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Post by scimjim » Sun Jul 10, 2016 10:41 pm

good stuff and well done :-)


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Post by GavinR » Fri Dec 23, 2016 12:57 pm

A round up of the last 2 events this year...

St Wilfrids Historic – August 7th
I did this one in 2015 and had an enjoyable day so decided to take the Scimitar back to Yorkshire again this year. Carrie was navigating and we were sensibly seeded at 12 out of 50 cars. The event is organised by Ripon Motor Club and we were flagged away by the Mayor from Ripon Market Square on Sunday morning.

The event started with 2 short tests at an old army training areas before 5 longer tests at a quarry near Lightwater Valley – this quarry had been used extensively in 2015 but this year’s tests were more flowing and smooth although we did have one airborne moment over a small gravel bank!

The route headed west into the Yorkshire Dales for 3 long Regularities. The first one was going well until we were held up by an unhelpful farmer driving his tractor – he got in the way of nearly all the cars and was spotted by the marshals at the next control, so the organisers scrubbed the penalties here. Next we were held up by a herd of sheep crossing the road, but not as much as the 3 cars in front of us, and we got back on time by the next control. There were no problems on the 2nd Regularity and we only dropped a few seconds here. Before the 3rd Regularity there was a brief Coffee Halt – so brief we decided not to go to it and get back on time. It was lucky we did because a motorhome caused complete chaos getting to the start of the next section as it was too wide for the narrow lanes. We had to queue through the start and then ended up in a convoy of 3 cars on the same minute, but decided to drop back to the next one to give ourselves a bit of space. This worked well and apart from getting slightly lost in the middle of the section, having to follow another competitor for a few junctions before we worked out where we were! Next was a short Test in Leyburn Cattle Market with lunch in the hall opposite and the results showed we were in the top 5.

The afternoon had 2 Regularities and 4 Tests at a grasstrack venue. The first Regularity had limited plotting time and there was one bit that was ambiguous so we did an extra loop to make the navigation work exactly. Unfortunately this wasn’t the organisers route and we dropped 1m 30s here. The 4 Tests were great fun, 3 of them on flat grass fields and the 4th took us for a lap of the grasstrack circuit. The final regularity was good and took us to the finish at a pub for a large roast dinner.

There were a few queries about the results, but the organisers stuck to their route and we finished 6th overall and 2nd in class, the regularity problem dropping us a few places.


Palladwr Historic and Targa Rally – October 23rd

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This local event was run by Salisbury and Shaftesbury Motor Club for the first time since 2005 and used a lot of Test venues more recently used on the Great Bustard Endurance Rally, including Worthy Farm, the home of Glastonbury Festival. Myself and Carrie were seeded at 4 in the Scimitar, just behind Georgina Clark / Anthony Preston who had entered the Targa event in George's MG ZR.

We started with a short car park test at Worthy Farm before a long Regularity, the first 7 miles in Worthy Farm with a jogularity road book, before heading into the lanes for another 15 miles. In Worthy Farm it was difficult to judge the pace – we arrived late at the first control so pushed a bit harder and arrived early at the next one!
George and Anthony were held up by Car 1 who missed a turning and ended up in front of them. Out on the road, everything was a bit more relaxed although some of the distances seemed slightly out compared to the measured mile, so there were some quick adjustments before the next section.

The next Regularity was short and relatively simple and it took us across to the next 2 farm tests, both done twice. Regularity 3 was a monster and had taken a while to plot at the start, with some tricky navigation. There were 8 controls, but unfortunately a road accident on the route meant the last 4 controls had to be scrubbed.

The next Regularity was a short one on private land at Slait Barn, followed by 2 farm tests marshalled by Tavern Motor Club members before we arrived at a lunch halt. Unfortunately a double booking meant lunch was a picnic in the car park, but it was a good chance to catch up with the other crews. Results at this point showed myself and Carrie 3rd overall and George & Anthony not far behind in 4th.

