Today has been less hectic but colder than yesterday, down to -18C at one point in the freezing mist!
Spectacular scenery and a great drive this morning and a more complicated afternoon with ice covered roads and an errant competitor blocking the road and costing us 5 minutes in penalties.
Tomorrow will be longer with a night navigation section before arriving at our hotel.
External temperature gauge.
Hotel Pupp. Very smart!
After a long day travelling via Gatwick to Zurich and 600km in the Volvo to Holland we arrived at the splendid Chateau St Gerlach for paperwork, scruitineering and a reunion with old friends.
The weather forecast for the moment is very cold but dry…lets see if Euro weather predictions are as accurate as the Met Office…..
Time card issued, route amendments done, first days regularities plotted and ready to go.
Nice pen, it’s a Parker.
GaugePilot joins Team Retrospeed
A long and difficult day that never stopped. 10 tests and 7 regularities.
I had no time to take pictures but it was ladies day.
The Whyte sisters made the effort to look the part:
Probably the highlight for many competitors was the excellent refreshments supplied by the Women’s Institutes at Porlock and just prior the the epic hour long regularity of the evening.
Traditional food for this most traditional of rallies.
The alarm went at 05.30 to start the journey to Bournemouth. Meeting Michael on the way we arrived by 09.30 in his beautiful a Fiat 2300 coupe. A Grand Touring car in the true sense. Comfortable powerful and smooth.
The formality of scruitnerring over I had to spend a couple of hours plotting the additional route information.
With apprehension, the evening started at 19.00 with a test around the Winter Gardens and onto a tricky regularity. The test was OK with only a minor error requiring a quick reverse to solve.
The reg was good and GaugePilot with its new ‘Twintime’ software did us proud until we ‘wrong slotted’ at a junction costing us a minute in penalties.
A second test on a Kart circuit went well and we posted quite a fast time considering the size of the car.
Overall a decent couple of hours rallying and looking forward to the event proper tomorrow.
First out of the hotel again and 3 hours to our control at the summit of the Furka Pass. Just short of 2500 meters it was the highest point of the rally and the coldest. It snowed last night and continued when we arrived.
Andrew bravely volunteered to chip the cards dressed in the cold weather clothing and I wrote out the sheets in the car that also provided a makeshift windbreak. After 3 hours all the cars had passed and we packed up and continued along the rally route. Within 5 minutes we were out of the clouds and into sunshine, typical…
What an amazing road!
We had seen a racked railway and warning signs along our route and at the bottom of the valley we were lucky to cross the line just as a steam train was leaving. Naturally, we had to stop and take pictures.
Another hour or so we stopped at a time control for pizza and quickly on to Lausanne on lake Geneva to enjoy a beer in the sun.