton once again sat on pole, but must have been gutted to see both Red Bulls pass him into turn one. Sebastian Vettel was in first place, but Mark Webber was pushing hard behind until he pitted on lap 8 and was released before his rear right tyre was on and as he left, the tyre overtook him and hit a cameraman, who thankfully wasn’t seriously hurt. The Lotus’s of Romain Grosjean and Kimi Räikkönen were making good progress and challenging Sebastian. As Sebastain pitted with 19 laps to go, Kimi took the lead, but as he began to lose time to the Red Bull, he pitted and came out in third behind his team-mate, who obligingly (after being told Kimi ‘was on a different strategy’) let Kimi overtake him to challenge Sebastian, but he never got there as Sebastian took his first win at his home circuit, one second ahead of Kimi and Romain in third (who looked a little upset, since he had a good chance of winning the race). Fernando Alonso finished fourth, with Lewis overtaking Jenson Button to take fifth in the closing stages.

28th July Budapest, Hungary In the scorching heat, Lewis Hamilton claimed his first win for Mercedes, this time capitalising on his third consecutive pole position and equalling the great Michael Schumacher's record of four wins at the Hungaroring. Lewis made a good start, racing into turn one to prevent Sebastian Vettel from overtaking him like before, while Sebastian fought as well to stop Romain Grosjean overtaking him. Lewis had opened up a gap and pitted first on lap 10 to change his short-lived soft option tyres. He came out behind Jenson Button and quickly overtook him. Second placed Sebastian also came out of his pit stop behind Jenson, but was unable to overtake him so quickly, in fact, it took him 12 laps and in one attempt, he damaged his front wing. Romain dropped down the pack when he was given a drive-through penalty for a move on Felipe Massa. Mark Webber looked like he was going to challenge for the win, but each time Lewis exited from the pits behind him, he was able to quickly overtake and go on to take the win by ten seconds. The battle for second was thrilling when Kimi Räikkönen, on a two-stop strategy, found himself ahead of Sebastian after the final round of stops. Sebastian fought hard to take second, but he couldn't do it and Kimi finished second and the current world champion third. Mark finished in fourth, with Fernando fifth.

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It all started early last month when I received an invite from El Guiri to join them on one of their rides! Yes please! It was a dream come true for me, I have a soft spot for bikes and despite being in various racing cars in my life, bikes had always eluded me. I arrived at the Sunset Cafe nice and early ready to be briefed and kitted out in the appropriate biking gear. I already had a tattoo but was lacking in the leather department. I did however, choose jeans and knee high boots and got some strange looks getting in to my car on one of the hottest days of the year. El Guiri had arranged for me to go on the back of an 'experienced lady', luckily she had a bike, so that was one less worry..

My instructions were to hold on and lean with her. Helmet, gloves, jacket and BOOM! We were off! I held on tightly for the first half hour, consciously leaning into the corners, but found I quickly relaxed into the ride and just moved with the bike. The experience was amazing, from the moment we set off, my senses seemed to come alive. The sounds of birds and wildlife all around and the roar of the bikes, coupled with so many different smells. From the plants to the delicious selection of food being prepared in the villages and not forgetting the manure and pig farms, that weren't quite so nice.. You could feel the road too, the bumps and small stones hitting my legs. The wind felt wonderful, I fought a battle with it to keep my helmet on and since I was winning, as we sped up it tried to take my breath too! Fanney was a very confident rider and I trusted in her ability completely, feeling very safe despite the scenery whizzing past me at 80kmph.

Without the responsibilty of driving, I sat back and enjoyed every minute, my mind was buzzing, awash with thoughts that had nothing to do with everyday life as a mother, wife, cook, cleaner... I was just me and it felt great. What did I feel? I felt free. Would I go again? In a flash. Don't get me wrong, I'm not planning on swapping my car for two wheels, but I am so grateful to El Guiri, Magnus and Fanney for making one of my dreams come true. See you again and thank you!

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Last month we did a feature on ‘Getaway Cars’ and included the Mustang from ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’. We were delighted to see this version in the metal.

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nce more, a glorious sunny morning for the 45th holding of our “Ace Cafe” open meeting. It heralded the arrival, as usual, of 70 plus Classic, Modern, Sporting, Rare and interesting cars, plus of course, their owners. Flaming red Dodge Viper complete with Nascar wing, Mitsubishi Evo 8 imported from the UK by a young Spaniard, sounding very cammy for 400cv from only 2 litres. A new Yank in the shape of a 55 Chevrolet Bel Air, complete with Supercharger and great patina. To complete the rarity issue, a very clean `62 Herald van, one of only ten in existence. Another most enjoyable day for enthusiasts. Phoenix Car Club

