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Post by GavinR » Thu Jul 24, 2014 4:35 pm

Ross Traders Historic Rally - 19th July 2014

After the last event there wasn't much work required but I did change the loose U/J, reshimmed the steering rack, replaced the broken indicator switch (thanks to Phil) and tried a proper Reliant window winder in the passenger door (thanks to Geraint)

This year the Ross Traders had a good entry of 52 cars with George and myself seeded at car 12, and the Scimitar Coupe of Richard Prosser and Andy Gibson at Car 7. As is usual on this event, there were 6 regularities with some navigation given out an hour before the start and some along the route. There were fewer tests this year, only 7 instead of the usual 15 due to the unavailability of Chepstow Racecourse, but the biggest difference to previous years was the interesting weather :shock:

After the briefing at the start, we plotted the navigation and with about 5 minutes to go, George tried the new improved window mechanism - she wound it down and it wouldn't come back up. With a lot of heavy rain forecast this would be a bit of a problem, so I hopped out and grabbed the top of the window, managed to pull it up and just left a few inches gap at the top to pass the clipboard to the marshals...

The day started nice and bright with a short test in Oakenhill Wood, a good forest track with 30 cones to slalom around and it was very slippery at the edges of the track (where they put the cones). Our time was ok but we clipped a couple of cones on the way through. Out on the road, the first regularity was already plotted and we were going well until we got to where we thought the 4th control would be, but there was no one there (you don't know where the controls are, but you get an idea with the distance from the previous one). We carried on gently while George checked the route, which was correct, so we continued until the next control who confirmed the marshal hadn't turned up for control 4. The other problem was we didn't know what speed we were supposed to be doing at control 5 as the speed change was based on the position of control 4. All very confusing and it does make you doubt that you have done it right. We sorted ourselves out and completed the section, 10 controls in total. We were rather early at the last couple, but by this time we were being followed by Car 2 who was doing exactly the same speed as us, giving us confidence we were on the right track.

Then we returned to Oakenhill Wood to complete the first test in the reverse direction. Our time was very similar and we only clipped one cone this time. Two more regularities followed, both plot and bash, but George got them down quickly and we had a good run through until the final section of Regularity 3. We came out to a T junction which didn't look right to me and a bit up the road I convinced George we must be on the wrong road, so we turned round and went back and tried the other way, which didn't work either. So George was right and there wasn't enough distance to the next control to make up the lost time, and we dropped 3 minutes here.

The next 2 tests were in a large car park of a factory and lunch was in their social club. About 5 minutes before we arrived, the heavens opened and we attempted the test in torrential rain with thunder and lightning overhead. Although the wipers were working well, the screen was very misted and I was having trouble seeing the cones. It was one of those situations where you had to laugh - George was laughing so much she could hardly tell me which side of the cones to go :lol: And when we got to the finish we had to do it again :roll:
Anyway we were quite slow round here but didn't hit any of the cones, and lunch was very good.

When we left lunch, we were 12th overall and the organisers decided to cancel the next 2 tests in the same car park due to the conditions, so we went straight to the next regularity. The Scimitar would demist ok on the road with the quarterlights open, but every time we stopped it would steam up again! We'd plotted this one over lunch and got held up on the first part by a local who was only doing 24mph when we wanted to do 26mph (!) and then forgot a speed change later on which cost us another 18s. The final 3 controls were on private land at Goodrich Castle which George knows well from competing on the Ross Endurance Rally for a few years. We got 2 of them right but the final one of 1/2 mile at 30mph was impossible to do in the time (as designed by the organisers) and we dropped 20s compared to the fastest cars time loss of 13s.

Next there were 2 more regularities - regularity 5 started well but the 2nd marshal's clock had broken so he resorted to using his wristwatch, but unfrotunately this was about 1m30s early leading to a lot of confusion for everyone. Regularity 6 went well all the way through and finally the weather was clearing up and we got to the final test at Goodrich Castle in beautiful sunshine. Although George had a diagram, she called all the bends from her memory of previous runs through and we set 5th quickest time which was a great way to finish the event :D

At the finish in Ross on Wye there was a good buffet dinner while we waited for the results. Due to the missing marshal on Reg 1, 3 of the 10 controls had to be scrubbed, and we (along with a couple of other crews) queried the marshals broken clock on Reg 5 and 2 controls were scrubbed here as well.

