Winter trial day 5 leg 1

After a good night in the hotel its Snowing in Sweden!


This makes things a little interesting as the road conditions change again. A steady fall overnight covered the cars in about 2″ and the roads as well. Mostly it was quite grippy but as it got deeper cars began to slip off the verges and into ditches. The efficient Swedes have an enormous fleet of ploughs and tractors to keep things moving but not so much on the small roads we were using.
Steady driving on regularities looked after the car and the final one of the morning was cancelled as it was impassable.

Better in the sunshine.

We arrived a bit late for lunch and quickly headed for the ice lake down a very narrow lane with two way traffic. When you have 50 Dutchmen in cars trying to go in opposite directions when someone is intended to give way it’s asking for trouble. It was like herding cats!
After some time the lake was reached and was as fun as expected. We even went round an island.

The island in the lake test.

The afternoon saw more regularities and an intense navigational section involving some very tricky junctions and collecting code board letters. I think it went very well as we saw all bar one hidden on a road not on the map! Bloody Tulip Rally!

The night section is next and I have my maps as ready as possible. Final instructions are issued on departure do fast plotting in the car will be required.

Night section instructions.


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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