In beautiful Gateway Canyon, Co, at the wonderful banquet they put on for us, Jerry announced that two Chinese teams would be joining the World Race in Beijing. Now here’s the thing. We don’t have any names, (not that we would be able to pronounce them anyway) and we don’t know if they are driving Schuster class or Innovative class cars. I am sure there are Chinese who collect antique cars and Current Event publication recently reported that “China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is preparing a 10-year plan aimed at turning China into the world’s leader in developing battery-powered cars and hybrids.”, so their interest in the Innovative Class is a given. We will just have to wait and see who and what awaits us in China.
Wen and Orin, the Chinese team, who drove a 1958 Hongqi- China’s oldest production car- modified with an energy-efficient engine, certainly caused Ed Talbot a great deal of trouble, but that was in The Long Road to Paris and Ed Talbot isn’t real and neither are Wen and Orin. And the problems they caused were purely figments of our over-active imaginations! This is real life and we welcome our entries from Asia and Europe.
We do know that Klaus and Maja von Deylen, from Germany are real. And their fun and friendly. We’ve rallied with them before. This time they are driving their beautiful 1957 Mercedes-Benz 22o S. in the Schuster class, meeting us in Latvia. It will be good to have them along, partly for very selfish reasons. Both Mary and I will welcome another woman by this point. Anything to keep all the men civilized. And, Klaus drove a Type 1 Beetle in the Peking to Paris race. I don’t remember which year. But he know a lot about air-cooled engines. He’s put one to the test. So, if we need help……well, we know he’s a sportsman.
So, we count down the days until we leave for China.-26. Still much to do. Order some additional spare parts, buy a new cell phone, visit with friends and family, re-pack and lots of daily chores-mow the lawn, water plants, you know the routine…
See you again, on the sure to be exciting road to Paris,