When the results went up, we were pleased to be 6th overall, a good improvement over 14th place in 2013 :D

Richard Prosser and Andy Gibson had a good day, setting similar test and regularity times to us, only spoilt by failing to write down a codeboard on the route which cost them a 5 minute penalty which put them down to 11th - without this they would have beaten us to 6th by 18s

Well done to the organisers and marshalls for coping with the conditions and very well done to George - when there are less tests, the navigator has a much greater influence on the result :)

It was good to do a localish event, despite the delay with the results, I was home, had washed the car and was relaxing by 9pm

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Post by RockerPhill » Fri Jul 25, 2014 12:54 pm

I loved reading this thread Gav - nice to try to learn how to work on these things. Can't wait to see this red rock star!


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Post by Roger Pennington » Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:12 pm

Well Done, Gav and George :D


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Post by GavinR » Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:48 pm

I didn't do any more events last year but used the Scimitar on the road occasionally
This year I'm hoping to do 4 or 5 and the first one was the Leukaemia Historic a few weeks ago

Before then I had a few jobs to do including sorting out the demisting, a loose wheel bearing and a spongy brake pedal

The original demisting fans (one in each footwell) never worked so I'd fitted some small blowers but they weren't powerful enough to demist, so this time I bought a pair of the largest ones I could fit :D

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Cut a bigger hole and riveted some captive nuts to the fibreglass housing
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Then re-used the original resistors to make them 2 speed
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I haven't been out in the rain yet but I'm sure they will be fine

I replaced the wheel bearing but this didn't help with the brakes, they worked ok but took a couple of pumps to get a firm pedal, so I decided to bleed them and discovered the cause of the problem - the integral reservoir on the front circuit is too small and when the pads wore down the fluid level dropped so low that some air was sucked in :doh:
Anyway, after some bleeding, everything was back to normal and it's another item on the list to check after every event...


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Post by philhoward » Thu Jun 04, 2015 11:01 pm

That's some serious blower there - where did you find those?


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Post by GavinR » Fri Jun 05, 2015 12:15 am

philhoward wrote:That's some serious blower there - where did you find those?
They came from T7Design although they're not the blowers listed on the site. I was supplied these Spal Centrifugal Blower for the same price but having measured the space against the ones I'd ordered they turned out to be a fraction too large diameter meaning the panels don't quite fit flush in the footwells any more, but it's close enough for me :)


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Post by GavinR » Fri Jun 05, 2015 12:25 am

Leukaemia Historic Rally - 16th May 2015

This was the first historic I did after building the Scimitar in 2012 and the tests were very tight and difficult. Last year I navigated on it and the tests were a lot more open and enjoyable so I decided to have another go this year. The Leukaemia also has an 'Endurance' class for modern cars up to 1400cc and as George has an Endurance spec MG ZR she was also driving. This left me short of a navigator but having done 2 enjoyable events already this year with Carrie Rogers, she was persuaded to try a historic rally for the first time since 1996 when we came 2nd Post-Historic on the East Anglian Classic in the Capri RS3100 I had at the time.

I have a good system for doing Regularities, refined over the last 3 years with George, and after scrutineering Friday evening, I had laid out a 10 mile route to teach Carrie how to use the speed tables, what to do at each control and when there's a speed change, and this all went well.