The afternoon comprised a short farm test run twice, a longer test back at Slait Barn, 2 Regularities and a final 3.5 mile test at Worthy Farm. The farm test was good, and George got the fastest test time on the second run. Slait Barn was 2 laps of smooth tracks, but some of the cone chicanes were a bit tight for the Scimitar!
The 2 regularities went well, but a tricky bit of navigation to get to a control on a white road underneath the A361 caused problems for a lot of the Novice crews.
It was good to have a final blast round the Worthy Farm Test before we headed back to the finish at the Highwayman to find out the results.

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Carrie and I were 3rd Overall, 30s behind Simon Harris / Matthew Vokes, and the event was won by Howard Warren / Iain Tullie in a Mk1 Escort RS2000. George and Anthony were 4th Overall, and won the Targa Class by 7 minutes!


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Post by MikeyBikey » Fri Dec 23, 2016 2:41 pm

Great pics, and to think I was stood right there in June watching coldplay, mews etc.


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Post by DavePoole » Fri Dec 23, 2016 6:33 pm

Hi Gavin,

Great write up and pictures. Good to see you're still flying the flag for Scimitar GTE's in Motorsport :D

It looks great fun!! I'd like to have a go one day, but will have to save up some pennies first.

Have a great Christmas!!

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Post by GavinR » Fri Dec 30, 2016 3:46 pm

It's one of the cheaper forms of motorsport...

Typical entry fee is £120 - £135 which usually includes a morning coffee halt, buffet lunch and supper
Insurance is £25 per event, or an insurer such as Hagerty will include it as part of your normal road policy
Route is usually 100-150 miles so you will use quite a bit of petrol depending on your driving style
Driver and Navigator need a minimum of a non-Race National B licence at £57 (this licence would also allow you to enter Sprints and Hillclimbs)
No car prep is required, but a tripmeter (£150-£175) is very useful
Wheels and tyres are free except they must have an aspect ratio of 65% or more

So very comparable to entering a Sprint or Hillclimb, and there's no need for helmets and overalls, etc

Thanks

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Post by GavinR » Sat Jun 03, 2017 11:41 pm

Leukaemia Historic - 13th May 2017

Always a favourite of mine, this year they had a great entry of 68 cars - 58 Historics and 10 in the modern Targa Class.
Carrie and I were seeded 2 after our good results in 2015 & 2016.

Once again, there were 16 Tests and 6 Regularity sections and an hour to plot the route before the start, but there were slight differences with 2 new Tests around lunch and one of the regularities started in a forest!

We started with 3 Tests at the Racecourse, and we're always a bit slow on the 3rd one, taking time to make sure we write down the 4 codeboards correctly. The first regularity started well but we lost a bit of time later on when we forgot a speed change on a narrow tarmac white, assuming the lower speed would be for longer, and we dropped 10s at the next control. The next 3 Tests at Combe Farm also started well, but on the second one I could hear "tinkling" from underneath as one of the exhausts started to drag along the ground. We finished the test and stopped to have a look and found the rear silencer was missing. Luckily it had dropped off on the Finish line and the marshal brought it over. The mounting bracket had broken off the silencer but after 10 minutes it was back on and I managed to rig up a new hanger out of 2 jubilee clips and a spare exhaust clamp which I had in my tool box. The 3rd test we took a bit more gently and it held together, but we managed to pick up a 10s cone penalty as well.

Onto the second Regularity there was a bit of confusion when the first marshal hadn't arrived (so the control was scrubbed) but we were very close on the next 2. The next Test was a new one - a smooth tarmac road through some parkland, past a nice house with the owners out spectating, and up to the finish. After a quick coffee halt where we made back our time dropped fixing the exhaust, we had 2 more Regularities to take us towards the lunch halt. Although they went well, the first one a blast through a very nice smooth forest, and the second one back to the usual lanes. Just before lunch there was the second new test, a short one through a very mucky farmyard, which was great fun, even the handbrake worked it was so slippery!

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Leaving lunch we were lying 4th Historic although about a minute behind the leaders. We went straight into Regularity 5, all going well, then into a Test. Near the end of the Test we did a cone manoeuvre on a concrete pad and as we exited we nose dived into a large muddy puddle (!) and carried onto the finish. As I stopped at the marshals I could hear the electric fan more than normal, but didn't worry about it too much as we had another Regularity to do. It was quite a long one and as we continued I saw the temperature was still rising - normally it gets hot on the Tests then cools down on the Regularities as we're going gently. We would have lost a lot of time if we had stopped, so I drove as gently as I could and still maintain the required average speed, even turning the engine off for a mile on a downhill section (!) which helped slightly, but we dropped 40s in total here over 5 controls, worrying about the engine affecting our concentration.

