Lotus Driver Training Experience
Saturday 26th of maySaturday morning at 05:40 (way too early ;-) Arno picked me up in Waddinxveen with his Volvo and we headed to Hoek van Holland. It was nice and quiet on the A12, so Arno could make use of the T4 engine in the Volvo ;-).
After arriving at Hoek van Holland we had to wait for ages (ok, it was around
20 minutes) in order to get through the gates (jeez, people can be slow on
saturday mornings ;-)
Fortunatly the ferry left on schedual, and it wasn't very crowded either. It's
also pretty fast. Once we were at cruising speed, the captain announced we
were doing around 80 km/h.
Approx. 3.5 hours later we arrived in Harwich. After unloading we planned the route just a bit.
We set out on the A120 to Colchester. After stopping for some lunch (at one
of the Little Chef's which are quite good) and a better
map (the great britain road atlas is a really usefull one) we continued on the
A12 to Ipswich and followed the A140 till we arrived in Norwich. At the outer
ring of Norwich we bought a map of Norwich, cause the route instuctions from
Shell Geostar were a bit vague. And as the city has a lot of one way streets...
After checking in we brought our gear to the rooms. They were quite nice,
although a bit noisy as we found out later that night.
The most difficult part was getty out of Norwich. After some driving around we found the exit to the A140. Then we took the exit to the B1135. Fortunaty we found out on time it was the wrong one, and we had to take the second one ;-). That one was obviously the right one:
After driving a bit on the B1135 we found the Potash Lane on the left and found ourselves at the gates of Lotus.
We even spotted some Elises behind a fence somewhere:
Second one from the left seems to have the sport suspension, it's really low
to the ground ;-).
After taking some pictures we returned to Norwich. As it was a little bit early for dinner, Arno set up his notebook with speaker set so we could watch a DVD (very handy, a portable cinema). First we went to do some shopping. Get some drinks and food. It was quite hard to find a supermarket, but after searching Norwich's centre for a while we found a Tesco's. After the movie we tried to find some restaurants, but could only find a Burger King, Mc Donnalds and a Pizza Hut. After dinner it was off to bed for an early start next morning.