I Would Drive 500 Miles…

The storms of the previous night did little to alleviate the heat, but we were all up early to meet in St Omer’s main town square. This was the first time that all the Two Ballers and their cars were in one place at the same time. Needless to say, little Eva got a lot of attention and admiration coupled with comments such as, “good on you”, and “are you mad?”.
After a photo shoot we all raced to our cars and the mad scramble to leave town began. Now all we had to do was get to Annecy in the Alps, a mere 500+ miles away...
We weren’t the first car to leave, but there were a lot behind us - to begin.  On we drove and Eva’s horn got plenty of use as one by one the other cars raced on by. In fact, we only over took one other rally car, the one the organisers had said was actually slower than us. As other vehicles popped into Reims, or filled up with fuel, they passed us again with one particular team, Cillit Bang, overtaking is a total of five times.
The day got hotter and hotter, Eva got hotter and hotter, and we saw a maximum on 38deg as she started her ascent into the Alps. The first big hill had a dedicated Mini lane, so we plodded on our way, having to drop to 3rd gear and managing only 40 mph. Following the winding country roads, past the Alpine cows with obligatory bells around their necks, we dropped into Annecy and Eva had a well deserved break.
During the evening and the night the heavens opened and a deluge was released along with skies lit up by lightning and roaring rolls of thunder. We welcomed the cooling elements but were a little concerned her indicators would fill up again with water, but no, this morning she was just sitting there gleaming with rain drops.
After her usual early morning checks, we are now our way now for a minor detour off route to Monaco where we will drive her around the F1 circuit. Has a Mini done this before? We’re not sure, but we do know Eva is the first ever classic Mini to do the European leg of Two Ball....

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