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Friday, February 10, 2006

Photos!

We are still working on the diary write-up. But until that arrives, feast your eyes on a selection of photos from the trip on Flickr:

Plymouth Banjul Challenge 2006 photos with Team Fremen

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Back in UK

We have arrived back in the UK, what a journey :) The Alfa is due to be auctioned at Banjul Stadium on Saturday 28th Jan. We will put up pictures and a summary of the trip over the coming weeks, after we have finished extracting sand from our ears and I have woken up from my Malarone-induced stupor. Cook Pass!

Sunday, January 01, 2006

overslept and missed the ferry

...so we will be leaving tomorrow for morocco instead! Good new years was had by all. We have had a cool day fixing cars and hanging around chatting and drinking. Got donated some leaky petrol cans and one promptly leaked all over the back seat :( everything stinks of diesel now. Off to camp in Tarifa tonight. A few casulaties from last nights drinking session but everyone is in high spirits.

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Got to Scrotogrande

We are in Scroteville. First day on the road involved 25 hours straight of driving. We couldn`t stand the thought of camping and then waking up only to realise we were still in the land of onions (france). Hopefully leave for africa ca ca ca tomorrow. The rest of the group are excellent and we are all having a great time (even though pete has a fuscing great hemaroid!). Car holding up well so far, the hovercoils haven`t let us down even though we have been off the grid for a few chunks over the pyranees. Spanish drivers are mental. We saw a bus scrape the central reservation barriers for stability while hacking it round a corner in the pyranees last night, the sparks flew! Hope everyone back home is well, and remember, dont drive off the grid too long. Will update from africa ca ca ca when we encounter a weakly protected wireless access point.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Electricity and Logos

The Totalrock.com logos have arrived (many thanks to Mark @ SurreySigns for sorting that out) and after an hour and a heat gun - are stuck down tight. All bits likely to fall off (lights etc) were zip tied onto the car. Chris, lacking confidence in my welds, also decides to zip tie the roof rack to the roof. A 600W mains inverter was also installed to power the laptop and various camera chargers etc - the only problem being the amount of interference heard when connecting laptop to car stereo and mains simultaneously. Maybe it has something to do with the dodgy way that the stereo has been wired up? - who knows. After more dodgy wiring of the line-out jack of the laptop to the mains inverter chassis, it sounds great :>

Friday, December 16, 2005

The Cursed Roof Rack

It was undecided weather or not a roof rack would be a good idea or not so we decided to make one anyway. Roofbars alone from a local shop were quoted at £80 so we went to a local metal recycling yard and picked up some material to make our creation from. We started out building roof bars alone out of 50mm diameter steel pipe, cut and welded into conveniently sized shapes to fit the roof of The Edgewater. Some fine tuning was needed to ensure a snug fit onto the roof. After demonstrating to Chris how to reduce the risks associated with the drinking of tea, the welding of the bars continues in the hope that the roof rack won't dissintegrate in the rougher parts of the desert. The next step was to paint the bars as the steel that we had used was bound to start rusting quickly. Unfortunately the choice of paint was extremely thick and hard to apply. And here we see the finished (almost) roof bars:

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Sponsorship

As you can see from the car pictures, we have loads of space left for sponsor logos. So if your company or organisation would like some great publicity in exchange for a small donation then get in contact with us at teamfremen@gmail.com. We are already on The Register and in the local newspaper!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Graphics and Logos

Finally we managed to get 'The Edgewater' looking something like the way it should. Taxi checkers down the sides and PBC team logos plastered all over. Now all we need is a taxi light box for the roof...

When the possibility of appearing in the 'Suffolk Free Press' newspaper arose, we wasted no time in dressing up like twats and taking photos to send in. Publish date TBC.


How about...

... a great design for a budget roof rack. Think we'll be copying that.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Brakes

Brakes on "The Edgewater" were grinding metal against metal when we test drove it so some cheap new pads were obtained to sort this out.

As you can see, there was pretty much nothing left of the friction material on the pad.

Unfortunately changing the front pads on a 33 is not as simple as some other cars and the calipers had to be removed and disassembled / bled etc etc. Unfortunately we had drunk a few too many beers by the time it came to bleeding the brakes and a test drive revealed the brakes to be as effective as a fart.

..Bleeding resumed in the morning.

Later in the day Chris gives himself a once over and ensures all nuts are tightly fastened.