visas Caught sight of my passport briefly last week, whilst at the Iranian Consulate – very impressive array of full page visas !

Just waiting on the last visa now from Turkmenistan, all the important invitation number were issued today

Should have the passport back later this week – it will then be locked in the safe, can’t go without it !!!

Route Books

Starting to feel too real ! – Looked at the diary this morning just three full weeks left ! The last week is made up of a Bank Holiday Monday, two final days in the office, Thursday off, fly to Beijing on Friday (4th Sept) Unbelievable how two years has just evaporated, just 35 days until the start. It has alwaysroute book seemed such a long way off and the preparation of the car so intense, the rally itself was never actually in mind and feels slightly surreal. Another reality check arrived in the post this week, three thick route books together with a map book, the pages are not laminated like they were for the Scotsman and each book must contain 80+ pages. Very little to do in terms of prep now, we need to pick up a few final personal items and have a good look through the route books and annotate them with Julie’s code to make sure we don’t miss hazards or get caught out by two tulips that are very close together. Travcour have completed all our visas except Turkmenistan, which they hope to do next week and we have an appointment next week at the Iranian Embassy for finger-printing etc to get the Iranian visa. Once we get the passports back, we’ll make copies of all the visas and lock them in the safe as without them we can’t go !!!

Ready for Loading

DSCN1440-150x150Ready for Loading – Last sight of Benson and the Model A standing in line ready to be loaded into a container. They were behind a slightly more upmarket pair of cars, a Bentley and a truly beautiful 39 Alfa Romeo 6C – can’t help thinking that this beauty will not look quite so sexy in Paris.

We are fairly sure that the Model A and the Buick will load into the same container, they sail on the Cosco Korea, leaving Felixstowe 19th July and scheduled in to Beijing 24th August.

Delivery for Shipping


Delivery for Shipping – Looking at the weather forecast I decided to take the car up to CARS UK a day early. So I went down tothe workshop and collected the car, drove back to London and met up with Chris – we then drove up to Suffolk together. A relatively uneventful drive, Benson blew the horn/indicator fuse again – something is shorting out somewhere and the throttle stuck open because a spring on the carb broke.


The good news was that watching the temp gauge like a hawk, it stayed where it should. The car was running at about 80-85 degrees on the motorway and 70-75 on A roads.