Leg 8 pictures and some words

The last 48 hours have been non-stop.
Leg 6 was long hard and ice covered. No trouble with the authorities today although we went to a village oddly called Police?
The final time control was in a little motor museum full of mopeds and other, mainly 2 stroke powered, oddities. From karts to very dangerous home made aircraft. Worth a visit if you are nearby.
Excitement built as the Leg 8 night section approached navigators looked nervous as the instructions are only given with quite short notice. The navigators in open vintage cars have an impossible task to plot their maps while moving in the car so are quite disadvantaged.
My preference would be the good old fashioned British ‘plot and bash’ where the instructions are given to you as the marshal sends you off.
Test start was delayed several times as spun off cars blocked the way and we were 15mins late to get going. We ran chains again but one broke at around half distance. I was unable to fix it so we carried on with just one fitted. Surprisingly it seemed to work just as well as having a pair!
The night was long, the progress steady, navigation accurate and we picked up 10 places! Other were less fortunate with ditches being visited, bodywork and lights being removed and monstrous losses of direction.
Unfortunately leading Brits Jane Wignall and Peter Rushforth lost first and second gear in their Alfa and had to return to the Hotel.
After it was all over at 01.30 the bar was packed and noisy. Tales of excitement were being told and much reminiscing done from past events. The Vintage car crews passed the Port and it seemed appropriate to toast absent friends. To bed at 03.30
Leg 8 is always met with some apprehension. Bart has previously had a trick up his sleeve. Only one Reg and one test, surely it isn’t that easy? Regularity was a tough navigation section. I elected not to pay too much attention to timing and concentrate on the route through the maze if tiny white and grey roads on the map. It seemed to work as we made no errors.
I thought I recognised name of the test location, it was an ice circuit we used on a previous year and had a hilarious regularity around it using tulips. Absolutely nobody had any idea what was going on, Organisers included.
This time it was a simpler affair but just as slippery. It was fun to watch Eliot in his Bentley luridly power sliding the car in ‘top gear’ style.
A simple run to the finish ramp followed and now sadly its all over. I don’t know our final position yet but I will, on my return, post all my pictures on my photo Library site and publish a link here.
Congratulations to Bjørn Andresen and Bennie Roetgerink on winning the trial outright.
I’m flying home tomorrow (hopefully) and its back to the workshop on Monday. A Bristol 402 is waiting for more restoration work to be done.
Final Regularity

Final test start.

Waiting at the test.

About to start.

About James Ewing

Cars are my passion in my business and private life. I run James Ewing Limited - International Brokers of Collectors Cars and I also have a successful restoration business. I navigate on classic rallies in the UK and europe and in my time have competed in many types of motorsport. At home we have an interesting collection of micro/mini cars, a 1958 Renault 4cv, 1962 Fiat 600d Multipla and a 1967 Subaru 360. All in all I spend most of my time 'dickingaroundwitholdcars'
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