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Hi all............ look what I've just received.
Sent off an email to a request on What Car magazine website last week.
Dear*****

I’m delighted to tell you that we’ve reserved you a place for the Toyota GT-86 test drive on Saturday 2nd June. This is the first time we’ve taken readers abroad to drive the cars we get in for test on real roads, so it’s a fantastic opportunity.

We’ll start the experience early morning on Saturday 2nd June at Folkestone, where you’ll be met by a Toyota rep and driven over to Calais on the Eurotunnel in a Land Cruiser. Once we’ve reached our destination there’ll be a briefing followed by a whole day of driving, interspersed with interviews and photographs, and of course lunch. We’ll also take video footage of your drive before delivering you back safely to Folkestone on Saturday evening.

Please note, you’ll need to arrange transport to and from the Eurotunnel terminal and, if you’re travelling a long way down the country, may need overnight accommodation. Unfortunately we won’t be able to cover your expenses. But we do promise to lay on a day to remember.

I’ll be able to confirm exact timings and the day’s schedule next week, but in the meantime, please can you reply to this email to confirm that you’re still able to attend. As you can imagine, we’ve been inundated with applications for the event so we can’t afford any no-shows on the day!

In your reply, please can you include:

</font><ul>[*]Scans of all parts of your driving licence (front and back of the paper counterpart, and the front of your photo ID card, if your licence comes with one. </font>[*]Your name, date of birth, nationality and passport number as they appear on your passport (a scan of your personal information page would be helpful but not vital) </font>[*]Your full postal address. </font>[*]The details of the person you’ll nominate as your emergency contact.
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We’ll publish your review of the car online an What Car? magazine

Once I have your confirmation, I’ll send over a full itinerary next week.

Best wishes

Emma


Emma Butcher
Consumer Editor

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Thanks all for your wishes.
To say i'm excited is an understatement. Just seeing the car will be enough but getting to drive it all day will be amazing. Could lead to an order, who knows? Just hope they have an Auto there I can try too.
 

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It gets better, just been told they're going to put me up in a hotel in Folkestone the night before.

I've read so much about the GT86 I can virtually write my views without getting in it.

I predict i'm going to love:
<ul>[*]The looks[*]The Seating position,[*]The handling[/list]

.....and be disappointed by the mid range performance.
Have to wait and see now............
 

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Tomorrow's the day. Toyota are putting the 4 of us up at a hotel in Dover andthen off to France on Saturday morning. Full day's activities below, been told both cars are manuals.


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Car? Reader Test Drive – Friday 1<sup>st</sup>
June-Saturday 2<sup>nd</sup> June, 2012<?: prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" />
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</font><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">What Car? readers:[/b]

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</font><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">What Car? team:[/b]

</font>James, videographer

</font>Matthew, photographer

</font>Tom, staff writer

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</font><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Toyota team:[/b]

</font>Nik, manager, press relations

</font>Richard
, press officer, product and technical

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</font><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Friday 1<sup>st</sup> June[/b]

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</font>1800
onwards Readers to arrive at hotel:

</font> Car parking is
available. Readers to contact Richard upon arrival

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</font><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Saturday
2<sup>nd</sup> June[/b]

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</font>0600 Readers
meet Richard in hotel lobby

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</font>0630 Transfer
to Dover Ferry port

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</font>0735 Sail
to Calais

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</font>1005 Arrive
at Calais

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</font>1005-1100 Transfer to Ferme du Vert

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</font>1100-1200 Reader welcome and unveil of GT86

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</font>1200-1330 Readers take route to lunch stop

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</font>1330-1430 Lunch (Interviews and
film)

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</font>1430-1730 Route to Ferme du Vert

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</font>1730-1800 Final interview session

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</font>1800 Depart
Ferme du Vert for Calais

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</font>1955 Sail
from Calais to Dover

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</font>2025 Arrive
at Dover

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</font>2030-2100 Transfer back to cars

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Hi Gents.
Back from France late last night. What a day!!! What Car? and Toyota GB treated the four of usso well and really looked after us. I'll post more later about the whole day and test later as theMrs wants me out and about today.

However, just briefly, there were two GT86's, both LHD Manuals, one Red and the other Orange. The orange is a great colour in the flesh which I didn't think i'd say. The car is great great fun and like nothing else for sale at the moment. Still can't stop smiling. I'll do a full run down with pics later.

 

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En8wall, thanks for posting your preliminary report so early after what must have been a knackering, if exhilirating, day.
I'm sure we're all looking forward to more from you later.
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I've postedmy road test of the GT86 in the GT86 review section. The pictures above are from the drive yesterday. I drove the orange car.
Edited by: en8wall
 
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