from Wikipedia: The Bristol 403 is a luxury car which was produced between 1953 and 1955 by British manufacturer Bristol Aeroplane Co. (whose car division later became Bristol Cars). The 403 was the third of the eventual five series of Bristols powered by the BMW-derived pushrod straight-six engine. It replaced the Bristol 401 and 402 in 1953 and continued production for two years. …. READ MORE
Our 403 was bought in June 2012 from Dungog, country NSW, Australia. Paul was alerted to its existence by Geoff Dowdle, an authority of the Bristol Club in Australia, It had been sitting unused in a big old shed gathering dust amongst old 2nd hand shop stuff for 32 yrs. Sebastian started it in less than 5 minutes, a testament to the car and the mechanic!
We decided to completely strip the China Doll white paint off the 403, and have a sexy hot polished aluminium beauty.
To make the 403 comply with P2P regulations, yet remain true to its form, plus sturdy enough to survive road-less Mongolian deserts, Sebastian led the way completely disassembling the car till it was just a chassis, with the engine under rags somewhere, all other parts in boxes, screws, nuts, bolts, washers in various jars and tins spread around the workshop.
By December 2015, the car was finally reassembled having eventually found precious nuts and bolts, bells and whistles, which had been carefully saved in forgotten hidden holes.
PHOTOS OF ENGINE, BITS AND PIECES, SCREWS ETC.,
Silvia needed one final polish before going to Sydney, ready for shipping to China.
Unfortunately, there was a little detour with the wrong polish used which scratched swirls over her beautiful body.
Fortunately, with lots of elbow grease and the correct polish and wax Silvia emerged more beautiful than ever.
The boot and back seat were packed with well-labelled tubs, with every effort to keep out the Mongolian dust, sand and water.
She is a pleasure to drive. Nimble for a heavy-boned lass and she has yet to complain.
Tell you what though, EVERYONE is glad she’s finished; and just in time.
The below article was written for The Big Issue, that gem of a magazine sold on Australian streets by homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people (http://www.thebigissue.org.au)
It’s in Edition #507 – some might know the guy on the cover who’s a huge fan of Sebastian and Paul in their Silvia (AKA, prior to gender transformation, The Bulldog)
FROM PEKING TO PARIS
IN JUNE, A BRISTOL CAR WILL BEGIN THE PEKING TO PARIS MOTOR CHALLENGE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE RACE’S LONG HISTORY.
IT STARTED WITH a challenge – issued by way of a missive in the Paris newspaper, Le Matin, on 31 January 1907. “What needs to be proved today is that as long as a man has a car, he can do anything and go anywhere. Is there anyone who will undertake to travel this summer from Peking to Paris by automobile?”
DONATIONS NOW CLOSED
Current total 11 June 2016
from Option 1 + 2
Target smashed to smithereens
Looks like a typo or a maths mistake, eh? But no. These crazy boys going on this crazy rally, in a crazily beautiful car can now offer some help to Munkhchuluun and the Bright Light Organisation who help underprivileged and untrained women in Mongolia to learn skills for self-sufficiency.
Paul, Sebastian and Silvia THANK YOU from the bottom of their hearts and fuel tanks for your generosity. You’ve made it happen.
Dick Smith said that people who donate should own up to it …. he reckons this encourages philanthropy. However, if you prefer anonymity, we won’t tell Dick Smith.
Thank you to our wonderful friends, family, and people we’ve not yet met, but would like to.
Ron Yuen – big-hearted brother – love ya!
our own darling Iris
Adel Welty – from USA who loves Fiona’s music. Thank you
Mark Hickman, the only brother with whom Paul’s never fought.
