Road to Saigon 2018

4 February - 2 March 2018


FEBRUARY 13, 2018

Kanchanaburi Rest Day


Kanchanaburi is a town on the backpacking trail out of Bangkok and is famous for the Death Railway which was built during WWII by thousands of Allied POWs over the River Khwae Yai on which the town sits. The film, The Bridge on the River Kwai, with Alec Guinness, gives a somewhat inaccurate representation of real events but is nonetheless, a ripping good yarn.

Nearby thousands of Allied soldiers who died whilst working on the railway are buried at the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery.

As we’ve got a rest day here, some crews went to visit these important landmarks and some also took a trip up to the museum and memorial at Hellfire Pass some 70 km further up the road.

Whatever they chose to do though there were cars to check on first and the classics leader set the example by appearing bright and early int he car park this morning Marco Halter to spanner check his big Falcon whilst Claudia brushed out the interior.

In what ever shade they could find, the rest of the crews pulled on their overalls and picked up their tools. Xena, Heather Worth’s well travelled Volvo, was lucky enough to receive a foreign visitor. Arve Larsen who’s from the Norska Amazon Klubb but is based in Thailand was seen checking the old girl over during the course of the morning and as you’d expect he pronounced a clean bill of health.

Rogier and Marjan Quekel’s Mercedes Benz had its windows thoroughly washed and polished because Rogier felt that, just as everyone else was busy, then he should be doing something as well. But, as the car is going very well he didn’t want to do too much.

Jens Jarzombek, currently sitting in second place in the blue Mustang was lending a hand with the white Porsche of Sherif Hwaidak and Sayed Zein El Din. There’s nothing wrong with the car we should add, it’s more that Jens likes to tinker with things. As far as his own car is concerned, this is also going well and he assures us that there’s no problem with the steering, but getting his driver, Amin Hwaidak, to keep it in a straight line is something he’s working on.

Russell Jordan’s steering column snapped today on the way out of a tyre repair place, but as luck would have it the same family owned a car repair facility and within a few hours something of a repair had been lashed up. His wife’s flying out with spares for a more permanent fix next week.

Erik Andersen and Peter Elkington’s Oldsmobile was also in bits and the crew were running around with pieces of manifold in their hands looking to get them welded. This Rally is a shake down event for them as they run up to the next Peking to Paris so every problem is pretty much an opportunity to get to know their car a little bit better.

The pool and the spa have been busy today and tonight the restaurants in town might be well advised to lay on extra staff.

Syd Stelvio



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