“Do it now, go at your your earliest opportunity, whatever you do just go, you owe this experience to yourself.”
This was a gift for my birthday (1st November) and I decided to wait till 2012 to cash it in, after all Edinburgh in late November is challenging enough. Woke up three weeks later, deep sense of winter blues. Saw voucher smiling at me and phoned Mr Stokes on the off chance. No snow then we go decided the day and that weekend took a piston headed friend and went north in a Cayman R. Travelodge in Elgin, short notice special (food average, room ok) provided perfect resting place. Next morning, two miles out of Elgin, turned into secluded drive way and there she was smiling at me. In truth I fell for the little bug eyed beauty before it had turned a wheel. Perfectly prepared, clean supplied with fuel, a map and as much familiarization as you can handle, car is tight, well maintained and as sweet as a nut. Will not bore you with the details, every trip has its own magic as I hope will yours should you choose it. Simply drove and drove and laughed and drove, stopped, swapped cars and then drove a whole lot more. I have lived in Scotland for 27 years and am ashamed to say that this stunning part of Scotland has been a revelation, who knew it was 3 hours North of Edinburgh. Mr Stokes is a top man, ex Rolls Royce engineer, loved nosing round his garage (respectfully) and sharing stories of derring do accompanied by many biscuits and tea supplied by the (possibly long suffering, yet splendidly patient) Mrs Stokes. Any downsides? One at a push: CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM. We exceeded the allowed mileage for two days in one day. In fairness this was in journeying to the Northern tip of Scotland in search of the fabled "Best Ever Hot Chocolate" (it has a fair case to make for itself). However between two of us split fifty fifty over a handshake the better part of valour for us was to just keep on driving. The damn thing is just so organic and light, who knew that a measly 140 BHP could hold its own against the might of my 340 ish brake Cayman. Next year, we are going for a car each, apparently he is upgrading his fleet. The only thing better than one Caterham between two, is one each Ha ha ha ha AHHHH ha ha ha ....oops cue evil genius laugh, most of it was within the confines of the law, honest Mr Stokes. Oh and also, you will end up wanting one for its pure driving delight, you will you just so will even if you curse the production line it crawled off now, drive it and be humbled. Probably my best birthday present ever, well apart from that time my wife dressed as a nurse decided to ............ Enough!
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October 29, 2013
What a truly splendid Review.......it conveys the sense of "FUN in the Highlands" perfectly, and then some. It is what we are about. Thank you for the Review Mr R and the drive in your Cayman R, very nice indeed and a tremendous yard stick for the 7 to display it's attributes alongside. Haste ye back.
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