June 15th - Day 13
to Antalya (Turkey)
Typical Turkish road-side cafes where they will pull the trout out of their pool and cook it for you in ten minutes while you sit sipping a cool drink under the grapevine awning. Where else would you rather be ?
Into our hotel overlooking the Mediterranean with super sea views for dinner on the terrace.
The bad news is that you have to leave in the morning.
ENGLAND 1 – NEW ZEALAND 1
Bellm came out fighting today making up for his earlier misfortunes
and his slide down the leader board. He beat Joe McAndrew on the second
stage of the day by a clear 30 seconds. Joe won the first stage to make
it a draw for the day – England 1 – New Zealand 1.
Steve Blunt had another fruitful day with two fourth places on the stages in his Peugeot 306. “It’s meant to be a front wheel drive but it feels as if it’s got rear wheel steering. I think we need to check the back suspension before dinner,” he said looking wistfully at the clear blue swimming pool at the HQ hotel. top
Day's total 573 kms
June 16th - Day 14
to Adana (Turkey)
The last 140 kms is a fast blast on the motorway into our overnight stop.
CALLINAN STORMS THE DAY - BELLM OUT WITH A “BUCKET OF BOLTS
and Mary-Ann Callinan in their magnificent bellowing Australian V8 Monaro
charged through today’s two tarmac stages to post two stunning stage
wins. Keith, beaming with a wall-to-wall smile, said, “It was beaut
day, we finally got the Monaro going properly after a list of troubles
and they were my sort stages. The best rallying day I’ve ever had –
great stages and some of the best roads and scenery.”
Day's total 590 kms
June 17th - Day 15
(Tukey) to Damascus (Syria)
A tarmac stage in the mountains before we drop down to the Syrian border. Our Syrian friends will lay on a formal welcome at the tiny frontier. Welcome to Arabia - it's different, not just the signs all in fretwork Arabic writing but the whole life style is just very relaxed and very polite.
Then a run to Damascus which is the worlds' oldest permanently inhabited city and a chance to take an evening tour of the city and it's souks and mosques.
Our hotel is 20 minutes out of Damascus because there's no way you'd want to try driving in the centre amongst the million yellow cabs each one which is piloted by a Syrian who goes like Schumacher on steroids.
CALLINAN – GETS SERIOUS IN SYRIA
the second successive day Keith and Mary-Ann Callinan blitzed the opposition
with a stunning time over the 22 km tarmac stage – the last in Turkey
- to record their third stage victory.
Total 666 Kms
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