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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:06 am 
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OK,CHAPS I AM WAITING ON A FEW MORE PHOTO'S....IT DOES TAKE A LITTLE TIME,TO GET EVERYTHING DOWNLOADED,UPLOADED AND ME 8) TO STAY AWAKE LONG ENOUGH.......

NOW,WHERE WERE WE....?

AH ,YES.....

WE HAPPENED TO BE THE FIRST CAR,IN THE PIT LANE...AS BASICALLY,ALTHOUGH THE MARSHALS WERE BEING VERY HELPFUL, NOBODY SEEMED TO KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON,SO I THOUGHT IT PRUDENT TO GET THERE A LITTLE EARLY....?

AS A GOOD PART OF 'RALLYDAY 2017' WAS ALSO DEVOTED, TO ANOTHER ONE OF MY INSPIRATIONAL FIGURES,THE COMPLIMENTARY DECAL WAS PLACED,IN THE REAR SCREEN.........NOT FORGETTING, THAT FOR THE LAST TEN YEARS ANOTHER SECRETED 'COLIN MCRAE' REMINDER,IS ADHERED TO THE INSIDE OF THE WINDSCREEN,ONLY VISIBLE TO THE DRIVER....

LITTLE DID I KNOW,HOW THE SIGNIFICANCE,OF THIS WAS ABOUT TO PLAY OUT.......


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YOU REALLY WILL, HAVE TO FORGIVE ME HERE GENTLEMEN.....

BUT AS I,CHECKED AROUND THE SOLITARY 99 TURBO,A TOYOTA CELICA ROLLED UP BEHIND.....

I HAD TO DO A 'DOUBLE TAKE'.......

NOT ONLY, WAS THIS THE GENUINE 'JUHA KANKUNNEN' EX-WORKS CAR ? BUT IT WAS BEING PILOTED BY 'JARI-MATTI' HIMSELF,AND 'NICKY GRIST' AS CO-DRIVER......

WAITING PATIENTLY,CROUCHED DOWN IN THE DOOR APERTURE,AS THEY DISCUSSED MATTERS,BETWIXT THEMSELVES.......I MANAGED TO GET,TO SAY A FEW WORDS TO BOTH OF THEM....AS MY 'LAD' LOOKED ON.

FIRST OF ALL,I APOLOGISED TO 'JARI' HAVING A SWEDISH CAR(IN FRONT OF A FINN :lol: ) AND MENTIONED HOW,I HAD LOST A 'BET' BACK IN FEBRUARY WITH A 'SWEDISH LADY FRIEND'? AS SHE WAS QUITE SURE THE 'JARI-MATTI' WOULD WIN THE SWEDISH 2017 RALLY......AS WE HAD WATCHED HIM, TAKE VICTORY,IN THE SWEDISH FORESTS.....

QUITE INDIGNANT...WITH A SMILE

HE REPLIED ''YOU THOUGHT, I WOULDN'T WIN......?''

REPORTS BACK THEN,STATED THAT ''JARI-MATTI'' HAD SAID TO 'TOMMI MAKINNEN' MID-EVENT (RUNNING TOYOTA GAZOO RALLY TEAM) THAT HE WAS LACKING CONFIDENCE ,IN THE LITTLE WRC TOYOTA YARIS...?

''TOMMI MAKINNEN'' SIMPLY REPLIED

''NO JARI-MATTI,IT IS YOU LACKING CONFIDENCE IN YOURSELF''

NEXT I TURNED TO 'NICKY'.....

AND HOLDING BACK THE TEAR'S,I POINTED TO THE STICKER, CONCEALED ON THE FRONT WINDSCREEN OF THE 99 TURBO, FOR THE LAST TEN YEARS......

ENOUGH SAID....

JUST TO ADD TO TO THE SITUATION,APPARENTLY 'NICKY GRIST' HAD JUST HAD THIS 'EX-WORKS' CELICA REBUILT,AND IT WAS 'THE' CAR,BOTH HE AND 'JUHA KANKUNNEN' HAD WON THE 1994 RALLY OF PORTUGAL IN... :corn:


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AS THE 'RALLY CARS' LINED UP......THE 96V4 WASN'T FAR BEHIND?

