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« on: September 26, 2014, 10:04:59 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  Undecided



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 eyes



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!  Grin
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! oppps
I called my father to the rescue...



...full of resources and ideas  Grin  arrow



...and here we are, just in time before the sunset!  Cool arrow



Ready to face the road!  Cool



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  Cool  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! Wink
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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2014, 11:26:55 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  pacman  arrow



Indeed, my yellow little friend  Cool



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 Grin  arrow



... or listening my favorite podcast such Arcade Outsiders or Ten Pence Arcade  Kiss  arrow



...or to explain to the workers here what the hell is the 'item' loaded in my trailer  Grin  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?!  Grin



The all famous M20, Highway bravest!  Cool  arrow



Plenty of collectors here...









...for some reason... I'm hungry now!  Roll Eyes



Let's stop here of course...



STUN RUNNER baptism...by Darth Nuno  Grin  arrow



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

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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2014, 12:03:35 AM »

OK, launch time is over, I have to play a global thermonuclear war, guys, so it's time to go...  Grin



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



Nah, it's 'just' a McLaren car!  Tongue  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  Smiley

Unloading the lady...



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



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

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  Grin And I'm really happy to be the new owner of this game  Kiss Grin  arrow



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

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!  Cool
Of course you are both more than welcome to visit my lair and play it again  Smiley Oh, and hope you'll enjoy the Belgian beers...cheers!  Wink

As you can see, I've the big smile on my face!  Grin  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  oppps...





...so during the wait...

10 listen TEN PENCE ARCADE / ARCADE OUTSIDERS
20 dozing
30 goto 10  Grin



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  Grin  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!  Grin

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



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!  Grin

Ok, next... unloading the game...  Cool
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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2014, 12:22:29 PM »

what a rare cab!!! congratulations bruno! this one will be great in your arcade! i guess i do know where you will put it. Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2014, 12:35:17 PM »

yeah Bruno, you told me about this crazy one man trip on eurocade Space Ace

seeing this kind of trips, makes me confident to do so in the future
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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2014, 01:00:24 PM »

As all ways, very nice pictures and cool roadtrip, you do indeed need a co-pilot next time! Space Ace
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  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2014, 03:04:47 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 Grin!!!

btw, never played the game: is / was it worth all those efforts?
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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2014, 03:30:33 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  Cheesy 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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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2014, 04:16:48 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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« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2014, 06:40:07 PM »

Awesome road trip pics and as always, love the photoshopping....who would have guessed Atari made the Eurotunnel check-in cabinets  Grin

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 !!! SmileySmiley

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

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 Smiley

I later played it in Funspot.

Congrats Bruno and ......you are crazy.....in the right way SmileySmileySmiley

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« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2014, 07:25:44 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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« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2014, 08:59:02 PM »

Sneak preview from 5 years ago Wink



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« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2014, 09:00:01 PM »

My goodness...800km and back, thats the attitude we all can take as our idol!!!
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« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2014, 09:18:57 PM »

is that the one that belonged to Fat Boy Slim?
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« Reply #14 on: September 27, 2014, 09:22:20 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  Cool Roll Eyes

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

Thanks for sharing !
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