Driving a 1954 Austin-Healey 100/4 from Peking to Paris in the June 2019 ERA Rally.

Sunday, 30 December 2018

0076 We DO get going again !

Sunday 30th December 2018
Almost 4 months with no running......but lots of activity !

154 days till the start
But only 90 until the car is shipped out !

Gidget ready for a drive after 4 months
Well, I finally got Gidget to the stage where I could take her out for a drive - The first time since we got back from Alice Springs in August and took her up to Peter Janetzki to get the roll bar fitted.  We had to remove the fuel tanks for that, and since then have been doing many items that prevented us from running the car - Replacing fuel pumps, moving fuel pumps, resealing fuel tanks, fitting seats, and fitting a new electric water pump and radiator fan.  With these and a number of other items completed, and after a tiny break over Christmas, I was finally ready to start Gidget up.  But it turned out that she wasn't quite ready !!

Sunday, 16 December 2018

0075 We almost get running again !

16th December 2018
More GPS training, and lots of work on Gidget

167 days to go !
(But only 100 till we ship the car !!)

Sample of our Tulip route book
Since our last entry, a LOT has been happening. Last weekend there was no time to post because I was down in Sydney with Ashton - I drove down in my Toyota towing Ashton's empty trailer down because (hopefully) I won't be needing it any more.  There was also another training and information session by ERA (P2P Organisers) that was similar to the UK session, but since there were only about 13 (Aus & Kiwi) teams there (instead of the 100 odd teams in the UK), it was a much more relaxed and easier to get the information we needed.  For once I was able to navigate and work with the Garmin, while Ashton drove in his Mini, so I was able to re-inforce all the things I had learned in the UK, and ended up the weekend much more confident in handling the Waypoints and other intricacies of the Garmin.

Sunday, 2 December 2018

0074 Fitting the new parts - Still !

Getting home and getting to work again !
3rd December 2018

181 DAYS TO GO !   
(But only 104 for the car !!  😟 )

Its a long way from London !

I came home from the UK on the new(ish) non stop London to Perth flight - That is a L-O-N-G 16 hours of sitting on a plane !  Then of course there is the time before the flight, plus the time in Perth airport and another 4 hours to Brisbane, so the total is a good 24 hours or more.  I just switch off, so don't mind it, and this time watched lots of movies, so time went quite quickly.  And I needed to relax because on my arrival back home I knew it was going to be straight back to work in the garage !  No time for jet lag !