New Car

So after the loss of our Perodua Kelisa, we now have a new car. It’s a 1992 Nissan Micra K10.

Rally modifications are well underway, and this afternoon we took out the back seats, fitted roof bars and changed the engine and gearbox oil, though the latter was unintentional and prompted a quick run to Halfords at 4:30 on a Sunday afternoon to get some replacement gearbox oil.

Photo0341    James tinkers with the engine

We’ve lost the car!

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…

We’ve bought a car!

We’ve bought a car. It’s a 2002 Perodua Kelisa bought unseen and untested off eBay for £495. Bargain. On the 3-hour drive home, the car developed a misfire.


This is the car! What a beauty.

Shock Absorbers

This image shows a comparison between the shock absorbers that were on the car when we got it (bottom) and what we replaced them with (top).

The misfire turned out to be caused by a very badly bodged connection to the CDI unit which was failing in the rain, and is now soldered but still not perfect. It also transpired that the car did not have an air filter when we bought it, and the fog light is held in the bumper purely by friction as both of the brackets have rusted through (this has been designated “adjustable” and left unchanged).

James is pretty happy with the car, and considers the handling “predictable, if not exciting”. Rory has doubts and seems to be planning some sort of coup revolving around a spares-or-repair Volkswagen Polo. We’ll see what happens.

Fundraising Update:

We have changed our fundraising platform from Just Giving to Virgin Money. This was done for 2 reasons:
– Firstly, they give more of the donated money to the charities.
– They also allow a single fundraising page with a direct split of the donations.

Any money donated via Just Giving will still be donated to the charities, but from now on all donations should be made at:

Charity Fund: 10% Funded

In a particularly productive evening at the Raven, James has managed to secure a decent amount of money towards the £1000 Charity Fund.

Chris Wilson has agreed to donate £100, contingent on Yurt Lush reaching the finish line of the Mongol Rally, with the extra caveat that if we die he will pay anyway.

Cheers Chris!