The countdown begins. Kurht and Derek have been accepted but now they must prep the 912 to endure the punishing terrain of the 9000 mile journey from Beijing to France. The first step? Returning the car to its original Irish Green.
Meet the Olivares Family, owners of Sand Rail Fabrication, and builders of some of the best off road machines and roll cages in the US. Derek takes on the job of rebuilding the carbs and shares why he became a mechanic.
No detail in the rebuild of the car is overlooked. K&H upholstery is commissioned to rebuild the seat to original specs and Richard is hired to rebuild the engine to increase performance and minimize failures.
“The first time we didn’t know what we couldn’t have known.” quips Chris, a veteran of the rally. He returns to Beijing with Derek and Kurht in June 2019 with a new strategy. The novice teams fly to England to meet the organizers.
With the car nearing completion and the Christmas holidays approaching the test run to Baja is looming ahead. Kurht, Derek and the rest of the boys finish prepping the car for a test run from Los Angeles to Todos Santos, on the tip of the Baja California.
If you could expect the unexpected life would be easy. After delays, the trip begins with Kurht and Derek entering Mexico and driving all the way to Conception Bay. Plus, a name is picked for the Porsche: Nichols