SMC Members Spreading Their Wings!

As some of you may known SMC member Jonathan lodge is teaming up with Jim Valentine to compete on the epic Peking to Paris challenge later this year. Jim is the driving force behind the ‘Saab Historic Rally Team’, many club members will have seen him competing locally on the Roger Albert Clark Rally in his 2 Stroke Saab 96. In a complete contrast to the 2 stroke they have chosen to take on the challenge of the Peking to Paris event in a 1968 V8 AMC AMX. After a great deal of time and effort the AMX looks ready to go. The AMX comprises of mainly JEEP parts and the roar of the mighty V8 engine has earned it the nickname ‘The Beast’.

As the Peking to Paris event crosses areas of extreme terrain such as Mongolia and Russia, Jim and Jonathan felt and extreme shakedown was necessary. As is it vital to identify and rectify any potential issues with the car, also giving them an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the route presentation and use of the GPS. After some thought and research they have opted follow the route of the 2015 Sahara Challenge (Madrid to Marrakech).

Starting in Madrid they plan to make their way to Marrakech passing through, Toledo, Cordoba via the Montes de Toledo, taking a ferry across  the Straits of Gibraltar to Tangier, to then head inland to Fez. From there,  to the, ‘ Alpine like’ Ifrane, then on to Erfoud (The Door to the Desert). Heading on to the mighty dunes of Erg Chebbi.

Onward to, Ouarzate, in the Middle Atlas Mountains via, Todra Gorge. And then just another 400km to arrive in Marrakech.

Fingers crossed that all goes well with the crew and the car. Am sure Jonathan will tell us all about it on his return.

Good Luck Guys, enjoy the average temperature of 24° whilst we either shiver or develop webbed feet in Cumbria

Jim has a website, and hopes to update it regularly.

Caroline Lodge