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PRINCIPALITY MOTOR SPORTS
Represented by Principality
of Hutt River Royal Rally Team members
In Car # 102 - 1964 EH Holden 3150cc
News of Car # 102 as reported
Official Site by Syd Stelvio
PHR takes the checkered flag
PHR Royal Rally Team takes first place and brings home the
gold medal at the finish of the Peking to Paris Endurance Rally on
crossing the finish line in Paris, taking the checkered flag for first
place in the
Fantastic news and well done Gerry & Matthew on a job WELL DONE!
Photo's taken at
the finish by Sir Andre Fages KGSRO
(Click thumbnails for larger view)
Subject: News as the
finish line nears
….Quote from team Manager John Bryson (OIOM) ……We are watching the Principality of Hutt River Royal Rally Team as the end of the Peking to Paris approaches and trust that Gerry Crown and Matthew Bryson can achieve their victory. We wait the end with trepidation knowing that anything can go wrong on a long distance rally, and often does. Should they achieve victory then this will be a magnificent achievement because there have been great difficulties in keeping the Hutt River Holden at the front. Holden's are scarce in the wilds of Kazakhstan or Iran and the team have had to carry out necessary repairs with what they could carry or modify. They have had tuning problems as altitudes changed and spare jets were snaffled in some primitive custom's house, they had to battle to get new tyres as the ferocious roads - and their winning performance - destroyed tyres, they had to repair a radiator damaged by another competitor, body damage when a car backed into their stationary Holden. Dramas included finding wheel nuts loosened on two occasions - nuts which were tight when they stopped for the night, Because the Holden is fitted with a diesel type fuel filter they were able to overcome the problem caused by someone adding ten litres of water to the petrol tank. It has not been an easy trip so we hope they can gain the victory they deserve
Istanbul… Crossing into
Smiles all Round, again…
A Leader Loses His Grip…
Subject: News from Mongolian/Russian border
….Quote from team Manager John Bryson (OIOM) ……”The car is carrying a fresh Principality of Hutt River sticker - at least it was when it left Australia! Also Gerry and I are quite proud to be associated with Prince Leonard's cause ….! God save Prince Leonard!
We are hoping they can keep it up.
Mongolian exit and Russian incompetence kept them at the border until 4pm yesterday, our time, and they then had to drive 711 k to their hotel over some twisty bitumen tracks. I think they have been brilliant as for three days Matt navigated and changed gear for Gerry as he had badly sprained his left wrist - apparently on some uneven ground at one of their many camp sites. Matt is really earning his placing as some Mongolian accidentally put a timber through their radiator in a little town so Matt had the radiator out and repaired in 38 minutes which I think a bit amazing and was good enough so they did not lose time.
……... Gerry Crown with Matt Bryson is a veteran of the first Peking Paris Retrospective of ’97, and Gerry is the only drive on the event to have tackled all three Peking Paris Challenges. He is listed on the entry list as a navigator. The reason for this perhaps needs some explanation. Aged 78, Gerry was considered too incapable, too incompetent, to qualify for a Chinese driving licence, so, he is listed as a navigator with Matt Bryson as driver. That gets round Chinese red-tape and since getting behind the wheel Gerry has clearly enjoyed proving to those in authority that they have got him wrong. He has been rallying since 1963, his first event being Australia’s prestigious BP Rally, driving an 850cc Mini, which ended in something of a disaster as he rolled it down a hillside. A minor diversion: Gerry was rescued by the legendary Gelignite Jack Murray, who towed the Mini for over a hundred miles through a forest, forgetting the Mini was there, and Gerry Crown reckons he is the first person to ever see 100 mph on the clock of a rallying 850cc Mini…certainly at the end of a tow-rope.
..........Long in the tooth he may be, but he seems to have the measure of the Peking Paris, although he fails to get the measure of this camping lark and reckons he is past playing Swallows and Amazons, so chooses to sleep in his car……….
That Time Forgot…
Where Eagles Dare…
the OK Coral…
Mongolia… Competition at Last!
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