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Preparations: The Car
Before
Well, this is "Leo", named after its previous owner, who brought the car back from Italy in 1998. He's a lovely piece of Italian engineering. Flimsy, with dodgy electrics, but a cracking little Fiat engine.
Team Flapjack's Lancia Y10 LX, before being modified for the Plymouth-Banjul Challenge 2007
Front Bumper
We're driving through the Sahara desert, which I'm told gets quite hot duing the day, and a bit chilly at night. So we thought it a good idea to attach the front bumper with a large drill, so aid cooling in the desert. We fabricated a nice alloy panel to cover the holes whilst in cooler Northern Europe.
Holes cut into the bumper of Team Flapjack's Lancia Y10, to assist with cooling in the desert, whilst on the Plymouth-Banjul Challenge 2007
Paint

Now, given that the desert is reputed to be on the warm side, we figured that our choice of a black car could be a problem. Not put off, we popped down to B&Q to buy a tin of Dulux Weathershield high-gloss white paint. It went on a treat, and it's mould resistant, according to the label.

Don, hard at work painting Leo, the Lancia Y10 we're taking on the Plymouth-Banjul Challenge 2007
    Don, hard at work painting Leo, the Lancia Y10 we're taking on the Plymouth-Banjul Challenge 2007
Windows

We've also aquired some mirror-film to apply to the windows and sunroof, limo-style, which should help reflect some of the heat in the desert.

The Lancia Y10 we're taking on the Plymouth-Banjul Challenge 2007, showing off its mirrored rear window!
Sun Strip

We had some mirror-film left over from doing the rear windows of the car, so we used the last of it to produce a very effective sun strip.

The back windows of the Lancia Y10 we're taking on the Plymouth-Banjul Challenge 2007 now read HOWARTH FLOWERDAY, rally-car style!
Living the Dream

This is a once in a lifetime trip, so we decided to live the Rally-Car dream a little, and had some stickers made with our names on. :)

The Lancia Y10 we're taking on the Plymouth-Banjul Challenge 2007
Martini Stripes

Seeing as Leo is a Lancia, we thought we'd best make him look like a proper Rally-Car. So, we enlisted Charmian to create a Martini-style paint job. The masking tape is still on the car in this photo, and there is still two different shades of blue to go on.

The Lancia Y10 we're taking on the Plymouth-Banjul Challenge 2007
    The Lancia Y10 we're taking on the Plymouth-Banjul Challenge 2007
    The Lancia Y10 we're taking on the Plymouth-Banjul Challenge 2007
    The Lancia Y10 we're taking on the Plymouth-Banjul Challenge 2007
    The Lancia Y10 we're taking on the Plymouth-Banjul Challenge 2007
Teenage Cancer Trust

The first of many Teenage Cancer Trust stickers to adorn our car.

The Lancia Y10 we're taking on the Plymouth-Banjul Challenge 2007
    The Lancia Y10 we're taking on the Plymouth-Banjul Challenge 2007
Car Stereo

Given that we're driving nearly 4000 miles in this car, we thought we'd best fit a stereo. This one's fully featured, and nice and loud! Picture shows the stereo on the left, and the spaceship-style dashboard all lit up.

The Lancia Y10 we're taking on the Plymouth-Banjul Challenge 2007
    The Lancia Y10 we're taking on the Plymouth-Banjul Challenge 2007
12 Volt Sockets

We figured that we will need three cigar lighter sockets in the car for the SatNav, IPod and our mobile phones. So, we butchered the coin holder, to fit a rather tasty 12 volt socket next to the driver.

The Lancia Y10 we're taking on the Plymouth-Banjul Challenge 2007
    The Lancia Y10 we're taking on the Plymouth-Banjul Challenge 2007
Spot Lights

Since the Lancia's lights are akin to a pair of candles, we decided to fit some spot lights. So, whilst we had our wiring hats on, we added a pair of cheapo Halfords spot lights, that come on with the main beam with the use of a relay.

The Lancia Y10 we're taking on the Plymouth-Banjul Challenge 2007
    The Lancia Y10 we're taking on the Plymouth-Banjul Challenge 2007
Fog Lights

When we bought the car, only one fog light was present - the other had been bashed on something in the past and had disappeared. The one that was left didn't work, so we wired in some cheapo fog lamps from my local car shop, using the existing wiring.

The Lancia Y10 we're taking on the Plymouth-Banjul Challenge 2007
    The Lancia Y10 we're taking on the Plymouth-Banjul Challenge 2007
Wheels

Y10's aren't known for their off-road ability, and having driven this one, their on-road ability is not reassuring! So, we binned the puny 135/60 R13 wheels and tyres, in favour of some 175/75 R14s from a Fiat Bravo on the front, and some 185/75 R14's from a Fiat Marea on the rear.

The new wheels are quite a bit bigger and give us an extra few centimeters ground clearance which will be great in the Sahara desert. They also makes the car longer-legged which should improve things on the motorway across France and Spain.

The Lancia Y10 we're taking on the Plymouth-Banjul Challenge 2007
    The Lancia Y10 we're taking on the Plymouth-Banjul Challenge 2007
    The Lancia Y10 we're taking on the Plymouth-Banjul Challenge 2007
    The Lancia Y10 we're taking on the Plymouth-Banjul Challenge 2007

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Team Flapjack are doing the Plymouth-Banjul Challenge in an attempt to raise £3000 for The Teenage Cancer Trust.

Each day in the UK, 6 teenagers will find out they have cancer. Young people often get a raw deal, receiving hospital treatment in inappropriate facilities alongside children or elderly people. In many cases, cancer in teens is not picked up early enough as symptoms are dismissed as just being growing pains. Because teenagers are undergoing growth spurts, their cancers grow faster than other age groups and they can be at greater risk.


Team Flapjack is Carbon Neutral for this challenge
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