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i was just wondering if anyone has ever attempted to do 6000 miles in a gt in 3 days??? i think its possible but just wondering what the farthest distance anyone has ever gone in a gt in a short period of time.
 

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How about the shortest distance in the longest amount of time?

My gt has gone exactly .1 miles in the last 18 years.

Sorry... I couldn't help myself.
 

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I think fellow member Kat (Crazy Opel Lady) from Canada, has that destinct honor, most recently. She went something like 3300 miles to WA and back, averaging 32mpg (correct me if I'm wrong)
 

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Lets start with some basic math... 24hrs/day, 72hrs/3days... If you want to go 6000 miles in 3 days you will have to average 83mph driving constantly. If you cut it down to 16hr/day of driving you will need to go 111mph. Good luck!

I've driven 1200 miles in one day, it was in my A6, and that was tiring. I drove for 16hrs and averaged 75mph (for over an hour I averaged 110mph). After I finally stopped driving we decided to go to the casino. About 5 minutes later we realized it was bed time. We crashed for almost 10 hours, but I wasn't sore. Compared to my Toyota Celica I had years ago I could only drive about 5hrs or 350 miles and my back was so sore I had to really stretch out when I got to my destination. I don't think the GT would be a good car for a long distance due to road noise and seat comfort mainly. If you still have the 4spd you will be running high rpms and it will really wear on you mentally to have all that noise. When we took the A6 down there was little road noise and the stereo was playing very low. You'd be surprised at how much of a difference there is just from having a quiet trip.

I'd say the GT would be good for maybe 800 miles a day, and that would be pushing it. If you were to upgrade the tranny, seats and maybe put some noice reducing material all over you could squeeze some more out of it.
 

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I used to log 450 miles(each way) from NC to PA on the weekends back in 1985 in my GT. After 300 miles, I would have to stop and stretch otherwise my back would be sore for a few hours.
 

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I drove my new manta from Colorado to California-about 1500 miles but it took me about 21 hours of driving time spread out over two days, but I had major blizzard problems getting over the rockies-saw alot of people eat it into snow banks
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well all of u who are wondering why i am asking this ?
i have two words for u all cannonball run. any one who nows what i am tlaking about will now what i am planning for my gt. i have all the records of cannonballs that have been done previously this has been done in an opel rallye in 45 hours and 39 minutes, there have also been several other rallyes which have been particapants in cannonball, well this is just for my own enjoyment i will have a co-driver and we will switch off when we take are 5 minute gas breaks when we get low on gas which is the only time we will stop. and also u are corect the average speed for us to maintain is about 84 to 85 miles an hour.
 

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2 years ago did 2200 miles fron Tucson, AZ to Raleigh, NC. Took 3 days of only driving during daylight as my headlight relay went out on first night of travel. Seats were so uncomfortable to me that I was getting cramps in my legs after hours of sitting. Had to litteraly role out of car at rest stops. I must be getting old. Car ran great at 4500-5000 RPM constantly, though, Great drivetrain. Mike
 

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Did 1300 miles in 23 hours when I picked my Dad's GT up in Des Moines, IA and drove to CT. Never again....
 

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Hi!

I drove with a friend and his GT over 2500 kilometres on a long weekend to Danmark and back home, because there was the european GT meeting.

Bastian
 

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For what it's worth, I drove the FrankenOpel from Tucson to San Diego and back - on separate days - for a get-together up in Julian. Distance 400 miles. Time required a bit over 6 hours. Average speed about 65 mph including a couple of stops for gas (gauge not working) and drinking water. No AC across the desert! Early stages of restoration (none of the gauges except the tach working.) I got earplugs to wear after about the first 100 miles, which helped a great deal, especially with the engine cranking out 4200 rpm continuously. I also imprinted each of the seat support bars on my posterior. There's nothing like putting a few miles on the ol' GT!

Bill and the FrankenOpel
Ok, so I'm going over to the PYP for the BMW Reccaros.
 

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When I got my '69 GT back on the road after a 16 year hibernation/restoration period. I put around 25 miles driving around town, then I drove it 400 miles to the Carlisle meet. My back was sore, my butt was numb, but I had this stupid smile plastered on my face for a week! I even looked forward to the return trip. :D
 

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Back in about '78 I took my GT from Tacoma, Wash to El Paso, TX in 39 hours. Actually, I stopped 90 miles short of El Paso long enough to get breakfast and a shower so I lost about an hour there. Left out of Tacoma at 7 pm on Monday and arrived in El Paso at 10 am on Wednesday morning. I was on a rescue mission for my wife and her friend and our kids. They had taken a vacation and were having car problems that were costing them a fair amount of money and NOT getting fixed at the roadside service stations. Turned out to be a broken rocker arm stud in the Chevy 327 that was in our Van. I had stripped the passengers seat out of the GT and put my clothes and tool box on the rear shelf. Put a large cooler filled with sodas and snacks in place of the passengers seat. Hit an indicated 110 mph in Wyoming during the night, had "Visions" driving through northern NM before dawn. Pulled the cylinder head Wed. morning and got it back from the machine shop that afternoon. Turned around on Thursday and excorted the repaired Van home. Somewhat slower! Took 3 days for the return trip. Total mileage for the trip was around 3900 miles. One way distance from Tacoma to El Paso was about 1950. I was a bit younger then, probably take me a couple of hours longer now. <Grin> Probably would have been easier if I hadn't had to get up at 5:30 am on Monday before I left to report for duty (Army) and request Emergency Leave.

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I've made the coast-to-coast trip in an Opel GT twice now...
Nonstop from CA to MA in two and half days and from MA to CA in three and half days (two different trips, however).

I find the time between 1:00am and 3:00am to be the most difficult part. Requires drinking coke constantly while chewing on slimjims and having all windows down. By the time the sun starts coming up around 4:00, I'm ready to go the next twenty-four hours.

Btw, I find the stock seats to be extraordinarily comfortable on long trips.

Walter
 

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PROPEL,

LOVE your slogan!!

pvcar,

Cannonball eh?? And I thought those days were over.

I'd punch out about an 80 gallon fuel cell and shove it in back!!

As far as in the miles. Try 1056 miles in 12 hours in a stock '70. That's about 93mph average. That was from Dalton, Ga to Daytona and back!

Then there was the 15 hour run from Denver to Atlanta. That was ON the 1.1 liter . . . Suzuki that is!! Kansas was a blur at 130!!
 

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Ski2xs;
You keep mentioning GA, are you in or from GA?
 

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SSSHHHHhhhhhh!

They'd kick me out of Colorado if the ever knew!!

Many, many years ago, in a hick town far, far away a rebel was escorted to the county line and told never to return. Floyd, Co. that is!! I guess the commissioners didn't take to kindly to someone who effectively challenged their ability to control.

Actually, I lived relatively close to you until app. four years ago. I lived off of Bethany Church Rd.
 

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YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING!!! My wife's Grandmother lives right across from Bethany Baptist Church, for which the road is named after. I go there to cut her grass for her. I'm a few miles northeast of there, between Highpoint Rd and Oak Rd, off Bruckner. Jeez small world.
 

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I remember my longest trip in my gt.....1.5 mile trip up and down the road, but it was sweet. ya gotta remember this is the car I've wanted since I was 9 (now im 15 [16 in december]) . its alot of work but shes going to be a beauty when its done. :D
 
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