HOWEVER,THE CLOCK WAS TICKING,AND AT 12.29 JUST BEFORE THE 'STAGE START',A MICROPHONE WAS RAMMED THROUGH THE DRIVERS WINDOW OF THE 99 TURBO ,BY A LARGE BURLY WELSHMAN......

ENQUIRING AS TO THE 'BUILD' OF THE 99 TURBO? ONE 'HOWARD DAVIES' (FORMER CO-DRIVER OF GWYNDAF EVANS,WHOM IS DAD OF 'ELFYN EVANS') ASKED ME A FEW QUESTIONS......?

BUT ,THEN THE TENSION BEGAN TO RISE,THE VOCALS OF THE COMMENTATOR,MOVED UP A GEAR,AND WE WERE GOOD TO GO....

BOSCH RALLY KNICK ABLAZE,I TURNED TO MY LAD.....

''ARE YOU NERVOUS....? YOU FU&%^*** SHOULD BE,THAT'S LATVALA,AND GRIST BEHIND US......DON'T F&^* UP!!''

WHAT STARTED OFF AS A NOD OF AGREEMENT,SOON DESCENDED INTO A ''THUMBS UP'' FROM THE START MARSHAL AND WE WERE OFF...

THE FIRST LAP OF THE RALLY STAGE,WE HAD BEEN INSTRUCTED TO USE AS A 'SIGHTING LAP'........AND WE HAD BEEN ADVISED(I ALREADY KNEW FROM EXPERIENCE) THAT THE 'TYRE BALES',USED AS CHICANES WOULD!! DAMAGE THE CAR....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yxETshc1-8&t=75s

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'EMOTION',WAS RUNNING HIGH INSIDE THE 99 TURBO........

JUST TWENTY YEAR'S BEFORE,WE HAD COMPETED IN THE WHITE 96V4 ON THE '1997 MALCOLM WILSON RALLY' IN THE LAKE DISTRICT,THE BIGGEST EVENT BACK THEN,WE HAD EVER ENTERED.......?

IT WAS CUT SHORT ,NOT AFTER THE FIRST ROLL(SPECTATORS RIGHTED THE CAR,AND WE GOT GOING AGAIN)........BUT A SECOND ROLL 2 STAGES FURTHER ON,THAT LAUNCHED THE V4 OVER THE EDGE OF THE TRACK,AND DOWN INTO THE TREES....
THE LITTLE 'SAAB' LANDED THE RIGHT WAY UP THIS TIME,BUT WAS JAMMED AT AN INCLINE OF 60 DEGREES,HARD UP AGAINST A TREE,IN THE CO-DRIVERS SIDE.....

DISORIENTATED,I ASKED MY CO-DRIVER IF HE WAS OK ? AND A RE-ASSURING NOD,WAS RETURNED.....

''OK LET'S GET OUT,BEFORE IT GOES ANY FURTHER DOWN THE BLOODY INCLINE'' I SHOUTED.....

IF ANY OF YOU LOT,ARE AT THE MONTHLY 'LANCASHIRE SAABS' MEET, YOU AN ASK THE GUY BEHIND THE BAR ABOUT THIS LITTLE INCIDENT !!

PASSENGER DOOR WOULD NOT OPEN,DUE TO HAVING A LARGE PINE TREE STUCK IN IT....... :shock:
SO, WE HAD TO CLAMBER OUT THE DRIVERS SIDE,AND UP THE STEEP UNDERGROWTH BACK,TO THE TRACK JUST AS THE MARSHALS CAME RUNNING OVER......AND GAVE THEM THE THUMBS UP!! AND PLACED THE 'OK' BOARD,STOOD UP INTO THE MUD......

BACK TO THE PRESENT.....

I WAS CONSCIOUS THAT 'MALCOLM WILSON 'M-SPORT' TEAM',WERE JUST TO THE LEFT OF US,AT THE START LINE? WARMING UP THE LAUNCH, FOR THE 2017 'WRC' RALLY FIESTA......

IT WOULD BE 'DEBUTED' AT THE RALLY SHOW.....

