Well the news came through late last night that Stuart is probably going to require surgery. And he risks permanent nerve damage if he spends the next 5 days in a rally car. So the plans put in place for a replacement navigator were executed!
Step up my first ever regularity co-pilot, Paul, (who many of you will recall “sweating like a Royal Marine in a spelling test” over the navigation on an outing on the Milano-San Remo a few years ago) was signed up to join the car in Monaco on Thursday morning. The Automobile Club de Monaco accepted the last minute change and we were all good to go.
Until he looked at his passport and discovered it’s 3 days past it’s expiry! No appointments were available for the Passport Office in London and hence he had to stand down.
By this stage however, the start officials had already left Monaco for Turin and the ACM were going to struggle to issue a THIRD temporary navigators licence! So an urgent appeal on twitter and Facebook for a licensed navigator and the General Secretary of the Automobile Club de Nice volunteered his services! Fred Ozon, who will henceforth be named Frozone after the cartoon character for his similar “extremely chilled” approach has stepped up, persuaded the ACM to let us change crews again and I’ll collect him tomorrow on the way North to Turin from where I will update the blog once again once we’re clear of scrutineering (and more scarily right now, documentation).
Fred is currently in Decathlon buying thermal ski underwear having read this blog late last night (see below!!)
Your “happy to know Frozone’s best-friend is Mr Incredible” correspondent!