Monte Carlo: Ian and Ben with the Aston at the finish
We made it! All that effort to shed 16lb so that I could carry a spare battery paid off - the original one died somewhere around Orange and we needed to swap them round for the run to the finish. Sunshine all today until hit by a terrific hail storm in Cannes. Got separated from the support crew going into Monte Carlo thanks to Tim’s navigation skills, or lack of them, but fantastic to stand on the podium with Ben – very proud father and son! Met up with Sandy and Tim outside the Fairmont Hotel where the Aston was given poll position right outside the front door! Ended the day dressed to the nines for dinner at one of the most prestigious clubs in the world – Automobile Club de Monaco.
All ready for dinner with Aston in poll position
I undertook this challenge as a tribute to my Dad, Bill, who owned the car before me and died of cancer in 2009. I hope he would be pleased to see the family rally tradition continued down the next two generations. Massive thanks to Sandy and Tim, to everyone who had a hand in getting the car road worthy and to everyone who has supported by donating to the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.
Now we’ve just got to get home …
PS In case you’re wondering, our Jelly Baby bailed somewhere north of Valence!
The rig in Monte Carlo