A bright windy afternoon saw eight cars meet up for a great afternoon of fun. It was only five grassy banks to climb. How hard could it be?
First test...start with the wheels at the bottom of the slope...assess the route and decide which bumps to miss...think about how much throttle to use...set off...get about a car's length and grind to a halt...remember what you did for the next time...off to the next hill...repeat...do the rest of the hills...return to the first for a second run...try to remember what you did last time..realise it doesn't matter as the surface has changed..try again.
All good fun and we realised that we weren't doing too badly compared to some. In the end we came third out of eight which was an improvement over our performance in the ZR last year when we came last. We thankfully accepted our award of two cans of Old Speckled Hen!!
Three cars retired, a Y type with a disconnected exhaust, an RV8 with electrical problems and a Peugeot with an overheating problem.
Amazingly we met a guy I haven't seen since the Hausach trip of 1979 and we had a good chat catching up on life. Even more amazing is the fact that he's in contact with another guy I last saw in the 1970s and lost touch with. Life is full of surprises.
Thanks to the Alexander family for organising the event and all the other marshals for keeping it running.
Finally it was time to leave and the BGT had performed well but on the way home it started to run rough and lose power. A quick check in a lay-by showed nothing obviously amiss so we plodded on home and deeper investigation will wait for now.
Thanks to Pam for some of these video shots.