4y ago

Australians Max and Julie have driven their 1923 Vauxhall all over the world. Here they are on the infamous road to Gelephu in Bhutan.

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  • Brilliant, an old car doing what is was designed for, being driven, not sat under a blanket. So do you still want a modern car with all its ecu's. All I can say is keep on driving it

      4 years ago
    • The problem with those modern cars and their ecu's is when they go wrong in the back and beyond the chances of repair are slim to none. These old beasts keep going for a reason and are usually repairable with basic tools. :-)

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    • Yes a few spanners screwdrivers, duck tape bailer twine used to be a get you home tool kit. The world of motoring is getting so advanced that in a strange way its going backward.

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  • Thanks Joe. The Vauxhall belongs to Max and Julie, who I met when I was filming the rally in Bhutan. They are a fantastic couple who really embrace different cultures, Julie always looked the part, wearing beautiful sari's in India and the traditional kira when we were in Bhutan. When the rest of us crossed the finish line in Guwahati they continued on through Myanmar and Thailand where they shipped their car from Bangkok home to Australia. This was November last year, since then they have competed on the Peking - Paris where Penny the Vauxhall won the vintageant class! You can read all about it on Julie's blog: I'm hoping to see them on the road again soon as next year I'll be filming vintage rallies in Japan, Paris to Prague and also through Italy including Corsica, Sardinia and Elba. for details and you can see videos of the past events on my youtube channel

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  • Sounds like an amazing experience, that Vauxhall is absolutely gorgeous. I'm hoping DriveTribe will have plenty of Vintage and Veteran features, they are such special machines.

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  • Oh, I was in hospital too, with food poisoning. I was admitted to Quetta Christian Hospital on ward with lots of local women who were very curious to get to know me despite the language barrier. They were very sweet, they brushed my hair, massaged my feet, moved my bed under the fan when I was hot and gave me a scarf to sleep under. I didn't realise, the long scarves Pakistani ladies wear draped over their shoulders are made of thin fabric that opens up like a sheet so they can sleep under them and keep the flies off! Of course they also wanted me to marry their sons but they weren't offended when I said that arranged marriages weren't part of my culture. Also, the man that I did fall for took me to meet his family in Lorelai, a small town in Baluchistan, so I met lots of women there! I think Baluchistan is my favourite place for the wonderful people I met there, even if the 50 degree heat was a little overwhelming! I didn't travel further north than Lahore though. I would love to travel into the north, up the Karakoram highway and swat valley, I've heard it's really beautiful!

    Have you been to the border closing ceremony at Wagha? That was really special too, there;s a video on my youtube channel. We (I was re-joined by my co-non-driver at Lahore) were treated as guests of honour and given front row seats. The flag wavers taught us the chant 'Pakistan Zindaban' and we cheered on Pakistan with the rest of the crowd. After the guards wanted photos with us and then so did everyone else; it took us nearly 2 hours to walk 150 yards to our hotel as we stopped to pose for all the photos!

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  • Same here, for the prejudices mixed with a dose of healthy fear, and for the surprised when getting there for the first time. 1999 that was, two women on two motorcycles, and 2002 again. The first time I had quite a bad accident, treated very well there, but thus we had to go back =:-] Since then, I'm always keeping an eye on the country, following some great instagram-accounts, fb-groups of Pakistani motorbikers etc.

    I do understand that you could've come back with a husband; I close to fell in love with a stunning older woman.

    The one thing I did find hard, anywhere South and West from Islamabad, was the absence of women. It kept feeling odd and slightly uncomfortable, but then again, people (men that is) were so extremely friendly.

    And the beauty of the country, even in Baluchistan, and of course in the North, is breathtaking. What is your preferred place?

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