Thursday, May 3, 2007

Mercedes Benz Club, San Jose 26th April

Mercedes Club, San Jose
Originally uploaded by Greaseball 2007.
Dear Grease Car Rally Friends.
In the name of the Mercedes Benz Club of Costa Rica and mine, I want to congratulate you for embarking in such a challenging and demanding event. We are excite that we had the chance to meet such a wonderful group of people and we had a great time learning about you guys and your adventures.
Definitely your rally prove a lot of things and in Costa Rica in particular I has created a lot of buzz in the media and a lot of interested in the cars themselves. There are going to be in display at the Antique Car Club meeting this Wednesday. So far in the last week there has been at least 100 people that have come to see that car in storage and to learn about them. Also this week we are going to have one of the major newspaper is interested in doing an article on both vehicles
The MB Club Costa Rica is very excited and wants to "adopt" both cars and will do the best effort in taking care of them. This Saturday we are going to do a major revision of both vehicles and fix any problems that they may have.

Best Regards
Amedeo Gaggion, President
Mercedes Benz Club Costa Rica

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Goodbye Team Zero

Originally uploaded by kaffekrus.
After arriving really late at the hotel (Tuesday night) and finishing final interviews, Ane & Bjornar managed to have a few cocktails with the rest of the greasers, before heading off to bed.

Ane & Bjornar needed to be up at dawn to get their taxi to the airport.

It was really sad having to say goodbye - we'd finally reached the end of our journey.

Ane - Hope you had a wonderful birthday party on the Saturday :-)


Saying goodbye

Emily washing our car
Originally uploaded by Greaseball 2007.
The hardest part of the trip...Emily and Nicky having to say goodbye to Old Yeller.

We made it...

Enjoying the hot tub
Originally uploaded by Greaseball 2007.
...although in true Greaseball style, the van broke down just outside San Jose and had to be towed away. Thank goodness for Byran (who met us and took us to our secure location) while Paul made sure the bar stayed open. (thanks guys).

The Greasers finally rolled into the hotel at midnight and made the most of the hot tub.

Baldi hot springs, Costa Rica

Going for the overtake

Going for the overtake
Originally uploaded by Greaseball 2007.
After a night in Canas, the Greasers got up early (probably the earliest yet) and headed for the hot springs.

We ended up at Baldi Hot Springs which was just what we needed. With the volcano as a back drop, It didn't take us long to settle into pools and sip cocktails around the bar. After a rather leisurely lunch, (that we eneded up giving the dogs), we all got into the cars and headed towards San Jose...this would be our last drive out on the open roads.

Border Crossing and Anders new toy

Anders and his new toy
Originally uploaded by Greaseball 2007.
After spending the night at a eco-lodge (and being welcomed by Chris and Tina), the Greasers set off early in the morning to make the border crossing into Costa Rica.

Nearly 5 hours later (and a lot of hanging around), we finally got through and were on the road. Suzanne and Bing had left earlier then us, and had gone through a couple of hours ago. Bing needed to be in San Jose tonight so that he could get his flight home the next morning.

One good thing about the delay, was that Anders had plenty of time to mount the camera to the front of the white mercedes. (his new toy). He'd been waiting weeks to do this! The drive from the border heading towards Canas was definately lots of fun. Ben & Andy took it in turns in driving while Anders shouted what manoeuvres needed to be done over the walkie talkie.