20 YEARS BEFORE, I HAD SPENT 3 DAY'S UP AT M-SPORT ON A 'TRIAL' AS A RALLY MECHANIC, STRIPPING DOWN 'CARLOS SAINZ' TARMAC RECCE 'ESCORT COSWORTH'.......

THE INTERVIEW, FOR THE 'TRIAL' HAD BEEN BRUTAL.....

AS WE ALL STOOD ON THE FACTORY FLOOR,THE FIRST LOT OF SEEMINGLY 'OVER-AGED' APPLICANTS WERE BOOTED OUT......

THE NEXT QUESTION CAME.....

''OK, WHO HAS GOT A GIRLFRIEND ?''

UNEDUCATED HAND'S SHOT INTO THE AIR, AND THEY WERE ALSO 'EJECTED' AS UNSUITABLE ? WHY?

''BECAUSE, YOU WILL ALL BE DISPATCHED AT A MOMENT'S NOTICE,TO ANYWHERE AROUND THE WORLD,TO WORK ON THE RALLY CARS.........AND I DON'T NEED TO BE DEALING WITH 'RELATIONSHIP' ISSUES,AND YOU LOT ARGUING OVER THE PHONE,WITH YOUR MISSUS''........

NEXT,I GOT ASKED HOW OLD I WAS....?

ALREADY NERVOUS(AS I DID HAVE A GIRLFRIEND,BUT LIED...... :roll:) I REPLIED

''TWENTY SIX....''

''HMMM,YOU ARE BORDERLINE.....? BUT, WE WILL SEE, HOW YOU DO?''


SO AMONGST ,A SEEMINGLY TEENAGE SPREAD OF 'APPRENTICES' I WAS THE OLDEST BY FAR,AND SET TO,DISMANTLING THE 'COSSIE'.......AS INSTRUCTED,CAREFULLY 'BAGGING' UP COMPONENTS,AND RE-LOCATING BOLTS&SCREWS,INSIDE THE CAR,SO I WOULD REMEMBER WHERE THEY WEN'T?

AFTER THE 3 DAYS,WE WERE EACH SUMMONED ''UPSTAIRS''.....

IT WAS LIKE A HAMMER BLOW,TO A YOUNG 'BIRDIEMANGO'......

''RIGHT MATE,I AM AFRAID WE ARE AFTER 'INDIANS',NOT 'CHIEFTANS'........THANK YOU, FOR YOUR EFFORTS.....BUT YOU HAVE BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL''

A 'LOT' HAS HAPPENED IN THOSE TWENTY ODD YEARS......

IT WAS DEFINITELY AN EXPERIENCE TO 'LEARN FROM' ?


BUT, RIGHT NOW?

ALL I COULD THINK OF,WAS THAT ON THE LEFT OF US..... THE FACT THAT A 'TEAM' OF M-SPORT FACTORY MECHANICS,HAD JUST BUILT THE ALL-NEW FIESTA 'WRC'...AND WERE FRANTICALLY CHECKING EVERYTHING ON THE CAR,AS THE SECONDS TICKED AWAY........

AND HERE WE WERE, SAAB 99 TURBO,THAT HAD BEEN ESSENTIALLY 'KNOCKED UP'' IN A CHICKEN SHED....

LEADING A FIELD OF 80 ODD,PERIOD RALLY CARS AWAY FROM THE START LINE ,AMIDST AN ESTIMATED CROWD OF 15,000 SPECTATORS..... :shock:

I DEARLY HOPED THE 99T, WOULD HOLD TOGETHER,FOR 'STAGE ONE'....POINTING OUT TO THE 'LAD'........'MALCOLM WILSON' WAS STOOD SIX FEET AWAY,CALMLY CHATTING AWAY TO 'M-SPORT' TEAM MEMBERS....

IF I HAD BEEN ONE OF THE CHOSEN ONES,THAT TWENTY YEARS AGO.....?

THIS WOULD PROBABLY HAVE NEVER HAPPENED,AND YOU WOULDN'T BE READING THIS? AND NEITHER WOULD YOU,SON. :oops:

I RAISED THE REVS, RODE THE CLUTCH,AND GOT THE INERTIA, INTO MOVING THE 99T OFF THE START LINE.....THEN GAVE IT FULL THROTTLE........RIGHT ROUND, TO THE REV LIMITER....