All this brought us back to Combe Farm for 3 Tests where we had time to stop and have a look. I had a look at the radiator and found it was full of mud - when we had dived into the puddle the un-original air scoop in the front valence had dug into the wet mud which was then blown into the radiator and dried, thus blocking the airflow :shock: :roll:
I scooped as much mud out as I could and after 5 minutes to let the engine cool down, we headed into the Tests. Once again we had exhaust problems - the same rear silencer came off, this time somewhere in the middle of a Test, so at the end all I could do was tie the centre pipe to the chassis and hope it held together. It didn't slow us down on the next test as we were 6th quickest only 2s off the leaders!

There were 4 more tests to finish, but I kept my foot down despite the temperature being off the scale. On the final test, back at Chepstow Racecourse, I switched the engine off as soon as we crossed the Finish line, and had just rolled up to the marshals when steam started coming out of everywhere! Bearing in mind I'm running Evans Waterless Coolant which boils at 180 C, I hate to think what temperature we'd got up to! Carrie got a time and the marshals offered to tow us round to the finish. I was worried we might get excluded for not finishing under our own steam :lol: so I waited 5 minutes, started her up and drove gently round. After a cooling off period, I looked under the bonnet and found no split hoses (silicon ones are obviously strong enough to withstand the pressure), just steam escaping from the radiator cap.

We went inside to get some dinner and await the results.
We finished 6th Overall Historic and with only 23s covering 2nd to 6th overall it was very close!

Many thanks to the organisers and marshals for a very enjoyable event, and thanks to Carrie for a good job navigating.


I think I was very lucky not to have damaged the engine - if I'd been running a normal water / antifreeze mix it would have boiled a lot quicker causing us to stop.
After the engine had cooled down, I added 2l of Waterless Coolant which I had in the boot, and drove home very gently.
A few weeks later, I drained the system and removed the fan and radiator, showing just how blocked up it was.

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After a few hours of pouring hot water over it (no effect), spraying with a hose pipe through the fins (no effect) and finally resorting to the pressure washer, the radiator fins are clear.
I've also made new rear silencers from 2" universal sections and some intermediate mounts - the plan is to do the middle pipes in 2" as well when time and funds allow. The current system is the standard 1 3/4" so going up to 2" straight through silencers should release a bit more power and not make it much louder. A quick test drive showed everything working correctly and the temperature holding steady.

My next event is a small Targa Rally run by Bath Motor Club at Kemble Airfield near Cirencester next Sunday


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Post by superleggo » Sun Jun 18, 2017 10:02 pm

GavinR - Great to see someone pushing their car to the limit. I can not believe the slit in the rad. It makes the leaves in my Boxster rad scoops look like nothing.



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Post by GavinR » Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:43 pm

Kemble Targa Rally - 11th June 2017

This was a new event run by Bath Motor Club at Kemble Airfield near Cirencester. The airfield is still used commercially, but there is a corner which can be used for motorsport. I usually do Targa Rallies in my Escort, but as the Escort is being rebuilt I decided to have a go in the Scimitar, with Carrie navigating. It was also a good opportunity to make sure everything was ok after the Leukaemia problems!
We didn't expect to do that well against the more modern cars, but were looking forward to an enjoyable day :)

Targa Rallies involve a series of driving Tests, and ones such as this where everything is at the same venue are usually Closed to Club, so no Competition Licences are needed, and double driving is allowed. This event was £40 per driver, including club membership for the day, so great value for money.

There was a good entry of 55 cars and 6 driving Tests, each of 1-2 miles long with a bit of lapping. The cones were well spaced and there were some reasonable straights in places. We made a good start, lying equal 3rd after the first test. The next 2 tests were a bit longer, but we dropped back slightly as the other crews learnt their way round and we were 7th at lunch, although it was very close. Various crews were getting lost on the Tests and getting large penalties for this. The diagrams were good, and all the cones numbered, but sometimes it is difficult to describe the route quickly enough!

