After Africa, some upgrades

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Stone guards for all the forward facing lamps and opening so we can clean them (that includes trying to seal them from dust ingress too – amazing the ability of desert dust propelled by the cars motion to get in everywhere)

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Added a grill in front of the grill in front of the grill.  The car has a decorative plastic grill which we were concerned about taking a hit and shoving broken shards back through the electric fan and radiator.  So a third grill for the front.  Took the opportunity to include two trays to put bits in while working under the engine. For too long we have been using the wings and the top of the power steering reservoir.  Hopefully the trays will offer a more disciplined approach to losing the 8mm washers…

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Final front end

Philip Young Memorial

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A huge turnout. Phillip was almost single handedly the creator of both historic stage and long distance endurance rallying. His difficult side was covered, but the speakers did him proud with tales of hilarity and pride. His good friend and travelling companion Gerald Brown made a moving film memorial.

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Many famous and purposeful rally cars filled the paddocks

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This is the Talbot that finished first in the 1989 London to Sydney rally.

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I have only recently finished the book of the adventure, Africa and Beyond. We’ve been reading as much of the literature on long distance rallying as we can. Theirs is one of the best. It’s particularly good on the philosophy of having such pseudo adventures.

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Bluebell, a famous Bentley

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London to Cape Town MG Maestro

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Ford Falcon came from Sweden

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Geen with her temporary fillings – in good company with William Medcalf’s Bentley alongside

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Dave Lucas worked the throttle as Phillip was remembered by a minute’s noise. Gone but never forgotten.