Ready to roll in Barcelona
So the EFG crew all made the Barcelona rendezvous yesterday evening. Stuart jetting in to join yours truly and our trusty support chap, Bernard who had made the 8 hour road trip with the Fulvia on a trailer to avoid 700km at 5000 revs on the motorway.
A couple of beers and more than a couple of plates of Tapas and a healthy dose of Paella later (when in Spain...) an early night was taken due to our scrutineering slot being at the ungodly hour of 9am... some 10 hours before our scheduled start time and more importantly some 38 hours before we'll next see a bed!!
The Fulvia seemed to object to being bounced around and managed to fail scrutineering on 2 points. The first being caused by a blown fuse (of course the only type we didn't have with us) and then a tail light which was out. A quick inspection resulted in all the wires for one tail cluster falling out of their holder after someone had packed the reserve bottle of Whisky on it (Stuart felt taking just 1 bottle might risk not having enough...).
It became clear that my engineering degree didn't stretch to rewiring Lancias however Stuart appealed to the nearest bystander who just happened to have restored 14 Fulvias in his life and had it back together in no time! He is supporting a car just behind us so is now signed up as support if required...
Panic over the crew took lunch in a marvellous little restaurant (3 courses for Euro 10 including still water and a glass of wine), since fizzy water was an extra, Stuart was forced to drink all 3 glasses of red...
We're now settling down in the car for a 3 hour siesta before the first car goes over the ramp at 6pm. Next stop Monaco tomorrow evening. Your "just needing to find the plug to pull to shut up the PA system" correspondent,