Up at 5.40 to meet Francis Tuthill, who was flying in parts for a stricken Porsche, more importantly he brought along a pack of parts for us mostly in his hand luggage. Sadly his hold luggage is travelling separately from Moscow.
Encouraging omelette chefs this morning.
Streets were very empty first thing.
Bumped into William Medcalf again (last seen in the Mongolian desert). He had flown out to rescue his Bentley brethren again. Feels a bit like the plot of an Evelyn Waugh novel.
Got to Maks Motors, the local Jeep dealer and was delighted to see a modern facility. The Alfa team had made themselves at home already.
And once the lady with the key turned up, we got our new tyres. Just as well, the tyres coming off looked ok and could have taken us to Paris but they took some big hits in Mongolia.
This is Greg, our local fixer, Jonathan went off with him to get our welding done. Alarmingly the shop wouldn’t let him help or observe, sent off to come back at five. Fingers crossed the new suspension will hold up.
Geen has been up in the air all day but is happier for a rinse and major service. We were fourth or fifth fastest on yesterday’s trial limping along and trying to keep the car together. Although we hope to leave Novosibirsk with a car in better shape the next few days are going to be long and tough. We’ll need to be at our very best to chase out a result from here.
Elena and Mariya of Maks Motors, they stayed open late and gave us great service. A real help. We’ll miss Novosibirsk.
Dina and Jonathan pressing out the front suspension bushes with a hydraulic press, a tense moment…
Note Dina’s use of safety sandals.
Jonathan lives for these moments…
Dina was very pleased with his new hat. Really competent guy and he can’t be that old.
Elena takes the wheel