British Humor?

Feb. 27: Yesterday was a bit of a sad day for Stewball and us. We had to pull off the World Race 2011 decals from the doors and put on the numbers for the Trans-Am Challenge. Now we are looking forward to this rally in May, but we have such memories of our 2011 Challenge. Our doors look a little bare with just these small white numbers. Here are the before and after photos.


I think this actually is our first exposure to British humor. The accompanying letter said they were using small numbers this time to assure a “low profile in the US”. Low profile? Picture this, a group of 50 cars, including  4 Bentleys, 9 Mercedes, 4 Porsches, 6 Jaguars, 1 Aston Martin,  and 1 1916 Lancia Theta-what ever that is- and of course only 1 67 Air-cooled VW Beetle. This has got to be a joke. Do you think  the state police won’t notice? Starting in NY, I can just see the troopers calling the next state and saying,

“Just in case you don’t notice, ya’ll got a bunch of funny cars with numbers on the doors coming your way and most of ‘um got the steering wheel on the wrong side too!”

I’m just saying…   

Then there are the rally harnesses. If you do get stopped, just try to convince the police that, “but sir, I wasn’t racing” when they see you securely held in by a 4-point G-Force harness!

We are nearly ready. See you on the road to Alaska,


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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4 Responses to British Humor?

  1. Carla Overduin says:

    I love the G-Force seatbelts, LOL. Practice your innocent faces.
    Have fun with the preparations!

  2. Cathy says:

    Jan: Know you will think of a creative way to keep and display the decals you had to remove! Definitely would display them somewhere! With love from all of us.

    • ejhowle23 says:

      Don’t worry, we are keeping them. They came off in one piece. Right now they are stuck to the top of my washer and dryer. A safe place and easy to remove. I think I will see about having one dry mounted at our frame shop in the mall. Thanks for following our blog. Next to the Bahamas on Silver Girl then the rally to Alaska. All is well. XOXOX Jan and Ed

  3. TBC says:

    It seems as though you should have something made up. As you write, small numbers with funny tags on the back and a group of unlikely co-travellers (spelled the British way) is sure to catch someone’s attention! Low profile, indeed!

    Take care,

    TBC and Arnie

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