I AM SURE MR.WILSON HARDLY NOTICED.....


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Awe F F S BIRDIE did you fall asleep......!!!!!
I was just getting into this like I was actually there......
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Awe F F S BIRDIE did you fall asleep......!!!!!
I was just getting into this like I was actually there......
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SORRY CAR 55,BUT I AM UP AT 05.30 FOR WORK, AND TRY TO GET TO BED BEFORE 22.00....ANYTHING I CAN MANAGE,EITHER BEFORE, OR AFTER GOING TO WORK,IS USUALLY IN THE GARAGE AT HOME,THEN SIT DOWN ON HERE, FOR AN HOUR OR SO.....

'YOU' KNOW HOW IT IS..... :roll: :lol: IF, IT'S IN THE BLOOD....? :wall:

ANYHOW,UP TO THE FIRST HAIRPIN RIGHT.....IN THE 99 TURBO(I HAD ASKED THE START MARSHAL,IF WE WOULD GET ROUND IT OK,AS NO REAR HANDBRAKE ON 99T :oops: ) BACK DOWN THE START/FINISH STRAIGHT, THE WRONG WAY,TO THE BIG HAYBALE,DO A 180 AROUND IT,AND WE ARE NOW FOLLOWING THE CIRCUIT,ALBEIT WITH SOME PRETTY TIGHT 'CHICANES' THROWN IN,IN THE FORM OF 'TYRE STACKS'.....

BEARING IN MIND THIS IS A 'SIGHTING LAP',OF THE TARMAC RALLY STAGE....

AT NO TIME,WHEN BEHIND THE WHEEL,DO YOU GET CHANCE TO LOOK AT THE SPEEDOMETER,INDEED THE 'OIL PRESSURE' GAUGE GET'S AN ODD GLIMPSE,AND THE REV'S ? WELL, USUALLY I REALLY WOULD NOT PUSH THE ENGINE RIGHT,ROUND TO THE ELECTRONIC LIMITER,BUT I KNEW THAT THE 'BACKFIRE' THAT THIS CREATES.......WELL? WE HAVE GOT A CROWD TO PLEASE.....

THE STAGE WAS NEARLY TWO MILES LONG,AND AFTER THE FIRST MILE THE BRAKES WERE GETTING VERY HOT,ALONG WITH THE ENGINE TEMPERATURE.......IT'S DAMNED QUICK THIS 'CASTLE COMBE' CIRCUIT,AND HAMMERING DOWN FROM FULL THROTTLE IN 3RD GEAR WAS TAKING IT'S TOLL....

THE FRONT PAD'S WERE STARTING TO FADE,I COULD FEEL IT,AND I COULD SMELL IT.....

AS WE NEARED THE 'END' OF THE STAGE,AGAIN A BIG 'HAIRPIN' HAD BEEN SET UP,AND A 'DONUT' AREA FOR THE M-SPORT
FIESTA'S........


THE 'SAAB TURBO' LOOKS POSITIVELY PEDESTRIAN HERE IN COMPARISON.....BUT THEN,PERFORMANCE HAS COME ALONG WAY IN 37 YEARS....

HERE IS SOME EXTERNAL FOOTAGE,AS WE MANAGED TO LEAVE THE 'START LINE' AS FIRST CAR OUT,AND FINISHED AS 'FIRST CAR' BACK.....YOU CAN SEE THE SMOKE FROM THE FRONT BRAKES,AS WE SNAKE AROUND THE HAIRPIN......AND CROSS THE LINE....WITH 'LATVALA' STILL BEHIND IN THE 'CELICA',PHEW !!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG4MjDxuOtE

TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA,HOW HOT THIS THING GETS RUNNING,FLAT OUT 180 BHP,AND 203 LB/FT TORQUE, THE NEEDLE WAS JUST TOUCHING THE 'RED' SECTOR,ON THE ENGINE TEMP.
ORDINARILY,THIS IS NOT A CAUSE FOR CONCERN(FOR ME ANYWAY)AS IT NEVER GET'S THIS HOT ON A HILLCLIMB,OR SPRINT,AND THAT IS WHAT I BUILT THE SET-UP FOR.....

