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# UK ROAD TRIP 19# >>> ATARI FIREFOX COCKPIT!!!
« on: September 26, 2014, 09:04:59 PM »


Tuesday, the 9th of September 2014

First, one must leave...



Yeah... that's gonna be that lovely STUN RUNNER, which is a really cool looking one, but...mmhhh... I wasn't really 'into' that game TBH  :-\



It's now time to face my biggest fear since I know I'll have to bring that game with me in UK : how to secure a such tail & narrow game like that STUN RUNNER on my small trailer...  :roll:



I bought extra straps especially for this road trip!  :arrow:



But even with these additional straps, once the game lifted on my trailer, I was really stressed... :shock:



So I called a friend who owns a big trailer and asked him to lend me urgently. And when I mean 'urgently', I mean 'right now'!  :ghost:
But no luck : no ...the trailer was not ready to be borrowed that same evening!
Damn! What to do? I assure you that I was not confident at all! So?!

So Arcade Life Style, guys...ARCADE LIFE STYLE!!! It means I HAVE to do it!  ;D
Well, I already used trailers during my road trips of course, but not for a such tail & narrow game like that STUN RUNNER, especially with a 'gravity center' so high (at the monitor level), and more, never for a such long distance to drive! :oops:
I called my father to the rescue...



...full of resources and ideas  ;D  :arrow:



...and here we are, just in time before the sunset!  8) :arrow:



Ready to face the road!  8)



It's anyway to late to cancel... tomorrow will be the FIREFOX day! I'm ready!!!


Wednesday, the 10th of September 2014

Wake up at 4:30am (ZZzzzZZZZzz)

- maps & food to survive this mission...check! :arrow:



- close inspection of the car & the trailer...check! :arrow:



- pillow and blankets in case of a crash in the middle of nowhere...check! :arrow:



- Belgian beers for my UK friends...check! :arrow:



Let's set my nav. car system... ouch... far from here!  :shock:



Whatever! I'm a FIREFOX pilot!



Let's start the plane  8)  :arrow:



One last look in the rear view mirror, better familiarize myself with this view I'll have along all the trip!  :arrow:



Enough blabla! Engine on...Ignition!  :arrow:



I stop often to check if the strips are still in place...


It seems that the job has been well made after all! ;)
« Last Edit: September 27, 2014, 11:12:35 AM by DarthNuno »

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Re: Slayer
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2014, 10:26:55 PM »
Let's fast forward the time.. about a little bit less than four hours later... my yellow co-pilot confirms me that we getting close to the Euro Tunnel  :pac:  :arrow:



Indeed, my yellow little friend  8)



Arriving to the Euro Tunnel deck...



...well... arrived a little bit late for the scheduled train... no problem, will catch the next one...during the wait... breakfast time!  :arrow:



...and nothing else to do than watching people around me, for instance this couple kissing like teenagers ;D  :arrow:



... or listening my favorite podcast such Arcade Outsiders or Ten Pence Arcade  :-*  :arrow:



...or to explain to the workers here what the hell is the 'item' loaded in my trailer  ;D  :arrow:



Ah, ok... le shuttle is ready for boarding  :arrow:



I was the first in line... So I'm located in the very front of the train, see  :arrow:



Each time I stop the car, I check the strips! Even here of course...



While my yellow co-pilot monitors the area...



...I do a little sleep... ZzzzZZZ  :arrow:



And here I am... welcome in UK...



...for the 19TH times exclusively in UK! Can you believe it?!  ;D



The all famous M20, Highway bravest!  8)  :arrow:



Plenty of collectors here...









...for some reason... I'm hungry now!  ::)



Let's stop here of course...



STUN RUNNER baptism...by Darth Nuno  ;D  :arrow:



I love my car... plenty of space on the back!

