Staples2Naples 2005: Preparations, part two

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WELL, the deal is done and there is no turning back. The Allegro is paid for, and will be travelling to austin-rover.co.uk Towers in the next few days. I have to say that after seeing the car up close again, I’m becoming more confident that we’ll make it to Naples (and probably back again) in the Longbridge heap.

Everything about the car seems remakably solid to me – the engine also burst into life without any persuasion and purred away as only an E-Series with 36,000 miles on the clock can do. There’s an AM-only radio in it, so I guess the only music we’ll be listening to in it on the way down to Naples will be Seventies grade pop – perfect for our beige beauty.

I’m hoping to think up a scheme for the car – but looking at it, this may not be ultimately necessary, as the car’s unrelenting naffness will be a theme all of its own. Perhaps Alexander, our third driver and me will have to dress the part (cloth caps and tweed jackets with patches on the elbows) during the event.

If you have any suggestions, please drop me a line. The same goes for offers of free servicing, or any other acts of generosity.

But here’s the strangest thing – I’m really getting excited at the prospect of driving this car to Naples, and am really looking forward to twirling its quartic wheel through Stelvio Pass’ 48 lacets.

Keith Adams

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