Friday, 21 March 2008
Well, still not sure what was wrong, as the next day it fired up perfectly. I've now had a nice week driving the Polo all around North Wales - a shakedown run, and nothing has fallen off or let me down - yet. Although cosmetically it is a mess, the car seems to be mechanically A1. Famous last words.....!
Thursday, 13 March 2008
Well, thanks to the kind sponsorship and care of Simon, Dale and Mark of our favourite garage Dragon Tyres of Ruthin, we have a VW Polo that has passed its MOT. New shock absorbers, welded exhaust, brake pipes, part worn tyres replacing the fully worn ones, new wipers, and a load of other little bits.
So, chuffed to bits, I dropped the TVR off at the garage for its service and MOT (displaying VW - like dependability, it fired up first time on the key after being left alone for 6 weeks) and picked up the Polo. Except.....when I came to turn the key, no glowplug light, no heat, no ignition, no go. The first thing the bl**dy thing does is break down..... Hopefully it is something simple and we will be all systems go. Let you know tomorrow.
This is the story of a little old car, two little middle aged men, and a daft idea to drive to Africa....read on and follow our story.
We are Scott Bainbridge and Tom Barham. We are driving a VW Polo, bought for £100, on the www.calais2casablanca.com rally to ....uh Casablanca. We are doing this for Britain, for the hell of it and because we can raise money for Cancer Research UK.
We hope you will come back and follow our story as we go on. Hopefully we will be sending posts and photos as we brave the wilds of France, Andorra, Spain and the dangerous souks of Morrocco