Month: April 2008 (Page 1 of 2)

There be bigger bodges on the horizon

Tools and equipment needed for a miriad of quick fix car bodges:

  • As many cable ties as one can carry
  • Gaffer tape
  • A selection of the highest amp cartridge fuses available
  • A vat of WD40
  • Dirty great self tapping screws
  • Insulation tape
  • A lump hammer
  • A crowbar
  • Vasoline
  • Rubber gloves
  • Cuddly toys (to strap to the front grille)

uh-oh! now there’s two!

I’ll try not to forget the mighty B.com but, if things are looking quiet here …you might be find me ranting on >>HERE<<.

http://www.roadtoriga.blogspot.com will follow our progress from Oxford to Riga in Ralph – the banger.

Posted from: www.bearder.com

Preperation: The three steps to bodging an electric window.


1. Cut the broken ‘live’ wire and replace it with a long blue wire.


2. Feed the long blue wire through the door and attach it to your cigarette lighter.


3. Enjoy your newly working, slightly bodged electric window.

Eddy.

PS, I hope you all noticed the smooth, somewhat pacifying, faux wood interior.

Write the theme tune, sing the theme tune


Everything needs a backing track and this tune is top on my list. Fitting for quite a few reasons.

  • It’s from Supergrass’ album Road to Rouen, which is pretty similar to our title of Road to Riga
  • Edd/Ian and I played the album almost non-stop on our first long distance trip to Slovenia. the first track is genius by the way, I’m listening to it as I type.
  • The album cover is pretty cool too and very fitting, that could well be a Rover 214 flashing by
  • The track St Petersburg as well as being superb is appropriate because St Petersburg is one of our primary places to visit. The song also really sets the scene nicely, for the build up over the next few months. “in a few months we’ll be out of here, and not a day to soon”.
  • Supergrass are from Oxford too

What more can I say but enjoy

Write the theme tune, sing the theme tune


Everything needs a backing track and this tune is top on my list. Fitting for quite a few reasons.

  • It’s from Supergrass’ album Road to Rouen, which is pretty similar to our title of Road to Riga
  • Edd/Ian and I played the album almost non-stop on our first long distance trip to Slovenia. the first track is genius by the way, I’m listening to it as I type.
  • The album cover is pretty cool too and very fitting, that could well be a Rover 214 flashing by
  • The track St Petersburg as well as being superb is appropriate because St Petersburg is one of our primary places to visit. The song also really sets the scene nicely, for the build up over the next few months. “in a few months we’ll be out of here, and not a day to soon”.
  • Supergrass are from Oxford too

What more can I say but enjoy

Last Time I Did Something Like This……

This seems like an appropriate time to show you what I ended up driving last time I did something like this.

That little Ford Fiesta was amazing, the Rover really does have a lot to live up to.

Last Time I Did Something Like This……

This seems like an appropriate time to show you what I ended up driving last time I did something like this.

That little Ford Fiesta was amazing, the Rover really does have a lot to live up to.

My First Blog

Seemingly the time has come for me to write in my very own blog. I’ve resisted temptation to get involved in the web 2.0 over the past couple of years, mainly due to the fact that I honestly didn’t think anyone would really want to read my inane rantings.

Well we’ve got a plan, we’ve got a car, we’ve got the time off and hopefully the rest will fall in to place. The biggest challenge over the next few weeks looks like the Russian visa application, the process is a little bit confusing to say the least.

I’m really enjoying the build up to June 27th, just this afternoon I bought a snazzy set of racing stripes for the Rover, we are going to have fun fitting those I can tell you.

Anyway catch you later,
Pete

My First Blog

Seemingly the time has come for me to write in my very own blog. I’ve resisted temptation to get involved in the web 2.0 over the past couple of years, mainly due to the fact that I honestly didn’t think anyone would really want to read my inane rantings.

Well we’ve got a plan, we’ve got a car, we’ve got the time off and hopefully the rest will fall in to place. The biggest challenge over the next few weeks looks like the Russian visa application, the process is a little bit confusing to say the least.

I’m really enjoying the build up to June 27th, just this afternoon I bought a snazzy set of racing stripes for the Rover, we are going to have fun fitting those I can tell you.

Anyway catch you later,
Pete

Route V1.jpg

Oxford to Riga. The long, blonde, Russian way round.

I know it didn’t take long to come up with another plan but this time it’s no thanks to a picture of a bunker or a twenty pound bet – it’s due to the persistent (and somewhat intrepid) desire of a man called Peter Addison. The desire to drive a banger (colloquial English for an old and cheap or ‘shit’ car) as far as possible to a foreign land. His first trip was a ridiculous 5000 miles to Uzbekistan on the London-Tashkent rally and the next (on which I’d bravely offered to join him) was due to take us to Timbuktu in December.

However, a few weeks ago, whilst Sarah (Pete’s long suffering wife, previous co-pilot and fine chef) cooked a wonderful curry, Pete and myself put many facts, figures, hopes, plans and stupid ideas into a big trip-calculator and cooked up this:

Oxford to Riga via Russia, through the middle of Scandinavia, in a banger and for almost nothing.


Behold Route V1.jpg

Who?: Me and Pete
When?: The first two weeks of July
Where?: See the map
Why?: There are many reason but, for brevity ‘Why not?’
What?: I’m asking myself the same question.
How?: Well, the details are yet to come (it’s only v1 of the .jpg for Christ’s sake) but the ‘for next to nothing’ bit requires the help and hospitality of the fine and friendly members of www.hospitalityclub.org.

Expect further news as we dream it up.

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