BUT,AFTER DOING THE 2 MILE 'STAGE',THERE IS NO CHANCE,OR 'AIRFLOW' TO COOL THE ENGINE,AS WE POOTLE THRU THE PADDOCK,ANOUNNCING OUR PRESCENCE TO THE WANDERING SPECTATORS WITH SEVERAL 'TOOT'S ON THE AIRHORNS,WITH THE 'EVER SO QUIET' TURBO MOTOR AT IDLE,COOLING FANS APLENTY RUNNING,AND LINE UP TO GO AGAIN......

ALL I CAN DO,IS THE 'OLD AGE' TRICK,OF SWITCHING OFF THE RADIATOR FAN,ENGINE RUNNING,AND POURING COLD WATER FROM THE CONTAINER KEPT IN THE BOOT, ALL OVER THE RADIATOR......

THIS ALLEVIATES,THE 'HOT' RUNNING AND ONCE THE 'RADIATOR FAN' IS SWITCHED BACK ON,THE ENGINE TEMP.BEGINS TO FALL,EVEN SO THE BONNET IS PROPPED OPEN,AS WE ROLL BACK DOWN TOWARD'S THE START LINE FOR THE 2ND RUN,OF THE STAGE......AND JOIN THE BACK,OF AN 80 ODD RALLY CAR QUEUE....

MANY RALLY CAR'S WERE FALTERING UNDER THE PRESSURE,SOME WOULDN'T START,OTHERS WOULDN'T MOVE UNDER THEIR OWN POWER,SO SEVERAL TIMES,WE HAD TO MANOUVERE AROUND THEM,WHILST THE 'CREWS' WORKED DESPERATELY,TO GET THEM RUNNING.....
SOME OF THESE WERE ESCORTS,SOME METRO 6R4,AND OPEL MANTA.....

THIS TIME, 'STAGE 2' IT WILL BE 'FULL PELT'.......IN THE 99 TURBO...

AS WE NEAR THE FRONT, MR BLOMQVIST IS ALREADY STRAPPED INTO THE DRIVERS SEAT ON 'IANS' 96 V4,AND WE LET THEM THROUGH, TO TAKE THE START LINE.....


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NOW, THERE AIN'T MUCH CHANCE OF CATCHING, HIM EITHER....? :lol:


''THUMBS UP'' WE LEFT THE START LINE,AS I CAUTIONED THE 'LAD',SAT THERE IN THE CO-DRIVERS SEAT,TO GIVE ME PLENTY OF WARNING,AS THE 'CHICANE' ENTRY ORIENTATION,FROM THE LEFT, WAS VARIABLE AROUND THE STAGE.....SOME TIGHTER,THAN OTHERS....

I KNOW EXACTLY HOW WIDE THIS CAR IS,AND AS WE ENTERED THE 2ND CHICANE,I KNEW I WAS RUNNING OUT OF ROAD,THE ENTRY SPEED A LITTLE TOO FAST......

A 'SICKENING' THUD,CAME FROM THE LEFT FRONT OF THE CAR,MY INITIAL THOUGHT WAS THAT THE FRONT WING HAD GONE,AND PROBABLY THE SPOILER TOO..... :cry:

BUT THIS,IS NO TIME FOR SENTIMENTALITY,SO THE HAMMER STAYED DOWN...

BY THE END OF THE 'STAGE 2',THE ENGINE TEMPERATURE WAS NOW,WELL INTO THE RED,AND DESPERATELY NEEDED COOL AIRFLOW.....NO OPTION,FOR A 'COOLDOWN' LAP THOUGH,SO OUT CAME THE CONTAINER OF WATER,POURED ALL OVER THE RADIATOR AGAIN....

ONCE I WAS HAPPY,WITH THE ENGINE TEMP.,WE COULD QUEUE UP AGAIN,TO GO FOR 'STAGE 3'.......BONNET AJAR....

'STIG' HAD ENJOYED HIS DRIVE OF THE '96V4' SO MUCH,HE WAS WANTING TO GO OUT IN IT AGAIN....

AND WHOM AM I ,TO SPOIL THE FUN....?

SO THIS TIME,I TOSSED THE 99 TURBO KEYS TO THE 'LAD'......

