yah, I'm not sure how many cops here in America even know what an MOT is, let alone whether or not it is up to date... Especially considering I just got back from driving 150mi in the porsche with tags that expired in 2005 and not one of the four cops I passed cared.
I ran into this couple a few weeks ago near Lost Maples State Park where they were spending a few days getting a Bendix fixed, they are also coming to Overland Expo in April. I think they might be willing to sell the Michelin Man at that time. They've been on the road for something like 9 years if my memory serves me correctly...thru Africa, South America and many other places along the way.
Here's a pic of their rig and mine next to it...it's an impressive vehicle with tires at 1 meter 20 or approximately 47 inches tall - come to OJ Expo and see it in person!
I neglected to ask about that piece of equipment - had a nice tour of the inside of the truck while the dogs played around a bit, we tested the CB channels (which worked) and talked about interesting routes in Northern California (Bay Area and north) where I used to live...they wanted to explore that before coming to Prescott again.
Graham - she mentioned the nice time they had in Prescott visiting with you and Scott.