My brother and I are planning our longest trip with Angela this August. We're heading from Limerick in Ireland across the Irish Sea, to the Retro Rides Gathering in Shelsley Walsh in the UK. The total round trip is about 1200 kilometers, covering the width of Ireland, the top of Wales, and a chunk of the Midlands, west of the M6. Last year we did this trip in my MX5, which although is quicker, and more reliable than the Trabi, it's not quite as spacious, and we want a bit of an adventure. We'll be buying the best breakdown cover we can find, and staying off the motorway. In preparing the car we're looking at packing a few spares, and getting the car right before we go. Spares: Fan Belt(s), spark plugs, leads, coils, anything else? Tool: Socket and spanners, Booster pack, foot pump, fuel cans. Anything else you would recommend? We'll be taking out time, I'm thinking we should get to Dublin in a day, ferry overnight, then get the second leg done in another. Also if anyone has any interesting suggestions for other Petrolhead things to do while we're over, we'd love to hear about them!