So the car was readied for the test, loaded into a covered car transporter and taken up to Nottingham to be tested.
|The R500 loaded into a covered car transporter ready to be taken to Nottingham VOSA test centre.
|Side view of the car in the transporter (fitted with standard tillet seats)
|Another view of the car in the transporter - note the bundles of spare IVA trim!
With the IVA booked for 8:30am on Friday 2nd May 2014 I decided it was a good idea to go for a few beers the night before (when isn't going for a few beers a good idea??). I subsequently had a pretty manic day in the office, so it wasn't until lunchtime that I realised I hadn't had the "it's passed" call or email... I spent the next hour or two nervously watching my iPhone and Outlook mailbox for a call or email. Then... an email popped up from Dean Francis to say unfortunately it had failed. I was a bit gutted, as I thought I would've heard something by now if it was good news... Anyway, there was still some good news - the team up at Midlands had swiftly devised a work around and re-booked the car for this morning (Tuesday 6th May 2014) so only a day lost.
Why did it fail...? Noise, and noise alone. The R500 has a short exhaust can so the work around was to fit a longer can with a larger diameter.
This obviously worked, as I've had the email and subsequent call to say all is now well and my car is now approved! Superb news. If I'm honest, I was climbing the walls at the weekend... A few friends were at the LOT (Lotus on Track) track day in Folembray, France (which I'd booked back in Nov-13 thinking I'd be there) alas it wasn't to be. BUT... Dean has the certificate of newness and my certificate of entitlement, so I'm happy as I write this post.
My next jobs are to send a scanned copy of my driving licence, a copy of a utility bill and my insurance cover note to Dean so he can complete whatever paperwork is necessary and get the forms off to the DVLA. Dean said that his 620R customers are getting good prices for insurance from Lloyd and Whyte so I gave them a call, and got a pretty good price including 5 track days, European trips, European tracks (Nurburgring aside) so agreed the price with Ryan at Lloyd and Whyte and he emailed the cover note to Dean this afternoon.
Prior to collection there is still work to be done from Caterhams front. There was a reasonable list of remedial works I wanted rectifying prior to collection, but... I'm not going to dwell on that now, as it's already been said, and based on my current experiences with Dean to date, he's not let me down.