Exeter 3/4 January 2014

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Exeter 3/4 January 2014

Post by alan.wells » Sun Dec 29, 2013 5:08 pm

Hi All,
There are 3 starting places for this trial, Cirencester, Popham and Sourton Cross, and all join the common route after the one hour compulsary stop ( rest halt ) at Haynes Museum, Sparkford, to Haynes it's 88 miles of road section for us.
Their are approx 313 competitors, myself and brother John in the MG PA are starting from Cirencester and we are the last car to leave, no 136 at 22.01hrs, Friday night, Steve Simms in his SS1 is starting from Sourton Cross, not sure of his start time but their car no 227, no dought we will meet up at Haynes, that's assuming no breakdowns, from here onwards there are 3 no special timed tests and 13 observation sections, 1 fail looses you a Gold, 2 fails Silver and 3 fails a Bronze, total trial mileage approx 230 miles. John and I are due to complete and finish in Torquay at approx 16.00 on Saturday, Pint Time :pint
Now Steve you are going for at least a Bronze if not Silver if not Gold.
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Re: Exeter 3/4 January 2014

Post by Roger Pennington » Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:36 pm

Good Luck to you all, hope it goes well! :D


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Re: Exeter 3/4 January 2014

Post by scimjim » Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:52 pm

http://www.themotorcyclingclub.org.uk/events/exeter.htm

What time do they start from Cirencester Alan? And where? I can't see any details on the site?


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Re: Exeter 3/4 January 2014

Post by alan.wells » Sun Dec 29, 2013 11:46 pm

Hi Jim
Burford Rd, Services Junction A419 / A17 and A429, First Bike of 22 way at about 19.30, followed by 49 cars, all vehicles leave at 1 min intervals, all vehicles are normally at the start 1 hr before schedule start for signing on, and scrutineering.
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Re: Exeter 3/4 January 2014

Post by stevesims » Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:03 pm

Car 227 all ready for Friday start 23.34 at sourton cross near oakhampton ,next car 228 is the Leicester car ,SS1 .
We were a Knats away from a bronze on the Edinburgh so with some luck we could be on for an award this time.
my suspicion is this is going to be a tougher than usual trial with the amount of rain in the West Country of late.
Alan,see you at Haynes in the scran que.



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Re: Exeter 3/4 January 2014

Post by stevesims » Thu Jan 02, 2014 8:08 pm

Do SS1's float?
With 13 severe flood warnings in place for Devon this weekend the Exeter trial is going to interesting.



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Re: Exeter 3/4 January 2014

Post by alan.wells » Mon Jan 06, 2014 8:25 pm

Hi everyone,
Back home today, our trial was fairly short lived, after leaving Cirencester approx. 10 pm a beautiful star lit journey to Haynes motor museum at Sparkford arriving approx. mid-night, for our compulsory 1 hr halt. All then changed on leaving Sparkford , the heavens opened, and after our 2 hr wait at the first hill, delays caused by competitors being unable to get to the start line due to the depth of mud and track conditions. Our turn came, we prepared to get to the start line, and did so, so here we go, managed to get away with difficulty, and up the hill we went, then disaster, we lost grip 4 to 5 mtrs from end of section and came to a halt, engine then stalled, the car was then stuck in gear and unable to release, we got the car out of gear, but the clutch was in operable, we managed to reverse back down the hill with difficulty, and back on to the tarred road to inspect the problem, by this time our waterproofs had taken a battering and we were getting wetter by the minute. By 4 am we decided to attempt to bump start the car after not being able to source the problem, and guess what the fault cleared but there was a suspicious noise from the clutch , belhousing area, so as not to cause further damage we decided to retire. We nursed the car to the next control, where we got refreshments and a drying out, and waited for day light. The thoughts of travelling all this way south and seeing nothing, we went to Simms Hill to spectate. When competing, you don't see the hole picture of the event, but when spectating, this through a different light on the event, the most frightening competitors were the motorcycle and sidecars, they must have no fear.
I hope Steve had better luck than us, but, we still had a fantastic and enjoyable trial, roll on The Lands End at Easter
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Re: Exeter 3/4 January 2014

Post by scimjim » Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:09 pm

unfortunate Alan - have you fixed it yet? :-)

Steve had a much better event I hear?


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2014 trial of Exeter

Post by stevesims » Sat Jan 11, 2014 12:25 am

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vfyMxxpf83A
Not a bad trial for us.10 sections cleared,the last 3 beat us.
No scimitars in this clip but a good video all the same.
We retired after running out of tyres and a bent near side rear swinging arm.



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Re: 2014 trial of Exeter

Post by Roger Pennington » Sat Jan 11, 2014 1:32 pm

Sorry to hear you didn't quite make it, Steve. However, well done on getting 10 clear sections, that must be quite an achievement I should think, and better luck next time! :)


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Re: Exeter 3/4 January 2014

Post by stevesims » Sun Jan 12, 2014 12:49 am

I was beginning to curse our late start.But after a long wait at the first section due to cars unable to clear the last 10 metres Lady Luck shone a light.
The rain stopped and the top soil(read mud) was washed out enabling cars to find grip.
A puncture early on into the trial put us against the clock which was a distinct disadvantage of a late start as the course closing car was not far behind us.
However we were still clearing section after section without to much vehicle damage.
Simms beat us again. leading us to try and clear slippery Sam the last section omitting triply rise giving us a chance of a bronze .but damage to the rear suspension and no tyres left left us with no option but to retire the car.that said the brave little SS1 did us proud ,this was a tough trial due to really bad washed out sections and heavy flooding on the roads .
Lands end trial is next so watch this space.

We got Alan's message at illsington check point that they had retired



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Re: Exeter 3/4 January 2014

Post by alan.wells » Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:45 pm

Well done Steve, good attempt, as you have read the MG broke, but over the week-end the engine came out, John found a considerable amount of oil on the clutch, which could tie in with the car coming to a sudden halt, we assumed that we had a lot of wheel spin, but perhaps it was clutch slip, it also could have been that the clutch had stuck to the drive plate with the hot oil thus not allowing to engage or disengage and then maybe after it cooled down it cleared its self, anyway we think the oil came from the rear crankshaft seal, now new one to be fitted along with new clutch, so roll on the Lands End Trial at Easter.
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