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  • Arriving to live in Temecula

    Hello to California 7'ners. Rosina and myself are in the process of setting up a new home in Temecula following sponsorship by our daughter who has lived here for a number of years.

    In the UK we owned C7 PRG a 1700 SuperSprint which featured in Low Flying quite regularly due to its unique finish of black paintwork with 24 carat gold wheels, headlamps etc. We actually bought the car in 2000 whilst living in Brunei; following full restoration a friend who was the GM of the Sultan's gold plating factory said 'I have a great idea', the rest is history. We brought the car back to the UK in 2001 and have enjoyed all aspects of 7'ing from local blats/meets, to long distance touring (France in the summers) & track days.

    The car is now being sold and eventually we will get another one here, but in the meanwhile we would like to be part of the '7' set up in California, and have a chance to join up from time to time. We note there is a meeting at Button Willow this coming weekend but regret that we will be unable to make it.

    Look forward to keeping in touch, have already heard from Magnus & Tony Griffiths.

    Peter & Rosina

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    Welcome, I am pretty sure you can get a fully gold plated Seven here if you wish so (a fully chrome and nickel plated one was sold not that long ago....)

    But we are completely happy with any kind of Seven joining our ranks (or even a like-minded spirit without Seven). Just keep an eye on the pages here and come to one of the events :)

    Gert

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    • #3
      Welcome to the Golden State!! The nearest 7 to Temecula is in Escondido, I think. Clark is in Riverside, Stan is in Victorville, and Chris isn't too far away either. I'm to the south of Temecula in San Diego county where there are a dozen or so 7s of various stripes/types.

      On the morning of Oct 22 there will an autocross practice @ QUALCOMM stadium, which is 45-50 minutes south on I 15. Just show up and you can cadge a few rides off us to get a little 7 fix. Brad

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      • #4
        Thanks for the welcome

        Appreciate the comments, will try to make QUALCOM on the 22nd. What sort of time will it start?

        Peter

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        • #5
          The first run group goes out @ 9 AM and includes a 7 that will likely be happy to give you a ride. The second group goes out @ 10:30 AM. Best to get there ahead of the first group. An 8 AM departure from Temecula will get you there on time.

          Stay on I 15 south until the Friars Road/Stadium exit. Be in the right lane and stay there on Friars. A ramp will appear on the right. Take the ramp and stay in the left ramp lane, turning left at the stop light. Just drive into the stadium and bear to the right until you find an entrance to the event. There is no charge but you must sign a security release. Your drivers license can be swapped for a loaner helmet @ the timing trailer (Or BYO). By noon the 7s will be done.

          Looking forward to meetimg another 7er.

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          • #6
            Many thanks for the info

            Peter

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            • #7
              Many thanks

              Many thanks to Brad for the most enjoyable laps at Qualcomm today. Good also to meet with Rod & Paul

              Peter

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              • #8
                Very much enjoyed meeting Peter and Rosina on sunday. Went for a spin thru the cones for some Caterham style adrenalin injection.

                Peter was on the LeMans 7s trip this year and will likely have some good tales for us @ future 7 conclaves. Be sure to ask Peter about the 7s streaking thru France this past summer!

                Peter, I'm hoping that you are back in a 7 very soon and joining/instigating some fun around here!

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                • #9
                  Imagine.....all the excellent mountain roads around Temecula....you NEED a new Seven!

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                  • #10
                    Slomove,

                    You are spot on and will be a project for 2007 (50th Anniversary Year) once we are settled in. The solution will be a CSR200 in all black, the CSR's are terrific and drove them before leaving the UK. For all round use I prefer the 200, if it were just race / track the the 260 would be the car of choice. That said the new SLR400 is a superb competion car.

                    Looks like our current 1700 SuperSprint in England will be going to a new home in the next couple of weeks.

                    Went to Escondido with our daughter yesterday, she is buy a new Mercedes and at the showroom they had a McLaren Mercedes @ $450,000. What a car, the first one I have seen in the flesh & my request to sit in it given that the gull wings were open was met by a firm NO. They also had a number a AMG 6.3's (V12 & twin turbo), it is car spotters heaven here.

                    Peter

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                    • #11
                      caterham USA site only shows the cossie 260 now. i thought i read that they were not planning on bring in the 200hp version to the usa.

                      have u sat in an SV chassis? wondering what the interior size on the CSR body is like coming from a fellow se7ener.
                      2002 SV zetec/sierra; yellow over green

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                      • #12
                        The CSR chassis is SV sized, have driven both and there is a real upside when it comes to touring, more space & more fuel. From a pure race / sprint standpoint then I still prefer the S3 chassis & the new R400 has the duratec in a standard chassis.

                        Re the CSR200 I would bring it from the UK

                        Peter

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                        • #13
                          it is car spotters heaven here.
                          Welcome to California.

                          And you haven't even mentioned the weather:D
                          Chris
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                          A day you don't go a hundred is a day wasted

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Peter Griffiths
                            .....Re the CSR200 I would bring it from the UK.................Peter
                            I suspect you know what you are getting into, regarding registration?

                            But there is enough material on this site and on this subject to keep you busy for a week :)

                            Gert

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                            • #15
                              Peter,

                              Because you need to source the engine from a seperate entity than the chassis for registration purposes, I think a CSR could be whatever you want it to be - 200, 260, whatever. I suspect you could order a CSR 200 kit minus engine and gearbox from Caterham, and then get the same engine here in California, or at least an equivalent engine (no trick getting 200 hp out of a Duratec). The local Cosworth facility is in Torrance, CA: the www.cosworth.com engine page.
                              - Sean

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