UK road trip in my EK9. Looking for guidance

magnus_drives

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Hello nice people of the board

In September of this year I'm booked to visit the UK and spend a week driving my new-to-me EK9 around a bit. I'll be retrieving the car south of Birmingham, visiting Cornwall in the car with my wife, and ending at the Goodwood Revival before flying back out of London. It will be a quick week-and-a-bit visit.

Context - I bought the car earlier this year sight-unseen and it's being stored with a friend. This will be my first time driving in the UK or visiting any area outside of London. I am comfortable with RHD (own an R32 GTR here in the states) and I've driven a bit in Japan and Italy, so I am not totally alien to different lane configurations and driving situations. The EK9 is stock and up-to-date on maintenance.

I was hoping to solicit some advice from in-region members as I plan the trip with my wife. First things that come in to mind:
  • In the US, our golden-era Hondas are extremely theft-prone. How paranoid do I need to be about parking the EK9 at inns / hotels in Cornwall holiday areas overnight? Will I be okay with common sense or do I need to make sure I have secured parking?
  • What driving roads do you recommend in those areas? I apologize that I've given a vague outline of a big chunk of the country, but we are in the planning phase
  • Any special considerations for driving an EK9 on a road trip? Is high-grade fuel readily available, any special repair items I should pre-arrange? I've road-tripped my old DC2R so I expect a similar experience
  • What is the situation with spirited driving on public roads? I drive within safe limits (don't cross center lines, assume there is a cyclist just past the blind apex, etc) but usually move briskly above the speed limit. We don't have traffic cameras in the US, what should I expect on the different types of roads in that area of the country?
  • Anything else I should consider?
Any feedback is greatly appreciated, and mods please feel free to move this if there is a better place for it. I didn't see a regional sub-forum.

Cheers all
 
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Tesco momentum and shell v power sell 99 ron fuel. These fuel stations are common.

Theft isnt as bad as USA. I would suggest getting a steering lock anyways to be on the safe side. Thats what i do with my ek9.

We have speed cameras almost every where and also speed guns every now and then. I would suggest downloading WAZE as they usually come up on there. It can also be used as a sat nav aswell.
 

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Hi mate,

I live in Cornwall and daily drive my ek9, I haven't had any issues with car security, A steering lock would be a good idea just for extra peace of mind like Vishal suggested. I would be more worried about carpark dings ect as Cornwall is tiny and space for paring is minimal.

The roads in Cornwall are pretty bad plenty of potholes and raised bits of drain holes ect. Be on your toes looking out for these.
There is also plenty of great stretches of road perfect for an ek9 :)
 

DMEK9

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Hi Mate,
I'm in the Southwest.....you'll have to go through roughly my area....you should avoid the motorways once out of Birmingham (you need to out of there as quick as poss...hahaha) and stick to A roads and some B roads....you could aim to go through Cheddar Gorge on the way down, hit it early morning for spirited drive through. :run:

The A30 is dual carriage way (main route to Cornwall) and quite open, not ideal for the 9....if you want a better drive but will take longer go the coast road A39 as much as possible, shame you only have a week!
 

magnus_drives

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Thank you all for the tips and guidance, I appreciate it. When I say a week, it will be even less... unfortunately the US is not the world leader in holiday leave, so I don't have much to spare on this trip. My wife is a good sport and will enjoy the scenic route, but I have to make sure she enjoys the trip too.

Here is the general flow:

Friday, Saturday: London
Sunday: train to Stratford-upon-Avon, day with friends, retrieve car

[Road trip]
Monday: Stratford-upon-Avon > Bath (via Cotswolds?)
Tuesday: Bath > Fowey (Cheddar Gorge, Dartmoor?)
Wednesday: Fowey > Bodmin (Camel trail bike trail to Padstow and back)
Thursday: Fowey > General sightseeing driving loop of Cornwall (southwest)
Friday: Fowey > Stonehenge > Chichester

Saturday, Sunday: Goodwood Revival
Monday: Mate drops us off at Heathrow and drives the car back to Stratford-upon-Avon

We'll be covering a fair amount of ground quickly. I'll avoid motorways when possible. I'll keep planning and sketch in routes and share them as I go, if you have a favorite bit of road (or must-see stops in the area) please drop a suggestion.

I love a good road trip, here are some of my adventures in recent years if you'd like to do some reading

E30 M3 to northeast California
Shelby GT350 from Texas to California
E46 M3 / 2002 southeast road trip
San Francisco to Palm Springs / and back
 

magnus_drives

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Upload pictures of your ek9
You can see a few here in my intro thread:


Of course I will be documenting our journey in September as well!
 
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