South Wales day trip with a few M3's

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  1. 29 Jul 2020 at 9:56 PM #1
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    After talking about it for too long, and lockdown restrictions easing sufficiently, some good friends - @0asis2007 @Warrenj1uk & @mjyeams - and myself got around to organising a trip to Wales on a few weeks notice, building on the route I took last year.

    We intended to limit it to Sunday in order to more easily accommodate for those with family commitments, but ended up staying overnight in Bristol, primarily meaning it wasn't such an arduous 1 day trip for the Ipswich based boys, but also meaning Sunday morning would get us into Wales sooner and not have to sit on the M25.


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    We travelled up and down the Brecon Beacons once more, mostly in the rain but then got on to the best roads leading into the Black Mountains as it cleared.


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    Not being able to travel the whole road last year due to a road closure, I was blown away by the second half. The roads and scenery really do need to be seen to be believed.


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    Being a bit ahead of time we travelled home via Cheddar Gorge at Matt's suggestion, and boy were we in for a treat! The Gorge itself is simply stunning, though not fit for driving quickly due to the tight radiuses of the bends and loose gravel on the roads, not to mentions the tourists littering the route. That said however, the high walls offer a fantastic tunnel-like reverberation which a charming young lad in a Polo among others took full advantage of.


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    To top it all off, we found some fantastic roads on the way back! The trip really was perfect from start to finish. Driving with friends is a hobby I discovered way too late, and if you are still yet to too, I suggest you change it asap!
     
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  2. 29 Jul 2020 at 10:02 PM #2
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    Fantastic photos and beautiful cars.
     
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    Epic trip @YoungBenny and you absolutely nailed it with the route planning! And look at those photos, can’t wait to get out again!
     
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  4. 29 Jul 2020 at 10:30 PM #4
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    Great pics and write-up @YoungBenny and what a drive it was.... perfect route, company and (latter half of the day at least) weather! :grouphug:

    Looking forward to doing it all again on the next trip! :thumbsup:
     
  5. 30 Jul 2020 at 12:18 AM #5
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    That's fantastic! I'd love to do something like this. Great pic's too.

    Who's M3 is this? What an amazing colour combination!
     
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  6. 30 Jul 2020 at 6:23 AM #6
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    Thanks buddy :thumbsup2:


    Wouldn't have been the same without you gents, on to the next one :beer:


    :thanks: It belongs to @0asis2007 above. @m.pire.automotive on Instagram. Exterior is Aegean Blue and I forget the interior colour (potentially Lotus White or Light Silver). Fully loaded too apart from extended leather, a good competitor to your coupe Sam!
     
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  7. 30 Jul 2020 at 9:14 AM #7
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    Nice, some great roads there, only about 30 miles from me, I'd could of come up if I'd have known
     
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    That looks fantastic, great photos!

    @0asis2007 where was my invite lol
     
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    Oh yes, I now remember seeing pics of this car with polished oem 19's too!
    It definitely is a good comeptitor! Really like the colour combo.
    @0asis2007 , do you want to sell it? :D
     
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    Haha looks even better in the flesh. He has a few things planned which will then perfect it.
     
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    Thank you for the kind words, it is indeed mine. And yes, you’re absolutely right, it was wearing polished OEMs previously (I still have those wheels, they’ll be making a return soon :D)

    This is actually my second E46 M3... I already had a perfectly good coupe, and only swapped it for this one four years ago, due to the colour combo and spec...
    it’s not for sale I’m afraid..... no plans at all to let this one go :)

    I’ve been following your Le Mans Blue thread, that’s also an absolute stunner! Would be great to get them both together for a few pics! :thumbsup:
     
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    Thanks Bro, @YoungBenny is very skilled with a camera!

    Lol, very kind of you to say.... there’s always more to do with these cars.... a front end refresh is on the to-do list, as you know! :)
     
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    It was extactly the same reason why I also bough my Le Mans blue one. I had a carbon black coupe that was in excellent condition but when the individual one came up for sale I just had to have it.
    Reading your comment has made me think if I want to sell my le mans blue m3. It's so rare to find a good e46 m3 now, let alone a very rare colour combo.

    Looking forward to seeing some more pics of your car :)

    It would be great to get some pics of both cars together
     
  14. 31 Jul 2020 at 7:47 AM #14
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    Wales really is a great place for scenery and rain !!

    Some lovely pics and lovely cars, thanks for sharing

    Put a shout out next time and it could be a bigger group . I live in Colchester so just up the road from Ipswich.
     
  15. 31 Jul 2020 at 9:48 AM #15
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    Nice pictures.
    Had lots of car fun in Wales over the years.. need to go again.
     
  16. 31 Jul 2020 at 11:58 AM #16
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    Haha, nothing personal Mr K! :D Undoubtedly a long precession of M cars and performance cars alike would have been quite the sight (not to mention sound!) However I went to the Peak District the week before with about 16 others and it was a bit of a mess, we got separated into about 4 groups.

    It could have been organised better to be honest but once you get past 3/4/5 cars together in a group it becomes troublesome following each other at traffic lights / roundabouts, and petrol station forecourts get very busy.

    If it's organised well and everyone knows the route I can see it being doable but if a load of people tagged along and then they brought their mates it could easily get out of hand. Coupled with the overnight stay it took a bit of planning for the right date so we decided to keep it quiet and just have the 4 of us (initially 5) who all know each other and can trust that we'll all be sensible.

    Could be a good idea to organise a bigger cruise though, now that we've fine tuned the route. But again I imagine most would need a good few weeks notice.


    Thanks Stax, there's certainly lots to see, worth staying a few days if you can!
     
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    Looks great i would like to do this trip also
     
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    Cars are looking A1 superb Benny! Yours especially :cool::cool::cool:
     
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    Very nice trip and good looking E46s
     
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    Looks like you guys had a great trip, I agree a smaller group with the same mindset makes much easier. It’s nice to be able to stretch out your cars, I think the roads in Wales are great. Good job on the photography too
     

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