Friday 1 July
Trip to Lake Como
We set off for Lake Como:
3 cars just filled up waiting for the others
Then the others came down the hill
Panthers down the hill
Shortly after we set off, I heard a clattering which was my horn falling off! Fortunately Sue & John following picked it up (and Mogen’s hat that had blown off!). Super mountain hairpin bend drive up to a pass.
Panthers at the top of the pass
Then down to Lake Como. Drove up the side of the lake to Varenna.
From the ferry out over the lake
A different view of the lake, out over the mountains
Filled the ferry:
On the ferry
The ferry went to Bellagio which is a beautiful little town. Lunch then back down the west side of Lake Como to Rota d’Imagina.
Road down side of Lake Como
More examples of crazy Italian driving on the way- overtaking in tunnels, a motorcyclist riding single handed who then hit a pothole and we thought would end up under our wheels until he recovered it etc. But all arrived back unscathed, well physically anyway. I found that my horn still worked, albeit somewhat battered, so lashed it up to somewhere near the engine using cable ties and a piece of old 2 core mains cable that Phil found in his car.
Cava among the Panthers
We had some speeches in the car park toasted with Cava.
Mogens gave a good speech, as always. Part way through dinner, we heard Elwyn was coming so had a reception group waiting for him and his rebuilt car!
It turned out the garage could not get any replacement valves, but there was a retired valve expert nearby, who straightened them out- amazing in this day and age. And everything else that could have caused the cam belt to break was replaced, such as the water pump. Surprisingly for the first time we had all 12 cars in one place
12 Panthers together
Then a team photo:
Team Panther Italia
Val had awards at dinner, everyone got something, be it a teddy or a badge. The team spirit on this trip has been really good, everyone has helped each other