Le Mans or Bust

We fixed up an old black cab and drove it to Le Mans.

We got there but it finally died once it had got us back to the UK...

Speed Chills

The paperwork…

April 25th, 2006 by Tom

Well, that’s the last of it, we’ve paid for the Le Mans tickets, the grandstand seats, the camping pitches and the ferry, so now all we have to do is sort out the small matter of getting there…in a cab.

While on the subject of admin though, I’d like to say a big thank you to Justin in the sales team of Ferry Crossings-UK and his colleagues in the customer service team for getting everything sorted despite a slight hiccup with payment.

Thanks to all.

Posting on the move

April 24th, 2006 by Chris

A short message to test whether i can add posts via my mobile phone.

Excellent idea!

April 24th, 2006 by Orde

“This is a barmy idea btw and very fitting for you lot I think.”

Thanks to Mark of ChilledHeat we have a sponsor!


Satnav works.

April 24th, 2006 by Chris

Those nice people at Maplin sold me a cigarette lighter adapter for the laptop, and the Satnav works like a dream, so thats my first task completed.

Looking forward to seeing the taxi for the first time on Saturday, when hopefully I can pick up the challenge of the stereo/headlights/taxi sign.

I’ve got a little list…

April 24th, 2006 by Tom

…they’ll most of them be missed probably, but I couldn’t resist the chance to quote G&S.

There’ll be tinkering next weekend, and so far I have the following to look at with the help of Matt, Chris, Phil , Ian, hell…whoever’s about.

1) Get my DYK started (did you see what I did there) by ensuring a fully charged battery, a primed fuel filter, and double checking that the glow plugs (at £40 a set) are not causing any starting difficulties.

2) The headlight. Hopefully just a matter of a bad earth, and after cleaning off some verdigris, all will be well.

3) The wiper. This is a dashboard out job, and apparently, if it’s anything like a Series 2 Landrover from which the mechanism is half-inched, a complete swine of a job.

4) The rust-proofing work (Matt, you’re doing a sterling job, keep it up!)
5) The stereo (but I’ll leave that to Chris I think)

6) The TAXI light

7) The sponsorship (although that’s really one for the week and not of paramount importance. We’re doing it anyway for fun, but if anyone wants to give us money/parts/stuff in exchange for 2000 miles of mobile advertising to some of the most enthusiastic car owners in Europe, then do let us know)

.I've see tidier balls of spagetti

Blimey, I’ve seen more well ordered bowls of pasta, and, I’m not sure if I should be worried or not by the presence of a fire extinguisher…

Yellowgrey ? But the taxi is black ?!?

April 21st, 2006 by Chris

Two people have already mentioned this to me, it seems to be a point of confusion.

Yellowgrey is just the name of the host website, nothing to do with the taxi itself which is certainly black (with patches of rusty brown)

New Dyk 6

Obstacles are only there to be destroyed

April 20th, 2006 by Chris

The “ghetto satnav” system is now fully jury rigged and operational.

Technical problems and solutions for geeks and spods :-

Fooling Autoroute into thinking it’s installing from a CDROM when you don’t have a CDROM - MagicISO and DaemonTools.

Fooling Autoroute into using a signal from a Fortuna GPSmart which uses a fixed non-standard baud rate - Franson GPSGate.

Although in the end I ditched the Fortuna which is horribly unreliable and keeps turning itself off in favour of my Garmin Geko 201 which has a cigarette lighter power lead of its own too..

And there I am, at my house ! The next challenge is to take it out and let it direct me as a test.

Ghetto Satnav

…along for the ride…

April 19th, 2006 by matt

Hello, my name is Matt, and I’m just along for the ride. When I first heard about the idea of going to Le Man in a Jag or a Taxi, I was praying for the Jag.

But now the Taxi has arrived and I see it everyday, I look to the Heavens and cry “WHY!?!”

All I can do now is pitch in and see what fun is in store for us…

The Fifth Member of the Crazy Party

Post from the Wheelman.

April 19th, 2006 by Tom

Greetings, my name is Tom, and I like driving. I’m going to be doing most of the driving on this outing (at least I hope so), which is going to involve piloting DYK through France (once I get it running again).

I was originally going to replace my dull yet functional Audi 80 with something more interesting to pilot us to Le Mans, and I made the mistake of asking these fine Gents what I should get. Chris responded that I should buy a 6l V12 Jag, and I agreed as long as we’d all split the cost. I’m not quite sure how that metamorphosed into a London Cab, but it has more character, and may even get us there (and I can run it on chip fat).

This was what I used to drive btw:

Me and something slightly faster.

I claim some responsibilty.

April 19th, 2006 by Chris

Hi, I’m Chris and it was me who first mentioned the idea of a taxi, I would like to claim it was all some sort of beautiful moment of epiphany with a choir of angels but the real reasons were born out of me not wanting to drive my Renault Clio all the way to Le Mans

The conditions of the scheme were a maximum £500 total cost for 4 people and something “with style”, so I hit fleaBay as soon as I could and taxis popped up relatively early in the proceedings. Rejected ideas included a hearse as that seemed to be tempting fate just a little too much.

The main reason I got involved in this project was so I could legitimately buy a bowler hat.

Hat Hat Hat

J885 DYK