Black Monday !
Email from Simon at RPS this morning with bad news from Autosportif regarding the engine rebuild. We were expecting the engine back any day, but the cost of making new con rods has only just been confirmed back to Autosportif. The con rods have doubled in price from £200 each to nearly £400 and to add to the pain there is a six week lead time. Add on top of the six weeks the time to finish the engine rebuild, finish respray, rewire etc etc and the car would not be finished until mid August at best. A long chat with Howard at Autosportif convinces me that given what the engine will be doing on Peking to Paris, the new con rods have to be done.