Three Castles Trial: Result

What a great rally.   And a particularly good one for newcomers like us.   First, the result.   We were 16th (out of just over 100), third in our class and won the team prize overall.

The car performed faultlessly, the weather was perfect and teamwork in the car spot on.

I’ll post some pictures later and a bit of a write up on each day if I get time.

Still grinning!

Prelude: Llandudno

We arrived last night after an easy run from Wiltshire, mainly on the A and B roads.   The weather remained dry and clear and roads and scenery were wonderful.   This is why we do these events.. just getting here was special.

On checking the tyre pressures before leaving I noticed the front offside was a little low – confirming my suspicions that we had an issue with that tyre.  Outside Bala we spotted one of those local tyre shops, not one of the big chains, and decided to stop and see if they had any spares.   They did not, but did change the valve stem and clean the surface rust of the rim which was the cause of the abrasion and hence the leak.  Sorted.

The young man in the workshop had a very strange accent… his radio was tuned to an interesting and incomprehensible Welsh station and I asked if he spoke Welsh.   On reflection that was somewhat stupid, but his answer surprised me more.  Not only did he speak welsh, but he said he rarely spoke any english:  hence the accent.   Later in the day I learned that much of the local accent is derivative of  a Viking language, left here many centuries ago… and that indigineous DNA can be traced to certain fishing villages in Norway.

Seems there’s more to Llandudno than I first thought.

Drivers and Navigators briefing in an hour, then a practice run, Scrutineering and registration.. should be a busy day.

Thursday, January 19
  The Lamborghini Miura
by wattonfamily.com on Thu 19 Jan 2006 09:29 AM GMT

It is said the reason Ferruccio Lamborghini created the orginal Miura in 1966, was because he did not like Enzo Ferrari.   Apparently Lamborghini owned a Ferrari and complained that the gearbox was noisy.   Enzo allegedly responded by suggesting he stick to making tractors – which had made him a millionaire – and leave the manufacture of sportscars to Ferrari.   Ferrucio was a tad miffed so decided to have a go himself….

 

Whatever his motives may have been, it’s a great story, an amazing car and it rewrote the rule book for supercars for ever.   Sure, GT’s can have engines at the front, but to be a sportscar the motor has to be in the middle.  OK, or the back in the case of the 911, but that really is the exception that proves the rule.

 

 

In dazzling orange or lime green, the original Miura epitomised the swinging Sixties, with black eyelashes around its headlamps matching the false lashes of skinny, white-faced models.  Twiggy’s manager, Justin de Velleneuve, bought the one above (with her money) to squire her around London’s night spots.   One of my friends bought said car a couple of years ago as an investment.   I could barely get in – god knows how you would actually drive one – let alone park it, it was awful.   But it looked amazing.  

The Muira also set the standards in scary supercar handling. Super-fast, its screaming quad-cam V12 engine was mounted across the back; that mass would pull the car into lurid oversteer if you lifted off in a corner and the sharp nose would lift at speed as air got underneath it.

 

And now, as retro is the new new, it is being reborn.   This new version sports a barrage of aerodynamic splitters and winglets to keep it on the ground. So will it be less scary than the old model? Bentley’s chief engineer, Uli Eichhorn, thought so. “I don’t think we know how to make a car that handles that badly any more,” he grinned.

True, but you still know how to make them gorgeous!

 

I think I need another lottery ticket.   Or two.

Car Trouble

Seems there is trouble at TVR.   A spokesman announced they will be closing the Bispham factory later this year and have laid off 71 staff.    Is this the end of the famous Blackpool marque?

Apparently not, although sales have halved since the heady days of the late 90’s when TVR sold over 2,000 cars a year, they are searching for new premises and are looking at overseas component assembly to cut costs.

Seems the issue may also have something to do with the dispute between former owner Peter Wheeler and new owner Nikolai Smolenski.   Guess who owns the Bispham premises?

Yup.   And I have a feeling he is not enamoured of the changes that the russian has made.

The Lamborghini Miura

It is said the reason Ferruccio Lamborghini created the orginal Miura in 1966, was because he did not like Enzo Ferrari.   Apparently Lamborghini owned a Ferrari and complained that the gearbox was noisy.   Enzo allegedly responded by suggesting he stick to making tractors – which had made him a millionaire – and leave the manufacture of sportscars to Ferrari.   Ferrucio was a tad miffed so decided to have a go himself….

Whatever his motives may have been, it’s a great story, an amazing car and it rewrote the rule book for supercars for ever.   Sure, GT’s can have engines at the front, but to be a sportscar the motor has to be in the middle.  OK, or the back in the case of the 911, but that really is the exception that proves the rule.

In dazzling orange or lime green, the original Miura epitomised the swinging Sixties, with black eyelashes around its headlamps matching the false lashes of skinny, white-faced models.  Twiggy’s manager, Justin de Velleneuve, bought the one above (with her money) to squire her around London’s night spots.   One of my friends bought said car a couple of years ago as an investment.   I could barely get in – god knows how you would actually drive one – let alone park it, it was awful.   But it looked amazing.

The Muira also set the standards in scary supercar handling. Super-fast, its screaming quad-cam V12 engine was mounted across the back; that mass would pull the car into lurid oversteer if you lifted off in a corner and the sharp nose would lift at speed as air got underneath it.

And now, as retro is the new new, it is being reborn.   This new version sports a barrage of aerodynamic splitters and winglets to keep it on the ground. So will it be less scary than the old model? Bentley’s chief engineer, Uli Eichhorn, thought so. “I don’t think we know how to make a car that handles that badly any more,” he grinned.

True, but you still know how to make them gorgeous!

I think I need another lottery ticket.   Or two.

The Rally of the Tests 2005

As an introduction to rallying, this was some baptism by fire. Many thought the tests very hard – some too hard – so they withdrew from the tougher night sections, finding them very rough on the cars. And when you see some of the beautiful machinery in the car park

The Motorsport Sensation

In the introductory bumf for Jonathan Palmers Bedford Autodrome motorsport venue it says:

The Motorsport Sensation at Bedford Autodrome. Guests drive every high performance car. They experience one of the most thrilling memorable days of their lives and they will love it.

Rarely do you read marketing blurb that on …

The fleet is (nearly) complete

Regular visitors to the blog will have been assailed with various automotive related tales for some time now. Rest assured this situation will continue, even though the fleet is nearly complete. For now that is.

The sensible family car arrived on Friday in the form of a Jaguar X type …

Special 911’s

The 911 has been here a month now and I finally got round to taking her to the local Porsche Centre to have a couple of things done post shipping. The windscreen has a slight leak – supposedly fixed in Hong Kong but not – and the central locking is …

On the boat again

We’ve finally resolved the car issues. Vectra sold. 911 arrives UK on monday. 323 sold to our estate agent (justice?) and the MX-5 was loaded yesterday. Looking forward very much to driving her in Wiltshire.

Have been impressed with the shipping agent in Hong Kong; Barwill. They’ve been on top of the documentation all the time and even sent me pictures of the cars loaded on board.

The MX-5 is sitting in front of a bus and a lorry. Hope it’s a smooth ride to Yokohama!