Nicky Bailey, who has posted on this forum, is in Mongolia and is currently in 28th place overall, and 12th position in his class. See:
He's using a 1913 T which has a "1909 Ocean to Ocean racer" style body.
I met Nicky in Perth on my Melbourne to Moscow trip. Nice guy. He helped me out with some small repairs.
You guys down under must have still something in your blood that we here in the industrialized nations (pun intended) have lost. Men like you don't exist here anymore. In the US most people say a Model T "can't be driven anywhere." What irony!
They have another car down as a T on the roster but it's actually a '28 model A phaeton.
Nicky and the T have hit problems but is fighting on:
The oldest car in the event, the 1913 Model T Ford, had one disaster after another yet still the crew keep turning up for dinner. Says driver Nicky Bailey: “We have broken the back axle, and an oil leak is making the fan-belt slip, so we have no cooling and no battery-charge…. yep, push-starts in the sand. Climbing the Mountain of Doom was done slowly as we had to top up the radiator several times, but, we fully took in the amazing scenery. All but two leaves broke on the front spring.” Model T Fords have just one front spring. Simon Ayris donated some tyre levers, these were welded together and formed a spring. A wooden block replaced a leaf, and the car has a broken leaf on the back suspension, “but considering the steering is held together by a lump of chain, all is well.”
Constantine, thanks for posting, great story, please keep us up to date. What a tribute to the Model Ts, "they take a licking and keep on ticking." Send Nicky our best wishes for continued success. Is there a link to this event?
Happy motoring, Warren
Thanks so much for posting about Nick and his 1913. What an opportunity of a lifetime! Please pass on our best of luck to Nick. And please let us know any updates you receive. Thanks!
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Sounds like Constantine is easier on his car than other people are.
Nicky is still in the game and is in 27th position overall and in 11th in his class.
The T has taken a pounding but the great thing about Ts is they are simple in design which means easy to repair plus Nicky is no quitter.
Some very sad news though:
"A British woman has been killed in a car crash in Siberia while taking part in the Peking to Paris Rally for vintage cars, officials have said. Mother-of-two Emma Wilkinson, 46, was killed when her 1970 Chevrolet C10 collided head on with a Volkswagen Polo near the city of Tyumen on Wednesday. A man and a baby in the other vehicle were also killed. The BBC's Daniel Sandford said the stretch of road involved was notorious for car accidents and is described locally as "the road of death".
I have my friend running a Mercedes in the rally... Does Nick have a blog or website? I would love to see what he has done to prepare the T for this adventure...
Here is a short 10 sec video of his T driving by (slowly)
I don't know if Nicky has a blog...I doubt it; I'm sure he has his hands full surviving the journey and keeping the T in one piece.
here's a pic of the T:
JUNE 25TH, 2013...Bratislava to Schladming
"Car 3, the Model T-Ford, continues to chug on and on, and even climbed up the steep hill climb in time to claim two free bowls of soup… but then decided on some repairs before the descent. Then disaster struck. Somehow the car-key was dropped into the gearbox. Nicky Bailey needed help for this one, and the sweep mechanics found themselves with a most unusual challenge on their hands. This is a script you simply couldn’t make up."
When I read about the key in the gearbox, I could see a video in my mind as they have the inspection plate off the hog's head, adjusting the bands, when you hear this metalic ring... and remember you left the key in the coil box... and know just where it went... without even looking at the coil box to confirm what you fear to be true. Been there, done that! After loosing sleep and invisioning pulling the engine on my '15, I pulled the drain plug and drained the oil. My hands being rather large, only my little finger could fit in the hole, but, yes! I could feel the key and it only bent a little as it was pulled through the hole.
He made it. And finished ahead of a number of Model As and a few Bentleys. Well done Nicky.
Wow, he beat a lot of much more modern vehicles. All with coils and magneto. Well done indeed!