I GOT A LOOK OF DISBELIEF,IN RETURN....

''IT'S NOW,OR NEVER LAD?.....''



AHEM,I ALMOST FORGOT TO LOOK......BUST INDICATOR LAMP,AND THE 'HOLLOWED OUT' FRONT BUMPER,HAD TAKEN A 'WHACK',THAT WAS THE DAMAGE....

BETTER STILL,WAS THIS PHOTO,TAKEN BY ONE OF THE 'MEDIA' GUYS,WHOM CAME TO FIND US AFTERWARDS....AS HE WAS RATHER MESMERISED BY THE CAR ITSELF.....

CLICK TO ENLARGE....


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I CAN ONLY IMAGINE,WHAT WAS GOING ON IN THE 'LADS' HEAD AT THIS MOMENT..... 8)

HE HAS JUST BEEN GIVEN THE KEYS TO 'DADS' PRIDE AND JOY(IN WHICH DAD HAS JUST STUFFED IT INTO THE TYRES) AND HE IS NOW, SAT AMONGST SOME OF THE MOST ICONIC RALLY CARS,OF DAYS GONE BY.....

IN HE CLIMBED,AND ADJUSTED THE BELTS ,TO SUIT.....,MOVED THE DRIVERS SEAT,TO POSITION....DONNED SUNGLASSES,AND GRIPPED THE 'BLOMQVIST' ETCHED STEERING WHEEL...

IT QUITE AMUSED ME,THAT HE NONCHALANTLY 'CHATTED' TO OTHER RALLY DRIVERS,AS EVERYBODY WAITED,FOR THEIR TURN TO GO....

BUT MORE SO,WHERE ELSE COULD HE POSSIBLY MIX,WITH LANCIA 037, ESCORT COSWORTH, METRO 6R4, QUATTRO ETC...?


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BUT, WHERE WAS 'STIG'....... :corn:


''DUNNO SON,YOU FANCY ANOTHER GO ?'' :D :lol:


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HERE ARE SOME REALLY OUTSTANDING PHOTO'S OF THE DAY...... :corn:

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TO TRY, AND GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF THE ATMOSPHERE,DOWN AT 'CASTLE COMBE',I THINK MAYBE 'HIGHLY CHARGED' GOES SOMEWAY TO DESCRIBING IT.......

SEVERAL TIMES,ON THE DAY, AN UNNOTICED 'TEAR' ROLLED DOWN THE CHEEK,CONCEALED BENEATH ME 'SPARCO LID'.....

AS WE CAME AROUND TO THE START,ONCE AGAIN.....THE 'LAD' WAS REALLY IN HIS ELEMENT 8)

HE WAS HANDLING THE 'PRESSURE' REALLY WELL,AND A FEW FLUFFED GEARCHANGE'S,WAS THE SUM TOTAL OF INCIDENT'S SO FAR.......WHILST 'DAD' KEPT AN EAGER EYE,ON ALL THE INSTRUMENTATION...

THIS PHOTO,WAS TAKEN AT THE START OF 'STAGE 5'(TACK SA MYCKET,MR.FOXLEY)........I THINK YOU CAN POSSIBLY SEE,THE SATISFACTION,ON THE DAY :corn: ?

THE 99 TURBO,WAS GETTING A POUNDING, AND AT TIMES,I WAS PUSHING IT ALONG THE 'START GRID' TO ALLEVIATE RUNNING THE ENGINE...

ALL AROUND,THE AROMA,OF EXCEEDINGLY HOT ENGINES,DRIFTED INTO THE AUTUMNAL AIR......INDEED,THE HOT EXHAUSTS,OF THE 'METRO 6R4' IN FRONT,WAS DOING LITTLE, TO COOL THE RADIATOR,ON THE 99T...


AT CERTAIN POINTS,THE 'COLD START' INJECTOR,WHICH IS WIRED UP TO 'FIRE' FROM HALF THROTTLE,WOULD SPEW IN UNWANTED FUEL,AND 'FLOOD' THE RED HOT ENGINE,AS IT WAS 'KEYED OVER' .....