This is a 1980's Reliant Scimitar, the name given to the sports cars made by the British manufacturer Reliant between 1964 and 1986. The Phoenix Ace Café meet takes place on the first Sunday of each month at 11:00 at Hotel La Torre, Los Montesinos and is open to members and all car enthusiasts. www.phoenixcarclub.com

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Mod Cruiserz is for all "special" cars, being American muscle cars, Oldtimers, Japanese super engines or modified/tuned cars. So anyone who's got something to show, come along! Also, anyone interested in cars is also welcome to come and enjoy all the different motors! We meet every second Saturday of the month at 3pm and have a coffee at Route 66, Benimar. At 4pm we then leave for our cruise. The next outing is on 10th August to Campoamor beach. The July run was to the Mar Menor and everybody taking part enjoyed it. The JEC in Spain is organised by Eric Arnold who can be contacted by email at jaguarspain@outlook.com or by phone on 609931647 or alternatively check out the JEC web site www.jec.org.uk

The American Car Club Costa Blanca meet every month on the second Sunday of the month at 11am at the Daya Nueva Kiosko Bar. Contact Kristóf on 672 287 040. www.amcccb.com

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The cars on the way to the Mar Menor

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A group of riders meet on Thursdays 10am (weather permitting) at the Sunset Cafe, Cabo Roig. Call 671 826 201 or email mollyandbaileybassett@hotmail.com if you fancy joining them.

Ride 6: Santuario de Fuensanta

Santuario de Fuensanta, nunnery and monastry.

Smallest turn out we've had for a while this week, with only 10 riders making an appearance. Two special mentions: First up "Magazine Mandy", who joined us today and lost her Biking 'cherry', as our American cousins would say! Hence the last minute route change. Second: Newbie Terry, who turned up to a bike run in..A CAR!! That's like taking a knife to a gunfight!! LOL!! He assured us he does have a bike and will show it to us soon (steady the Buffs, his bike. You lot honestly!!). Chairman Mao arrived, but it was 10 minutes before anyone recognised him without his trade mark shorts. Elle promised to take Mandymag pillion, who will be doin a 'view from the back seat' piece in the Costacartrader, (cue 'Carlsberg' voice:) "The best magazine, in the world. Probably!" Mr Big played Tailgunner and also present was Ray who said "I thought that now you've got a 250cc in the group you'd have to slow down a bit!" Errr.. Nope! It's a good job he's on a 250 cos he's as "Fast as a speeding ticket!" (and he would have been even quicker, but he couldn't quite manage to pass the Colonel who held him up a bit! LOL!!). Down the N332 as far as Pilar, then out past Campoverde and on into Torremendo. Left onto the CV949 and then up and over Cabezo de la Plata. A lovely little road this, twists and turns up and down like a fairground ride; with great views of the mountains to either side. Back down the mountain and past La Tercia before stopping for refreshments. 'Son of Thor' (adopt dramatic, cinematic voice "This time it's personal") told Rob he wanted "..more bends.." Sooooooooooooo.. down into Los Garres and then we made our way to the Santuario de Fuensanta. Photos and a little 'guided tour', the church is stunning inside, very ornate and so much gold. On one side of the church is a nunnery and to the other side a monastry. From the cafe on the terrace we enjoyed the tranquility and the views across the city of Murcia that lay spread out in the valley. A vote was taken and Rob adopted the novel approach of going with the majority; which meant we retraced our steps back to Torremendo for a final drink. There was an impromptu stop on the mountain when Rob managed to let a wasp fly BEHIND (!?) his riding glasses! Honestly, he's gettin as bad as the Colonel! They shouldn't really be allowed out alone you know. But, it was Independence Day so...

The riders.

On the road. In our quest to discover the identity of the mysterious El Guiri, we have received a couple of artists impressions from Ana Lucia and Damita Harley. Thank you girls, we will keep our eyes out for him. I asked El Guiri if it was a true likeness and he replied yes, he is often mistaken for Peppa Pigâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dad,

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29th June Assen, Netherlands Valentino Rossi delighted the fans by taking the win, his 80th victory in the MotoGP premier class and his first since the Malaysian Grand Prix of 2010. The nine-time champion shared the podium with Marc Marquez and Cal Crutchlow, with Jorge Lorenzo finishing fifth despite a broken collarbone. 14th July Sachsenring, Germany Marc Marquez was victorious, taking his second MotoGP win and seventh podium finish from eight races. Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa didn’t race due to injuries. Cal Crutchlow came in second and Valentino Rossi was on the podium again in third. 21st July Laguna Seca, United States Marc Marquez took the win, becoming the youngest ever back-toback race winner in MotoGP. Stefan Bradl celebrated a first premier class podium finish from pole position and Valentino Rossi took the last spot on the podium again. The MotoGP goes into its summer break with Marc Marquez leading the Championship with a 16-point advantage over teammate Dani Pedrosa and has finished on the podium in eight of his first nine races since joining the premier class as reigning Moto2 World Champion.

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