The event was based at Chepstow Racecourse and we were seeded Car 10 out of 49. We were given the Regularity navigation an hour before the start and got them plotted quickly and went through the speed changes on each one so we knew what times and distances to reset the stopwatches and tripmeter. Before the first Regularity, we had 3 tests at the racecourse, 2 in tarmac car parks and one on a gravel track. These all went well, a bit slow on the first one, 4th quickest on the second and one of 7 cars to beat the 'bogey' time on the 3rd test (the bogey time is set at an average of 30mph and if you are quicker you are given the bogey time). Onto the first regularity, a short one with just one time control. Everything was going well until we reached the control which seemed to be very early and the time and distance didn't match with our calculations so we got a penalty of 1m 31s here :o

A short link section took us to 3 tests at Coombe Farm Estate, some lovely gravel tracks through woods and around fields, I remembered these from last year. Once again, a bit slow on the first one, but top ten times on the next 2. Regularity 2 followed with 3 time controls and this time everything worked well, we only dropped 5s overall :) Regularity 3 also had 3 time controls and the first section was quite long so I was a bit keen when I saw the marshal and went in too quickly dropping 10s, but the next 2 controls were better. This brought us to the coffee halt and a chance to catch up with some of the other competitors. Of the crews we spoke too, some had also been around 1m 30s out on the first Regularity and some had been spot on - we soon realised this was because of a different interpretation of the navigation, something to query with the organisers later...

Regularity 4 started straight out of the coffee halt, another 3 time controls and we dropped 9s in total. This took us to 2 tests at a large tarmac car park, either side of a ploughman's lunch at a nearby village hall. The 2 tests were identical and we were 5th each time. At lunch there were results up to the coffee halt and we were 10th but without the first Regularity we would have been around 5th.

On most historics, the Regularities get harder throughout the day and it was the same on the Leukaemia. Regularity 5 had 5 time controls over 20 miles and some tricky junctions to find. We caught a horse on one section and waited patiently until the rider found a good spot to let us past, then nearly went the wrong way at the next junction and we were a minute behind our schedule. Luckily this was a 20mph section and we managed to catch up to our schedule before we reached the next control, and overall only dropped 15s and also saw quite a few cars going in strange directions! Regularity 6 was the last one, 4 time controls but a lot of speed changes. It was a lovely day and a couple of times we forgot to change speed while looking at the view, remembering a few tenths of a mile later and managed to correct ourselves in time, we dropped 9s on these.

This left 7 tests before the finish, the first 3 at Coombe Farm again, reruns of the earlier ones and we went a lot quicker, 3rd, 4th then fastest on the last one here, 3s ahead of Howard Warren's Porsche 911 :D
There was a new test on the outskirts of Caerwent, 4th quickest, then the final 3 back at the Racecourse, 3rd on the first one then joint fastest on the last 2 :D

Sat in the canteen under the grandstand, we felt we had a good day and had seen various cars drop out or get lost (on the tests as well as the regularities), but we were still surprised to be listed 2nd overall when the first set of results were posted. We soon dropped to 3rd when a test time was corrected and although I queried the first Regularity twice with the organisers, they insisted their route was the correct one (it all hinged on how you treat a roundabout - is it one junction in total as they did, or one junction for each exit as we did) and our penalty stood, without it we'd have gone back to 2nd. We were beaten by the Porsche and also a Mini Cooper.

George also had a good day, having teamed up with a very good navigator, she had some good test times and the regularities went well, she finished 5th overall and 1st Endurance car :)

We were very pleased with 3rd Overall, the Scimitar ran very well, nicknamed 'the jalopy' by Carrie, she was surprised how quick we were round some of the tests! Carrie did a great job on the Regularities - she's never had any trouble reading a map, but keeping your eye on 3 things at once is a lot harder!
She enjoyed the event and we've entered the East Anglian Classic in a couple of weeks...


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Post by scimjim » Fri Jun 05, 2015 7:40 am

Great result Gavin :-)


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Post by philhoward » Fri Jun 05, 2015 8:40 am

Great results - shame about the 1m30 issue on the regularity though - ah well, you win some, you lose some I guess.

Having done some navigating for Geoff Cooper in the past, those speed changes can be confusing at times - especially if you have an error to carry over!