Pedro Silvestre – the best. Thanks mate
Rod & Eva Macdonald – 1st of many donations. They’re tops
Philip Tinne – met Bas on NZ bike tour – what a bloke! Ta
Dilip & Smita – donated despite being pestered daily by Dorothy
Lynne & David Sung – best-ever friends
Marky – Michael – keeps us guessing. Much love darling
Malcolm Noble – car enthusiast from UK – our sincere thanks for your support
Jenny Misa – 1st of many donations from our fabulous girl
Claudine Bloom in Amy Amazon the Volvo – mates on the rally
Sharon Trueman whose energy is an inspiration to us all
Jamie & Bec Bawden – special friends over the ditch
William & Helen – our Irish family with much love and thanks
Neil & Dawn Dawson – forever in gratitude for your friendship
our darling Emily who’s leading the way on her adventures
Cunninghams – again!! I said not to, but the cows told them to.
More also from our uber cool Japanese James Bond
Fytogreen friends, Geoff Jane David etc. You guys rule
Carolyn Reay-Young – fellow literary “Parisian” – v sweet!
Andrew Schirnack – good bloke, our big thanks
MAINMARK – Phil & Meaw – offered to match 3:1 each $1 donated by a Mainmark employee – so thank you Mainmark Staff for making Phil spend his money – and thank you Phil & Meaw. We love you
from Chris & Ali Charman – our Pom Poms. Thank you
from Tom Bailey, our own Mr Happy. Ta
Scott Candy , our sugar daddy always delivers. Cheers.
from Japanese friends – Miki, Serita, Armia-san & Family, and the staff at Kinzan. So very very generous. Thank you so much.
from the marvellous Mike Beveridge – cheers mate!
Steve Rosten &Anna Summers – stalwarts of Bristol Owners Club – our sincere thanks.
the beautiful Jenny Misa just keeps giving more + more
Bronwyn&Justin Sheridan. Given us =a heifer.! Love yas!!
Daryl Upton in Canada. Wow! Visit us again!
Leigh&Leann Whitehair-smart&lovely neighbours.
John Snelgrove @Curwoods – true & trusted to the end
Eeh By Gum it’s the Austins -LOL mates Marko & Susie
Eamonn Daly – thank you and your beautiful wife
Miriam Kennedy – maker & shaker – love her. Thanks
Colin Matthews – thank you old friend. Must keep in touch.
Patti Boow – spins a great pot and a great yarn. Much love.
Aiman El-Chahrouk – many thanks to a really nice bloke
Chris &Val Davies from UAE & UK & URgreat. Big thanks.
Maggy May (AKA Aunty Margaret). Our positive inspiration.
John and Pennie Wilson. Kind, always thoughtful friends.
Andrew Masterson Kiwi lad who fills a doorway – thanks mate.
Pat Romeo – good mate with a winning twinkle in his eye
Paul Johnson – very kind and generous. Thank you.
Julieann & Rob Pearsall – our sincere love and thanks
Chris Tsolakis – she’s usually the donation collector. Thanks Chris!
nicest bloke, Joe Glanville, and his better half, Olivia
Anna & Tim Pope – generous hard-working & v pretty
Rosie & Robert- relos with whom to share our slide nights
lovely Gillian and Richard -always good for a laugh!
Elwin & Renate Bright Lights to Toshi and Dusty!
Sarah & Rick great friends who do great things.
lovely Amy who starred as Dorothy the Dinosaur
our cruising cousins Rhoda & Stuart – yeah!
Amanda Stavert – Ms Enthusiastic – thank you
ANOTHER donation from Yifan & Sir Rod
Andy Shearer – fellow British car enthusiast-thanks
more from Dai our very own Japanese James Bond
Jan Puci kindly donated sale of books to Bright Light
From our smiley Ruth Ward – so generous. Ta!
from BuChim who brighten our lives
Little Hartley Music – music that brightens the world
Ann Samild – dear friend
THANKyou BOCA South Australia (Bristol Club)
Nitu Gupta tells good yarns whilst pulling teeth
Balloon Inflation – Bruce – thank you
ur darling Michaela whom we all love to bits
Velencia, our amazing Wonderwoman. So v generous. Thank you
Janet Scott, Mothersgoup groupie. Big kiss
Cousin Ernie – taught me to type when 10 yo, Bless you
Claire Hartley – magical marketing ms – Brilliant. Ta
from lovely friends the Cunninghams;
from our Peter & Katy
rom our Emily, Iris Andrew, Jack, Mark Micky
from Deb and Martin, great mates who’ll wave boys off in China
from beautiful Chloe, with the big dimples
Esther and Paul – dear mates about to do Italian Camino walk
Owen & Anne – birthday buddies doing a Larapinta charity walk
Scotty P – the friend whom you’re so grateful your kids have.
