East Anglian Classic - 20 June 2015

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East Anglian Classic - 20 June 2015

Post by jonamery » Sat Jun 20, 2015 7:11 pm



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Re: East Anglian Classic - 20 June 2015

Post by scimjim » Sat Jun 20, 2015 7:57 pm

excellent :-)


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Re: East Anglian Classic - 20 June 2015

Post by jonamery » Sat Jun 20, 2015 8:18 pm

Looking forward to hearing all about it! Congratulations!


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Re: East Anglian Classic - 20 June 2015

Post by GavinR » Fri Jul 03, 2015 1:07 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

All photos courtesy of M & H Photography


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Re: East Anglian Classic - 20 June 2015

Post by Scimher » Fri Jul 03, 2015 2:07 am

....Congrats! Brilliant result..............



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Re: East Anglian Classic - 20 June 2015

Post by CNHSS1 » Fri Jul 03, 2015 7:02 am

Congrats on the win and thanks for another great write up :-)


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Re: East Anglian Classic - 20 June 2015

Post by scimjim » Fri Jul 03, 2015 8:25 am

Great work :-)


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Re: East Anglian Classic - 20 June 2015

Post by Roger Pennington » Fri Jul 03, 2015 11:52 am

Well done Gavin and Carrie, excellent result! :hurrah: :hurrah:

The car looks good in the photos too :)


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