6 April 2016
Russia, Mongolia and Belarus documents in for visas. I have my Chinese visa. Jo has still to get hers. Xena is now on the high seas on her way to Beijing. Packing started and now I have to cull things that are absolutely necessary. One smallish bag for all my things- pone small bag for all of Xena’s things that could not be shipped with her.
Endurance Rally Association – ERA
Xmas 2015/New Year 2016
We spent 10 days in England and Scotland trying out Xena prior to her being shipped to Beijing.
We picked her up from the Rover Centre, having had a great reunion with Owen and Jamie and meeting their Mum and Dad – what a great family.
We drove up through the Yorkshire Moors, over to Berwick, then up into the Scottish Highlands via the lochs. Even got in a whitasting. Then down to our mates Liz Stanley and Sue Wise for new year and Jo tried out her new handbrake turns (in the process ruining 4 new tyres).
Then back to St Albans – a few bits and pieces to do on Xena, but we feel very confident that she will be strong enough to get through the wilds of Mongolia.
MG Classic 2014
Val is entered in her first rally this weekend, Saturday 13th, Sunday 14th September. We will be posting updates each night with photos so check in and see how we are placed against other cars (we are the only Amazon in the rally).
Latest news on the Targa Tour
The provisional entry list is now out and there are 64 cars in the Tour category. There are only 3 cars older than Xena – 2 BMWs and a 1966 Lotus. There are only 5 women drivers (including Jo). For more info on the Targa Tour go to:http://targa.co.nz/targa-nz-south-island-6-day-event-2014
Immediately after the very successful 1st Alpine Trial Philip Young flew to Myanmar for high level meetings with government officials to confirm arrangements for next year’s Road to Mandalay Rally.
Philip’s visit was to finalise details with Government officials in Nay Pyi Taw, the Burmese capital. The officials in the Ministry of Tourism have been working hard behind the scenes to provide the best available facilities and to ensure our smooth transition across the border from Thailand to Myanmar – our event will be the first sporting rally to cross into their country.
The Minister of Tourism met Philip in the government office where officials presented a thick wedge of paperwork, our official Permits for the event, all written in Burmese, and over a cup of tea, a covering letter was typed out in English. Photographs were then taken for the various Burmese newspapers – our event is seen as ground breaking by the Government, bringing rally-drivers from all corners of the globe to their country with a physical crossing of their border in a demonstration of how Myanmar is opening to the rest of the world.
This latest personal visit by Philip follows on from a successful final reconnaissance of the route in April and May. After shipping an ERA vehicle from the UK, Clerk of the Course John Spiller accompanied by Anthony Preston completed a full and detailed route survey for the whole event. They drove out of Raffles Hotel in Singapore on 15th April and spent very nearly a month on the road before reaching Rangoon on 11th May.
Travelling with our local fixers, John and Anthony met nothing but a friendly and enthusiastic welcome throughout the drive across Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar. They have lined up some fantastic driving roads, as well as meeting those who will be closing roads for us to run Time Trial and Regularity sections through plantations and over other interesting roads. Recent contacts with our agents in Thailand assure us that the political situation is quickly stabilising and should not present any difficulties for the event. As always the ERA will take every consideration for the participants safety and enjoyment.
The Rally Office is now chasing up entrants for missing information, such as car details, registration numbers, chassis numbers, engine numbers and a raft of personal information for the giant spread-sheet that will aid the passage of the event across four countries
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Rally Director Philip Young is in Myanmar this week for high level talks with Government ministers in the final round of detailed planning for the inaugural Road to Mandalay.
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