I took my CSR to Nick Potter's for its annual service and MoT on Thursday. The heavy rain meant that I went with the hood on - probably one of about a dozen times it has been on in the last 15 years.
At 3:30 I got the call from Nick saying that it was ready to collect (the only issue was that a headlamp bulb failed on the way back after the MoT) and I went round to collect it.
It was dark and still raining, so rather than take the route which required me to cross the A6, I went the alternate route with just a left hand turn. BIG mistake....
About a mile away from Nick's I came round a bend at around 30mph and drove straight into a deep bit of flooded road, about a foot deep at the worst point. A massive bow wave went over the bonnet, hit the windscreen and over the roof and I got a bit wet, but was more concerned with the engine and ignition lights that were flickering and an engine that sounded like it was about to stall.
Clutch down, add a few revs and I managed to drive out of the mini-lake. Phew. I then realised that I was more than a little bit wet and there was a cold draft coming in. It turned out that the bow wave had hit the rear passenger arch, bounced off it and lifted the passenger door off its hinges and undid a few of the poppers. I was wet, the passenger seat was very wet as was my head and the inside of the roof.
I made it home and into the garage where I could better assess what had happened. There was about an inch of water in the passenger footwell and a very damp passenger footwell. The squabs dried overnight at home and I managed to get everything out of the footwells using cloths and then kitchen roll. The water was very dirty!
I'll post a pic as soon as I remember how to do it!