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Back from India

- Thursday, February 28, 2013

I had a great time in India on the ROARR Classic India 2013 rally. My faithful red Mercedes 280SL kept going (most of the time!) and experienced some great scenery. The driving was wonderful, exciting and entertaining (you'll need to watch the videos to fully understand what I mean). And I met some very entertaining and really interesting people - a great time.

Driving and enjoying the energy of India
My Mercedes 280SL ROARRing Very welcome in India

A big thank you to everyone that followed my Twitter and Facebook posts, it wasn't always possible to get a good internet connection but I managed to upload lots of photos and a few videos. Check them out on my facebook channel.

There were so many experiences it's hard to rate them, but I'm currently sorting through all my pictures and videos so watch this space and my facebook channel to see more.

I just wish that I was eligible for my Space Station photography competition! With these shots of my Space Station banner I think I might have been in with a chance this month:

Space Station on a busy road At the docks - banner gets attention Space Station banner gets pride of place

You can enter the photo competition on the Space Station Facebook channel - just Like the page and upload your images. Good luck!

2013 - off to a ROARRing start

- Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Alastair and his mechanic, Joe, worked into the early hours of the morning for a week to get the Mercedes 280SL ready to be shipped to India for the ROARR Classic India rally. Alastair will be reunited with the car when it arrives in Delhi a few days before the flag falls to start the rally on 24 January 2013.

The Classic India is an almost month-long rally, covering on average around 100-200km per day (and sometimes more) with a few rest days to explore. The route takes the participants off the beaten track to experience some of the indigenous sights of Northern India, such as ancient forts, grand palaces, temples, dunes and, of course, magnificent wildlife. Away from the hustle and bustle (or rather pandemonium!) of the more familiar chaotic roads of Delhi, the participants will be treated to quiet and gentle roads, shared with a few camel carts of course!

ROARR is a not-for-profit organisation and this year surplus funds will go towards Women in Need to support women with leprosy in India.

Before Alastair heads to India for the rally, he has been asked to do a talk to the Fressingfield Oily Rag Club on the 16th January – a network of Historic Racing enthusiasts who regularly meet to share their experiences. Details can be found here: 

Should be fun!

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