Where do I start eh..
Well let’s start with the beginning that’s the easiest way me thinks..
Chez and I met the first time back in 2008 when I did my “fear and loathing” trip in the UK, more specificly in Devon/Cornwall.
It was at a random roundabout somewhere near St-Yves that my mouth fell wide open when this amazing convoy of 3 über cool splits came driving past.. One of them was Chez in his well known army green Kemperink.
He made a good impression on me but somehow I lost contact with him over the years and for some reason my mind (fuzzy as f*ck these dayszz) couldn’t make the link with hippy Chez these days to the Chez from back then..
It was not until this summer when Chez and I found each other again as good friends and the trip to HO was a wicked one!!
A few weeks ago I realised Stella was in need of some serious TLC, she’s been such a great bus all the time and she get’s me all over Europe with hardly any complaints. The mileage on my speedo has increased enormously and you can really tell underneath the car.
So I phoned Mr RRR and his answer was ” Mate, the door is open for you any day any time”. He knows how to make me smile 😀
Now before I continue I want you to know that despite I like Chez very much I did not have a clue what to expect from his workshop or the man himself .. after all he’s a hippy right.. 😉
Rapid Rodent Racing is located in Souldrop (can it be more perfect 🙂 ) near Bedford.
There are a few other garages on the same farm and the atmosphere is great, especially if you’re a petrol head like me. Having spent a week at RRR I can tell that there’s something different going on every day.. The guys on the farm are really cool too and are always there to help you out.
There’s (clean) toilets and even a hot shower (bugs included).
So when I said I wasn’t sure about what to expect from Chez.. Well he’s surprised me very much. He might not know it but I kept an eye on him to see what he’s all about and I have to say he’s the sort of guy you’d like to work on your car. He’s not the sort of mechanic who thinks he’s always right.. In fact when he’s not a 100% sure about a job he will go dig into books, the world wide web or even make a phone call just to be sure he’s making the right decision. Now that I like!! 🙂
What makes a difference in a good mechanic is the fact when they’re looking for the cause of a problem/situation.. I’ve had a few conversations with Chez where I’ve put his “mayo” in action and it was great to see that he was thinking/trying to find out the problem..
Another great example is that when I explained Chez the brake issues I had he came with a different view opposite to all other people I’d spoken with.. and.. he was right too! Good Stuff..
Instead of replacing a potential failing master brake cylinder, Chez had a look at the settings of my rear brake shoes, adjusted them and went for a spin.. (the problem, I had to pump the pedal ± three times before I had any brake assistance at all, because the rear brake adjustment was so far out it created air in the pipes.. long live single circuit..)
A look around in the workshop and the first “thing” that catches my eye is Weener’s bus..
He’s bus is in for a straight axle conversion.. Not sure why he’s brought it over as I thought Ian could do these things himself.. my guess is he’s just plain lazy .. 😛
As you’ve probably noticed from the engine lid, he’s gone over to the darkside by replacing the aircooled VW lump with an Alfa Romeo Boxer lump.. Oh dear what have you done eh.. 😉
Well at least it will be another bus on the road soon.. good luck with finishing it off buddy!
The 2nd vehicle that really pops in my eye is this Ferarri red kit car.. oh boy that thing looks fast as f***
It’s a road legal race car with an Audi Quatro turbo lump in.
Lucky me, Chez has decided to put Stella in the back of the workshop so this beast has to come out.. vrrrroam vrroooaaaaammmmmm.. 😀
What a machine.. !
The look on Chez’s face after a quick test drive say’s it all this thing is mad! (no hairspray needed after a little testdrive 😉 )
There’s no job that Chez can’t do, in fact his workshop has it all, Snap on tools, 3 Welders (MIG&TIG), Plasma cutter, press, ramp, pipe bender, air tools you name it and he’s got it.. And what surprised me the most is how organised all the tools are..
I’ve been in a few workshops before and this was probably the one that I found the tools the quickest.. they have a place and are cleaned when put back.. This man loves his workshop.. so much he lives in it!!
The workshop has all sorts of funny pictures, stickers and other things banging around.. I pictured a few.. 🙂
A fair few projects are waiting for Chez’s magical hands and I found some cool cars too!!
I like this PG/SG very much even the driver looks spot on 😉
There’s no job he doesn’t do.. this beetle needed spaghetti wiring sorting..
Not the most loving job out there but things need to be fixed even if they take a while..
I didn’t take a picture of the actual result but it looked very much like this one .. 😉
And when a job needs to be finished it needs to be finished!
It often means working late nights too..
As you can see from yourself, if even late nights weren’t enough . .. OI.. Picture.. WHAT!!!?? lol
And he makes for a good call service too 🙂
All in all a great experience to be at RRR!!
So if your car’s in need of maintenance, welding or a new (re)build engine give Chez a call. You can find his details here.