In England to learn some new skills
194 days to go !!
|Gathering for the briefing in UK|
England in November was never going to be warm, and so it proved. The little 16th Century Swan Inn was excellent, with good atmosphere and good beer on tap - Although the cold showers on a couple of the mornings (due to an electrical issue) proved interesting ! I just pretended I was in the Gobi and treated it as a training exercise, pretending I was thankful to have any water at all !! Also in the hotel were Lee Harman and Bill Ward from the USA, who are competing in a 1931 Ford Victoria - This is their first such event too, so we had lots to talk about over breakfasts.
|1933 Alvis Firefly|
|Having Garmin data uploaded|
first day was all about GPS and a trial run around the roads of Warwickshire, it was crowded around the GPS table where everyone's Garmins (of varying descriptions) were being loaded with the necessary maps and waypoints for the day. It was very obvious that few people knew how to operate their Garmins (including me), so there were lots of group discussion with everyone trying to work it out before we hit the road. It was also a little disconcerting to see how many people's Garmin's didn't load correctly the first time. Some of us were navigators without drivers, and some vice versa. I teamed up with John Young who will be the driver of a Peugeot on the event, but as he didn't have a car, and mine was a hire car, I had to drive, so he had to navigate - Not the perfect option, but all we could do. John had competed in the 2016 P2P as a navigator in a 1936 Bentley Sport Special, so he knew what we had to do, and we hit it off very well.
|Cars parked outside|
|Our plates and numbers|
group most of the afternoon was spent analyzing the mornings test, and trying to fine tune the Garmins. We also collected our P2P jackets, rally plates, and the number roundels for the doors. We are car 77 !
Sunday was all "class room" stuff, with briefings from the relevant Clerks of the Course - the event is split into 3 sections for organizational puproses - China being one, then Mongolia and Russia, and finally Europe. Visa and other paperwork issues were addressed in detail. After lunch we went through Medical, Mechanical, and 101 other aspects of the event, and I have taken copious notes which I now need to précis and get to Ashton !
More details of the day, along with some excellent photos, can be found on the ERA site here Gaydon Briefing
|Ist Works Healey|
|Del Boy's Reliant|
|Part of our route half way across the world|
After that it was time for a couple of family visits before I headed back to Aus at the weekend, carrying not only the fuel pump, but also a full set of top end engine gaskets from Denis Welch, and a lockable choke cable off an MGB so that we no longer have to use a clothes peg to keep the choke out !!
Rest of the pics are here :- https://photos.app.goo.gl/KFDmegLp29ZcVat68