With Peking to Paris 2019 successfully completed, our Bodacious Racing team drivers have done their laundry, stowed their rally gear, and are waiting for the Ford and the Chevy to arrive back in the US for a total unpack and cleaning. Being back in their work-a-day worlds has taken a lot of their attention, but some of it has begun to drift towards the next rally event: The New Zealand Classic, February 15th - March 8th, 2020.
Besides bringing Chris back to the land of his birth, the New Zealand rally will include a route that tours the North and South Islands of New Zealand. The rally will offer both scenic and historic interest, as well as challenging driving through mountains, past geysers and volcanos, and across beaches. And for our team, used to driving on the right, the driving on the left rules of this country will be its own challenge!
To handle these challenges, the team purchased two Ford Escorts, made in 1971 and 1972, both right-hand drive cars, and they are being prepped by RPS in the UK. Chris, Tim and Jim went to England late last year to drive and assess the new cars and advise RPS on what was needed. New engines in each car have been ordered, and will soon be installed. The blue car, which will be driven by Jeff and Chris, is a former factory race car. Tim and Jim will drive the white car, which completed the 2016 P2P rally when owned by rally friends Steven and Nigel. The Bodacious Racing team plans to head to the UK in October to test-drive the fully-prepped cars, before the Escorts are shipped to Auckland, New Zealand in November.