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

Thursday, 8 August 2019

0108 - Day 19 - Kostanay to Bannoe Lake - 20/06/19

Kostanay (home of the Beirut Special hotel) to Bannoe Lake “resort” via Magnetigorsk and two fun but terrifyingly fast stages - in that the average speed was expected to be in the order of 100kph.
I think they are trying to separate the field!
As we were still on clutchless gearchanges I found third and plugged away. First one we caught the Volvo (no 60) which left two minutes ahead of us within 4km but got past on a dip - gave Gidget flying practice again.
Then on the second stage we caught them again - and that was only about a seven km stage. Ah well. Karma. They were unnecessarily rude earlier at the border crossing so got to eat Gidget’s dust πŸ˜‚ 
Last night two lovely fellow competitors (Adrian and Owen) kindly offered to ship our parts with theirs that are being hand carried out tomorrow, so assuming we can find a garage capable of changing the clutch we could be back in business following the Ufa “rest” day! Yay! Can’t say I was looking forward to driving all the way to St Petersburg on no clutch! Sorry, no photos as they are on the other phone and there’s no Wifi in this “resort” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
We’ll keep pushing on. Field was down to 79 cars last night so we consider ourselves lucky to still be moving under our own steam. Sort of!

Link for today is the same footage as yesterday

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