James took the car on a “test run” of sorts around Europe.
On the first leg of the trip, in the rain and the dark, he rear-ended a Mercedes on the M4. The Merc was seemingly unharmed, though the Perodua was pretty badly caved in. Fortunately the radiator was not leaking. After straightening out the front of the car as best he could (using only a hammer, gaffa tape, and some ingenuity) the car was deemed roadworthy and continued towards the ferry.
The people at Harwich allowed the car on, and the people at the Hook of Holland allowed the car off, but two days later, driving down the Autobahn near Nuremberg, the Polizei took exception to the state of the car. The car was pulled over and seized, James was arrested, and eventually the Perodua was scrapped and the trip was continued by Interrail.
We will be buying a new rally car shortly…