« Last Edit: September 27, 2014, 11:07:48 AM by DarthNuno »

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Re: Slayer
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2014, 11:03:35 PM »
OK, launch time is over, I have to play a global thermonuclear war, guys, so it's time to go...  ;D



What's this black thing in front of my car? Already the Firefox airplane?



Nah, it's 'just' a McLaren car!  :P  :arrow:

More far...in the middle of nowhere...



Almost there...



...and here I am... the Muddymusic's place. He's the new lucky owner of the STUN RUNNER  :)

Unloading the lady...



But as you can guess, I'm not only delivering a game, I'm also here for ... THIS!  :-*  :arrow:



Holy Jesus! yes...THE ÜBER COOL ATARI FIREFOX COCKPIT!!! I could never hope having one...  :P

This game was previously owned by the famous Fatboy Slim (English DJ, musician, rapper, and record producer), before landed to the hands of river9999uk.

Deal done, let's figure out how to load that starship on the trailer...



Try...Die... Retry...  (to coda)



20 minutes l8ter... it's on the trailer! :



And after spending more than 30 minutes to fix the straps as good as my father and I did for the STUN RUNNER... we are done! But at the very last time, when everything is done, one last thing to do : closing the trunk of the car, which was open during the 'straps' session... and... nooooooo???!!!!  :shock:  :arrow:



Naaa, everything is fine  ;D And I'm really happy to be the new owner of this game  :-* ;D  :arrow:



It was also a great pleasure to meet Shaun & Olly for the very first time.  :)

Because I'm in the middle of a loooonnnnng journey, I've to leave very quickly...bye bye my friends. Olly, I hope you'll enjoy the STUN RUNNER, and Shaun, hope you won't regret selling me that game!  8)
Of course you are both more than welcome to visit my lair and play it again  :) Oh, and hope you'll enjoy the Belgian beers...cheers!  ;)

As you can see, I've the big smile on my face!  ;D  Of course you guess why : I see that cockpit on my trailer!   :arrow:



Like I did for the STUN RUNNER, I'm checking very often the straps... that cockpit is a true a monster!  :arrow:



Let's fast forward the time...until my arrival @ Folkestone, where the Eurotunnel station is located. Damn it! I missed the train for less than 10 minutes!  :ghost:
This is not a big problem, I can get the next one with no additional cost, but... I have to wait almost one hour  :oops:...





...so during the wait...

10 listen TEN PENCE ARCADE / ARCADE OUTSIDERS
20 dozing
30 goto 10  ;D



At last... boarding time!



And once again... during the channel crossing, plenty of time for some rest.... which is much appreciated! I'm on the road since a looooong time by now  :ghost:



LOL, see that advertising poster  ;D  :arrow:



It advertises a new TV series to come... about murders inside a tunnel!? Holy shit, we ARE in a tunnel! Creepy...and crazy to see this HERE!  ;D

23:28 ... arriving in France... and still almost 400 km to drive :oops: ...



2h54am... so tired... I'm starting to hallucinate ...I'm getting old for such hardcore road trips... I wanted to find a co-pilot to join me, but this road trip has been improvised in less then few days...



Ah... almost @ home... I recognize that creepy forest ... full of Ghosts'n'Guns'n'Roses'n'Ghouls'n'Goblins...



Entering my village... I've never been so happy to see its church...



...annnnnnnnnd the torture is over! HOME!



Trip : Belgium > France> UK > France > Belgium
Total length : 22h43min - 1504 km on road, 100km under water (Eurotunnel)


Ya know what guys? I'm a laser guy!  ;D

Ok, next... unloading the game...  8)
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Re: # UK ROAD TRIP 19# >>> ATARI FIREFOX COCKPIT!!!
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2014, 11:22:29 AM »
what a rare cab!!! congratulations bruno! this one will be great in your arcade! i guess i do know where you will put it. :D
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Re: # UK ROAD TRIP 19# >>> ATARI FIREFOX COCKPIT!!!
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2014, 11:35:17 AM »
yeah Bruno, you told me about this crazy one man trip on eurocade :spaceace:

seeing this kind of trips, makes me confident to do so in the future

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Re: # UK ROAD TRIP 19# >>> ATARI FIREFOX COCKPIT!!!
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2014, 12:00:24 PM »
As all ways, very nice pictures and cool roadtrip, you do indeed need a co-pilot next time! :spaceace:
Now, lets see that beauty in the flesh!

