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Due to a technical issue the old thread with this title has merged with
'What did you do to your SLK today?'.
No posts have been lost, but despite the best efforts of the tech team
they have not been able to undo the merge.

So, this thread will now be the 'Who got their top down in the sun today?' thread.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

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Had to nip to the shops.
Good to be able to have a little lidless run en route and back.

Even more fun watching tin lids, soaked to the skin as you drop the roof walking back with the shopping.
 

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Went to the shops. Was going to fry scalp. Closed lid, tried air con. No air con. Went to mechanic. Lack of gas not the problem. 12 hour motorway drive on Sat. Hope it cools down :eek:
Sounds like Top Gear trip in the americas.
 

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I hear the moderators howling in the background now, so back to "Who got their top down in the sun today ?" 😎
And back to topic: Who got their top down in the sun today.
A little banter is fine, but when we get multiple replies it drowns the actual posts relating to the title.

It is possible to take chat into private conversation, or indeed, off topic.

Thanks for understanding.

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Today I started my great 2 day Northern England drive, away from home at 5am this morning. Details to follow but basically I am aiming to complete 6 drives from the ultimate drives app.
In Yorkshire? In summer?
You're gonna need a bigger brolly.
 

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Errand to run yesterday.
Obligatory leafy lane run and a visit through Chester (out of curiosity).
Heaving, not tourist packed, but pretty busy. Glad I got those shots a while back during covid.

Sent on another errand today.
I'm beginning to think SLK owners have sold and bought beemers.
Why?
Normally Beemers tend to be lidded, but lately I've see plenty roof down.
SLKs are normally lid down, currently they are lid up.

Beware sleeping next to giant pea pods!

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Top down, windows down, ac off. 31C and a trip around the Wirral.
Chores to do in the middles, but too good to pass up some 'us' time before returning to the missus.

Only downer, a cyclist, face down. Looked like he had lost it rather than being hit.
Plenty on hand, so left them to it.
Hopefully, they got the number of the * who pushed past with a body in the middle of the road.
I was too gobsmacked to believe what I was seeing to get the number.
If I'd been on the bike I might have followed to get number if safe to do so.
It's not like a diversion costs more than a few minutes from there.
No houses on that road either
 

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2 almost days of TD fun.
Must be the poll season, as yesterday I had to run to the inlaws to remove some overhanging branches.
Quite funny watching the stairs as I parked with the roof already on it's way up,
only to produce a selection of tools for handling the tree.
Nice blip down the lanes on the way home.

Today, a shopping run, roof down both ways (good packing skills needed).
Went a lot cooler on the way home.
Being used to that signalling rain I pondered popping the roof up, but decided against.
Got stuck at lights as I was about to turn for the lanes and thought it had gone cooler,
so precautionary roof up.
As it was closing the rain started to spit.
Bah, could have got away with that, I thought.
Then it bucketed down (o-drenching).
Close call and another win for the SmartTop.

These wee beasties (especially with ST) have a way of making chores better.
Long live the SLKs even without any more being made.
 

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Oddball day.

Had to run the 350 to an Indy to inspect door seal and see just why water is getting in.
(it's irking the DCM and window motor).
Had to be roof up due to issue.

So that's how popcorn feels when cooking!!!

Thank the powers for ac.

Then had to run around in the 55.
You know that was roof down.
Felt soooo good & not much need for ac, but still nice on the feet & legs.

We get a lot of newbs asking whether to go 350 or 55.
Here's the simple answer.
Either will make you smile, has good performance and will be a joy to drive.
You like growl, go V8.
You like stealth, go V6.
Simples.
 

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Had to run the estate in for service.
Walked back and took father in law to docs in Debs 350.
Wary of dcm as it got wet, so lid up.
Picked up the estate and swapped for the 55.

Top down asap. Quick run around the block.
Not my block.
In fact this particular block is a fair way from the house.
But it was a very nice block, especially in the sun.
So nice, that I feel the need to visit it again, real soon.
 

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Took the car to the shops just to see if it was less painfull for me to drive than last time i was in it a couple of weeks back ( hernia issues again 🤬 ) .. not to bad but was only a 30 min drive....... and in that drive i had a bird strike !! ...direct hit to offside front wheel.
Guess i will need the wheel off to get rid of the mess...not the sunday roast i was after !
So...
That's what you mean by 'feathering' the brakes, huh?
Or is that cooking on the brakes.
 

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Had to go for a covid drive thru test today (so I can get an x-ray at the hospital. We have to have a negative test before getting any appointments). Tried booking it last night. My nearest option was Llandudno in Wales which is 206 mile round trip! Website is bonkers.
Decided to try again when the website will be quiet.....3am whilst I was at work.
Ended up booking a visit to Scunthorpe for a 60 round trip. Can take the SLK I thought, no rain forecast and as I would finish work at 6 and the time slot was 11, thought it would work well.
Call from the docs at 8.30 woke me, need another appt to see them at 3pm this afternoon. I have a bit of free time now to try to stay awake between them.
Ended up doing 140 miles today, all roof down visited the Lincolnshire Wolds. Really enjoyed it and somehow I am still awake. Now been 26 hours on the go. Be feeling the sleep soon.
Should've done Wales. Roadtrip!
 

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A SmartTop testing day.
Had shopping for the olds, so out comes the 55.
Amazing what you can pack in the boot and still drop the lid.

One of those amazing sunshine, tropical shower, amazing sun with high glare days.
No floods for once.
Nice 'trundle' through leafy country lanes.
Decided to dodge the beach.
Kids off school, covid, parking etc.

Happy, happy.
 

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Filled it up and we went to Oxford for the other one’s matriculation.
I think I like driving topless in this weather even more than in the summer - when it’s hot and I want the shade - lovely heated seats and air scarf.
I like crispy mornings because the last thing others expect is a tinless top car passing by.
Nice and snug in our cockpits.
 

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Shopping for the olds. Managed to pack and cover with the roof.
Great fun down the lanes. Occasionally catching a glimpse in the rear view mirrors.
Watching a cloud of multi coloured leaves, like wind torn tartan.

Than had a panic attack.
Two cars pulled up and someone lying flat on the pavement.
Well known blackspot for biped potting.
Turned out to be a couple bought a car, without jack or spanner for the wheel.
Fitted two second hand tyres & BOTH had blown.
Got the shopping out and the other helper got one wheel off.

Onwards to the olds.
Return trip and thought I check if they had got sorted.

One wheel fixed, but the other had 3 over tight nuts.
Nipped home and brought the breaker bar to them (had the same issue this very year).
All sorted.

Back to making tartan in the wake of the AMG.

Shame on our restrictions. Scotland, Lakes, Peaks and Wales are all begging to be driven right now.
Soon ... maybe. A milk run to Glasgow perhaps.
 
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