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

Monday, 28 January 2019

0078 Road testing again at last !

28th January 2019
Driving, despite the hot weather !

125 days to go !!!

Geidget getting a wash
2019 has started off with a heatwave in Australia, with temperatures in many places in the high 40's !  Ironically, southern Queensland has been one of the coolest places in Australia for the last week or two, with temps only in the low 30's.   But unfortunately the penalty is the high humidity, so we continue to perspire !!  And of course when you are driving Gidget, there is no airconditioning button to press, or fan to put on "high" - One just dons a hat and plenty of sundscreen and hits the road !!  And this week has seen me driving 100 km round trips to Yatala to get the roll bar rear stay amended, while I also solved the riddle of the headlights (after 1 1/2 years of trying !!), fitted a new indicator light, received the shower cape from England, and worked on calibrating the tyre pressure sensors and worked in the boot.  Still lots to do, and time marches on.

Friday, 11 January 2019

0077 Lots of small things get done

Saturday 12th January 2019
Now it is THIS YEAR !!!

140 days to go !

Number 77 at last !
As has often been said, the last 10% of items needing to be done seem to take 90% of the total allotted time !   And that is CERTAINLY true with Gidget.  She was running, and running well, in August, but here we are 5 months later still with a very long list of things that need doing !  And the 2 week Christmas / New Year shut down didn't help either !!    One very big item on my list has been to get some photos of Gidget updated to show her in her P2P finery, and to update the photo at the beginning of this blog to show the difference between 2 years ago and now.  And Zed Elliott, our technically superior Lotus friend down in Sydney came to our help yet again, and you can see his excellent work at the head of this post.  I have learned how to do a lot of things mechanical in the last 2 years, but the skills of PhotoShop leave me totally perplexed !
BTW, yes I do have the official P2P door roundels for the car, but I am holding off fitting them at the moment as I don't want them to get damaged because they didn't give us a spare !!