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The False Start

sunny 19 °C

After a quiet 'leaving do number 6' on tuesday night we spent forever on getting Redvers ready. I didn't feel good.

The boys at Landy Centre serviced him and put in some brakes that slow the moving car down which will be a joy. The guys at 4x4 megaworld installed some pimped yellow shock absorbers and the springs kindly donated by Thys Le Roux, hero. A chap called Hugh put a Turboflo in our air pipe which makes a vortex. This use of the word vortex means that it can only be a very scientific explanation, the shortened version is that Redvers can now achieve warp speed with apparently reduced emissions. (Our emissions being roughly equivalent to that of a 1910 coal fueled power station.)

Anyway we made it to the hospital for a farewell fanfare and after much hugs and kisses we climbed aboard, strapped in and prepared for lift off. The key turned, chu- chu- clink clink clink. Bollocks.

Just as our crescendo peaked Redvers was dead. Laughter, photos, disappointment.

We are however brainiacs and using such genius skills, jump started him (just about) from the second battery. We spent all afternoon with an autoelctrican called Trevor and even went for a ride in his dads landy. He's connected a gas line into the fuel line so he burns butane and diesel which is proper boss because now his car does 15 to the litre and 0-100 in about 8 seconds. I also nearly wrote off an old dear in a corolla doing 80kmh round a badly judged corner... Redvers can do 0-100kmh in a leisurely downhill one and a half minutes.

We phoned John McVeigh and asked if we could have one more leaving party, and a bed.

If at first you don't succeed...

Posted by ibeamish 10:55 Archived in South Africa

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