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    Gone Fishin' Ray Bell's Avatar
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    Anyone know this story?

    As told to me by Jim Reddiex... abbreviated considerably... add any detail you might wish to include.

    They did a recce of the course and covered this section, then headed south on the next stage to Kano in Nigeria.. not knowing their petrol had been milked at Tamanrasset.

    They ran out in the desert about 30kms from a uranium mine. Very early in the morning, Jim and his apprentice, who went for the ride, took a container of water each and set out to walk to the mine before it got hot.

    The lad wouldn't drink the water once it wasn't cold any more and dehydrated. Jim decided they should sit in the shade of a culvert to await the cool of evening.

    This was to delay them, of course, and when they walked into the uranium mine they were accused of being spies and told they couldn't have possibly
    driven there... they were taken to the police and tried to convince them that Tubman, who had a heart condition, shouldn't be left alone all night.

    They were told to wait till morning, despite protests about Tubman's welfare.

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    Meanwhile, expecting that his companions were dead, Tubby tracked the stars all night so he was prepared to walk out of there himself the next night.

    He was mighty relieved when a police van drove in a big circle around the car the next morning and his friends emerged from it.

    Ken Tubman is now dead, but should not be forgotten, especially among Peugeot people.

    He put Peugeot on the map in Australia with his win in one of the early Red-Ex Round Australia reliability trials.

    A brilliant long distance rally man, he was in everyday life a Pharmacist in the NSW town of Maitland. There is now a Ken Tubman Drive around the shopping centre of that town...

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    Jim told this story one night at a CCCQ meeting I attended probably a couple of years ago. The apprentice mentioned just happens to have been the unique Ian Steele (usual attire is shorts and thongs (sometimes). The thrust of the talk was the history of Citroen sales in Qld and it was a fascinating night.

    Jim is also booked to speak in Maleny so that also should be a great yarn.

    Ken W

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    You know, Ken wasn't always so successful...

    Back in the late forties he tried to race an MG K3... a pretty potent 6-cyl 1100cc device with a supercharger hanging out the front... often it finished up as in the background of this pic:

    <img src="http://members.atlasf1.com/raybell/pics/Dayspl.jpg" alt=" - " />

    There's a lot to look at in this pic... scrutinise it carefully.

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