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Post by Roger Pennington » Fri Jun 05, 2015 9:09 pm

Excellent result, well done Gavin & Carrie! :D


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Post by MikeyBikey » Sat Jun 06, 2015 8:23 am

Well done Gavin. Nice to hear. What about the mk2. Any pictures ? :D


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Post by GavinR » Mon Jun 22, 2015 12:17 am

MikeyBikey wrote:Well done Gavin. Nice to hear. What about the mk2. Any pictures ? :D
Hi Mike,

I won't fill this forum with Mk2 pics, but here's a link to my thread on the Turbosport forum (page 12 which is everything from this year)
GavinR's Mk2 Rally Car - FLY

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Post by GavinR » Fri Jul 03, 2015 1:04 am

East Anglian Classic - Saturday 20th June 2015

Run by Chelmsford Motor Club, the event is usually based in Norfolk but this year the organisers decided to move it closer to Chelmsford, which suited us as it is a couple of hours closer to home. There was a good entry of 39 cars with myself and Carrie Rogers seeded at Car 3.

The start and finish were at Elsenham Golf Club, very close to Stansted Airport and the route had 5 Regularities and 16 Tests, all the Test were at Wethersfield Airfield which we know very well, having competed and organised other events there over the years.

The first Regularity started well, we were spot on at the first control but then 7s and 14s early at the next 2 which was confusing as we thought we were on time but our distances weren't quite right. Anyway, we arrived at Wethersfield for the first 8 Tests, 4 different layouts all run twice, a mixture of concrete, tarmac and a tiny bit of gravel, I was using standard road tyres for a change and these worked well, we were fastest on 3 of them and 3rd or 4th quickest on the rest :)

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Next there was a longer Regularity through the lanes of Essex and Cambridgeshire to the lunch halt in a Pub. Once again we were early everywhere despite adjusting the trip calibration to try and improve the accuracy, we dropped 48s in total which was not good when the best crews only dropped 10s. So it was a surprise to see we were 1st overall at this stage, but only by 1s from Jim Deacon / David Taylor's MGB Roadster. Our Test times had just about made up for the difficulties we were having on the Regularities :D

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A third Regularity took us from lunch back to Wethersfield and this one was a bit harder, we only had 6 minutes to plot the route, but Carrie got it on the map quickly and we were a lot closer on this one, dropping 16s over the 3 controls. I had given up trying to adjust the trip and instead we were trying to be slightly late everywhere, not as easy as it sounds because on a longer section we needed to be later than on a short one! Back at Wethersfield it had started to rain and this made the Tests very greasy. The Tests were the same as the morning ones but run in the opposite direction. We were going well but I felt we were going slower than earlier and the other crews would catch us up, although there were quite a few going the wrong way at times, and we set 2 more fastest times :)

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Back on the road for Regularities 4 and 5 to take us to the finish. The 4th one we had already plotted and this went well despite the heavy rain causing the windscreen to mist up every time we stopped at a control (the recently fitted large blowers were blowing well but it seems not all the air is getting to the windscreen...). The 5th one is always the hardest being 'plot and bash' and this time they gave us a bit of navigation as we left each control. Carrie did very well to get the route on the map quickly while I drove at the correct speed and we only had to stop once to check one junction, and did this soon after a control when we knew we could make up the time. There were 4 controls and we were close at all of them, although 2 of these were later cancelled as 10 cars were caught in a traffic jam when a tractor wanted to go into the gateway where the marshal was parked!

There was just a short run back to the finish and although the afternoon was good, I was sure the MGB would be ahead of us by now and probably a few other crews as well. There was a buffet meal at the end followed by an agonising wait for the final results...

1st Overall by 1m 22s 8) :P 8) :P

Last year's winner, John Ruddock was 2nd in his Mk1 Escort having made up time on the afternoon tests after a slow start, and the MGB was 3rd having dropped a minute getting lost on one Test

Very well done to Carrie, an excellent job on the maps and guiding me round the Tests, to come first on her 3rd Historic event is a great achievement.
It's also the first Historic I've won as a driver so I was very pleased too

And thanks to everyone at Chelmsford for organising the event and all the marshals who came out for the day :D

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