Quite a few people have asked us how they can help raise money for Breakthrough. Obviously we'd love you to sign our sponsorship form, but we can't very easily pop round your house and thrust it under your nose.
Lovehoney was going to donate 15% of everything bought on Lovehoney by our blog visitors to Breakthrough, but they can't do that because it breaks a business / charity law.
So you'd like to give, send us your money! Or send Breakthrough your money direct! Hurrah!
We have a confession to make. Actually, that's not quite accurate -- I have a confession to make…
I. Haven't. Passed. My. Driving. Test.
Initially I kidded myself that this might not be a problem and that I'd magically be able to pass before we leave on 2 July, but it doesn't look like there's going to be time.
Obviously I will have to leave the driving to Parker (pictured on the right). She has lots of experience of driving in foreign countries, even if it did take her 3 attempts to pass her driving test…
At the risk of appearing totally cheesy, here's a shot of us trying to test how many vibrators we could fit in the boot. We're not sure what the ratio of condoms to toys to essentials (food, drink, clothes…) will be, but there's going to be thousands of condoms and (we reckon) a hundred or so 'toys' (ahem).
Click the image for a bigger pic… This picture is a bit of a dead giveaway that the boys didn't do a totally bang-up job on the paintwork -- they didn't even do the inside of the doors! I expect we'll have to provide our own furry dice…
If a job's worth doing, it's worth doing well… Now that we've overcome our initial regret at accepting this challenge in a drunken haze, we've decided to give it our all. It wouldn't be right to have a pretty pink Reliant Robin and have us slobbing round in our jeans, so we've persuaded Lovehoney to lend (well, give) us a couple of pink racer suits. Hot stuff!
We had started arguing about which of us was going to have to dress up as Parker, but we've decided that this extra-special FAB1 is going to have two Lady Penelopes at wheel (but not at the same time, of course). More pictures soon!
They said it couldn't be done… and they were wrong! This morning we were presented with the pinked-up Reliant Robin that will be our home-on-wheels for the first two weeks of July.
Jeremy Clarkson, are you reading!?!?! Oh, and not forgetting more info on our pretty-in-pink racer suits!
As if delivering safe sex and orgasms behind the Iron Curtain wasn't enough, we're also going to be raising money for the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity.
Obviously this is a cause dear to us girls' hearts, but the Supercar Shootout boys are fully behind it as well. We aim to raise a minimum of £1,000 for the charity through sponsorship and donations, but between us the total raised could be much, much more than that.
The Breakthrough Web site has loads of information about what the charity does. Girls, if you read just one page on it, make sure it's Understanding your breasts which explains how you can examine yourself to detect any unusual changes in your breasts.
Public service announcement over!
The Extreme Trifle chaps have finally decided on the route, but tell us that the exact directions and timing will depend on breakdowns, border controls and all sorts of other elements (hangovers, travel sickness, holiday romances…) that are beyond our control.
We're starting in Bath and are going to end up on the beaches of Jurmala in Latvia 14 days later.
Ooooh, ooh… A friend just told me that the 4Car Web site (never heard of it myself) has a load more pictures of the FAB1 from the new Thunderbirds movie.
The more I look at it, the more I doubt that we have a cat's chance in hell of turning a Robin Reliant into anything vaguely resembling this monster. Just about the only thing they have in common is that both cars have 2 seats! And they can both fly!
Yes, yes, I do. All along I've been going round saying we're going to Russia in a Robin Reliant, when actually they're called Reliant Robins. How was I supposed to know that? (She squealed in a rather indigant voice.)
Anyway, this Reliant Robin site has the full low-down on the history of the car. Not something I thought I'd ever be interested in, but there you go… Or there we go, hopefully.
Lady Penelope's FAB1 has got a make-over in the live-action Thunderbirds Movie. Apparently it's not a Rolls Royce this time, but it a giant six-wheeler built by Ford!
It was on the Top Gear TV programme last week -- the presenter bloke found it rather difficult to drive the 27-foot long car round and English village. But not as difficult as we're going to find driving our Robin Reliant round the Estonian villages. At least he could speak the language…