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Old 01-31-2012, 07:13 AM   #1
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The car is packed and Europe awaits

Hello Forum Members......

I am going to spend the next two months doing research for a possible trip to Europe with my 66 Roaster.

I will attempt to drive to as many countries as possible in a 8 week period. Late August to October 2012

My goal will be to see and meet as many owners of classic corvettes in Europe as possible. Same format as my 48 state trip, back roads, stops at members houses, visits to castles, car collections , beaches, beer, wine, cheese and other continental wonders.

I will seek out "rare corvettes " that have found a home in Europe.

I will document this trip with pictures, posts and video for a possible documentary TV pilot project .

My posts over the next few months will contain information on the following subject:

Car preparation
Insurance
Shipping/ Air Travel
Travel permits
Routes
Gas / Oil Needs
Legal Passport Travel Permits
Forum Member Locations Car Locations
Mechanical Support Abroad
Family and Financial Support

As you can see, there are many factors that must be addressed in order for this trip to take place.

So buckle up your seat belts and get ready for a ride that "Buzz and Todd " would be proud of.......

Jack

Important ...... European Owners........


If you would like me to visit you , your car club and your car (s)

All generation corvettes are welcome ....

Please PM me with your location in Europe...... I will only put the town or nearby city on the map. Not your addresses........

As the map fills with with dots (locations) I will be able to draw a real route.

The map below will be the projected route. It covers most of Europe and will be the map that I will add the locations .

This will be the map you will click on to see trip progress. It may take a few moments to load.......

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...066406&t=m&z=3



I better get cracking on my languages..........

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Old 02-05-2012, 11:48 PM   #3
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I've sooooo wanted to do that with my '69. I spent time all over Europe with my time in the military and my job after retiring from the AF. Every trip I would dream what it would be like to have the Vette with me. Come on lotto…
I know of a guy on the ‘other’ forum “DEMBO” who lives in Belgium and has a great ’74 he has restored by himself. Although not “rare” as you mentioned; I’m sure he has a million stories on his restoration and all the issues of parts, suppliers, and local government issues dealing with classic cars. I saw the car when it was about 80% complete and he’s done a wonderful job. I believe it’s on the road now. His input might make for some good info for your documentary. There are a number of European C3 members here and on CF if you are interested.
I wish you the best of luck on your trip and will be looking forward to seeing the pictures and the video. I’m sure glad there is a subscribe function for these threads… :-)
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I see one of your stops is in Sweden , I know that the Corvette
scene is very big over there . Planning on hitting some rain on your trip .
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Old 02-08-2012, 06:28 PM   #5
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Fan Clutch

Fan clutch.....

I am working on the engine bay area........items mentioned in other posts.......I took off my original clutch fan about 8 years ago.....thinking it was the problem with overheating........I replaced it with a GM part bought at a GM Chevy dealership.

I am going to put back on the original, since a new DeWitt Radiator cured the problem.....

Pictures of the two clutches , notice the difference in the stud lengths and the housing around bearing.....and one thermal spring and the other a thermal plate...unit

Was the back of the clutch painted orange ? or did I do it late one night and forgot ?




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wait, you are shipping your vette to and from europe?
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Old 02-08-2012, 06:46 PM   #7
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wait, you are shipping your vette to and from europe?
I did the US in 2010

and hope to do Europe this summer fall......see my 48 states post.........

I will camp out....stay with European Corvette owners as I had in the US

I am on a German Corvette forum and my post has gone viral......4 pages or more...same in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Holland, Switzerland ....

Should a be a great trip.....lots of pictures , video

Castles, cows, windmills, beer.....wine...cheese ...cars....parties

I will post on all the preparation ......shipping...insurance...permits.... etc


There are many corvettes in Europe....some brought over by servicemen....or bought and shipped to them in Europe.....some sold their cars ....some took them home.

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sounds like fun, can I come too?

I'll bring your towel!
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sounds like fun, can I come too?

I'll bring your towel!
Hi Jason,

Good to hear from you, hope all is well in Salt Lake City.

If I can put all the parts together...the European trip could top all of my adventures

The members in Europe seem to be younger.....maybe I will get to stay up late and party.....

Went to bed early quite a bit on my US trip....prunes and soft food.....I forgot that if you own your car for 30 or more years.....you probably are not going out dancing at night

Not so in Europe...................

Lots of 69 to 80 C3's .....very popular in Europe....

Take care
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Gas a problem ?

The locations and visits to Corvette owners who would like me to stop by has grown to the point that I have more stops than days in trip.

One stop is this Dinner in Finland. Looks like a fun menu , and I can see Finlanders hanging out , right out of the 50's

http://www.diner.fi/

Here is a link to the Finland Corvette Forum. You can read it in English in the Visitors lounge

http://finnshark.com/forum/

The Northern Europeans really love c-2 and c-3 cars. C-3 being the most popular. A very good place to sell a C-3

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That sounds fantastic! Good luck to you!
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You are living a dream. I look forward to the pictures and updates.
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Hi,

I have started up my Blog: http://jackpanzica.blogspot.com/

I will write more personal information in the blog. Not tech information ,but more personal interactions with Europeans and my thoughts as I travel.

You can also make comments on the blog and become a follower.

I will try to keep it more up to date this time. I was so tired at the end of the day on the 48 state trip, the blog suffered. Hope to do better this year.
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