By the time you read this, I’ll be completing my final preparations for what is probably my maddest road trip yet. The plan is simple – to take my trusty Lada Riva 1200 to the beautiful Ukrainian city of Kiev…
Okay, that doesn’t sound so bad – but possibly the timing could have been better. The Ukrainian word for February is Lyuti, which means fierce, biting or cold – and had we been going last week, that would have been true. The temperature in downtown Kiev was a positively scary -24 degrees. This week’s weather has been a whole lot more mild, and it is forecast that it’ll be a positively civilised -3 degrees when we hit there sometime next week.
I say, when… there is an ‘if’ element here, as our car is an 18-year old Lada.
If events are true to form, something seismic will happen to Longbridge next week – these things do seem to happen when I’m out of the country, so if something does happen, I’ll probably be the last to know about it.
Austin-Rover.co.uk goes on in my absence, of course, so if you want to submit a blog or have something else to say, you’ll need to send it in to our BMC technical guru, Alexander Boucke…
See you in a week or so!
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
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