Friendly Competition


Sunday Jack and Mary Crabtree drove up from Charleston, South Carolina in their 1929 Ford Speedster. Not just to let us know what we are up against, but to join us for a festive launch party, complete with music, champagne, food, family, and well-wishers young and old. We thank everyone for the effort they made to be part of this event.

We depart for NY City next Monday-April 11. Yup, in just one week, when the garage door goes down, we begin our next adventure. Take a deep breath, the planning will be over. Whatever we have forgotten, we’ll buy on the road, or do without. Whatever happens, happens. But just a word, Jack. Stewball may be the underdog, but who knows what’s in that locked engine compartment. And with help from VW clubs along the way, we might just be keeping a secret or two.

See you on the road to Paris,

Jan and Ed

P.S. And how can you really take anyone seriously dressed like this? With no side curtains, those hats will just not stay on!

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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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2 Responses to Friendly Competition

  1. Who would name their poor little car “Stewball”? Just so everyone knows, we are kinda of sort of “friendly competitors”. But, anything can happen between here and Paris.

    Thanks for a great time at your home on Sunday, you have a wonderful family. We are all going to have an absolute trip of a lifetime, with memories that will never fade away. Jack and Mary Crabtree

  2. TBC says:

    Jack, check your music larder!

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