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

Saturday, 10 August 2019

0115 - Day 26 - REST DAY - St Petersburg -27/06/19

Last “rest” day, in St Petersburg. Bah humbug. Didn’t get to see much of St P’s as was in the garage with Gidget. We had good company with Anton on the Contal and the Dato 240z of Filip Engelen and Ann Gillis. And the kitten mascot of the garage. Good news is that the starter motor now works - turns out the power to the piggy back solenoid had come loose inside the housing. And I’d fried the solenoid electro magnet just a bit. All cleaned up, resoldered and now operating like new! Also took the opportunity to change the diff and gearbox oil while the bash-plate was off, greased all the appropriate locations, gave the brakes their feel back, and cleaned off as much of the filthy stinking diesel from underneath as possible. Then brought her back just in time for early dinner with Adrian and Owen at the most excellent Red House. Chicken Kiev even though we’re not in Ukraine. And cherry strudel - yum! Ready for the border crossing to Finland tomorrow. Photos of Gidget on a hoist, again, bits of broken car etc....oh, and we’ve moved up another place in the rankings somehow. Now 30th overall and 17th in class 🤣 And start times are reversed tomorrow...

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