from Frank Giannuzzi our trustworthy friend for many years
from our darling Annette Mather in Wales, UK
from the wonderfully intrepid Jane Dostine. Time for coffee?
from our shining knight, Angus
Lindsay & Caroline Smyrk – beautiful parents of darling Katy
Chris Sutton + Oliver Lee – Yeah! Good Guys from The Buro
Thanks Boys! Adam & Richard @Quest Accountants
from the lovely Kirsty LeRay
from the very special Gwenda Johnston
our very beautiful Brooke McKinnon, her James and baby Olivia
Brisbane Best Buddies Monica & Graeme Spender
Angela and Jack Weremy-happy funny good mates
from Victorian legends Jenni & James O’Grady
thank you Georgie Gioulis – our sparky The SPARTAN!!
Follow our physical journey from Beijing to Paris in Silvia (formerly the Bulldog), and our more charitable journey starring the Bright Light Organisation
A couple of Yorkshiremen went to Australia…
• Paul and Sebastian are both engineers.
• Both love the classic British marques: Bristols in particular.
• Both are keen and experienced drivers and Sebastian is a recognised restorer of Bristols.
• Both have had a dream to participate in the Peking to Paris Challenge!
Paul and Sebastian both share the same passion for the Bristol marque. There is something about a Bristol with all its idiosyncratic oddities that gets under your skin. The pleasure of driving these cars on Bristol runs is measured only by the width of the smile on one’s face. This will test our dedication to the full
Born in 1975, the eldest of four children in the Ganburged Family, Munkhchuluun is ten years older than Bukhu (our friend and ‘adopted’ son, Mongolian Throat Singer and Morin Khuur player). For more information on how Paul is connected to Bukhu CLICK HERE to go to BLOG – When life throws you a curve ball and for Bukhu’s music CLICK HERE to go to his website.
When Munkhchuluun was three years old and being minded by friends, she fell on the electric cooktop causing severe burns to 87% of her body, mainly her torso. Not withstanding the permanent physical scars, she was finally pain-free by the time she was 12. At University, she chose to study Physical Education because she knew that exercise had been crucial to her ‘recovery’. Munkhchuluun graduated with a degree in sports journalism, going on to marry a nice bloke.
At the age of 23, she got ‘blood cancer’ – probably leukemia. She had the usual chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hair loss, sick-as-a-dog cancer. The scarring from her childhood accident caused unforeseen complications, requiring surgical interventions. For the first 18 months, she could not get up because of the pain. The doctors told the family, “Sorry, but your daughter will not live”. However, amazingly, one day “she just got up!!”. The doctors were astounded, bewildered. The family unimaginably ecstatic. After three years, she was able to go home from hospital, though her condition is unpredictable, and even now Munkhchuluun needs to have six-monthly check-ups.
Five years ago, Munkhchuluun started the Bright Light Organisation. Initially, she had decided to help young children, remembering how difficult it was for her as a child to be so disabled and in constant pain. However, it became clear that without supporting the whole family, helping a child in isolation was not effective. It also became evident that female, single-parent households needed the most assistance, to help themselves and their children. Hence the birth of the Bright Light Organisation.
Currently Munkhchuluun lives in Ulanbaator, with her husband and son, working as an archivist in the Mayor’s Office. When not at paid work, she is the bright light for the Bright Light Organisation.
CLICK HERE for the BLOG – Charity Begins at Home…in the ger!
CLICK HERE for more details on the Bright Light Programme
OK, where’s the hanky.