The Winter Trial Day 2.

Why, when it’s dark for six months of the year the hotel thought it a good idea not to fit any lighting over 5 watts in the whole place is beyond me. A nice hotel but dark and gloomy with good food but very small portions.

A very early alarm call (06.30 euro time!) saw us off from the hotel and back on the ice. A short run to the first regularity made an interesting and fun start to the day. Straight onto compacted frozen snow for 6km then a left turn onto a frozen lake with almost invisible tracks ploughed out like a circuit, two laps of this then to the finish. I don’t think we were anywhere near the ideal 50kph average after the first turn of the main road!

Another ice test on a proper rallycross track was equally slippery. But we remain steady and had no incidents.

On the Rallycross track.

In Norway a number of the smaller roads are privately owned and coins are put in a barrier to allow your passage, the proud owner was on hand to take our 40NOK and feed the meter wishing us well on our way, a cynic may say he was making sure everyone paid! Great road in the sun and stunning scenery, a little like parts of Scotland I thought.

Spectacular Toll road.

The sun stayed out for lunch and the first regularity of the afternoon, this passed with little incident but was apparently littered with cars ‘off piste’ behind us.

The big Jag arrives for lunch.

As the sun set the challenge became greater, a difficult regularity over tiny ice covered roads led to an apparently easy navigation section. How wrong could I be, many parts of the issued map didn’t have a newly constructed road on it and you were supposed to spot this and detour down the old road. The Dutch are used to this as its one of the tricks used on the Tulip rally. Needless to say I wasn’t aware until reaching the hotel. All in all a reasonable day and a lot of fun.

914 Porsche on ice.


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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