Wednesday, October 22, 2008

22nd October 2008 - Meet the Team

So let me introduce to you
The act you've known for all these years....

Top left: Cesar Marquez, engineer with Al Thika Packaging, who’ll be driving the VW service truck each day and assisting Maurice to keep our wheels rolling by working all hours. Claims to be looking forward to the experience (which means he has no idea what he’s let himself in for).

Bottom left: Maurecio (Maurice) De La Vega, mechanic with Carwise garage, who has been working on the race car for the past 9 months. Well, not the whole 9 months obviously – it just seems that way. That's probably why he looks so miserable.

Top right: Charles ‘Gip’ Kemp, who is taking time off from his day job supplying equipment to the oil industry. Comes from Idaho, lives in Sri Lanka, and works for a UAE/Oman based company. Gip has promised to wear clothes ‘most of the time’ to avoid frightening the local population, and will be driving his blue FJ Cruiser. Claims to know one end of a spanner from the other, and may be forced to prove it.

Bottom right: Ian Cooper, a director of Cracknell, the world’s largest landscape architects, will be the main contact point for the team. Ian plans to enhance the bivouac with some hard landscaping in natural stone, carefully selected low-maintenance planting and possibly a small water feature. (Since this photo was taken, Ian’s hairdresser has unfortunately exhausted all local supplies of Grecian 2000.)