Saturday, May 27, 2017

The beach / The fire

In the morning I drove my car through the car-wash. Some huge truck before me didn't fit too well and made the whole thing come to an emergency stop. It was fixed pretty quick so that was OK. Exciting no? ;-)

Late afternoon Simone and I went to the beach. The weather was great. Naturally, I had to go for a swim eventhough the water is still pretty cold.

Around 5PM we noticed the tide was coming in and people infront of us were moving to higher grounds. Surely it can't be that bad is what I was thinking at that time...

But pretty soon there was nothing left between me and the sea except for a few meters of sand.

As the water kept coming closer I denied the tide totally and started to build a dyke around me. Afterall that's what we do here ;-)

It didn't work and in the end we moved TWICE to get away from the water... But all in all we had a lovely time at the beach!

In the evening I looked outside at the back because I thought it was going to rain. But my weather-app on my phone wasn't showing any rain clouds, very strange. But then I noticed sirenes and looked at the emergency services website and saw that there was a huge fire going on close to my work. So I looked out the front and saw this... All the smoke was coming in our direction, we smelled it later in the evening. It was still going when we went to bed.

Friday, May 26, 2017


Nothing here...

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The test drive

In the morning I went to my Mustang to take it for a test drive. I also wanted to check out the electric choke. Here you can see the lever in the middle is vertical meaning the choke valves are closed.

After a bit of a spin the lever was on a 30 degree angle, pulling the choke valves completely open. Glad to be able to confirm that the choke works :-)

The drive went well although I was unable to determine if the kickdown was functioning... I do know my car has no problems going fast as well now ;-)

My little oak tree is doing great as well.

Silver had been outside all afternoon and was really tired.

In the evening when he was with me he fell asleep in the most awesome positions again ;-)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sold, again.

My old appartement is sold again, for an insane ammount of money but hey, that's the Amsterdam housing market right now...

On the way back home the exit to our hood was jammed. I reckon it was causing problems all the way back to the tunnel...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The kickdown-screw

I fixed the kickdown-screw in my Mustang tonight and hooked the kickdown rod up properly again. Ready to be tested now :-)

Monday, May 22, 2017

The '70 Chevelle

Not much going on today except for this 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu that we ran into while walking Milan's paper-round. It looked very nice but has the same issues as my Mustang: all the rubber is really dry. No visible rust though which is great for a car like this!

Here are some photos:


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Jumbo race dagen with Max Verstappen

Today there was a racing event at the Zandvoort Formula 1 grounds. The main attraction was the Dutch Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen. But there were many other interesting things to see and hear and do.

We knew it was going to be busy. I didn't think it would be this busy at 9AM...

The event's main attraction is this (Dutch) guy; Max Verstappen. He's the current Formula 1's rising star and drives for Red bull. He would drive 4 series of about 5 laps today in the 2012 RB8 car that Vettel drove at the time. We managed to get close once and I was quick enough to snep this close up ;-)

While most people had the cheaper tickets that keeps you out of the paddock, Milan and I had more expensive tickets that allowed you in the paddocks and on the roof of the pit-building. It was really nice walking around there, lots to see and it wasn't as busy as you'd expect.

These girls were walking around everywhere all day long.

In the morning there was an interview with Max as well and Milan and I got some good spots.

Here's Max doing his second series of laps late morning. I was thinking at the time that he was going pretty damn fast. When we got home we read in the news that he actually broke the Zandvoort lap record! So he was going fast indeed ;-)

There was racing going on all day long. This car drove in the BOSS GP. BOSS stands for Big Open Single Seaters btw.

There were helicopter tours all day long. In the end those things got a little annoying I have to say. Especially if you were trying to listen if a car was getting close.

There was a drift demonstration as well.

Very cool to see. They managed to lay down sooooooo much smoke!

Just after 1PM a little stunt plane few over and did a 10 minute show. Pretty cool!

These cars were driving in a prototype challenge. There were different types of cars apparently but it looked and sounded cool!

Because the track is in the dunes it's naturally shaped with lots of height difference. So that offered a view across the paddocks.

Milan and I sat down at some point at what seemed to be a very nice spot. Nobody infront of us and a bit higher so no fence in between us and the cars.

There was one Mustang driving but I wonder howmuch "Mustang" was actually left. The car looked nice but it's big and heavy and maybe therefore it was last in the group.

Here's Max doing his final laps of the day. I gotta say that seeing and especually hearing a Formula 1 race car is pretty spectacular!

Milan made this photo of me. Worked out quite nice I think!

After walking around a bit more during the last 2 races of the day we walked towards the exit.

But then we spotted where all the cars were parked and we decided to walk around there a bit as well.

I really liked this one. Made a very nice picture too!

Just before the exit this little van was parked. My grandpa used to have one with a mobile snackbar. He was one of the first ones back in his days.

All in all Milan and I had a really fantastic day together and I'd gladly do it again :-)