The afternoon Tests were slightly different with the longer ones first and finishing with the shorter one. The first one we started our second lap just ahead of a Mk1 Mexico driven by Andrew Lees. Although I try to ignore anyone behind me, we would leave him down the straights only to be caught up at the next set of cones, but overall were slightly quicker. On the next test, the crew lying second got a puncture and dropped back to be 4s behind us, and with another crew slightly lost this moved us up to 5th, just one second behind 4th.

We had a good go on the last test, beating the car in front by 3s and the car behind only gained 1s and were pleased to finish 4th Overall, winning the Class and also getting best Historic. All in all it was a fun day out, we had a good clean run and the Scimitar was going well :D

Next event is the Ross Traders Historic on 22nd July


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Post by Roger Pennington » Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:33 pm

Well done, a great result! Good to hear the car is still going well :D


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Post by philhoward » Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:03 pm

Great Result, Gavin & Carrie! :D


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Post by MikeyBikey » Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:50 pm

Great stuff Gavin. Would be interesting to watch I think


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Post by GavinR » Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:47 pm

After the problems scooping in mud on the Leukaemia, I thought it was time to remove the scoop and put the front back to how it should be - although it's still galvanised sheet
Also, to make sure all the air goes through the radiator, I added another sheet to join the front valance to the steel under the radiator

After cutting the sides of the scoop off, I cut some mesh to fit the hole, clipped some nuts onto the mesh and screwed it into place, making it quick and easy to remove

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Post by doncontrols » Wed Jul 12, 2017 2:26 am

Been good reading, Gavin - amazing how much mud you managed to stuff into the radiator :D



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Post by GavinR » Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:29 pm

MOT time today

After the Leukaemia, I only managed to get out on the Ross Traders last July - an enjoyable day with Carrie and I finishing 8th.

Since then the Scimitar has been parked up in Carrie's garage, but with the MOT due to expire next week I thought I had better dig the Scimitar out and take her for the MOT.
I booked her in at a local MOT garage this morning, but not one I'd used before, although Carrie had and said they were friendly enough.

The indicators weren't working on the drive there, but it only took me a minute to swap the flasher unit - I always carry a spare as they seem to suffer from damp and only last a couple of years.
Then the MOT tester came out and I explained how to start the car as the ignition switch had been replaced by a simple on off switch, and there's a starter button on the dash...

We then had an interesting conversation
"So if the ignition switch has been removed, there's no steering lock?"
"No there's no steering lock"
"Well it's going to fail if there's no steering lock"
"It's a modified car so various items don't apply"
"It still needs a steering lock"

The tester said to wait in the waiting room while he had a look - my Scimitar wasn't in the garage as this point, I had parked her in the MOT parking area
He came back into the waiting room and got on his computer, presumably to check the MOT manual

"It definitely needs a steering lock"
"Even on a car made in 1971?"
"Yes it doesn't make any difference"
"I'll take the car away then, sorry to have troubled you"

Took my paperwork and drove back to Carrie's house

Phoned my usual MOT garage near where I live and they had a slot available this afternoon
So I drove over there (about 20 miles) and she passed without any advisories - I've done about 900 miles in the last year

Between the 2 MOT's, I checked the MOT manual online
In the Introduction, there's a section on Modified cars (e.g. a car converted for Rally Use) which says they should not be failed for things missing when fitted as standard, e.g. Brake Servo's, Power Steering, Airbags, etc
And in the Steering Section, the inspection of the Steering Lock only applies to passenger cars ... first used on or after 1 September 2001

I wonder what the computer would have said when he tried to input a reason for failure which is not valid for a car of that age :lol:

Anyway, she's MOT'd for this year and I've got 3-4 events planned, starting in June (as the usual Leukaemia event in May is not running this year)

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Post by chrisgallacher » Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:38 pm

Good to hear you'll be out and about this year again Gavin.

There'll be a write up on the last Ross Traders in the next Slice - I've got some good pics of both our cars on the event to accompany :)


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