THIS SEEMED TO BE MORE AN ELEMENT OF CONCERN,TO 'HOWARD DAVIES' COMMENTATING,THAT IT WAS TO US....? INDEED,THE MICROPHONE WAS AGAIN SHOVED INTO THE COCKPIT,TO CHECK ALL WAS WELL,AND IDENTIFY WHAT THE ISSUE WAS....?

REMEMBER,THERE ARE NO 'PROBLEMS' IN LIFE,ONLY SOLUTIONS...... :wink:

BUT 'DAD' JUMPING OUT,DISCONNECTING THE WIRING PLUG,AND A BOOT FULL OF FULL THROTTLE,TO GET SOME AMBIENT AIR INTO THE PLENUM,SOON BURST THE OLD '175,000' MILE MOTOR INTO LIFE.....

AS I AM CLAMBERING BACK INTO THE 'CO-DRIVERS' SEAT,BELTS TIGHTENED, THE 'LAD' GET'S IT OFF THE LINE ONCE MORE,AND HIS 'PACE' IS SLOWLY GROWING IN CONFIDENCE........


BUT, WHAT OF 'STIG'....?

HAD WE NOT COME ALL THIS WAY,FOR THE GREAT MAN,TO TAKE THE 'WHEEL'...?


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ON ENDING 'STAGE 5',WE PULLED AROUND INTO THE 'PADDOCK',AND PARKED UP BEHIND 'IANS' 96V4, JUST AS 'BLOMQVIST' WAS CLIMBING OUT THE 96V4......
MY WORD,HE CERTAINLY LOOKED TO HAVE BEEN ENJOYING HIMSELF,AND 'IAN' TOO......?

MEANDERING OVER,AS THEY SHOOK HANDS.....AND 'STIG' HAD INSCRIBED THE LITTLE RED SAAB,WITH HIS EXPERIENCE OF THE DAY ? I PAUSED......
''WOULD YOU TAKE THE 'LAD' OUT IN THE 99 TURBO,FOR ME......?''

THE 'LAD' WAS OUT OF EARSHOT....

'BLOMQVIST' SHRUGGED....

IN HIS QUIET TONE....

'' NOW,I HAVE TO DO AN INTERVIEW......AGAIN''

IT WAS ALMOST,AS IF THIS WAS AN INCUMBERANCE TO HIM.....?

'' OK'' I REPLIED,AND GESTURED TO THE UNDERSIDE OF THE BONNET ON THE 99 TURBO....

''YOU REMEMBER,BACK AT CHATSWORTH.....? MANY YEARS AGO?'' POINTING AT THE SIGNATURE......

HE NOD'S IN AGREEMENT....

(THE SCRAWL READS '' TO SAM...... STIG BLOMQVIST'')


''WELL,THIS IS SAM(MY LAD)..... AND ,HIS FIRST TIME AS RALLY DRIVER,TODAY''

'BLOMQVIST' ACKNOWLEDGES,SAYS NOTHING....ADVANCES,AND HOLD'S OUT HIS HAND,CLUTCHING HELMET IN THE OTHER.....A FIRM HANDSHAKE ENSUES.......

THIS MOMENT SEEMS TO LINGER,I CAN'T SEE THE LAD'S REACTION,AS HE STILL HAS GOT HIS 'SHADES' ON.......

INTERRUPTED, IT IS TIME TO LET 'OTHER' PEOPLE,MIDER MR.BLOMQVIST,FOR HIS SIGNATURE...

THIS CHAP PRODUCED A STUNNING PICTURE OF AN AIRBORNE QUATTRO,AND CLAMLY ASKS 'STIG' WHAT YEAR...? POINTING AT THE AUDI.....

''1983'' CAME THE REPLY,AS HIS SCRAWL,ADORNED IT.....

BUT THEN,THE CHAP PULL'S OFF HIS T-SHIRT........

THE 'STIG' GUFFAW'S WITH LAUGHTER,AND SHAKE'S HIS HEAD...

THERE IS A POSSIBLITY,THAT 'BLOMQVIST' MAY BE ABLE TO GET A DRIVE OF THE 99 TURBO' AFTER HIS INTERVIEW.....AS HE SAYS ?

WE NEVER SAW HIM,AGAIN THAT DAY........

BUT, DID IT 'REALLY' MATTER....?

