Ed’s turn

So, Jan is concerned about getting the carpets (in the house, not car) cleaned before the race, but I have some other concerns, like what are the rules of the race? They haven’t been updated and I actually hope there won’t be any, other than not putting your car on a train, like the German team did in the 1908 Great Race. The rules could be a problem for us, because World Race stated earlier that cars might be handicapped by age and not engine size. I’m a little concerned about the 1951 Chrysler, with a hemi V8 that originally developed 180 hp and is capable of much more with slight modifications! Our 1967 Beetle? 53 hp, and if I ask much more from it, it might overheat somewhere along that 14,000 miles, in spite of the modified oil cooler and bigger cooling fan. (Note to Jan: The fan cools the engine, not the passengers.) We once came in second, in a rally,  in our engine size class, but if the Chrysler carries a more favorable handicap than we do, then all I can hope for is a blinding snow-storm at Times Square when we start. With rear engine/rear wheel drive, we would at least have a head-start on that day.

Thanks Lilla, Whit, and Claudia for your responses to my earlier questions.

So for the (unrelated) questions for the day:

4. How does our team get more media attention without robbing a bank?

5. what is your least favorite bank?

6. Do you work for a newspaper  or a TV station? Do you cover crime or human interest?

At the end of March, the best answers (that we judge) to our questions  will get a $50.00 gift certificate for Barnes and Noble. Let’s hear from you. (first three questions are on the blog “Anxiety” 3/2

See you on the road to Paris,


About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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