Exeter 9/10 January 2015

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Exeter 9/10 January 2015

Post by stevesims » Thu Dec 25, 2014 9:43 pm

The entry pack has arrived ,we are car 137 .Allan and John Wells are entry 195.
Car 104 is entered as a Reliant Scimitar 3000cc so a GTE on Trial.
3 SS1's are entered.
The 5th gear C5 motoring programe has entered a Escort with two film crews following the trial,so we should get some good TV coverage of Reliants trailing.



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Re: Exeter 9/10 January 2015

Post by CNHSS1 » Thu Dec 25, 2014 10:02 pm

When is it Steve? Any links to route?


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Re: Exeter 9/10 January 2015

Post by stevesims » Fri Dec 26, 2014 10:48 am

The Exeter Trial - Where to spectate

Fingle Bridge
Simms
The spectator (please read this page)
Fingle Bridge

Why spectate at Fingle Bridge?: The setting, in the steep valley of the River Teign, is absolutely marvellous, particularly if you're prepared to walk some way up the hill to sample the wonderful views. The section is comparatively easy so most competitors are relaxed and often chatting with friends and fellow competitors. The parking is easy and, finally, you can retire to the excellent Fingle Bridge Inn by the bridge over the river Teign.
Directions: Fingle Bridge is south of the village of Drewsteignton, between Exeter and Okehampton. Please approach from the west, along the lanes via Drewsteignton, then drive down towards the bridge. Please do not approach from the east as the competitors come in this way and the lanes are very narrow.
Parking: Please park neatly on the left-hand side of the road where there are designated parking areas. It is a short walk, over the bridge, to the foot of the section. Please do not attempt to cross the bridge by car - this route is for competitors only.
Section Begins at OS GR: SX 743899
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Timing (2015): First motorcycle due at 08:00. Last car due at 12:55.
Simms

Why spectate at Simms?: A question that doesn't really need asking. Simms is generally considered the most difficult "MCC hill" and it's the one that all competitors want to 'clean' - but very few do. There are always hundreds of spectators and a fantastic atmosphere. The cheer from the crowd when a competitor struggles to the top can be heard across the valley in Ilsington. If you only spectate on one hill on one event each year - go to Simms!
Directions: Simms is south of the village of Ilsington, which is south west of Bovey Tracey. Ilsington can be reached from Bovey Tracey by the B3387, or directly on narrow lanes. Ilsington can also be reached from the A38 via Liverton.
Park and Ride The Friends of Ilsington School will be operating a Park and Ride service on Saturday the 10th of January to alleviate congestion in and around Ilsington caused by parked spectator vehicles. Parking will be available at the football pitch and tennis courts which can be accessed via an informal one way system from the main road. Spectators travelling on their way to Ilsington will need to look out for the signage and arrows to the Park and Ride. The parking is at OS GR SX 779760. The minibus will run during the busiest period of the day i.e. from 10.30 a.m. till 3pm and possibly for longer subject to demand. A small charge will be made for both parking and ‘riding’ with all proceeds used to support Ilsington Primary school. You can, of course, walk. It is not far. But please take extra care. There are no pavements for pedestrians and the lanes are very narrow.
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Section Begins at OS GR: SX 785757
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Timing (2015): First motorcycle due at 10:40. Last car due at 15:35.



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Re: Exeter 9/10 January 2015

Post by stevesims » Fri Dec 26, 2014 10:54 am

Simms is the one to watch.This is where the big invisible elastic band is attached to the rear of our car,or that's what it feels like trying to get up the hill.You need to be reasonably fit to spectate here because it is steep and can be dangerous because of flying stones

If this link works it gives a good intro into what the trial involves ,this was there last entry.



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Re: Exeter 9/10 January 2015

Post by Roger Pennington » Sat Dec 27, 2014 6:35 pm

Good Luck all! :D


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Re: Exeter 9/10 January 2015

