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Zapp family next stop Dublin

  • 11-09-2017 9:07pm
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    Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators Posts: 2,941 Mod ✭✭✭✭ macplaxton


    If you see a 1928 Graham-Paige 612 out on the roads this week, it'll probably be this one :D :

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-41228743

    It's always nice to see a car that is used and not an ornament.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 51 ✭✭ irshmerc


    Great car and what an adventure, he has some balls alright


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,020 ✭✭✭✭ Water John


    A braver woman, if you want the sexist debate. Great to see. An alternative to the boat trip.


  • Registered Users Posts: 51 ✭✭ irshmerc


    Yep...your right John, to be dragging kids around in this day and age takes something alright. Be nice to know how this trip is being funded.


  • Registered Users Posts: 623 ✭✭✭ galvo_clare


    Met the whole family in Clonlara (Clare), where they stayed overnight.
    We brought along one of the few Graham-Paiges in Ireland. As far as we know, the only other one is in Athlone.
    Our G-P is a 1929 model, owned by an Ennis man. Originally ordered by the Irish state for a government minister, it's probably the only right hand drive example ever built.

    They were lovely people so if you get the chance, say hello. They'll be in the country for another few days I think before heading for Wales on their way to Europe.


  • Registered Users Posts: 623 ✭✭✭ galvo_clare


    Met the whole family in Clonlara (Clare), where they stayed overnight.
    We brought along one of the few Graham-Paiges in Ireland. As far as we know, the only other one is in Athlone.
    Our G-P is a 1929 model, owned by an Ennis man. Originally ordered by the Irish state for a government minister, it's probably the only right hand drive example ever built.

    They were lovely people so if you get the chance, say hello. They'll be in the country for another few days I think before heading for Wales on their way to Europe.

    Just to complete the story, Herman Zapp's G-P had a dodgy diff when it arrived in Ireland.
    The 1929 G-P that was brought along has been fitted with a Transit back axle to improve braking.
    The original axle and diff was sitting in a shed back in Ennis but by now it should be under Herman's car as he completes the family's round the world trip.

    The plan is to ship the car back to the American continent on a traditional wooden boat. They think they have the boat sourced but they have to wait for favourable winds before they set off early next year.
    Once they land in North America they'll complete the journey by driving south back home to Argentina.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,900 ✭✭✭ Bigus


    irshmerc wrote: »
    Yep...your right John, to be dragging kids around in this day and age takes something alright. Be nice to know how this trip is being funded.

    There's a video on YouTube , explaining the funding.
    Basically they ran out of money after 6 months and started fundraising along the way , by first selling art and then a little booklet, then a bigger book , and they didn't mention it but they seem to be shhot on social media now and also with the traditional print media , so probably pulling in a nice few bob from publicity and sponsors.

    Edit to add video referred to:



    (Turn on subtitles)


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