Oakie Posted September 9, 2008 Share Posted September 9, 2008 Hi guys, I'm just starting out on a new project so I thought it might be helpful (for me) to write a few details about it as I go along. It's going to be a long one, so be patient!! So, introductions. My name is Nick, I've been lucky, I've done a bit of racing and the odd track day, but a few years ago I decided to visit the Nurburging. Obviously I would need a decent car to do it in, so after much youtube trawling, I decided it had to be an E39 M5. Obviously as that was what they were using for the Ring taxi at the time. It was great, I did 7 laps, drank far too much, averaged 6mpg, met some top folks and generally really enjoyed myself. Thing is, driving the Ring in your £20k daily driver really made no sense. They guys having the most fun all drove DRT's. Or dedicated ring tools. So they M5 was promptly sold and a plan hatched. We built two- both mk2 Golfs, one with a 2.0 16v making 195bhp (dark grey) and one with 270bhp 1.8t. The latter was my one and has been a real labour of love. The BMW is a car built for another mate of mine. This is what happens when the body flexes! Anyway after I had finished the car and done a few more track days with it, I got bored and started looking for something else. The 20vt was sold to a mate of mine, as was my beloved Caterham which had endured 3000km on the Ring with me thrashing it's testicles off. I knew what I wanted to do. When I was 18 (ahem sadly nearly 20 years ago now) I owned a Manta Berlinetta- I loved that car so much. I wanted another one. The search began. But I live in France nowadays and so it had to LHD. Also there is a different attitude towards cars in france, so finding one that had not been used as a tractor/ barn/ door stop was proving tricky. I eventually found this one owner 1976 Manta B1, with 1.9s, 4 speed, and a genuine 140,000km. Documented. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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