Almost another year has passed, and like Time, we have not be standing still either !!
Gidget the Austin Healey finally got back on the road about 3 months ago, some 6 months behind schedule. It was just one problem after another. Anyway, after getting her on the road and running, it was time to test her to see if all the work we had done to her was going to enable her to survive in the wild and very rough tracks of Mongolia. So we entered in an Off Road event for Classic Cars called Classic Outback Trial. https://classicoutbacktrial.com.au/
This event is held every 2 years and is increasing in popularity globally due to the ever increasing political correctness of our society where all things motorsport are frowned upon or are politically impossible due to instability in countries. Thus the Paris - Dakar now has had to shift to S America, and events such as the E African Safari are no more. Luckily Australia has a few wide open spaces where only kangaroos gather, and while their hopping skills are phenomenal (Hey, give credit where credit is due !) their writing and verbal skills are thankfully limited and as a result they don't complain about a few old cars rushing past their front doors ! So hopefully this event will grow bigger, although we had several international entries this year (Germany, Belgium, UK, NZ) which is a start.
To sum up the week in the Red Centre, if you can ever imagine a 1929 straight 8 Bentley special roaring past you at top speed in the middle of the Outback at dawn, then you have some idea of the experience we have had. Talk about the hairs on the back of your neck standing straight up !!
As for our faithful 1954 Austin Healey 100/4, Gidget, she performed faultlessly. (The driver and navigator however left something on the table for next time !) I think photos will tell the tale better than any words, but basically it was dusty, dusty dusty !! Full details and lots more photos can be found in our blog which is detailed a couple of posts back.
We are now back home, and a roll bar is being fitted this week, new seats that will hopefully be more comfortable, and lots of small things being done, with the plan to be finished by about March 2019 when we will ship the car to China to begin the Big Adventure !
Hope some of you will enjoy travelling with us vicariously through our blog, or via Facebook at facebook.com/austin.healey.73113
Pics 1-3 show the dusty conditions. Pic 4 shows me camping my way 3000 kms across Australia towing the Healey to the rally in Alice Springs. Pic 5 shows a 1929 Chrysler 75 that has won the Peking to Paris previously.
PS I throw a photo in of Gidget next to an IMMACULATE ex USA LHD Lotus Cortina that keeps this thread at least slightly relevant on this a Lotus forum !!