Preparing for the first big test !
Ashton has already detailed all the good work Garth has been doing down in Sydney, so now all we have to do is get Gidget safely to Alice, and make sure we do our bit of keeping her on the straight and narrow during the COT Rally in and around Alice ! Gidget's ready, but are we ? 😉 Time will tell !
Stay tuned and we will try to get some of the action posted on here as it happens. Meantime, I have been dealing with a seemingly never ending stream of things which just seem to appear out of nowhere ! Storage, tools, cup holders, first aid requirements, paperwork, hotel reservations, accomodation in Paris, dinner suits for Paris - Where does all this stuff come from ?
|Starting on the central storage box|
|Slowly taking shape|
The alternative cup holder I refer to is very simple - It is in the doors. Initially I had decided that doors that open and shut all the time aren't the ideal spot for a drink, but if the bottle is sealed, I decided it might be OK. Additionally, low down inside the doors are some very sharp screw points - The inside of the screws holding the door trim in place, and a nasty
|Electric carving knife useful !|
|Canvas bags for storage|
|Another green 100/4|
detailed in my last entry. In the Healey, the foot well on the left hand side is much wider than that in the right hand side, something that Ashton was finding difficult as there is no space on the right hand side where one can rest your clutch foot when driving. Thus this box will only fit on the passenger side. Then last weekend there was a Lotus Club sprint event up at Lakeside Motor Racing Circuit, and I was told by friend Daryl that one of the entries was a 1953 Austin Healey 100/4 - Almost identical to Gidget. This I had to see - plus, if I took all my boxes up, maybe I could check that they would fit ! So on Sunday morning I loaded all my boxes and foam blocks into the car and took them 2 hours north to Lakeside.
|Anti burst door latch & fancy seats|
|Spare MGF Trophy seats|
I keep referring to"Alice", when the event is actually "Lasseters Classic Outback Trial" (https://classicoutbacktrial.com.au/), while we are actually in the ERCA (Endurance Rally Club of Australia) Regularity section, (https://classicoutbacktrial.com.au/about-cot18/erca-regularity/). The ERCA event in Alice Springs is just a small part of a 26 day tour around Eastern Australia, starting in Melbourne on July 8th, travelling via Alice, Mt Isa, Longreach, Winton, and eventually ending in Sydney on September 4th. However due to time constraints we are just competing in the 7 day rally that is to be held around Alice Springs, returning each night to Lasseters Casino Hotel so we get hot showers and food as well as a comfortable bed each night ! But as it is largely off road, this is a major shake down prior to the P2P, and several overseas entries are taking part as their shakedown for next year's P2P.
With Gidget currently in Sydney, I will drive down on the 9th / 10th in my 4 WD, load up Gidget on a trailer in Sydney and head west to Alice Springs. I am allowing 5-6 days as it is 3700 kms from the Gold Coast, I need to ensure I get there in time. I will be camping in my van all the way - And presumably working on Gidget in the evenings ! Scrutineering etc starts on 16th August.
|Radiator shroud for grill|
|Trailer loaded with spare parts|
I am actually towing an empty trailer down to Sydney for a Lotus friend who has just moved to Sydney, so I have taken the opportunity to tie some of the heavier original Healey parts onto this trailer as a means of transporting them to Ashton in Sydney - The old crankshaft, old spring leaves, a jack, camshaft, stator tube, and a number of other parts. The car is also full, so where I am going to sleep in the 4 WD tomorrow night remains to be seen !
|Beyond Blue & Cancer Council stickers|
|More stickers for Gidget|
Digital Sticker Co has just brought over some of the stickers we need for the car - decals from Beyond Blue and Cancer Council (for whom we are raising money during our trip), our "driver" and "navigator" decals, as well as the names of all the countries we will be visiting next year, which we will be using as a "map" on the side of our car. And Andrew Bluhm, our resident body work man, dropped in with some reinforcing plates for our rear bump stops which we will fit before the rally.
So.......I think we are ready. Stay tuned as we travel halfway across Australia and take part in our first Rally in Gidget.
Rest of the pics are here :- https://photos.app.goo.gl/jZVzY7ksTupSzwaG7