Archive for January, 2013

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Bath time for little engines!

January 23, 2013

Bath time for little engines!

My Son Brendan giving the engine for the JoLon Imp a jolly good clean before popping it into the car.

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thanks to our sponsors

January 22, 2013

without good sponsorship this trip could not materalise and we are grateful for our sponsors that are already on board. here they are: Arnolds on Kloof, Pilot Software, Cassidy Meats, Plumberama, International Seafoods, Hotslots, Distell, Force Tools, and the many cash doners. many thanks to all who helped. 

we still have room on the vehicle for further exposure so if you would care to join our mannoth Rhino saving and blindness banishing journey please contact Terence on ttracey@polka.co.za no donation or sponsorship will be too small. 

also bear in mind that 15% of all monies contributed will be handed ove to the three community efforts we are supporting; Save the Rhino International, The Johannesburg Society for the Blind and the RNIB UK (Coventry office) 

here are the banking details for contributions. 

Banking details for the JoLon Imp 2013

 

Account name;                 the imp share trust        

Account number;             623 680 46 308

Account type;                    current account

Bank;                                     First National Bank

Branch name;                    Cresta

Branch code;                      25 49 05

Come on help to BANISH BLINDNESS and UN-DODO the RHINO!

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Caitlin Tracey with JoLon Imp

January 22, 2013

Caitlin Tracey with JoLon Imp

my lovely daughter Caitlin making my Hillman look pretty.

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Brand new Ford Fiesta seats to offer a certain amount of comfort to Geoff and myself for the loooong raod to London.

January 21, 2013

Brand new Ford Fiesta seats to offer a certain amount of comfort to Geoff and myself for the loooong raod to London.

these seats have a built in heater, arriving in Europe in April, will we need this luxury to be in working order?

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Geoff Biermann & Terence Tracey at the Modderfontein Piston Ring meeting

January 20, 2013

Geoff Biermann & Terence Tracey at the Modderfontein Piston Ring meeting

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The looooong silence SHATTERED!

January 18, 2013

JoLon Imp 2013 is within spitting distance of commencing its arduous 12, 000 kilometre rhino saving and blindness banishing journey.

Yep it’s official. On Sunday 17th of March 2013 Terence Tracey and his new travel partner Geoff Biermann will lead a convoy of various classic cars and bikes past Pretoria on their way to their first night destination, Francistown in Botswana. The convoy is an informal arrangement where supporters of this voyage JoLon Imp 2013 are invited to tag along for the first 50 or so kilos to give Terence and Geoff a jolly good send off.

 

The Imp is presently being wired for success by my friend and fellow historic racer Frank Copping of MOBILECTRIC. So in a few days i expect we will be able to fire up the engine and start giving the little Imp its first real road tests.

 

What still remains to be completed is the installation of the alu skid plates fore and aft to help us cope with the inevitable rough terrain of Africa, especially in Northern Kenya where the advice from Kenya is to attempt the road past Moyale into Ethiopia only if you have the very best off road 4×4 that money can buy! Well ours is not quite a 4×4 so may the Gods be good to us!

 

Geoff Biermann recently joined the expedition since my original co-pilot was not able to commit. Geoff will be a welcome travel companion having lived if a few African states throughout his life and is the owner of a car service & maintenance operation.

 

On Monday Jan 14th a fundraising dinner & auction was organised at Scrooge Diner to generate some necessary funding for the trip. A generous outpouring of gifts resulted in Terence being presented with a massive array of varied items to sell off during the evening. Items such as professional racing goggles kit, pit shirts of various teams from South Africa to Europe including a Schumacher signed shirt, massive bottles of wine, limited edition bottles of whisky and various other items from very supportive friends. Not least was a wonderful painting by the famous artist Gary Seitz who created a painting depicting the journey from Johannesburg to London by this tiny British car.

Apart from the fact that the funds generated on the even will be enough to cover our fuel bill form Johannesburg to London the event was a particularly special occasion and with the car in centre stage in the actual restaurant adorned with the auction items it set the scene for a great kick start to our final preparations. 

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January 18, 2013