May 7: The rally starts tomorrow but we had our first crisis today. A little background. Most of the cars have been shipped from England from points in Europe. So this morning, all those crews went to the port to retrieve their cars and drive them back to the hotel.
The afternoon has been taken up by scrutineering. This is when the scrutineer checks to make sure the car meets the rally regulations. We thought we were in compliance, but it really was a good thing that we had to open the hood to get to some of the equipment that the scrutineer had to check. the hood was seriously jammed. See, that is also where the fuel fill is, under the front hood. And if this had not happened at the hotel, it would have happened at the first filling station and we would not have been able to put fuel in and would have certainly had a very bad score for the day by the time we got it opened.
This was all caused because we filled in Delaware which only have full service stations. Our very enthusiastic attendant who obviously had never filled a Type 1 Beetle and was so amazed that the fill was under the hood, slammed the hood repeatedly and knocked it out of alignment. You can guarantee this won’t happen again. Next time, if there is a next time, Ed will get out and supervise.
So, our scrutineer called over one of the mechanics and with much effort, elbow grease and a crow bar, he was able to get it up! No damage done and now everything is fine. Just a small blip today, but the rally hasn’t even started.
You can see the kind of company we are keeping these next weeks!
Tomorrow, on the road,