Taking Stock – Around the world in 30 days.

The gruelling 16,800km London to Sydney car rally is billed as one of the toughest motorsport events ever staged and is not one for the faint-hearted, or the easily bored. As it nears the 32nd and final day of the event it is without Grant Thornton’s Preston Ayers. The rally left Tower Bridge on June 24, with our man from Thorntons behind the wheel of a Ford Escort Mexico. But 11 days in, his dreams were shattered when engine failure forced him out. TS has learned teams have resorted to unusual tactics and ways of relieving the boredom of long drives by ‘mooning’ at rivals – at more than 100mph. TS can only imagine what strategy Ayers might have used had he remained in the running – 30 hot sweaty days entertaining rivals with the intricacies of tax issues could have done the trick. At the moment ‘flying Finn’ Hannu Mikkola is leading the rally in a Ford Escort similar to Grant’s.

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