And like Andre said, nice with the little easteregs in the pictures!!!! I count 19 of them  :D
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Re: # UK ROAD TRIP 19# >>> ATARI FIREFOX COCKPIT!!!
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2014, 02:04:47 PM »
holy smokes - WHAT --- A --- ROADTRIP, bruno! this is how to do it. nice pics, great gimmicks, really well done!!! my favorite pic is the one where the trunk of the car won't close - great acting skill by the two british dudes ;D!!!

btw, never played the game: is / was it worth all those efforts?
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Re: # UK ROAD TRIP 19# >>> ATARI FIREFOX COCKPIT!!!
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2014, 02:30:33 PM »
I've always loved reading your road trip reports, and never thought you'd be coming to my house for one!

Was great timing for us both, when I said I'd buy your STUN Runner I didn't expect to have it personally delivered only days later  :D and luckily Shaun lives only 30 minutes away from me.

It was a great pleasure to meet you Bruno, and a shame you couldn't stay longer - but with a journey so far on your own I understand why you wanted to head back quickly.
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Re: # UK ROAD TRIP 19# >>> ATARI FIREFOX COCKPIT!!!
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2014, 03:16:48 PM »
Great catch Bruno

i' remember playing firefox  in arcade during the golden age.

The fun fact about that cockpit it's the arcade where i played converted it in empire city !!
it was fun to play with the yoke...

anyway great piece



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Re: # UK ROAD TRIP 19# >>> ATARI FIREFOX COCKPIT!!!
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2014, 05:40:07 PM »
Awesome road trip pics and as always, love the photoshopping....who would have guessed Atari made the Eurotunnel check-in cabinets  ;D

The way the "exhaust pipes" of the STUN Runner are just above the lid of the trailer is just awesome, I bet lots of people must have been puzzled what they were seeing !!! :):)

Shame there wasn't  a co-pilot, he could have taken a ride on the STUN runner ;);)

I've seen this Firefox over 5 years  ago when I visited the Arcadebarn....damn time flies, it wasn't working yet then....too bad :)

I later played it in Funspot.

Congrats Bruno and ......you are crazy.....in the right way :):):)


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Re: # UK ROAD TRIP 19# >>> ATARI FIREFOX COCKPIT!!!
« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2014, 06:25:44 PM »
Wow Bruno, what a roadtrip, but i think it is worth it so much, can't wait to see the pictures of the cockpit!

Good luck with it !

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Re: # UK ROAD TRIP 19# >>> ATARI FIREFOX COCKPIT!!!
« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2014, 07:59:02 PM »
Sneak preview from 5 years ago ;)


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Re: # UK ROAD TRIP 19# >>> ATARI FIREFOX COCKPIT!!!
« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2014, 08:00:01 PM »
My goodness...800km and back, thats the attitude we all can take as our idol!!!
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Re: # UK ROAD TRIP 19# >>> ATARI FIREFOX COCKPIT!!!
« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2014, 08:18:57 PM »
is that the one that belonged to Fat Boy Slim?
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« Reply #14 on: September 27, 2014, 08:22:20 PM »
is that the one that belonged to Fat Boy Slim?

This game was previously owned by the famous Fatboy Slim (English DJ, musician, rapper, and record producer), before landed to the hands of river9999uk.

Deal done, let's figure out how to load that starship on the trailer...


so yes, i think it is  8) ::)

Nice catch bruno, i remember you told me about it at EC14, what a trip man !

Thanks for sharing !