We have nursed the car along over the last 2 days and unfortunately are no longer competitive. The split piston has been upgraded to a loose ‘little end’ which has resulted in substantial loss of power – 2nd gear on the slightest of hills, together with a engine rattle the worsens each day. The poor Dodge has really taken a beating but we will continue to drive her as long as possible – we would love to reach Paris under our own steam but are resigned to the possibility that we might require towing over the last couple of 1000 km – watch this space.
Enjoyed the people of Turkey and were entertained by the Turkish Classic Car Club at a formal cocktail evening last night. We have travelld to 2800 m above sea level during this part of the rally and have spent a bit of time in the snow, fog and cold! Up at 4am to drive 900km through the Turkish boarder to Greece – a long wet day but we continue to head ever westward toward sour ultimate goal.