Post by stevesims » Sun Jan 11, 2015 5:20 pm

We completed the trial with two fails.
Waterloo section ,which was fairly early on into the trial.The rear wheel found a big rut to fall into and we just couldn't regain the traction .Loads of smoke and no poke.
We picked up a tappety noise later on and on lifting the bonnet found the fuel pump just hanging on by the last few threads of studs.
I always go around with a spanner under the bonnet as I have shaken the carb lose before now,so some lock tight is in order.
Fixed the fuel pipe then burst a tyre on a some very rough ground on bullverton steep.
Moral in the car had taken a hit as Waterloo was disappointing.
A rest stop at crealy adventure park ( planned stop for the event) allowed us to fit a inner tube to the burst tyre and check the car over.
We cleaned Tippley rise which is a horrible hill ,mega big ruts and sharp stones add to that you cross a ford just as the climb starts so the tyres are wet ,not ideal for climbing shinny rocks.
Moral in the car back to where it should be we cleaned the next 3 sections before the dreaded "Simms Hill"
And once again it beat us .
With two fails behind us we couldn't afford another one to remain in with a chance of a medal.
Tippley rise was the next section and a fellow RSSCOC member was marshalling the start,Ian
Ian said the top section was catching people out.
With Tipley cleaned and with no damage to the car we were now into unknown territory as the car has always suffered too much damage at this stage in the past.
A short road drive to "Slippery Sam" it was now shit or bust for a medal.
The car in front was a seasoned trailer of 37 years and said don't go too low on the tyre preasures as its rough.( rough in trials speak is double rough to what you might think rough is )
Well it was rough!!!
We cleaned the section the car remained in one piece .
Mega mega chuffed ,we were claiming a bronze at the sign off.
When some more pictures become available I will post them.
Team "5th gear" with Tiff Neadel did well cleaning Simms in the MK1 Escort.Not sure how he did overall .
He looked immaculate every time I saw him out of the car and as every other competitor in the trial was covered in mud I'm not sure he did his own running repairs.
The GTE entry did very well as a Se6 is a big car for trailing.
The main problem they had throughout the whole event was the fuel pump wasn't up to the top resulting fuel starvation on the climbs.
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Re: Exeter 9/10 January 2015

Post by alan.wells » Sun Jan 11, 2015 5:54 pm

Well done Steve, our John decided to attempt to remove the ttee on the 1st bend , on the 1st hill causing damage to the front wind, but moreconcerning the damage to the track rod, but with the aid of a large gate post and a lot of work we managed to straightend it so driveable, we rejoined missing the next 3 hills and carrying on at waterloo, clearing all the following hills, except, yes you've guessed Simms. Still away in the Cotswilds will report when back home.
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Re: Exeter 9/10 January 2015

Post by stevesims » Sun Jan 11, 2015 6:00 pm

Hard luck Alan and John.
We came close to hitting a tree after the normans hump sections. Mega under steer in the mud , we need to go narrow on the front tyres.
will we be seeing you on the Ilkley trial ?



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Re: Exeter 9/10 January 2015

Post by Roger Pennington » Sun Jan 11, 2015 7:15 pm

Well done Steve, great result! :D :clap: :hurrah:

(commiserations to Alan & John too)


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Re: Exeter 9/10 January 2015

Post by scimjim » Sun Jan 11, 2015 7:36 pm

Well done guys - followed it on facebook :-)


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Re: Exeter 9/10 January 2015

Post by alan.wells » Wed Jan 14, 2015 10:07 pm

Well folks, back home know and John has checked out the car, he sure we got a way with the tree issue quite lightly, the track rod needs replacement and the front offside wing requires straightening. This is John's 1st accident in 30 year of trialing so not a bad record. Another problem we had later in the trial was the dynamo regulator failing, but we managed on the battery.
The trial as Steve said was extremely rough and car damaging, although John and I enjoyed the challenge, I'm sure we would have been in with a shout of an award except for the 1 1/2 hrs lost repairing the car. The closing course car caught us just as we had completed the repair, but it was then we decided to skip the next 3 hill to move a head of it, otherwise we would be chasing our tail for the rest of the trial.
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Re: Exeter 9/10 January 2015

Post by stevesims » Sun Jan 18, 2015 10:26 pm

Some photos from last weeks trials.we are car 137
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Re: Exeter 9/10 January 2015

Post by Scimher » Mon Jan 19, 2015 1:16 am

...Evocative action pics., Steve - well done to all the Scimitar entrants.....& thanks for posting the images....



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Re: Exeter 9/10 January 2015

Post by stevesims » Fri Apr 17, 2015 10:31 pm

Set aside some time to watch 5th gear featuring the Exeter trial
See if you can spot the GTE on Clinton Hill
http://youtu.be/I1gQkUEdvGQ



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