Winter trial day 3

The longest day so far at over 450km all on ice including three hours this evening.


The dawn was just breaking as we left Lillehammer for Trysil and onto the first regularity. All went well until we ditched the car in the snow as our path was blocked by a local van tugging a yellow escort out of a bank leaving us with no place to go. The van driver kindly pulled us free but 20 mins were lost and we just made the next time control.

Ice circuit

Another icy rally cross circuit was as slippery as expected and a then a long run to lunch was interrupted by another visit to the snow. Running slightly wide on a bend the Volvo put a wheel over the side and the rest was inevitable.
Dispute the efforts of the crew of a Citroen DS we remained stuck fast until s logging truck arrived, this was not entirely successful but the Dutch sweep crew in a bit of proper British Landrover engineering got us away in no time. We managed to keep on time too!

Stuck fast.

The rest of the day went well and we had a short break for dinner before the first night section. Great fun but not too challenging for the navigator as the number of roads to choose from are limited and those junctions that were perhaps tricky to find had small groups of well insulated enthusiastic locals cheering us on.

Excitement before the night.

Into the dark.

Time control at night.

A more leisurely 9.05 start awaits us in the morning


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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