IT WAS AN ABSOLUTE PRIVILEGE TO BE THERE THAT DAY, A HUGE THANK YOU TO 'STEVE' AT MALBRAD,AND 'IAN' OF RALLYING HISTORY,WHOM PULLED OUT ALL THE STOPS,TO MAKE IT AN OUTSTANDING EXPERIENCE....

MAYBE, ANOTHER TIME 'STIG',WHEN YOU GET TWO MINUTES EH.....? I CAN WAIT........


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BIRDIEMANGO wrote:
BETTER STILL,WAS THIS PHOTO,TAKEN BY ONE OF THE 'MEDIA' GUYS,WHOM CAME TO FIND US AFTERWARDS....AS HE WAS RATHER MESMERISED BY THE CAR ITSELF.....

CLICK TO ENLARGE....


That's a belting picture! Pity about the minor off, but at least it wasn't something that ended your day!

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BIRDIEMANGO wrote:
BETTER STILL,WAS THIS PHOTO,TAKEN BY ONE OF THE 'MEDIA' GUYS,WHOM CAME TO FIND US AFTERWARDS....AS HE WAS RATHER MESMERISED BY THE CAR ITSELF.....

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That's a belting picture! Pity about the minor off, but at least it wasn't something that ended your day!

I've just copied that photo into IfranView to zoom in on what i though was an "error" in the picture. Only to see that the "error" is the disintegrating indicator flying off to it's demise. Lucky moment to press the shutter, or whatever the new-fangled digital bit is called.

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HMMM,YES RATHER A GOOD MOMENT IN TIME....THAT PHOTO?


it was GOOD TO MEET YOU ALSO 'JOHN D' 8) GLAD YOU ENJOYED THE DAY !!

HOWEVER,THERE IS NO REST FOR THE WICKED.....

THIS WEEK ,EVERY NIGHT HAS BEEN SPENT IN THE GARAGE.....MONDAY WAS BACK THE 99 TURBO OUT,AND GIVE IT A GOOD WASH OFF...AND LEATHER DOWN.

TUESDAY, WAS REMOVE AND RE-AFFIX THE DAMAGE TO THE FRONT BUMPER,AND FIND A 'NEW' SECOND-HAND LAMP LENS....POLISH OUT,OFFENDING TYRE SCUFFS.....

WEDNESDAY,WAS A 'NIGHT OFF' FOR DAD !! NAKARD!!

THURSDAY, WAS 99 TURBO JACKED UP,CHECK BRAKE PADS,STEERING GEAR ETC.....

TONIGHT,WE ARE LOADING UP THE VW GOLF, AGAIN.....

UP AT 6AM IN THE MORNING,AND OFF TO 'AINTREE CIRCUIT' ......TRACKDAY! AND IT'S GOING TO RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON....

TIME,TO INITIATE 'LEFT FOOT BRAKING' IN THE 99 TURBO,TO A CERTAIN YOUNG MAN....AND DRIVING IN THE WET !!

I DISTINCTLY REMEMBER BEING AT 'AINTREE CIRCUIT',AS A YOUNGSTER......FAR TOO SHY,TO SHAKE HANDS,WITH A BURLY MR.ERIK CARLSSON.... :oops: ALTHOUGH I DID MAKE UP,FOR THIS SEVERAL TIMES IN LATER LIFE...

REGARDS 'RALLYDAY 2017' IF NOTHING ELSE,''THROWING HIM IN AT THE DEEP END'',WILL GIVE THE 'LAD' SOMETHING TO REMEMBER,WHEN I AM LONG GONE.....?
HE MIGHT JUST BE ABLE TO TELL ,THE GRANDCHILDREN?

ABOUT THE 'DAY' THAT NEVER WAS........

MAYBE THAT 'BIRDIEMANGO',WAS JUST A MECHANIC..........WITH A HEALTHY DOSE, OF PASSIONATE INSANITY,THROWN IN.....?


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Great stuff Birdie,

Thanks for posting

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Nice one Birdie..... can I be your son to.... :envy:
I'm sure Sam will never forget all these goings on though... points of interest to savour for ever..

Can't beat sitting listening to "sounds of the sixties" and reading all about your antics Birdie.. keep it up..

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