|Oily Hand's Life with MGs||
Yesterday evening saw us taking the ZR to Scotch Corner to marshal on this amazing event. We arrived about 5 o clock and signed on only to find we weren't going to be where we thought we would be. No problem with that so we had a wander outside to see the cars before the marshall's briefing.
It was pretty dark in the car park so not much good for video. I did manage to get some photos but they aren't that great apart from the ones in the lights of the scrutineering area.
After the briefing at Scotch Corner we headed out to Downholme for a futher briefing on the specifics of the MOD ranges which is where we were going to be marshalling. It soon became apparent that not all the expect marshals had turned up.
We set off to our allocated spot along with another marshal and set up to wait. One of the course cars arrived and we were relocated to another spot, leaving the other marshal on his own. It's a shame people can't turn up when they are supposed to.
The control we were going to was supposed to be a time control but we had no timing gear so it was redesignated as a secret or passage control which meant that we had to explain this to every competitor.
Finally settled in place it was just a question of waiting for the cars to arrive. It was much darker than I expected it to be. The glow from town lights could be seen in the sky but where we were it was pitch black, thankfully our torches were OK.
Most of the cars made it to our control and we had an interesting hour as they came through. One competitor arrived on foot from the wrong direction and asked us to direct rescue efforts to them. They had taken the wrong route and got stuck. When the recovery team arrived, we gave them the information. We hope the got out OK, although by this time their rally was over.
Eventually the closing car arrived and we were done for the night.
The tracks on the ranges are amazing. Unmetalled with steep descents and climbs tight turns and no lighting. I wish I'd taken the dash cam with me but it may not have been any good in the dark.
We stopped at Scotch Corner on the way home and I noticed just how filthy the ZR was after our time on the ranges. I thought about taking a picture then but decided to leave it till daylight. Unfortunately it rained hard and washed most of the dirt off but this picture shows some of it.
So now the question, to wash it at home or take it to the carwash. I'll let you guess what I did.
Around 50 2CVs and variants ran from Leeds to Tan Hill, the highest pub in England.
The 2CV isn't my favourite car but the chance to see so many together wasn't to be missed so we headed off in the B GT to the Hawes side of Buttertubs Pass to get some pictures & video.
There was a light covering of snow on the hills as we crossed the pass.
Once at the other side, it was just a case of waiting for the cars to arrive. We had plenty of time for a cuppa & bite to eat.
I found a vantage point, fairly high up at the side of the road. It was good for video but bitterly cold with a strong wind.
Thanks to Pam for freezing her fingers off to get these stills.
Some of the cars struggled with the inclines, which isn't surprising given their lack of BHP.
We followed them to Tan Hill, planning on getting some hot food and a warm up but the menu and pricing wasn't what we were looking for so after a short while we drove down to Reeth with friends and had some delicious hot soup.
Suitably refreshed we set off for home.
The lovely MGB of Joseph Hladek now shown on the Reader's Cars page
I hope the new year brings you all that you want and many trouble free miles in your MG.
We started the year with a run in the ZR to The Squinting Cat in Harrogate for lunch with friends in the VSCC. It was cold & wet outside but warm & cozy inside. Good food and great conversation made it a super start to the new year.
Hi, I'm Owen and I've been having fun with MGs since 1970, starting with my 1937 MGTA. Since then I've had three Y types and a couple of Z Magnettes. I now have a 1971 MGB GT along with the TA and my wife and I are still having fun