We finally get to officially submit our entry.
Competitors in the Endurance Rally Association events are "invited" to enter, and selected based on past experience, your car, or if you have an interesting story. But first of all, you have to register an "Expression of Interest" to compete in the rally. This we did in mid-September 2016, and our "Interest" was registered, with a promise to send us an Invitation to Enter early in 2017.
|The route from Peking to Paris|
|A Morgan fords a river in the 2016 event|
So while Ashton and I tried to think of all the things we would need to do, time slowly passed - At Rod's suggestion we even tried to see if we could "book" a place by placing an early deposit, however we were advised this would not be possible. Then on 24th Feb we received an application form to apply to enter, simultaneously being advised that they had already received over 400 enquiries for the approximtely 140 places, which made us slightly apprehensive regarding our chances. Nevertheless, we duly filled out the very detailed application form, and gathered the various information and photocopies they required, and on the 2nd March submitted our entry request. Meanwhile, Ashton ensured the required deposit was paid to the ERA. Then we held our breath, not knowing how long the process would take before we knew whether we were accepted or not. And in the meantime, I planned to go down to Sydney and collect the car from Ashton, a) so I could work on it, and b) so Ashton had some space in his garage for his wife Caroline to put her car !
Suddenly, on 10th March, we were advised that our entry had been accepted ! I was actually out on my bike when Ashton's email came through, and although I had stopped to read it, I was so aurprised I actually fell off my bike onto the grass verge !! This confirmation was a lot quicker than we had expected, and after the intial euphoria and much on-line high-fiving, we suddenly realised it was now deadly serious, and we had to get moving quickly. Still really excited, but also very aware that this is a big chunk we have bitten off, and we just have to make sure we can not only chew it, but also do so successfully ! Right - The work begins !
|Cover of the Event Guide|
|Trucks in the mist at Cunningham's Gap|
|Dawn at Balancing Rock|
|A beautiful NSW sunrise|
|All loaded and ready to leave Sydney|
|Flooded road in Queensland|
|Healey safely stored in friend's dry warehouse|
The additional fluid volume may well help improve heat dispersement when we are on rough roads, and we will be looking at these very closely.
So many ideas and questions floating round in our heads now ! The meetings with the AH parts suppliers in the the UK will hopefully have us moving in the right direction, and then it is just a case of getting home and starting work on the car. I am sure things will become a lot clearer very quickly once we start work on it ! I hope so anyway !!
The rest of the pics are here :-